Pittsburgh City Paper

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Rating Title/Year Author
Love, Lights, Hanukkah! (2020) Hannah Lynn Kirshner and Savage actually have chemistry, but like the characters in almost every Hallmark movie, they are reduced to the blandest possible version of a person, not even daring to wear patterned clothing. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Hannah Lynn The film is engaging, not just for Wilson's work, or Boseman and Davis' performances, but for the music, the costumes, the makeup -- all of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Happiest Season (2020) Hannah Lynn Happiest Season is a perfectly fine holiday movie, but hopefully it's also just setting the scene for other, better movies in the sub-genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Hannah Lynn Despite its flaws, An American Pickle is still enjoyable, with enough real laughs to make you forget about the world for five minutes. And Rogen as Herschel is some of his best acting in a long time. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Vivarium (2020) Alex Gordon The movie is only around 100 minutes long, but it could stand to lose a few. More than anything, there's kind of an off-putting editing rhythm during scenes of dialogue, EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009) Al Hoff [An] inspirational documentary about ordinary people quietly leading extraordinary lives. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Spaceship Earth (2020) Hannah Lynn Made up of archival footage, present-day interviews, and news clips, it's a strange, fascinating, and eerie film to watch while we're all in quarantine, and while climate change ravages the earth. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Transsiberian (2008) Al Hoff Unfortunately, it all builds to a last reel that is truly off the rails - a strenuous bit of action-flick silliness seriously at odds with the more low-key, psychological thriller that precedes it. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Pahokee (2019) Hannah Lynn In the hands of other filmmakers, Pahokee could have felt voyeuristic, but they approach their subject with familiarity and comfort. They're rooting for the kids, too. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Hannah Lynn There is no climax in the film, no lightning bolt of action or resolution. It is boring, because the story of men in Hollywood preying on young, vulnerable women was boring to people for a long time. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) Hannah Lynn Overall, this is a heavy lineup of films, and you might want to go on a long, contemplative walk after watching them all back-to-back. But they are all worth viewing and highlight subjects worth caring about. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Amanda Waltz As a result, the film awkwardly oscillates between eco-horror parable and bizarre sci-fi spectacle, never settling on whether or not it wants to be super weird or scathingly subversive. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Varda by Agnès (2019) Hannah Lynn At times it feels like a TED Talk or a college class which you find interesting but also kind of want to end. But mostly, it just makes you want to go back to Varda's catalog and start from the beginning. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
Little Women (2019) Hannah Lynn It's a sentimental movie just shy of saccharine, a tear-jerker but not melodramatic, a period piece that feels as alive as its vivacious protagonists. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Cats (2019) Al Hoff The film is an unholy melange of humans making cat moves - like head-nuzzling - and "cats" doing human things. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
One Cut of the Dead (2017) Amanda Waltz Delightfully bonkers. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Waves (2019) Hannah Lynn It's possible for people to effectively write what they don't know, but something feels disconcerting about the way Shults chose to portray Black pain. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Atlantics (2019) Hannah Lynn The haunting grief permeating the movie is supported by a ghostly soundtrack by electronic artist Fatima Al Qadiri, matched with equally beautiful and eerie shots of the ocean. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Hannah Lynn Knives Out is so fun that you don't even want to think about its flaws. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Jordan Snowden Fun and entertaining to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hannah Lynn What's smart about A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is that it's built for both lifelong fans of Fred Rogers and his show as much as it's built for non-believers. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Shaun of the Dead (2004) Alex Gordon Shaun of the Dead is not the first film to draw parallels between the drudgery of adult working-life and zombiism, but it's a good one. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) Amanda Waltz While The Girl with All the Gifts is an original, thoughtful horror film filled with plenty of action, gore, and, surprisingly, heart, it's the science behind it that stuck with me after the credits rolled. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001) Amanda Waltz It's actually better than it has any right to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Al Hoff As a film, it's still amusing, though likely to resonate better with Team Austen than Team Undead. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Dead Snow (2009) Al Hoff Despite its dusty origins, Dead Snow feels fresh and fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Hannah Lynn The Lighthouse is a riveting, well-acted, and impressively made movie, and I never want to see it again. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
28 Days Later (2002) Jordan Snowden 28 Days Later was thrilling for the time. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Hannah Lynn Where's My Roy Cohn? presents all the evils enacted by Cohn, but doesn't know what to do once the facts are laid out. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
28 Weeks Later (2007) Alex Gordon It's films like this that underline why zombie movies have such staying power. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Rec (2007) Amanda Waltz With its quick pacing, brutal jump scares, and unpredictable ending, REC does an admirable job of modernizing the shambling ghouls introduced in George A. Romero's Living Dead series. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Frankenweenie (2012) Al Hoff A fascination with things that are dead (or not-quite-dead-yet); a gushing homage for classic horror films; and a gallery of amusing grotesques. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Dead (2010) Al Hoff A serious, almost contemplative zombie film, with no jokes and snarky homage. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Train to Busan (2016) Alex Gordon The bad stuff can be ignored and the good stuff is so, so good...the terror is nuanced and visceral, a gut reaction to the scale and speed of the attacks on screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Day of the Dead (2008) Jordan Snowden The plot is all over the place. The special effects are pulsing, nausea-inducing, amateurish, and laughable, and they tried too hard to make the zombies different from those who came before. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Cargo (2018) Amanda Waltz With that brilliant cinematography comes a harrowing story of a father's love in a lawless, unforgiving world. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Siege of the Dead (2010) Al Hoff Kren is working with a small budget, but the compact set serves the story's claustrophobia well and he doesn't waste money on shock-value gore effects. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
ParaNorman (2012) Al Hoff The film's pleasures are in its spooky visuals, amusingly created characters and its indulgence in the cartoonishly macabre. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) Al Hoff Like an extra-value meal, Poultrygeist offers plenty of what Troma fans want... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Warm Bodies (2013) Amanda Waltz Warm Bodies takes an admirable risk with its material, but never fully commits to any of the tropes that make its chosen genres - that of horror and romantic comedy - so appealing, while also not striving to do something different and truly inventive. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Zombeavers (2014) Alex Gordon This one is not all that fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Zeroville (2019) Jordan Snowden Perhaps if I had read the book, Zeroville the film would have made more sense. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Judy (2019) Hannah Lynn We're already familiar with the myth; it would have been nice to get to know the person. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Hannah Lynn A glitzy, vengeful, and warm-hearted movie... EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Hannah Lynn Even with its flaws, the movie still leaves a mark. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
American Factory (2019) Hannah Lynn It doesn't feel like there's the manipulative editing or overt editorializing often found in documentaries. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Heart of Glass (2016) Hannah Lynn More of an educational documentary than anything else, but it's still an engaging watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Gurrumul (2017) Hannah Lynn Gurrumul's music is undoubtedly moving, and the movie is a heartfelt portrait of a man with a natural-born talent. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Hannah Lynn The movie is too convoluted to really make a point. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Hannah Lynn Whether you end up agreeing with Berman's filmmaking techniques or not, he ends up making something wholly unique. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019