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Rating Title/Year Author
C Sightless (2020) Matt Pais There's suspension of disbelief, and there's far-fetched nonsense. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
C Promising Young Woman (2020) Matt Pais Just because the subject is important doesn't mean the movie's good. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
A Spontaneous (2020) Matt Pais I'm blown away that this strange, difficult movie exists and so deftly accomplishes the inherent hope and fear of 21st century America. Overlooked and amazing. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
A- Rewind (2019) Matt Pais An unshakeable portrait of sexual abuse's impact on a family, history as the source of explanations, and personality being at the mercy of experience and trauma. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
A- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Matt Pais Forget the abysmal Soul; this is the heart of music, and the experience that drives it. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
B+ The Invisible Man (2020) Matt Pais Blends some of the year's best cinematography and special effects with a gasp-inducing story of abuse. Crisp and menacing. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
B+ Kajillionaire (2020) Matt Pais Delivers several quintessentially July-ian scenes of astounding, unique power. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
D Soul (2020) Matt Pais Offensively implies -- in this year of all years -- that those who don't survive near-death experiences pass away because of a lack of inspiration or determination. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
D- Friendsgiving (2020) Matt Pais Fauci recommends staying six miles away from Friendsgiving. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
B Shithouse (2020) Matt Pais A portrait of raw, evolved sensitivity, tackling an emotional late bloomer in a way that is never ironic or played for laughs (but that can still be pointedly funny). EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
D- Hubie Halloween (2020) Matt Pais We are at a point where a lot of people are embracing cruelty. Meanness disguised as comedy is cinematic gaslighting. And I've had it. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
D+ Love, Guaranteed (2020) Matt Pais Like spraying an empty air freshener to cover a fart, Love, Guaranteed claims to indict fraudulent presentations of romantic possibility while becoming exactly that. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
C+ Chemical Hearts (2020) Matt Pais Reinhart knows how to play sad without just moping. While the film's only a footnote in the coming-of-age genre, she's clearly ready to graduate. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
B+ Banana Split (2018) Matt Pais Underrated ambitious, and fun as hell. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
B I Used to Go Here (2020) Matt Pais The kind of movie that your brain pokes at while your heart feels it still. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B The Rental (2020) Matt Pais Lean and crisp like an envelope, and just as capable of piercing the skin. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
D+ Palm Springs (2020) Matt Pais Its phoniness feels like painting a patio blue and calling it a pool, and then being dumb enough to jump in. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2020
D- Artemis Fowl (2020) Matt Pais Reminiscent of everything and better than nothing. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
D Desperados (2020) Matt Pais Very 2020 in that it's disturbingly awful. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
B+ Straight Up (2019) Matt Pais Challenges both viewers and its characters to feel, think and listen at the same time, something that's easier said than done in reality and a rarity on screen. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
C Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Matt Pais Quotable this is not, unless you plan to drop "Let's go sex nuts" into conversation. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
C- 7500 (2019) Matt Pais Calling it snail-paced would be insulting to snails. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
B+ United Skates (2018) Matt Pais Joyous, informative, necessary. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
A- American Animals (2018) Matt Pais Observes a cocktail of boredom, ambition and peer pressure, topped off with romanticizing the first two-thirds of a movie and shrugging off the inevitable downfall. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
A- Free Solo (2018) Matt Pais What type of risks make life worthwhile? And how many times can you say "Oh my god oh my god oh my god" to yourself while watching a movie? EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
A Vox Lux (2018) Matt Pais Fascinating and daring, isolating small bursts of consolation in a deeply upsetting time while asking how enduring joy can exist for kids brought up on relentless heartache. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
A Leave No Trace (2018) Matt Pais Delivers something so full of strength and sadness that anyone who calls it slow should have to take a 100-level course in humanity. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
C- A Kind of Murder (2016) Matt Pais Less cat-and-mouse than cat-and-mirror. The movie just sits there, proud to look pretty, not really doing anything. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
A- Little Women (2019) Matt Pais Could be a new feminist classic. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
A- Greener Grass (2019) Matt Pais Hypnotically bizarre, Greener Grass is Pleasantville bent at the angle of a sports injury you almost can't bear to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
B+ Booksmart (2019) Matt Pais A moving, modern view of teenage life that's both very funny and draped in kindness and vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
A Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Matt Pais A tremendously intimate, gradual burn of forbidden love. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
A Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Matt Pais Might be the filmmaker's most precise examination of the relationship between art and reality. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
D The Wrong Missy (2020) Matt Pais A laugh riot if your favorite word is "pubes." EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
A Marriage Story (2019) Matt Pais Startling, complex, funny, heartbreaking. The year's best movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
C The Day Shall Come (2019) Matt Pais As underwhelming as its predecessor was impressive. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
C Late Night (2019) Matt Pais How devastating for a movie that is meant to be topical to feel like it has been on the shelf for a while. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
D The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Matt Pais An excruciating, manipulative dose of Lifetime movie emotion delivered through a daily calendar of competitive driving metaphors. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
C+ Paddleton (2019) Matt Pais A more daring movie might have strived to really rock the foundation of this central relationship and see what shakes loose as a result. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
D Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Matt Pais Feels exhausting before the body count even begins. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
B+ High Flying Bird (2019) Matt Pais A reflective, angry wake-up call. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
D Vice (2018) Matt Pais All "what" and no "how" or "why," Vice is the most disappointing movie in I don't know how long. Man, I cannot believe how bad it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
C- The Front Runner (2018) Matt Pais Approaches something important and refuses to be interesting. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
A- Support the Girls (2018) Matt Pais The rare movie about really important issues that also manages to be light on its feet and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
C The Wife (2017) Matt Pais As flimsy as the marriage it depicts. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
B- Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Matt Pais Someone would have to be pretty soft to buy the whole thing, and awfully hard not to fall at all. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
C Adrift (2018) Matt Pais Does little more than bob alongside every other title in the human vs. sea genre. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
C I Feel Pretty (2018) Matt Pais Qualifies as a sort of 100-calorie pack of truth and uplift, with laughs sold separately. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
B- Blockers (2018) Matt Pais An obnoxious and embarrassing teen sex comedy that is sometimes a sincere and winning character study of friendship and family. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
C- Midnight Sun (2018) Matt Pais It would be nice if movies stopped trying to make young girls aspire to be princesses. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018