812filmreviews

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Rating Title/Year Author
Sylvie's Love (2020) Robert Daniels Sylvie's Love isn't a knock-off of If Beale Could Talk. The romance charts its own distinct path. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Kubrick (2008) Robert Daniels Monro's Kubrick by Kubrick isn't more than a loose highlight reel of the director's career buttressed by a fairly flat interview. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Notturno (2020) Robert Daniels In Rosi's pursuit to win hearts and eyes, with Notturno, the heart beats inauthentically. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
Finding Yingying (2020) Robert Daniels Shi's Finding Yingying should come with complimentary napkins. It's a sad story, yet an even more fitting tribute. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/4 Nomadland (2020) Robert Daniels McDormand is still finding the little-told stories that lead to impactful cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
3.5/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Robert Daniels More than a sentimental "what if," King's One Night in Miami... is a blistering feature debut replete with visceral performances from its incredible cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/4 Mulan (2020) Robert Daniels Caro's Mulan carries the same emotional weight of the prior with a greater dramatic punch. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/4 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Robert Daniels His least accessible film in some ways, but his most universally affecting in others, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is Kaufman's most advanced directorial work to date. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 Tesla (2020) Robert Daniels Often surreal and ambitious, Almereyda's Tesla relegates its subject as a mystery, telling us little beyond the history books; yet as a biopic that rebels against expectations and the need for acceptance, is pitched perfectly to the man. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
1/4 Random Acts of Violence (2019) Robert Daniels Random Acts of Violence explores artistic exploitation, inspiration, and consequence in a confused slasher bereft of a point. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/4 Sputnik (2020) Robert Daniels Egor Abramenko's Russian extraterrestrial creature feature Sputnik... is a gory science-fiction fright. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/4 Boys State (2020) Robert Daniels Boys State offers a ruminative peek into America's future. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3.5/4 Song Without a Name (2019) Robert Daniels León's impressive debut is a sorrowful elegy, a funeral without the body, and a beautifully wrought lament to the voiceless. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
4/4 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Robert Daniels She Dies Tomorrow will remain a brilliant portrait of existential dread, long after the Covid has departed, long after we have gone. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
2.5/4 An American Pickle (2020) Robert Daniels Irreverent and strange, what An American Pickle lacks in depth, it finds in Rogen. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/4 Summerland (2020) Robert Daniels Swale's Summerland, through its uptempo editing and endearing characters, is a throwback to homespun historical narratives, and a quaint slice of heaven. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2020
3/4 The Beach House (2019) Robert Daniels [The Beach House] mixes proverbial Lovecraftian notions of fate in a terrifying yet simply constructed creature feature that's begging to be picked apart and analyzed. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/4 The Old Guard (2020) Robert Daniels Prince-Bythewood always finds the character drama lurking beneath the dizzying action scenes. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
2/4 7500 (2019) Robert Daniels At its best, 7500 is Captain Phillips light. The problem is that it's rarely at its best. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Robert Daniels It's a tonally meandering star vehicle that ever-so-slowly tries to find meaning beyond Davidson's sardonic sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
4/4 The Vast of Night (2019) Robert Daniels The Vast of Night [is imbued] with terrifying vibes replete with a restless hunger to experience the fantastical. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
1.5/4 The High Note (2020) Robert Daniels The High Note [is] tragically off-key. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 The Booksellers (2019) Robert Daniels An engrossing documentary that lovingly demonstrates the importance of books within our culture and our evolving relationship to them. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
2.5/4 Capone (2020) Robert Daniels Part B-movie; part feral oddity... [Capone is] a bat-shit biopic bedecked by body horror. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 Working Man (2019) Robert Daniels Working Man is a confident expression of moving on, opening up, and learning to live again. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
Through the Night (2020) Robert Daniels A thoughtful directorial debut for Limbal; Through the Night is sweet and delightful, and remarkably personal and compelling. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020) Robert Daniels The State of Texas vs. Melissa, is a heart wrenching and urgent example of justice rendered incorrectly. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
P.S. Burn This Letter Please (2020) Robert Daniels P.S. Burn This Letter Please [has] a wellspring of pleasure and intimacy while recounting the gay scene of New York and the broader United States. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/4 Butt Boy (2019) Robert Daniels In Cornack's Butt Boy, rarely has toilet humor seemed so astute. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
1.5/4 The Hunt (2020) Robert Daniels The Hunt talks a big game... but it ultimately comes home empty-handed. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/4 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Robert Daniels Never Rarely Sometimes Always is never anything less than a crucial and timely story of hardship and love, of choice-made real by a series of beautiful observations. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Robert Daniels The Invisible Man interlocks the real-world distress felt by many women, while giving face to the demons men would rather think only exist in handfuls today. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/4 Onward (2020) Robert Daniels Onward crafts a sweetly enchanted tale about the memories and legacies left behind and our adoration for the past in lieu of the uncertain future. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/4 Premature (2019) Robert Daniels Rashaad Ernesto Green's innocently composed Premature... deeply [inhales] love with each earnest breath. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
1.5/4 Downhill (2020) Robert Daniels Downhill never sticks the landing as a couple's comedy nor as a marriage in crisis. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Robert Daniels It's a collage of glitter-packed fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3.5/4 Zola (2020) Robert Daniels In marrying the language of social media with cinema, Zola is a blinding success EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 Whirlybird (2020) Robert Daniels Whirlybird is a brutal and compelling portrait with regards to ambition and scope, and empathy. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) Robert Daniels Happy Happy Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story is engrossing and gutsy, and tactfully executed, but could be more combative. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
2.5/4 The Go-Go's (2020) Robert Daniels The Go-Go's sometimes lacks a personal touch, and too often waltzes through as a by-the-numbers music documentary, but certainly serves as a monument to a seminal group. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
3.5/4 This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2019) Robert Daniels Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese's This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection urgently intertwines magical realism in a parable of grief and resilience... EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 Dolittle (2020) Robert Daniels DOLITTLE: I literally don't care enough to think up a good pun. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Robert Daniels With both characters parsing through the consequences of their cavalier actions.... comes Lawrence and Smith's best acting in years. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/4 Les misérables (2019) Robert Daniels While Ly's narrative of class and racial tensions between Black Muslim project dwellers and the abusive cops who patrol their streets offers stressfully stitched periods of suspense, the portrayal of the Black victims lack depth. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2020
2/4 Underwater (2020) Robert Daniels Eubank is close to a B-movie classic, but instead devolves into D-movie status. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 () Robert Daniels Like a Boss could be a good uplifting film, a narrative about independence and beauty in the face of misunderstanding. Instead, it buckles and falls into the uglier portions of what's inside. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/4 Cats (2019) Robert Daniels Cats succeeds on its own terms. Its own harebrained, roller coaster, what did we do last night that has me waking up in a temple in Kyoto wearing someone else's pants way. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
1.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Robert Daniels The Rise of Skywalker eases its viewers into comfortable resignation and uncomplicated callbacks meant to pacify and not injure. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Robert Daniels Booksmart is a loving and endearing piece of filmmaking - wickedly funny and adventurous - and a jaw dropping directorial debut from Wilde. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/4 Spies in Disguise (2019) Robert Daniels Spies in Disguise is an overdue and welcomed return to form for Will Smith. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019