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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Dewey Singleton Sonic The Hedgehog is an incredibly charming slice of nostalgia that will entertain the entire family. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/4 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Dewey Singleton ...if anyone is looking for either a perfect date night movie or even one to watch over Valentine's day then look no further than this charming follow-up. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
B Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Meghan White When you understand this distinction, it becomes clear that the women in Birds of Prey dress to please themselves, to increase their fighting efficiency, or to communicate something about who they are. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
2.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Catherine Springer Birds of Prey is no joke, it's a kick-ass manifesto to an unspoken feminism EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
B+ The Lodge (2019) Jason Adams The Lodge is traumatically delicious. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
5/5 Minari (2020) Clint Worthington Chung's fifth film sings with the expertise of a seasoned filmmaker, to be sure, but it also feels like the kind of energetic, exuberant, deeply personal film that would mark a bright newcomer's debut. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
C+ Gretel & Hansel (2020) Jason Adams Lillis and especially Krige make the most of the somewhat confused script, turning some nonsensical character beats into character quirks when needed. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
C The Glorias (2020) Josh Encinias In our political times one understands why Taymor would use a figure like Gloria Steinem to be the spark that will light the fire that will burn down the patriarchy in the White House. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
1/4 The Rhythm Section (2020) Catherine Springer ...what begins as a commentary on the depths grief can plunge you and what lengths you would go to dig yourself out turns into a seen-it-a-million-times action movie with a logic-deprived plot and a hero who is a stranger. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/5 The Last Shift (2020) Clint Worthington While it gratefully avoids the easy, expected route of "unlikely opposites learning to bridge the gulf in their understanding and become friends" for a slightly more complicated resolution, the road to getting there is too shaky to be worth the trip. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4.5/5 The Nest (2019) Clint Worthington A veteran of the Chicago stage, Coon's carved out quite the niche for herself on screen in powerful supporting roles, but The Nest is her time to shine. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
B+ The Assistant (2019) Jason Adams Garner is a fire so cold she turned my veins to ice...one of 2020's to-be great performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
A- Miss Juneteenth (2020) Valerie Complex Miss Juneteenth is written with hope in mind, and the audience will root for Turquoise. Not a tropey caricature that Hollywood likes to box Black actresses into. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- Promising Young Woman (2020) Valerie Complex Although the writing isn't always solid, Fennell's script is clear on where it stands and never waivers from it. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
D+ The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Josh Encinias Not even half a dozen Oscar winners and nominees can save a story that manages to be both formulaic and convoluted. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
B+ The Father (2020) Donny Sheldon No one but Hopkins and Colman could play these roles. The Father is a testament to their talents and proof that they are two of the best actors we have. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
C- Wendy (2020) Donny Sheldon Beasts is a tough act to follow, but after seven years working on Wendy, it's disappointing and troubling to see Zeitlin deliver such regressive work. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
A- Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Donny Sheldon Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a haunting work that cuts right to the bone EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
A Shirley (2020) Donny Sheldon Shirley is a beautiful, twisted tour de force from a cast and crew operating at the height of their powers. Moss delivers a ferocious, electrifying performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ Downhill (2020) Josh Encinias Downhill shows audiences both actors are aware enough to play with expectations without totally abandoning what makes them the biggest stars in comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- Kajillionaire (2020) Josh Encinias Kajillionaire is the kind of story that exists in a space between the mundane and the profound. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Dewey Singleton The Gentlemen is a highly stylized, well-written gangster romp that's entertaining as hell. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 Esto no es Berlín (2019) Catherine Springer I really wanted it to break my heart open, but it just left me wistful for what could have been. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Catherine Springer The story is chock full of colorful characters (other than Brügger) and suspense, as Brügger builds the tale to a climax that turns out to be quite shattering. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 The Sound of Silence (2019) Catherine Springer In an age where so many things are overdone, overblown and overwrought, it's nice to have such a simple, quiet movie about a totally relatable and universal human experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 Knives and Skin (2019) Catherine Springer Knives and Skin is also a deeply feminist film, which embraces all parts of the female experience, and features a woman-driven story. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 Blow the Man Down (2019) Catherine Springer Cole and Kurdy's tight script and character development makes Blow the Man Down an entertaining thriller with a feminist appeal that embraces tropes as it shatters convention. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 Anne at 13,000 ft (2019) Catherine Springer Campbell's delicately nuanced and textured performance is the centerpiece of Anne at 13,000 ft, a film that may not have the greatest style, but certainly has a resonance that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 Citizen K (2019) Catherine Springer Citizen K is a truly fascinating examination of the politics and power plays that have shaped Russia into what it is today... EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 () Catherine Springer Seconda's journey and Giordano's indelible and hilariously heartbreaking performance are more than enough to overcome the film's uncomfortable moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
4/4 Desert One (2019) Catherine Springer Kopple covers every angle of the story and the history in this gripping documentary that combines incredible archival footage and recordings with interviews of some surviving hostages and members of Delta Force, the unit that attempted the rescue. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 The Report (2019) Catherine Springer The Report is a somewhat conflicted movie about a somewhat conflicted piece of American history, but, despite is dryness and occasional roaring off track, the essence is compelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/4 Greed (2019) Catherine Springer ...despite the targets being so low and so big, Greed somehow still misses the mark, as it tries to do-and say-a bit too much. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Bad Hair (2020) Valerie Complex Unfortunately Bad Hair never makes a clear stance on whether or not the movie is about how the achievement of those aesthetics divide the community, or if this is a fight against the status quo. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
C+ Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Donny Sheldon ...it's the candid scenes when Wilson allows the camera to linger, giving Swift space to ramble and make sense of her racing thoughts in real time, where Miss Americana soars. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B It Must Be Heaven (2019) Mina Takla ...despite the pacing and structural flaws, It Must Be Heaven remains very unique, inventive and at times touching. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
B The Traitor (2019) Mina Takla The result is two films in one; one that works and one that doesn't. If Bellocchio had stuck with his intimate, observant storytelling approach, the film would have been a much more compelling testament to a dark age that Italians will never forget. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
You Will Die at 20 (2019) Mina Takla A complex, stunning and sophisticated debut feature from Amjad Abu Alala and a major achievement for Sudanese cinema. A confident debut that already feels like an accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Certified Mail (2019) Mina Takla Hisham Saqr's debut may not be narratively exciting but it marks an assured debut by a new voice willing to take rare risks in Egyptian cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
La Llorona (2019) Mina Takla Jayro Bustamante's atmospheric film is a unique, inventive look at dictatorship and racism in war-torn Guatemala EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
The Other Lamb (2019) Mina Takla THE OTHER LAMB is an undeniable visual feast for the senses, and a celebration of atmospheric storytelling that may have sacrificed chunks of dialogue but never lost sight on its desired impact. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Mina Takla This is a film that is both urgent in its message about the deceptive nature of the gig economy which has turned workers into modern-day slaves, and shattering in its portrayal of people on the margins. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Little Joe (2019) Erik Anderson With this strange but intriguing concept, Hausner makes a strong commentary on materialism and technology's impact on human life. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Atlantics (2019) Mina Takla Stunning in concept, beautiful in execution, Atlantique is one of the most imaginative films to come from Africa in a long time. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Bacurau (2019) Mina Takla Technical credits are very solid, particularly a colorful, lush cinematography that brilliantly captures the stunning beauty of Brazilian landscape. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Mina Takla Why did Jarmusch pick a zombie film? That's possibly a question that will pop up on most viewers' minds, especially Jarmusch devotees, and for the first two thirds of the film it does seem like the director wants to have a bit fun with the genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Cold War (2018) Mina Takla Resembling Jennifer Lawrence in her early career, Kulig is certainly a talent to watch out for. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Arctic (2018) Mina Takla Mads Mikkelsen shines in this uneven tale of survival that could have used more time in the editing room. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Mina Takla As Qiao, Zhao [Tao] perfectly captures this complex character full of rage, emotion, and determination. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Leto (2018) Mina Takla Kirill Serebrennikov's LETO is a tribute to music, dreams of youth and the power - and beauty of ambition. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020