The Muse/Jezebel

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Rating Title/Year Author
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Joan Summers Sonic the Hedgehog is a failure of the imagination so catastrophic, so unfathomably antipathetic to the very idea of itself, that sitting down to write this review felt like sawing a hole in my own skull. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Megan Reynolds The sequel fails to capture the giddy magic of the first, in part because the success of the first was so astronomical. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Zola (2020) Cate Young From the writing and directing to the costuming and production design, Bravo and her team transform the famed series of tweets into an of-the-moment film that captures the same frenetic energy of the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Cate Young For those outside media or film who may not have followed the many tendrils of Weinstein's various abuses, The Assistant feels like a strange rendering of a broken system that should simply be left to continue on unchanged. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Rich Juzwiak This movie. This movie. I'm going to write more about it shortly, but now two days after watching it, I cannot believe how good it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Atlantics (2019) Rich Juzwiak In a rather self-possessed way, this movie is wild and never really runs out of ways to surprise as a pan-genre exercise. It's weird and depressing and spooky but also ravishingly romantic. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Freedom (2019) Rich Juzwiak Liberté is a brilliant portrait, but one that's more appealing to think about than to sit through. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Parasite (2019) Rich Juzwiak Parasite was too on the nose too often for me to give it my full heart. However, I loved an ambiguity at its core... EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (2019) Dylan Rupert You ever watch a Sonny & Cher Christmas Special just to soak up that holiday wistfulness?... Kacey's trying to access this mood, no doubt, but nostalgia's mysterious algorithm of aesthetic and age is elusive to a production so shiny and new. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
The Knight Before Christmas (2019) Kelly Faircloth None of it makes any sense, and it's fine. In fact, I love it! EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Cate Young Despite its commercial framing as a classic outlaw narrative, Queen & Slim is simply a gorgeous reflection of the hope that can emerge amid the darkness of futility. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Hazel Cills There's the sense that Charlie's Angels is skimming the surface of its comedic potential, especially with Banks directing. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Rich Juzwiak It's almost like... no one has any idea what they're doing at all and just praying that the association with a classic Christmas pop song will pull them through. It doesn't. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Parasite (2019) Cate Young Parasite is unique in its treatment of class and solidarity and is a singular cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Judy (2019) Hazel Cills Judy, for all its flaws, is an earnest snapshot of an artist who has lived their life constantly performing, and the intense highs and lows of being on stage and off it. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Kelly Faircloth Like the show, the movie is beautiful, because Highclere Castle is beautiful... But the plot boils down to the same plot that Downton has always had: a fight for stasis and the preservation of "a way of life," as much as possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Harriet (2019) Sarah Hagi While it doesn't adequately display the talents of the criminally underrated Kasi Lemmons or Cynthia Erivo, people are finally getting to see Tubman in a real way. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
How to Build a Girl (2019) Cate Young How to Build a Girl is a sweet film about an adventure to create oneself in all the ways that matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
() Hazel Cills What's a girl to do besides mope around feeling bad about her height and never develop a personality beyond that because the writer is incapable of developing a well-rounded teen girl character? EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Joker (2019) Sarah Hagi This is a fascinating, occasionally charming movie about a clown with an artsy veneer. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Cate Young The film is stylish, funny, exciting, and endlessly watchable. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Rich Juzwiak Of course, horror movies have a long history of playing fast and loose with coherence, and expecting excellence from It Chapter Two is a more foolish idea than anything contained in this extremely dumb movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Vita & Virginia (2018) Cate Young Arterton, Debicki, and their real-life counterparts are underserved by a script that doesn't quite understand its own relationship to queer romance and has little to say about it except that it existed. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Adam (2019) Rich Juzwiak Adam is too tonally uneven for me to really admire it-it has the broad concept of a major studio movie in which you're supposed to buy every character's stupidity, but then it's framed and scripted like an intimate, mumbling indie. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Rich Juzwiak 47 Meters Down Uncaged is both laughable and thrilling, a movie that often doesn't make much sense but at least knows well enough to make like a shark and keep moving. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Otherhood (2019) Tracy Clark-Flory Otherhood doesn't explore any of this with any degree of social or political insight. Instead, it deploys all that inequity, emptiness, and rejection for cheap laughs; these middle-aged moms' debasement is the gag. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Jasmine Sha-Ree Sanders Haddish's comedy is sublimely physical, also buoyed by the sort of jejune silliness that is usually picked up on the playground. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Luce (2019) Cate Young Luce plays on expectations of race, respectability, and white liberal guilt to weave a taut, terrifying tale that dares the audience to speak its suspicions aloud. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Rich Juzwiak Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one long ramble about the good old days that reveals its pointlessness and malice the longer it goes on. Times are changing and Tarantino seems awfully cranky about that. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Cate Young Overall, the film's biggest problem is that the hyper-focus on realism in the animation stripped the story of what made the 1994 original so memorable. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Megan Reynolds There are moments of recognition in some of the even more infuriating scenes that made me laugh through reluctant tears. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Frida Garza Ansari's special is funny, although the tone and delivery of it are less animated than his earlier material; he sounds tired at times, even when he starts laughing. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Rich Juzwiak The threat of violence is the violence in Annabelle Comes Home, which makes the 100-minute experience as low stakes as it gets. The ghosts in question are mere nuisances. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Maria Sherman The premise, while outlandish, doesn't seem that challenging to conceptualize-but Yesterday proves that it is difficult to realize. If only it were more... fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Hazel Cills It's a brutal but respectful documentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Hazel Cills The film is brimming with seriously dedicated world-building, including creepy illustrated histories dotting the village's interiors that feel ripped from a Henry Darger book, but all the exposition doesn't actually make for an engaging horror film. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
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
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (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