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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Mara Reinstein In a lavish, star-studded murder mystery, the big takeaway shouldn't be Kenneth Branagh's facial hair. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Mara Reinstein The narrative builds in admirably inventive and surprising ways. You'll have to see it twice just to appreciate it. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2017
Lady Bird (2017) Mara Reinstein Lady Bird is an angsty coming-of-age tale set in 2002 that feels remarkably and delightfully fresh. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Mara Reinstein Thor 1.0 grumbled as he saved the world; new Thor 2.0 makes small talk with a skeleton to pass the time. The latter works better. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
The Square (2017) Mara Reinstein The sharply observed, wryly funny work for addresses difficult questions about race and class that most people usually just whisper about. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
The Florida Project (2017) Mara Reinstein Director Sean Baker's sun-drenched, pastel-colored drama has a vibrant energy even amid the most heartbreaking moments EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
Wonderstruck (2017) Mara Reinstein It's a beautifully crafted story about love and acceptance and the powers of child-like curiosity. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Mara Reinstein The off-kilter thriller was such an excruciating slow burn that I kept checking my watch, counting down the moments until the credits so the tension would subside. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
Breathe (2017) Mara Reinstein For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis eschews sleek motion-capture technology to focus on an old-fashioned (albeit safe) love story. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Mara Reinstein This comedy of neurotic manners is so achingly, universally relatable that is feels like a documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 Marshall (2017) Mara Reinstein Walk away from the straightforward legal drama and you will learn this towering, influential titular figure . . . was a smooth lawyer in 1940. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2017
The Mountain Between Us (2017) Mara Reinstein It works as diverting entertainment. In fact, is it wrong to conclude it's the ideal movie to watch on an airplane? EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Mara Reinstein In terms of a sequel besting the original, Blade Runner 2049 is not a unicorn. But it is a breathtaking, non-comformist achievement. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2017
American Made (2017) Mara Reinstein The ever-in-control Tom Cruise veers wildly off course in a lively, brash and ridiculously entertaining biopic. I hope I had you at "wildly." EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Mara Reinstein You know an action movie doesn't work when the visual highlight is Elton John sitting at a piano dressed like an overstuffed turkey. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2017
mother! (2017) Mara Reinstein It's a true mind-melting wowza that rivets from the first seemingly innocent moment to the last dagger into the bleeding heart. (That's a metaphor. Maybe.) EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2017
Molly's Game (2017) Mara Reinstein Jessica Chastain tears into the rich material with the ferociousness of a starving wolf. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2017
Suburbicon (2017) Mara Reinstein Just because a period movie screams "still so socially and politically relevant!" doesn't make it a riveting must-see. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2017
It (2017) Mara Reinstein It's a riveting coming-of-age yarn that centers on the horrors of being an adolescent. Irrational fears are shining bright. But loyal friends that stand by you can make all that the misery more tolerable. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2017
Home Again (2017) Mara Reinstein Thinly drawn characters drift through a preposterous story in a Nancy Meyers production. Plus, the kitchen isn't even all that! EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Mara Reinstein Billy Jean King wins. Not just the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs, but the hugely entertaining and inspiring movie of the same name. It's all aces. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2017
Logan Lucky (2017) Mara Reinstein Four years after his self-imposed retirement, maverick director Steven Soderbergh takes the easy way out. Or, rather, back in. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2017
Ingrid Goes West (2017) Mara Reinstein This brutally sharp satire that skewers celebrity in the social media age cuts deep. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2017
Good Time (2017) Mara Reinstein In an electrifying performance, Robert Pattinson finally shows that he has range beyond that of a brooding, sleepy-eyed vampire. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
The Glass Castle (2017) Mara Reinstein Instead of a triumphant tale about perseverance, we get a glossed-over love letter to the joys of quirky hippie-dippy parenting. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017) Mara Reinstein Between his GQ appearance and drawling psychobabble, Matthew McConaughey plays the villain as if he's filming an extended version of a Lincoln commercial. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2017
Wind River (2017) Mara Reinstein How nice to see Avengers Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen working together and acting heroically without all those wonderful toys. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
The Emoji Movie (2017) Mara Reinstein Excuse me while I scan my phone for the vomit emoji. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2017
Detroit (2017) Mara Reinstein The scenes are powerful; the characters are powerless. The result is a sense of utter claustrophobia and dread. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2017
Girls Trip (2017) Mara Reinstein A potent mix of crass, sass, and (whoa) class. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2017
Dunkirk (2017) Mara Reinstein The rush of cold open water leaves you shivering. A nosediving fighter plane causes you to gasp for air. An explosion makes you want to duck for cover. All that and . . . Harry Styles?! EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Mara Reinstein The trilogy's intense yet introspective last chapter is engulfed in a heart of darkness. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2017
The House (2017) Mara Reinstein This is the reason why people rave about the golden age of television. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Mara Reinstein It's a near-miracle that six screenwriters were able to pool their talents and craft such a winsome, witty story. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/4 Despicable Me 3 (2017) Mara Reinstein Explain again why this madcap franchise is a cultural phenomenon worth a zillion dollars? EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2017
The Beguiled (2017) Mara Reinstein To quote the title of Roxy Music's New Wave hit that Coppola brilliantly employed in Lost in Translation, I expected more than this. More darkness. More suspense. More oomph. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2017
The Big Sick (2017) Mara Reinstein It's a winning and genuinely funny rom-com that proves there's more than one way to a heart-swelling happily ever after. Call it The Big Crowd Pleaser. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2017
Rough Night (2017) Mara Reinstein By the 28th penis gag, audiences might be itching to exit this party early. The sober audiences, anyway. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2017
2.5/4 Snatched (2017) Mara Reinstein Bickering, bonding, bickering, bonding. This is really the best comedy vehicle Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn could find? EDIT
Posted May 30, 2017
Baywatch (2017) Mara Reinstein What a wasted chance at, ahem, a bouncy start of the summer movie season. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017) Mara Reinstein For all of Wonder Woman's nifty weapons, the one that proves most indispensable is her chemistry with Chris Pine's ultra-charismatic American spy Steve Trevor. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2017