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Rating Title/Year Author
Shaft (2019) David Edelstein It stinks to heaven. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Bilge Ebiri We're all Forkys at heart, the film seems to be saying. And by breaking out of the cozy boundaries of the Toy Story films, it lights out for new, uncertain territory. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Craig Jenkins Rolling Thunder Revue is a brilliant rock doc because it doesn't take itself too seriously and because it recognizes that rock and roll is a kingdom built on borrowed threads and fudged facts. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) David Edelstein The Dead Don't Die is not unenjoyable but not quite enjoyable, either. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Late Night (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién There was space in this film for a rich weaving together of ambition, anxiety, and humor, but it never came to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Domino (2019) David Edelstein Underfunded, sketchily written, and heavily cut (maybe one reason the writing seems sketchy), Brian De Palma's Domino still puts contemporary thrillers to shame. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) David Edelstein Like most good superhero movies, Dark Phoenix operates on two levels, comic-book fantastical and psychological. Like most not-so-good ones, it doesn't do justice to either aspect. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Kathryn VanArendonk It feels beautiful and unsubtle and deeply sweet that Deadwood: The Movie gestures toward an ending by starting with the birth of a baby. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Matt Zoller Seitz More than anything else, we come away from the film feeling healed somehow. It's not about any specific promises or assurances. It's more of a mood. A vibe. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
Rocketman (2019) David Edelstein Rocketman has unusual dramatic heft for a jukebox musical, but that's a big curve on which to grade - the characters are still skin-deep. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) David Edelstein This thing is an unholy mess. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Ma (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién The true horror of the film should be in its racial landscape, but Taylor doesn't paint a clear enough picture. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) Jen Chaney Running With Beto captures how much enthusiasm has been generated by those frustrated by both President Trump and Republican decision-making at various levels of government. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Mektoub, My Love (2018) Bilge Ebiri Beyond being tiresome, Intermezzo is just plain ugly, with seemingly little care given to the image - odd, perhaps, given that the film is so clearly and confrontationally about its own director's gaze. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
Brightburn (2019) David Edelstein I wish there were more to Brightburn. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
() Jen Chaney Even if it is a blatant nostalgia play, bringing some old TV history into the present seems like a smart move for ABC - and a reason for the rest of us to actually watch live network television for a change. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
() Kathryn VanArendonk As a whole, the special would be stronger if there were more sequences with that kind of multilayered thoughtfulness. But Not Normal has plenty of moments that stand out on their own, more than justifying the few bits that feel a little thin. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) David Edelstein I never thought I'd say these words and am horrified doing so, but I miss Gilbert Gottfried's voice as the evil bird sidekick, Iago. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Parasite (2019) Bilge Ebiri A nerve-racking masterpiece whose spell lingers long after its haunting final image. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Bilge Ebiri It's the most fun the director seems to have had in years, but it's also, oddly, his most compassionate picture in more than a decade. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) David Edelstein The movie is painstakingly well made and murderously hard to sit through. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Nate Jones Pre-screening buzz suggested the film plays like a supersize Black Mirror episode, and that's not far off. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
() Nate Jones In Diop's telling, vengeful spirits are far less frightening than the patriarchy. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
() Nate Jones The audience at my screening didn't know whether to laugh or cheer. So instead, they did both. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Nate Jones Driver serves as a crucial grounding force. He's responsible for most of Jarmusch's zanier meta touches, but thanks to his deadpan delivery, they land more than they don't. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) David Edelstein The movie should by rights be a "Wow!" But it feels bloated, self-conscious, and pretentious, with long waits between its few dazzling fights. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) David Edelstein There is nothing in The Souvenir that's obvious or banal or that represents anything other than a struggle to get something inchoate onscreen in a way no one else has. That by itself is unspeakably moving. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
The Intruder (2019) Bilge Ebiri Iit's high time Quaid truly embraced the role of a real horror-movie psycho, and the key pleasure of... The Intruder lies in watching the actor bounce among extremes of charm, anxiety, chumminess, and madness. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) David Edelstein You want to see how a person could surrender herself - her self - to something so diabolical, which demands a higher level of insanity than the filmmakers can muster. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Bilge Ebiri Pokémon obsessives will want to check it out, but the movie is mostly an uninspired slog, not committed enough to work as a demented genre picture, and not funny enough to work as a goofy, lighthearted comedy. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Bilge Ebiri It's a testament to the strength of Thompson's performance, and DaCosta's control of tone and action, that for all the bleakness of this world, we keep watching. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Bilge Ebiri Meeting Gorbachev is a hagiography, but it's unafraid to position itself as such; Herzog makes his case proudly and passionately. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Long Shot (2019) David Edelstein I generally like Rogen a lot but this performance is bad - worse than it even seems because of the drain it is on the movie. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
El Chicano (2018) Bilge Ebiri This is a nasty, brutal little movie, more in the vein of a grindhouse revenge flick than anything else. But it's effectively done... EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
() Kathryn VanArendonk Then, just as you're about to rise up in fury, you realize that with sneakily self-immolating deftness, all of Jeselnik's most devastating hits land squarely on himself. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) David Edelstein JT LeRoy isn't a bad movie, and with these actresses it's certainly worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club (2018) Kathryn VanArendonk It's a winking kind of gesture, a way for him to say, "Look at this delightful mess I've made." And there is something sort of delightful about it - in how deft he is at wrapping the audience up in a nice bow and presenting them back to themselves. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) David Edelstein Even at three-plus hours, the gargantuan Avengers: Endgame is light on its feet and more freely inventive than it needed to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
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