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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Gemini Man (2019) Ty Burr The problem with high-frame-rate productions is that they don't look like what we're used to calling "movies." The problem with this one is that there wasn't much movie there to begin with. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 The Laundromat (2019) Ty Burr Does it work? Enough for an evening's diversion... but not enough to get you good and mad, the way you should and the filmmakers intend. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/4 () Mark Feeney All right, it's what the world should have seen. Does that make it, 35 years later, worth seeing? No and yes. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Tom Russo It's a deep-thinking character study that's provocatively if imperfectly presented - at least until the story devolves right along with its subject's state of mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
() Matthew Gilbert An excellent stand-up set. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Prayers for Bobby (2009) Matthew Gilbert That said, the movie has flaws aplenty... Still, there's no denying the story's impact, as it echoes more than 25 years after Bobby's death. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Ty Burr This Joker has a ruined poetry to him that makes his victimhood seem a badge of honor and his homicidal urges seem a just, if horrifying, form of retribution. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/4 First Love (2019) Mark Feeney "First Love" has a hyper-real nocturnal gleam that makes all this highly mannered action seem all the more comic or ridiculous, as the mood takes you. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Ty Burr "JUDY" IS A MOVIE OF GROTESQUE SENTIMENTALITY, and I know that sounds like a bad thing, but hear me out. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Ty Burr It's a curio for the completist, but not an unworthy one. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Abominable (2019) Tom Russo Yes, as it turns out - not only is "Abominable" as amusing as the competition, it boasts a lyricism and sweetness uniquely, sublimely its own. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/4 Ad Astra (2019) Mark Feeney [An] impressively crafted yet increasingly listless enterprise... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Tom Russo [A] thoroughly satisfying follow-up that arrives in theaters not quite four years after the series finale aired. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Mark Feeney There's a sense in which Ivins doesn't quite fit in the documentary either - or rather what fits in is great, but what doesn't fit in (emotionally, personally) - gets left out, and that matters a lot. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Ty Burr "The Goldfinch," John Crowley's film adaptation of Tartt's novel, lands unsatisfyingly in the middle. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/4 Honeyland (2019) Ty Burr Grave and wise, "Honeyland" is ultimately an act of faith, and the filmmakers extend the idea of balance all the way to the film's implicit moral. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Tom Russo Muschietti and his newly expanded cast come through pretty satisfyingly at points. But they also come up short at others, and at still others shift priorities entirely to concentrate instead on ante-upping chills. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/4 Official Secrets (2019) Ty Burr "Official Secrets" scratches the surface of a deep and dark universe of things we're not supposed to know but should. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 Vita & Virginia (2018) Ty Burr Based on what we see here, the work was almost absurdly greater than the inspiration. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Mark Feeney Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. Wolff's are worth just as many notes. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/4 Esto no es Berlín (2019) Ty Burr The details are fresh and the lead actor holds the screen even as his character withholds himself, defining who he will be in his own time and on his own terms. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Ty Burr Like its heroine, "Brittany Runs a Marathon" works its way up from the easy comic 2Ks to a more nuanced drama of self-confidence that's able to go the distance. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Peter Keough For those who might regard "Fiddler on the Roof" merely as just another warhorse musical and a favorite of dinner theater and high school drama societies, Max Lewkowicz's rowdy and informative "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles" might change their minds. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/4 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Tom Russo We can see the full picture clearly, too - so much so, finally, that this easygoing odyssey offers no real surprises. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 One Child Nation (2019) Peter Keough Wang hopes her film will serve to bear witness to the suffering of this shameful period, now being purged from the collective memory with "Nineteen Eighty-Four"-like efficiency. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) Marella Gayla Without being tedious or heavy-handed, "Good Boys" offers a glimpse of what good men are made of. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Nora McGreevy One spoiler: Tel Aviv does not burst into flames. But Salam's career might. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Ty Burr "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," mishandles Maria Semple's best-selling comic novel into a clattery mess. There are deftly human moments to be found, but you have to dig for them like potatoes. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Isaac Feldberg May be one of Netflix's weirdest decisions yet. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
() Isaac Feldberg What makes Oxygen's documentary interesting is hearing the women's perspective, 50 years later. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/4 Luce (2019) Nora McGreevy Thanks to a remarkably nuanced performance by Harrison and Onah and J.C. Lee's tightly-crafted script, the answers to our questions emerge either piecemeal or not at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
() James Sullivan He's a fresh voice, in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Ty Burr It's a PG movie with pleasantly canned life lessons, and it's safe for kids and adults alike, although anyone with a shred of cynicism may not want to be seen caving in to the script's emotional inevitabilities. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 Them That Follow (2019) Marella Gayla The problem isn't that Mara behaves passively - it's that the character is too flat to gain our sympathies. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 The Nightingale (2018) Ty Burr "The Nightingale" strives to be an epic and pulls it off, even if there are one or two false summits before the final scenes. It's painful to watch because the truth is often painful, especially when so many myths of empire have accreted around it. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
1/4 The Kitchen (2019) Ty Burr "The Kitchen" isn't just a poorly made movie. It's a screwed-up one. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015) Nick A. Zaino III No matter how dorky she got, Notaro could not have been cooler. There is a relaxed confidence in her delivery and a liveliness in her ideas. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 Leto (2018) Ty Burr Maybe you had to be there, but it's a movie's job to take us, and this one gets only partway. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Mark Feeney Watching Belkin's documentary, one realizes how much better Wallace was at playing Mike Wallace than any actor could be. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Ty Burr All the films in this franchise are family affairs, but you may find yourself wanting to spend more time on this branch of the tree. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Ty Burr "David Crosby: Remember My Name" is a testament of achievement and a portrait of ego, but it never quite gets past its subject's illusions to properly consider his art. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Matthew Gilbert [Schumer] loves to play the bad girl, and she's awfully good at it. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 Netemo sametemo (2018) Ty Burr The movie keeps you guessing, mostly in pleasure, at both its meanings and its methods. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Ty Burr The byplay between DiCaprio and Pitt is delicious and finely drawn - you'd better believe Tarantino knows he's dealing with two of our last old-school movie stars and sneakiest actors. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Ty Burr Mannered and remote, the movie throws a lot of punches but hardly ever connects. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) Ty Burr Like her heroine, Wang straddles the fence and argues from either side of it; like her, the movie is profoundly Chinese-American, speaking to both audiences and able to be enjoyed by both. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 Sword of Trust (2019) Mark Feeney In this entertainment day and age, originality counts for something, and "Sword of Trust" is nothing if not novel. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 The Lion King (2019) Nora McGreevy You'll find yourself longing for the freedom afforded by simple lines and pixels. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/4 Stuber (2019) Ty Burr Nanjiani deserves better, Bautista deserves better, and you deserve better. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Ty Burr If a talented filmmaker opening the throttle of his imagination as wide as it can go appeals to you, you should give "Under the Silver Lake" a look. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019