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Rating Title/Year Author
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Mary Elizabeth Williams Come for the ass kicking, stay for the takedown of rape culture. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Rocketman (2019) Erin Keane It's Taron Egerton as Elton John who carries and sells the film -- often backwards and in platform heels. Wild as it may sound to approach such a mercurial and marvelous character with beautiful restraint, Egerton's performance is meticulously calibrated. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Ashlie D. Stevens Sometimes it's hard to watch, but more often it is endearing, giving viewers a better understanding of just how lonely it truly is at the top. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Gary M. Kramer Director Reed Morano's atmospheric, globe-hopping revenge thriller is a decent film - nothing more, nothing less. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Gary M. Kramer This crass, witless, and unpleasant attempt at comedy showcases Ritchie's lack of sense and taste. As two characters agree after looking at the bestiality video, "You can't unsee it." But one does not have to look at it in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Annie Zaleski Mystify avoids sensationalizing Hutchence's life and instead illuminates a more three-dimensional, nuanced view of Hutchence's personality. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 Green Book (2018) Matthew Rozsa An enthusiastic and well-intentioned but ultimately clichéd approach is abundantly evident in the final product. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
3/4 1917 (2019) Matthew Rozsa From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.75/4 The Grudge (2020) Matthew Rozsa There was one moment in "The Grudge" when the movie, ever so briefly, rose to the level of greatness... Instead it settles on being merely okay. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens "John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch" will be remembered, not just for its goodness, but for the peculiarity of its goodness, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Clemency (2019) Gary M. Kramer Woodard gives an Oscar-worthy performance here, often expressing so much despair without saying a word.... "Clemency" is a somber film. Its power comes less from the drama and more from the arresting performances and the storytelling. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Little Women (2019) Mary Elizabeth Williams It acknowledges the tradeoffs we still have to reckon with, but it celebrates them. And it brilliantly, movingly puts forth the simple, timeless notion that sisterhood is always powerful. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
1917 (2019) Gary M. Kramer Despite the film's salient features, "1917" feels oddly underwhelming. It might succeed in making viewers as exhausted as the characters, but it lacks the emotional punch this story requires to make it a lasting impact. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
Just Mercy (2019) Gary M. Kramer The film is never subtle or nuanced, which plays into what viewers want from social justice dramas.... "Just Mercy" is Oscar bait that showcases Stevenson and his important work. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
A Christmas Carol (2018) Melanie McFarland It might have been successful had it included enough optimism to countervail all the misery. But Knight unwisely and a bit heartlessly chooses to forgo that kindness to sink us into the bleak of it all, and does so during the darkest days of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Cats (2019) Mary Elizabeth Williams There's something uniquely fun about seeing the likes of Ian McKellen and Jennifer Hudson fully committing to their down-on-their-paws characters, a spirited sense of shared strangeness. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Matthew Rozsa If you disliked "The Last Jedi" (like I did), you'll like - but probably not love - "The Rise of Skywalker." If you liked "The Last Jedi," this review might not be for you. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Uncut Gems" insists on keeping audiences on tenterhooks as Howard tries to play the ends against the middle - or just stay one step ahead of his enemies-waiting for his windfall....viewers may be wise to bring a case of Tums to chew on. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Parasite (2019) Andrew O'Hehir It isn't an easy ride, and as with life in the non-metaphorical world, the destination is uncertain. You'll see strange and wonderful things along the way. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Richard Jewell" is a decent portrait of an injustice, but it also feels oddly unexceptional and unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens While at times the film does reach great heights, a certain indecisiveness about what exactly it is, The Aeronauts often finds itself adrift in the moments it gets off the ground at all. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Grand Isle (2019) Gary M. Kramer It is disappointing that this flimsy B-movie isn't better, because once it sets up its formulaic plot, it could have been both naughty and wild. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
I Lost My Body (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens Until I watched I Lost My Body, I never thought I'd sit with bated breath, rooting for a severed hand o defy the laws of physics and hurl itself up a ladder rung by rung. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Varda by Agnès (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Varda by Agnès," is a fantastic, multi-layered self-portrait that doubles as a tribute to her life and work. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens Over the course of 90 minutes, Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator successfully separates the man from the myth and reveals a monster. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Klaus (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens Though there are some narrative blips in Klaus born out of a premise that is maybe just a little too complex for a 97-minute film, the movie is absolutely beautiful. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens Watching Disney's live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp bears the familiar feeling of settling -- sinking into a spot that is uncomfortably comfortable with the full, conscious knowledge that you could be spending your time better. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens It's a charming side of the comedian that we don't often get to see on late-night, though the delivery of these jokes are just as tight and well-paced as the opening monologues on his show. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Matthew Rozsa "Doctor Sleep" feels like the logical continuation to Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining." EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 Logan (2017) Matthew Rozsa The ending of "Logan"... works in a bold and poignant way, providing the kind of closure that any story could be proud of. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/4 The Shining (1980) Matthew Rozsa The classic Stanley Kubrick film isn't just scary - it is also, in its own odd way, defined by a hopeful perspective on life and death. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Matthew Rozsa An actor's age is irrelevant. What matters is that you have compelling characters performed well, which is why Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger carry this film. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Kill Team (2019) Gary M. Kramer If nothing else, hopefully this stillborn narrative version of the story will prompt viewers to seek out Krauss' far superior documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens What Stage Fright lacks in polish, it makes up for in effervescence and deeply confessional moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Matthew Rozsa Fortunately for fans of the first one, Fleischer and company knew what they were doing when they brought us back to their crazy, blood-splattered world. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens The Great Depresh crackles with certain energy -- a series of slow builds to these lightning strike moments. This skillful pacing and delivery, in combination with [Gary] Gulman's fresh, crushing, and contemporary material makes this special a must-watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 Joker (2019) Matthew Rozsa While it succeeds in aping the superficial aspects of [Martin] Scorsese's style, "Joker" lacks the intelligence or gravitas of Scorsese's best work. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Gary M. Kramer "The Irishman" isn't the last word on gangsters, but this long, involving, and extremely well-made epic seems to be an appropriate capstone for Scorsese - as well as De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino - at this late stage in their careers. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
1/4 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Matthew Rozsa [It] is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Melanie McFarland Downton Abbey is basically designed to take the edge off of 2019 life, the visual equivalent of half a Valium chased by a flute's worth of champagne. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Matthew Rozsa Overall, "It Chapter Two" is a fitting companion piece to the first film. There are flaws, to be sure, but nothing you wouldn't expect going in. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Melanie McFarland Sticks & Stones exists as a defiant design to intentionally offend large swaths of the audience Chappelle deems too thin-skinned and easily outraged.. while serving up simple, low-bar yucks to anyone yearning for validation of their anti-P.C. stance. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Untouchable (2019) Melanie McFarland A clarifying documentary like Untouchable is in order, because the cascade of allegations and headlines that have spilled forth since late 2017 has resulted in a mass forgetting of how this all started. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Fanatic (2019) Gary M. Kramer "The Fanatic" needs to be stronger, or wilder, or creepier. Mostly, it just needs to be better. Travolta, who seems to be racing Nicolas Cage to the bottom these days, gives a cringe-inducing performance as Moose. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) Matthew Rozsa The main strength of "Good Boys" is that its jokes, while derived from outrageous situations, work because the characters react in realistic ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
() Ashlie D. Stevens It's definitely bizarre and a little abstract, to the point where there are moments you may wonder if you're the intended audience. To be honest, you might not be. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed (2003) Heather Havrilesky Gloating has always been a big part of his act. His latest fare, though, is a little too immediate and vitriolic to go well with a side order of self-congratulatory glee. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Gary M. Kramer "The Kitchen" is buoyed by a fabulous soundtrack of upbeat '70s songs that keep the film's feel-good vibe going even when someone is being violently murdered. Berloff's film isn't subtle, but it sure is fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Neil Drumming Leguizamo is still able to convey the exuberance of youth and vividly recall the optimism of a big-city kid discovering his passion for the first time. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matthew Rozsa It's a thoroughly fun action comedy that delivers exactly what it promises - and if the screening I attended is any indication, kids will love it. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019