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Rating Title/Year Author
Us (2019) Princess Weekes To say that Us is more than a horror movie does a disservice to the genre that Peele loves. Us is a horror movie in all the glory that encompasses. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 () Valerie Complex Molly and Amy's performances are what make Booksmart tick. There is no superficiality, as these two actresses are comfortable and feed off of one another's energy. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Behind the Curve (2018) Rachel Leishman Overall, it's a fascinating look at how deep people will willingly go into conspiracy theories... EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Valerie Complex Us isn't a film for everyone. It's disturbing, violent, and unapologetic -- a horror story where humanity is a real villain unto itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Wonder Woman (2009) Kate Gardner I wanted to love Wonder Woman, but it just doesn't hold up amid modern takes on the character and the Patty Jenkins film. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/5 I'm Not Here (2017) Rachel Leishman From a wonderful female director and showcasing the power and dedication that women have, I'm Not Here is a heart-wrenching and beautiful film. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Kate Gardner Overall, it's a strong superhero origin film, though I found myself more excited to see Carol grow as a character after her origin. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Rachel Leishman There's a beautiful message throughout the film that Paige brings to life: We can all be freaks, as long as we're true to who we are. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Chelsea Steiner The experience of viewing Alita: Battle Angel is a non-stop, entertaining as hell ride. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Vivian Kane While this movie may not be as smart or subversive as its predecessor, it does still have those qualities in abundance. (It's also, arguably, just as funny.) EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Chelsea Steiner The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, for all its missteps, packs a surprisingly emotional punch. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 Miss Bala (2019) Jenna Dorsi Overall, the film is no more than adequate, which unfortunately feels like a disappointment, given its potential. It's a shame that it never comes together. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rent Live (2019) Rachel Leishman Rent Live was not actually live, but it did succeed in bringing back some of back those feelings we used to have about the show, crying through songs that we've heard over and over again. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 Ophelia (2018) Rachel Leishman Ophelia is a wonderful movie and one that, if you're a nerd for Shakespeare and his work, you'll absolutely love. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
Vice (2018) Zack Budryk It's been a long time since I enjoyed a movie as much as Adam McKay's Vice while also fully understanding why so many people don't like it. [It's a] stylized, grimly funny Dick Cheney biopic. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) Chelsea Steiner The odd couple pairing of Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson is one of the film's best assets, as the duo display terrific comedic chemistry. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Kaila Hale-Stern I would not dissuade anyone from seeing this whimsically over-the-top film, an attempt at the original Mary Poppins magic turned up past eleven. But I wish I could say that I loved it. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
2.5/5 Bird Box (2018) Kate Gardner If you need a burst of apocalyptic horror over the holidays, this might be a decent fit. Otherwise, it's forgettable next to other horror offerings of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 The American Meme (2018) Rachel Leishman I highly recommend The American Meme... it is going to change the way you view both social media and society. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 Destroyer (2018) Rachel Leishman Destroyer is hands down the best work Kidman has done yet, unafraid of inhabiting this incredibly raw character-one who is trying to understand pain in a new way, and it's definitely a movie you don't want to miss. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Cameron Esposito: Rape Jokes (2018) Daniella Bondar There were times I even felt bad for laughing, not because it wasn't funny-it was hilarious-but there were moments that were just too real... Honestly, stop whatever you are doing and go stream Rape Jokes. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Maleficent (2014) Jill Pantozzi This certainly isn't the Maleficent you know and love, but that's a very good thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Kaila Hale-Stern I would watch Arthur Curry splash around throwing punches twenty times rather than return to a color-drained and depressing cityscape where the hero is sad and mad. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 Dumplin' (2018) Chelsea Steiner There's a sweetness to the film that may dip into saccharine territory for some viewers, but I didn't mind the comforting formula of the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 Bumblebee (2018) Chelsea Steiner [It's] a crowd-pleaser of a movie, and it hits all the necessary beats... The movie succeeds where all of Bay's films failed because, despite being a story centered on battling robots, Bumblebee never loses sight of its humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Rachel Leishman The movie has a lot of heart, and you'll find yourself crying more often than you'd think, but it is hands down the best Spider-Man movie ever made. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) Chelsea Steiner The film works by taking classic complaints around the holidays and accentuating their effects to hyperbolic effect. The dark humor... makes it a welcome antidote to all the saccharine-sweet Christmas movies we're inundated with every year. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/5 Cam (2018) Chelsea Steiner Cam is an effective, taut thriller that keeps the viewer engaged, and while it doesn't quite stick the landing, it is a compelling and satisfying watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Princess Weekes That's why If Beale Street Could Talk was a perfect film, as it is important, topical, beautiful, and most importantly, a magnificent piece of art. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Creed II (2018) Princess Weekes Creed II, along with the entire Creed spinoff, has managed to be an incredible revival of a beloved franchise, a black movie that is proud of its blackness, and also a good romance. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 Creed II (2018) Rachel Leishman So, sure, Creed II has elements of boxing to it, but the heart of the story is with these men dealing with the emotions of fatherhood, opening up, and owning their past mistakes to move on with their futures. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Kate Gardner Overall, for a film trying to cash in on internet culture, it's not half bad. It doesn't go for any moralizing statements about screen time or get on a soapbox about the potential dangers of it all. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
1/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Kate Gardner The film functioned as a reverse Mirror of Erised, showing me only things I desperately did not want. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 Overlord (2018) Chelsea Steiner Committed performances and delightfully gross practical effects make Overlord a fun night out at the movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
2/5 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Chelsea Steiner Lisbeth Salander deserves better than this half-baked film. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 The New Romantic (2018) Charline Jao The New Romantic is, in many aspects, an old romantic in that capital-R way. A glorification of a past age thought to be lost... Neither she nor the plot quite reach the sublime, but the film is enjoyable nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 Widows (2018) Kate Gardner This film goes beyond a simple heist. This is a testament to women breaking ground in new genres, especially women of color. Go see this film as soon as you can, preferably with a large audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
5/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Dorothy Parkers Can You Ever Forgive Me? works, largely, because director Marielle Heller and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener approach this totally unlikeable character from a place of unconditional love and understanding. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Kate Gardner As the film built to a shocking climax I found the need for a female director more and more pressing... We need more feminist horror, but we need it told from a female perspective. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Princess Weekes What I love most about Repo! is how fun the music is. While not everyone is a trained singer, they all bring an electric energy to the performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 Outlaw King (2018) Rachel Leishman The love story between Elizabeth and Robert can seem contrived, but there's an earnest quality to it because of Pine and Pugh's performances, and it brings a heart to the movie that branches outside of the fight for Scotland. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 Halloween (2018) Princess Weekes 2018's Halloween is a great addition to the Halloween franchise, and by cutting off all of the previously existing sequels, it's able to not only make Michael Myers a true creature of terror, but also comments, subtly, on the current true crime culture. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
2.5/5 First Man (2018) Kate Gardner It feels as though there's been a tonal misstep; someone didn't read the room properly. We don't need apolitical platitudes. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
Venom (2018) Kate Gardner Is it a comedy? Is it an action film? [Venom] makes no pretense of being anything more than a superhero film,... trading the thematic material present in most major superhero ventures for biting off people's heads. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Rachel Leishman When you go into seeing A Star Is Born, one thing is always clear: You're in for great music and a broken heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
Summer '03 (2018) Kate Gardner Audiences will be divided on some parts of the story, especially the romantic plot between Jamie and Luke, but for Gleason's talents alone as a storyteller and director, it's worth giving the film a shot. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
4/5 Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors (2018) Chelsea Steiner The animated film,... delivers on its promise as an entertaining, warm-hearted celebration of diversity and inclusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Rachel Leishman It keeps you on the edge of your seat and, even at the end, you still can't believe the twists and turns that play out. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2018
5/5 Colette (2018) Princess Weekes Keira Knightley is phenomenal, and it can not be understated how well she carries the movie. She masterfully transitions from metaphorical childhood into adulthood, not to mention capturing the charm and intelligence of someone like Colette. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
70th Emmy Awards (2018) Vivian Kane Last night's Emmys-which was hosted by Michael Che... [was] most definitely not funny. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018