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Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 The Jesus Rolls (2019) Daniel Barnes Tonal atrocities abound in this pointless amalgam of a Big Lebowski side-quel and an age-inappropriate remake of the 1974 French film Going Places. The cameo-filled The Jesus Rolls fails both of its sources, yet also manages to fail on its own terms. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
1/5 Holiday Engagement (2011) Daniel Barnes Comedy professionals like Shelley Long and Sam McMurray are powerless against the film's flat tone and bland presentation. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
1.5/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Daniel Barnes The Trial of the Chicago 7 almost plays like a parody of Aaron Sorkin-style self-satisfaction, only it's written and directed by the real Sorkin, so it's terrible. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
1.5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Daniel Barnes Da 5 Bloods accelerates Spike Lee's devolution into paranoid incoherence. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
1.5/5 Mulan (2020) Daniel Barnes Disney continues its insufferable series of live-action adaptations of animated classics with the dreary Mulan. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
1/5 The Old Guard (2020) Daniel Barnes Starring a half-asleep Charlize Theron, The Old Guard is another of Netflix's misguided attempts to launch a blockbuster franchise. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3.5/5 Tenet (2020) Daniel Barnes Nolan at his most thrilling and semi-comprehensible. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3.5/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Daniel Barnes Charlie Kaufman in full wormhole-of-the-mind mode. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3.5/5 First Cow (2019) Daniel Barnes With this low-flame anti-western, Reichardt recreates the bleakest of dystopias: a world without butter. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 Buoyancy (2019) Daniel Barnes Australian filmmaker Rodd Rathjen makes the debut of the year with this harrowing story of slavery at sea. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 Nighthawk (2019) Daniel Barnes Anti-colonialist fury rendered as psychedelia-tinged exploitation, and with Udo Kier to boot? Count me in. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 The Truth (2019) Daniel Barnes Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's playful and thoughtful foray into cinephilia-fueled Franco-existentialism. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4.5/5 Wolfwalkers (2020) Daniel Barnes Profound and humane. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3.5/5 Another Round (2020) Daniel Barnes Mikkelsen excels as Martin, a depressed high school teacher who tries to turn his life around through experimental alcoholism. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/5 To the Ends of the Earth (2019) Daniel Barnes Aside from Maeda's multifaceted lead performance and a few compelling sequences, the film feels somewhat lightweight. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
1/5 Lucky Numbers (2000) Daniel Barnes Many gifted comedic actors flail their way miserably through this trite, tone-deaf nonsense. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
2.5/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Daniel Barnes Riz Ahmed delivers a solid performance as Ruben, a heavy metal drummer dealing with hearing loss in this otherwise pedestrian therapy drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
1/5 Christmas With the Kranks (2004) Daniel Barnes This exhausting parade of white people's Christmas problems offers only banality, blandness, and the most desperately unfunny sitcom hijinks imaginable. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
1/5 Speed Kills (2018) Daniel Barnes An incomprehensibly incompetent pseudo-biopic. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3.5/5 City Hall (2020) Daniel Barnes While it hardly ranks among Wiseman's best work, it should satisfy anyone who appreciates his methodical, unsentimental and democratic approach to documentary filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
2/5 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) Daniel Barnes This one-note vehicle throws ambiguity and subtlety out the window in favor of a barrage of unfunny boob jokes. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
3.5/5 Q (1982) Daniel Barnes A mix of familiar schlock and unusual invention, Q gets a major boost from Michael Moriarity's Method-style performance as the film's scat-singing anti-hero. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
1/5 365 Days (2020) Daniel Barnes This repugnant Fifty Shades knockoff plays like an erotic rewrite of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
2/5 Dangerous Men (2005) Daniel Barnes Over 20 years in the making, Dangerous Men is wildly inept in a manner so unique that it's almost visionary. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
2/5 Think Big (1990) Daniel Barnes Think Big offers all the generic entertainment you would expect from a film produced by a company named Motion Picture and distributed by a company called Media. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
1/5 Fathers' Day (1997) Daniel Barnes This thoroughly sad and lazy comedy pairs Robin Williams and Billy Crystal as would-be fathers searching for a Sugar Ray-obsessed teenage wastoid. Unfunny non-hijinx ensue. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
1/5 Dolittle (2020) Daniel Barnes A spectacularly ugly exercise in focus-groupthink that tries to please everyone, and thus inevitably pleases no one. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
1/5 Backdraft 2 (2019) Daniel Barnes Unfortunately, there is no reason to care about anyone onscreen other than nostalgia for a 30-year-old movie that no one likes or remembers. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
3/5 Krull (1983) Daniel Barnes Genre-hopping director Yates was never going to make a cookie-cutter Star Wars clone, and the soundstage stuff feels incredibly clunky. However, the film comes to life whenever it travels outside of the studio, and generally exudes old-fashioned charm. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
1/5 Street Fighter (1994) Daniel Barnes Offensive and annoying. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
2/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Daniel Barnes Reeves and Ryder get miscast as brittle, misanthropic loners connecting during a dreaded wedding weekend. The film demands congratulations for having a vocabulary, but the nonstop jabber is merely time-filling, sub-Kevin Smith prattle. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
1/5 Deadfall (1993) Daniel Barnes Most of the screentime goes to Michael Biehn, who brings all the gravitas of Mr. Bean to his hardboiled con man role. As far as Cage goes over the top, Biehn goes just as far under the bottom. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
2.5/5 Megaforce (1981) Daniel Barnes A 65-minute movie that is 99 minutes long, Megaforce feels like the unaired pilot for an unwatchable TV show. The opening credits tout the use of Introvision and Zoptic, both presumably street words for cocaine. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
3/5 Forbidden Zone (1980) Daniel Barnes It's frequently offensive and never clever, but it remains a unique and strangely magical movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
1/5 Cats (2019) Daniel Barnes A money pit of terrible ideas executed terribly, Cats stands as a monument to ineptitude and unimaginativeness. Everything looks disturbingly wrong from the very first frame right through to the very last. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2020
1/5 Exit to Eden (1994) Daniel Barnes Every actor looks rightly embarrassed. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
1/5 Simon Sez (1999) Daniel Barnes A superspy action-comedy too brain-dead to even qualify as a James Bond knockoff. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
3.5/5 When Father Was Away on Business (1985) Daniel Barnes It's not a particularly dynamic film, but I liked Kusturica's compact camera moves and bleary sense of whimsy. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/5 Suzanne's Career (1962) Daniel Barnes Rohmer's real fascination is with the line between inaction and moral decision. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
1/5 Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) Daniel Barnes A hateful, disgusting and amoral travesty. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
2.5/5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Daniel Barnes How to Train Your Dragon 2 groans with the strain of stretching a cute concept too far. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/5 Welcome to New York (2014) Daniel Barnes The contrast between Ferrara's seething hot rage and the cold, clean gloom of his images remains compelling throughout. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
3.5/5 Mustang (2015) Daniel Barnes Ergüven imbues Mustang with the infectious spirit of youth and the casual assurance of a seasoned veteran. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
3.5/5 Dodes 'Ka-Den (1970) Daniel Barnes It was his long-awaited return after a string of high-profile projects withered on the vine, and also his first film shot in color. A sense of release is evident from the opening shots, as Kurosawa splashes colors across the screen like an action painter. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 Equus (1977) Daniel Barnes Lumet was a director who rose or fell based on the quality of his source material and collaborators. He served the demands of the story, rather than demanding that the story serve his esoteric vision or personal style. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
4.5/5 The End of Summer (1962) Daniel Barnes There is a through-line about an old-school sake brewery barely holding on against a giant conglomerate, and we feel Ozu's fear that small-batch sake will expire along with his own eternally patient and culturally astute approach to cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 The First Legion (1951) Daniel Barnes An unexpectedly complex examination of faith and doubt. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/5 Freddy Got Fingered (2001) Daniel Barnes Freddy Got Fingered wants to shock you out of your middlebrow complacency, but it's never disturbing, only sad. That's not to say that Green didn't make exactly the film he wanted to make. It's just that Green is a pathetically one-note provocateur. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/5 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) Daniel Barnes It's a 9/11 version of Life is Beautiful, or a Forrest Gump on antidepressants if you prefer. I prefer to vomit. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 Paris, Texas (1984) Daniel Barnes Wenders articulates his slightly romanticized, "outsider's" idea of the lonely American west, a place of spiritual emptiness and surreal beauty. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020