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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 The Call of the Wild (2020) Brian Truitt If you've heard of the uncanny valley for digital humans, this is the uncanny doghouse. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
2/4 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Brian Truitt The film is fine, familiar fare for gamers and children: Sonic sprints, Carrey mugs, but the creative juices run out quickly. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Brian Truitt The latest DC superhero movie isn't quite a solo jam for Harley, nor has she gone straight, but it is an entertaining lark that introduces a few good women - and four-letter curse words - into the canon of Superman and Batman. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/4 The Rhythm Section (2020) Brian Truitt Even the twists seem painfully ordinary. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/4 Dolittle (2020) Brian Truitt While his Welsh accent is a little all over the place, Downey takes naturally to the wild style and quirky persona of a dude who talks to animals, though most everything else about "Dolittle" just doesn't measure up to its A-list star. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Brian Truitt A retro affair tailor-made for those who adored the action movies of the 1990s. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Brian Truitt Even if often predictable, Cretton's engaging drama overcomes its shortcomings with watchable empathy and grace. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Cats (2019) David Oliver The movie is outlandish and sexual and confusing. But that doesn't make it a bad movie. In fact, I'm going to call it a good movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Ed Symkus It all ends up to be a film in which both Sandler and the Safdies are pulling out all the stops, and it works. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
() Bill Keveney A good effort that couldn't match the earlier venture's magic. But at least the show did go on. You never know what will happen with live TV. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 Cats (2019) Brian Truitt A bunch of well-known celebrities get turned into singing, scenery-chewing digital kitties in the utterly absurd yet oddly charming movie musical version of the Broadway hit. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Brian Truitt After paying homage to everything that came before, this "Star Wars" ending is a too-safe landing of a massive pop-culture starship, and a spectacular finale that misses a chance to forge something special. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 1917 (2019) Brian Truitt The film proves once again that war is hell, but the aftermath can be just as visceral and thoughtful. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/4 Bombshell (2019) Brian Truitt While uneven at times, the film is similarly sharp and savvy as director Jay Roach's other political fare, "Game Change" and "Recount." EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) Brian Truitt [Johnson] brilliantly reinvented crime noir with a high-school bent in his 2006 directorial debut "Brick," and "Knives Out" marries the problem-solving of Sherlock and Columbo with the nuttiness of "Clue." EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 The Two Popes (2019) Brian Truitt Hopkins and Pryce have sensational chemistry and are rather heavenly inhabiting their character arcs, which power this pious take on "Frost/Nixon." EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/4 Little Women (2019) Brian Truitt A tremendously resonant, sometimes heartbreaking and always entertaining hoot. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
21 Bridges (2019) Brian Truitt Boseman stands out per usual and also finds a way to elevate the material - in this case, a fairly standard cop movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 Frozen II (2019) Brian Truitt While a joyful noise is being made unto the fjord yeti again and the sisters still rule, "Frozen 2" doesn't have the same pizzazz as the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Brian Truitt No matter if you're not into speedy vehicles and sports movies: Mangold's film is a testament to taking on The Man - in this case, a Detroit auto powerhouse - and having a buddy's back even when he hits you with a loaf of Wonder Bread. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) Kelly Lawler It was a solid, full-throated effort by the actors and chorus members, but a spectacular failure of a live TV event that couldn't get past its own awkwardness. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Brian Truitt Like the "Saving Private Ryan" of divorce dramedies... EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Brian Truitt "Dark Fate" ultimately blows up any chance for innovative storytelling with rehashed plot points and reheated signature moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Brian Truitt It's nothing to go channeling your inner Jack Nicholson and chopping through doors. But Flanagan's "Doctor Sleep" respects both King's and Kubrick's visions while letting a rising horror master go his own way, too. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Brian Truitt Since 1973's "Mean Streets," Scorsese has proven over and over to be a master of the gangster film, and "The Irishman" has everything a crime lover would want, from violence and tension to an intriguing mundaneness. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brian Truitt As much as it makes you laugh, Waititi's must-watch effort is a warm hug of a movie that just so happens to have a lot of important things to say. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Brian Truitt Jolie's magnetism, plus the way she toes the line between being a fairy version of Batman and a menacing mistress of not-quite-evil-but-pretty-close, is why these "Maleficent" movies work. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/4 Gemini Man (2019) Brian Truitt The movie shoots for the moon with an intriguing dual-role conceit but wildly misses the mark. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 Parasite (2019) Brian Truitt "Parasite" attaches to you and doesn't let go. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Brian Truitt "Lucy" comes from such an oddball scandal, yet it rockets past the inherent weirdness at its core and settles for banality. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Brian Truitt "Joker" is on the surface the origin of a supervillain but more subtly an exploration of empathy and the personal impact of a society devoid of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Brian Truitt It might be a little too early to start engraving golden men, but Zellweger proves as vital as ever in her most essential role. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 Ad Astra (2019) Brian Truitt Pitt is undoubtedly luminous as the brightest star of "Ad Astra," an engaging and even hopeful exploration about the consistency of human feelings, no matter where you are in the galaxy. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Brian Truitt "The Goldfinch" tries hard to be a masterwork like the painting that shares its title but ends up feeling more like a forgery. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Brian Truitt Hanks feels so right in the role from the beginning. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Brian Truitt An enjoyable, empowering extravaganza of physical humor, clever scriptwriting, exquisite fashion and scantily clad underdogs. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Brian Truitt Dolemite is like six "SNL" personas in one, and they're all a hoot. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Brian Truitt Skarsgard finds new ways to totally freak you out, even in a surprisingly human fashion. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3.5/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Brian Truitt It'll remind you of the importance of chasing dreams and loving yourself as well as others. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (2019) Jennifer McClellan It's a refreshing way to teach kids, not only because there are jokes instead of a list of dry facts, but because the subjects aren't the usual suspects. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) Brian Truitt "The Kitchen" blunders a real chance to cook up something fresh and is undone by derivative dialogue and a muddled plot that trips on the line between black comedy and brutal crime drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Brian Truitt "Hobbs & Shaw" checks all the boxes for the rousing, over-the-top ludicrousness you'd expect from a cinematic universe where there's never been an abundance of believability. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Brian Truitt With an obsessive sense of detail, the result is an L.A. where fiction and reality blur together to form a magnificent locale only Tarantino could concoct. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 The Lion King (2019) Brian Truitt Director Jon Favreau's visually wowing update stuns the senses with photorealistic animals and an immersive African landscape, all courtesy of game-changing, incredible visual effects. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) Brian Truitt While not as unpredictable or unforgettable an effort as "Hereditary," Aster's follow-up is similarly hard to shake as you ponder its metaphors and meanings. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Brian Truitt [D]irector Jon Watts' sequel isn't as tightly focused or effortlessly charming as 2017's "Homecoming," yet it continues Holland's amazing Spidey run and introduces Jake Gyllenhaal in his top-notch first comic-book role. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Brian Truitt Just like Pixar's previous animated hits, "Toy Story 4" aims to leave you a weeping mess. This chapter at least piles on the emotional deluge at the end after plenty of adventures, laughs and one nutty road trip. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Brian Truitt "Late Night" doesn't go for cheap laughs, but instead wields incisive barbs to successfully make its point. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Brian Truitt The movie feels small for something with such humongous, universe-shattering stakes - and not in a good way. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Brian Truitt While it delivers on the sheer brutal beauty of a beast-on-beast tussle, it's a colossal misstep in several ways, from ludicrous dialogue to thin characters to ridiculous plot turns. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019