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Rating Title/Year Author
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Bilge Ebiri It is a terrifically scary movie that I wish were more haunting. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Emily Yoshida Lane's film asks us: Is this not only what democracy looks like, but what religion looks like? EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Guava Island (2019) Emily Yoshida The Glover brothers and Murai have, as ever, no shortage of big questions and ideas to build their stories around... EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Emily Yoshida It's a star-is-born story that, like its protagonist, is an empty vessel: anonymous and devoid of soul perhaps in an effort to be a surface onto which anyone could project, yet dull enough that few will want to. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Little (2019) Emily Yoshida As many times as I tried to get onboard with its proposed brand of breezy fun, it kept kicking me off, if only because I found myself running up against the very foundation of its premise. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Nate Jones I don't know if Paradise Hill works well as the revisionist feminist fable Waddington intended, but as inspiration to generations of cosplayers to come, it's fantastic. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Bilge Ebiri Hellboy, as conceived, is one of the more interesting comic book heroes we have. He deserves better than this. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Shazam! (2019) David Edelstein It's a bummer when the bad guy shows up and Shazam becomes like every other superhero movie - worse, really, because the storyboarding is so poor that it's hard to tell what's going on. In the climax, Sandberg misses nearly every one of his marks. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
() Kathryn VanArendonk It's funny! But it leaves you a little annoyed that you never got to the part where you and Hart get to ride the coaster for real. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) David Edelstein The Beach Bum would be more entertaining if it weren't the same scene over and over, with escalation in lieu of evolution. But that's Korine's strategy, for better or worse, possibly both. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Bilge Ebiri As an excuse to spend some time with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson doing what Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson do, it'll do just fine. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Diane (2018) David Edelstein Trying to forestall our loneliness is what connects us. That's not a depressing conclusion - it's the beginning of a design for living. In its mundane way, Diane gives you a glimpse of the sublime. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Bilge Ebiri It's not hard to enjoy Dumbo. Like the circus owners and carnival crackpots who try to exploit the flying elephant for all he's worth, Tim Burton still knows how to give us what we want. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
The Dirt (2019) Emily Yoshida Its own pointlessness may keep The Dirt from feeling like an actual affront to humanity, but that doesn't make it very good, either. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) David Edelstein For all the absurdist-tragic trappings... this is still your basic boneheaded, right-wing action movie - skewed so that its heroes' moral relativism is meant to be a sign of their manly integrity. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Emily Yoshida Perhaps a ten-hour-long, O.J.: Made in America-style docuseries could satisfyingly address the systematic, cultural context of Elizabeth Holmes; that's not this film by a long shot. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
() Kathryn VanArendonk Too often, though, Growing is an exercise in well-trodden territory. In spite of showing off her own skin, and in spite of how personal this special is, Schumer's revelations rarely get past the superficial. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Five Feet Apart (2019) Emily Yoshida Due credit... should be given to Sprouse and particularly Richardson for selling all of these reheated tropes to their full potential. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Hummingbird Project (2018) David Edelstein [Skarsgård is] often the best part of anything he's in, but here he's uncanny. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Mustang (2019) David Edelstein I've been lucky enough to see equine therapy up close, and The Mustang brought the sensation back of having to slow down and breathe with a horse and in the process leave yourself behind. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) David Edelstein An emotionally constipated movie about emotional constipation. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Us (2019) David Edelstein It's what you want an artist of Peele's sensibility and stature to attempt - to broaden his canvas, deepen his psychological insight, and add new cinematic tools to his kit. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Bilge Ebiri Lillis is ideally cast as Nancy, often cheerfully undercutting some of her character's more precocious proclamations, cracking smiles and reminding us that she's still a kid. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Emily Yoshida Booksmart manages to be inclusive and progressive, without being precious about anything or sacrificing an ounce of humor. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
() Emily Yoshida Everybody's Everything arrives at some kind of truth about the risks and rewards of an artist with seemingly no boundaries, personal or otherwise. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Us (2019) Emily Yoshida Us feels like something meant to be watched over and over until the tape wears down, and we graft our own meaning and nightmares onto it. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
The Kid (2019) Bilge Ebiri It succeeds sporadically as a corrective anti-myth, but as a story about people, it fails to come to life. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) David Edelstein At full strength... Captain Marvel is a goddess emitting her own light - an astral version of Liberty at the battlements, sublime and terrifying. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
The Wedding Guest (2018) Bilge Ebiri It's all quite gorgeous, and surprisingly moving. The Wedding Guest shows just how much you can do with a wisp of a story and a whole lot of cinematic vision. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Mapplethorpe (2018) David Edelstein It's Mapplethorpe Vanilla. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Woman at War (2018) David Edelstein Erlingsson has a magnetic heroine in Geirharðsdóttir, who's lithe and athletic without being a show off, and underplays as a good soldier would. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Emily Yoshida The film remains too mannered for its own good; it's unquestionably nice and well-intentioned, but lacking momentum. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Climax (2018) Emily Yoshida Climax is the best Noé has been in ages, and perhaps the most humane film he's ever done. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) David Edelstein For some, it'll be a moving conclusion to an epic series. For others, it'll be one less kids' franchise to worry about. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Paddleton (2019) David Edelstein To get a sense of how excruciating the first hour is, you need to imagine Dumb and Dumber played for tears instead of laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Greta (2018) David Edelstein The film is intense and features a performance by Chloë Grace Moretz that's more committed than this swill deserves. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Emily Yoshida What makes it memorable are its funny, sad little corners of very specific humanity. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) David Edelstein The movie is a knockout. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Bilge Ebiri It's the Inception of rom-coms. Sort of. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) David Edelstein Stalk-and-kill movies bear some resemblance to classic farces, but no horror movies have taken the similarities as far as Happy Death Day and its busier, just-as-fun sequel, Happy Death 2 U. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Bilge Ebiri Talbot is a striking filmmaker, giving his film both a lived-in authenticity - the location work is evocative, and he's filled the screen with oddball locals - and a fairy-tale hermeticism. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Bilge Ebiri Cold Pursuit ultimately winds up being about how unsatisfying films like Cold Pursuit can be. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Untogether (2018) Bilge Ebiri If only the film itself were willing to be a little more untogether, to lose control occasionally and show us something new and unpredictable. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Emily Yoshida What Men Want is a wildly uneven stretch of a movie that's more of a flail than a romp. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Prodigy (2019) David Edelstein The film is cruelly well-made. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
To Dust (2018) David Edelstein Shmuel's trancelike idiocy is broad for my taste, but Röhrig's helplessness is affecting and has a larger resonance. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Emily Yoshida The brilliance of Lord and Miller's film is the way in which, even more so than in its predecessor, the meta story informs the mini-figures' story... EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019) Matt Zoller Seitz He doesn't seem to be trying very hard here, and the framework of the special allows for him to be just okay without the audience's feeling cheated. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Esto no es Berlín (2019) Nate Jones Like Roma, these are the personal reminisces of a filmmaker who turned out pretty okay, one who can look back on his youthful foibles with clear eyes, but no small amount of warmth. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Nate Jones [A] masterful work of archival research. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019