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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Sonny Bunch Great action masks a meditation on the natural order. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 Shadow (2018) Sonny Bunch Shakespearean Chinese martial arts epic takes a little while to get going. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
1.5/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Sonny Bunch Detective Pikachu made me feel old. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Sonny Bunch Overly ambitious and densely plotted and stuffed to the brim with ideas about modernity and pop culture and the meaning of it all. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sonny Bunch A decade of Marvel movies culminates in three hours of (awesome) fan service. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 The Highwaymen (2019) Sonny Bunch Director John Lee Hancock seeks to deglamorize [Bonnie and Clyde], focusing not on their youthful faces or swaggering mien or charming chatter, but on Bonnie's limp. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2.5/4 The Best of Enemies (2019) Sonny Bunch A trip into a past-not a distant past, less than 50 years, but one that is increasingly unrecognizable-and an artful reminder of the possibilities of change. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Sonny Bunch Fun and funny, Levi's charismatic captain is a marvel. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Sonny Bunch Riveting, with a compelling cast and an intriguing story and a thriller's sensibility. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 Dumbo (2019) Sonny Bunch Disney's latest retread of a beloved cartoon bores EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Sonny Bunch An elucidation of the state of society, a lament against the ruin that change is wreaking upon the people forced to live in a world they neither recognize nor like. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Sonny Bunch Tim Heidecker ... is the film's low-key MVP. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Sonny Bunch J.C. Chandor is probably my favorite director of actors working at the moment. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Sonny Bunch Lord, grant me the confidence of a mediocre movie about a cosmically powered white woman. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Greta (2018) Sonny Bunch Greta ... is a perfect metaphor for Twitter. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Sonny Bunch The purest form of filmmaking as myth making. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Sonny Bunch Fun, exciting, a little sweet: the perfect Valentine's Day blockbuster EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 Arctic (2018) Sonny Bunch Arctic is fascinating as a study of the creation of society on a micro level, of the things we do for each other for no reason other than our shared humanity. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Sonny Bunch There's a weird, wry sense of humor running through Cold Pursuit, an almost aggressively regressive brand of yuks that consistently made me giggle. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Sonny Bunch Jake Gyllenhaal is solid as the increasingly unhinged Morf, bringing a weightiness to a part that could have easily devolved into silliness. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) Sonny Bunch Dogs have often been useful components of American propaganda films ... but Sgt. Stubby kicks it up a notch, placing a pooch in the center of all the action. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
2.5/4 Polar (2019) Sonny Bunch There's something delightfully regressive about the first half or so of Polar. ... Unfortunately, the action-comedy trades madness for melancholy in its closing moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 Glass (2019) Sonny Bunch Sadly, Glass isn't quite tight enough to drive home its points. In that looseness we find a sin worse than sloppiness or authorial vanity: we find boredom. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Sonny Bunch A truly fascinating cinematic document, the sort of thing that shows the power, and the limitations, of the artform to transport audiences through space and time. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Sonny Bunch Aquaman is fun. It's a lot of fun! Especially if you are willing to shut your brain off and enjoy the movie on the level it is intended. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/4 Vice (2018) Sonny Bunch Despite the hagiographic elements at play here-really, Cheney should send McKay a nice bottle of scotch for putting together such a paean-Vice, sadly, isn't perfect. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 Vox Lux (2018) Sonny Bunch If Vox Lux is great, its greatness derives in no small part from the voiceover narration of Willem Dafoe. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Sonny Bunch The best comic book movie released this year, and the only one that should even be considered for a best picture nomination at the Oscars. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Sonny Bunch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs alternates between dark, lunatic humor and darker, depressing morbidity. In other words, it's The Full Coen. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 Roma (2018) Sonny Bunch Roma's not cold, but it is calculating. You can almost feel Cuaron pulling your strings, a jealous deity happy to make you squirm in your seat while you beg for mercy. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Sonny Bunch Sumptuous period settings and top-notch performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
2.5/4 Creed II (2018) Sonny Bunch Surprisingly touching treatment of villains makes up for rote boxing action. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/4 Widows (2018) Sonny Bunch One twist too many hobbles compelling crime drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 The Front Runner (2018) Sonny Bunch But what about your gaffes, Gary Hart? EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
1.5/4 Suspiria (2018) Sonny Bunch The final half hour of Suspiria suggests there's a brash, mad movie buried somewhere under all this pretense, one that could have rivaled Mandy for most-[crazy]-fun movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 Halloween (2018) Sonny Bunch Green and company's film feels almost like a repudiation of Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween, which posited Myers as a victim. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 First Man (2018) Sonny Bunch IMAX's superior technical possibilities are often used for spectacle, and that's fine. But Chazelle has done something more important with the large format: He's made a thematic point. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 Venom (2018) Sonny Bunch It feels like it takes forever to get to the fun weirdness, which is odd since this movie is only really about 100 minutes long. But ... I'm kind of interested in seeing a sequel? EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Sonny Bunch Bradley Cooper outshines Lady Gaga in competent retread. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/4 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Sonny Bunch The plot is threadbare; the story, such as it is, relatively uninteresting. ... As an acting showcase, however, there is much to love. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Sonny Bunch The House With a Clock in Its Walls has a slick competence and cleverness that will appeal to adults and just enough menace to make the film tense but not terrifying for younger viewers. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 Mandy (2018) Sonny Bunch Mandy is an instant cult classic. ... This is a rock opera as envisioned by the lords of hell. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 The Predator (2018) Sonny Bunch The Predator doesn't quite work because it's never quite clear what it wants to be and, when it finally does snap into focus, it's about the wrong things. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 Peppermint (2018) Sonny Bunch You could put Garner in a Taken/John Wick-style high-concept action-thriller annually and I'd show up for each and every one of them. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 Kin (2018) Sonny Bunch Intriguing and entertaining, a rare original sci-fi flick that leaves audiences wanting to know more. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.5/4 The Happytime Murders (2018) Sonny Bunch Puppets? Saying dirty words? Whooooooaaaaaa. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Sonny Bunch Cluttered and awkward. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 Mile 22 (2018) Sonny Bunch Lauren Cohan has real screen presence and looks capable of making the leap from TV to film, rarely an easy chasm to cross. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 The Meg (2018) Sonny Bunch The Meg is undoubtedly dumb but it's a fun sort of dumb as most types of fun involving giant, murderous sharks tends to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 Christopher Robin (2018) Sonny Bunch Pooh saves his (possibly crazy) childhood chum from adulthood's doldrums. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018