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Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Jared Mobarak While their ever-changing romance is the film's lynchpin, its ability to contrast them against each other proves more crucial than that which they are or aren't as a unit. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/10 Rottentail (2019) Jared Mobarak I can look past subpar acting and shoddy effects if the script is sounder than a sexist, man's man pissing contest. Rottentail is not. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
7/10 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Jared Mobarak Because of the controversy surrounding [JT LeRoy], you [must] question when one of the principle players is given creative control. [But the film works in that context.] EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
6/10 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Jared Mobarak The final product might be slight, but the suspense is palpable enough to make the journey worthwhile. After Annabelle, this being better than it should is a victory. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
7/10 Peterloo (2018) Jared Mobarak Peterloo is therefore less historical document than anthropological study and ultimately might say more about our present than its own. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 Missing Link (2019) Jared Mobarak With less excitement comes less bombast-something you should know. I personally like that Laika is willing to work in different genres and now at vastly different paces too. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
7/10 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Jared Mobarak You can't discount what having a transgender cast does to ensure the psychology behind what's occurring isn't exploited or warped. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
8/10 Amazing Grace (2018) Jared Mobarak To relive [this moment] in such resplendent glory is thus a gift no matter how simple the concept. This once transient moment now has the permanence to live on forever. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
8/10 Mary Magdalene (2018) Jared Mobarak By placing this epic journey through Mary's eyes we understand the sacrifice as being more than just time and energy. Her choice to follow Jesus was a betrayal to her name. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
6/10 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Jared Mobarak The film isn't necessarily bad-it's just over-stuffed with two-plus decades of rewrites. But I lean on the side of praise ... barely. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
6/10 The Beach Bum (2019) Jared Mobarak So either you enjoy this never-ending frivolous dance or you tire of it. Despite being of the latter, Moondog and company's infectious allure still won me over. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/10 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Jared Mobarak You often don't think about why you root for a film's protagonist. It therefore becomes very glaring when this intrinsic emotional attachment doesn't exist. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
6/10 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Jared Mobarak Not only does the visual style evolve to be less cartoonish in its power zooms, but the sense of humor finds a happy medium between The Fast and the Furious' severity and 2 Fast 2 Furious' all-out comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
8/10 Us (2019) Jared Mobarak By pitting doppelgängers against each other, [Peele] depicts our collective internal struggle. By tethering them together [they must] witness their decisions' ramifications. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
7/10 Zombie: Uncut (1979) Jared Mobarak You can laugh at the poor acting and insane scenarios, but you must also respect Fulci's handle on the gore effects and ever-rising tension. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/10 Dumbo (2019) Jared Mobarak It's a whole lot of filler set to amaze audiences into thinking it has purpose beyond distraction. While pretty, that inherent hollowness still shines through. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
6/10 Faster (2010) Jared Mobarak There is a place in cinema for self-aware genre flicks such as this and it's good to know filmmakers are willing to still make them. And, if nothing else, it's good to have The Rock back where he belongs. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
6/10 Cradle of Champions (2018) Jared Mobarak Luckily the broader topics of boxing as a sanctuary of mind, body, and spirit shine above [the often warring] individual narratives. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 Transit (2018) Jared Mobarak There's a melancholic beauty to [this] reality and Petzold does a wonderful job putting its bittersweet poetry on-screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
6/10 Climax (2018) Jared Mobarak Noé seems intent to render narrative as meaningless as possible. Who and where succumbs to the experiential act itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
5/10 Relaxer (2018) Jared Mobarak We get eighty-minutes of empty promises before ten-minutes of off-the-wall live wire insanity fulfill what we were conditioned to accept wouldn't come. Too little, too late. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
8/10 Gloria (2013) Jared Mobarak There's less of an endgame than a scenario allowed to run its course. García is fantastic in the role with an attitude that refuses to stay quiet when something must be said. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
9/10 Apollo 11 (2019) Jared Mobarak You really do have to see it to believe it [...] because even those who watched on TV in 1969 have never seen it like this. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
5/10 The Wedding Guest (2018) Jared Mobarak Winterbottom is experimenting with genre conventions, but how he meshes them together strips each of the intrigue they might have brought to the table alone. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
8/10 Starfish (2016) Jared Mobarak [It asks] us to confront our longing for a past mired in nostalgia that we must forget in order to forgive ourselves enough for happiness to become possible again. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
7/10 The Invisibles (2017) Jared Mobarak Shifting readily between fiction and non-fiction gives us the best of both worlds because the proof of what we've seen arrives directly after seeing it. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
8/10 A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) Jared Mobarak [It] speaks about just how inseparable art and life is-the ways we use it to heal, grow, and see. Art is that which makes us human. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
8/10 A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Jared Mobarak [It] speaks about just how inseparable art and life is-the ways we use it to heal, grow, and see. Art is that which makes us human. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
8/10 Never Look Away (2018) Jared Mobarak [The film] really draws you into this chaotic and fractured world to see truth rise from the ashes and memories that won't allow themselves to be buried away forever. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
6/10 2050 (2018) Jared Mobarak To simply dismiss it because of surface notions is to ignore the slippery slope of where we are going as a population ruled by new technological advancements everyday. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
7/10 Arctic (2018) Jared Mobarak That's all you can ask from a survival film such as this: honesty. It's not therefore about life or death, but humanity's perseverance. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
6/10 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Jared Mobarak That short-changing of political intrigue for shallow relationship melodrama is the film's ultimate downfall. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
7/10 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Jared Mobarak A kindred spirit to Attack the Block [in its] under-appreciated and dismissed characters [using] the traits society uses to keep them down as strengths to save the day. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
5/10 Serenity (2019) Jared Mobarak It unfortunately seems Knight believed the "coolness" factor of his premise would overshadow his inability to render it authentically. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
8/10 Zama (2017) Jared Mobarak It's a comedy of errors of bleakly dystopian existentialism, the farce of his successes leading him right where we thought his failures would nothing short of brilliant. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
7/10 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Jared Mobarak Because there's also something to be desired in each alone, though, the feature-length construction definitely helps [it prove a unified success]. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
7/10 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Jared Mobarak There's a throw-down beat-it-up with Bigfoot at the end, but action is otherwise limited. This is instead about the man behind the legend and the heartache that defines him. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
9/10 Destroyer (2018) Jared Mobarak Wigs and make-up aside, it truly is like we're watching two different people with Kidman leaving [her] celebrity behind to deliver one of her finest performances to-date. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
7/10 Cold War (2018) Jared Mobarak What was a document of love enduring against all odds becomes one of love's corruptibility. [Pawlikowski has] delivered an exposé on love's power to blind us to everything. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
7/10 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Jared Mobarak [Its convention never] detracts from the film's purpose of getting its message out about how important a figure Ginsburg is to America's hope for real egalitarianism. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
8/10 Nancy (2018) Jared Mobarak The film proves a beautifully composed character piece refusing to languish in hopeless melancholy for added drama to see what can be accomplished by simple and honest grace. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
7/10 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Jared Mobarak In this case I think we should do well to push aside historical inaccuracies and treat the message lying beneath as paramount. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
6/10 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jared Mobarak Ensures we drift off into reverie for those old scenes it's cribbing from instead of making new memories. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
6/10 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Jared Mobarak Kunis and McKinnon are here to truly save the whole from falling prey to its objective shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
7/10 Bumblebee (2018) Jared Mobarak Hodson and Knight therefore go beyond just creating the franchise's best chapter. They expose how toxic the others are. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
9/10 Wildlife (2018) Jared Mobarak Don't treat this as a family's end when it's actually three separate lives readying new beginnings. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
8/10 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Jared Mobarak [Rohrwacher] provides the truth of our collective contemporary paranoia. Rather than see [Lazzaro] as a saint to exploit, he becomes a devil harboring ulterior motives. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
8/10 Roma (2018) Jared Mobarak It's a love letter to mothers when all is said and done: biological and otherwise. And it succeeds in large part due to a stunning debut performance by Aparicio. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/10 Vox Lux (2018) Jared Mobarak I applaud Corbet for swinging for the fences because his message can spark conversation. Unfortunately that message is spoken so loud and clear that [it stops being metaphor]. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
9/10 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Jared Mobarak For too long [Sony] has attempted to rework an old origin tale to the present. Finally the current generation exists onscreen as more than a layer of polish atop the last. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018