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Rating Title/Year Author
Bombshell (2019) Jason Bailey An absolute toilet fire of a movie, a sub-HBO-movie effort comprised of winking storytelling tricks, 'SNL'-level celebrity impersonation, and kiddie pool-deep interrogation of the figures at its center. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Jason Bailey It's pure pleasure. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Jason Bailey Flanagan attempts to make both a faithful adaptation of King's new book and a direct descendant of Kubrick's film. But the two works are fundamentally incompatible, and in trying to accomplish both feats, 'Doctor Sleep' does neither one successfully. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Jason Bailey Perhaps what's most impressive about 'Gemini Man' is how it performs the magic trick of taking $138 million and turning it into a low-budget made-for-Cinemax thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Jason Bailey As with many of his earlier works, it's a film fascinated by the mechanics of organized crime. But there's a pervading sense that, with this picture, Scorsese wants nothing less than to put the gangster movie into its grave - quite literally. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Jason Bailey 'Ad Astra' plays like a critique of its blockbuster brethren - films that marshal the limitless budgets and resources of the studio system, all at the service of filmmakers with nothing whatsoever to say, or feel. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Jason Bailey Basically a miscalculation from end to end, full of bizarre narrative turns and inexplicable craft decisions. Yet there's never any question that Linklater is fully committed, and it's hard to consider a movie "bad" that's made with this much care. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Jason Bailey Parents who take their kids to see it will enjoy the in-jokes and little nudges, and will have a far better time than at the likes of, say, your average skull-crushing Illumination Entertainment nightmare. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Jason Bailey Tarantino has become such a pro at telling these big-canvas stories, you barely notice he's picked up the pace until it's fully cranking. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
() Moze Halperin [Margaret] Cho's comedy seems to have become dictated by her activism to such an extent that it can seem like she's now writing 80-minute humanitarian sound collages as opposed to standup routines. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015) Alison Herman Simply surviving what Notaro has is inspirational in and of itself, of course. But Boyish Girl Interrupted puts the machinery required to translate those experiences into great comedy on full display. It's almost awe-inspiring. But mostly, it's funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro (2015) Pilot Viruet It's fun, it's weird, and it's a must-watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016) Alison Herman Comedy Camisado is a reminder that underneath it all, Buress is one of the best stand-ups working today, with a relaxed, beta-male vibe that belies his near-total unflappability. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Shaft (2019) Jason Bailey The blaxploitation hero's new reboot/revamp/retcon is the most depressing movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Jason Bailey They're colorful and funny, and believably written and played (these characters are types for a reason). Most importantly, the writers complicate the types, giving them unexpected complexities and sympathetic elements. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
The Apollo (2019) Jason Bailey Williams eventually pulls his strands together, with an effective and moving juxtaposition of words, images, and history in the closing moments. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Jason Bailey King's simple and elegant premise has been transformed into secondhand claptrap. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
It Started as a Joke (2019) Jason Bailey It's a warm and inviting bio-doc of Mirman, one of the funniest and most delightful people in comedy EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Us (2019) Jason Bailey In scene after scene he creates a mood of offhand, everyday spookiness, and then turns the screw with genuinely disturbing imagery. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Late Night (2019) Jason Bailey It may be a longer and more sincere '30 Rock,' but there's heady stuff about "diversity hires" and workplace inequality ; Kaling knows how to address these issues without turning the movie into a polemic. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Roma (2018) Jason Bailey What's become abundantly clear, over the course of this extraordinary run of searing films, is the degree to which Cuarón roots dramatic power in empathy and humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Jason Bailey The anthology format gives the Coens room to tinker with new tones and forms, while delivering their unique blend of comedy and dread. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Jason Bailey It's about how these peculiar interests can become our obsessions, and the way that ironic detachment can develop, surprisingly enough, into genuine affection. What a delightful movie this is. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Jason Bailey Suspiria is a movie you can't take you eyes off of, even when it doesn't make a damn lick of sense. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
The Front Runner (2018) Jason Bailey The Front Runner, Jason Reitman's dramatization of the three-week rise and fall of Gary Hart's 1988 presidential campaign, works best in its first half, as fleet-footed, wisecracking campaign/newsroom comedy/drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Jason Bailey It's a wicked, witty treat, with Melissa McCarthy playing Israel as an unapologetically unlikable protagonist, and batting around some truly delicious dialogue with Richard E. Grant, as pretty much her only friend. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Jason Bailey Edgerton's central visual metaphor is a middlebrow clunker, and the look of his movie too often confuses darkness with depth. But he's got a good eye for details -and a sure hand with actors. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Rafiki (2018) Jason Bailey Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki, based on the short story "Jambula Tree" by Monica Arac de Nyeko, is a vibrant, pulsing piece of work, keying off the joy of young love and unexpected discovery. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Colette (2018) Jason Bailey It's a frisky piece of work, asking challenging questions about monogamy and art, while reveling in the considerable charm of stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Everybody Knows (2018) Jason Bailey I was held rapt through its entirety. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Jason Bailey "All you gotta do is trust me," he tells her, and when he brings her out on stage, and then brings her up to the front microphone, it raises the same kind of gooseflesh as the "When Your Mind's Made Up" scene in Once. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Teen Spirit (2018) Jason Bailey Fanning is engaging - I'm low-key annoyed that on top of everything else, she can also sing - but the scene stealer here is Zlatko Buric, as the drunken fan who becomes her (surprisingly effective) manager. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Jason Bailey Kusama moves her star, and her camera, through these silky L.A. nightscapes in a style reminiscent of Michael Mann. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
American Dharma (2018) Jason Bailey [Morris] occasionally pushes back against Bannon, in a way he didn't in the earlier films, and sort of has to - if Dharma suffers in comparison, it's because it's telling a story that's still in progress. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Jason Bailey It's a compelling piece of portraiture, clearly done from a place of admiration and respect. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Jason Bailey Darkly funny and often deeply disorienting, with a marvel of an ending. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Jason Bailey It's a gentle, funny crowd-pleaser with a melancholy streak. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
First Man (2018) Jason Bailey It's all about perspective... less concerned with history of that mission's impact than with what it was like to be him... Ryan Gosling leans into that squareness, daring us to peer in to his up-tight close-ups and find the guy inside. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Jason Bailey It's so energetically acted and casually funny, you might not even notice that it never quite comes together. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Crime + Punishment (2018) Jason Bailey Shines a much-needed light on the kind of policing that could actually make a difference in these communities. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
We the Animals (2018) Jason Bailey Zagar has an eye for simple yet loaded compositions, crafting potent imagery that tells us what his characters are afraid to say aloud, and his actors turn in unaffected yet unforgettable performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Minding the Gap (2018) Jason Bailey Powerful and sensitive, and, at its best, utterly heart-wrenching. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
A Prayer Before Dawn (2017) Jason Bailey Cole is astonishingly good as Moore, in a primarily non-verbal performance; he's a convincing brawler, and even more persuasive as a self-destructive addict. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Skate Kitchen (2018) Jason Bailey [Director Crystal Moselle] hangs out with, and eavesdrops on, her protagonists with a documentarian's eye for detail... Her intimate style deftly captures the end-of-the-world intensity of teenage relationships EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Madeline's Madeline (2018) Jason Bailey It's a visceral experience... Some viewers may find it too nerve-jangling, and it's hard to blame them. But it's a must-see for risk-takers. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Jason Bailey Lee's wild tonal shifts made his work seem scattershot and unfocused, and it's not that he tamps that down here. But now, the itchiness, gallows humor, and howls of rage just feel like everyday life. Reality has finally become a Spike Lee joint. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Jason Bailey Akhavan's movie is so many things at once - wise, witty, moving, sexy - that its occasional fumbles in tone and characterization barely register. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Jason Bailey The sixth film in the surprisingly venerable series is a bit more deliberate, but delivers the expected jolts and thrills. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2018
Gotti (2018) Jason Bailey A comically terrible imitation of a biopic, directed by Kevin Connolly with all the flair and nuance of a movie-within-a-movie on 'Entourage.' EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Jason Bailey The cast shines, but they can only do so much with their weak script and listless direction. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2018