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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Mick LaSalle Though "Dolemite is My Name" is a fairly lighthearted story, there was a lot in Moore's life for him to feel stressed about, and the movie shows that. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Mick LaSalle "Zombieland: Double Tap" is pure fun and worth seeing if you want to laugh. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Mick LaSalle Bong Joon-ho's latest masterpiece and the best film I've seen so far this year... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/4 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Mick LaSalle The documentary tells the story of Cohn, his life and career, and it's a grim saga. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Mick LaSalle The saddest thing about "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is that it's not bad, but typical, that this emptiness - this immersion in mass numbification - is the modern style. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
1/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Mick LaSalle "The Lighthouse" has only enough story to fill a 25-minute "Zone" episode, and that's including next week's coming attractions and two obligatory and very-welcome monologues by Rod Serling. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Stargate (1994) Zaki Hasan The kind of flick where Kurt Russell dispatches an Anubis-looking baddie after first telling him, in the kind of bon mot that elevates the thing an entire letter grade, "Give my regards to King Tut, a**hole." EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1/4 Jexi (2019) Zaki Hasan Jexi feels hopelessly out of step with the moment. Despite its subject matter, it's a flip phone movie in a smart phone world. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1/4 The Addams Family (2019) G. Allen Johnson What's surprising is how low-energy this version is. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019) David Lewis "The Ground Beneath My Feet" consistently serves as a powerful showcase for the talented Pachner, who manages a performance that is both distant and achingly vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/4 Gemini Man (2019) Mick LaSalle You know what? I wouldn't want to get into a fistfight with my younger self, either. I think he'd win. But I don't need to go to a movie for such a startling insight. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Mick LaSalle "Pain and Glory," all about healing rifts and rejoining life, is personal and universal. It's also simple in a way that's incandescent - suffused by a strange and beautiful gentleness of spirit. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
1.5/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Mick LaSalle "Lucy in the Sky" has the style of a biopic, but we know it's not, so at times it's hard to know what we're watching and why. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Prayers for Bobby (2009) David Wiegand There may be some flaws in "Prayers for Bobby," but that doesn't mean it won't kick you in the emotional gut. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 Midnight Traveler (2019) G. Allen Johnson A remarkable documentary... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) G. Allen Johnson I wish the film was a bit stronger, but after a lifetime of being denied her place in history thanks largely to misogyny in the academia world... I'm glad we have this documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/4 The Laundromat (2019) Mick LaSalle "The Laundromat" finds director Steven Soderbergh in a playful mood, but this time he's a little too playful, and the result is a scattered and seemingly trivial movie about a serious subject... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Zaki Hasan Cinematic alchemy of a kind that's all too rare, propelled by a supremely talented cast, a sumptuous score by Thomas Newman and a first-rate script and direction from first-timer Frank Darabont. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Mick LaSalle It's a very good movie, and it features a blood-curdling performance from Joaquin Phoenix, in the most frightening portrayal of a violent maniac in decades. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/4 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Mick LaSalle For a half hour, the filmmakers really seem on to something, and then slowly the life seeps out of it, and we're left with a tedious, pointless exercise. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
1.5/4 The Sound of Silence (2019) G. Allen Johnson It is stunted and meandering, barely filling out its 85 minutes. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/4 Britt-Marie var här (2019) David Lewis Fortunately, "Britt-Marie" doesn't pretend to be anything other than a feel-good film with a simple message: It's never too late to chase your dreams. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 Fin de siglo (2019) David Lewis Overall, this is elegant, transcendent work, both modern and nostalgic. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Mick LaSalle With all the taste, sensitivity and effort at work in "Judy," how could the filmmakers believe that karaoke night at the pub could possibly stand in for one of the best and most distinct vocalists of the 20th century? EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/4 Abominable (2019) Peter Hartlaub "Abominable" features one of the most nuanced and likable young heroines in recent animated feature history. And for a film that often seems to be working off a checklist, it ends up being a memorable time at the movies. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
1/4 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Peter Hartlaub The latest chapter feels like a bad "Rocky" sequel has infected a good "Rambo" movie. And along the way, the makers of "Last Blood" lose track of the thing that draws us to the character. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 Ms. Purple (2019) Carla Meyer Carey and Kasie have suppressed most outward signs of emotion. But Chu and Lee show the emotion roiling beneath the surface... EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 Ad Astra (2019) G. Allen Johnson Director James Gray reaches, and his visually striking movie is mostly a success despite a dud of an ending. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Jump In! (2007) David Wiegand For all its predictability, it's efficiently and often energetically directed by Paul Hoen, working from a script by Doreen Spicer, Regina Hicks and Karin Gist. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
2.5/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Carla Meyer "Downton Abbey," an enjoyable but uneven film adaptation of the beloved PBS series, seems designed to give fans what they want. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3.5/4 Hustlers (2019) G. Allen Johnson Although the film is filled with strong female characters, this isn't a triumph of female empowerment, nor is it really a feminist film. It is a film of anger and sadness at the stacked decks of our social and economic structures. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 Before You Know It (2019) David Lewis "Before You Know It" isn't without its moments, but it could have used more of them. Sometimes it's a slog. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
1/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Peter Hartlaub Watching "The Goldfinch" is like reading a novel where someone ripped out every third page from front to back. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/4 Death of a Cyclist (1955) Mick LaSalle The film is a leftist commentary on bourgeois Spain under Franco, but its passion and sensitive observation transcend its political intent. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
High School Musical 2 (2007) David Wiegand There are more than a few high notes in the sequel, but there are also some flat notes as well. But, again, no matter: Kids will gobble it up like last year's Halloween candy anyway. They could do a lot worse. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) G. Allen Johnson Call it Buñuel meets Blumhouse, a film that is flawed but so full of ideas that it doesn't matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/4 Vita & Virginia (2018) Carla Meyer The movie's editing undermines both lead performances. Scenes end abruptly, or seem set up for a moment that never arrives. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/4 Becoming Nobody (2019) David Lewis There's nothing particularly innovative about the filmmaking, but "Becoming Nobody" does its job: helping spread Ram Dass' message in a polarized world in which we tend to emphasize our differences, not our similarities. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/4 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Joel Selvin None of the procession of associates and other commentators make the case for her greatness better than Ronstadt herself, captured in vintage clip after vintage clip, singing the hell out of everything she does. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Peter Hartlaub Even without the cohesive story and Spielberg-ian charms of the first film, the sequel still delivers ample shock and awe. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/4 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Joel Selvin It's a film that Miles himself would recognize - truthful, gritty, elegantly musical, unpredictable and even surprising - the kind of complex yet elegiac tribute a man as relentlessly real as Miles Davis deserves. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) G. Allen Johnson What makes it brilliant is that it demonstrates how universal this distinctly Jewish musical has become, how it has been embraced by many cultures and how it is still influential today. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 Vision Portraits (2019) David Lewis There is not a whiff of self-pity or self-indulgence here, only a desire to tell a story from a viewpoint that rarely reaches the screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 Don't Let Go (2019) Peter Hartlaub Oyelowo and Reid have excellent chemistry, as they learn blind faith in each other might be the only way they both survive. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) G. Allen Johnson Calaizzo's script is sharp, funny and honest, and nicely avoids movie cliches about obesity. Bell's performance is very good, both physically - the actress herself lost 40 pounds for the role - and emotionally. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/4 The Fanatic (2019) Zaki Hasan "The Fanatic" marks another fascinating stickpin in John Travolta's decades-long journey from leading man to character actor. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Rezo (2018) G. Allen Johnson Rezo's hand-drawn sketches are brought to life through computer animation, with an effectively dark palette, and Rezo's narration is wise and soothing. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
1/4 Piranhas (2019) Zaki Hasan Stylistic utility isn't enough to mask the essential emptiness at the heart of the story. When you strip away the novelty of it all, we're left with little more than a kids' meal version of Scarface. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/4 American Factory (2019) G. Allen Johnson Given the global context of the story, The title "American Factory" carries with it more than a hint of irony. But the documentary tells an increasingly American story. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Mick LaSalle Butler can do more, but he's so good at doing this one thing that it has become his brand. That might be a blessing or a curse, but if it's a curse, there are worse curses. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019