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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Jakob's Wife (2021) Christian Toto A new breed of feminist vampire movie offers laughs and plenty to think about. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2021
2/5 Voyagers (2021) Barry Wurst "Voyagers" wants to be serious-minded, existentialist sci-fi, but comes across like a middle of the road YA novel adaptation. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
2.5/5 The Phantom (1996) Barry Wurst It's so silly but admirably committed to its pulpiness, it's kind of adorable, as well as unpretentious. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
2.5/5 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Barry Wurst When the focus is on King Kong, "Godzilla vs. Kong" induces awe and excitement, but at ground level, it's atrocious. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
3/5 French Exit (2020) Barry Wurst The tone is somehow both snarky and gentle, making the whole thing fun and easy to absorb, even as it dazzles by taking some very big chances. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2021
2.5/4 The Unholy (2021) Christian Toto Slick production values and a respect for faith, Small Town USA keep film grounded. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
3/5 Nobody (2021) Barry Wurst "Nobody" is a lot like its protagonist: you'll be surprised how well it gets the dirty job done. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
1/5 Monkeybone (2001) Barry Wurst "Monkeybone" wants to be "Beetlejuice" in the worst way but, instead, settles for a less kinky "Cool World." EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
2/4 Nobody (2021) Christian Toto The hyper-violent romp tries, and fails, to make us care about this reluctant hero. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
4/5 All the Money in the World (2017) Barry Wurst Ridley Scott's roaring, seductive "World" is among his finest works and Plummer's performance is, likewise, one of his best. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
2.5/5 City of Lies (2018) Barry Wurst "City of Lies" is engrossing at times but the Depp/Whitaker scenes don't work. It's been made with such passion that it's hard to dismiss, even if the end result is in the category of close-but-not-quite EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
3/4 Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Christian Toto It's no 'Avengers,' but the four-hour extravaganza puts Whedon's version to shame. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 The Father (2020) Barry Wurst Hopkins is so natural and raw here, you'd have to look back into his decades of work to find a performance this equally vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
3/5 Chaos Walking (2021) Barry Wurst "Chaos Walking" will find an audience belatedly who will be surprised that is surpasses all the awful things written about it and is actually an engaging film with an original premise. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
2/5 The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) Barry Wurst I found myself rooting for the film and liking the story, even as the obvious dubbing of Spilsbury, uneven performances, slack pacing and especially Haggard's ridiculous recitation undermine it. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
2.5/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Barry Wurst The goofy touches sometimes contrast with the animation, which is stunning and on a level of seriousness the film can't always match. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/5 The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Barry Wurst For animation lovers, the achievements of the now 35-years old "The Great Mouse Detective" are worthy of celebration and rediscovery. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
3.5/5 Dragonslayer (1981) Barry Wurst "Dragonslayer" is violent, intense and wondrous, the kind of uncompromised, large-scale fantasy you'd never see today. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
2.5/4 Cherry (2021) Christian Toto The 'Spider-Man' standout shines in a bloated drama searching for its purpose. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
1.5/4 Coming 2 America (2021) Christian Toto Eddie Murphy's strained sequel squanders a great cast and fine comic legacy. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
1.5/4 The Canyonlands (2021) Christian Toto Low-budget shocker leaves genre tropes behind for stupefying finale. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
5/5 Waking Life (2001) Barry Wurst It's a master class on the human struggle to utilize philosophical thinking to pin down just what life, real and imagined, truly is. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
3/5 The Vigil (2019) Barry Wurst For a low-budget film, the production values are first rate and there's lots of imagery that, like it or not, will stay with you long after it ends. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
3.5/5 White Fang (1991) Barry Wurst "White Fang" is among the best live-action Disney films. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
5/5 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Barry Wurst Spielberg's film isn't a sprint from one wild action sequence to another but a well-developed, if deliriously pulpy, adventure tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
5/5 Mulholland Dr. (2001) Barry Wurst "Mulholland Drive" is breathtaking. Like Lynch's prior film, "Lost Highway," it's about a fractured perspective but this is the far more compassionate and accessible film. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
3.5/5 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Barry Wurst "The Silence of the Lambs" deserves its reputation as one of the scariest American movies ever made. When we're in the midst of the psychological chess game of Starling and Lecter, we're also watching an actor's master class. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
5/5 Barton Fink (1991) Barry Wurst Among the most challenging of the Coen Brother's films. Let that be a challenge and allow this exhilarating masterpiece to take up permanent space in your mind. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Barry Wurst "Judas and the Black Messiah" is an engrossing and hypnotic film that leaves you with big questions and encourages rich conversations on the nature of true identity. It's a powerful film and a must-see. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
1/5 The Crow: City of Angels (1996) Barry Wurst "The Crow: City of Angels" is a merchandise roll-out in search of a movie. The Hot Topic T-shirts and CD soundtrack are far more inspired than the movie they're pushing. Perez is atrocious. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
2.5/5 Run (1991) Barry Wurst Twenty minutes in, Dempsey has already been running, a lot. This has better momentum than smarts. It isn't classy, but "Run" is a guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
2/5 Son of the South (2021) Barry Wurst The story going on around Zellner is the real story, which is a big problem for "Son of the South." There are a few brutal scenes but otherwise, this is ready for the Hallmark Channel. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
2/5 Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent (1996) Barry Wurst Is "Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent" worth tracking down for Robin Williams' amazing performance? Yes, though it means having to watch the entire film, which only shines when he's onscreen. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
3/5 The Mosquito Coast (1986) Barry Wurst What Weir and Ford came up with could only have been made with their attachment. Leveraging their box office and Oscar success of "Witness," their Paul Theroux adaptation is strange, uncompromised and riveting. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/5 Supernova (2020) Barry Wurst "Supernova" is lovely, tender and funny, the kind of drama that is all too rare and generous to its audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
2/5 The Little Things (2021) Barry Wurst After the scary opening scene, "The Little Things" reveals itself to be patient, character-driven and truly odd. This is the kind of mystery that doesn't reward the attentiveness we're giving it. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/5 MLK/FBI (2020) Barry Wurst For now, "MLK/FBI" is as close as we've come so far to a film on Dr. King that creates a balanced, troubling and richer perspective on the man than most films have previously provided. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/5 Mission: Impossible (1996) Barry Wurst De Palma's movie, and not the missions that followed, is the one I choose to accept. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
3/5 Night of the Creeps (1986) Barry Wurst It's gross, funny and polished enough to play as a double feature with any of the "Creepshow" installments and has an affection for its genre that is refreshingly uncynical. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
5/5 The Godfather, Part III (1990) Barry Wurst Because every actor gives such a vivid portrait and Coppola makes this world so tangible, we root for Michael and his kin. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
3.5/5 To Die For (1995) Barry Wurst "Good Will Hunting" may have brought Van Sant to the mainstream two years later, but there's a wildness here that can only be found in his most personal, risk-taking works. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
1.5/4 Wrong Turn (2021) Christian Toto The shlock series had its perks, but the reboot offers only name recognition. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 No Man's Land (2021) Christian Toto The indie film's sluggish pace douses its richer context, even-handed approach. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
2.5/5 Turbulence (1997) Barry Wurst Add the forgotten, trashy and gleefully entertaining "Turbulence" to the stack of fiendish yuletide cinematic stocking stuffers. Here is an ideal holiday movie for anyone who hates Christmas. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
3/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) Barry Wurst Brosnahan and "I'm Your Woman" will resonate. Her work and the film itself boast a toughness and honesty that sneaks up on you. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
3/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Barry Wurst None of this is maudlin or formulaic, as even the story requirements are handled with an unexpected maturity and grit. Ahmed's excellent performance is the film's gritty center. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
3/5 Nomadland (2020) Barry Wurst Zhao's film is about the ache of absences, the pain we experience internally when someone's welcome presence is no longer there. Zhao offers us a film of found moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 Robin Hood (2010) Barry Wurst Scott's brisk and sprawling epic is full of, "let's-storm-the-castle" battles but still lighter on its feet than his most of his prior works. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 Casino (1995) Barry Wurst The storytelling, infused with Scorsese's masterful grasp on the uses of cinema, is brilliant. "Casino" is always in motion. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
1/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Christian Toto Even the glorious Gal Gadot can't save this shameful superhero sequel. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020