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Rating Title/Year Author
C Tom & Jerry (2021) Jon Negroni As a one-off, memory-lane reboot sequel to the franchise (and by extension, the 1992 animated film), cursed to be released unceremoniously late due to a global pandemic, Tom & Jerry could have been far less watchable. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
A- The Vigil (2019) Jason Adams And like most of the smart and hyper-efficient horror films before it Keith Thomas' shudder-inducing The Vigil knows all of the above, and melts it down into the metaphor of terrifying movie stuff. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Jon Negroni Barb and Star goes full-tilt into being a cult comedy, and maybe even a cult classic in the making, with some of the most genuine and inspired gags to hit the screen in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
C+ Silk Road (2021) Jon Negroni The film's lack of cinematic flavor is almost understandable, considering the obvious challenge of making laptop keystrokes and online eBay-esque transactions both exciting and suspenseful. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
B- To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Jon Negroni Fans of the first two films already know they're going to watch this, at least out of curiosity, and it's wonderful to report that this Ben and Jerry's flavored trilogy ends on about as good a note as we can reasonably expect. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
A- Just Mercy (2019) Mina Takla A graceful, sharp and impeccably acted film that packs an emotional punch in the quietest and most profound ways possible. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Catherine Springer It is a soaring and searing dramatic reenactment of a place and time in our country's troubled history that must be remembered if it is ever to be properly addressed and healed. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Cusp (2021) Emily Maskell Cusp's rumination on young women's coming-of-age experience is one that refuses to sidestep the treacherous road that they walk. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/4 Land (2021) Catherine Springer It's important that the setting be so beautiful and the performances be strong, because this film really doesn't have much else to sell it. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/4 Passing (2021) Catherine Springer There are too many questions that are never answered, as Passing ends as a beautiful, stylish attempt at commentary on racial politics, but ends up just a beautiful picture that is empty of any convincing meaning. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
C- Eight for Silver (2021) Clint Worthington Save [Boyd] Holbrook, none of the characters are memorable enough to sustain a slow-burn atmospheric thriller, and the slow burn nature of the scenario might well strain even the most patient horror fans. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B- In The Earth (2021) Clint Worthington Derivative as it may be at times (it's absolutely a pastiche of its genre forebears), there's a vagabond charm to getting away with filming a neat little thriller like this in quarantine. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/5 The Sparks Brothers (2021) Catherine Springer Wright confesses to being a fanboy himself, and creates a film that is a loving and entertaining tribute to a band that can conservatively be called alternative, and he generously devotes most of the time in the film to concert and archival footage. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
B Homeroom (2021) Clint Worthington One of Nicks' most potent points is that this generation of kids should be allowed to be, well, kids, and not have to be the adults in the room. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
C- John and the Hole (2020) Clint Worthington It's a shame that the film's early promise gives way to a slow, methodical drama as murky and unformed as the darkly comic fable around which the main story is framed. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/5 On the Count of Three (2021) Catherine Springer Abbott and Carmichael are both savagely appealing, creating massively flawed characters with dimension, texture, and self-effacing charm. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
B+ Human Factors (2021) Murtada Elfadl A tense mix of family dynamics story, psychological thriller and whodunit Human Factors succeeds at all the genres it tackles. This is engrossing and tension filled storytelling. You won't be able to look away. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 Flee (2021) Catherine Springer The fact that Amin struggles with being gay almost as much as he does with being a refugee is both a gut punch and a reality check, but effective in constructing Amin's world far beyond the single dimension of child escapee. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
B Cryptozoo (2021) Clint Worthington The scope of the film is ambitious for its style, too, growing from the muted character dramas of Lauren and Phoebe to a third act that's non-stop, blockbuster-level action as impressively drawn as it is chaotically bonkers. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 CODA (2021) Catherine Springer 19-year-old [Emilia]Jones is a revelation, carrying CODA on her shoulders, having learned American Sign Language for the part and finding every nuance in her performance, in both ASL and English. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
1/4 The Little Things (2021) Catherine Springer The Little Things is a disappointing example of talent gone awry, and a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks making a genre film is easy or that talented actors can't get lost once in a while. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C+ Brothers by Blood (2020) Jason Adams A note to everybody in the business of casting and making movies - hire Matthias Schoenaerts. His specific mixture of sweet, sad, and bulkily intimidating always brings a heap of bang for its buck, to my eye ... EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/4 Our Friend (2019) Catherine Springer Segel is cast perfectly as the lovable and funny semi-loser with a heart of gold, expanding on characters we've seen him play before in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2021
C- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Meghan White Contrary to the vast majority of other entries in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes, the film grasps the inherent moral responsibility of its genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
2/4 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Catherine Springer Despite the unbelievably saccharine and earnest charm that oozes out of every out-of-a-storybook corner of this lush Irish delight of a film, Shanley's lyrical dialogue arrives to make Wild Mountain Thyme a sweet if silly film. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Sara Clements George Clooney is a director of much ambition. Unafraid it seems to tackle any narrative of any genre, and The Midnight Sky feels like the closest thing we may ever get to his magnum opus - at least where scale is concerned. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
A Happiest Season (2020) Zofia Wijaszka DuVall's goal is explicit - creating a different kind of holiday rom-com, something that the LGBTQ+ community will relate to. The director, who's also a community member, alongside Holland, does a spectacular job. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
B+ The Twentieth Century (2019) Jason Adams [The Twentieth Century] is the first feature from Winnipegger Matthew Rankin, but its awesomely deranged accomplishments feel anything but first - and I suppose with fifteen years of short films under his belt it isn't, not technically. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
B Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) David Acacia William Friedkin is a hell of a character and story-teller on his own. He's just a blast to listen to, whether he's rifling around in his recollections of paintings he leaned on to create some of the most memorable images in the horror canon. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 Breaking Fast (2020) Tariq Raouf Breaking Fast is a cute romantic comedy for anyone interested in the genre and an even better exploration of intersectionality between identity, culture, and faith. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Run (2020) Zofia Wijaszka Sarah Paulson is a master of providing us with terror, but it's Kiera Allen who steals the audience's attention. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Catherine Springer Close and Adams make this otherwise bland and unimaginative movie interesting and worthwhile, even if it is the most egregious example of Oscar bait I've seen since Ali. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
C- Falling (2020) Alistair Ryder What could be a truly affecting story of the difficulties of caring for a terminally ill family member with a history of bigotry winds up being a politically reductive tale about extending a hand to the other side. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Freaky (2020) Dan Trainor Ultimately, the wheel (or the genre) isn't being reinvented here. It's the same rickety thing we've grown accustomed to, which, for all its promise, leaves everything feeling disappointingly hollow and familiar. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
A- Mank (2020) Erik Anderson ...the film's final moments will give cineastes and film historians a lot to talk about as we witness the face-off we've been waiting for and a final salvo that takes aim and fires a deadly shot. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Mogul Mowgli (2020) Reyzando Nawara [Riz]Ahmed delivers yet again a riveting display of emotional vulnerability and grittiness in Bassam Tariq's Mogul Mowgli. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2020
4/5 The Life Ahead (2020) Sara Clements The Life Ahead for Sophia Loren may spell more Oscar gold ... A sincere, hopeful film that explores the similar pain two people carry in their hearts and how that pain manifests and leads to a beautiful bond. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
4/5 Tahara (2020) Sara Clements It's a unique debut, and with poignancy shows the importance of growing into ourselves and out of toxic relationships. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/5 The Strong Ones (2020) Sara Clements The Strong Ones is a tranquil, slice of life film that looks at two people and their different definitions of success and happiness and the anger and pain it causes. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/5 Rurangi (2020) Sara Clements [Rūrangi isn't] filtered through the inaccurate cis understanding of trans and Indigenous experience. It proves how moving and powerful these kinds of films can be if they are told by the right people. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 Cowboys (2020) Sara Clements Cowboys is a heartfelt and honest film about family, and one that's also hopeful and full of love - something [the trans] community always needs. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/5 Uncle Frank (2020) Sara Clements Writer-director Alan Ball's Uncle Frank is a roller coaster of emotion. A film that hits hard as it tells the story of a closeted gay man in the '70s - one that could still be told today. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
4.5/5 Two of Us (2019) Sara Clements Two of Us is absolutely beautiful ... and [it's] refreshing to see two older women as sexual beings in all their yearning. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 Monsoon (2019) Sara Clements One of the most introspective films of the year stars an actor who knows all too well what it's like to be Kit, which only enhances the film's authenticity. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 Dating Amber (2020) Sara Clements It balances its serious subject with a lighter tone perfectly, creating one of the best comedies of the year about how hard it is to say two words, and how powerful it is when you do. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Dewey Singleton The best way to describe Borat Subsequent Film is it feels like a bunch of individual sketches loosely tied together by an original premise. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 Belushi (2020) Catherine Springer ...the film's emotional heft comes from never-before-heard recordings of Belushi's friends and family, collected from interviews that were done just after Belushi's untimely death in 1982. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/4 Sound of Metal (2019) Catherine Springer Marder's screenplay and direction are both tender and textured, asking the question of what it would take to force you to change your life. And when that change is offered, would you even accept it? EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
3/4 Whirlybird (2020) Catherine Springer The film is a fascinating study-and a surprisingly honest one-in personality, abuse and self-loathing. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
2/4 I'm Your Woman (2020) Catherine Springer Hart and Horowitz infuse this story with depth and an actual story, which, for the most part, is engrossing and unpredictable. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020