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Rating Title/Year Author
Promising Young Woman (2020) Stephanie Zacharek This is lip-gloss misanthropy packaged as feminist manifesto, clever but not smart, cynical without being perceptive or particularly passionate. Women are angry for good reason. They also deserve better movies than this one. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Locked Down (2021) Stephanie Zacharek We could use a pandemic-era romantic comedy, but Locked Down isn't it... EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Stephanie Zacharek The movie, as shot by Tami Reiker, is rich in visual texture. And the actors, all terrific, serve as able guides through the material. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Herself (2020) Stephanie Zacharek The sudden acknowledgement that a person you once loved doesn't exist anymore can knock the wind out of you, and Dunne captures that breathless free fall beautifully. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Pieces of a Woman (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Movies about tough subjects don't need to be torture, and if Pieces of a Woman proves anything, it's that too much is sometimes also not enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
The Dissident (2020) Stephanie Zacharek This is a somber piece of work; it's not likely to cheer anyone up. But if the details of the Khashoggi case aren't for the faint of heart, facing the facts squarely is at least somewhat cleansing. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Soul (2020) Stephanie Zacharek In its attempt to provide clever answers to unknowable questions, Soul just makes everything more confusing. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) Stephanie Zacharek At its best, the film shimmers with a thoughtful, poetic moodiness. At its worst, it's pretty damn slow. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) TIME Staff At its best, though, the story lays bare the naked truth of human bondage, and this truth shines like a sword. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Stephanie Zacharek The film occasionally suffers from the slight stiffness that often afflicts movies adapted from theater. But to watch these actors is pure pleasure... EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
Wattstax (1973) Jay Cocks Stuart uses the music as an expression of common feeling, and he intercuts concert footage with interview material... The result is necessarily superficial, but it does give the people a voice, and the tone is insistent and important. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
The Joy Luck Club (1993) Richard Corliss One warning: the typhoon of emotions makes this an eight-handkerchief movie. Bring four for the mothers, four for the daughters when they realize what brave resolve is hidden in an old woman's stern love. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Stephanie Zacharek If nothing else, how can you not love the idea of fictional countries with names that sound borrowed from 1960s sportswear companies? The Princess Switch and its followup are so indefensibly enjoyable they need no defense. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Stephanie Zacharek All of that is fine, as far as it goes: Who wants to stomp on little girls' fun? But little girls also deserve better movies, not just dutiful, sanctimonious versions of the testosterone-fueled ones... EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Cabin in the Sky (1943) James Agee Like many star-filled pictures, this one never really shows off its crowded heavens. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
The Champ (1931) TIME Staff Utterly false and thoroughly convincing, The Champ is a monument to the cinema's skill in achieving second-rate perfection. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
Black Bear (2020) Stephanie Zacharek If the movie is sometimes a little too hung up on its somewhat tortured premise, it still offers some subtle, dusky pleasures. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Hillbilly Elegy isn't as terrible as the trailers make it look, but as an enterprise it's just all-around sad, a movie that courts sympathy for its characters yet ends up only as a requiem for itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
A Night at the Opera (1935) TIME Staff Groucho follows his own formula of throwing out gags, good and bad. as fast as he can talk, letting the good ones float the bad ones, trusting that the average will favor him. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) TIME Staff For all its faults, the film has novelty, emotional wallop and the excitement that comes from wrestling with a real problem, rather than fencing with a cooked-up plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
The Life Ahead (2020) Stephanie Zacharek ...it's pure in its sentiment, direct but eloquent. And if it draws a few tears, just go with the flow. You may very well need it. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Mank (2020) Stephanie Zacharek As one of Hollywood's great wags, Mankiewicz deserves an anthem of his own, and if Mank is the only one he ever gets, it's not too shabby. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Stephanie Zacharek As with all of Coppola's pictures, it's the layering of details that counts, the accretion of sly but not minor observations that come to form the whole, like the stippled strokes of a Seurat painting. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Now isn't just the right time for a Borat sequel; it may be the only time. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) Stephanie Zacharek The more you watch Letter to You, the more you may find yourself creeping closer to this little figurative campfire, hugging your spackleware mugful of coffee close, adjusting your bandana if you've tied it too tightly. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Sometimes dumb, sometimes dull and sometimes entertaining; it just doesn't know what it wants to be, and that lack of vision drains its potential power. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Stephanie Zacharek American Utopia is about facing the person in front of you, or next to you, or standing behind you, and doing the work of seeing. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Andrew R. Chow The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a riveting movie... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Raven (1935) TIME Staff The picture is stuffed with horrors to the point of absurdity. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
Dead of Night (1945) TIME Staff It offers the same sort of spine-cooling thrill you get from listening to a group of accomplished liars swapping ghost stories. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Stephanie Zacharek If the movie is sharp, it's never sour, and that's thanks both to Blank's writing and her very presence: her creation Radha is radically, raunchily truthful, but we can see her fragility too. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
Charm City Kings (2020) Stephanie Zacharek In its view of a world where kids make their own fun and also, sometimes, their own bad choices, it rings true. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) TIME Staff Fredric March, ably assisted by Miriam Hopkins and Rose Hobart, is magnificent as Hyde, and he gives Jekyll a stilted Victorian elegance which, being a little false, makes Hyde's existence seem more credible. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Faust (1926) TIME Staff From the ever-serviceable Faust story is derived a weird fairytale, a picture story of the powers of evil on earth. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Dick Johnson Is Dead is an odd and novel film-there has never been anything like it, and it's not something that could be easily imitated by anyone else. Its tones shift gently, like the rocking of the sea. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Save Yourselves! (2020) Stephanie Zacharek It takes itself just seriously enough, but not too seriously. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Stephanie Zacharek This version, produced by Ryan Murphy and performed by the same cast that appeared in the play's 2018 revival on Broadway, is like an unusually strong telescope, giving us a clear and vivid view into a not-so-distant past. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
Song of the Flame (1930) TIME Staff Audiences who like operetta and audiences in the country who have never had much chance to decide whether they like it or not may find Song of the Flame to their taste. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) TIME Staff Altogether, in its slyly sympathetic exposition of gold-digging as a fine art, the picture has precisely the delicious flavour of its literary model. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
That Royle Girl (1925) TIME Staff Perhaps it is not one of Mr. Griffith's best... It is, however, one of Miss Dempster's best and that is of immense importance. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Kismet (1930) TIME Staff The only remaining element that might give interest to Kismet is the able performance of 72-year-old Otis Skinner in the role he first acted 19 years ago. The rest of the players are indifferent and the play itself is pretty well outdated. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Stephanie Zacharek It has a breezier, more relaxed vibe than either of July's earlier movies thanks to one glorious, effervescent performance: when Gina Rodriguez appears, she turns the picture around... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Stephanie Zacharek The Trial of the Chicago 7 details events that happened more than 50 years ago. The time to look away is never. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Antebellum (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Even if we didn't live in a country where a shockingly large fraction of people think Confederate monuments are A-O.K., Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz's Antebellum would resonate like the boom of a Union Army cannon. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
The Divine Woman (1928) TIME Staff The Divine Woman is another vehicle for the extraordinarily tempestuous passions of Actress Greta Garbo. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Watching it is like spending two hours and change on a hard church pew, with nothing to show but a few splinters. Deliver us from evil-please. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Babe Comes Home (1927) TIME Staff Ruth, variously known as the Home Run King, the Biffing Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, the Mogul of Mayhem, etc., does poorly in a film recounting the life story of a baseball player. Mr. Ruth is not even qualified to hold a cinema actor's lipstick. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Ladies of the Mob (1928) TIME Staff Ladies of the Mob is excellent entertainment, if you refrain from getting analytical about the plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Stephanie Zacharek Nomadland at times has the feel of a documentary, but with none of the earnest flatness that mars even some very well-meaning documentaries... EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Unpregnant (2020) Stephanie Zacharek What follows is part road-trip comedy, part meditation on the trials of friendship. One segment even has the unhinged vibe of a John Waters farce. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020