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Rating Title/Year Author
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise (2021) Brooke Bajgrowicz Wendy is deeply unrelatable. And because of this, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise falls flat. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
Locked Down (2021) Angie Han I guess it's a landmark in itself that we've reached the point in our pandemic art deluge that references to the pandemic might elicit not tears or winces, but shrugs. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Angie Han The downside to the film's almost musical rhythm is that it never quite transcends its stagey feel... On the other hand, it's hard to argue against the power of seeing Boseman or Davis' faces fill the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Soul (2020) Angie Han It's some of the most striking work that Pixar has ever turned in. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Alison Foreman Welcome to Chechnya is a blisteringly painful watch, one that imparts new meaning on the practice of bearing witness. This is the kind of film destined to be on "essential" documentary lists for decades to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
ariana grande: excuse me, i love you (2020) Rachel Thompson The film has a lot of high gloss, and maybe not enough grit (even with the dog poop convo) for some fans. But there's always next time, and something tells me this won't be a one-off. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Angie Han If WW84 can't quite reach the heights of the first film, it still soars beautifully when it matters most. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Songbird (2020) Angie Han Best to leave this package unopened on the stoop. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Angie Han As a romantic drama, it's total nonsense. But as an escape from reality, you could do worse. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Angie Han In its glorious extravagance, and its cheerful disinterest in apologizing for same, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey captures a certain essence of the Christmas spirit. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Angie Han Hillbilly Elegy sounds folksy, but conveys nothing. It's the "and neutral" of movies, taking up space to no end at all. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Happiest Season (2020) Angie Han Director Clea DuVall (who also wrote the film with Holland, aka Jane) isn't glossing over the Caldwells' problems but digging into them, slowly peeling away the feel-good comic veneer to reveal the hurt and anger simmering underneath. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Adam Rosenberg Its inherent wholesomeness and clear love for the source material delivers unto Star Wars fans a new gold standard for holiday viewing in a galaxy far, far away. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion (2020) Adam Rosenberg It's lovely. It's moving. The tears flow freely, both for the cast and for those of us at home, as the hourlong special winds through the highs and lows of six seasons of landmark television. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Freaky (2020) Alison Foreman It's an imperfect film, that occasionally indulges in jokes beneath its caliber... Still, Freaky is a great movie - one I'd love to see in theaters. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
The Craft: Legacy (2020) Alison Foreman More daydream than nightmare, The Craft: Legacy delivers an enchanting outing that honors its origins while maintaining the ease and self-awareness characteristic of a timelessly great scary movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
Holidate (2020) Proma Khosla Like all Netflix rom-coms, Holidate has a quirky and promising premise, but what sets it apart from some more recent debacles is that it actually pulls this off. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020) Brooke Bajgrowicz Yet the group's near-perfect appearance is part of what makes it - and the documentary - so interesting. It's more of a K-pop PR exposé than a deep dive into the members' lives. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Angie Han Sounds like it should be fun, right? But these hijinks feel stale, without a single memorable chase sequence or CG creation in them worth admiring. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Angie Han Where Borat was once an outrageous outlier, he's become just another proud bigot wandering the countryside. Or to put it another way: Our culture has finally caught up to Borat. That can't be a good thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Angie Han This Rebecca may not be as beautiful, as brilliant, as charismatic as the one that came before it, but it's the one that's available to us right now. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Angie Han Chicago 7 is a crowdpleaser first and foremost, and in that regard it succeeds on almost every level... Just don't expect it to be as revolutionary as some of those it calls its heroes. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Erin Strecker By clearly outlining the problems in our country right now, Schreck provocatively ushers in a debate about the future. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020) Brooke Bajgrowicz Sam's nonexistent character development makes her difficult to relate to. Just because she pushes back against the rules and throws on a T-shirt that says "feminist" doesn't automatically make her an empowered female protagonist. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Cuties (2020) Angie Han In both horrific scenes and adorable ones, what remains consistent is Doucouré's honesty. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Coastal Elites (2020) Angie Han Coastal Elites is so busy being mad about Trump that it forgets to be about anything else at all. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
One Night in Miami (2020) Angie Han One Night in Miami embraces the fun of its premise, letting its characters tuck into bowls of vanilla ice cream or root around Sam's guitar case for liquor, rib each other about women or crack each other up with a well-timed zinger. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Angie Han Nomadland is no stump-speech anecdote or soapbox sermon. It's too empathetic for that, too invested in the humanity of Fern and all those around her. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
The Way I See It (2020) Angie Han The Way I See It feels like little more than a bit of PR fluff for a bygone leader - and perhaps, by extension, his former VP. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Angie Han There's only so much you can take of an actor loudly cursing at the skies before it tips over from tragic to hilarious, particularly when he's barely convincing as his paper-thin character to begin with. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
I Am Greta (2020) Angie Han We're not really learning much about Thunberg we hadn't already gotten from dozens of profiles and interviews before this one... Still, there's value simply in being reminded that there's a human under all those breathless headlines. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Console Wars (2020) Adam Rosenberg If you're a fan of video games and history, Console Wars is a perfectly fine thing to watch. The abundance of archival materials alone makes it a trip worth taking. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
76 Days (2020) Angie Han 76 Days quietly brings back the subtleties of day-to-day life that tend to get lost in ostentatious celebrations of frontline heroes, or macro analyses of the pandemic's global effects. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
All Together Now (2020) Brooke Bajgrowicz All Together Now paints serious topics with a sugary outlook in an attempt to have it all. But in balancing these dueling identities, it struggles to either enchant or be taken seriously. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Angie Han 'm Thinking of Ending Things gives us the chance to know ourselves, and each other, a little bit better. If art has a purpose, I think it's whatever Kaufman's doing here. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
Mulan (2020) Angie Han It's a remake of the 1998 film that reaches for bold choices, but feels too timid to ultimately make them worthwhile EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Love, Guaranteed (2020) Proma Khosla Cook stuffs herself into the constricting role, but not a single character in this movie has dimension enough to be anything close to real - or more importantly, anything close to entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Angie Han Face the Music is a feather-light wisp of a film, roughly 90 minutes of good times that won't make you think too hard or feel too much - but you might find the cheer it leaves behind lasts quite a bit longer than that. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Class Action Park (2020) Adam Rosenberg Class Action Park's gleeful dive into this conflicted past manages to perfectly tap into the strangeness of remembering that time you put your life on the line for the thrill of a water slide. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Tenet (2020) Shannon Connellan It's the kind of film worthy of heralding a triumphant, unashamedly explosive return to cinemas, whenever that happens. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn (2020) Alison Foreman It is not a perfectly executed film -- it fluctuates between powerful and dry, prescient and redundant -- but its worthy subject matter and far-reaching consequences make it another timely, essential watch in 2020. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
Howard (2018) Brooke Bajgrowicz Whether you're Disney-obsessed or not, you can get a lot out of Howard. If this film recognizes anything, it's that story - even in the context of a documentary - is what will keep the audience engaged. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries (2020) Brooke Bajgrowicz Whether good or bad, hustling is a real and required part of making it in media - and On the Trail shows the struggle. And on top of it all, the documentary is well-produced; the visuals are crisp and the shots are varied. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
The Speed Cubers (2020) Brooke Bajgrowicz While The Speed Cubers misses a few opportunities, it's simple and fun. It's not particularly layered, but it is uplifting as it offers a caring look at the friendship between two speedcubing frontrunners. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
Father Soldier Son (2020) Brooke Bajgrowicz Father Soldier Son is messy and moving. It's well-crafted, yet completely frustrating as you sympathize with those affected - especially the kids who at many times desperately need emotional guidance. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Athlete A (2020) Brooke Bajgrowicz Athlete A is a well-crafted glimpse into the sexism and abuse that women have faced in gymnastics. It's angering and disturbing, yet it is incredibly necessary. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Dads (2019) Brooke Bajgrowicz Dads' rosy view of fatherhood made me wonder if it could win over an audience beyond those who feel close to their own dads. Probably not. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Adam Rosenberg Any one of these elements appeals to my tastes; all of them together seem like a perfect recipe for summertime laughs. And yet. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Alison Foreman A prescient and exquisitely executed doomsday, She Dies Tomorrow won't be for all viewers. But if something about its title brought a smile to your face, then perhaps it is meant for you. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Host (2020) Alexis Nedd Though Host takes place on a computer screen, it feels different from previous attempts at laptop horror because its principal photography actually took place using the devices used by the characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020