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Rating Title/Year Author
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Peter Travers Singer Andra Day's breakout star performance as jazz legend Billie Holiday raises this chaotic film above its faults by showing how Holiday used her voice as a starting gun for the civil-rights movement despite a relentless FBI campaign to destroy her. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
The Father (2020) Peter Travers Anthony Hopkins delivers a master class in acting as a once-brilliant man losing his mental faculties to the plague of dementia. First-time director Florian Zeller turns his modern "King Lear" of a play into essential cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Sound of Metal (2019) Peter Travers With Oscar buzz surging for Riz Ahmed, the time is now to check out his virtuoso performance as a rock drummer facing deafness in a riveting, resonant film whose thrashing power and emotional gravity exert a grip that won't let go. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
I Care a Lot (2020) Peter Travers A shockingly funny sendup of our money-trumps-morals culture starring a dynamite Rosamund Pike who outdoes her 'Gone Girl' evil by partnering in crime with the great Peter Dinklage for the most delicious, decadent treat of the new movie year. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Minari (2020) Peter Travers Everybody's talking about this unassuming, but also unmissable and unforgettable slice of Korean-American life and for good reason: Lee Isaac Chung's heartfelt memoir is the best movie you'll find anywhere about what it means to be a family. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Peter Travers Shaka King's powerhouse about the 1969 murder of Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton (an Oscar-worthy Daniel Kaluuya) by Chicago police with the help of an FBI informer (Lakeith Stanfield) is a new movie classic that speaks to its time and ours. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Falling (2020) Peter Travers Viggo Mortensen scores a standout directing debut, showing the artful sensitivity that defines him as an actor with this heart-piercing drama in which he stars as a gay son coping with the dementia of his racist father (a career-best Lance Henriksen). EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Peter Travers It would have been nice if filmmaker Sam Levinson had provided a real script instead of a thin outline, but John David Washington and an incandescent Zendaya are thrilling to watch as lovers at war in a millennial 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.' EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Palmer (2021) Peter Travers In a shameless weeper that plays it strictly by the cliché book, compensation comes from the rugged sincerity of Justin Timberlake as an ex-con who becomes a surrogate dad to a gender-nonconformist seven-year-old, wonderfully acted by Ryder Allen. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
The Little Things (2021) Peter Travers Despite widening gaps of logic in its slow-burn mystery plot, this killer-on-the-loose thriller features top turns from Denzel Washington and Rami Malek as L.A. cops chasing a psycho, played by a scary and diabolically funny Jared Leto. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Promising Young Woman (2020) Peter Travers In filmmaker Emerald Fennell's diabolically funny takedown of toxic masculinity, Carey Mulligan gives a dynamite performance that should make her a frontrunner in the Oscar race for Best Actress. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Peter Travers Priyanka Chopra-Jonas lends her beauty and star power to Ramin Bahrani's unwieldy but enthralling screen adaptation of Aravind Adiga's bestselling novel about the haves and have-nots in modern India. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Locked Down (2021) Peter Travers Doug Liman's gimmicky dud about a London diamond heist set during the pandemic falsely assumes that quarantined audiences are panting to see films about being quarantined. Despite a starry cast led by Anne Hathaway, 'Locked Down' is a major letdown. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Peter Travers Director Regina King ignites a powderkeg by casting four dynamite actors as 1964 civil-rights icons-Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, and an Oscar worthy Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke-and letting them rip. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Pieces of a Woman (2020) Peter Travers In this emotional powerhouse about an expectant mother who experiences her worst nightmare, Vanessa Kirby delivers a tour de force that will leave you shattered. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Pinocchio (2019) Peter Travers Get our your handkerchiefs for this gorgeous, live-action take from Italy on the Disney animated classic, starring Oscar winner Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, the woodcutter who builds a puppet to replace the son he never had. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Peter Travers You'd have to be a Grinch to hate on a blockbuster sequel that's so puppy-eager to please. But despite the fem power of star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins, all the CGI huffing and puffing over 2 1/2 hours deflates momentum and audience endurance. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
News of the World (2020) Peter Travers Tom Hanks saddles up for his first western and teams with a firebrand costar in 10-year-old Helena Zengel, but despite the film's visual grit and grace, it could have risked more and cut deeper. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Soul (2020) Peter Travers Pixar's first feature with a predominantly Black cast and a Black lead actor (the superb Jamie Foxx) contemplates the origins of jazz and the meaning of life and death. Don't fret the metaphysics, kids, It's the year's peak achievement in animation. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Let Them All Talk (2020) Peter Travers Soderbergh's mostly improvised jaunt on the Queen Mary 2 with three acting legends, shouldn't work. But it does, gloriously, thanks to the irresistible teamwork of Streep, Wiest and Bergen. They're pure gold. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Peter Travers All the actors excel at helping director-star Clooney turn this apocalyptic thriller into something more thoughtful than sci-fi flashy, especially a redemptive note of hope that speaks with heartfelt relevance to these pandemic times. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Peter Travers Chloe Zhao, the Chinese-born director of this wondrous work of art (Oscar, please), joins with a never-better Frances McDormand and a cast of real-life nomads to capture what inspires the human urge to roam. It's a new American classic. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Prom (2020) Peter Travers Are you ready to party? Here's the musical blast we need right . Corny? You bet. But an all-star cast, led by Streep, Kidman and Corden, wears its unruly heart on its sleeve as Ryan's Murphy's plea for tolerance sings, dances and laughs our troubles away. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Croods: A New Age (2020) Peter Travers Inside this manic jumble about a family of prehistoric 'Flinstones' knockoffs lies a brightly animated bauble that speaks to the power of staying connected even when forced apart. Pretty good for a cartoon, especially during a pandemic. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Happiest Season (2020) Peter Travers Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Phillips turn this same-sex romcom for the holidays-how's that for a concept- into a gift package that feels quietly and mischievously revolutionary. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) Peter Travers So what if this holiday sequel plays like a mashup of random story threads. Thanks to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Santa and the missus have never been this cool. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
90/100 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Peter Travers August Wilson's play about black musicians fighting racism in 1927 may reveal its stage origins, but watching Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman deliver the performances of their lives is a thrilling experience you do not want to miss. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
50/100 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Peter Travers The movie dulls the social edge of J.D. Vance's memoir about the Rust Belt's white working class, but Glenn Close and Amy Adams work hard to make up the difference. As Mamaw, the chain-smoking matriarch of the clan, Close is simply sensational. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Freaky (2020) Peter Travers Not every joke or jolt hits the mark. But thanks to a go-for-broke Vince Vaughn as a serial killer who body swaps with a teen girl, you won't find 'd a better way to laugh out loud while being scared senseless than with this 'Freaky' Friday the 13th. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Peter Travers Yes, it's about paleontology, but hold the yawns. Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan hit new acting peaks in Francis Lee's deliberately-paced portrait of two ladies on fire in Victorian England. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Let Him Go (2020) Peter Travers Kevin Costner lends his star power to this high-tension thriller, but even he can't match the wallop of seeing Diane Lane and Lesley Manville in action as mothers pushed to the limit. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Mank (2020) Peter Travers Oscars all around. Led by a life-of-the-party Gary Oldman as the boozehound screenwriter of 'Citizen Kane', this new landmark from David Fincher peels away at Hollywood's Golden Age in a gorgeous piece of cinema that ranks with the year's very best. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
The Life Ahead (2020) Peter Travers Get out your handkerchiefs. The legendary Sophia Loren, 86, returns to the screen after a decade to play a Holocaust survivor who raises the children of prostitutes. You won't find a false note in Loren's magnificent performance. Just sit back and behold. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
The Craft: Legacy (2020) Peter Travers Though this horror sequel about a coven of teen witches wastes time on delivering shocks instead of developing character, the feminist fire of filmmaker Zoe Lister-Jones sees to it that there's more here than a Halloween throwaway. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Peter Travers Want a blast of fun to ease your pandemic blues? No worries. Borat is back in a sequel that can't recapture the cathartic shock of the first but still shows Sacha Baron Cohen as a razor-sharp satirist who knows how to make us laugh till it hurts. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Peter Travers The British author's wickedly twisted children's book is transferred to the Deep South in the 1960s to provide a racial diversity meant to speak to a 2020 audience with a pertinent understatement that is otherwise in short supply. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Peter Travers The fall awards season roars in with this cinema powder keg. Expect Oscar to sprinkle gold dust on Aaron Sorkin and a gangbusters cast for making this recreation of a notorious 1969 trial burn with a timely relevance that singes the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Yellow Rose (2019) Peter Travers As an undocumented Filipina trying to make it in as a country singer in Texas, breakout star Eva Noblezada punches through the film's familiar contours to find its beating heart as a timely portrait of the immigrant experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
The War With Grandpa (2020) Peter Travers barely passable piffle EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Peter Travers With a dynamite cast led by a never-better Jim Parsons, what could have been a dated retelling of a 1968 play about gay men in crisis emerges instead as a funny, fierce and scarily relevant wakeup call to a resurgent threat to marginalized minorities. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Peter Travers Bill Murray and his 'Lost in Translation' director Sofia Coppola reunite to make screen magic, this time with a terrific Rashida Jones as a daughter who mistakenly turns to playboy dad Murray for marital advice. The result is funny, touching and vital. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
The Glorias (2020) Peter Travers The tragic loss of The Notorious RBG makes this biopic of women's-rights icon Gloria Steinem more relevant than ever. It took Julianne Moore and three other actresses to play this feminist trailblazer and they all do her proud. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Peter Travers Playing the kid sister to Henry Cavill's Sherlock Holmes, 'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown, just 16, shines her talent on its highest beams and creates a family entertainment that is totally irresistible. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Peter Travers Even with Spider-man Tom Holland and new Batman Robert Pattinson in the leads, this violent tale of backwoods sin and corruption suffers from a severe case of too-muchness. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Antebellum (2020) Peter Travers This socially-conscious horror film with systemic racism as the monster trips over its ambitions, but Janelle Monae in her first starring role burns with ferocity and feeling. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Peter Travers The fresh star power of Geraldine Viswanathan lifts this romcom over its formulaic setups to bring, in the words of exec producer Selena Gomez, "love and laughs into a world that needs it now more than ever." Who's going to argue with that? EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Peter Travers One thing is for sure about Charlie Kaufman's mesmerizing mindbender that only seems to be a simple tale about a guy (Jesse Plemons) driving his girl (JessieBuckley) home to meet the parents: You won't be able to stop talking about it. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020