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Rating Title/Year Author
Combat Obscura (2018) Andrew Whalen Depicts the war beneath the narratives, capturing the soldier's experience with an immediacy that explodes political abstraction, placing it in a more humanist context. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Doragon bôru chô: Burorî -- Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) Phillip Martinez The Broly movie may have the most fast-paced action of any Dragon Ball film to date, and that alone is worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2019
The Portrait of a Lady (1996) David Ansen This claustrophobic Portrait of a Lady is the kind of failure only a very gifted filmmaker could make: like it or not, it haunts you. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Scream (1996) David Ansen No one will ever consider Wes Craven's Scream Oscar fodder, but this funny and scary little experiment in terror from the man who invented "Nightmare on Elm Street" puts some fun back into a very tired genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Michael (1996) David Ansen I feared that Nora Ephron's angel movie, Michael, would offer another heap of predigested uplift but was pleasantly surprised to find something quirkier and more off-center. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Mother (1996) David Ansen In its deceptively modest way, this edgily sweet comedy gets closer to the bone of mother-son relationships than many a more solemn opus. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Mars Attacks! (1996) David Ansen Both a tribute to schlock sci-fi and a deconstruction of it, this sleekly cheeseball $70 million production is all attitude. It's not Burton's best by a long shot, but I came out smiling. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Silencio (2018) Andrew Whalen With the stone, the zone and its powers kicked into the background, Silencio becomes a muddle of melodrama and thriller pretensions. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Andrew Whalen Not just an arthouse exploration of a horror aesthetic, but a down-and-dirty body horror as visceral as anything in Cronenberg's output. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Halloween (2018) Andrew Whalen 2018's Halloween isn't a deconstruction, but a slasher movie down to its knife-scraped bones. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Andrew Whalen We are all more like characters in An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn than anyone is likely to admit. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Apostle (2018) Andrew Whalen Apostle gets too bound up in the island cult it's meant to be escaping. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 Jaws 2 (1978) Joseph Gelmis There was reason to believe that "Jaws 2" would be a mess. It isn't. It's better than most sequels. It's formula-ridden but slick, and the special effects work as intended. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Predator (2018) Andrew Whalen Whatever its weaknesses, The Predator gets its titular aliens right, offering a sampler of violent, extraterrestrial skirmishing that works more often than it doesn't. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Mandy (2018) Andrew Whalen Every shot is composed with a directorial conviction heavy with hermetic knowledge and occult power. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) Andrew Whalen A deluge of technique ... which washes over the viewer in successive waves, alternately breathtaking, tiresome, breathtaking, repetitive. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
The Nun (2018) Andrew Whalen Rather than grandiose and ponderous, The Nun is workaday, lunch pail gothic, getting the job done with the energy of a factory floor. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Calling All Earthlings (2018) Andrew Whalen It's all faintly ridiculous, but charming, like people talking about the afterlife right before last call. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Andrew Whalen Regina Hall so fully inhabits Lisa's life we hardly feel apart from her, tugged by the same frustrations, goodwill, minor satisfactions and disappointments. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
What Keeps You Alive (2018) Andrew Whalen The dead center of the movie is a protracted rowboat chase no amount of thumping music can rescue. What Keeps You Alive barely picks up from there. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) Andrew Whalen The Littlest Reich is not just a clockwork puppet slasher, but a gleeful gore movie situated somewhere between Peter Jackson's Dead Alive and Troma. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
The Meg (2018) Andrew Whalen The Meg is oddly charming, more pulp than cheese, like the sci-fi pumped out in the 1950s. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Slender Man (2018) Andrew Whalen Slender Man feels as used up as any years-old meme, like trying to explain what's funny about dat boi a decade late. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Andrew Whalen Hereditary feels like an endless drawing out of that queasy, shocking, falling dream sensation, as the ground beneath the Graham family, and the viewer, crumbles. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Damsel (2018) Andrew Whalen Damsel spends its second half literally wandering in the woods, with no clear destination or objective in mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Andrew Whalen Despite characters whose individual plights would be just as boring to describe as they are to watch, Dark Web is just weird and ingenious enough to recommend. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Andrew Whalen Mission: Impossible - Fallout is an unrelentingly consistent action movie, with not a single sequence wasted before the next big stunt. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Zach Schonfeld It captures the radical breadth of his rubber-faced, rapid-fire, man-child brand of comedy, which, at its heart, was compassionate and vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Verónica (2017) Andrew Whalen There's nothing in it that will surprise horror movie aficionados. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2018
Les affamés (2017) Andrew Whalen An interesting take on the zombie genre, but its laid-back indie narrative, which never really bothers with a plot, can make enjoying its occasional splatters of blood a bit of a slog. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Ghost Stories (2017) Andrew Whalen Ghost Stories has more genuine scares than most horror movies, so it almost seems a bit unfair when it's funny too. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
The Titan (2017) Andrew Whalen The body horror genre thrives on disgust, shame and goo, all qualities lacking in The Titan. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
The Devil and Father Amorth (2017) Andrew Whalen The Devil and Father Amorth starts to feel slippery, as Friedkin uses the sliver offered by psychologists and neurologists as a pry bar to crack open space for the supernatural. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Revenge (2017) Andrew Whalen What happens next is expected-a roaring rampage of revenge, with each of the three hunters confronted like a video game boss-but Fargeat has some fun tricks to deploy. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Cargo (2018) Andrew Whalen Cargo doesn't often satisfy on the genre's more sensational vectors. There are no hordes, few gouts of creative gore and a limited sense of danger. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Upgrade (2018) Andrew Whalen By merging Deus Ex cyberpunk, third-person action games and the dirty old bones of 70s exploitation, Upgrade earns installation in your memory core. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Outside In (2017) Andrew Whalen Director Lynn Shelton brings a high empathic bar to Outside In, then dares the audience to clear it. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Joe Morgenstern Aa whimsical space operetta, then frantically inflates itself again for a surreal climax in which the imagery is just obscure enough to be annoying, just precise enough to be banal. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Beetlejuice (1988) David Ansen For sheer off-the-wall audacity, Tim Burton's demented Beetlejuice certainly demands respect, even if it's more enjoyable in concept than in execution. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) David Ansen Self-consciousness infects Nora Ephron's sweet but perilously thin love story, Sleepless in Seattle...such are the perils of these postmodernist times: even our love stories feed off borrowed emotion. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2018
Poseidon (2006) David Ansen The movie is just what you'd expect: skimpy, almost laughable characterizations surrounded by claustrophobically suspenseful action sequences. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
American Dreamz (2006) David Ansen Promising more bite than it delivers, Dreamz is pitched too broadly to get very deeply under your skin. Still, there are some smarts at work here, and it will make you laugh. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
Akeelah and the Bee (2006) David Ansen Akeelah obeys every sports-movie rule, but trading end-zone dances for etymology gives it a geeky innocence. What's the word? Splendiferous. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
The War Tapes (2006) David Ansen The unnerving documentary is all the more necessary, and all the more shocking, in its immediacy. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
The Heart of the Game (2005) David Ansen Will it be heartbreak or triumph for the Roosevelt Roughriders? You will care, passionately. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005) David Ansen A superb sociological and musicological essay, Crossing the Bridge opens door after door of musical revelation. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) David Ansen The result is an overproduced movie that tries so strenuously hard to be "fun" that it's a chore to sit through. For all its razzle-dazzle production values, the story itself feels cluttered, hard to follow and hard to care about EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
Click (2006) David Ansen As a moral fable Click holds no surprises; as a Sandler comedy, it's unusually dark, occasionally touching and pretty funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
2046 (2004) David Ansen The ravishing images are tinged with regret and loss: no passion can assuage the jaded hero's solitude. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) David Ansen "Me and You" has a refreshingly unhysterical (but sometimes hysterically funny) take on what it's like for kids to grow up in a world of Internet sex, broken families and precocious sexual curiosity. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018