The Muse/Jezebel

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Rating Title/Year Author
Child's Play (2019) Rich Juzwiak Both well-intentioned but not afraid of nihilism, the fun of Child's Play resides in how unpredictable its sequence of events is. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) Megan Reynolds If we look at the details, this movie is actually pretty good. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Late Night (2019) Hazel Cills Molly is a portrait of feminine goodness, one on which the film hinges its retrograde ethos about good comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Megan Reynolds As the newest entry to the rom-com genre, it succeeds not solely because of its representation: Always Be My Maybe is a sparkling, charming rom-com. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Cate Young The film starts off as a fun, relatively predictable horror film, then rapidly devolves into the grotesque as the narrative shifts and bends with its many twists. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Megan Reynolds While it's not clear how long these girls have been friends, what shines on the screen is their chemistry-Feldstein is a remarkable actor. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Ma (2019) Rich Juzwiak Its overarching sensibilities mostly complement each other and, in the process, yield an addictively watchable movie that is roughly as delicious as it is nutritious. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Megan Reynolds There's a specific energy and verve Williams's voice acting carried that Smith, sadly, lacks. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
See You Yesterday (2019) Cate Young The film's ambiguous ending [is] frustrating but fitting. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Katie McDonough The Hustle, in the end, is a con on anyone who thought they were about to watch a modestly subversive feminist critique of capitalism. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Fast Color (2018) Cate Young Fast Color is an expert example of an original idea that takes well worn tropes and tweaks them ever so slightly in order to infuse them with new meaning. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Maria Sherman The beautiful thing about tropes is that they go down easy when you're just looking for a fun movie to pass the time. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
() Cate Young There was value in experiencing the moment yet again. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
After (2019) Maria Sherman As assumed, After is remarkably horny and corny to the point of embarrassment. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Rich Juzwiak The movie becomes something close to suffocating. Taking it in as just another horror flick, though, requires suspending whatever you feel (and, for that matter, know) about the Mason Family and Tate's murders. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Us (2019) Hazel Cills While Us may be marred with flaws, the family at its center can probably withstand anything. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Cate Young The film is neither a masterpiece or a calamity; instead, it's a perfectly fun, entertaining installment in a larger narrative arc that's very clearly working to set up the MCU's evolution into its next phase. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Baby Boom (1987) Megan Reynolds It is a startlingly prescient look at the anxieties of motherhood. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Fyre (2019) Hazel Cills It's these scenes, of glib meetings with investors-and Ja Rule and McFarland cackling on boats about how everyone just lapped up their supermodel -that make the movie feel like a pressure cooker. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Rich Juzwiak I don't think Destroyer is a good movie, but it is never boring and often hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Rich Juzwiak The last 12 or so minutes of Vox Lux undermine what preceded it like a cruel punchline. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Bird Box (2018) Rich Juzwiak None of Bird Box makes a lick of sense. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Widows (2018) Cate Young There's nothing here that won't make you glad you came. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Creed II (2018) Cate Young But despite its own individual merits, this year's sequel, Creed II, fails to quite live up to the potential of its predecessor, and Coogler himself seems to be the essential missing ingredient. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (2018) Maria Sherman For the most part, the sequel is nothing more than a barrage of allusions to the first film and various moments from Banks's pop culture repertoire. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Amazing Grace (2018) Rich Juzwiak This film was ahead of its time, and arriving today, some 46 years later, feels right on time. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Hannah Gold The Favourite walks a taught, thrilling line between humor and suffering. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Maria Sherman I Used to Be Normal is undeniably delightful, a rare exercise in pop culture's most nostalgic impulses that does not attempt to sell us back what we once adored. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Green Book (2018) Cate Young With its insistence on the pretense of loving our way into racial harmony, the movie exists almost exclusively to allow white moviegoers to nod sagely about how far we've come. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons (2018) Ecleen Caraballo Leguizamo's history class is not an end all, be all-it leaves out pieces of Central American history I would have liked to see-but rather serves as a starting point, and he's the perfect educator for the task. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Rich Juzwiak Boy Erased wants to be important, but more than that liked. It is dictionary-definition Oscar bait. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Halloween (2018) Rich Juzwiak This Halloween wants to rewrite the canon and be the definitive sequel, but it is merely just another sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Rich Juzwiak What kept me from appreciating this movie as a whole beyond some very good parts was its inability to practice what it preached and actually say something. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
First Man (2018) Rich Juzwiak The movie, with its apathetic whimper of a final scene reunion between Neil and Janet, is both grandiose and underwhelming. I left First Man less certain than ever about the actual practical worth of the U.S.'s moon landing. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Katie McDonough I believed Bradley Cooper was a man who writes Soundgarden songs but dresses like Sturgill Simpson. I believed Lady Gaga was Joe Biden's daughter. I never wanted it to end. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
Her Smell (2018) Rich Juzwiak Her Smell is so obsessed with the decline of Becky Something that it glosses over what makes her tick... or what even made her great in the first place. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Assassination Nation (2018) Cate Young Witches are making a pop culture comeback, so it's not a surprise that Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation trades on that rudimentary metaphor as a starting point for this horror-comedy cum political manifesto. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2018
Life Itself (2018) Maria Sherman Women have quite a bit more sophistication than what Fogelman's statement allows of us-it's possible to tell an eloquent story of familial history without layering on tragedy in an exploitative fashion. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Cate Young Vox Lux serves as a fitting, if clumsy, acknowledgement of the new status quo. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Clover Hope Kendrick and Lively, under Feig's direction, manage to sell this wild tale of non-friendship gone awry by pulling off a number of tricks, all of which turn out to be just crazy enough to work. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Where Hands Touch (2018) Cate Young While expertly made, the film fails because it refuses to meaningfully acknowledge the basic truth of the terrifying power dynamics between the two lovers. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
Destination Wedding (2018) Hazel Cills The movie's minimalism -- which gives the eerie impression that Destination Wedding was better intended as a short story or a play rather than a feature film -- might have succeeded if it weren't for the script itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Rich Juzwiak The only truly shocking thing is just how inept the movie is. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
We the Animals (2018) Ecleen Caraballo The movie, set in Utica, New York, is the kind of coming-of-age story that stands out from the rest because it dares to be vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Frida Garza To All the Boys is a joy to watch and rises to the top of a cliché genre on the strength of its whip-smart writing and cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Megan Reynolds Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy giddy off its own supply -- the answer to the question of what a romantic comedy would look like if it were shot like an action film. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
Slender Man (2018) Hazel Cills While there's no arguing that the existence of Slender Man is tasteless, the final product is also harmless: a boring horror movie about a fleeting internet phenomenon that its intended audience has largely forgotten about. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
The Meg (2018) Rich Juzwiak If only it fully leaned into its ridiculousness, then maybe The Meg would be worthwhile. It has its moments, but The Meg is overall a limp movie -- it has a big monster and absolutely no idea what to do with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Bobby Finger It is rare that a movie leaves me so giddy and dumbstruck by the intricacies of its production EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2018
Skyscraper (2018) Tracy Clark-Flory Mostly, the movie is Serious Rock Acting Serious. He's not bad at it, it's just that it's no fun-and a movie like Skyscraper is, above all, supposed to be fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2018