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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Michelle Jaworski Those human elements just aren't very interesting or memorable compared to watching two Titans duke it out. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2021
3/5 Chaos Walking (2021) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw If you like the sound of some not-too-schlocky thrills featuring well-chosen roles for Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, it's worth checking out. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Space Sweepers (2021) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw The main characters of Space Sweepers are relatably overworked, annoyed, and struggling with debt-and very aware of their place in a toxic capitalist hierarchy. Like Pacific Rim, this film's politics don't need to be subtle to be effective. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 Natalie Palamides: Nate - A One Man Show (2020) Audra Schroeder There's no resolution at the end of the hour. Nate takes off on his motorcycle, in a cloud of smoke. Now you're left sitting with the feelings. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
3.5/5 Wander Darkly (2020) Michelle Jaworski It's an insightful and often emotional retrospective of relationships. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 76 Days (2020) Michelle Jaworski It's an eye-opening look at the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic that showcases the best of humanity within the walls of several Wuhan hospitals. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Audra Schroeder Riz Ahmed gives a standout performance in this moving film. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
3.5/5 Mank (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw I found myself watching Mank as if from a distance, failing to drum up an emotional connection to the characters at hand. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw Ignoring the conservative political context of the book, it's a clumsy and simplified interpretation of the American Dream. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
2/5 Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020) Audra Schroeder I get that Cooper and friends are trying to mirror the feeling of doom-scrolling, but the result is more like an SNL cold open gone rogue. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
2.5/5 Bad Hair (2020) Audra Schroeder Justin Simien's latest throws a little too much at the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Audra Schroeder Does Borat's schtick still work when politicians show us who they are every day? EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
1/5 Rebecca (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw With stilted performances and a clumsy screenplay, it's a horribly misguided new interpretation of the novel. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
5/5 Time (2020) Michelle Jaworski Deeply empathetic, the documentary showcases the cruelties of mass incarceration through the eyes of one woman trying to change it. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
4/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Michelle Jaworski An all-star cast leads Aaron Sorkin's effort to bring the stories of the men who were arrested during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and charged with inciting a riot. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
5/5 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Michelle Jaworski Not only does it give audiences views that money couldn't buy, but it also relays an essential message amid fantastical performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
2/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw This sprawling mid-20th century drama is disappointingly dull and shallow, mistaking gritty violence for mature storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Audra Schroeder Two hours under the influence of Charlie Kaufman. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5/5 Mulan (2020) Michelle Jaworski Mulan sidesteps the usual shot-for-shot route that many of its predecessors took. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw She Dies Tomorrow is a compellingly weird indie drama about a psychological contagian. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/5 An American Pickle (2020) Michelle Jaworski Seth Rogen pulls double-duty in a film with a premise that quickly gets old, but it's grounded by great performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/5 Boys State (2020) Audra Schroeder A fascinating and bleak exploration of teenage boys playing politics. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/5 Project Power (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw Some of the film's ideas work but others are clumsy and ill-thought-out. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
2.5/5 The Old Guard (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw This forgettable action-thriller features decent combat scenes but threadbare storytelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
2.5/5 The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Tiffany Kelly The Kissing Booth 2 gives Elle more agency, but her decisions still revolve around Noah and Lee, including where she should apply to college. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
4.5/5 Palm Springs (2020) Michelle Jaworski While its ties to Groundhog Day are apparent from the get-go, Palm Springs charms with a refreshing and clever spin on the format. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/5 Radioactive (2019) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw The only way Amazon Prime Video's Marie Curie biopic could be more by-the-book is if it starred Benedict Cumberbatch. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
4/5 Relic (2020) Eddie Strait There's something for everyone here, something that will put the fear of God in you because nothing is scarier than real life. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
Circus of Books (2019) John-Michael Bond Circus of Books is essential viewing-a raw, often hilarious, moving story about a family working in the background of a marginalized culture. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3.5/5 Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Audra Schroeder Gadsby makes it an accessible show, even if it's intertwined with its predecessor. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
3.5/5 Butt Boy (2019) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw The whole thing is just a gross-out joke stretched to absurd proportions, seemingly designed to attract epithets like "weirdest film of the year." But you know what? It works. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
3.5/5 Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) Audra Schroeder Wolf has mastered the joke structure, so that even when stating, "White women, it's time to admit we're part of the problem," she has a counterpunch(line) and doesn't lose the audience. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 () Audra Schroeder While Bamford tempered expectations early on in the special, it's not because she doubts herself or her material. She's arrived at a place where she knows herself-and her brand-better. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2020
Outbreak (1995) Chris Osterndorf Outbreak isn't a perfect movie, but it is the perfect movie to talk about the way pop culture portrays viruses... EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
0.5/5 Pete Davidson: Alive From New York (2020) Morgan Leigh Davies Alive from New York, is a deflating slog of a special that Davidson seems to know isn't much good, and to which the tentative audience isn't quite sure how to react. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 All the Bright Places (2020) Jenny Zheng All The Bright Places is tender, beautiful, and thoughtful, but Finch's story felt bereft of what made it so great in the original novel. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Audra Schroeder That the franchise has retained a devoted audience speaks to Condor's complete command of the role, and while the sequel still has chemistry, it feels a bit confined by its love triangle. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
3.5/5 Horse Girl (2020) Caitlin Moore The character writing truly is Horse Girl's greatest strength, what makes it notable instead of a dime-a-dozen straight-to-streaming movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3.5/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw Birds of Prey serves perfectly well as a kind of cross between Deadpool and a Lady Gaga video, featuring flashy costumes and well-choreographed fight scenes. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (2020) Audra Schroeder Sweet & Salty keeps a celebratory tone throughout, but the last 20 minutes are a little more self-reflective, as Feimster assesses where she is now-and how she could be the representation she lacked. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4.5/5 Crip Camp (2020) Michelle Jaworski An unknown part of history brought to life, it's told in their own words and doesn't veer into inspiration porn territory. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Michelle Jaworski Miss Americana is a deconstruction of the myth of Taylor Swift that's been perpetuated by a multitude of factions over the more than a decade she's spent in the spotlight, and for Swift fans, it's a much-watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 Zola (2020) Michelle Jaworski Zola is compelling and chaotic, perfectly capturing the energy that the original thread put out there as well as the intricate nature of a story told by the internet. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 Cuties (2020) Michelle Jaworski Written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, Cuties nails down just how isolating and uncomfortable being a young girl in the world can be, elevated largely by Youssouf's performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Michelle Jaworski It's a complex examination of trauma and grief and how even the most intricate levels of revenge don't always provide closure. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 Wendy (2020) Michelle Jaworski Wendy has a lot to live up to, and for the most part, it succeeds. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020) Audra Schroeder Jones pauses a couple of times to genuinely be in the moment, and though much of the hour leans on surveying the past and making observations (not all of them groundbreaking), there's a bigger takeaway: Take up space now. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3.5/5 Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (2019) Gregory Paul Silber Haddish is funnier when she focuses less on her newfound stardom and turns her attention to more universal experiences like aging, sex, and her past economic challenges. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/5 Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning (2020) Audra Schroeder Glazer is a gifted performer-energetic, physical, and quick with an impression. She has a voice that people are drawn to. But there's a sense that she's still finding her footing in this medium. And that's OK. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 Togo (2019) John-Michael Bond While the subject is familiar, the moderate pacing and focus on characterization over unrelenting action set it apart. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019