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Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Jared Mobarak It is what it is: a simple plot to teach kids about friendship, empathy, and responsibility while having fun with over-the-top characters and cartoonish visual effects. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
8/10 The Lodge (2019) Jared Mobarak It's less about leading us down one road to pull the rug & expose a second than carefully traversing multiple forks in tandem to show how they can all be true simultaneously. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
9/10 Les misérables (2019) Jared Mobarak A sprawling exposé of the universal futility that is our communal inability to escape a cycle of violence bred from a forever-stagnant economic, political & social disparity. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
8/10 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Jared Mobarak By letting action and comedy become augmentation for its underlying crime caper, it proves more character-driven romp a la Snatch than another ploddingly edgelord blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
7/10 The Assistant (2019) Jared Mobarak Green wants us to experience the silent prison of knowing the truth and being helpless against it. A palpable, tense drama exists beyond the mundane day-to-day of all victims. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
8/10 Klaus (2019) Jared Mobarak Beyond the approachable storytelling, fun cast, and revisionist mythology, however, lies the stunning craftsmanship of the animation itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
6/10 The Gentlemen (2020) Jared Mobarak For every top notch set-piece comes two or three moments of misguided exposition dumping that lean on lazy jokes and verbose dialogue to screech any momentum gained to a halt. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
6/10 Color Out of Space (2019) Jared Mobarak [Stanley] traded esoteric uncertainty for visual thrills to prevent us from having to do any heavy lifting, but he does it well enough to appreciate [it] on its own terms. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
7/10 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Jared Mobarak We finally delve into who these guys are beyond machismo. Is it enough to reinvigorate the entire franchise? Probably not. But it was enough to make this chapter worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
7/10 Fantastic Fungi (2019) Jared Mobarak [The film seeks] to reshape our relationship with mushrooms and our western notion of fearing their power. [Reducing] the stigma surrounding the subject may save your life. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
7/10 Synonyms (2018) Jared Mobarak [It's] obviously a cathartic piece of art augmented by Mercier's central, unbridled performance. But I [did] feel at arm's length for much of the runtime. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
7/10 Greener Grass (2019) Jared Mobarak Happiness is but a trick of evil. We take. We squander. And we forget our pain just long enough to suffer through it all again. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
7/10 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Jared Mobarak What I felt were off-putting idiosyncrasies at the start inevitably become charming quirks to remember fondly. [I eventually got] swept up by the film's artistic potency. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
6/10 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jared Mobarak The Next Level is fine. I still enjoyed the structural ingenuity, but I couldn't care about the characters underneath. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
8/10 American Factory (2019) Jared Mobarak The conversations Bognar and Reichert capture are damning on both sides. The result is humorous because of its absurdity (and cruelty), but it's also sobering. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
7/10 Love, Antosha (2019) Jared Mobarak Love, Antosha can't be anything but a love-fest, don't think it isn't earned. [Rather than] lament about what will now never be, enjoy it as a reason to appreciate what was. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
8/10 Uncut Gems (2019) Jared Mobarak The plot behind Uncut Gems' race against the clock is firmly entrenched in a meticulously planned out escalation of connected events. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
6/10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jared Mobarak Abrams and company is sloppily pulling strings to reach their safe conclusion of sacrifice, faith, and convenience. It admittedly works regardless of whether it resonates. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
6/10 Bombshell (2019) Jared Mobarak While everyone else plays his/her caricature broadly, [Robbie] renders hers empathetic. The filmmakers bit off more than they could chew and are fortunate it mostly works. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
8/10 American Woman (2018) Jared Mobarak How do we grow in spite of [tragedy]? Each step [forward] proves to be a nuanced transformation thanks to Scott's quiet direction and Miller's stunning lead performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
10/10 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Jared Mobarak This is a once in a lifetime love that frustration and resentment can risk destroying in hindsight as long as the memory of what was shared becomes permanent in their hearts. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
6/10 Richard Jewell (2019) Jared Mobarak So while I did enjoy the whole thanks to Hauser's affecting performance, I refuse to blindly ignore its blatant hypocrisy in the name of so-called "justice." EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
7/10 Promare (2019) Jared Mobarak [The] results arrive as though by the seat of the filmmakers' pants. This artistic choice maintains a desire to always have at least one more surprise up their sleeves. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
8/10 Atlantics (2019) Jared Mobarak [Its] straightforward narrative [goes] off the deep-end into a two-pronged, darkly beautiful, supernatural haunting. Things get a little shaky, but [Diop] sticks the landing. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
7/10 The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) Jared Mobarak The [film] is like an introductory handbook peeling back the layers on our government's activities to show how they willfully complicate our methods of keeping them in check. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
8/10 I Lost My Body (2019) Jared Mobarak The romantic angle is thus a distraction from what I Lost My Body is truly about. We must acknowledge our phantom limbs and accept that we've survived. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
9/10 A Hidden Life (2019) Jared Mobarak While we move along a straight line, the path forward remains a river of atmospheric currents condensing weeks into indelible expressions and feelings into profound [words]. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
8/10 One Child Nation (2019) Jared Mobarak [The film exposes] the human side of this nightmare [and] how the policy's repercussions will linger for generations well beyond China's own borders. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
7/10 Clemency (2019) Jared Mobarak This isn't a film for everyone because many can't have sympathy for people who choose to work [on] death row. [But that] shouldn't negate the human story Chukwu created. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
9/10 Little Women (2019) Jared Mobarak Don't underestimate Gerwig's accomplishment combining [its wonderful craft and cast] into a hopeful tale sprung from tragedy that won't let itself be mired in that pain. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
10/10 Marriage Story (2019) Jared Mobarak While I remember more than a few laugh-out-loud scenes, I couldn't describe them as vividly as those ending in tears. Johansson and Driver have never been better. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
7/10 Dark Waters (2019) Jared Mobarak Dark Waters is a depiction of heroism and strength opposite heavy odds, but it's also a sad indictment on how the governmental systems meant to protect us too often don't. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
9/10 For Sama (2019) Jared Mobarak [Filming] back then was about the dead telling [the world their] story. Now [the result is] about the living. The spirit in every frame burns brighter with each new viewer. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
8/10 The Two Popes (2019) Jared Mobarak I definitely laughed out loud more than once throughout The Two Popes, but its true impact lies in its moments of intense emotional weight. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
7/10 Frozen II (2019) Jared Mobarak The whole is far from perfect, but the good does outweigh the bad like its predecessor. [And] human compassion reigns supreme. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
10/10 Waves (2019) Jared Mobarak The script contrasts duty to the group with duty to the soul. The former's lie leads to turmoil; the latter's truth to a chance at peace. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
8/10 1917 (2019) Jared Mobarak While a bit too stiff in its execution to be the masterpiece many hail it as, its adrenaline rush nature almost had me believing it was nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
7/10 The Aeronauts (2019) Jared Mobarak [The fictitious] James and Amelia provide us a century's worth of triumph and excitement in an hour-and-a-half. It's a wild appetizer for history's more expansive meal. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
6/10 Charlie's Angels (2019) Jared Mobarak [The] comedy is Charlie's Angels best attribute because it's what maintains our attention when obvious plot twists and familiar narrative tropes risk losing it. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
8/10 Queen & Slim (2019) Jared Mobarak Queen and Slim discover themselves through each other to become their best versions despite their impossible circumstances. Let's hope that we will too. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
8/10 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Jared Mobarak There's a lot of subtlety where backstory is concerned and plenty of heart for the present. A lot of this is due to the genuine rapport between LaBeouf and Gottsagen. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
7/10 Abominable (2019) Jared Mobarak The final result transcends any such conventions as its locale, character design, and wholesome messaging rise above to allow it to escape easy comparisons. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
9/10 Honey Boy (2019) Jared Mobarak This isn't just Shia LaBeouf placing blame for his adult struggles at his father's feet. Instead of forgiveness or blame, LaBeouf's script provides understanding. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2019
8/10 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Jared Mobarak A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood's feel-good nature assures us of what Lloyd will do with the "mad he has inside," but what you do with yours is still unknown. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/10 The Laundromat (2019) Jared Mobarak Because Burns and Soderbergh choose to show a lot without saying anything, it's impossible to care. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
8/10 The Souvenir (2019) Jared Mobarak We shake our heads at what Julie does, but it's not because her actions are unbelievable. It's precisely because we've made those same mistakes that she demands our empathy. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
6/10 Rockaway (2017) Jared Mobarak It shines [in] its desire to retain the darkness that's intrinsic to its drama [despite focusing upon kids]. Youth doesn't exempt us from the cruel world in which we live. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
8/10 The Irishman (2019) Jared Mobarak Whether Sheeran was as prolific a triggerman as he admitted doesn't factor into [the film's] success because the honesty of his loneliness and regrets outshine the details. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
8/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Jared Mobarak Ken is the story's hero. And it's great to see Bale excel in that space with some brilliant comedic flair to go with his trademarked brooding temperament. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
8/10 Bisbee '17 (2018) Jared Mobarak Greene introduces his premise as though a game and then lets the camera capture personal truths his amateur actors learn in the process. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019