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Rating Title/Year Author
A- Ms. Purple (2019) James Verniere Breakouts turns by lead Tiffany Chu and co-writer-director Justin Chon. A poignant and brutal portrait of siblings in L.A.'s Koreatown. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
A- Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) James Verniere A mysterious and compelling work of art. Recalls Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone. Issa Lopez is going places. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B+ Downton Abbey (2019) James Verniere If you loved Downton Abbey, you'll love Downton Abbey. It's a conceptual palindrome. Well-made fan service. Maggie Smith has all the best lines, again. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B+ Villains (2019) Stephen Schaefer The surprises continue right to the very (dead) end. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Stephen Schaefer In Hollywood's historical and lengthy flirtation with strippers on film there's never been an entry quite as encompassing, titillating or subversive. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Stephen Schaefer An eye-opening biopic. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
C The Goldfinch (2019) James Verniere A bloated, derivative, self-important bore. Theo Decker is no David Copperfield or Harry Potter for that matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
A- Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) James Verniere A dazzling portrait of one of the country's greatest pop singers and a pioneering woman in rock music. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
B Hustlers (2019) James Verniere Jennifer Lopez is a blast, a wannabe female GoodFellas. But it's not all that. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
A- Official Secrets (2019) James Verniere Knightley shines as heroic Katharine Gun. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
B It: Chapter Two (2019) James Verniere It's way too long, but scary fun enough of the time. Hader is the standout. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
A- Esto no es Berlín (2019) James Verniere A chiaroscuro coming-of-age tale set in turbulent 1980s Mexico City and a fine bookend to Alfonso Cuaron's Roma. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
A- Aquarela (2018) James Verniere An ode in 96 fps to one of the five elements from a Russian visionary. See water at war with itself like some demonic god. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
A- Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) James Verniere A marvelous treat for Fiddler lovers and a fascinating piece of American and world theater history. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
C Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) James Verniere If you like TV on a really big screen, here it is. Seems edgy, but is really banal and seriously conflicted. Bell, however, is quite good. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
C Ready or Not (2019) James Verniere Is this a spoof? The dialogue sounds like it was poorly translated from another language. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
C+ Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) James Verniere And why'd you make this movie? I hear the book was a smash. Did not read it. A waste of a marvelous cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
B+ Blinded by the Light (2019) James Verniere The film captures the way music leaps all social and cultural barriers and brings joy to a lonely Anglo-Pakistani man in Thatcher-era Britain. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
B Good Boys (2019) James Verniere Ah, the ageless premise that it's funny to hear kids talk dirty. The young cast, headed by Jacob Tremblay of "Room," is excellent. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
C+ 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Stephen Schaefer Dull dialogue, placidly paced, dimly seen underwater sequences and not enough shark action means "Uncaged" never generates nonstop tension. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
B Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Stephen Schaefer [Sameh Zoabi] deftly illustrates how art - even if a daily soap that traffics in clichés and stereotypes could ever be considered "art" - affects people's lives, dreams and self-image. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
B The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Stephen Schaefer It's a smart-silly sequel to the 2016 original. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
B Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Stephen Schaefer Oscar-winning horror auteur Guillermo del Toro is among the world's biggest horror fans. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is his valentine to plucky kids everywhere. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
C- The Kitchen (2019) Stephen Schaefer All too predictable and yet perpetually unconvincing... EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
C The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) James Verniere A race car driver named Swift? A talking dog-guru voiced by Kevin Costner? Ruh-Roh. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B+ Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) James Verniere A mini-Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dora is full of surprises, not the least of which is lead Moner. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
A The Nightingale (2018) James Verniere Writer-director Kent leaps to the front ranks of world filmmakers with this devastating tale of colonial brutality. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
C David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) James Verniere More music and less listening to this jerk might have made the film more rewarding. Hey, Cameron, there's a reason he has no friends. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
B Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) James Verniere The plot is a joke, but the chemistry of the cast and deft editing of the outrageous and frankly ridiculous action scenes make it work. Johnson and Statham are the odd couple of mayhem. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
A- Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) James Verniere The best Mad Magazine 1960s-era Hollywood spoof in ages. Are we going to get the real thing as a follow up? Please send me one. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
B+ Sword of Trust (2019) James Verniere Lynn Shelton's well-cast comedy-drama seems to capture the weird zeitgeist of present day America. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
B+ The Lion King (2019) James Verniere Voice cast and visuals are first rate. Disney should just hand Favreau a pot o' gold. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
D Crawl (2019) Stephen Schaefer Even with the bar so low it's barely off the ground, the gator thriller "Crawl," which was not screened for critics, fails spectacularly in every possible way. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
B+ Wild Rose (2018) James Verniere Jessie Buckley of I'll Do Anything and Chernobyl is a force of nature in Wild Rose. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
A- Under the Silver Lake (2018) James Verniere Flawed but fascinating follow up to It Follows. Take a trip to an L.A. of cinematic dreams. We're not in Kansas, for sure. Go ask Alice. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Stephen Schaefer The 21st century has been good to Spider-Man - and the three actors who played him. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
A- The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) James Verniere Was Princeton-educated polyglot baseball player Moe Berg the Jewish James Bond? EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
A- Yesterday (2019) James Verniere Academy Award winner Danny Boyle does it again with this modern day fairy tale and offbeat love story about a struggling musician with a dream and a secret...Cast is terrific. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
B Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Stephen Schaefer A low-key, fairly restrained horror outing... EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
C Child's Play (2019) Stephen Schaefer This edition is jokey as well as gory, and it bows to the demented-possessed doll franchise without ever being really scary. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ Echo in the Canyon (2018) James Verniere A hybrid of documentary and music video, the film is both a fascinating look at the intersection of rock and roll history and Laurel Canyon Blvd. and an advertisement for Jakob Dylan's new cover album. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
A- The Quiet One (2019) James Verniere An intimate portrait, almost a self-portrait of the Rolling Stone, the working-class kid from South London, you did not know. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ Toy Story 4 (2019) James Verniere Yes, another Disney/Pixar sequel. But surprisingly dark and existential, equal part Keaton and Kafka. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
B- Shaft (2019) Stephen Schaefer This "Shaft" works best as a game for two, with the rhythmic interplay between blase, brutal dad and his amazed, confounded and changed forever son. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) James Verniere The Fall of the American Empire is like an economics class taught by Georges Simenon or Elmore Leonard. Denys Arcand has made a great, violent, socially relevant crime caper film. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
C The Dead Don't Die (2019) James Verniere How do you make a film this DOA with this cast? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- Late Night (2019) James Verniere Not bad. But isn't this the very model of a TV sitcom? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
C+ Men in Black: International (2019) James Verniere The cast is good. But, really, who wants another one of these? EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- Pavarotti (2019) James Verniere Directed by the least Italian filmmaker I can think of, the film is nonetheless operatic manna from heaven for fans. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
A- Walking on Water (2018) James Verniere A great depiction of a visionary genius, who is also a bit of clown and a bully, at work. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019