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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Us (2019) Matthew Rozsa But the good so greatly outweighs the bad; "Us" is definitely worth seeing, and it is a positive sign for the quality of Peele's upcoming "Twilight Zone" reboot. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Melanie McFarland Gibney urges us to look Holmes in the eyes for two hours. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
1.5/4 Captive State (2019) Matthew Rozsa There were elements here and there that I liked, but its message was muddled - and if this type of movie doesn't work as a message film, it doesn't work where it matters most. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Matthew Rozsa The breakout character of "Captain Marvel" may wind up being an adorable cat named Goose, whose cuteness seems destined to launch thousands of social media posts. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Triple Frontier" is a slog-not just for the men hiking through the rough Andes terrain with bags of money, but for audiences as well. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Free Solo (2018) Melanie McFarland The visuals are stunning, offering head-spinning views with the comfort of total safety. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Matthew Rozsa The final movie... is a tour de force, a visually magnificent and poignant story that serves as a fitting close to the series. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Matthew Rozsa It is instead that rarity - a sequel that is both better than the original and manages to retroactively improve that movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
1/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Matthew Rozsa Attending the movies should not come with homework assignments, and if a film only works if you study its backstory in advance, there is something terribly wrong. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Berlin, I Love You (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Berlin, I Love You" features no real duds even if some entries are disappointing. A few of the ten-minute films could benefit from better pacing, or a more impactful ending. But enough of the shorts provide a pleasant diversion. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Matthew Rozsa The expression "more of the same" isn't always what artists want to hear, but for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" it is very good news indeed. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Stalker (1979) John Semley It's a film that challenges us to be bored, while refusing to be boring. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Gary M. Kramer Hardwick's film is gleefully entertaining in a B-movie kind of way, zesty yet also corny at times....For those who go along for the wild, undemanding ride, it makes for a good Friday night action flick. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 Unbreakable (2000) Matthew Rozsa "Unbreakable" is likely to stand the test of time as long as stories about superheroes - or heroes in general - are still sought by scared, suffering human beings. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/4 Glass (2019) Matthew Rozsa It is a successful movie on its own terms and an ideal closing chapter to M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Melanie McFarland Is it good? Not really, but it doesn't need to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Gary M. Kramer Despite the film's uneven qualities, "Destroyer" is compelling because of Kidman's unflinching performance. The actress appears in every scene, and it's impossible to take one's eye off her. She exudes a fierce determination that is alluring. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2018
Vice (2018) Gary M. Kramer It's an irreverent, rollicking story narrated by a guy (Jesse Plemmons) who recounts key episodes from Cheney's life - some amusing, some scary. The tonal shifts in the film are both its blessing and its curse. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/4 Bumblebee (2018) Matthew Rozsa "Bumblebee" does hold up as a fun, family-appropriate movie on its own terms, and redeems its beleaguered franchise in the process. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Matthew Rozsa While DCEU heroes like Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman were unbearably solemn, it is easy to see that Momoa is having a blast in the lead role. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (2003) Melanie McFarland It also makes her more real to everyone - to her fans and anyone else who has an immutable notion of who she is without taking into account the expectation of who we expect her to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Melanie McFarland The film's no great shakes, but Russell's star power in "The Christmas Chronicles" is a gift anyone should be happy to claim. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Matthew Rozsa It is more an experiment than an actual film. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Matthew Rozsa A conceit that could have been charming instead comes across as crass. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948) Melanie McFarland In some sense one might think of it as the mother recipe of the American Christmas special. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Roma (2018) Gary M. Kramer Cuarón's film is quotidian and extraordinary at the same time. It is about change and how we adapt and grow. It is about love and sometimes the lack of it. It is a rapturous magnum opus, that is heartbreaking, devastating, and life affirming all at once. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Gary M. Kramer By the time Ben and Holly are locked in a pieta-style tableau, with light shining from behind and above them, "Ben Is Back" has truly hit bottom. The elder Hedges needs to make amends. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Gary M. Kramer Portman arrives in the film like a force of nature, tearing into her role with reckless abandon. Portman is so much fun to watch behaving badly that viewers may actually root for her to self-destruct; she is that entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
0/4 Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002) Matthew Rozsa There aren't enough creative Yiddish insults in the world to adequately express how much I hate Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights." EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
2.5/4 Creed II (2018) Matthew Rozsa There was a great movie in "Creed II," one that peeked out every now and then beneath the suffocating blanket of clichés. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
3.5/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Matthew Rozsa I am happy to say that the misogynists' worst fears were realized. This is very much a movie whose female characters are equal to their male counterparts... EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
3.5/4 The Front Runner (2018) Matthew Rozsa "The Front Runner" comes along at a particularly relevant time in American political history. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Mid90s (2018) Eileen G'Sell If Superbad launched an entire subgenre that mocks male insecurity, Mid90s reveals, almost tenderly, the devastation of trying to hide it. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Erin Keane Ideally, a film like this would attempt to add to, or to contextualize, a legacy. Instead, "Bohemian Rhapsody" tries to sanctify it, pack it in bubble wrap to protect it from causing, or being caught in, any friction. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
The Greasy Strangler (2016) Erin Keane The series promises to be a fitting showcase for Shipka's considerable talent... EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
3.5/4 Halloween (2018) Matthew Rozsa In other words, like [Brad] Jones, I agree that this is the best Michael Myers-based "Halloween" movie since 1981's "Halloween II." EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 CinemAbility (2012) Matthew Rozsa "CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion" tells a Hollywood story that has long been overlooked. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Gary M. Kramer The problem is whenever Cooper turns the film away from his best asset (Gaga) and into a vanity production. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/4 Venom (2018) Matthew Rozsa Certainly I'm in a minority when it comes to my fellow critics, but I liked "Venom." Hell, if it wasn't for the sloppy and formulaic script, I might have even loved it. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
Aliens (1986) Melanie McFarland Beyond dispute, however, is the film's timeless worth as a cathartic work, especially in terms of its accidentally commentary on the sexism of the corporate structure. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 The Nun (2018) Matthew Rozsa By overly relying on jump scares, "The Nun" uses a mechanical approach toward instilling fear rather than a more profound understanding of terror. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2018
0.5/4 Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006) Matthew Rozsa It's still reasonably entertaining if efficiently made action films are your bag, though. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
Eldorado (2018) Gary M. Kramer Superb... [A] potent, heartfelt film. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
Cold War (2018) Gary M. Kramer Luminously shot in black and white, with every frame artfully composed, Pawel Pawlikowski's powerful "Cold War"....casts a spell over audiences. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
Dogman (2018) Gary M. Kramer Matteo Garrone's unflinching character study... has a strong chance at the Oscars because of Fonte's expressive performance EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
Pájaros de verano (2018) Gary M. Kramer Outstanding.... "Birds of Passage" is closer in tone to "Narcos" than any telenovela.... Gallego and Guerra keep the story consistently absorbing as the action plays out and the bodies pile up. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
Girl (2018) Gary M. Kramer Dhost's nonjudgmental film doesn't traverse new territory for a trans film, and it features too much dancing, but it benefits from its authenticity. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
Border (2018) Gary M. Kramer This supernatural romantic thriller constantly shifts genres, but its slow burn approach keeps things intriguing. Abbasi establishes and maintains an unusual, internal logic that will satisfy viewers who go along with every strange twist. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2018
2.5/4 The Predator (2018) Matthew Rozsa Amid this cavalcade of slightly-above-mediocrity, there is the issue I mentioned earlier: The film's, um, interesting ideas about autism. (Full disclosure: I am autistic myself.) EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Sophia McClennen Moore's most powerful movie yet. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018