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Rating Title/Year Author
B- Jungle Cruise (2021) James Verniere An amusing, if also blander version of Pirates of the Caribbean and Raiders of the Lost Ark with leads lacking chemistry. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
B The Green Knight (2021) James Verniere Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Lancelot du Lac have had a baby. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
A- Lorelei (2020) James Verniere Career high work from Malone and Schreiber. Lost souls who reconnect. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2021
B The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (2021) James Verniere Certainly a unique underwater tale, especially for all the lonely pandemic people. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
C+ Settlers (2021) James Verniere Hiding information from viewers is not the same as suspense. Mostly lame sci-fi from newcomer Wyatt Rockefeller. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
B Val (2021) James Verniere Look into the mirror that is Val. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
B Joe Bell (2020) James Verniere Was Mark Wahlberg the right person to play Joe Bell? EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
B Old (2021) James Verniere Up to his Old tricks alright. But the cast makes it work, sort of. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
C+ Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) James Verniere Jane Wick and not a very good copy. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
B The Simpsons Movie (2007) James Verniere The film is no Truffle Hunters. But Cage keeps it watchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
A- Summertime (2020) James Verniere A spoken word In the Heights, a more diversified La La Land a la La Ronde. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
A- Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) James Verniere He was the peripatetic high priest of followers who reveled in his journeys and his love of food and drink. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
B+ Last Night in Rozzie (2021) James Verniere Gannet, who also helmed a short version of Last Night in Rozzie, makes some odd choices. But he is great with the cast, and they repay him with fine work. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
B+ Summer of 85 (2020) James Verniere Francois Ozon portrait of obsessive love affair has moments of unexpected power and transcendence. Felix Lefebvre shines as one of the young men in love. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
A- Rock, Paper and Scissors (2019) James Verniere A mad, dark "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" like family noir. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
A- Black Widow (2021) James Verniere A great feminist James Bond film. Johansson, Pugh, Weisz, Harbour and Winstone are great. Aussie director Cate Shortland is a find. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
C+ The Tomorrow War (2021) James Verniere Chris Pratt's dad saves the world in derivative sci-fi effort that is 2 hours and 20 minutes long. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
A- Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) James Verniere Remember Woodstock? How about the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969? No, you don't. With the aid of tapes sitting in a basement ofr 50 years, Questlove has remedied that. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
C- America: The Motion Picture (2021) James Verniere Oh, say, can you see how unfunny this dumb, animated film is? Our founding fathers as ass-hat frat boys, complete with gay jokes. hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
C+ Werewolves Within (2021) James Verniere Based on a video game. When the werewolf finally shows up it looks like a sick collie. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
C+ The Ice Road (2021) James Verniere Jonathan Hensleigh thriller has so many nick of time escapes it becomes comical. Looks like a tough shoot, though. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
B- Lansky (2021) James Verniere Keitel is good. But this is like The Irishman's little underachieving brother. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
B F9 The Fast Saga (2021) James Verniere Cast has chemistry and charisma. Stunts are fun. But 2 hours and 25 minutes just too long. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
A- The Sparks Brothers (2021) James Verniere Before Talking Heads there was the Sparks Brothers. See Edgar Wright's amusing, heartfelt portrait of cult band. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
A- Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) James Verniere A fitting tribute to a true American icon and EGOT winner. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
C+ The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) James Verniere Cast is fun at times. But a meaningless sequel that amounts to a big nothing. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
C+ Queen Bees (2021) James Verniere A TV movie. How did Loretta Divine not kill these writers? EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
A- Holler (2020) James Verniere "Holler" transforms hard luck story set in Rust Belt Ohio into tale of transcendence. Jessica Barden soars as young heroine, who dreams of college. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
B+ Akilla's Escape (2020) James Verniere Superfly is back in the form of Saul Williams' Akilla Brown. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
A- In the Heights (2021) James Verniere West Side Story without the Jets. Lin-Manuel Miranda lyrics have a Walt Whitman vibe. Cast is full of breakout turns. Dance skills are crazy. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
B Undine (2020) James Verniere A flawed, but worthy effort from Christian Petzold. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
C The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) James Verniere The devil made them do it, all right. Ugh. My eyes. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
C+ Spirit Untamed (2021) James Verniere Why does this film have such an idiotic plot? A real nag. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
C A Quiet Place Part II (2021) James Verniere Okay, I will say it: These "A Quiet Place" films are idiotic, M. Night Shyamalan movies made by John Krasinski, starring his wife as a post-apocalyptic Mary Poppins. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
A- Cruella (2021) James Verniere A Dickensian fantasia and near musical with a soundtrack of '60s and '70s classics and a signature role for Emma Stone. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
A- Plan B (2021) James Verniere A foul-mouthed gem from director Natalie Morales of a female-bonding film about young women in search of a day after pill. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
B+ When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2019) James Verniere A truly unusual Holocaust era tale of a family trying to survive the rise of the Nazis. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
B+ Dream Horse (2020) James Verniere Dream horse is like every underdog race horse movie you have ever seen. But this one has Toni Collette and fine supporting cast. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
A- The Dry (2021) James Verniere A Faulknerian climate-change film noir with a smoldering Eric Bana, what is not to like? EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
A- Drunk Bus (2020) James Verniere The funniest film in America at this moment. Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa are a great comedy team. Do not miss this. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
B The Boy from Medellín (2020) James Verniere An engrossing portrait of elusive, global, music superstar. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
B Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) James Verniere A few credibility issues, Maleficent is one of them. But a fine ensemble cast and great visuals and action. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
C- Army Of The Dead (2021) James Verniere A talented cast. But a big bowl of zombie leftovers. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
B- The Woman in the Window (2021) James Verniere Hitchcock knockoff not very good. Adams runs around in unflattering schmattes explaining plot to us. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
B- Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) James Verniere Michael B. Jordan lends his intensity and credibility to a film that does not entirely deserve them. Action scenes are very well-directed. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
A- The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) James Verniere Impressive work from the co-directors...fine and inventive mix of comedy, sci-fi drama and family road movie. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
B+ Percy Vs Goliath (2020) James Verniere Christopher Walken plays Canadian farmer, who takes on multinational corporation. Yes, not much suspense. But it's a nice film. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2021
B+ In The Earth (2021) James Verniere In the Earth evokes our fear of what lurks behind the next tree. Blackwood, Hawthorne and the Blair Witch Project folk would approve. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2021
B- Mortal Kombat (2021) James Verniere The Mortal Kombat film bar is low. But this gory entry clears it thanks in large part to fine cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2021
B+ Together Together (2021) James Verniere Ed Helms and Patti Harrison's awkward chemistry and comic chops make this a charming pregnancy comedy work. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2021