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Rating Title/Year Author
Black Christmas (2019) Tim Stevens There's plenty to like about BLACK CHRISTMAS from a writing and performance perspective. The visuals, generally, work well. However, horror fans may find the movie lacking in teeth after the very well-done opening kill. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Little Women (2019) Tim Stevens The approach lends a new energy to the storytelling. By restructuring events via theme instead of chronology, it feels like seeing a new work even if you remember the book or previous adaptations very well. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Cats (2019) Tim Stevens CATS, as a film, remains as aggressively formless as the musical. It is, essentially, in film terms, all second act. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Tim Stevens If you can't tell, I found KNIVES OUT just a great time at the movies. Despite the ideas being wrestled with here, they never make the film a slog. It is an impressive feat and one that should be seen as soon as possible. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
QT8: The First Eight (2019) Tim Stevens If you only want a kind of living scrapbook of Tarantino's first movies, you will find plenty to enjoy here. If, however, you want a film that has insight into its subject, that explores the controversies of his work with insight, QT8 will only frustrate. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Tim Stevens While not as breezy or as stylish as the early 2000's installments, this one is still fun. Moreover, it tends to wear its feminism with a little more comfort than previous incarnations. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Tim Stevens Clarke and Golding are good, Michael's songs remain a joy. Beyond that, LAST CHRISTMAS just isn't much of a gift in the old stocking. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Tim Stevens Before it spins out in its final third, SLEEP, powered by Ferguson and Curran especially, proves a compelling vision of the literal and metaphorical threats to childhood that walk amongst us. When Flanagan aims to disturb and unnerve, he delivers. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Tim Stevens It is the thinnest of recommends, I'll grant you, but still one I'll give. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Jexi (2019) Tim Stevens If you want to make a movie with some regressive, oft-repeated views on technology, at least commit to the bit. Otherwise, don't bother. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Tim Stevens It's a hangout film with little sense of expediency. Even at the story's climax nothing about the movie makes you believe there is any kind of real danger. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Joker (2019) Tim Stevens Truth is, this is not really a groundbreaking exercise in making us sympathize with the Devil. This is not a monster creator on a big screen, it's just familiar plot in grease makeup. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Tim Stevens From the opening until the inciting event there exists a sort of ramshackle charm to this old soldier facing down his twilight years until the moment Rambo flips back to killing machine. It feels like it has more energy when nothing much happens on-screen EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Abominable (2019) Tim Stevens ABOMINABLE is an [aesthetically] beautiful movie. A delightful fall surprise. Fun but not superficial, bittersweet but not suffocated by it. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Tim Stevens IT is not great, but it is good. The actors are strong, there are a couple of excellent Pennywise-child scenes that make the blood run cold. It is also irregularly paced and not every character gets their due. It is a mixed bag, but a recommended one. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Tim Stevens On a setting basis, THE KITCHEN excels. The environment, the world, feels authentic and alive. Alas, there is more to stories than buildings and streets. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Tim Stevens In the end, it is clear Richard Linklater, the writer-director, is far more interested in Bernadette as creator than Bernadette as character. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Tim Stevens It sounds syrupy, well intentioned but clueless, and riddled with potentially problematic characterization. Yet somehow FALCON largely dodges the entire minefield it seems barreling towards. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Killerman (2019) Tim Stevens As it stands, KILLERMAN is built on a pillar of clichés. Worse, it generally fails to utilize the talents of those involved. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Tim Stevens The trick of WEDDING though is that it lands it blows true. Your emotions get so expertly tweaked that you rarely, if ever, pause to consider just how much the movie has decided to throw at you at once. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
ECCO (2019) Tim Stevens There are some unfortunate tropes the film indulges in and, besides a twist, the plot is pretty typical. However, for two hours, the tone and images cast a spell. Enhancing the atmosphere is a deeply unnerving discordant score from Chris Morphitis. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Tim Stevens ANGEL HAS FALLEN is the very definition of assembly line mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Tim Stevens Much of it plays like IT, Junior Edition, and I do mean that as a compliment. It is definitely PG-13 horror, but it really puts its proverbial back into it. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Tim Stevens There's nothing here for me to love - excepting, maybe, the incomparable Michael Pena - but this isn't really a movie for 30-plus year-old adults. Kids get to have movies for themselves too. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Tim Stevens GOOD BOYS features far more encounters with party drugs, dodging traffic, and fighting frat boys than most 11-year olds manage. However, it never loses its obvious affection for its characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Tim Stevens Every now and again, the Fates deem to deliver onto us desperate moviegoers a delightful surprise. Folks, allow me to introduce you to READY OR NOT. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Tim Stevens It is the perfect kind of movie for the dog days of summer. It's a heap of glorious spectacle topped with a tureen of cheese. Could there be a better excuse to spend over two hours avoiding the sun and soaking up that sweet, sweet AC? EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Tim Stevens The note of sweet sadness the film closes on is, well, sort of beautiful. I am not scholar of late 60s Hollywood, but there is still something undeniably heart-aching about the universe QT creates. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Crawl (2019) Tim Stevens It is a creature feature that is a credit to its genre. The kind that delivers enough shrieks and thrills to send you home plenty pleased, bouncing on the adrenaline rush. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Stuber (2019) Tim Stevens STUBER has laughs and some violent thrills, but features a lot of missed opportunities. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Late Night (2019) Tim Stevens LATE NIGHT does suffer from being more oriented around the less interesting of the two leads. However, LATE NIGHT still draws in the viewer. It is smart, it feels honest, and the actors' interactions are too good to miss. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Shaft (2019) Tim Stevens If you know Shaft, you know that he is a portrait of radicalism. Of fighting the power. A figure of effortless cool. Well, this film posits, "What if he wasn't?" EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Tim Stevens As I have said elsewhere, this is a decent movie. However, it does feel a little empty at its core. See it at 1:15 on a hot Sunday afternoon or on a Tuesday night when they have the five-dollar tickets. There's no need to race out to see it right away. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Tim Stevens Secret Life of Pets 2 is cute and sweet with an appealingly surreal side. It is not an animation classic by any stretch - but then, not every animated feature needs to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Tim Stevens Imagine it like being at a restaurant where the waiter explains the menu in endless, intensive detail and then when it is time to eat, you are pushed out the door, the first bite still being chewed. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Tim Stevens TOLKIEN offers some strong performances and proves surprisingly affecting when it focuses on the human. Those looking for a peek inside the brain of Tolkien or his creative process, though, will likely go home unhappy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Tim Stevens Seeing the fury of Godzilla unleashed should be a rush. Thrilling and scary all at once. If, instead, it feels repetitive and your pulse barely quickens? Something is off in the mix. In KING OF MONSTERS, sadly, something is definitely off in the mix. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Tim Stevens BOOKSMART is a strong directorial debut for Olivia Wilde and another entry in the ever-expanding canon of smart films about teens on the edge of evolving and growing up. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Tim Stevens Even judging the movie on its own merits, I confess I am among the disappointed. It feels like just when the movie became the most powerful version of what it wanted to be, it blinked and let us down easy. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Ma (2019) Tim Stevens MA is wild. Off the wall, skin crawling, "did she really do/say that?" wild. It pulses with attention-grabbing energy. It is not art but it is stomach-churning fun. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Tim Stevens Better directed and better acted than other examples of the genre I have taken in, it earns a closer look. However, what really hurts BREAKTHROUGH for me as a work of film, though, is its repeated handwaving at truly complex issues. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Tim Stevens Liz Hannah, (THE POST) and Dan Sterling, (THE INTERVIEW) do not seem like natural collaborators on paper. Nonetheless, they have combined on a rather smart and strongs cript. Of course, this being a romcom, chemistry is key. Theron and Rogen have it. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Little (2019) Tim Stevens LITTLE is not bad. Martin is simply too damn good as teen Jordan Sanders for that to be the case. However, no one, save Martin, gets much by way of development to play. It is a mild, affair that should have, given the players involved, been so much more. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Kid (2019) Tim Stevens THE KID is the first movie in some time that I have seen that makes good use of DeHaan's odd unsettling charisma. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Us (2019) Tim Stevens I do not want to overstate things, but, eh, screw it. US is incredible. I adored it. If the theatre had offered to screen it again immediately after the credits finished, I gladly would have said yes. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Captive State (2019) Tim Stevens The interesting ideas and "trust no one" atmosphere, sadly, cannot save CAPTIVE STATE. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Greta (2018) Tim Stevens With his keen eye in place and the excellent triumvirate of performances from Huppert, Moretz, and Monroe, it feels good to enjoy a Jordan movie fully again. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Tim Stevens LEGO MOVIE 2 is not as a surprising breath of fresh air as its predecessor. Yet, it is still great and you should definitely see it. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Tim Stevens A much milder recommendation that the two previous HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Tim Stevens FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a very sweet movie with great performances top to bottom. However, you can feel how tightly managed this movie is. A cast this good deserved a movie that was not scared to throw a few more elbows. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019