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Rating Title/Year Author
Eboli (1979) Carlos Valladares Each shot threatens to reduce you to tears, even when seemingly nothing is happening. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/4 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Mick LaSalle A frustrating story, but also an exhilarating one, in that Guy-Blaché's work is deserving and we're finally finding out about it. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Mick LaSalle "Toy Story 4" is genuinely gripping for most of the way, with just a couple of minor dips. But it arrives at a lovely place, with an embrace of life in all its danger and uncertainty. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/4 You Can Choose Your Family (2018) Zaki Hasan It adopts a tonally dissonant and thematically confused approach to what is, in essence, little more than a Lifetime movie writ large. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/4 Framing John DeLorean (2019) David Lewis Like DeLorean, this documentary admirably is not afraid to take risks. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Mick LaSalle For about 10 minutes, the script and the actors have some of the breeziness and freedom of "Thor: Ragnarok." Then it all goes away. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
1/4 Rocketman (2019) Mick LaSalle Really, on the basis of "Rocketman," you'd think Elton John never had a moment of fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 Late Night (2019) Mick LaSalle "Late Night" is a fairly agreeable experience, and every time Thompson is on screen, there's a reason to keep watching. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 5B (2018) Mick LaSalle This is an aspect of San Francisco cultural history and American medical history that deserves to be known. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
1.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Mick LaSalle It's hard to figure out why this film was even made, beyond the fact that it could be made, that there was a loose idea and talented people willing to join in the fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/4 American Woman (2018) Carla Meyer Had the movie been more focused on Deb's devastation over Bridget's disappearance, Miller might have been great in it. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/4 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Joel Selvin A glorious and slightly miraculous resurrection of a transcendent enterprise that would have otherwise passed into the mists of time. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Allie Pape By the standards of Deadwood itself, the movie may not add much to the conversation. But by the standards of a revival, it's done exactly what it should. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Carla Meyer Watching these movies that imagine what pets do when you are away is like seeing a more colorful, exciting version of your home pet cam. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Mick LaSalle At all points in the story, Turner is focused on the character's mental state, on her pain, anger, confusion, grief and terror. It makes for a different kind of X-Men movie, one of the better ones. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/4 Pavarotti (2019) Mick LaSalle With "Pavarotti," director Ron Howard serves up a straightforward documentary about the great tenor's life and career. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Walter V. Addiego For rock 'n' rollers of all ages, it's mandatory viewing. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
1/4 La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) G. Allen Johnson Politics and social commentary aside, we are left with a crime film. One that isn't very suspenseful or particularly clever. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Peter Hartlaub "The Last Black Man" is a strikingly immersive movie, a slow burn filled with subtleties and nuance, with its message nestled in the details as much as the greater story. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/4 Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Joel Selvin Goodman never lets the music breathe, even slapping narration over Hendrix's masterful version of the national anthem, one of the great political statements in rock history. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 The Third Wife (2018) G. Allen Johnson What we have here is a small, delicate mini-masterpiece, and bright new talent behind the camera. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 The Tomorrow Man (2019) G. Allen Johnson John Lithgow and Blythe Danner make an offbeat and winning combination, with total belief that they're in a really good movie. Unfortunately, they're not. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 Ma (2019) Mick LaSalle Audiences will walk out with that good chiropractor feeling, the one that says, "Yes, I have been manipulated. I have been nothing but manipulated and pounded on for the last 90 minutes. And it was a very satisfying thing." EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Mick LaSalle What little pleasures the movie offers are small and intermittent. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/4 Brightburn (2019) Mick LaSalle A superhero movie with the soul of an '80s slasher film. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 Aladdin (2019) Mick LaSalle Today, "Aladdin" is a Disney movie, or a Guy Ritchie movie. But I wouldn't be surprised if, in five years, "Aladdin" is thought of as the film where Naomi Scott broke through. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/4 The Souvenir (2019) G. Allen Johnson Another small, quietly devastating drama by Hogg, and perhaps the most ambitious and personal of her four films. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 Double Lives (2018) Mick LaSalle One scene just flows into the next in such a natural way that it seems that life is unfolding as it always does, but that, for some reason, real life is suddenly interesting. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 Booksmart (2019) Mick LaSalle Wilde vigorously made this picture, finding the tone and teasing out the laughs and the performances with a combination of bold and subtle strokes. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/4 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) G. Allen Johnson In its modest way, "The Biggest Little Farm" offers hope, and even suggests a way forward. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 A Dog's Journey (2019) Walter V. Addiego Even the crustiest viewers (count me among them) must credit director Gail Mancuso for a handful of sequences that, amid all the glop, are capable of softening a hard heart. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 Aniara (2018) G. Allen Johnson "Aniara" has an intriguing premise, and it's even fascinating at times, but despite an excellent production design, it never gets off the ground even as it speeds through the cosmos. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Peter Hartlaub It's like combining the anything-can-happen excitement of playing a slot machine, with the grace of a ballet, and the prolonged and escalating violence of a good gladiator battle. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Mick LaSalle "Trial by Fire" is not a feel-good movie. It's a feel-bad movie. Yet somehow, if you go in expecting that, you might enjoy it in a weird way. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
2/4 Poms (2019) G. Allen Johnson I can't necessarily recommend the movie, and yet I'm rooting for it this weekend. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1/4 The Hustle (2019) Mick LaSalle When the end finally arrives, it brings no sense of completion, just a sort of numb awareness that the pain has stopped. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 The White Crow (2018) Mick LaSalle Unless you have a special interest in Nureyev, Russian ballet, or the Cold War's impact on the arts at mid-century, "The White Crow" might be something better heard about than experienced. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Peter Hartlaub Despite attempts to cultivate mainstream appeal, the returns are diminishing, especially during the action-heavy and uninspired third act. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) Mick LaSalle At its best, Tolkien creates, within the audience, a sympathetic understanding of the forces that gave rise to Tolkien's works. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/4 Wine Country (2019) Carla Meyer Director Poehler clearly allowed for improv on set, but she also kept this film from losing its shape the way so many "SNL"-tied films before it have. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
1/4 UglyDolls (2019) G. Allen Johnson "UglyDolls" is a mind-numbing, low-rent version of "Toy Story," with saccharine songs and a plot with echoes of, no kidding, the Holocaust. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Mick LaSalle What a terrific, high-stakes background for a romantic comedy - just the whole world, and the future of the whole world. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) G. Allen Johnson If you're the adventurous type and like boundaries to be pushed, "Long Day's Journey Into Night" might be worth a shot. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/4 Sauvage (2018) David Lewis By the end, we've experienced one of the best films about street hustling ever made. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
1/4 El Chicano (2018) Carla Meyer Diego... lacks any nuance as a character. He is grim and humorless, like most everything else about this film. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) G. Allen Johnson The value in the documentary lies in Westheimer's personal story, which is pretty amazing. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Mick LaSalle Wild Nights accomplishes reconciliation by showing the disparity between Dickinson's public and private selves. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 Penguin Highway (2018) G. Allen Johnson The joy of discovery is at the heart of "Penguin Highway," a delightful new anime that is about the mysteries of life, both scientific and personal. Oh, and it's about penguins, too. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 Ramen Shop (2018) Walter V. Addiego This isn't the acme of filmmaking, but it can be fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) David Lewis "JT Leroy," despite some interesting performances, never quite catches fire. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019