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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Rob Dean THE GENTLEMEN is a fine movie that has many positive aspects...[but its] ultimate failure isn't that it shot too high only to fall short, but that [Ritchie] is not self-aware and doesn't recognize how these missteps do no service to the story EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Weathering With You (2019) Rob Dean In WEATHERING WITH YOU, despite falling back on familiar Shinkai tropes, it's still a unique enough tale of the magic that inhabits our beautiful world that we can easily fail to notice. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
VHYes (2019) Rob Dean VHYES is a look back at a specific and odd time where UHF was a wasteland and people were just beginning to have an interceding presence between them and experiencing the moment, full of pinpoint period accuracy and lots of perfectly bizarre bits EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
Underwater (2020) Rob Dean Directed by William Eubank and written by Brian Duffield & Adam Cozad, UNDERWATER has multiple impressive assets and strong sequences, but is inconsistent with its execution-effectively watering down a lot of its promise. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Rob Dean The Safdie Brothers' UNCUT GEMS is the best panic attack you'll enjoy all year. Brilliant character study, engaging story that is constantly twisting, and also one of the top films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Rob Dean Director Jay Roach and writer Charles Randolph attempt to take the seriousness of systemic sexual assault, with the inherent absurdity of a propagandist channel...but with too many omissions and lack of a broader view. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Mike Vanderbilt ...sloppy and overstuffed, but when it focuses on smaller moments between the characters, SKYWALKER comes out on top, overall providing a thrilling if not a completely satisfying conclusion... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Rob Dean Strickland's latest isn't a pastiche-instead it's an ingenious amalgamation of influences with a unique personality and flavor all of its own that is technically sumptuous, narratively surprisingly, and utterly perfect. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Rob Dean Make no mistake-this is still a movie about Mr. Rogers, but it highlights him best by showing the effect he had on people; whether in his personal relationships, or through the television screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Rob Dean Flanagan's DOCTOR SLEEP is a rich and engrossing film with strong character work, impressive world-building, and enough memorable moments that maybe it too will be able to etch out a legacy of its own. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Johnny Donaldson With the world being what it is, maybe we need an act of radically cutesy sweetness such as this, and maybe JOJO RABBIT is a needed film. But there's also no denying this is more sugar than it is nourishment. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Rob Dean THE LIGHTHOUSE may get lost in its own myths, but it still underscores Robert Eggers as a phenomenal talent who will continue to surprise and grow with each work he creates. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
() Jourdain Searles We learn nothing about Maud beyond her madness, making her less of a character and more of a thinly outlined acting exercise. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Rob Dean There's still great grotesque and inventive imagery, a truly dangerous antagonist, and strong chemistry among the cast...but a bigger picture approach would have solved narrative problems and avoided a sense of disconnect that mars the films. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Overlord (2018) Jason Coffman It's Hollywood's turn at bat with JJ Abrams producing Overlord, the latest example of this curious sub-subgenre, and one that delivers the goods and then some. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Rob Dean SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is a perfectly fine movie that will most likely end up in heavy rotation at sleepovers and Halloween parties for many kids for years to come, aka a necessary genre stepping stone. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989) Paul Freitag-Fey It could easily bore anyone who isn't willing to just sit back and enjoy (illicit substances may help) but it looks beautiful. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Mutant on the Bounty (1988) Paul Freitag-Fey Just kind of there, and it doesn't really seem to be appealing to anyone in particular. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Hitler's Daughter (1990) Paul Freitag-Fey It's got a certain ridiculousness to it and it's never dull so much as nonsensical. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Iron Sky (2012) Paul Freitag-Fey A solid little satire with some impressive-looking set pieces that doesn't have a sadistic bone in its body, and that's not a bad thing at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
The Nest (1988) Paul Freitag-Fey Fits like an old comfortable shoe, albeit one with rotting roach meat in the toe. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector (2012) Paul Freitag-Fey You may end up wanting to build a video store in your basement as well, even if you may have a problem getting that cleared with the other members of your household. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Midnight (1989) Paul Freitag-Fey Redgrave's flamboyant persona keeps it watchable even if the movie itself is pulled in so many directions that it fails to reach any of them. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
The Jitters (1989) Paul Freitag-Fey A mess of a movie, but it's not a dull one, and there's no point during the brief running time where you won't be entertained EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Buried Alive (1990) Paul Freitag-Fey One of the network's finest forays into features, even if, on paper, it seems like it would barely have enough plot to fill up a segment in a Creepshow sequel. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
() Paul Freitag-Fey An insanely revolting film, going out of its way to shock and disgust in ways that feel more like a dare than anything resembling a narrative EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Rattled (1996) Paul Freitag-Fey A PG-13 creature feature stripped of wit or fun, punctuating commercial breaks not with snake attacks but with family drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Neverlake (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey Prime material for a particularly dark slumber party, and the finale is chilling enough to send shivers up a fairly hardened horror fan's spine EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Warm Bodies (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey The perfect film to see if you bring along your friends or significant other that's into "zombies" but not Zombie EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Borgman (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey A film for a pretty specific taste and an openness to being perplexed. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Cheap Thrills (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey The sort of original, intense, darkly comic character-driven thrill ride that I'd love to see more genre filmmakers working on EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide (2010) Paul Freitag-Fey A fascinating look at the golden age of home video and the controversies that rose from its prominence EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Windows (1980) Paul Freitag-Fey While it's far from a perfect film, it's nowhere near the travesty its reputation suggests. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Devil's Knot (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey It never quite finds a reason to exist, and that's a genuine shame, as a case as multi-dimensional as the one it used as source material should have more than enough inspiration. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Saving Grace B. Jones (2009) Paul Freitag-Fey A sadly muddled mess that never comes close to settling on what type of film it's supposed to be, and more importantly, what it's supposed to be about. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Alien Space Avenger (1989) Paul Freitag-Fey Can be downright entertaining to an audience with their expectations in check and a case of beer at the ready. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Odd Thomas (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey Has enough character to be an entertaining ride despite the occasional narrative stumble EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Boardwalk (1979) Paul Freitag-Fey An odd mixture of understated drama and allegory for urban decay, but it's never less than compelling thanks to the performances of the two stars. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
Deadly Game (1991) Paul Freitag-Fey Exactly the sort of hugely entertaining potboiler that TV movies were made for. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
Drinking Games (2012) Paul Freitag-Fey Lacks the same self-confidence that its characters lack, attempting to overcompensate with a loud, brash act when it doesn't need to because it's a solid enough story with identifiable situations on its own. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
Way of the Wicked (2014) Paul Freitag-Fey Never quite finds a motivation to be anything more than a 90 minute time passer. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time (2012) Paul Freitag-Fey Serves as a great springboard into this cultural renaissance, spotlighting some of those that paved the way and supply the much-needed resources for the vintage video games to be played well into the future EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Tin Can Man (2007) Paul Freitag-Fey Unique and eerie enough to be worth seeing, even if the almost comically lackluster lead character hobbles the potential emotional investment it could have had. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Dead Husbands (1998) Paul Freitag-Fey A surprisingly mean-spirited bit of black comedy that sometimes feels like two different tones at war with each other but still manages to be consistently entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
All Cheerleaders Die (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey More of a fun examination of cultural tropes rather than a subversive take on gender constructs. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Murder 101 (1991) Paul Freitag-Fey Simultaneously ridiculous and clever, entertaining and familiar, and something you'll be perfectly comfortable having on while you fold laundry, but won't be too concerned about if you miss a few minutes of while you feed the pets. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Dog (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey An expertly-crafted documentary on a riveting subject, and one that leaves you only wanting more than its 105 minutes could show. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
MurderDrome (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey You can see the love of making the movie coming across on screen until its well-conceived closing credits roll. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Chains (1989) Paul Freitag-Fey Provides a fair share of violence, a decent-looking but underdeveloped gang, a smattering of social context and a little bit of character development, but it never quite does any of these things well or loudly enough to really stand out from the pack. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Sharknado (2013) Paul Freitag-Fey Lacks the sincerity that the likes of Plan 9 has or the genuine ambition & talent of much of the output Corman produced in the '70s that made those drive-in films so endearing beyond the concepts and poster art used to get people into the theater. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019