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Rating Title/Year Author
Dear Evan Hansen (2021) David Fear There are enough of these goosebump-inducing, epiphanic moments courtesy of the actor that you see why people might love this film as well as cringe at it. Platt does not ruin the movie. He singlehandedly gives it a voice. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2021
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) David Fear It's all very predictable, down to when and where the montages show up, the end-credits roll call of the real-life figures involved and how the arc winds its way toward a queasy, delusional yet somehow upbeat sense of redemption for our heroine. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Cry Macho (2021) K. Austin Collins It's the sentimentality that makes the movie work; Eastwood has never shied from making a male weepie, and less so from rending the fact of his own age into a dramatic problem. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) K. Austin Collins It's a good movie. It's got a plausibly fearsome villain by way of Leung, a nice ensemble of heroic personalities, and a dose of actually-poignant family drama undergirding all the rest. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
Candyman (2021) K. Austin Collins The movie falls right into its own traps where the original toed a curious line; it overreaches, most prominently for relevance, to the point of raising questions about whether the movie understands its own, initially provocative, questions. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
Go Fish (1994) Peter Travers Troche triumphs by striking a universal chord without compromising her subject. She's a talent to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
The Night House (2020) Guy Lodge Hall is the actor you want for this assignment... The British star has a default setting of keen, sturdy credibility that makes fear and self-disbelief all the more intrusive and alarming. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
Reminiscence (2021) David Fear Although Reminiscence doesn't try to hide any inherent metaphors, it doesn't do much with the material besides fashion something like a a dull-edged Blade Runner. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
Beckett (2021) K. Austin Collins The premise is ripe; the thrills are rich; the payoff doesn't come together quite as easily as the rest. But much of what's here is good -- more interesting for verging on the ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Homeroom (2021) K. Austin Collins Homeroom offers a solid, if not consistently incisive, view of young people coming into themselves and their political identities in the midst of a tumultuous, unpredictable year. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Free Guy (2021) David Fear It operates on the high-concept notion of a non-playable character experiencing an existential crises, but only as a delivery system for your standard, steroidal blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
CODA (2021) David Fear The knock here isn't that it's a blatantly feel-good movie... It's that it's like watching several of those kinds of movies jockeying for space, and the pile-up turning into something that's too much yet not enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
Respect (2021) K. Austin Collins This stuff all makes for good enough, watchable drama. But Respect is never better -- Hudson is never better -- than when the movie sets aside the bullet points to delve into the talent. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
3.5/5 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (2020) Alan Sepinwall The special is actually a bit more emotionally grounded than the series had been in a while... But most of this special is just comedy -- fast, furious, very strange comedy from some of the best practitioners in the business. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
3/5 The Suicide Squad (2021) K. Austin Collins The movie is too much, too long, but not lacking in its glories. To find them, follow Harley. She's leading the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
4.5/5 The Viewing Booth (2020) David Fear Even with its simple set-up and at a scant 71 minutes, there's an entire buffet for thought laid out here. Alexandrowicz may have given us the single best documentary of the year; he has undoubtedly given us one of the most vital. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
2.5/5 Swan Song (2021) Guy Lodge It's tempting to say this sweet, shaggy film isn't quite worthy of him, but let's not be so hasty. Any film that invites the actor to do this much -- and to do most of it clad in a spearmint-colored women's safari suit -- deserves his good grace. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
3/5 Stillwater (2021) K. Austin Collins It'd be more openly ridiculous, feel far more manipulative, if not for Damon's performance... [His] magic is in making a certain plainness, a near-anonymity, defiantly charismatic. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
4.5/5 The Green Knight (2021) K. Austin Collins The Green Knight -- an epic in miniature, a fantasy all the more poignant for its moral realities -- makes this a lesson worth learning. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
3/5 Good on Paper (2021) David Fear As an "anti-rom-com," hijacking the genre's rhythms without adhering to the rules of the game, Good on Paper is fine. As a satire of showbiz vapidity, it's decent. It's not nearly as subversive as you want it to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
4/5 I Carry You With Me (2020) David Fear The overall feeling here is ethereal, dreamy, moody, memory-like -- a more user-friendly Terence Malick vibe. It is a gorgeous film, and one that deserves to be seen on a giant screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
4.5/5 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) David Fear Summer of Soul is both a tribute to the artists and, just as importantly, their audience -- which is what makes it not just a great concert film but a great documentary, period. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
1/5 The Ice Road (2021) David Fear The ratio of exposition-heavy dialogue to things-a-real-person-would-say lines is roughly 20 to 1. Any bit of visual wit that manages to slip through feels accidental. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
3.5/5 Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (2019) David Fear The War Is Never Over is as much about trauma and processing and empowerment -- the real kind, not the bumper-sticker-slogan kind -- as it about music, or a musician, or a cultural moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
3.5/5 Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) David Fear The movie wants to celebrate the life of someone who left his mark. It also hopes to explore the gap between those two poles. That it only comes mildly close to succeeding in the latter respect doesn't detract from the sheer pleasure of his company. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
2/5 Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) David Fear And on the seventh day, God ended his work and rested. Because even for him, enduring this whole endlessly puerile blockbuster mishegas one more time was, if He was being honest, divinely exhausting. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
3/5 Val (2021) David Fear It's sentimental, as obscuring as it is revealing, occasionally indulgent, offhandedly brilliant in spots and filled with oddball detours and self-regarding tangents. A perfect compliment to, and mirroring of Kilmer's career, in other words. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
2.5/5 Jungle Cruise (2021) David Fear It's something closer to an amusement-park attraction named Generic Blockbuster Cruise, where you slowly glide past a bunch of prefab set-ups and the whole thing moves inexorably forward on a track, while a skipper cracks the same corny jokes. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
4/5 Nine Days (2020) David Fear It's heavy, heady stuff, coming at you via a delivery system of catalog-worthy set design, magic-hour cinematography, and often tamped-down, deadpan performances. And somehow, it all works in harmony. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
3/5 Joe Bell (2020) K. Austin Collins Joe Bell is painful, sincere. Its most optimistic and substantial strand is its belief in the possibility of, not forgiveness for the unaccepting, but acceptance in itself EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 Old (2021) K. Austin Collins There's really little one can say about the majority of the plot that can't be summed up in the title. What's luminous and effective are the psychological demands that arise in the process. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2021
2.5/5 Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) K. Austin Collins It can't help but feel, in the end, like WB getting ahead of a joke that, in the near-future, might not be so funny. A villainous algorithm? Who'd have thunk it? Well -- a lot of people. Hence the joke. Hence the movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
3/5 Pig (2021) K. Austin Collins It's a good-looking, well-acted movie with a solid kicker. As for the odyssey of emotional nuance that its style and portent seem to promise, it digs beneath the surface, but to a shallower depth than it seems to think. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
3/5 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) K. Austin Collins As a pure dilemma-fest, the movie basically works, resetting the clock scene by scene, making the joy of survival deliberately short-lived. The suspense works. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
2.5/5 Black Widow (2021) K. Austin Collins It's a strange movie: front-loaded with its best action, its zippiest writing, its canniest pleasures, then derailed by exposition that only serves to let the air out of the room for being so obvious rather than deepening what's there. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
4/5 No Sudden Move (2021) K. Austin Collins Every moment of exposition, every flare-up of personality: none of it comes off as mere talk, no bit of swindling feels as straightforward as a mere "Gotcha!" plot twist. It always feels active, alert, contained, stylish. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2021
4/5 Zola (2020) K. Austin Collins The smart, hyper-stylish, coded and colorful direction of Janicza Bravo, who wrote the script with playwright Jeremy O. Harris, is what really makes it all swagger and singe. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
1.5/5 False Positive (2021) K. Austin Collins It's the product of a satirical ambition that lacks the wit to land any heady blows; the horror mastery to be even glancingly scary; the intellect to make those thrills invigoratingly existential; and the sense of humor to make it entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2021
2.5/5 F9 The Fast Saga (2021) K. Austin Collins F9 gets bogged down. Way, way down. It becomes a lot of movies at once. Some fly, some don't, but the sum effect is that it winds up spinning its wheels, its hyperkinetic delights awash in too many strands of background drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/5 Summer of 85 (2020) K. Austin Collins You really do start to wonder where it's all going -- a fine trick of the storytelling on display since, long before the end, you realize: you already know. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
3/5 Censor (2021) David Fear It's as much a movie about genre fandom as it is a genre movie, especially that find the phrase "Video Nasties" doubling as a Proustian Madeleine. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
1.5/5 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) David Fear Many disposable, interchangeable bad guys get shot. Some exotic locales whizz by. There will be boob jokes. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/5 Luca (2021) David Fear A Mondo Italiano Little Mermaid that embraces its Mediterranean archetypes with a that's-ah-spicy-meat-ah-ball fervor-and it still breaks your heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
3.5/5 The Sparks Brothers (2021) Kory Grow Really, why should a music doc -- any music doc -- run longer than Raging Bull? Ultimately, though, The Sparks Brothers makes a strong case for the duo's musical greatness. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
3.5/5 In the Heights (2021) K. Austin Collins Its highest accomplishment is that it succeeds as the star vehicle Hollywood seemed to demand: Ramos, Grace, Barrera, Merediz, Diaz -- the world will be hungry for more of them. And soon. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
1.5/5 Infinite (2021) K. Austin Collins Infinite flattens a high-stakes battle of good and evil into airless action of little consequence peopled by characters that amount to even less. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Rear Window (1954) Peter Travers Hitchcock condemned the invasive immorality of voyeurism without for a second denying its allure. In terms of art and entertainment, he knew better than any movie director that there's no percentage in minding your own business. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2021
3/5 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) K. Austin Collins The terror of losing oneself to a demon or, in the case of Lorraine Warren, to a psychic reconstruction of such a possession, is worthy of all the rattles the film inspires. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 Cruella (2021) K. Austin Collins Talky and relatively quick on its feet, ably cast with great supporting actors (Mark Strong, among them) and, of course, a few cute dogs. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
1.5/5 New Order (2020) Jessica Kiang As a container for Franco's sloshing cynicism, New Order is just as leaky as anything he's made, but on a much larger scale. This time, it leaks all over us too. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021