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Rating Title/Year Author
Thriller (2018) Scott Weinberg It's nothing we haven't seen before, plot-wise, but there are enough interesting performances and plot contortions to keep things interesting until the late-arriving mayhem hits the screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Cam (2018) Scott Weinberg The script has a lot to say about the fear of being alone, the act of voyeurism, and the loss of identity, but it also works as a twisty mind-bender of a thriller -- thanks in large part to the stellar performance(s) by Madeline Brewer. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Emma Stefansky If not for Pattinson and Dafoe being two of the world's most recognizable working actors, I would believe this could be some recently unearthed treasure from an earlier era of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Esther Zuckerman Compared with most modern blockbusters, Detective Pikachu is contained, almost small, in its ambitions. But that's a relief, allowing viewers, among them nostalgic millennials and children, to bask in the charm of a Pokémon-filled environment. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Esther Zuckerman Endgame reinforces that there's still a beating heart beneath all the machinery. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Dan Jackson The bad jokes would be more tolerable if they weren't surrounded by such relentless carnage. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
The Unicorn Store (2017) Esther Zuckerman The movie practically begs you to indulge your inner child. But the adult in me prevailed, and I spent too much of the running time desperate to scream at the screen: Grow up already. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Dan Jackson Similarly, the often gripping, but frustrating, Dragged Across Concrete fails to completely get under your skin because it's content with poking you in the eye. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Emma Stefansky At an hour and 41 minutes, Pet Sematary is much too short for the kind of dread it requires to stack up a series of circumstances that could drive a father to do the unthinkable. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Dan Jackson The Highwaymen doesn't belong on the road. It's a clunker in need of too many repairs. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
White Tide: The Legend of Culebra (2018) Christopher Campbell What's fascinating enough on paper is far more outrageous in the documentary...sorry, Hollywood, no need for a remake of this. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Emma Stefansky It's all incredibly fun, and hilarious, and weird, but with surprisingly earnest feelings of tenderness towards its subjects. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Esther Zuckerman For a movie that clearly operates on a heightened plane, it actually feels relatively realistic. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Us (2019) Esther Zuckerman Much of Us feels like an excavation, and maybe even an exorcism, of Peele's childhood influences, all in an effort to make a grand metaphor about the callousness of America and its class system. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Dan Jackson Triple Frontier works as a hybrid of a quasi-journalistic high-brow military drama and a low-brow men-on-a-mission film. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Esther Zuckerman The raw material is all there, but filmmaking itself does not yield any truly thrilling, resonant moments. The action sequences are rote, at times almost muddled. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) A.T. Mcwilliams Just as the novel version of If Beale Street Could Talk moves between love story and protest novel, a balance Baldwin strikes throughout many of his works, Jenkins' adaptation uses flashbacks to oscillate between two worlds. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Esther Zuckerman There aren't any action scenes in High Flying Bird -- there's barely even any basketball in it -- but it's nonetheless thrilling, nimble, and funny, even as it does the hard work of challenging the idea that professional basketball is just entertainment. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Emma Stefansky The Lego Movie 2 ups the ante on the first hit with its elaborate setup and eye-popping new characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Dan Jackson The weary resignation that Neeson brings to the role imbues the story with a melancholy quality, but there's also a sense that this road has been travelled too many times before. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) Emma Stefansky While it's easy to think that no one alive could be as naive as the Brobergs, the documentary is a sobering reminder of the power of manipulation, the failures of the justice system. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Emma Stefansky This movie proves that, finally, Hollywood not only has the technology, but the imagination necessary to do a great story justice. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Big Time Adolescence (2018) Esther Zuckerman Big Time Adolescence is something of a triumph for Davidson. It's a modest, familiar movie, certainly, with themes about growing older and leaving the people you idolize behind, but his weirdly compelling screen presence elevates it. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) Dan Jackson The Hole in the Ground takes a more head-down, meat-and-potatoes approach to the genre. It might not linger in the imagination as long, but it delivers effective scares throughout and -- most importantly -- never lets up. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Esther Zuckerman The movie succeeds because of its deliciously catty soul. Even as it says that art should be about more than just spectacle, it relishes in the bitchiest of bon mots. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Polar (2019) Emma Stefansky Polar isn't for everyone, but you can't say it pulls any punches. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Esther Zuckerman Honey Boy -- with its winks at Transformers and sitcom conventions -- knows why we're watching and maybe that's enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Esther Zuckerman Very little in Extremely Wicked is speculative, which is perhaps why it's strangely lacking in any sort of menace. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Doragon bôru chô: Burorî -- Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) Leanne Butkovic Anyone with even a crude understanding of the Dragon Ball extended universe could sit through the English-dubbed movie and walk out of the theater having had a great time. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
Io (2019) Dan Jackson Despite some lofty ideas and two talented lead actors, IO is more of the same: uninspired storytelling that feels designed to feed the algorithm more than it nourishes your brain. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
Glass (2019) Emma Stefansky Never a particularly subtle director, Shyamalan gives you all the clues you need to figure out most of his third-act twists, provided you know what you're looking for. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
In the Cut (2003) Jourdain Searles The camera explores the female body lovingly, with a gently curious eye. This fascinating approach begs for more imitation. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Emma Stefansky It's so much fun that the payoff is ultimately a convoluted disappointment, but I can hardly complain considering how many times I gasped or cringed or whispered "yesss" throughout the rest of it. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Dan Jackson A movie where budding romance, rising palace intrigue, and swash-buckling adventure take a back seat to the quiet glee of watching a team of gifted visual effects artists recreate the aesthetic of a Lisa Frank trapper keeper on a giant IMAX screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Esther Zuckerman The initial Mary Poppins is also somewhat unwieldy, it's just a question of how inspired these modern diversions are. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) Emma Stefansky I also forgot most of A Christmas Prince 2's plot because it doesn't really have one. Maybe that's too mean: it definitely has a plot, one that's actually a little interesting this time. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Dumplin' (2018) Esther Zuckerman Dolly's always been a woman full of contradictions. Her honesty is coated with a thick layer of glam. Dumplin' is sort of a mess of these contradictions too. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
4 Little Girls (1997) Thrillist Entertainment Staff 4 Little Girls is a masterpiece that needs to be seen and remembered. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Unseen (2016) Thrillist Entertainment Staff This true-crime documentary offers a harrowing look at what fate unfortunately often has in store for marginalized women, and why society turns a blind eye to their wellbeing. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
No No: A Dockumentary (2014) Thrillist Entertainment Staff No No: A Dockumentary explores the incident, Ellis' rebellious life, and the contextual culture of the 1960s and '70s that turned the player into a low-key folk hero. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Long Strange Trip (2017) Thrillist Entertainment Staff Love 'em or hate 'em, when someone goes this deep, you can't help but feel absorbed. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Thrillist Entertainment Staff Until Janis Joplin came along. Her scratchy, whiskey-bruised voice arrested a generation and, however accidentally, carved a place for those without a Y chromosome. Little Girl Blue tracks her rock takeover to the very end, up to her tragic death. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Thrillist Entertainment Staff This documentary, based on Baldwin's unfinished Remember This House manuscript, offers a view of the United States as disturbingly relevant today as it was in the late 1970s. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Human Flow (2017) Thrillist Entertainment Staff In beautiful visual language, Ai Weiwei conveys the stark horror and brutalist logic of the choices people make when stuck between a rock and a hard place -- or a war and abject poverty. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Gleason (2016) Thrillist Entertainment Staff What sounds like a completely devastating tearjerker is filled with humor thanks to its subjects' candor. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Gimme Danger (2016) Thrillist Entertainment Staff Like Jarmusch's movies, Gimme Danger is 100% authentic cool from beginning to end, fortified by Iggy Pop's shirtless interviews and joint-smoked memories. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
The Endless Summer (1966) Thrillist Entertainment Staff There's living the dream life, and then there's living the effin' dream. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
De Palma (2015) Thrillist Entertainment Staff Pretty much anyone with an eye for great film loves Brian De Palma. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Cropsey (2009) Thrillist Entertainment Staff One of the creepiest documentaries ever made, Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio's film shows how some urban legends are based on true stories even more unsettling than the myths. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
City of Ghosts (2017) Thrillist Entertainment Staff Not for the faint of heart, but well worth it. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018