Observer

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Oliver Jones It bravely explores the essence of what it is that makes each of us matter beyond the functions we serve as workers or as members of a family. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 American Woman (2018) Rex Reed After 20 years of admirable performances in underwhelming films and TV shows, Sienna Miller chews into the greatest role of her career and savors every flavorful bite. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
0/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Rex Reed Avoid it at all costs if you value your sanity. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 Plus One (2019) Rex Reed Incurable romantics seeking a fresh look at love contemporary-style could do a lot worse than Plus One. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/4 You Can Choose Your Family (2018) Rex Reed Being Frank festers uncomfortably from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Oliver Jones A largely toothless and wit-free reboot that empties the last of the originality and vivacity that has been steadily leaking out of the franchise with each subsequent installment. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
0/4 The Child Remains (2017) Rex Reed The Child Remains is typical of the kind of dumpster material we're getting these days at the movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/4 Katie Says Goodbye (2016) Rex Reed The point of this grim first film by writer-director Wayne Roberts is that lousy things happen to innocent people. But Katie is guileless to the point of stupidity. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/4 Papi chulo (2018) Rex Reed The relationship between the sweet, awkward and fragile Bomer and the tolerant, bemused and underplayed Patiño is a thing of joy. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Oliver Jones These super heroic and super histrionic spectacles are multiplying so rapidly that they are recycling their own tropes at such a rate that it is almost impossible to be surprised anymore. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
1/4 Ma (2019) Rex Reed During every savage attack, the audience laughed uproariously. Is this what we've come to? EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Oliver Jones The classic face-off arrives in an emotional vacuum rather than as an earned catharsis; the big fight never feels like a payoff. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
1/4 The Poison Rose (2019) Rex Reed Nothing makes much sense here, including the title. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
1/4 Brightburn (2019) Oliver Jones If the filmmakers had a modicum of curiosity about the implications of their own idea, the movie might have had something interesting to say. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
2/4 Aladdin (2019) Oliver Jones The new telling brings little that feels essential, and the missing elements-chiefly, the controlled chaos and unbridled comedy of the late Robin Williams' vocal performance-have given the film's candy-colored visual palate a homesick pall. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3.5/4 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Rex Reed If you cherish the rare opportunity to watch magnificent actors as perfect as Blythe Danner and John Lithgow giving it all they've got, in a film about grown-ups, then the line starts here. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/4 The Souvenir (2019) Oliver Jones An extraordinary rumination on memory and privilege while also being one of the most incisive movies ever to directly address-in moral, philosophical and personal terms-what it means to be a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Oliver Jones We are told again and again that both protagonists have urgent, life-shaping matters to attend to, but-as portrayed on screen-the stakes couldn't feel less consequential. Nor could the circumstances that keep throwing them together feel more contrived. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
1/4 Charlie Says (2018) Rex Reed Suffering through what Charlie says again, without purpose, is unfair punishment, if you ask me. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 Poms (2019) Rex Reed It's all as predictable as it is preposterous. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 Wine Country (2019) Oliver Jones It may proffer fart jokes and pratfalls, but it also has profound and insightful things to say about what it is that keeps old friends returning to each other, even after the inside jokes are exhausted-and the limits of those bonds. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 Tolkien (2019) Rex Reed Maybe Tolkien had a fascinating life story full of anecdotes that inspired his future work, but it isn't told here. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 The Intruder (2019) Rex Reed You know thrillers. Five-minute plots have a way of dragging familiar ideas into 2-hour narratives. This one has been done to death. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 Knock Down the House (2019) Oliver Jones As the primary results pour in, Knock Down the House becomes the electoral equivalent of the Death Star raid in Star Wars. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/4 Bolden (2019) Oliver Jones Most filmgoers will come away only mildly convinced of Bolden's place as jazz's inventor and even less sure that the movie they just saw spun a coherent or compelling narrative. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
1/4 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Oliver Jones Add to the long-winded title of this film, "...and completely unnecessary." EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Oliver Jones What you will be getting when you walk into an inevitably overstuffed movie theater is something singular that reflects our age in a way that none of the MCU films that preceded it have-indeed, very few Hollywood spectacles ever have. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/4 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Rex Reed Believe it or not, J.T. LeRoy is a story too far out to be so boring. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Brandon Katz Endgame is a movie that is nothing you'd expect but everything you want. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/4 Breakthrough (2019) Rex Reed Another glib and unconvincing faith-based movie that pushes miracles, spirituality and divine intervention, hoping for box-office gold. A terrific cast is the only thing that saves it from last rites. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/4 Fast Color (2018) Rex Reed The title Fast Color is just as meaningless as everything else in the movie, which hobbles along stretching the parameters of female empowerment to pad out the running time but fails to hold audience attention. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/4 Little Woods (2018) Oliver Jones Those willing to endure the film's discomforts will come away having witnessed as powerful and essential a depiction of familial love as they are likely to see this year. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Oliver Jones There is something refreshing about Mitchell's playful approach to Los Angeles' sordid history of cults and murders, as well as the high and low pop culture and marketing that America's second largest city manufactures. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/4 Stockholm (2018) Rex Reed Beware of any film that begins with the words "based on an absurd but true story." EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/4 Hellboy (2019) Oliver Jones The chief battle here isn't the one on screen between Hellboy and a sixth century witch; it's between Harbour and the uninspired gore and bland rock music in which his unfortunate first starring vehicle is soaked. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 William (2019) Rex Reed There is more sweetness and humanity in William than in most of the time-wasters I've seen recently. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
1/4 Mary Magdalene (2018) Rex Reed If the son of God dedicated his life to building a kingdom of peace and justice for the poor and oppressed, could it be that he was a thumping bore while doing it? EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 The Public (2018) Rex Reed Its heart is in the right place, but because it's mired in too many of Estevez's questions about public duty versus public safety, The Public struggles to stay on track and keep the viewer involved. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/4 Pet Sematary (2019) Rex Reed The time has come to bury Pet Sematary once and for all. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
High Life (2018) Oliver Jones While it's all quite confounding, it's also singular and moving, especially once you disavow yourself of the idea that films are meant to clarify themselves as they near their conclusion. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 Peterloo (2018) Oliver Jones The film is so lacking in dynamism that, if our current world weren't such a bloody mess, there wouldn't be much incentive to give it the time and attention the film demands. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Cell (2000) Andrew Sarris Ultimately, the reliance on a dream world tends to reduce suspense and even narrative logic. Thus, everything is possible and nothing is necessary. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Strangers (2008) Sara Voorhees The movie is best before the mayhem actually starts: First-time writer-director Bryan Bertino gets right some priceless details as the couple try to deal with the evening's earlier fallout, and elevates his movie above other horror films. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3.5/4 The Chaperone (2018) Rex Reed A film of uncommon rapture, albeit one with little of the noisy, fast-moving action contemporary audiences have come to expect. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/4 A Vigilante (2018) Rex Reed It's... good to see a cunning and capable actress rise above her usual projects, such as stupid fodder like Tron or Cowboys and Aliens, or labels like "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010." EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Diane (2018) Rex Reed It's Place's subtle, moment-to-moment performance that provides the balance to save Diane from ho-hum tedium. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Oliver Jones Dumbo is pretty standard issue, with corporate necessity seemingly dictating Burton rather than the other way around. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
1/4 Shazam! (2019) Oliver Jones Shazam! is as blandly presentational as a market research PowerPoint. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Rex Reed There isn't a single wasted frame in this movie, which is both richly detailed and economically direct in its emotional impact-all the more astounding for a first feature film. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
1/4 Out of Blue (2018) Rex Reed For one of America's most unique and photogenic locales, the Crescent City is as wasted as Clarkson-so boring to look at that the whole movie could have just as well been shot in Toledo, Ohio. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019