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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Identifying Features (2020) Anita Katz Identifying Features calls attention to the terror occurring in northern Mexico, through a quietly compelling story about a mother searching for her missing son on terrain made deadly by the drug wars. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 The White Tiger (2021) Anita Katz While viewers may not entirely embrace Balram's dark side, Gourav's charismatic, multifaceted, energetic performance makes it possible for them to stick with him for two hours. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 Outside the Wire (2021) Jeffrey M. Anderson A perfect example of a January movie, just good enough to pass the time, yet perhaps not worth remembering. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Anita Katz King juggles many elements in the movie and drops none. One Night in Miami is a blast of momentous social history and a stimulating watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/4 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Anita Katz The film rambles somewhat, and a split-screen sequence clashes tonally with the rest of the film. But overall, it shines as a seriocomic document of how fantasy can't cure conditions like unhappy marriages and loneliness. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/4 Out of Africa (1985) Michael Sragow Though it has many engaging moments (mostly in its first 40 minutes, out of 150), producer/director Sydney Pollack's attempt to dramatize Isak Dinesen's years as a pioneer farmer in Kenya ultimately fails as drama and as romance. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/4 Herself (2020) Anita Katz Bright as well as dark, the film also impresses as a celebration of friendship and as a reminder of the joy that can flow when people help each other. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/4 The Dissident (2020) Anita Katz Director-cowriter Bryan Fogel presents the story like a political thriller, and while he sometimes goes overboard in achieving that, the film is gripping. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 If Not Now, When? (2021) Jeffrey M. Anderson Due to patient, emotional storytelling, it goes well above the typical movie soap opera. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson No one ever said that a movie this entertainingly demented had to be cohesive. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Convention City (1933) Lloyd S. Thompson Too much happens in Convention City to be recorded here. Let it merely be said that a perfectly chosen cast keeps things bubbling with mirth at all points. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Cat People (1942) Moira Wallace Perhaps this fantastic tale could have been arranged to achieve the eerie credibility of Dracula, but Simone Simon seems by nature to be more kitten than were wolf. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
3/4 Sylvie's Love (2020) Anita Katz Not much may exist beneath the film's appealing surfaces, but for satisfying escapism, Sylvie's Love delivers. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson In a year largely without superheroes, it's wonderfully fitting that Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman 1984" emerges at the very end, helping rescue us from this period of misery and despair. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Hortense Morton (Screen Scout) Producer-director Premlnger is one of Holly wood's most intelligent film makers. It is to be regretted that his artistic gifts were not channeled into a more uplifting drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Eichelbaum [A Clockwork Orange] is another powerfully disturbing and undeniably brilliant film by Stanley Kubrick, who shakes us up once again with a nightmare parable about man's Inescapable destiny of violence. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) John Stark The Blues Brothers are a popular novelty, and have a definite tongue-in-cheek appeal. But this film does nothing with the characters, except to portray them as a couple of one-sided and unlikable hoods. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
2.5/4 The Last Blockbuster (2020) Anita Katz If the phrase "Be kind, rewind" rings a nostalgic bell in your heart, this doc will likely qualify as an enjoyable diversion. But expect nothing more. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 To the Ends of the Earth (2019) Anita Katz Best known for his paranormal dramas, Kurosawa has made a thoughtful, gentle movie about cultural divides, tourist disorientation, and a young woman's realization of her potential. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/4 Let Them All Talk (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson Its contrast between artistic approaches and temperaments, between hiding and revealing, makes for a most amusing, engaging experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson "Fences" was very, very good but "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is incredible, a 94-minute whirlwind of acting genius in a story about music, power and Blackness. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Wattstax (1973) Philip Elwood Wattstax is always moving from the Coliseum stage to restaurant and barber shop comments; from street and alley scenes to night club episodes and church fronts and what goes on inside. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 The Joy Luck Club (1993) David Armstrong Cinematographer Amir Mokri gives indoor scenes, many shot in the Bay Area, the rich, dark look of polished wood. The outdoor scenes, shot here and in China, are stunning. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Cabin in the Sky (1943) Moira Wallace Ethel Waters has great emotional power not only in her singing of "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" and "Taking a Chance On Love," but in every gesture and mood she portrays. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Outrage (1950) Hortense Morton (Screen Scout) I do not consider it good theater, and certainly I do not consider it in good taste. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
2.5/4 Wander Darkly (2020) Anita Katz Miller helps this emotionally complicated material to succeed. She is willing to take Adrienne to dangerous and unlikable places and is believable as a possible ghost, a shattered trauma survivor, and a romantic heroine. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 76 Days (2020) Anita Katz It also casts a deserved spotlight on Wuhan's frontline medical workers, and, by extension, medical workers who have, over the months, been battling the virus with commitment and compassion nearly everywhere. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Mayor (2020) Anita Katz As Osit shows Hadid working to make Ramallah a place its people can take pride in, the mayor becomes an extraordinary documentary subject and we want to thank Osit for introducing us to Hadid and taking us inside his city. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/4 Another Round (2020) Anita Katz [Mikkelsen's] dark streak complements Vinterberg's sunny tones and who, without much to go on, creates a multi-shaded, fascinating, frequently funny protagonist filled with frustration, anger and misplaced vitality. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
Daughter of the Gods (1916) SF Examiner Staff The city that was built for the purposes of this picture is an imposing-looking place, and the fire views, when the city is destroyed, are spectacular. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3.5/4 Mank (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson A glorious declaration of love to the golden age of movies, and to one movie in particular. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2.5/4 Uncle Frank (2020) Anita Katz Macdissi's funny, warm and emotionally authentic Wally is crucial to the film's successful aspects. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/4 Zappa (2020) Anita Katz The sum total is a justifiably sprawling and almost never dull consideration of a unique and complicated artist. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4 Devils (1928) Edgar Waite It is to be doubted that anything Murnau might do could be lacking in interest or merit, for he it one of the few directors who seem able to visualize "the picture" in a moving picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson The sequel continues the look, and also has a bright, bursting color scheme and an imaginative array of flora and fauna. [And] the story actually flows logically from the 2013 movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
3.5/4 Sound of Metal (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson The powerful new "Sound of Metal"... works because it's really about characters and politics, emotions and empathy. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
2.5/4 The Last Vermeer (2019) Anita Katz A riveting drama, or perhaps dark comedy, exists somewhere in this movie, but despite Pearce's contributions, the film shapes up largely as a lightly entertaining missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 Born to Be (2020) Anita Katz [Director Tania Cypriano has] delivered an enlightening and affecting film that compellingly denounces hate and underscores the right of transgender people to receive quality, compassionate health care. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/4 Collective (2019) Anita Katz The film is adroitly edited, journalistically solid, morally infuriating and more gripping than most Hollywood thrillers. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Gilda (1946) Hortense Morton (Screen Scout) Completely disregarding the very obvious and eye-appealing fact, that Rita Hayworth is one of the world's most beautiful women, we are going to award her our personal accolade for also being one of the most dynamic and distinguished actresses. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/4 Irmi (2020) Anita Katz Selvin and Fanshel's heartfelt tribute to Irmi is undeniably moving, and the consideration the pair give to the 20th-century Jewish experience, and to the strength and contributions of refugees and immigrants, broadens and deepens the picture. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 Freaky (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson Coming from the director of the two clever and spirited "Happy Death Day" movies, it's fresh and lively and funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 City Hall (2020) Anita Katz A humane and vital picture of democracy at work. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/4 Mortal (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson What Øvredal does come up with is still consistently intriguing, from a patch of sun in the middle of a rain shower to the idea of a huge tree - never shown - that Eric alone sees in visions. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
2.5/4 Kindred (2020) Anita Katz The movie belongs to Lawrance's Charlotte. The rising young actor makes her character so multifaceted, human and deserving, we stick seriously with her even when the screenplay falters. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Anita Katz Swedish writer-director Johannes Nyholm doesn't quite wow with surprises, but displays darkly impressive personal touches as he takes his characters through the terror wringer. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/4 Madre (2019) Anita Katz It takes the surprising and satisfying form of a psychological drama following the mother's journey through loss. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
3/4 Us Kids (2020) Anita Katz Snyder vividly captures the energy, savvy and dynamism of her young subjects. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/4 On the Rocks (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson Coppola has done it so gracefully, so serenely, that she doesn't even seem to have tried at all... She has taken her dreamy, poetic touch and met the screwball comedy halfway. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/4 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson If you've seen "Hocus Pocus" one too many times and "Hubie Halloween" is just a little too dumb, then Robert Zemeckis' "The Witches" - based on the classic Roald Dahl novel - offers slick, bright fun, and just on the edge of spooky. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020