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Rating Title/Year Author
The Photograph (2020) Stephanie Zacharek A lovely ghost of a movie, the kind of thing we used to call, in the days before the ascent of the superhero film, a popular entertainment. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
The Innocent (1976) John Skow The Innocent is a beautifully made melodrama, whose elaborate and operatic moral dilemmas turn on issues that are curiosities today. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Wifemistress (1977) John Skow Wifemistress is thoroughly likable. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Stephanie Zacharek I just kept wishing the movie could be wittier as it goes about its vengeful business, and that Robbie-a supremely gifted performer-had something more to do than strut through every scene with that evil, dazed smile plastered on her kooky, tattooed face. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Judy Berman With a more elegant, purposeful structure or at least more time to explore her toughest choices, Miss Americana might have given fans a satisfying portrait of the real Taylor Swift. As is, it's more like a sketch. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Stephanie Zacharek It should be fun-but it isn't. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Garner is perfectly cast, a pixie of steel. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
1917 (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Mendes has made a film that feels wholly alive. It's a carefully polished picture, not one that strives for gritty realism. But its inherent devotion to life and beauty is part of its power... EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Alibi (1929) TIME Staff More credible than most crook pictures. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Coquette (1929) TIME Staff Her cast is bad and her director no genius. But somehow... [Pickford] turns her difficulties to assets, brings vividly to life the southern smalltown coquette who liked one fellow too well to suit her father. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Little Women (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's a legacy not just of a great story and vividly drawn characters, but also of information: Alcott told us that it takes work and openness to know who you are, and when you figure it out, hang on for dear life. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Cats (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Cats is terrible, but it's also kind of great. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Stephanie Zacharek In its anxiety not to offend, it comes off more like fanfiction than the creation of actual professional filmmakers. A bot would be able to pull off a more surprising movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Uncut Gems is terrifically effective as you're watching it, though its aroma-unlike streetside garbage in the summer-might not linger. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Stephanie Zacharek You don't have to like Kelly, Carlson, or the fictitious Pospisil to feel something for these women, intelligent, gifted professionals undermined by a controlling creep. But you're always aware of their relative privilege, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Andrew R. Chow High Flying Bird could be called an anti-Sports Movie: its goal is not to uplift, but rather to provoke, mobilize and envision a future in which the players themselves own the league. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Richard Jewell is one of those expertly crafted pictures that reminded me how little I care for craftsmanship when a filmmaker's ugliest impulses are thrumming in the background. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Us (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's one thing for a movie to humble you by leaving you unsure about yourself and your place in the world; it's another for it to leave you wondering what, exactly, a filmmaker is trying to use his formidable verbal and visual vocabulary to say. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Stephanie Zacharek ...if you're a grown woman watching The Aeronauts, you may feel-as feisty as Jones' performance is-that you're being talked down to. It's as if women don't have enough adventure stories of our own. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Stephanie Zacharek There's no getting around the appeal of these two characters, as Kaluuya and Turner-Smith play them... EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Stephanie Zacharek An enjoyable portrait of a prickly friendship between two men of vastly different temperaments... EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Waves (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Russell's performance is like a rush of wind on a dry, hot day, the blessing you didn't know you needed. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Murphy brings the spirit of Blaxploitation underdog Rudy Ray Moore to life, with tell-it-like-it-is radiance. His timing is, as always, cobra-strike precise... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Knives Out isn't just a beautifully made diversion. It's also a utopian vision. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Charlie's Angels should have been glamorous fun, a Saturday-night-out kind of movie. Suddenly, staying in with an icepack on your head never looked so good. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Ford v Ferrari is a little too long; some scenes leave unnecessary skidmark trails. But the movie still has amiable style and energy to spare. It's fast but never furious. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Stephanie Zacharek This is a movie that's both entertainment and spiritual toolkit-take from it what you need. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Even within the context of this upbringing-as-horror-show, LaBeouf locates crystalline reflections of the better man his father might have been. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Krampus (2015) Stephanie Zacharek Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Harriet (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's as if Tubman walks among us, melting away the years between her life and ours. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Sins of Man (1936) TIME Staff Sad, simple and superfluous. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
And Sudden Death (1936) TIME Staff It does present, within conventional limits, an energetic little sermon on good highway manners. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's Waititi's ability to balance unassailably goofy moments with an acknowledgment of real-life horrors that makes the movie exceptional. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Imitation of Life (1934) TIME Staff Because of the authority with which it is acted and the skill with which Director John Stahl has built up individual episodes, the picture remains an efficient tearjerker, outspoken in its praise of motherlove. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Green Pastures (1936) TIME Staff [Rex Ingram] doubles ably as Adam and the Prophet Hezdrel. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Stephanie Zacharek See it for the inventive, elaborate costumes (designed by Ellen Mirojnick), for the tiny-albeit slightly creepy-mushroom people and the miniature fairies wearing dandelion tutus, and for Jolie... EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Judy Berman Paul earned three Emmys for his supporting role on Breaking Bad, and in El Camino he delivers a mesmerizing lead performance that proves he deserves a spot on Hollywood's A-list. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Parasite (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It tells a story you could probably follow without subtitles, or any dialogue at all: the faces of these actors show with piercing clarity how it feels to be outsiders in a world of wealth and privilege. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Half-Marriage (1929) TIME Staff Only the occasional entry of Vaudevillain Ken Murray and his orchestra relieve the dreadful tedium of Half Marriage. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Wrath of the Seas (1929) TIME Staff Parts of this picture, made with the co-operation of the British and German governments, are fine newsreels of the Battle of Jutland. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Harlem on the Prairie (1937) TIME Staff Best parts of the picture are the tunes, Harlem on the Prairie and Romance in the Rain. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Stephanie Zacharek The Irishman is so layered with detail, and shifts so gracefully through so many eras, that it's hard to tease out a clearly defined plot. Even so, the movie is beautifully constructed-you willingly follow wherever it goes. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Judy (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Zellweger paints shadows of nuance into her portrayal of a performer who invites easy caricature. And she sings, too. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's a featherweight delight, like the prettiest pink-and-white cake on the tea tray. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's an object lesson in what not to do in an adaptation, yet it's occasionally effective enough that you can see a much more successful movie buried within it. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Stephanie Zacharek The figurative runaway limo these women are riding in is headed for a crash. But oh, the ride is glorious! EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() TIME Staff The Dance of Life is too long and overdetailed; it is handicapped with a tedious theme-song. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Hallelujah (1929) TIME Staff Vidor's skill as a picturemaker is enough alone to make Hallelujah one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
High School Musical 2 (2007) Richard Corliss At best, it's an honorable sequel to the thing of last year -- but I'm pleased it exists, and more tickled that the franchise is so successful. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
I Could Never Have Sex With Any Man Who Has So Little Regard for My Husband (1973) Richard Schickel I Could Never may be the least important -- certainly the least pretentious -- movie of the year. But it is far from the least amusing. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019