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Rating Title/Year Author
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kaila Hale-Stern It's everyday people and not legends who become the main players. That they can feel so true to life in a fantastical universe speaks to the real sleight-of-hand magic at work in this summer blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006) Princess Weekes Shizuku is a fantastic heroine and for all my creatively inclined people, if you haven't seen this movie yet, it'll remind you of the work and honing of craft needed to be great at anything you love. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Princess Weekes That doesn't make this adaptation necessary, but I will say that having a majority Black voice cast in the movie was really awesome to hear. Yes, even Beyoncé. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Rachel Leishman MJ grew as a character and managed to represent all the things we love about the iconic Mary Jane Watson, with a new twist, made it a delight to watch as Peter and MJ started to let their relationship form. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Vivian Kane This is a movie that is designed to overwhelm your senses and to stay with you afterward and it very much succeeds in both of those things. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kate Gardner Pure popcorn fun, engaging and eye-catching. Just as the emotional beats tend to hit the mark, the action scenes hit their mark too. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Rachel Leishman If you like the Beatles, you'll like Yesterday's end credits where you get to hear the actual "Hey Jude"... But I wish I had come away with more from Yesterday and characters that I could have believed in. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Kate Gardner If the formula isn't broken, don't fix it. We all need popcorn horror fare, and the Conjuring franchise, and Annabelle, know how to deliver. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Rachel Leishman Toy Story 4 is maybe the perfect conclusion to this series. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Princess Weekes It's disappointing that with a franchise that has so much promise and so much potential for fun, they couldn't make something strong out of it. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Chelsea Steiner The franchise and its stars deserved better than this disappointing outing. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Kate Gardner Bring some Kleenex and get ready to cry your heart out. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Rachel Leishman The X-Men should have been an important cultural boon to Fox-they took some of the most iconic characters in comics and had the chance to bring them to screen in a meaningful way. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kate Gardner It streamlined the narrative and didn't dredge up the bad writing of Age of Ultron, which is always a net positive. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Princess Weekes The crappy way they deal with Storm's powers, make Jean Grey a plot device versus treating her like a real character. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Princess Weekes If you are a fan of monster movies, this is one of the best I've seen in recent years. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
1/5 Ma (2019) Princess Weekes Sadly, by the time the story really gets good, it's too late, and nothing was really worth having us wait that long. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Rachel Leishman As someone who had their doubts about the movie, Rocketman's unapologetic nature about Elton John is exactly the kind of movie I wanted. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Lesley Coffin The dialogue is the movie's biggest problem. The overwhelming reaction I had immediately after leaving was, "Guy Ritchie thinks his writing is much funnier than it is." EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3.5/5 Bull (2019) Rachel Leishman Bull is the perfect kind of story to usher in a new understanding of friendship, humanity, and coping. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018) Rachel Leishman We Have Always Lived In The Castle is visually stunning, a fresh look at the Shirley Jackson story, and has a slow-building dread that will stay with you. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 () Kaila Hale-Stern Ultimately this is a valentine to the show, its creative forces, and its fans. You won't want What We Left Behind to end. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 Charlie Says (2018) Rachel Leishman Something about Charlie Says works and provides us with a new and interesting look into Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Susan Atkin. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3.5/5 Tolkien (2019) Kaila Hale-Stern If you already know his life story, you won't be learning anything new here, but your eyes will thank you for the expected journey. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Rachel Leishman We're left with a movie that romanticizes the idea of Ted Bundy and does very little to honor his victims. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 Fast Color (2018) Valerie Complex At the core, this compelling cast of women holds the film together with their empathetic, earnest performances. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Chelsea Steiner Someone Great is a perfect "Girls Night In" film, and one you'll want to revisit again and again. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Never Been Kissed (1999) Chelsea Steiner Never Been Kissed remains one of the best teen movies and romcoms of the '90s, and a true ode to nerdy, overly enthusiastic girls of all ages. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Kate Gardner Shazam! was a delightful, sentimental superhero flick that is exactly what the doctor ordered for DC. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 Pahokee (2019) Valerie Complex This isn't the perfect documentary... None of this should keep the audience from rooting for this remarkable group of young people who want to contribute to their community and the world. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 () Valerie Complex There are no cheap movie tricks or special effects, just impressive cinematography and lighting to evoke sexual tension, and a solid story to carry the film from one plot beat to the next. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Rachel Leishman Heart-warming, beautiful, and a Tim Burton masterpiece, Dumbo brings you into this world of wonder and feels as if you're home among Medici's family. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Rachel Leishman This is one incredible introduction to a hero. One that had me screaming in the theater! EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Kate Gardner Us is brilliant. Frightening in some parts, funny in others, and altogether a cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
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 Booksmart (2019) 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