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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Nicholas Bell Levinson's tiring attempt to best Edward Albee is neither authentic nor emotionally compelling and plays like the equivalent of a pretentious couple engaged in relationship performance for a captive audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
3.5/5 The White Tiger (2021) Nicholas Bell Although it has enough going on to satisfy those who appreciate the fodder of soap opera, it's another interesting class-conscious melodrama which is bolstered by an empathetic lead performance from Adarsh Gourav. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 Hunted (2020) Nicholas Bell Opening with a persuasively eerie prologue and finishing up on a blood-soaked turn-of-the-tables, there's enough here to please genre fans without straying too far into any real innovative territory. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/5 The Dig (2021) Nicholas Bell Strong performances and an empathetic adapted script from Moira Buffini mines the spirit of discovery in spite of bureaucracy and other various human foibles. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/5 Outside the Wire (2021) Nicholas Bell What sounds like a heady sci-fi trip gets lost in the mechanics of its own narrative fluctuations, painting the lessons learned by its naïve protagonist in bright, garish hues, like a roided after-school-special war movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/5 Locked Down (2021) Nicholas Bell Not all of it works as one might hope, but as a somewhat flurried portrait of a particular period, it serves as an ambitious time capsule of widespread sentiments. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/5 The Marksman (2021) Nicholas Bell It's the kind of B-movie fodder which will likely be fondly remembered by the same aficionados who enjoy Charles Bronson's 1980s output. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5/5 News of the World (2020) Nicholas Bell Based on the 2016 novel by Paulette Jiles, this is revisionist territory to be sure, but one which is often quietly compelling if altogether blunt in its aims and trajectory. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 Sylvie's Love (2020) Nicholas Bell Ashe creates an elegant and eloquent calling card with a story both recuperative and restorative with this portrait of Black love, lives, and ambitions historically overlooked and underutilized. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
1.5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Nicholas Bell For all the subtexts and emotional resonance conveyed the first time around, [Diana Prince's] return is as empty a spectacle as the beaten down baubles of other franchise properties. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3.5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Nicholas Bell It's both a timeless grappling with the heteropatriarchy as it is a pertinent contemporary conversation piece about rape culture and trenchant victimization... Mulligan has perhaps never been in finer form EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Nicholas Bell Despite an interesting cast, the limited narrative twists eventually feel demeaning thanks to their sheer obviousness, and the discordant technical attributes tend to distract in a film which often feels as if it could have done more with less. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
3/5 Hunter Hunter (2020) Nicholas Bell While the parameters are certainly familiar and some niggling details concerning characterizations tend to distract, a lead performance from Camille Sullivan moves the narrative along from restless anxiety to full on freak fest. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
1.5/5 Greenland (2020) Nicholas Bell [Director Ric Roman Waugh and star Gerard Butler's] latest outing is a bit more enthusiastic though no less derivative than countless disaster epics which focus on extinction level events waged by the heavens. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
1/5 Monster Hunter (2020) Nicholas Bell The blaring cascade of repetitions this limited spectacle has to offer might be appealing, but for anyone desiring anything more from such elemental escapism, abandon hope all ye who enter here. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
2.5/5 Fatale (2020) Nicholas Bell At times, its twists and turns feel unexpected, potentially ambiguous, before eventually devolving into something a bit more illogical and predictable, mainly for its lack of strong characterization. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2/5 The Stand In (2020) Nicholas Bell By the time the credits roll, The Stand In only really asserts itself as something which would have benefitted from being trimmed down into a situational parody for an episodic television show. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
2/5 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Nicholas Bell Leaves much to be desired thanks to questionable casting and some off-putting accent work which tends to grate and distract, but it's not for lack of trying as regards its leads Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
3/5 The Weasel's Tale (2019) Nicholas Bell The Weasels' Tale plays like a well-crafted poisonous soap opera, unafraid to be as macabre as it is silly. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
2/5 The Prom (2020) Nicholas Bell This slipshod and schmaltzy affair feels as generic as they come, engulfed by the more lavish personalities who ironically, make this social message subtexts all about their own redemption. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 Wander Darkly (2020) Nicholas Bell Giving Sienna Miller one of her finest leading opportunities in well over a decade, it's a mournful dream of Thanatos which is often more exciting to parse through after the end credits than it is as an actual viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 Black Bear (2020) Nicholas Bell There's an authentic, festering aftertaste to the film's lofty, inconclusive artistic packaging which examines brittle, tenuous relationships floundering beneath the weight of collaborative undertakings. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 Luxor (2020) Nicholas Bell Nabbing Andrea Riseborough for her sympathetic lead, it's a subtle rumination on the depleting forces of trauma, pondered glibly through a brief respite in a city wherein the troubled intrigue of ghosts from an ancient culture are forever nigh. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
3.5/5 Let Them All Talk (2020) Nicholas Bell With a formidable cast in tow, the festering resentments of a celebrated author's friends comes to the fore in this loquacious rumination on the process of creativity and what a fickle mistress a muse can often be. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
2/5 Stardust (2020) Nicholas Bell Although Range and Bell make sure to mention many of the influences which would inspire Ziggy (Iggy Pop, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy), they never quite manage to showcase the fledgling talent Bowie already had. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
1/5 Superintelligence (2020) Nicholas Bell McCarthy, whose penchant for physical comedy allows for a couple brief moments of mirth, feels like the center of a dying universe populated with glossy automatons. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
3/5 The Life Ahead (2020) Nicholas Bell Ponti allows for a quietly resplendent Loren to fill out this contemporized tale of an Auschwitz survivor's unlikely camaraderie with a young Muslim orphan in a version wholly dependent on the energy of its two leads. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4.5/5 Malina (1991) Nicholas Bell It's a distressing portrait of a woman in the process of a slow-burn self-immolation. And perhaps at last, three decades after its release, we can rediscover the brilliance of Bachmann. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
2/5 Monsoon (2019) Nicholas Bell Khaou's formidable subtlety doesn't work quite as well in Monsoon, which treads in an emotionally inert zone it never transcends, instead showcasing Benjamin Kracun's beautiful cinematography but little else. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
2/5 Growing Up with I Spit on Your Grave (2019) Nicholas Bell The documentary Growing Up with I Spit on Your Grave, directed by Zarchi's son Terry, suggests this is simply not a family adept at filmmaking, whether it's narrative or documentary feature. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
2/5 I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) Nicholas Bell Unfortunately, there's not one redeeming element of this perilously woebegone and utterly tasteless sequel, which is simply cashing in on a last gasp of notoriety thanks to the continual reputation of the first film. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Nicholas Bell Zarchi's refusal to place a musical score or focus on Keaton as a titillating object of desire adds to a sense of complete discomfort in long, unyielding sequences from which there's no escape. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 Collective (2019) Nicholas Bell The importance of actual investigation journalism is presented in all its full-blown glory with Collective, the fourth documentary from director Alexander Nanau. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Nicholas Bell Simultaneously, it's the sterling result of what a film should feel like, with all its components, both in front of and behind the camera, firing on all cylinders. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 The Boys of Baraka (2005) Jorge Ignacio Castillo The Boys of Baraka succeeds in breaking some stereotypes on kids living in the projects, particularly by introducing young men with the will, but not the means, to twist destiny's arm. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/5 Ocean's Thirteen (2007) Chris Bumbray The plot is absolutely waifer thin, and at no point in any of the films did I feel that the characters were worth caring about, because none of them seem real to me. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 Planet Terror (2007) Chris Bumbray Rodriguez just wants viewers to have a good time, and it comes across in the film -- which is an extremely affectionate homage to seventies exploitation films. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/5 Paris, je t'aime (2006) Chris Bumbray Paris Je T'aime is a bit of a fiasco. Boasting an obviously large budget -- judging by the sharp production values and international cast -- the film does little to capture the magic of Paris, and rather comes off as a pretentious bore. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/5 Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (2009) Jordan M. Smith Equal parts entertainment and education, Monument's doc should be in every film history and horror buff's library. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4.5/5 Dark Days (2000) Jordan M. Smith Dark Days is an unimaginable story, skillfully documented by a passionate film making novice, and wonderfully scored by the high-profile DJ Shadow. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/5 American Grindhouse (2010) Jordan M. Smith American Grindhouse has a host full of key players to fill out the story, but at only 82 minutes, the film doesn't have time to dawdle on each interesting individual. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) Jordan M. Smith The film is edited together well, telling two different stories in parallel, though this duel story line does cause a few hiccups in pacing as the transition is made back and forth. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
5/5 For a Few Dollars More (1965) Nicholas Bell Cinema greatness! And to top it off, Leone has to have some of the most interesting and strange looking people populating his film that you'd swear Fellini loaned him a band of extras. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/5 Winter in Wartime (2008) Nicholas Bell Beautifully photographed... However, the film doesn't do anything we haven't seen before. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/5 Bay Rong (2009) Nicholas Bell While Clash certainly sounds intriguing on paper as a Vietnamese Martial Arts flick, it certainly has little to offer beyond its promise of genre staples. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2.5/5 Happiest Season (2020) Nicholas Bell While its fluffy aesthetics may frustrate some, DuVall does manage to deliver something enjoyable and heartfelt in this rendering of what it feels like for those LGBTQI family members coerced into the minefield of collective familial gatherings. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 Runner (2019) Nicholas Bell [Confirms] Chaganty as an exciting torchbearer of weird, adult genre cinema for our increasingly twisted times. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 The Future (2011) Jordan M. Smith The Future doesn't escape its shortcomings, but it is a surreal success non-the-less. July remains an indie icon, fearlessly pursuing her own visions. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 Velvet Goldmine (1998) Jordan M. Smith Though it is thoroughly engaging and appropriately hallucinatory, the film's Orson Welles inspired story structure and fluctuating tonality is irritatingly cumbersome. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Jordan M. Smith Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a sublime time machine crafted by one of the living legends. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020