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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 My Salinger Year (2020) Chris Knight It's a rare movie where the watching feels like curling up with a good book. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/5 Stray (2021) Chris Knight Stray is the perfect film for animal lovers. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Chris Knight There are some pretty fantastic battle sequences, however, with the (virtual) camera roving around in a way I can't remember seeing in an animated movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Chris Knight The plot doesn't feel like something that would take more than three decades to craft. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 Moxie (2021) Chris Knight There is much to admire (and enjoy!) in Moxie, from its celebration of high-school friendship to its we're-stronger-together ethos. And it nicely fills a gap in the growing female coming-of-age genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
2/5 Alone (2020) Chris Knight The rest of the film, including an oddly, unsatisfyingly sudden ending, fails to find traction. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
2.5/5 Tom & Jerry (2021) Chris Knight The mix of animation and live action works better in some scenes than others, but fails to deliver any real "wow" moments. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Chris Knight The World's a Little Blurry [clocks] in at two hours and 21 minutes. That may be a little much for non-fans, but it's still an interesting take on a young person's sudden rise to fame. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 Minari (2020) Chris Knight Minari consistently upsets our expectations, but so organically that it still feels real. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/5 The Vigil (2019) Chris Knight In crafting its scares, The Vigil settles for far too many tropes. It's especially disappointing given the unique and intriguing setup. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 Saint Maud (2019) Chris Knight Tying us so closely to Maud's point of view has the effect of making her journey that much more distressing to the viewer. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/5 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Chris Knight I laughed deeply but not for long. Barb and Star amounts to a semi-forgettable vacation, made slightly more enjoyable by the fact that it's the only sunny-destination trip you're likely to take for a while. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 Supernova (2020) Chris Knight It's heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 Skyfire (2019) Chris Knight Skyfire is a disaster thriller composed of equal parts cheese and magma, but it's clearly trying to recreate the good vibrations of the original Jurassic Park. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Chris Knight It certainly has energy, with the two stars giving it their all, and a jazzy, eclectic soundtrack that at times provides perfect counterpoint to the dialogue. But there were times when I wanted it to settle down just a little. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 Greenland (2020) Chris Knight It's pitched a little too shrilly, with dramatic moments that don't quite land. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 Bliss (2021) Chris Knight Bliss also gets -- I was going to say dark, but it's more precise to say it gets muddy. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Chris Knight A Glitch in the Matrix is at its best when demonstrating the fuzzy line between science and religion, especially when you start wondering whether God might just be a computer programmer. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 Rams (2020) Chris Knight Clearly, if anyone was going to even come close to the 2015 film, it would be Australian director Jeremy Sims. Good on ya, mate! EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
2.5/5 Palmer (2021) Chris Knight Palmer takes a somewhat simplistic view of both parenting and do-gooding. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/5 The Dig (2021) Chris Knight As cozy as a cup of tea. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/5 You Will Die at Twenty (2019) Chris Knight A beautiful, sombre parable. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
1.5/5 Jiu Jitsu (2020) Chris Knight Jiu Jitsu might have found a cult following, if only it had been released 24 or 30 or 36 years ago. In 2021 it feels out of time and place, another Nicolas Cage vehicle stuck in the mud, spinning its wheels. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 The Little Things (2021) Chris Knight To be sure, The Little Things gets a lot of little things right. Big things too, like its trio of Oscar-winning lead actors. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/5 The White Tiger (2021) Chris Knight Watching The White Tiger -- framed, like the novel, as a letter from budding entrepreneur Balram Halwai to then-premier Wen Jiabao on the occasion of a state visit from China to India -- feels more like an audio book than a true adaptation. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Our Friend (2019) Chris Knight These are the moments that will stick with you after Our Friend, and give you permission to cry during it. It's a messy, imperfect movie, but so is life, and so is death. So in that very important respect it captures something real. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 Baby Done (2020) Chris Knight Clever if a touch predictable -- especially during the third trimester -- Baby Done is lighthearted, escapist entertainment, and even includes some terse advice for would-be fathers. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Chris Knight Kostanski populates his film with an impressive array of aliens, lovingly crafted out of practical prosthetics and oodles of slime. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Chris Knight Writer/director Lili Horvat keeps the audience on edge by never telling us too much. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 Identifying Features (2020) Chris Knight There's more to Identifying Features than meets the eye. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 Love Sarah (2020) Chris Knight All these threads get tied up rather nicely by the end of the film's 97 minutes, making Love Sarah a simple, satisfying accompaniment to a pandemic lockdown. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
1.5/5 Outside the Wire (2021) Chris Knight This is a film where people repeat things like: "You just disobeyed a direct order!" Or: "If Koval finds the nukes, it's the end of the world as we know it!" EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
4.5/5 Locked Down (2021) Chris Knight With Locked Down we have a romance, a comedy, a heist movie and a thriller that also feels like a time capsule, from a time before we knew (not that we really do now) where this COVID thing was going. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Chris Knight I wish Pieces had done more with the momentum it built up during that bravura opening. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/5 Herself (2020) Chris Knight It's a little exhausting, but it does generate sympathy for a woman against whom the cards seem to be stacked. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/5 The Dissident (2020) Chris Knight I concluded this documentary angry at the notion of political assassination, but also saddened by the loss of a gentle soul in the world. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
2.5/5 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Chris Knight According to the 30-year-cycle theory of popular culture, anything in the zeitgeist of 1990 should be coming around again, right... about... now! EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
4.5/5 News of the World (2020) Chris Knight Greengrass manages to capture 1870 Texas without that sort of West World effect where everything looks like a set. There's a scene in tiny, bustling Dallas that looks as though the film crew had somehow time-travelled there to shoot it. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 Sylvie's Love (2020) Chris Knight Simple and bittersweet, Sylvie's Love wraps your basic star-crossed lovers story in a patina of age -- it takes place in 1962 New York -- and some of the glorious early rock music that comes along with it. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
5/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Chris Knight Clooney heads a stellar cast of characters that ably demonstrates the human desire to explore, discover and learn. The realms they pierce are as distant as the moons of Jupiter, and as close as a second heart beating inside you. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
5/5 Soul (2020) Chris Knight There are times when watching this animated masterpiece feels like being gently indoctrinated into a new religion, one whose creed radiates tranquility, warmth and joy. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Chris Knight The arrival of a big-budget, big-screen-worthy superhero story in this plague year is a thing of joy, a star of wonder, and a harbinger of hope. It's also... a solid movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2/5 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Chris Knight We've seen that cliché so many times that any new version has to bring more to the table than a couple of pretty faces and Ireland's mercurial weather. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 Another Round (2020) Chris Knight [Mikkselsen's] performance in the final scene -- a real cliffhanger that will no doubt annoy those who want a tidy resolution to this tale -- is masterful. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
5/5 Palm Springs (2020) Chris Knight You could revisit [this film] many times. It's also difficult to imagine a film that better encapsulates the loopy feeling of living through a pandemic, minus the fear. It's one of the best and brightest things to come out of this benighted year. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
1/5 Monster Hunter (2020) Chris Knight Monster Hunter rambles on to a final act that will only surprise those who have never played a video game or watched a movie based on one. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/5 Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) Chris Knight What emerges over 18 brief chapters is a portrait of modern China since 1949, refracted through the very personal memories of creative types who lived through the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution and the years that followed. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) Chris Knight The movie makes the most of its time period. It's a throwback in all the best ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
1/5 Songbird (2020) Chris Knight Director Adam Mason has described this movie as a kind of Romeo and Juliet tale, with lockdown keeping the lovers apart. In which case why not call it Two Gentlemen of Corona? EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 The Prom (2020) Chris Knight In the absence of live theatre (or live much of anything), The Prom's enthusiastic, toe-tapping energy will while away an evening. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020