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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The Outpost (2020) Peter Travers Bolstered by first-rate acting from Scott Eastwood and Caleb Landry Jones, Rod Lurie's you-are-there recounting of the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan is one of best combat films ever made and a stirring tribute to heroism as a collective action. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
4/5 The Truth (2019) Peter Travers You don't want to this thrilling standoff between two French legends-Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche -who are double dynamite as a mother and daughter with different ideas of what constitutes the truth. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
5/5 Hamilton (2020) Peter Travers This "live capture" version of Lin Manuel Miranda's Broadway rap opera about our ten-dollar Founding Father is the streaming event of the year, an indisputable classic that comes just in time to cure our pandemic blues. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
1/5 Force of Nature (2020) Peter Travers Even without the stir ignited by casting Mel Gibson and Emile Hirsch, both with assault charges on their records, as white cops battling "Rican" villains during Hurricane Maria, this downpour of cliches and ethnic stereotyping is a total washout. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Lemonade (2015) Mosi Reeves Yet unlike the slick scenes that accompanied 2013's Beyoncé, which found her shifting through an array of glamorous and hopelessly unreal dioramas, Lemonade is freighted with meaning. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
2/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Peter Travers With Covid-19 sidelining the real Eurovision, Will Ferrell offers a mildly diverting tribute that subs a treacly love story for the nonstop, low-comic lunacy required, except for a jaja ding dong Dan Stevens as an oversexed Russian contender. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
Absolute Power (1997) Peter Travers Absolute Power is... fresh out of the clichés that reduce most thrillers to formula. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/5 Irresistible (2020) Peter Travers Critics are divided over Jon Stewart's election-year satire for not taking sides. But since both sides totally suck, his target is far more dangerous and insidious: our collective passivity. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
3.5/5 The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) Peter Travers Movie junkies, rejoice. Director Peter Medak has made an instructive and nightmarishly funny documentary about how actor Peter Sellers drove him crazy and nearly trashed his career. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
3/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Peter Travers A disordered script cobbles this stirring indictment of Stalin's evil from director Agnieszka Holland. There are flashes of epic filmmaking, but the great movie that might have been remains frustratingly out of reach. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2020
4/5 Babyteeth (2019) Peter Travers Love, death and the whole damn thing seen through the eyes of a teen played by the gifted Eliza Scanlen. Shannon Murphy's debut feature is a thing of beauty and terror that means to hit you hard - and boy, does it ever. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
2.5/5 7500 (2019) Peter Travers Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives his all and then some as a pilot who most battle terrorists while singlehandedly landing a passenger jet. It's too bad this claustrophobic cockpit thriller quickly loses altitude. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
4/5 Miss Juneteenth (2020) Peter Travers Talk about timely! This stirring mother-daughter drama uses the date that marks the end of slavery and the beauty pageant that still bears its name to celebrate young black women with their own ideas about beauty and independence. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
1/5 Suicide Tourist (2019) Peter Travers Not even the indisputable charisma of 'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will get you through this Danish downer about a hotel for suicides. Even if you're watching at home, you'll be running for the exits. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
My Left Foot (1989) Peter Travers It's the kind of role that showoff stars leap at. Luckily for the film and us, an actor got there first. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Henry V (1989) Peter Travers Branagh has made a hotblooded, lively and moving Henry V that speaks pertinently to a new generation. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
1.5/5 Artemis Fowl (2020) Peter Travers This failed Harry Potter wannabe replaces the naughty fun of Eoin Colfer's YA novels about a 12-yer-old criminal mastermind with a dramatically inert and emotionally empty film facsimile. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Peter Travers Spike Lee's game-changing Vietnam epic lobs a grenade at systemic racism that speaks to black history from slavery to George Floyd. Lee has made more than a soul-stirring film for our time. He's made one for the ages. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
1/5 Becky (2020) Peter Travers Stunt casting Kevin James as a neo-Nazi falls flat like everything else in this ultra-violent, ultra-stupid smarm-bomb that deserves to take a few lumps before shuffling off to the digital boneyard. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Peter Travers It's the world world according to Pete Davidson as the 'SNL' star and director Judd Apatow mine details from Davidson's real-life to create a comic knockout with an emotional punch you do not see coming. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
0.5/5 The Last Days of American Crime (2020) David Fear This is not good action cinema. This is not even good alligator-brain cinema. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/5 You Don't Nomi (2019) Peter Travers How to rehabilitate Paul Verhoeven's oft-malaigned Showgirls? Jeffrey McHale's feature debut doc is a raucous hoot that also generates a grudging appreciation for the 1995 trashathon that really might be so bad it's good. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Peter Travers With Elisabeth Moss brilliantly playing horror author Shirley Jackson like a volcano on the verge of eruption, this teasing, spellbinding psychodrama from Josephine Decker preps us to expect the unexpected. Fasten your seatbelts. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/5 Be Water (2020) Alan Sepinwall Because Lee is so fascinating, Be Water is never less than watchable. It provides a solid overview of Lee's life and legacy, particularly for the uninitiated who may have only seen Lee's face on T-shirts. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
2.5/5 The High Note (2020) Peter Travers Though Tracee Ellis Ross is killer good acting and singing the role of a pop superstar who makes life hell for her personal assistant (Dakota Johnson), this fitfully entertaining diva dramedy hits too many wrong notes to go the distance. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
4.5/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Peter Travers Andrew Patterson's soaringly creative, sci-fi mindbender isn't limited by its low-fi budget. What makes it one of the best (and most unclassifiable) movies of the year is the hypnotic way it keeps re-inventing itself from scene to scene. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
2.5/5 Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) David Fear We get a lot of opaque Scottys, all semi-attached to an alternate "history" that feels maddeningly incomplete and barely surface-scratched. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Jenna Scherer If Nanette was a dirge, Douglas is ultimately a celebration. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
2.5/5 Military Wives (2019) Peter Travers Though deeply reliant on formula and wrapped in a blanket of bland, this crowdpleaser about a choir of solders wives squeaks past the rough spots thanks to the acting alchemy of Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
0/5 Inheritance (2020) Peter Travers A blithering botch job of a thriller that begs the question: "Come on, are you effing kidding me?" If this is an inheritance, leave us out of the will, please. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
3.5/5 Spaceship Earth (2020) David Fear How a hippie-utopian notion became a reality - and turned into an Icarus-like parable of how big business and activism aren't the best bedfellows. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
4/5 Driveways (2019) David Fear "For a movie about isolation and the risk of reaching out, it's a generous example of how nourishing a sense of connection really is." EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
4/5 The Lovebirds (2020) Peter Travers Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani generate big laughs and a sense of genuine connection as a New Orleans couple on the skids who find out what they really mean to each other when psychos try to kill them. The knockabout result is inspired lunacy. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Paris Is Burning (1990) Peter Travers If all you know about Voguing comes from Madonna, this spirited and heartbreaking documentary from first-time filmmaker Jennie Livingston will be an eyeopener. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
2/5 Proximity (2019) Peter Travers This low-budget tale of alien abduction is an in-and-out impressive calling card for debuting feature writer and director Eric Demeusy. who gets the look right but slips up on bringing depth to the script and getting past his Spielberg fixation. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
1.5/5 Blood and Money (2020) Peter Travers It's man vs. nature, himself, clichés, and a horrible script in this anemic thriller that pits a worthy Tom Berenger against some genuinely god-awful storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/5 Capone (2020) Peter Travers 'Fantastic Four' filmmaker Josh Trank's ambitious attempt to tell part of his own story through the last days of notorious mobster Al Capone doesn't add up, except for Tom Hardy's go-for-broke performance in the title role. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 Bull (2019) David Fear The reason you need to see Bull... and we do not use that verb lightly, is Morgan. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
2.5/4 Una (2016) Peter Travers Una is a film of seismic shocks built to make an audience squirm. Mission accomplished. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
4.5/5 Saint Frances (2019) Peter Travers What looks like a throwaway about a precocious kid and her nanny is actually one of the best and gutsiest movies you'll find anywhere these pandemic days-a fun-time trailblazer that retains its rough edges to that last. It's some kind of miracle. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 Hope Gap (2019) Peter Travers Indelible and infuriating in equal measure, filmmaker William Nicholson's anatomy of his parents' own broken marriage rides high on superb performances from Annette Bening and Bill Nighy and raw emotions that cut deep, EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Peter Travers Coky Giedroyc's femcentric film about a teen rock critic who learns to grow past her own cosmetically-applied cynicism is never as wicked, winning and bruisingly comic as it needs to be. But lead actress Beanie Feldstein is all that and more. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3/5 Arkansas (2020) Peter Travers If narrative drive is your thing, steer clear of Clark Duke's trifling whatzit about drug-dealing deadbeats, but pandemic-weary audiences might just revel in a southern-fried, comic randomness that becomes the film's saving grace. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 Blue Story (2019) Peter Travers If you want a blast of pure nitro in your pandemic viewing, start streaming this standout first feature from rapper-director-actor Andrew Onwubolu, a.k.a. Rapman, who uses hip-hop beats to bring mythic weight to this British youth-gang drama EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Committed (2000) Peter Travers It's a one-joke premise that ultimately wears thin, but [Lisa] Krueger works some playful variations on a theme. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 The Half of It (2020) Peter Travers Alice Wu's sweetly subversive YA romcom about a closeted Chinese-American girl searching for love and finding a healing friendship is an exuberant gift of a movie that is just the tonic we need in these troubled times. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Peter Travers Mick Jagger and Heath Ledger have previously played Australia's 19th-century Robin Hood. But George MacKay tops them in this punk-rock take from Justin Kurzel that blows the dust off history to create something thrillingly transgressive. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
4/5 Bad Education (2019) Peter Travers A career-best Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney shine as New York school administrators who stole millions from their Long Island district. Cory Finley's steadily riveting provocation jabs at the culture of money that makes us all complicit. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
2/5 Extraction (2020) Peter Travers No judgments here if you just want to hang back and let nonstop gore, gunfire, explosions and a gung-ho Chris Hemsworth numb you into submission. Take that, COVID-19. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) Peter Travers Gambon is stupendous, a roaring hound from hell. And Mirren is his match in a performance of mounting fervor. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020