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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Patrick McDonald It's like the old timey pictures of the 1940s studio era ... audiences know exactly the personas before they see it. Good luck having a baby, Samuel L. (age 72) & Salma (54)! EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
4/5 Luca (2021) Patrick McDonald Like all modern Pixar films, there is a deep beauty in the animation, and an emphasis on story that expresses all that beauty and in this case, humor. It also Hearts FELLINI! EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
3.5/5 In the Heights (2021) Patrick McDonald Has great moments celebrating its time and place, but was a surprisingly conventional musical (compared to HAMILTON) that was a half hour too long, and was paced awkwardly. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
4.5/5 Spirit Untamed (2021) Patrick McDonald Adventurous & emotional, with the conflict between father & daughter, setting up how our hero Lucky will tame her new home & her new horse. An appealing-to-all family film. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Patrick McDonald THE EXORCIST will always be the gold standard, everything else on this devilish topic is a lesser copy with better special effects. Was the true story more interesting? EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Patrick McDonald I really like John K's structuring & jump scares, BUT (big BUT) the humans have all the conveniences, which makes the conclusion a bit foregone. If you liked the FIRST ONE ... EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
4/5 Final Account (2020) Patrick McDonald Unique WW2 doc, the "final account" of the elderly who lived thru Nazism. Has varying POV, but the acts of contrition are key, b/c those who forget the past are doomed to ... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2021
4.5/5 Tiny Tim: King for a Day (2020) Patrick McDonald With strange characters & wild show biz stories, this is a must-see for 1960s archivists & the trip of the rise to the top/fall to the bottom of a man, a ukulele & a dream. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2021
3.5/5 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Patrick McDonald Expecting Angelina-as-fire-fighter becomes a surprising ensemble film, not about fire but the people who symbolically cause them. Lotsa wild parts between excessive violence. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
3.5/5 Here Today (2021) Patrick McDonald At its core, this is a sweet film, w/director Crystal using a cinema trick as memory. The weak link is Haddish, but it was written by 2 old white guys. Big hearted & gentle! EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
4.5/5 The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) Patrick McDonald A hyperkinetic blast of cartoon color & energy that is also hilarious. Within its tremendous heart beats a family that learns its lessons by being themselves. Rick Mitchell! EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
3.5/5 Four Good Days (2020) Patrick McDonald Doesn't mine any new territory for the addiction genre, but does have strong performances, moments of authenticity, and an unpredictable story direction. Worth a look. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
4.5/5 Arlo the Alligator Boy (2021) Patrick McDonald Bright, funny and sweet, and kids will dig the out optimism of main boy Arlo. Any cartoon that includes the Met fashion gala is all right by me. In essence, We Are Family! EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
4/5 Voyagers (2021) Patrick McDonald Filmmaker Neil Burger always intrigues, & pondering alpha/beta teens is LORD OF THE FLIES in spaace! A great date movie, and in space no one hears you pop a zit. Worth a look. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
4.5/5 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Patrick McDonald One of the few films that exceed hype. Kudos for getting beyond the early films murkiness, and getting top actors really makes it work. Fantastical and Fun, Go-Go Godzilla! EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2021
4/5 My Octopus Teacher (2020) Patrick McDonald Beautiful photography, which we take for granted these days, which in this doc is as much emotional as a nature film. Having a story arc that is fascinating also is helpful. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2021
4/5 Nobody (2021) Patrick McDonald Weirdly entertaining in its mayhem with Bob Odenkirk, genius casting that leaves a mark, even in kick ass-ery. Who also kicks ass? Christopher "Doc Brown" Lloyd, that's who! EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
4/5 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Patrick McDonald Andra Day deserved her Best Actress Golden Globe, in one of the must-see performances of the Oscar Season. Lee Daniels again delivers a treatise on black people mistreatment. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2021
3.5/5 The Father (2020) Patrick McDonald I liked this, but it's becoming harder to mine new territory with this theme. Sir Tony is always the master of creating a place for his character in the universe of the story. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
4.5/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Patrick McDonald Everything to love about great animation ... spectacular scenery, memorable characters & a heart-filled lesson about empathy and unity ... oh yes, and kid-hilarious fart jokes. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Patrick McDonald It's a combination of nostalgia, good vibes and even a bit of "you can't reheat a soufflé," but if you loved the first one you'll connect to this sequel. Wesley Snipes is rad! EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 Watermelon Man (1970) Patrick McDonald Godfrey Cambridge is a maniac in this film, shifting from slapstick to social commentary, but it's a cinema artifact from another time (1970)/attitude, and worthwhile viewing. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
4/5 Minari (2020) Patrick McDonald A fascinating character study, as well as an old fashion "can we save the farm" movie. Will Patton is a revelation as Paul, who like the gospel-ler must travel his own road. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 Tom & Jerry (2021) Patrick McDonald Good News ... they stay true to the T&J zeitgeist, no talk, all chase/slapstick. Bad News ... the rest of it, the formula of placing cartoons into stupid stories needs to go. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 Cherry (2021) Patrick McDonald Like a grand opera, where attractive people become less attractive to play dope fiends, but still love each other to the end. Tom Holland carries the film on his back. Aria! EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 Nomadland (2020) Patrick McDonald Director Chloé Zhao creates a beautiful palette for Nomad Fern to journey into, and her deliberate pacing mirrors that of a traveler with no destination. What is life anyway? EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
3.5/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Patrick McDonald Suffers from a Hollywood gloss and a terrible title, but also had a message about how we, the good old USA, detain human beings for political reasons rather than crimes. Sigh. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
3.5/5 Land (2021) Patrick McDonald Robin Wright's magnificent outdoor refuge, and the stakes portrayed are legit in their seriousness and follow through, but it just falls a bit short of conclusive greatness. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Patrick McDonald Incendiary, electric film - sad & maddening - as the U.S. declared war on their own citizens simply due to the inherent white fear of the black quest for equality & justice. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Patrick McDonald The fee-fees of film critics here are hurt cause Sam L. put down their "woke." Hahaha. Electric back-&-forth between 2 strong actors ... & the film feels bigger than 2 people. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 Bliss (2021) Patrick McDonald Story is a muddled mess, and there is nothing magical in these parallel worlds, plus being "in-between" is so vague that it would have helped if a study guide were provided. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
3.5/5 Supernova (2020) Patrick McDonald This is a theme that is explored many times in the movies, and there is nothing added to this genre that is new, even with a gay couple. It comes down to love and devotion. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 The Dig (2021) Patrick McDonald I dug THE DIG ... w/Brit culture delineated aptly by class, gender and emotion. The cast delivers a story that both works as its own history and for the treasure revealed. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3.5/5 The White Tiger (2021) Patrick McDonald A fascinating journey, & an look into a reality where IT IS survival of the fittest. But there is also a lesson for the west and USA ... the future of "the hustle" is not here. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
3.5/5 Outside the Wire (2021) Patrick McDonald Terminator meets Rambo. There is a particular morality to drones & robots waging war, & the theme follows thru. Not perfect, but a military thriller with some extra texture. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2021
5/5 The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Patrick McDonald Culminates the Bee Gees journey with a heart /soul that illuminates their greatness and human foibles. And with 3 of 4 brothers gone, another level to survivor Barry emerges. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 Stars Fell on Alabama (2021) Patrick McDonald Inauthentic, felt like a rom-com from the '90s, in which pretty men & women, supposedly from Alabama, exist only to help their returning friend hook up with a movie star. Oy. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Patrick McDonald The lessons/redemption are of the adverse variety, but this is totally absorbing & essential from start to finish ... Carey Mulligan is intensely real in her anger and dread. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
3.5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Patrick McDonald An effective flashback to another time/place in black history, on the cusp of serious social and personal evolution. These men are so famous, they seemed not to have existed. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
3/5 News of the World (2020) Patrick McDonald Send a check to the John Ford estate, as this is a rip-of of THE SEARCHERS & westerns in general. Hanks is his competent self but there was no overall connection in this one. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
5/5 Soul (2020) Patrick McDonald An emotional cinematic celebration on many levels. When the history of Pixar is told, this will be one of their greatest films ... an instant classic to watch over and over. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
5/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Patrick McDonald Rewards in many ways ... comments on Trumpism, provides hope for universal morality & is a Christmas gift to the movies that allows all of us to be heroes. A 2020 film Tonic! EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
3/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Patrick McDonald A sci fi seen-it-before film, I'm klnd of over genius astronauts who also philosophize like college stoners. Clooney's epic beard has more emotion than his character does. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
5/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Patrick McDonald A genius of a film is that never goes anywhere expected, and the simple theme that we're all overcoming handicaps resonates like the echo of stillness. A rhythmic masterpiece! EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4.5/5 The Prom (2020) Patrick McDonald The pitch on musicals is that this is the world as we wish it would be, but THE PROM reminds us that this is the world as it is, maybe with less dancing and singing. Fabulous! EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4.5/5 Uncle Frank (2020) Patrick McDonald The surprise highlight of the film is Frank's lover Wally (Peter Macdissi) who wants more family so much that he's willing to risk much more than even Frank. Get Out & Proud! EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4.5/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Patrick McDonald Viola Davis is luminous as Ma Rainey, and Chadwick Boseman is giving the literal performance of his life, as his dialogue predicts his untimely demise ... he is magnificent. RIP EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Patrick McDonald Hilarious AND multi-layered ... an intro to civilization can be both great & demoralizing! Also, the film and voice cast gets funnier as the story proceeds. Yabba Dabba Doo! EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
3.5/5 The Last Vermeer (2019) Patrick McDonald The underrated Guy Pierce is the highlight as the Dutch artist on trial for treason during WW2, a rich story vein in which another amazing based-on-true emerges. Viva Vermeer! EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 Mank (2020) Patrick McDonald Anyone who is not a Golden Age Hollywood history buff caveat emptor, but b/c I am one the 2nd half of the film crystallizes the 1st half and in the end it delivers. Rosebud! EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020