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Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 The Report (2019) Jared Mobarak The information itself is dramatic and tense regardless of whether the lead has the capacity to add more to it than an incredulous face. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
C+ Just Mercy (2019) Jared Mobarak Moments of hardship and tragedy do land and [the actors are up to exposing] their characters' pain, but too often these affecting displays arrive with paint-by-number clarity. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
5/10 () Jared Mobarak [The craft on display isn't up for debate, [but] the story and motivations are. I simply couldn't engage any of it on a level beyond superficiality. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
7/10 The Lighthouse (2019) Jared Mobarak You don't watch The Lighthouse. You absorb it. Pattinson and Dafoe are like caged animals slinking around the perimeter, testing each other's resolve before pouncing. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
6/10 Clifton Hill (2019) Jared Mobarak It's easy to get lost in the outlandish situations Abby creates without remembering her psychology creating them is what matters most. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
7/10 () Jared Mobarak While the [individual music videos] often prove better in isolation, the best hit harder because of what came before them. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
9/10 The Nightingale (2018) Jared Mobarak After giving grief physical form by way of a violent monster, Jennifer Kent turns her sights on trauma and [how] our bodies, minds, and souls react to unimaginable pain. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
8/10 Blinded by the Light (2019) Jared Mobarak Goes well beyond generic adolescence-defining, coming-of-age tropes [to] toe the line between politically relevant and crowd-pleasing entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
7/10 Ready or Not (2019) Jared Mobarak When your protagonist proves equal parts badass and vulnerable, you can let the [excellent supporting cast] loose knowing [she] will keep things grounded. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
10/10 Luce (2019) Jared Mobarak [The filmmakers] put a boy on trial with no evidence [but] his accusers' own fears because half-truths & [biased] assumptions [are] easier to embrace than simple explanations. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/10 Dogman (2018) Jared Mobarak Fonte is fantastic [...] but if the narrative he's beholden to won't let me invest in his journey, it's all for naught. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Maiden (2018) Jared Mobarak Beyond the social & political ramifications of what their vessel setting off at the cannon blast meant, however, is also a riveting adventure pitting humanity against nature. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 Knife + Heart (2018) Jared Mobarak Knife+Heart is nothing if not stunning in its 70s aesthetic with film grain, sumptuous neon glows, and synth score [even if the climax] feels more convenient than fulfilling. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
6/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jared Mobarak Its impossible set pieces and a very game Elba ultimately overcome [its] clunky [expository] propulsion to be both Fast & Furious familiar and its own unique beast. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
9/10 The Farewell (2019) Jared Mobarak To watch [everyone's] internal war through their expressions is what makes The Farewell such an unforgettable cinematic treat of resonant catharsis. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
8/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jared Mobarak We may have come to witness [the] chaos Tarantino injects to alter history, but it's [the] more introspective and often resonant journey beforehand that truly soars. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
8/10 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Jared Mobarak [Stearns] isn't trying to prop one form of masculinity above another. He's dismantling the concept altogether. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
6/10 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Jared Mobarak Roller coaster of emotion that ultimately proves how incomparable the originals are. While today's artists honoring them reinforces this, it's perhaps not [how] they intended. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
6/10 Round of Your Life (2019) Jared Mobarak Despite having reservations with the type of film [it is], I can't say I hated the journey. There's an authentically bittersweet nature present [to] overcome its limitations. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/10 Midsommar (2019) Jared Mobarak [Its] blueprint is very tidy and yet the pieces within are too messy to hide their artificiality. The imagery is effectively unsettling, but too much feels inconsequential. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
8/10 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jared Mobarak Over-arching narrative takes a backseat to pure character building. Sometimes that's better because we're not constantly inundated with the severity of what it all MEANS. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
6/10 Yesterday (2019) Jared Mobarak Yesterday therefore becomes an embattled war between its two halves: [a] hilarious high-concept alternate universe [and a] generic love story. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
8/10 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Jared Mobarak More than a new chapter in cinematic history, Green's film becomes a key piece towards revising everything we thought we knew. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
5/10 The Nun (2018) Jared Mobarak The strings are forever visible and no amount of stunning production design or visual effects can mask this truth. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
7/10 Ophelia (2018) Jared Mobarak [It plays] with the idea of storytelling itself and the degradation, absence, or addition of information depending on an author's identity. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
8/10 Wild Rose (2018) Jared Mobarak Rose-Lynn is engaged in a tug-of-war between the life she's always wanted and that which she regrets creating. Choosing one above the other will only guarantee more heartache. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
7/10 Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Jared Mobarak "Blood" [chapter three] is conversely magnificent enough to render the whole worth checking out alone. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
6/10 Aladdin (2019) Jared Mobarak It puts a spotlight on the cartoon's issues, but can't quite fix them in a satisfactory way. [It] becomes a nice companion piece to the other rather than improvement. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
6/10 Framing John DeLorean (2019) Jared Mobarak It's history lesson, editorial, and crime drama all rolled into one. And for the most part it works. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/10 New Money (2017) Jared Mobarak We find we can enjoy the performances more than the characters. We believe their emotional investment in isolation, but not in regards to the bigger picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
6/10 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jared Mobarak While Kinberg obviously wants [to give] Jean [a Logan-esque end], the film yearns for bow-tied binary carnage. There's enough to like, but hardly enough to leave fulfilled. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
7/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jared Mobarak Contrivances come from [putting] everyone in the perfect [plot-specific] place. The "why" of those actions, however, is consistently steeped in what we know of their nature. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
6/10 All Is True (2018) Jared Mobarak The result is a well-made and well-acted piece of historical fiction whose big picture construct is sadly in opposition with its small picture intrigue. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
7/10 Late Night (2019) Jared Mobarak Late Night [teaches] inclusivity and diversity as a means of reinvigorating creativity. [It] falls short of [its] potential, but the good still easily outweighs the bad. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
8/10 Leto (2018) Jared Mobarak Serebrennikov is obviously having fun with his history lesson of mood above drama. And since I've been listening to Kino ever since, I guess I was too. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
7/10 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Jared Mobarak Just because this zany streak is where the film's replay value lies, however, doesn't mean the filmmakers didn't also pack plenty of emotional weight. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
8/10 Rocketman (2019) Jared Mobarak The filmmakers seek to delve deeper than appearances to highlight the existential struggle behind [his] choices. This isn't our perception of Elton John's life. It's his. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 () Jared Mobarak Despite blatantly targeting the fans that helped crowdsource it, the much loftier goal of contextualizing DS9 within the annals of sci-fi and television history is also met. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
7/10 Into the Mirror (2018) Jared Mobarak Into the Mirror moves fluidly through memory, present self-imprisonment, and future's promise with a majority of its information shared in the absence between cuts. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/10 Double Lives (2018) Jared Mobarak These pseudo intellectual Parisians present theses, state bias, and move on. It's like Assayas wrote them with the same algorithms he says have replaced taste-making critics. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
8/10 The Russian Five (2018) Jared Mobarak I'll never stop hating the Red Wings, [but I can now] appreciate and respect what the organization did to change the league's entire landscape through its astronomical rise. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2/10 Domino (2019) Jared Mobarak The film declares the CIA as shady but necessary and the families of POC unworthy of even being spoken about alongside those of white knights with badges. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
8/10 Fast Color (2018) Jared Mobarak [The metaphor] doesn't have to be [hidden] when it's so smartly interwoven with the fabric of such a personal narrative concerning a single family under duress. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
7/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jared Mobarak [It's] more musical than generic actioner wherein the choreography and players serve as visual lyrics augmenting the pared down plot punctuated by staccato bursts of detail. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
9/10 Napszállta (2018) Jared Mobarak If you were to tell me Sunset was set in a "Westworld" type amusement park, I wouldn't have batted an eye. Írisz becomes innocence itself trapped in a world at war. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
8/10 Hail Satan? (2019) Jared Mobarak [Lane's] film is a platform to cut through the laughter and protests by Christian celebrities galvanizing their ranks when it should expose hate and entitlement at their back. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
8/10 Booksmart (2019) Jared Mobarak The first [half] sees Molly and Amy falling into the usual tropes these comedies love exploiting for laughs while the second mines deeper to show the [hidden] poignant truths. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/10 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Jared Mobarak If your success is truly that pure-own it. Don't pretend otherwise because you think it would be more compelling [only to show each hardship is but a hiccup]. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
6/10 The White Crow (2018) Jared Mobarak You don't need to know [Nureyev] or care about his art. This story is about [his defection]. [This is] a good thing since Rudi is a very difficult character to like. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
6/10 Red Joan (2018) Jared Mobarak This isn't about trading secrets as much as accountability and how we're so willing to punish the symptom rather than the disease itself. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019