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Rating Title/Year Author
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Pat Mullen I dare anyone to sit through Day's performance of "Strange Fruit" without getting chills. It's a dramatic full stop in Daniels' film-a brilliantly played direct address that leaves a viewer awestruck. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Collective (2019) Rachel West Nanau's saga is deeply unsettling, indeed, especially given his unprecedented and personal access to the key players in the investigation. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
Nighthawk (2019) Barbara Goslawski Bacurau is a vibrant genre-blending masterpiece of cinematic form. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
The Mauritanian (2021) Pat Mullen Rahim obviously gets a bravura monologue in the film's final moments of unabashed soapboxing, yet Foster ultimately emerges as The Mauritanian's secret weapon. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
President (2021) Shane Slater Nielsson's unflinching camera keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
Synchronic (2019) Victor Stiff Benson and Moorhead plunge viewers into a woozy existential nightmare to deliver a message that is at once bleak and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
On the Count of Three (2021) Victor Stiff With this assured feature debut, Carmichael approaches the material with a degree of sensitivity, but he's not pulling punches either. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Victor Stiff [Prisoners of the Ghostland] works best as a kitschy pleasure. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
Cowboys (2020) Courtney Small Cowboys is a touching tale of the bumpy road to acceptance that some must travel. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) Rachel West Breaking News In Yuba County is weighed down by too many flimsy storylines and characters. Even Allison Janney can't save this one. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Pat Mullen This totally random and irreverently funny film is a warm escape. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Shelagh Rowan-Legg With Malcolm & Marie, there are two fine actors doing some good work with a script not quite worthy of their talents. Still, it's a journey worth taking, if taken as less than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Jockey (2021) Pat Mullen This is a passionate understated performance, sharp and focused, with eyes on the prize. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
Saint Maud (2019) Rachel West Despite a plot that sounds like a religious character study, Saint Maud comes at you with terror from both the supernatural and physical realms. It is truly scary. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
Sator (2019) Rachel West The story behind the slow-burning horror film Sator is almost as interesting - and horrifying - as the film itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
Supernova (2020) Pat Mullen Tucci gives an Oscar-worthy performance as the intelligent bon vivant who confronts his future when faced with dementia. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
Two of Us (2019) Courtney Small A stirring reminder of the unpredictable nature of life, Two of Us reinforces the importance of living and loving to the fullest. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
The Sparks Brothers (2021) Rachel West By the time the credits roll on The Sparks Brothers, the band will surely have found themselves a new generation of fans. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) Manuel Betancourt The film more than lives up to its title, finding beauty in the messiness of growing up and growing apart. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
Wild Indian (2021) Manuel Betancourt Like the Cain and Abel story a priest shares early in the film, Wild Indian weaves a narrative around resentment of twinned and intertwined destinies. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
The Pink Cloud (2021) Manuel Betancourt As an inadvertent pandemic fable, The Pink Cloud is entrancing even as it demands too much of a suspension of disbelief to truly deliver. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
A- Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Jason Gorber This true life tragic tale fluctuates between operatic & intimate, avoiding zealotry and made all the more powerful for it EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Victor Stiff Judas and the Black Messiah presents a tapestry of complex themes that interrogate (and chastise) America's insidious brand of white supremacy. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
One for the Road (2021) Victor Stiff One for the Road takes the audience on a satisfying journey, with a few too many bumps and detours along the way. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Eight for Silver (2021) Victor Stiff Its creepy atmosphere and stunning production design are worth the admission price and the story's unique take on werewolf mythology packs some added bite. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Victor Stiff Those who never watched the show can still enjoy this heart-warming trip down memory lane. But if you grew up on Sesame Street the doc delivers a can't-miss hit of nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
The Queen of Black Magic (2020) Victor Stiff The Queen of Black Magic is a 99-minute nightmare factory with a jet-black soul. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Pat Mullen Hell isn't a descent into the dark chasm of Casey's online lurking. It's the insufferable banality of escaping doomscrolling and brain-frying video calls by watching people do the very same. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
CODA (2021) Rachel West Though it hits the familiar notes of a teenage outcast yearning to break free and discover who she is, Heder's story delivers a refreshingly unique and, at times, tear-jerking look at growing up. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Mass (2021) Rachel West Mass may be a difficult watch, but it's certainly a rewarding one that will stick with viewers long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
R#J (2021) Pat Mullen Romeo slides into Juliet's DMs in the über-contemporary R#J...It should double tap the hearts of Shakespeare-on-film fans. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Land (2021) Pat Mullen Robin Wright makes a soul-stirring debut with Land...Land is one of those films that just grabs you emotionally, mentally, and, arguably, physically. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Manuel Betancourt Pérez Riera's documentary is a portrait of a trailblazing performer that truly aims to shower Moreno with the flowers her long-spanning career deserves. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
Censor (2021) Rachel West Censor fails to live up to its potential despite some wild moments of mayhem and gore. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
In The Earth (2021) Rachel West Ben Wheatley proves he can do a heck of a lot with a small cast, minimal props and a few smoke machines in the low budget but not low-effort In The Earth. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
John and the Hole (2020) Rachel West John And The Hole's intriguing premise is never fully realized on screen despite doing a fine job of capturing an air of unease. In the end, it's really just a movie about being bored, whether you're inside a hole or not. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
In the Same Breath (2021) Manuel Betancourt As a chronicle of the early days of the pandemic, Wang's film is a sobering watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Manuel Betancourt Malcolm & Marie feels, like its central male protagonist, much too self-conscious of itself to really be as probing as it hopes to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
The Dig (2021) Pat Mullen It's always a treat to see actors transform themselves so strikingly. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Identifying Features (2020) Manuel Betancourt Identifying Features is a masterclass in filmmaking from a director whose vision feels very much driven by righteous anger and hardened sadness. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Courtney Small The White Tiger may lack a truly ferocious roar, but that does not make its political claws any less sharp. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Victor Stiff Kostanski borrows elements from a host of beloved '80s flicks - think Spielberg's E.T., but swap out Elliot and Gertie's gentle little alien with the Predator. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
My Little Sister (2020) Pat Mullen In Hoss's hands, Lisa is both warm in her devotion to Sven and cold in the impulses that drive her. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
Love Sarah (2020) Pat Mullen Love Sarah is comfort food for movie buffs. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
Monkey Beach (2020) Pat Mullen One never enjoys panning passion projects, but this years-in-the-making adaptation of Eden Robinson's novel pales in comparison to its source. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Victor Stiff For better and for worse, Wonder Woman 1984 is the rare superhero film that doesn't strive to class-up the source material. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
F Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jason Gorber Frustrating, at times feeling amateur, a waste of a terrific cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Pat Mullen The Midnight Sky ultimately reassures us that isolation is just a state of mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Farewell Amor (2020) Rachel West Universally accessible and appealing, Farewell Amor is a launchpad for both Lawson and Msangi that will have viewers yearning to see what's in store for both talents. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Rachel West Christopher Walken's Irish accent isn't even the weirdest thing about 'Wild Mountain Thyme' EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020