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Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 Acasa, My Home (2020) Jared Mobarak Ciorniciuc provides all we need by simply documenting the Enaches as society's vice perpetually tightens around them. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
6/10 Ten Minutes to Midnight (2020) Jared Mobarak That [it] works on two levels-schlocky thrills and mining [its lead's] psychology-is a positive even if that duality [tends to harm] the latter while augmenting the former. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
9/10 The Reason I Jump (2020) Jared Mobarak Hopefully audiences will see The Reason I Jump and acknowledge the ways in which they can help too. Understanding is the first step. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
7/10 Echo Boomers (2020) Jared Mobarak The actors are having fun toeing that line and bringing us into the unbridled destruction as a vicarious outlet for which we won't have to suffer the consequences. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
7/10 On the Rocks (2020) Jared Mobarak The whole is funny, quietly subtle, and resonant in its ability to show people getting in over their heads [to make] problems worse. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
6/10 Hunter Hunter (2020) Jared Mobarak Hunter Hunter is a case of style over substance and your ability to appreciate that more than denigrate it will be the sole barometer of whether you leave satisfied. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
8/10 Lingua Franca (2019) Jared Mobarak Lingua Franca's power resides [in its depictions of] lost souls confronting impossible choices that pit their comfort against their humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
8/10 EMMA. (2020) Jared Mobarak When everyone involved is obviously having the best time possible, the infectious atmosphere of joy, comedy, and romance is impossible to ignore. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
4/10 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jared Mobarak They don't engage with Wonder Woman's true power of compassion when her superhuman strength proves more cinematic for shallow blockbuster thrills. It's all smoke and mirrors. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/10 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Jared Mobarak The world has been turned upside-down these past four years to the point where Trump's GOP faction's emboldened pride in hate speech has rendered Borat obsolete. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
7/10 Palm Springs (2020) Jared Mobarak [The introspective drama's] emotional and psychological revelations will always be undercut by comedy, but they're no less effective for it. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
8/10 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Jared Mobarak So yes. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a documentary. Just because the reality and humanity it captures is heightened doesn't make it any less pure. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
7/10 Tenet (2020) Jared Mobarak [We] get the full Nolan treatment in spectacle without [any] emotional and psychological lifting. It'll never [match] his best, but it's undeniably entertaining nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
7/10 I'm Your Woman (2020) Jared Mobarak That Hart and Horowitz can unravel a simple premise into this complex web of cyclical progressions and endearingly complicated lives is a testament to their talents. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
8/10 Boys State (2020) Jared Mobarak There's a lot to be hopeful for in what they've included throughout Boys State even if the result makes the whole a two-steps forward, one-step back situation. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
8/10 Martin Eden (2019) Jared Mobarak [It] shows us how being that which both sides of the economic divide want isn't enough if you aren't also willing to thank those in power for allowing you the opportunity. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
8/10 Beanpole (2019) Jared Mobarak They're caught in a reactionary series of events that pushes them to go against every fiber of their beings if it means not becoming trapped in a corner alone. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
7/10 Over the Moon (2020) Jared Mobarak When you pair Jeong and Chiu's wonderful comic relief with Ang and Soo's heavier emotional conflicts, you can't help but enjoy the effective way cast complements animation. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
9/10 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Jared Mobarak More than an exercise for today, Dick Johnson Is Dead becomes a time capsule for tomorrow. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
8/10 The Wolf House (2018) Jared Mobarak A fascinatingly nightmarish depiction of María's psychology as PTSD crushes her hope and Stockholm syndrome erases her capacity to [differentiate] friend [from] foe. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
8/10 Promising Young Woman (2020) Jared Mobarak It's not always perfect, but Fennell has a knack for building expectations so extreme that her refusal to make good on them hits you like a punch in the gut. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
7/10 News of the World (2020) Jared Mobarak Greengrass executes a few big set pieces to present [his leads'] growing kinship with some wonderful visual tableaus bridging the gap between cultures. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/10 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Jared Mobarak This film is a walking, talking facepalm with little room for defense. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
5/10 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Jared Mobarak Shanley wrote two people in love and then jumped through hoops to figure out ways to keep them apart. It's a strange, almost self-defeating exercise with very little payoff. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
7/10 The Midnight Sky (2020) Jared Mobarak We know when danger is coming and we know the tough choices necessary to overcome it, but the emotions are authentically devastating just the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
8/10 Wander Darkly (2020) Jared Mobarak The fluid editing and story structure provides [an] undeniable aesthetic potency, but it's Miller and Luna who turn that surface beauty into something universally resonant. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
9/10 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Jared Mobarak Wolfe retains a lot of Wilson's play's theatricality in this cinematic rendition and it's all to its immense strength. Davis and especially Boseman are on a whole other level. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
8/10 Mayor (2020) Jared Mobarak The conversation has been lethally skewed [to] inherently position Arabs as stubborn aggressors. It's Mayor is crucially important as an irrefutable document to the contrary. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
8/10 76 Days (2020) Jared Mobarak The filmmakers focus on a handful of characters throughout to capture a sense [of what was happening]. It's a lot to take in, [but] we must bear witness. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
8/10 Soul (2020) Jared Mobarak What follows is a case of body swap shenanigans, cat and mouse chases, and introspectively heartfelt ruminations on what it means to be alive. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
6/10 Ammonite (2020) Jared Mobarak On its own merits the film is handsomely made with wonderful acting and a lived in environment. [But Lee] could have simply written [it] without using any real names. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
5/10 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Jared Mobarak The film is crippled by many of the book's issues. [Vance] is an exception, but the rule he proves isn't the one he thinks. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
5/10 The Walrus and the Whistleblower (2020) Jared Mobarak I get the appeal of using Demers as an entry point into what's going on, but highlighting him in lieu of the broader issue does the latter a disservice. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
8/10 Mank (2020) Jared Mobarak A lot is therefore happening beneath the surface of this known drunken court jester-centered biopic and those willing to absorb it all should have a jolly good time. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2020
7/10 Happiest Season (2020) Jared Mobarak Transcends its genre tropes to deliver a mostly fresh take on a tired formula. While there won't be many surprises, there will be an ample amount of heart to make up. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
7/10 The Last Blockbuster (2020) Jared Mobarak [Harding's] human story is the film's heart [while the] real intrigue arrives through the history of the company itself and [how] its success ultimately brought its demise. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
7/10 The Twentieth Century (2019) Jared Mobarak Rankin is upping the "Canadian-ness" of the piece with each aspect of his production, placing what's already a very niche topic into very singular packaging. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
7/10 Belushi (2020) Jared Mobarak Cutler therefore uses this look into Belushi's life to expose the casualty of American success. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
8/10 Sleep (2020) Jared Mobarak Venus does a wonderful job keeping us off-balance. What was an easily discernible line between reality and dream blurs until not even Mona can tell for certain which is which. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
7/10 The Columnist (2020) Jared Mobarak [It] would be a very different piece [if Femke was careful]. It would be about a serial killer giving into her darkness rather than a woman restoring confidence and autonomy. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
7/10 The Legend of Baron To'a (2020) Jared Mobarak So expect ample drama with the action. Fritz is a big man who needs to learn a lesson before teaching one on this tough road towards clarity. The [film] is also pretty funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
10/10 Collective (2019) Jared Mobarak So while there's a lot to commend throughout this must-see journey of integrity amidst corruption, the reality remains that things may already be too late. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
7/10 Make Up (2019) Jared Mobarak Oakley's decision to render events with an extreme air of uncertainty isn't out-of-place because they surely feel that way to Ruth. She's shedding her skin to be reborn. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
5/10 Kindred (2020) Jared Mobarak [A] shallowness in thematic execution is thus difficult to ignore despite great performances, impeccable production value, and memorable cinematography. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
7/10 Let Him Go (2020) Jared Mobarak This is western white hat versus black from start to finish, but also a bloody revenge thriller that's unafraid of putting its heart front and center. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
10/10 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Jared Mobarak We can numb our pain with imagination. This is [Jake's] life, dreams, and tragedies playing fast and loose with truth and desire. It's who he is and whom he wishes to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
9/10 Time (2020) Jared Mobarak Despite it all, they held onto love. That's what takes center stage during Garrett Bradley's poignant snapshot of a family's perseverance against long odds. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
8/10 Totally Under Control (2020) Jared Mobarak Rather than move the voter gauge, this documentary is primed to move the historical conversation that will continue to be written over the next decade or more. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
6/10 Bad Hair (2020) Jared Mobarak Similar to Anna being disregarded because of appearances, the film's intellectual drive is consumed by its superficial, mainstream genre façade. [But] it's not a total loss. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
9/10 Minari (2020) Jared Mobarak Minari [is packed] with layered metaphors, multiple focal points, and a dense environment full of examples every character can lean on to learn the error of their way. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020