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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Coming 2 America (2021) Ty Burr Skillfully and warmly catering to our affection for the past will have to do. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Citizen Kane (1941) Marjory Adams The sheer brilliance and audacity of Citizen Kane... make the film the most astounding cinematic achievement of the season. It ranks with Disney's Fantasia as a milestone in motion picture technique. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3.5/4 Night of the Kings (2020) Ty Burr Lacôte is a master at staging hectic crowd scenes in which chaos suddenly arranges itself into patterns, connections, and poetry. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
Sorcerer (1977) Peter Keough The director at his most brilliant and original. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
The Miracle (1912) Globe Staff Of course there is the acting and the wonderful staging to be admired, but even then it is impossible-to lose sight of the ecclesiastical tones. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
The Jazz Singer (1927) Globe Staff The Jazz Singer would be a good picture without Vitaphone, but it wouldn't be half as good as it is now. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
2.5/4 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Ty Burr I don't know that you'll see a performance as hellaciously focused as Andra Day's in a movie as earnestly scattered as "The United States vs. Billie Holiday." EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/4 I Care a Lot (2020) Ty Burr Marla Grayson is less a three-dimensional person (or even an interesting two-dimensional one) than a symptom of a sick society. And symptoms wear out their welcome pretty quickly. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
The Hitch-Hiker (1953) Marjory Adams Don't take any children to see The Hitch-Hiker. And if anyone who sees the film ever picks up hitch-hikers again, he'll deserve what may happen. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
The Way of All Flesh (1927) Globe Staff The Way of All Flesh would be worth seeing if there was nothing else besides Jannings in the cast to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1925) Globe Staff The picture Is fully as fantastic and as entrancing as the characters about whom the story revolves. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
2/4 Happiest Season (2020) Ty Burr Watching "Happiest Season" is like opening the wrong present on Christmas morning: You're a little bummed out and it's too late to put it back in the box. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
1.5/4 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Allyson Johnson However, in its efforts to be dizzying, delightful, escapist fun, "Barb and Star" gets lost in its own self-indulgence. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Allyson Johnson Despite lacking in visual urgency, the film is saved by the heartfelt relationship at its center. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/4 Nomadland (2020) Ty Burr "Nomadland" balances with spine-tingling grace between respect for that restlessness of spirit and longing for a society that has any notion of how to care for it. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Babes in Arms (1939) Marjory Adams When the film is finished, it is still the Rooney-Garland combination which has put the picture over as one of the most entertaining and laughable of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2/4 Swallow (2019) Ty Burr I only wish "Swallow" didn't hammer its themes home quite so hard, through dialogue, editing, and camerawork that never trust the audience to think for itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
2.5/4 Lucky Grandma (2019) Ty Burr She and she alone makes the movie worth your time. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
2.5/4 Kajillionaire (2020) Ty Burr "Kajillionaire" keeps getting sidetracked by its own offbeats, resulting in an experience that's equal parts endearing and exasperating. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
2/4 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Ty Burr Flatly filmed, drably lit, and sluggishly paced, "Yes, God, Yes" takes a cheeky premise and slowly lets the air out of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/4 Minari (2020) Ty Burr "Minari" is as American as apple pie and kimchi, which is to say it's what America is all about. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 The Mauritanian (2021) Ty Burr As directed by Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland"), it's a steady, compelling accounting of events that intends to leave you infuriated and succeeds. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/4 Saint Maud (2019) Ty Burr More than that I cannot say, other than to recommend "Saint Maud" even if your tastes run the other direction from horror films. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Ty Burr The movie mourns what might have been and nags with what we'll never know. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/4 Just Mercy (2019) Ty Burr Unlike many movies "based on a true story," "Just Mercy" sticks close to the facts of the case - for the simple reason that the facts are drama enough. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Casablanca (1942) Marjory Adams It is excitingly acted, smartly directed, and tells a story crammed with suspense, characterization and action. The cast of players is enough to fill the theatre alone, for it includes some of the finest players Hollywood has to boast about. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
Black Art: In the Absence of Light (2021) Peter Keough This is an essential and revelatory glimpse at the accomplishments of today's Black artists. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
3.5/4 The Assistant (2019) Ty Burr "The Assistant" is a stealth bomb of a movie: It barely makes a noise but it leaves a crater in your heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Mark Feeney The result is lively, playful, and busy - in a very good way. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
2.5/4 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Mark Feeney It's not hard to see the script's appeal for the actors, John David Washington and Zendaya. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
The Defiant Ones (1958) Marjory Adams It is the genius and fiery faith of Kramer which has welded acting and story together and produced such a terrifying and yet tremendous cinema achievement. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Intruder in the Dust (1949) Marjory Adams Intruder in the Dust is not only a great social document but an engrossing, thrilling story of courage and passion. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/4 The White Tiger (2021) Ty Burr Balram's tale is rich and ruthless enough for both approaches, and for any country built on a premise of one class eating another. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 The Dig (2021) Ty Burr This kind of movie is often about the barriers of class being leveled by mutual interests and struggle, and while "The Dig" is most definitely not a romance, it is, in one sense, a love story. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/4 The Little Things (2021) Ty Burr At over two hours, the movie stills slogs its way to an unsatisfying conclusion. It's hardly a rush-hour train wreck, but it might have been more fun if it had been. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 Supernova (2020) Ty Burr "Supernova" doesn't bother with many questions, but to its credit, it doesn't pretend to have all the answers. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 Identifying Features (2020) Ty Burr An austere, gorgeously shot parable of chaos and loss in modern Mexico, "Identifying Features" is an assured directorial debut from Fernanda Valadez... EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 Our Friend (2019) Ty Burr Some things remain a mystery. If we were a little bit better as people, this decent, clear-eyed movie hints, they might not. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
2/4 Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Ty Burr "Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Time" is a lovely visit to a Budapest that yields its secrets more willingly than the sad, repressed woman at the story's center. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Scar of Shame (1927) Robert Taylor I found it fascinating. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 Spoor (2017) Ty Burr [I]t's well worth a look. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Stormy Weather (1943) John W. Riley Really, the only thing to do is to sit back and enjoy yourself. The cast of Stormy Weather will see to that. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/4 My Little Sister (2020) Ty Burr It's a bracing trip, a work of daredevil nerve that serves as its own reward. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Ty Burr As a filmmaker, [King] is a natural, and if "One Night in Miami" rarely leaves that hotel room, it never feels less than a movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2.5/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Ty Burr You can argue with plenty of things in "Pieces of a Woman," a skilled but heavy-handed drama now landing on Netflix after a tour of the fall film festivals. But you can't argue with the monumental performance by Vanessa Kirby at its center... EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
3/4 Herself (2020) Ty Burr "Herself" is more honest than most about the PTSD of partner abuse, and in Dunne's nuanced and heartfelt performance we see the inner strength that keeps Sandra going at war with the terror that never goes away. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) Globe Staff Delightful humor pervades the entire production of The Private Life of Helen of Troy. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Elizabeth is Missing (2019) Matthew Gilbert It's both emotionally challenging and entertaining, and it once again shows the range that has distinguished "Masterpiece" across the decades. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Scarlet Street (1945) Marjory Adams You can be assured that Mr. Robinson, Miss Bennett and Mr. Duryea give their best melodramatic efforts to this study of crime and its sure punishment. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Marjory Adams The photography is of highest calibre and the settings are handsome examples of Nature in her most enchanting phases. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020