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Rating Title/Year Author
A The Last Duel (2021) Clint Worthington Lurking underneath the grim wit and modernist camp of The Last Duel is a surprisingly effective treatise on the ways rape culture has persisted throughout millennia. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2021
D Halloween Kills (2021) Clint Worthington You can do throwback nostalgia-bait horror that doesn't require every character to have the situational awareness of a three-hole punch, I promise you. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2021
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Lauren Coates The script is certainly frustrating and the narrative not all that thrilling, but Venom has the good sense to deliver more of what audiences loved about the first film: the Eddie/Venom dynamic and hijinks. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2021
B Lamb (2021) Clint Worthington Lamb takes on the ominous, warning air of an old fable. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2021
B- Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Clint Worthington Much like Evil Dead II, Venom 2 takes what works about its shaggy predecessor, turns it up to 11 and gives it almost exclusive focus, and exponentially increases the silliness. And the results are deeply, charmingly dumb. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
B- No Time to Die (2021) Clint Worthington Fukunaga's direction is crisp and assured, if occasionally languid, and the script creaks under the weight of its myriad responsibilities to both its star and franchise. But it hits where it counts. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2021
B The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Clint Worthington For superfans of the show, it's a great addition to the lore and a potent companion piece to the series' many thematic preoccupations. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
B- Oasis Knebworth 1996 (2021) Clint Worthington With its uncensored showcases of Oasis at the height of their powers, punctuated by the fawning recollections of their fans, Scott's doc is truly a time capsule of nostalgic Millennial memories from the time we thought was "the end of history." EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
B+ Cry Macho (2021) Clint Worthington Peel away the necessities of the plot, and the conveniences that plop Mike and Rafo in that sleepy Mexican town with a too-friendly abuela and her granddaughters, and this might be one of his most personal, assured films to date. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
B Listening to Kenny G (2021) Clint Worthington For those curious about where he came from and those who want to consider why his beloved status rubs so many people the wrong way, there's a lot to like. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Clint Worthington Peel off the layers of mascara, and Eyes of Tammy Faye offers a droll, albeit thin, critique of America's infatuation with excess, and the spiritual mechanisms we use to justify it. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
C Kate (2021) Clint Worthington In an age where action films look to be reinventing themselves, Netflix's Kate is mostly content to play the hits. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2021
B+ Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James (2021) Clint Worthington Perhaps the smartest move Bitchin' makes is to just lay all of James' cards out on the table and let the audience figure it out for themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
C Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed (2021) Clint Worthington While the conflicts are very real, the litigious nature of the Kowalskis implicitly leaves Rofé with few subjects to interview. As a result, the doc feels incomplete, especially when its two selves wrestle for control of the narrative. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
C+ Reminiscence (2021) Clint Worthington When Joy lets us peek in these tiny, intriguing corners of her speculative world, Reminiscence comes alive the most. Otherwise, the rest of it fades like a memory you'd just as soon forget. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
B+ Annette (2021) Clint Worthington In the haphazardly-assembled bricks of its construction, you can find plenty to enjoy -- from Driver's towering lead performance to its metafictional, Brechtian flourishes. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
B Free Guy (2021) Clint Worthington There's something surprising about its approach to both blockbuster filmmaking and Ryan Reynolds star vehicles. It's at once a Deadpool riff and the absolute opposite, a violent video game movie that's about how fighting isn't actually the answer. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
B+ The Suicide Squad (2021) Clint Worthington The Suicide Squad is probably the closest we'll get to a big-budget Troma film released by a major studio, and it's high time we treasured it, warts and all. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
A The Green Knight (2021) Clint Worthington The film is a slow, mournful rumination on our desires to live forever through story, song, and deed -- a fitting adaptation from the director of A Ghost Story, another movie deeply interested in facing death head-on. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2021
C Old (2021) Clint Worthington Taken as a straightforward thriller, it's straight up bad. But if you vibe with the erstwhile camp appeal of its deeply stock cast of characters, you can get through the rest of Old to enjoy the eerie body-horror implications of its premise. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Clint Worthington In flying (or rather, believing you can fly) too close to the sun with its overstuffed sequel, Warner Bros. managed to do the impossible: make the first Space Jam feel downright simple, quaint, and comparatively appealing. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2021
A+ Pig (2021) Clint Worthington Pig, along with later career stunners like Mandy and Color Out of Space, feel like a Cage who's slummed it in sophomoric action dreck for decades reawakening to his true purpose. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
B- Black Widow (2021) Clint Worthington It's absolutely mid-tier Marvel, alternatively harmed and aided by its late position in the slate. But as a reintroduction to the cinematic universe after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's definitely worth a look. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
A- Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Clint Worthington Watching Roadrunner feels like engaging in a kind of collective mourning, a desperate bid to understand a man who meant so much to so many, even if we never met him. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
D+ The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Clint Worthington Sure, it commits wholeheartedly to its bone-dead stupidity more than the first film. But it leaves a final product so scattered and uninspired that, less than 24 hours after seeing it, the vast majority of it escapes my memory. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
C The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Clint Worthington The Warrens have too much plot armor to make them feel truly in peril, and it's that unstoppability that makes the film lose more than a little bit of focus. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
B In the Heights (2021) Clint Worthington Despite its frustrating flaws, In the Heights ultimately succeeds in its aim to craft a big, rousing, blockbuster musical meant to escort us handsomely into summer. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
Luca (2021) Clint Worthington In the nuts and bolts of its storytelling, and its low-stakes charm, Luca may well be the best kid-focused Pixar tale since Coco. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
B+ No Sudden Move (2021) Jesse Hassenger A great-looking, propulsive piece of entertainment for grown-ups that's all the more impressive following up the more reflective Let Them All Talk. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2021
A Shiva Baby (2020) Lauren Coates Between its airtight script, claustrophobic visuals, and dizzying sound design, Shiva Baby is an assault on the senses that takes the stress of socializing and dials it up to 11. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
C+ Concrete Cowboy (2020) Jesse Hassenger Concrete Cowboy is visually engaging, and might appeal to younger teenagers. But anyone already familiar with the dynamics of summer-vacation character-building may find it unsatisfying-even unconvincing. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
B Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Kyle Cubr Godzilla vs. Kong is pure escapism and tremendously fun. Legendary clearly took constructive criticism to heart by tinkering with the pitfalls of its Monsterverse, all of which makes for a stylish theme park ride that rarely loses steam. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
C Tina (2021) Robert Daniels As a tribute, it's a disappointing slog for an always-vibrant legend. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2021
C+ Nobody (2021) Blake Goble Nobody offers more than enough gunplay and ass-kicking to satisfy grindhouse nuts. It also has plenty of pent-up rage and white male manslaughter to make others wince. In its purest form? Nobody is the premiere Dad Film of 2021. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2021
C Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes (2020) Rachel Reeves The expansive and influential impact Delia Derbyshire has had on the world of electronic music cannot be undersold; and yet somehow, Caroline Catz's clearly passionate visual cinematic art installation does. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
B The Spine of Night (2021) Clint Worthington If you grew up on Conan the Barbarian or played any amount of Dungeons & Dragons in your lifetime, expect The Spine of Night to scratch a very familiar, welcome itch. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
B Alone Together (2021) Rachel Reeves Filled with bangers and refreshing honesty, Alone Together is a cyber-dusted celebration of the Charli XCX community and an energetic testament to the healing power of music. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
B- Jakob's Wife (2021) Jenn Adams Jakob's Wife is a fun throwback to gory vampire horror, but its gory surface covers some troubling implications. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
A- Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) Clint Worthington Whether you're a lifelong genre fiend or someone who just sampled Midsommar for the first time and needs another fix, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched is an absorbing academic exercise in the pedagogy of folk horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
B- Offseason (2021) Jenn Adams Southern gothic imagery is undoubtedly Offseason's saving grace, and enough to carry viewers through the film, provided they don't expect clear answers. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
A Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) Rachel Reeves In a genre often saturated with sugar-coated stories and selective memories, Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché proves to be anything but. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
B Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) Clint Worthington Somewhere You Feel Free is a beautiful musical tribute to one of rock's greatest figures, gone all too soon. Just don't expect to learn too many deep dark secrets about the man in the process. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
B+ Swan Song (2021) Rachel Reeves Udo Kier delivers the performance of a highly prolific lifetime and proves that fabulousness has no expiration date. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
B- Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Clint Worthington Zack Snyder's Justice League may be the purest distillation of Snyder's concerns and stylistic tics as a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
A- Kid 90 (2021) Lauren Coates Though clumsily paced and in need of a little more structure, Soleil Moon Frye's Kid 90 is an achingly personal insight into what it means to truly understand and connect with your past. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
B Coming 2 America (2021) Blake Goble Coming 2 America deserves to be enjoyed as one of Eddie Murphy's better follow-ups. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
C+ The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) Jesse Hassenger SpongeBob fans of all ages will find plenty to like about Sponge On the Run: It's funny, well-animated, and high-spirited. But it's ultimately more of a franchise play than a creative endeavor. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
B Moxie (2021) Jenn Adams Moxie is a love letter to young people struggling to find their own voices and create the changes they want to see in the world. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
C+ Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Lauren Coates Though Raya and the Last Dragon is a visual and audible spectacle anchored by an all-star cast, the film's lack of originality and paper-thin characters leave it on the less memorable end of Disney animated films. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
C+ The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) COS Staff Andra Day's Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Billie Holiday elevates this film and allows us to overlook some of its shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021