Pittsburgh City Paper

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Rating Title/Year Author
Amazing Grace (2018) Hannah Lynn Watching Amazing Grace, it's clear how that moment was so much bigger than just [Franklin]. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
To Dust (2018) Hannah Lynn To Dust doesn't work much of the time. It's occasionally slow, clunky, and tonally confusing. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
() Hannah Lynn Her honesty can be refreshing, but can also feel opportunistic, like she's following a formula to appeal to the audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Waka Okami wa Shogakusei! (2018) Hannah Lynn A predictable movie, but still manages to impart heartfelt lessons on family, acceptance, and other nice topics. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Mirai no Mirai (2018) Hannah Lynn It's just spooky enough to cut through the more saccharine life lessons. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (2017) Hannah Lynn It might've sufficed as a short film. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Us (2019) Alex Gordon And though expected, the film is also incredibly funny and warm. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Rou qing shi (2018) Hannah Lynn The dialogue is the film's strong point, full of razor-sharp insults and observations. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Rafiki (2018) Hannah Lynn It's a perfectly fine movie, with compelling stories and characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Hannah Lynn The film's cinematography stands out the most, using the expanse of the setting to its fullest extent. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Level 16 (2018) Hannah Lynn The world in Level 16 feels like it was created because it's trendy right now to make art about repressed women. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The Story of Us (2019) Hannah Lynn Even for a Hallmark movie, Jamie and Sawyer are stiff robots. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Gotti (2018) Alex Gordon They've delivered a dish that's somehow burnt and cold, bland and over-spiced. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Hannah Lynn The experience of watching it is such a mild one that you wonder why it was made at all. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Fyre (2019) Hannah Lynn It's awe-inspiring, really, to see the toxic potion of wealth, greed, and delusion in action. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
Fyre Fraud (2019) Hannah Lynn Fyre Fraud does do a good job of mocking nearly everyone involved. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
Rust Creek (2018) Amanda Waltz But for all its female tenacity and curious potential pairing, Rust Creek proves far too formulaic to generate tension. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Support the Girls (2018) Hannah Lynn The eclectic supporting cast shines as well, creating the kind of chemistry found only between coworkers. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Hannah Lynn Layne and James have such obvious chemistry that it feels unnecessary to point it out. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Hannah Lynn There have been plenty of movies about British kids, old-timey England, and quirky nannies. Please, just make a new movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Santa Jaws (2018) Alex Gordon It asks so little and gives so much. Thanks, Santa Jaws. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Love Strikes Twice (2017) Amanda Waltz To call Second Chance Christmas problematic would be putting it very lightly. This is basically Gaslighting: The Movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
A Holiday Engagement (2011) Ryan Deto Generally solid comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) Hannah Lynn This movie is frustrating and lifeless, more so than its Hallmark and Lifetime competitors because it's bad on purpose. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Vice (2018) Hannah Lynn An exhausting sprawl, heavily reliant on tedious gimmicks. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
No Sleep 'Til Madison (2003) Amanda Waltz The conceit of No Sleep 'Til Christmas is a stretch. That it actually manages to sell it is nothing short of a miracle. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (2018) Hannah Lynn There are no fiery exchanges, no insults, no fighting. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Hannah Lynn The movie shows beauty in the characters' lives without making poverty look idyllic, but it doesn't patronize them either. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Jordan Snowden For comedy sequels, it works. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
A Twist of Christmas (2018) Lisa Cunningham Oreo has a larger role in this Lifetime movie than Jesus in most Hallmark holiday specials. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
A Cinderella Christmas (2016) Amanda Waltz The film also demonstrates some refreshingly meta humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
A Christmas Prince (2017) Josh Oswald If you're into decadent, empty-calorie streaming, Netflix has whipped up quite the seasonal soufflé. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Santa's Boots (2018) Lisa Cunningham Lifetime needed a title for the movie and "Hot Christmas Tree Salesman Who Ends Up With Woman Who Probably Lost Weight and Ditched Her Old Friends" was too long. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Christmas Harmony (2018) Ryan Deto When dramatic and heart-felt scenes culminated in terribly bland songs with nonsense lyrics, every sense of joy I had melted into mocking laughter and confusion. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
The Mistle-Tones (2012) Maggie Weaver It's complete silliness and has no substance, meaning it's definitely worth another three viewings and a sing-along. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Liyana (2017) Hannah Lynn Aaron and Amanda Kopp take the somewhat rigid format of documentary filmmaking and infuse it with folklore and fairy tales. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Happy Christmas (2014) Jordan Snowden There's a reason this movie, with its very generic title, has managed to stay under the radar. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Last Holiday (2006) Amanda Waltz The main reason I find Last Holiday so charming, despite its corny concept and broad humor, is because I get to see good things happen to a good person. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
A Very Cool Christmas (2004) Jordan Snowden It's superficial, slow-paced, and, unsurprisingly, has an all-white cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
A Very Nutty Christmas (2018) Amanda Waltz Hart executive produced this movie, which means she was cool with all of this. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Miami Vice (2006) Alexi Morrissey Here, both stars are flat, hampered by cheesy dialogue, dark sunglasses and a by-the-book drama that gives them little to do. When in doubt, they simply look mean and bored. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Hannah Lynn It will be a thrilling ride as long as you accept Silver Fox Santa as the true meaning of Christmas. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (2018) Jordan Snowden Maybe all the stolen jokes from the first Life-Size were meant to establish nostalgia with the viewer. But it came across as laziness on the writer's part. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Jingle Belle (2018) Lisa Cunningham Fans of '90s sitcoms will also love seeing Ali and Knight Pulliam return to their TVs - can you believe both women are almost 40 years old?! EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Dumplin' (2018) Hannah Lynn The corniness doesn't hinder the movie's goals, nor is it done on accident. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000) Maggie Weaver Disney Channel nails the cheesy, lovable holiday film. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
A Shoe Addict's Christmas (2018) Hannah Lynn Even for a cheesy Christmas movie, A Shoe Addict's Christmas is brutal. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Mingle All the Way (2018) Hannah Lynn It's like watching two robots act inside a cardboard box. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
The Princess Switch (2018) Hannah Lynn The Princess Switch is a fun piece of nonsense to watch during the holidays when the classics feel tired. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Wildlife (2018) Hannah Lynn [Mulligan] has an expert deadpan too, delivering lines sharpened like arrowheads. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018