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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Oliver Jones By reshaping this charged moment culled from somewhat recent American history in his own image, Sorkin has made The Trial of the Chicago 7 about something else entirely: himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5/4 Totally Under Control (2020) Zach Schonfeld The resulting film conveys the dizzying sensation of chronicling history while it's still unfolding. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5/4 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Eric Vilas-Boas Underneath it all it's got an empathy and an urgency the first Borat seemed to lack, thanks to its focus and the family at its center. That's very nice. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) David Cote Heidi Schreck's fiercely urgent and soul-restoring What the Constitution Means to Me keeps uncannily in step with the times. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Apples (2020) Siddhant Adlakha Apples lays bare the struggles of losing some vital part of your soul. It shines an unusual spotlight on what it means to experience, what it means to capture and hold on to memories, and what it means to find your way back-to the world, and to yourself. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
2/4 The Nest (2020) Oliver Jones It looks like a horror movie, swims like a horror movie, and quacks like a horror movie, but it isn't a horror movie. So then what the hell is it? EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
2.5/4 Enola Holmes (2020) Brandon Katz Enola Holmes isn't a revolution or revelation that is going to forever alter the course of cinema, but it is enough of a charming and cheerful change to give Netflix a new franchise. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
2/4 Mulan (2020) Oliver Jones She's the Chosen One-basically an East-Asian Harry Potter but instead of the Boy Who Lived she's the Girl Who Lived As A Boy For A Couple of Weeks. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Oliver Jones What the movie proves definitively is just what a durable vehicle screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon stumbled onto when they first created the Candide-like Valley metalheads as UCLA undergrads. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 Tenet (2020) Emily Zemler Nolan is the sort of filmmaker who captures our imaginations for what could be possible, which is something that feels important right now. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/4 The One and Only Ivan (2020) Oliver Jones A movie that runneth over with squandered talent... EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/4 Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Rafael Motamayor If you want a zombie movie to do more than remind you of the bleakness of the real world, the high-octane fun of Peninsula will carry you to the gates of Valhalla. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/4 An American Pickle (2020) Brandon Katz An American Pickle is not Rogen's best movie. That is and always will be Superbad. But, in its own ridiculous and crass way, it may very well be his most mature. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
2/4 The Rental (2020) Oliver Jones Had the writing been deft enough to properly germinate them, there are seeds of ideas about the toxicity of aspirational real estate and those that indifferently own it that could have possibly have flowered into something worth exploring. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/4 The Painted Bird (2019) Oliver Jones All of this unvarnished evil is depicted with haunting beauty and uncompromising artistry. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
2.5/4 Greyhound (2020) Brandon Katz Greyhound doesn't move you emotionally the same way a war film like Hanks' own Saving Private Ryan, but it does fulfill its purpose. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/4 Palm Springs (2020) Oliver Jones What it has to say about loneliness and finding purpose when our lives are stripped of impact and progression is quite profound and brims with urgency. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/4 The Truth (2019) Oliver Jones Kore-eda's film... is nonetheless a quiet, Gallic gift to these orphans in the dark who are forever sorting through old stories and new movies in an attempt to find beauty in both the truth and the lies. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
1/4 () Oliver Jones Irresistible takes the bloated piñata that is the corrupting influence of money in electoral politics and proceeds to beat it with a wet noodle. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
3.5/4 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Oliver Jones Da 5 Bloods sees Spike Lee continuing in his late-career tour as Mr. Lee, everyone's favorite radicalized and truth-telling AP U.S. history teacher. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
1.5/4 Artemis Fowl (2020) Brandon Katz Why Branagh has devoted his recent career to Disney's sanitized sandbox is a mystery, but the director can still flash from time to time. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
2.5/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Oliver Jones Even for those who are keenly attuned to Davidson's limitations, there is a certain charm, not to mention hard-won truth that informs his sheepish honesty. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
3/4 Shirley (2020) Oliver Jones By the time Shirley draws to a close, you end up feeling pleasingly spent, like you just stayed up all night drinking a bottle of Canadian Club while discussing literary theory with a dear old confidant you hadn't seen in years. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/4 On the Record (2020) Zach Schonfeld The rare #MeToo documentary that grapples frankly with its accusers' uncertainty about coming forward. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
3.5/4 The High Note (2020) Oliver Jones The High Note is both a comic lark and a profoundly transporting cinema experience that comes at a time when such a thing has hardly ever felt less possible and more necessary. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
1.5/4 The Lovebirds (2020) Oliver Jones The humor is meant to derive from how out of place these two are in this seedy milieu, but it is difficult to have a fish out of water comedy when all you have is a couple of empty hooks. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
1/4 Inheritance (2020) Oliver Jones Inheritance may have been more successful if it had been willing to embrace its own strangeness. Instead, despite the bizarre set-up, there is a paint-by-numbers quality to the writing and the storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
2.5/4 SCOOB! (2020) Oliver Jones The series' trademark blend of character comedy and absurdist sight gags is in full display, served up with just the proper amount of postmodern self-awareness that adds to the fun rather than detracts from it. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/4 Arkansas (2020) Oliver Jones No matter the size of the screen or the corniness of dialogue, Arkansas proves that strong acting from game performers can make even the most harebrained of endeavors brim with vitality and necessity. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
3/4 All Day and a Night (2020) Oliver Jones More than simply being a showcase for violence, what All Day and a Night presents with intimate and devastating authority are the sad rituals surrounding gun death and poverty that mark life for too many. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 Beastie Boys Story (2020) Zach Schonfeld [I]t's more like a memorial service that takes place months or years after the person's death, when the initial shock of their passing has subsided and friends are ready to laugh again about the good times they shared. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/4 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Oliver Jones Kurzel's film doesn't simply show us the shattered masculinity and class rage that fueled Kelly's infamous late 19th-century crime spree, it shoots that energy outward like sparks from a forge. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
1.5/4 Selah and the Spades (2019) Oliver Jones Selah and the Spades comes off as little more than a artfully rendered location and a cool concept that is desperately in search of a story to tell that's as compelling as its trappings. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
2/4 The Roads Not Taken (2020) Rex Reed After an hour of this tedium, you stop worrying about where this disaster is going-or if it's going anywhere at all. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
2/4 Inside the Rain (2019) Rex Reed A film about mental health issues needs a good script and a first-rate cast to sustain a viewer's interest, and this one has neither. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
2/4 The Postcard Killings (2020) Rex Reed The problem is, there is no fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/4 The Way Back (2020) Rex Reed The plot may be formulaic, but there's nothing predictable about Ben Affleck's commitment to the role of Jack, or the subtlety and sincerity with which he plays it. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/4 Hope Gap (2019) Rex Reed Hope Gap is pithy, engaging, and insightful-the kind of movie we desperately need more of. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
0/4 Beneath Us (2019) Rex Reed Everything you can think of goes wrong in this clueless farrago of tasteless stupidity and faulty timing, including a theme song, "My Little Corner of the World," sung repeatedly by-get a grip-Anita Bryant! EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 The Banker (2020) Oliver Jones Unfortunately, the film is too soft-edged and incurious about the world that forced its story. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Oliver Jones The reason The Invisible Man holds you in an emotional vise grip for so much of its running time is thanks almost entirely to Moss. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
1.5/4 Onward (2020) Oliver Jones Despite its title, Onward is a regressive film, sometimes painfully so. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
1/4 Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) Rex Reed The entire enterprise is so muffled and dull you can't believe what you're watching. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
1/4 The Night Clerk (2020) Rex Reed For an alleged psychological thriller, The Night Clerk has no thrills, suspense or tension. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/4 The Call of the Wild (2020) Rex Reed It's the kind of technology I usually hate, but Buck is so appealing and his story is so entertaining that the movie won me over with a force that has left me astounded. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/4 Downhill (2020) Rex Reed Downhill is a perfect example of a bad film that doesn't have a clue about what kind of movie it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 Ordinary Love (2019) Rex Reed Traditionally, audiences avoid movies about nice people bravely battling terminal illnesses by the millions. Can two stars this viable and magnetic erase the stigma? EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 The Photograph (2020) Oliver Jones All of it combines into not only a profoundly romantic experience, but also an exploration of a number of different kinds of love and connection. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
0/4 Come to Daddy (2019) Rex Reed Any film that opens quoting William Shakespeare and Beyoncé is meant to be regarded with skepticism and giggles, but this dog gets sillier by the minute. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Oliver Jones Even when grappling with potentially heavy themes like government-sponsored drone warfare and situational depression, Sonic the Hedgehog never loses its buoyant sense of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020