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Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/5 Enter the Anime (2019) Caitlin Moore Enter the Anime is an hour-long infomercial for Netflix original anime that wastes everyone's time. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) Kahron Spearman Alternate Endings doesn't push the viewer down particular philosophical alleys. Each story, each life, yields its own lessons. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4.5/5 Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Caitlin Moore It's remarkable how all the moving parts of Static Cling coalesce in one perfectly paced, thematically coherent special that's still consistent with the old show's appeal. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Audra Schroeder This film is for a new generation, with new fears to exploit. But will it stay with them? EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Adam Weightman The special is full of tickle humor. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
1.5/5 Otherhood (2019) Eddie Strait Just like parenthood, Otherhood is full of frustrations, but it offers few of the rewards. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
1.5/5 The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Kahron Spearman Black people get reduced to victims or despots who are at the mercy of paternalistic, good-hearted white Israelis who take ridiculous risks. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Jerrod Carmichael: 8 (2017) Eddie Strait 8 is an amusing hour of standup with occasional moments of transcendence. There are a lot of laughs to be had, but not enough philosophy that lingers with you after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Ramy Youssef: Feelings (2019) Brenden Gallagher As was the case with his series, Ramy, Youssef's comedy is at its best when he shies away from casual commentary on larger socio-political issues and simply reflects on his personal experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? (2019) Audra Schroeder It's an engaging spin on the traditional standup special, even if robot Whitney is still working on her delivery. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/5 Girls With Balls (2018) Audra Schroeder Clocking in at just 80 minutes, Girls with Balls is a fun, schlocky ride that you can passively view, but you won't necessarily get invested in the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
2/5 Boi (2019) Eddie Strait The movie wants to be a ponderous journey about self-discovery, but it's actually a movie that philosophically stalls out and goes on too many fruitless detours. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Bryan Rolli Whether it's Tarantino's masterpiece-or even one of his top-tier movies-is besides the point. It is simply a quintessential (Quentessential?) Tarantino movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 The Great Hack (2019) Brenden Gallagher Where the documentary succeeds, however-and what makes it essential viewing for anyone over the age of 40-is in explaining exactly how Cambridge Analytica works. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
0.5/5 Secret Obsession (2019) Eddie Strait Secret Obsession is a soulless lump of generic mush that aspires to the cheese level of a Lifetime original joint but doesn't come anywhere close. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Iliza: Confirmed Kills (2016) Audra Schroeder Confirmed Kills finds the comedian taking a more muscled approach to her observations about men and women, which provide the foundation for her standup. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 Mo Amer: The Vagabond (2018) Kahron Spearman In a breakout performance filmed at Austin's Paramount Theater, Amer tackles identification, code-switching, "Mohammed" keychains, and contingency plans, with the observant nuance of a man who's lived two lifetimes. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo (2017) Audra Schroeder This is obviously a special for Paisley fans, and the jokes are fairly low stakes. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias: One Show Fits All (2019) Eddie Strait One Show Fits All is a reflective, fun special that is accessible to all. I can't imagine someone not enjoying it. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 4 latas (2019) Tess Cagle Viewers might find themselves asking, 'Are we there yet?' throughout the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Parchís: The Documentary (2019) Tess Cagle Parchís: El Documental provides a classic case study of the consequences of teen stardom, and how that experience shapes a young person's perspective of the world. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 Point Blank (2019) Kahron Spearman Point Blank makes sense as a Netflix release, given the flimsy potting and lack of electricity from its main cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein (2019) Audra Schroeder Maybe FMMF is part of a new approach to presenting sketch comedy to viewers in fun-size bites that take a while to digest, and leave you wondering what you just watched. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers (2017) Adam Weightman Regan is unofficially known as "the king of clean..." His special compliments his body of work, sticking with silly observations, funny voices, and a non-political, goofy sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Marc Maron: Too Real (2017) Bryan Rolli Marc Maron: Too Real succeeds as as a purposeful, engaging standup special from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live (2014) Allen Weiner This is especially true in her final segment where the space between setup and punchline seems interminable. In our business, we'd say she needs a good editor. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
() Kahron Spearman The South African comic uses comparisons of his home and New York for foundational, scene-building material, but he really shines when he breaks out of that formula and gets a little more political. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
() Chris Osterndorf Though they come fairly late in Cinco's runtime, musings on the manliness of steak and trying to smuggle donuts through an airport are sure to delight longtime fans. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Colin Quinn: The New York Story (2016) Adam Weightman Quinn uses a lot of stereotypes to examine the attitude of a New Yorker, and in doing so makes a brilliant point about how times have changed. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/5 Cities of Last Things (2018) Eddie Strait Cities of Last Things is a one-trick pony whose storytelling doesn't justify the gimmick around which it's built. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/5 Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Audra Schroeder It's hard to separate that sentiment from the fact that Right Now is still a carefully constructed performance. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/5 Peterloo (2018) Brenden Gallagher Peterloo has moments of beauty... But without conflict between characters and in the minds of viewers, Peterloo fails to rise above a shiny piece of propaganda. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Tom Segura: Disgraceful (2018) Christine Friar If you enjoyed Segura's 2016 special Mostly Stories, there's plenty for you to sink your teeth into here. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/5 Midsommar (2019) Audra Schroeder Much of Midsommar's two-and-a-half-hour runtime is cushioned with trippy sequences, sun-bleached images, and drawn-out pagan rituals-a feel rather than a story. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw Following the carnage of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home resets the tone for a goofy teen comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 The Wolf's Call (2019) Brenden Gallagher A naval submarine thriller that shows, for better or worse, that French cinema is capable of much more than what is contained within art house walls. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Brenden Gallagher These are notes we've heard before, but they are played with such heart and such care that Wild Rose feels like a whole new song. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/5 Beats (2019) Eddie Strait It plays a familiar tune that is agreeable, and won't challenge you too much. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Bryan Rolli Toy Story 4 stands on the shoulders of its predecessors to deliver a wholly satisfying ending to this franchise-at least for now. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 The Edge of Democracy (2019) Tess Cagle American viewers who watch The Edge of Democracy will see an eerie reflection of their own political landscape. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/5 Late Night (2019) Eddie Strait The humor never rises above a polite chuckle, its insights are surface level, and it never gives the audience a reason to care about its story. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/5 Murder Mystery (2019) Eddie Strait Murder Mystery is an easygoing movie where, for the first time in a long time, Sandler lets the audience in on the fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Life Overtakes Me (2019) Brenden Gallagher Life Overtakes Me calls attention to an awful and easily preventable situation with calm and grace. It's hard to ask much more of a documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Elisa & Marcela (2019) Brenden Gallagher Unfortunately, the film's visual mastery can't make up for its lazy storytelling and groan-inducing attempts at intimacy. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 Alles ist gut (2018) Eddie Strait Trobisch's film is specific in its vision and universal in its themes, and it never stoops to proselytizing to make its points. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw It's a satisfying example of a familiar subgenre: self-contained sci-fi dramas that explore wider themes with a small cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Gavia Baker-Whitelaw As a superhero blockbuster, Dark Phoenix is bland and dated, lacking the panache of First Class or the scope of Days of Future Past. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 XY Chelsea (2019) Michelle Jaworski XY Chelsea doesn't offer much breathing room as Manning reckons with all of this; it glosses over some of her experiences while letting others drag. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
1/5 Oh, Ramona! (2019) Tess Cagle The film's plot makes little sense and its characters' actions lack any motivation-making Oh, Ramona! one of the worst movies to be added to [Netflix] yet. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Chris Osterndorf A worthy sendoff to a brilliant, messy series whose proper conclusion has been more than a decade in the making. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019