Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Rating Title/Year Author
Toy Story 4 (2019) Maria Sciullo "Toy Story 4" moves along briskly for 100 minutes, with the level of animation excellence you'd expect from Pixar. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Late Night (2019) Barry Paris Thompson's remarkable range never ceases to amaze, moving effortlessly between high art and Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Michael O'Sullivan The Men in Black universe is a world of rules: rules for agents and rules for aliens. There are also rules about how these stories are told, and this installment observes them, to a fault. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Remember Amnesia (2019) Kaisha Jantsch Also, the film is extremely well shot and edited. Shot in 4K resolution, the image quality is surreal and scenes flow effortlessly into one another... However, in terms of plot the film is a 1 hour-and-23-minute cliche. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Sharon Eberson "Dark Phoenix" is slickly made and features some typically standout computer-generated imagery... But it's not a lot of fun, nor does it provide satisfying closure in the way the standalone "Logan" did for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Barry Paris Egerton's depiction of this charismatic character is infused with eclectic electricity. He does all his own singing. EJ said not to copy him too much but make the songs his own - and he has done so. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Ann Hornaday For audiences who love nothing better than to immerse themselves in an idealized version of high-minded bohemia at its most tastefully nonchalant, "Non-Fiction" is pure bliss. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Rob Owen (Deadwood: The Movie) belatedly puts the "Deadwood" story to bed in a manner that's appropriate, rewarding and surprisingly emotional. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Barry Paris The insanely colorful costumes and amazing special effects do their part. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 Hail Satan? (2019) Barry Paris ...still very much worth the viewing, at 95 crisp minutes... EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 Red Joan (2018) Barry Paris This is [Nunn's] first film-directing gig in more than 20 years, and there's no denying it has certain stagebound qualities. But that may be its strength. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
The Mists of Avalon (2001) Rob Owen This feminist retelling of the Arthurian legend is dark, kinky and violent. It's also more entertaining, intriguing and thought-provoking than those godawful NBC miniseries of recent years. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Lucy (2003) Barbara Vancheri If you're a fan, you may watch in frustration, demanding, "Tell me something or more things I don't know." EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
My House in Umbria (2003) Rob Owen My House in Umbria is not sexy, not cutting edge; it does not "push the envelope." It tells a simple story about love and hope, sadness and loneliness. In the current coarse pop culture climate, that makes "Umbria" the riskiest type of film of all. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Saving Jessica Lynch (2003) Rob Owen Handsomely produced and legitimately emotional at points, "Saving Jessica Lynch" isn't a great film, but it is decent. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Born Rich (2003) Rob Owen Johnson directs, produces and narrates the program, and the fact that he's willing to explore issues of wealth and what it means earns him some admiration right off the bat. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Rob Owen Is "The Reagans" a hatchet job? Yeah, a little. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Barry Paris [Ryan White's] documentary style is rather formulaic, but he does justice to his heroine's amazing life force and energy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Foster (2018) Rob Owen It's about time for a quality drama that explores the foster care system from all angles and perhaps in so doing encourages more adults with a stable home life to consider fostering. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/4 Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) Barbara Vancheri The premise of the movie is intriguing, but it's executed in chilly, dispassionate fashion and buried under too many bodies. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 The Brink (2019) Barry Paris Well-crafted cinema verité -- equally engaging and enraging. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 High Life (2018) Barry Paris They're all working against the handicap of Denis' ponderously philosophical script, which has more black holes than the universe. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Little (2019) Barry Paris "Little" is funny if familiar, harmlessly enjoyable in its lightweight way. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Jane Horwitz "Missing Link" is impressive, but it's still missing something. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 The Aftermath (2019) Barry Paris In The Aftermath... the Big Picture gets short shrift -- and eventually lost -- amid the romantic entanglements, even as the performances nobly (but not fully) work to compensate for it. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 Arctic (2018) Barry Paris No frills, moderate thrills. Nordic stoicism on display. Much agony, little ecstasy. But all in all, a worthy endurance test for Mads Mikkelsen and ourselves. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 Greta (2018) Barry Paris Somehow, despite the insane ending and the fact that we pretty much see every twist coming, we buy into the horror tropes and get sucked in, thanks to Mr. Jordan's deft pacing and cockeyed humor that complements the suspense. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Tony Norman ... such a disappointment, though still worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Border (2018) Barry Paris This is a strange, fantastic mix of romantic drama, magic realism. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Marie Antoinette (2006) Barry Paris "Marie" the film, like Marie the queen, is a head of her time in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/4 Burlesque (2010) Barbara Vancheri In the end, Burlesque falls short in the originality and depth department but if you're in search of music videos masquerading as a movie, it just might be your ticket. Or soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/4 Step Brothers (2008) Barry Paris Step Brothers, in sum, adheres to the grand tradition of Apatow-Animal House-American Pie tastelessness. I tried not to laugh -- but gave in to the guilty juvenile pleasures. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Barry Paris Director Tim Burton's live-action remake is considerably darker but true to the endearing, enduring original in many respects. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 Us (2019) Barry Paris Kudos to the cinematography and the soundtrack. But it's a visual-visceral, not an intellectual experience. Unlike Get Out, the less time you spend thinking about it afterward, the better. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
1/4 Faster (2010) Tony Norman "Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?" In the case of Faster, we certainly can, Rocky, and it smells awful. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) Barry Paris Brian Wayne Peterson's script is watered-downed John Waters -- a grotesque burlesque of a gay chick-flick. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 Destroyer (2018) Barry Paris It's a satisfyingly twisted thriller overall, with a rare feminine trifecta of star, director and cinematographer - Kidman, Kusuma and Kirkwood - all kicking into high gear. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/4 Cold War (2018) Barry Paris Ms. Kulig's smoldering performance is worth the price of admission in itself. She's clearly channeling Lauren Bacall's laconic-sardonic delivery throughout. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2018) Rob Owen If the goal was to goose the drama, "Escaping the Madhouse" falls well short of its intent. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Barry Paris [It's] a truly beguiling and inspirational biopic of the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Maria Sciullo Almost everything in the film is gorgeously rendered: the colors, the costumes, the lovingly retro animation, Emily Blunt's cheeky eye rolls."Mary Poppins Returns" in some ways surpasses the original classic, and that's saying something. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Across the Universe (2007) Barbara Vancheri If you're going to reinvent songs, you cannot go wrong with the Beatles, even if John, Paul, George and Ringo have been replaced by Evan, Jim, Bono, Joe Cocker and others in a revolutionary way. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Barry Paris You'll know more than you ever wanted to know after viewing "The Favourite," a spectacular and brilliantly acted biopic - with liberties, if not justice, for all. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Maria Sciullo This animated gem is what we hope for when we go to the movies. It's fun and smart and manages to balance the usual Marvel Universe superhero angst against a silly sensibility. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 Maleficent (2014) Barbara Vancheri All along the way, it challenges moviegoers about labels of heroes and villains and just who we are silently cheering. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Barry Paris A great artist considered not so great at the time is the subject of Julian Schnabel's "At Eternity's Gate," less a biopic than a psycho-artistic essay on insanity and genius. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
United We Fan (2018) Rob Owen For anyone who has ever written to a network on behalf of a low-rated program, "United We Fan" will strike a chord. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/4 The Front Runner (2018) Barry Paris We're not disappointed. This time, Mr. Reitman takes a less satirical approach to a more timely subject that's very dear to our hearts these days: sex in presidential politics. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) Barry Paris Jared (Lucas Hedges) is such a lad in "Boy Erased," a deeply affecting true story based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Instant Family (2018) Rob Owen Although "Instant Family" takes more than an instant to rev up the funny, the film crescendos well, ultimately maximizing the humor, reality and drama that are all present in real-world foster parenting scenarios. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018