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Rating Title/Year Author
Space Jam (1996) Richard Corliss The movie could have been a gleaming showcase for cartoon wit. Instead it's an 87-minute commercial peddling sainthood for Michael Jordan. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Cruel Intentions (1999) Richard Schickel Our fascination with this tale has always derived from its cool portrayal of utter amorality, which Kumble and his cast nicely energize with their heedless, youthful intensity. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Ishtar (1987) Richard Schickel Reasonably genial and diverting. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Stories of people who are redeemed by animals are a dime a dozen, and that's fine by me: Give me dozens! Even so, The Mustang, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's debut feature, is one of the better ones. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Chu Chin Chow (1934) TIME Staff U.S. cinemaddicts may find the photography in Chu Chin Chow inferior to most recent Hollywood musicomedies... but are likely to approve the decor, [music, and Anna May Wong,] the only performer in the cast whose name is familiar to them. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Twins (1988) Richard Schickel The whole movie has a warmth about it that never slops over into sentiment: there is much more here than tall-guy, short-guy jokes. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Stephanie Zacharek We're all so angry about "the other"-whomever that "other" might be-that it has come to stand in the way of understanding ourselves. Gloria Bell helps bring us back to that self, whoever he, she or they might be. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Widows (2018) Stephanie Zacharek A thriller for modern women who identify more with the messiness of human lives than with flattened slogans about how great women, as a monolithic group, are. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
A Chorus Line (1985) Richard Corliss Richard Attenborough's movies are like the best-behaved guests at a Swiss embassy reception; they never offend, never impress. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
A Star Is Born (1976) Jay Cocks The trouble with rock 'n' roll in A Star Is Born is that there isn't any. The soundtrack is filled with homogenized harmonics passing for rock, but not a single song is good enough even to be counterfeit. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Larson does get a few opportunities in Captain Marvel to be that regular, flawed-but-strong human-there just aren't enough of them, and they're hardly the focus of the movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
The Trip (1967) TIME Staff The Trip is a psychedelic tour through the bent mind of Peter Fonda, which is evidently full of old movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Stephanie Zacharek The picture is honest about human hopes and disappointments, even as it acknowledges-and offers-the pleasures of a good romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Even hardcore Akin devotees should proceed with caution, and be ready for disillusionment. The craftsmanship is there. But Akin's judgment has gone AWOL, and with it, his heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Rope (1948) TIME Staff In photographing the action, Director Hitchcock brought off a tour de force. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Stephanie Zacharek The big problem is that Neeson drops out of the story for long stretches, and the movie needs him... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Trader Horn (1931) TIME Staff Incomparably the best jungle picture made so far. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Diary of Forbidden Dreams (1973) Jay Cocks Polanski inexplicably uses all the absurdist conventions that he mocked so deftly in Cul de Sac. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Year of the Woman (1973) Jay Cocks Hochman may be a poet, but her writing here ("In this secret room of mirrors, are we spying on who we are?") offers heavy evidence to the contrary. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973) Jay Cocks The movie has the vacant sentimentality and just the sort of grinding winsomeness that can make family movies such a chore. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rent Live (2019) Judy Berman We'll never know whether a genuinely live version would have come closer to preserving the urgency of Larson's beloved musical, but it certainly would've had a better excuse for showing so many seams. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Fyre (2019) Judy Berman What's most haunting about the movie isn't the transformation itself so much as the emptiness of the desires that fuel it-essentially the same empty desires that both propelled McFarland and destroyed him. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Glass (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Shyamalan believes so strongly in the dramatic impact of this trilogy that he almost makes you believe in it too-that's his secret superpower. But the illusion is fragile. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Music Lovers (1971) Stefan Kanfer No matter how miserable his actual life, the classical composer tends to suffer in a new way on film. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Death Becomes Her (1992) Richard Corliss Meryl Streep shines in a glitzy black comedy, but it's still She-Devil with a make-over. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Cameron Esposito: Rape Jokes (2018) Ashley Hoffman Esposito channels the kind of righteous fury that can only come from someone who's been through hell and clawed her way back EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Stephanie Zacharek Aquaman isn't all dumb fighting and arguing among sea-guys. The movie's biggest selling points are its affable, bear-hug spirit and its lavish, loopy visuals. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Stephanie Zacharek I loved it-and while that doesn't mean I can ignore its problems, I left it feeling that a little something had been restored to me rather than taken away. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Vice (2018) Stephanie Zacharek In the end, McKay has more respect for Cheney's wiles, as distasteful as they may be, than he does for his audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Frisco Kid (1935) John Skow The Frisco Kid just misses being very good, perhaps because although Wilder is funny and endearing, we never quite believe in the character he plays. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Mommie Dearest (1981) Richard Schickel Lacking psychological intelligence or, for that matter, awareness of Hollywood sociology, Mommie Dearest is just a collection of screechy scenes further distanced by convictionless direction. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Stephanie Zacharek Its pace is a little slack, and sometimes it feels too predictably prepackaged. But Jones and Hammer keep the picture moving even through its shakier phases. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
An American Carol (2008) Richard Corliss The mean spirit of Zucker's satire hardly jibes with the liberal spirits of the original tale. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Richard Corliss Director Ron Howard usually lets his comedies gestate organically, but his Grinch is frantic from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) Richard Corliss Only marginally insufferable, the Ernest movie is...a big-screen example of the TV-sitcom tendency to go broad and sappy with a token Yuletide show each December. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) Richard Corliss We're not knocking the transformation of a hallowed holiday figure into a homicidal maniac...it's the pleasure Billy and the movie take in leering at, then dicing up young women that lands Charles E. Sellier Jr.'s sicko Santa on our worst list. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Frosty the Snowman (1969) Richard Corliss To those of middle age who remember Frosty fondly, we offer this warning: Look again, and yawn. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Stephanie Zacharek The movie is so assertively about the social issue at its heart-the way opioid addiction tears families apart-that it barely leaves room for its characters to breathe. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Stephanie Zacharek You probably know how this story ends, but Rourke makes the getting-there suspenseful even so. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Creed II (2018) Stephanie Zacharek Creed II is a perfectly OK sequel. There's some comfort to be found in the predictability of its beats. But only at the end does it muster any real vitality. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Ashley Hoffman When Gadsby wrenches out her pain on stage, she reveals her strength, rage, and yes, winning humor. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018) Ashley Hoffman [Wong's] new set is filled with searing takes on the limits of maternity leave and the disappointments of early motherhood. Dad jokes, step aside. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Happy to Be Here (2006) Ashley Hoffman Her deadpan style has already earned her legions of fans, but here, she increases her ambitions and gets mischievous. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) Ashley Hoffman [Rock's] willingness to derail the laughs shows a newfound vulnerability-all before he brings the act safely back to a funny zone. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) Ashley Hoffman The TV host and podcaster has always been skilled at finding the comic absurdity in darkness, but it's the moving way he talks about searching for hope that really makes this hour resonate. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives (2018) Ashley Hoffman Where a lesser voice might have gone polemical, Kondabolu kept it all sublimely playful. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) Ashley Hoffman Mulaney's best work to date isn't only extremely funny-it's expertly choreographed, down to his fancy footwork. He goes long on well-paced yarns, like the silliness of proving you're human to a computer-and wherever he takes you, the payoff is satisfying. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
The Crazy Quilt (1966) TIME Staff In the relations between these two people Director Korty achieves the fullest realization of his theme. He demonstrates day by day, crisis by crisis, how fear and lust and ignorance transform at last into the sacred mystery of marriage. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
The Devils (1971) Jay Cocks It is like a lunatic opera, an attempt to make a furious poem out of frenzy. Russell's flamboyant theatricality and his interest in the perverse have been too much imposed on his other films; but here, style and subject are perfectly matched. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Stephanie Zacharek All those sunflower yellows and twilight blues translate very nicely to our coffee mugs. But Schnabel reminds us that they were, in fact, the very colors of one man's life. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018