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Rating Title/Year Author
1917 (2019) Jessica Mason 1917 is not just an incredible film because it's about war, but because it is a film about humanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Stefania Sarrubba Green succeeded in creating a beautiful, neat tapestry, weaving together the loose threads left behind by Guy-Blaché, helping to reinstate her in the history of cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 The Last Full Measure (2020) Rachel Leishman The Last Full Measure focuses more on the soldiers in a way that made me recognize the pain these men faced (and continue to face) after leaving the war and how it never really left them. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 Dolittle (2020) Rachel Leishman If you want to go into something and just laugh and have fun, then you'll enjoy Dolittle. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/5 Like a Boss (2020) Sara Clements Like a Boss truly succeeds in being a wonderful and touching story of female friendship, and this is all thanks, in part, to its leading ladies, who are in their top comedic form. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Rachel Leishman There is just something about this journey, about the need for Lance Corporal Schofield to find Lt. Joseph Blake. It's something that I would see again and again. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Spies in Disguise (2019) Rachel Leishman Is it one of the best animated movies I've seen in a while? Yes, I think I like it even more than I liked Frozen 2, and that's saying something. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Vivian Kane It's not tongue-in-cheek; it means everything it puts out there, but it makes sure the audience knows how absurd it is because children are absurd-genuinely, sincerely, seriously absurd. They're weird and deep and dark, and this is the show they deserve. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Cats (2019) Jessica Mason For me, Cats was magical... It kept in songs I was sure would be cut and it was so boldly and confidently Cats that I had to respect it and I truly enjoyed each moment. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Princess Weekes In the end, I think one thing is fundamentally true about this sequel trilogy: the fact that they went in without a three-movie plan, directors who were communicating, and a story bible is a damn sin. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Little Women (2019) Brittany Knupper Ronan and Pugh's performances. They managed to capture the full complexity of these two sisters-their admirable attributes and also their many flaws. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Let It Snow (2019) Stefania Sarrubba Compared to the usual Hallmark-dominated landscape of straight-up straight, white, and boring holiday movies, this does feel like a breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) Vivian Kane A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is standard, frivolous holiday fare: easily enjoyable and deliberately frivolous. But there are some unusually deep subjects at its core. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/5 Cats (2019) Rachel Leishman All I can say is that Mr. Mistoffelees definitely is the best, and maybe this entire movie is overtly sexual for absolutely no reason. So, you know, fun for the entire family. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Kaila Hale-Stern It has a lot of fun while also pulling relentlessly at heartstrings and turning on the waterworks. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/5 6 Underground (2019) Sara Clements There are scenes in 6 Underground that fail to carry their emotional weight because of their poor execution. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) Princess Weekes This is probably the best film version of Little Women, and with it, Greta Gerwig has brought a new level of beauty, charm, and Amy March excellence to the story. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
The First Temptation of Christ (2019) Jessica Mason It's both homophobic, a bit racist and offensive to all religions and it's just ... tired. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Black Christmas (2019) Princess Weekes I think Black Christmas missed the mark by taking nearly every single talking point from the movement and throwing it into a script that is not paced well enough to really allow all these things to come together. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/4 Knock Down the House (2019) Vivian Kane If the storytelling is a bit uneven, the story itself more than makes for it. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Brittany Knupper The building panic and tension releasing in a cathartic explosion that left me feeling not just relieved but actually kind of pumped? Maybe that speaks more to my own mental health quirks, but regardless, Uncut Gems is worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Jessica Mason Frozen II is not only visually stunning, funny and moving, it touches something primal and beautiful that few works of art can. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Kate Gardner Strikingly shot, and with an emotional throughline that keeps the film grounded even amidst the fantasy element, it truly cements Flanagan as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in horror today. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 The Irishman (2019) Brittany Knupper It is surprisingly funny, and the three leading men give the performances of their careers. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Rachel Leishman Baumbach manages to bring the heartache and loneliness that comes with a divorce to life in a way that stays with you long after you've left the cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Brittany Knupper It is a dark, brooding, disgusting, masterpiece of a film. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Brittany Knupper Overall, the acting is pretty solid..., but what really takes Girl on the Third Floor to the next level (pun intended!) is the fantastic array of practical effects. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Stefania Sarrubba Portrait of a Lady on Fire brims with the unique burning desire and adoration that the female gaze can capture. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/5 The Current War (2017) Rachel Leishman The film does a great job of bringing these larger-than-life figures to the screen in a way that doesn't feel as if either is treated unfairly. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Alien (1979) Princess Weekes There is something beautifully simplistic about Alien-the practical effects, the design of the alien, and how the tension just keeps ramping up. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Rachel Leishman So, honestly, a fun hour and thirty-nine minutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Princess Weekes The big problem with this sequel is that it covers a lot of issues that the it's unable to commit to properly handling, both tonally and structure-wise. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 Little Monsters (2019) Kate Gardner [T]he film has some great moments, mostly centered on Miss Caroline kicking ass and the kids being kids. But there's too much emphasis on shock value humor... and there isn't quite enough poking fun at the genre to make it a savvy send up. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Rachel Leishman Knives Out delighted me to no end and kept me thinking the entire time. With each new twist, I thought I knew who did it and what was going on but then I was shown I couldn't trust a single person and that's the sign of a brilliant mystery. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Princess Weekes It is made well, but overall, it's a childish, meandering story that didn't deserve the attention it got, but also doesn't deserve much other than acting praise. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Rebecca Harrison I Used to be Normal does great work at getting behind the screaming headlines and shrieking stereotypes to the emotional and psychological realities of women's experiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 Sister Aimee (2019) Kate Gardner While a straight (pun intended) biopic about Aimee would be just as fascinating, the fictionalized story is a lot of fun, and I'm always here for a story that actively tries to shake up expectations. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Princess Weekes Downton Abbey delivers what it's supposed to, a dated escapism that is so detached from our modern-day issues that you can just obliviously enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Rachel Leishman It's limited, brilliant, and now we have an entire movie worth of interviews at our disposal. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rachel Leishman I love Jojo Rabbit with my whole heart, and it is the perfect blend of Waititi's wit and ability to pack a comedy with an emotional punch-a definite must-see. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 Human Capital (2019) Rachel Leishman With surprising twists and reveals, the movie does a great job of keeping you engaged with the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Kate Gardner The film is an achievement in big-budget horror storytelling, and an excellent adaptation of King's work. It is weird and messy and ultimately uplifting, with a strong cast and some serious scares. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Kate Gardner There's no big studio franchise plans set around Ready or Not, but rather just an excellent horror film that audiences have been responding positively to. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Rachel Leishman Overall, I think that Blinded by the Light is going to hit home for so many of us, even being set in the late '80s, and it truly shows the power of music and how it can uplift us. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Sara Clements The narrative is a mess at times ... and too incoherent in its exploration of character motivations, but the drama is there, with all the shocking and violent moments you can expect from a mob tale. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Kate Gardner It serves as a decent introduction to the world of horror for younger audiences and provides a horror film that the entire family can enjoy. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Princess Weekes It was a powerful final chapter to this fun, musical trilogy. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Chelsea Steiner Even potentially exciting sequences, like the Samoan battle with traditional weaponry, is dulled by quick editing and uninspired filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kate Gardner Spider-Verse is a triumphant work of art that is beautiful to behold, that gets better with each additional viewing. It embraces the truly remarkable spirit that makes Spider-Man so popular and why he is so important to so many fans. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Rachel Leishman The movie isn't perfect; it has its flaws... and we don't all have to love the idea of the struggle of the straight, white, male actor. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019