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Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Rex Reed Ineffectual, irrelevant and amateurishly conceived from start to finish, this movie is so bad it could kill off Nancy Drew forever. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/4 The Aftermath (2019) Rex Reed I left with endless troubling questions unanswered. The melodrama turned shallow. I loved the beauty and tenderness, but I didn't believe The Aftermath. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/4 Never Grow Old (2019) Rex Reed It's too monstrous and mean-spirited to please everyone unconditionally, but I found it challenging and honest-and hair-raising enough to work as a modern morality tale in cowboy boots. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 Iceman (2017) Rex Reed One can imagine Richard Harris or Charlton Heston in the role, but without any star power, Vogel does quite nicely. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/4 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Oliver Jones When a story is predicated on something as dramatically inert as laying high-speed fiber-optic cable, it requires characters more fully fleshed out than those on presentation here. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Oliver Jones The honesty of the actors and their commitment to each other bails the movie out. They manage to find truth in a highly manipulative situation, and that's something even the least stardust-sprinkled among us can appreciate. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Us (2019) Brandon Katz Thanks to a smart script and great performances from the main cast-notably a prowess-unlocked Lupita Nyong'o and a wonderfully loose Winston Duke-Us is both laugh out loud hilarious and disturbingly eerie all at one. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
1/4 I'm Not Here (2017) Rex Reed It was directed by Michelle Schumacher, better known as Mrs. Simmons, the actor's real-life wife. In Hollywood courtrooms, divorces have been granted on lesser grounds than this. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Rex Reed You won't find a more spellbinding performance than the inimitable star in the title role. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Oliver Jones While it may be a Marvel movie, it shares a deeper spiritual DNA with movies like Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, than it does, say, Ant-Man. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/4 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Oliver Jones Not make this simply a portrait of victimhood, but a deeply informed and fully expressed portrait of a culture most of us (including this critic) knew little about. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
1/4 Mapplethorpe (2018) Rex Reed You go away feeling soiled and confused, disliking and distrusting him more than you did going in. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
1/4 The Wedding Guest (2018) Rex Reed Nothing ever happens, and the two leads have the chemistry of olive oil and water. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 Giant Little Ones (2018) Rex Reed Aside from an awkward, confusing and pointless title that spells box-office trouble, Giant Little Ones is a very fine, immaculate and nuanced film indeed. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/4 Greta (2018) Rex Reed It's a nail-biter that sends ice down the spine and proves that in the hands of a master director, any genre is capable of achieving new heights of imagination. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/4 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Oliver Jones While [Wilson] has a delightful mix of spirit and cynicism that makes her an ideal comic presence for the Internet age, I found myself wishing the film took better advantage of her gifts. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
1/4 Untogether (2018) Rex Reed Another anemic and pointless stringing together of stories that are not worth telling, Untogether follows the truncated lives of a group of lost souls in Los Angeles with an overdose of paralyzing cinematic anesthesia. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 Everybody Knows (2018) Rex Reed The emotions in Everybody Knows are palpable, but the storytelling stumbles. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Rex Reed Cold Pursuit will not go down in history as one of Liam Neeson's most memorable efforts, but it's fun while it lasts, and he seems to have more fun than anyone else. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Oliver Jones While the new film is heavy-handed in its messaging about friendship and the power of getting along, it does so with little of the emotional heft of the previous installments-and about half the wit. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/4 Berlin, I Love You (2019) Rex Reed Another compilation anthology comprised of 10 vignettes designed to pay homage to the cities where the stories occur, Berlin, I Love You is an empty, boring flop with some famous faces in bit parts that add up to nothing of any substance. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Arctic (2018) Oliver Jones Arctic tells this story of self-reliance and survival with such austerity and absolute integrity that the results are breathtaking, even in the moments where the movie seems to amble forward at a glacial pace. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 Never Look Away (2018) Rex Reed See it and prepare to be stunned and exhausted at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 King of Thieves (2018) Rex Reed It's a marvel to watch Caine, Courtenay, Broadbent and Gambon go at each other with an aplomb that dazzles. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/4 The Invisibles (2017) Rex Reed Amazingly, the actors are so engaging and believable, and the facts are so riveting, that the movie, despite its flaws, held me spellbound. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
0/4 Serenity (2019) Rex Reed At the critics' screening I attended, the audience was reduced to hysterics. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/4 I Hate Kids (2019) Rex Reed I endured this modest, sometimes vulgar and often insulting family flick for one reason only: an unusual chance to watch the charming, likable and woefully underrated Tom Hanks clone, Tom Everett Scott, in a rare leading role. Big mistake. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
0/4 Adult Life Skills (2016) Rex Reed This is one of those so-called British comedies that is not remotely clever or amusing, even in the rare moments when you can decipher what comes out of the mouths of actors who sound like they could be from Mars. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 Don't Come Back From the Moon (2017) Rex Reed It's a very small movie with a very big emotional force that unfolds through the eyes of 16-year-old Mickey, sensitively played by promising newcomer Jeffrey Wahlberg. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/4 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Rex Reed There's nothing new in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek except the title. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 Fyre (2019) Oliver Jones Smith ends up exposing the journalistic economy as so utterly dependent on hype and marketing that it has lost sight of its reason to exist: to tell the truth and provide service to its consumers. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Oliver Jones Cameron's tale grossly oversimplifies complex issues... to the point that it reduces much of the film's social justice message to meme-ready, empty-headed pap. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
1/4 The Upside (2018) Rex Reed It runs two hours and five minutes, which in my opinion is two hours too long. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
1/4 Ashes in the Snow (2018) Rex Reed Filmmakers never seem to run out of footnotes to history during World War II. This one is better served in the pages of a novel. It doesn't work on film. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Glass (2019) Brandon Katz It's great that Glass strives for deeper meaning. However, by throwing so much at the audience so quickly, it unravels its own goal. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Rex Reed It is aided immeasurably by the triumphant performances of the two stars, Steve Coogan as Stan and John C. Reilly as Ollie, who manage to avoid caricature while giving 150 percent of themselves from first to final reel. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
0/4 State Like Sleep (2018) Rex Reed About as thrilling as a power failure in Antarctica. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Rex Reed I raise a glass to any movie about her, no matter how they tell her story. Long may she reign. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 Cold War (2018) Rex Reed Although it leaves you wanting more, Cold War is a film that is both illuminating and haunting at the same time. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
1/4 All Is True (2018) Oliver Jones Forget all of it being true; I would have settled for some of it being interesting. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
1.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Oliver Jones Even graced with the charming company of Momoa and Nicole Kidman, who is having a blast playing his high-kicking, otherworldly mother, the timing and tone of this movie is consistently off. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
0/4 Second Act (2018) Rex Reed Second Act has nothing to recommend it, even as a temporary refuge from traffic gridlock. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Rex Reed The movie is full of joyous, unexpected things to applaud... EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Rex Reed If Beale Street Could Talk is better than Moonlight, but that is faint praise indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 The Mule (2018) Rex Reed There's nothing heroic about Earl, but in Eastwood's 38th film as a director, he makes the character a felonious centerpiece as likable as anyone could ever imagine. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/4 Bird Box (2018) Rex Reed The only real shock in this one is that it stars Sandra Bullock, who should know better. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 Swimming With Men (2018) Rex Reed There is nothing remarkable or consequential about it, but it's not a waste of time, either. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rex Reed The movie has numerous faults (especially with a number of literary liberties) but is consistently polished enough to keep history buffs fascinated. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/4 Ben Is Back (2018) Rex Reed Ben Is Back doesn't sugar-coat the harsh reality of this family's struggle, but like the year's other astringent family drug drama Beautiful Boy, frames it with an abundance of life, love and hope. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
1/4 Head Full of Honey (2018) Rex Reed Exaggerated, infuriating, and about as funny as a root canal without anesthesia. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018