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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Color Out of Space (2019) Anita Katz Cage, while capable of giving a more three-dimensional and emotionally satisfying performance, is effective in fan-popular unhinged form. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
1.5/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Jeffrey M. Anderson As this long, 123-minute movie wraps up, the phrase "for life" begins to sound uneasily like a sentence. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 Little Women (2019) Anita Katz It all adds up to a still-relevant call for women's equality and a timeless salute to sisterhood. Cinematography and costume and production design, too, are impressive. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Yet another sturdy, classical work from one of America's greatest filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 Bombshell (2019) Anita Katz The film also triumphs as a close-up look at a harasser in action and as a depiction of how women can stop harassment by speaking out and supporting one another. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Abrams opts for completeness rather than pacing... Still, this final movie concludes satisfyingly, with a mix of joy and sadness. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 The Kingmaker (2019) Anita Katz This is a scary documentary that illustrates how a country could easily shift from a democracy to a dictatorship. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Anita Katz Harper still creates satisfying entertainment, old-fashioned widescreen-adventure style. Wide-shot views of clouds, images of the balloon looking minuscule against the sky and a fluttering butterfly moment visually impress. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
2.5/4 Queen & Slim (2019) Anita Katz The movie doesn't sizzle. The romantic element is a substantial part of the reason why. The passionate love the protagonists purportedly share tends to reveal itself only when the plot demands. Even then, it's low on fire. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Anita Katz [Director Marielle Heller] puts irresistible humanity and gracefully keen humor on the screen, and she keeps the emotion real. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/4 Marriage Story (2019) Anita Katz This is a moving and mesmerizing movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 The Irishman (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson With this masterpiece, Scorsese shows he's not ready to go gentle into that good night. He proves that this old bull can still rage. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Anita Katz With its unique gumshoe protagonist and relevant historical content, Edward Norton's ambitious, atmospheric Motherless Brooklyn isn't without spark or substance -- but its excessive running time and muddy storytelling keep it from triumphing. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 Western Stars (2019) Anita Katz The elements add up to a generous encounter with the Boss and stirringly demonstrate the art of music making. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/4 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Anita Katz With its engaging storytelling, the film is a relevant look at history that has repeated itself; it's also character portrait that, while not penetrating, satisfyingly appeals to our fascination with evil. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Anita Katz Almodovar masterfully handles flashbacks, making past and present seem naturally connected. He shifts from truth to fiction with deftness and clarity. He inspires viewers to question the reliability of memory. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) Anita Katz The African footage, some of it shot by Dagg, contains extraordinary scenes of giraffes eating, running and fighting with their necks. The sight of giraffes in motion, is, in Dagg's words, a "symphony of movement. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/4 Joker (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson [Phoenix] moves like a balletic contortionist spider, all limbs and big shoes and flapping bell-bottoms. When he explodes into full-bore killer clown mode, his release is not entirely monstrous; it's also heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Does have some laughs, but ultimately, poor Richard's death is more than a joke, and his strange legacy casts a lengthy shadow worth pondering. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Ms. Purple (2019) Anita Katz A gorgeously melancholy mood drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Anita Katz Zellweger reigns, and she brings a showbiz legend to stirring life. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Ad Astra (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Easier to admire than adore. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 Freaks (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson [I]t's an inventive, ingenious little low-budget sci-fi horror film that presents big ideas in a small arena. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Anita Katz With its wealth of examples of the wicked wit of its title subject, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins is expectedly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson "It Chapter Two" is less scary; like early "Evil Dead" films and other 1980s horrors, its crazy creatures inspire surprised laughter more than terror. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Anita Katz Issa Lopez is a storytelling talent worth watching. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Anita Katz Writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo and his star Jillian Bell have created one of the year's most winning comic heroines in the movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 American Factory (2019) Anita Katz It all adds up to a revealing look at labor in the globalization age and a heartfelt salute to everyday workers. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson A most unusual biopic. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 One Child Nation (2019) Anita Katz One Child Nation is an informative, affecting and important film that solidly documents a dark bit of Chinese history that needs remembering. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019) Leslie Katz The movie offers to mainstream America a compelling, detailed, compassionate look at the little-known lives, and hopes, of domestic workers. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 Luce (2019) Anita Katz Too much ambiguity weakens the narrative in Luce... But outstanding performances and observant considerations of race and privilege make the movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson "Hobbs & Shaw" may be the first time a "Fast & Furious" movie actually has a good idea. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
3/4 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Anita Katz The documentary is weak as a character study but insightful when considering Wallace's impact on broadcast journalism. It's also an enjoyable 20th-century history ride. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 For Sama (2019) Anita Katz [Waad] al-Kateab and [Edward] Watts have delivered an extraordinary picture of the toll of the war on ordinary lives. The film also stands out as an indictment of the rest of the world for its neglect of the tragedy of Syria. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Wonderfully defies expectations. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 The Farewell (2019) Anita Katz Skillfully blending humor and sorrow, [Wang has] made an enjoyable and empathetic film about family, mortality and identity. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 The Lion King (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson [Certain] touches make the new "The Lion King" worth a look for the Disney-curious. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) Anita Katz [The Reports on Sarah and Saleem] resonantly conveys the tensions that pervade its setting and the mistrust inherent in what appears to be virtually every cross-cultural interaction. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson "Annabelle Comes Home" is definitely scary, from a sequence in which a blood-spattered bride circles a room, to one in which Daniela watches images of herself on a haunted TV set. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Anita Katz The most satisfying thoughts, however, come directly from Morrison. Possessing insight, warmth, humor, humanity and radiant confidence, she's a spellbinding presence. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Although the plot focuses on Pixar's exciting, expertly done rescues and escapes, "Toy Story 4" makes its masterstroke after those have played out. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/4 Funan (2019) Anita Katz Paris-born director Denis Do affectingly combines hand-drawn animation with a fact-based story of horror and hope in this adult-geared, French-language, Cambodia-set debut feature. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson A subversive surprise, a possible cult classic for brainy cineastes. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/4 Halston (2019) Anita Katz Tthe film vividly presents the accomplishments of the famed designer. It's too bad it doesn't go beneath alluring surfaces to explore his deeper character. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Anita Katz It is Thompson who achieves comic, and occasionally poignant, gold. Whether Katherine is being a venerable diva, a tyrannical boss or a vulnerable human being, she's a terrific heroine whose transformation is a treat to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson With Ernst Lubitsch-like pacing, Talbot allows humor to grow in spaces between moments... the jokes are hard to describe, but easy to get. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 The Silence of Others (2018) Anita Katz The [terrific] film focuses largely on post-Franco Spain, a country failing to come to terms with its past. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/4 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Anita Katz This film won't satisfy everyone, but those interested in risky, bravura filmmaking should check it out, on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/4 Ma (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson It's as if the makers of "Ma" were having fun slumming, giggling and snorting, but with no concept of how a movie could be truly affecting or disturbing. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019