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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Brian Truitt Supes and Bats will never die, but in Shazam, a character who's been around for seven decades and is only now breaking through into the mainstream, youngsters have a new family-friendly hero to call their own. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
() Carly Mallenbaum Schumer's openness on the topic of autism, like her candor discussing menstruation and settling down in her 30s, is new territory for her and disarming for her fans. These aren't sex jokes; they're better. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/4 Us (2019) Brian Truitt Peele is this generation's Hitchcock, for sure, but also a true American original with introspective themes in hand and suspense to spare. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Brian Truitt If you dig shoot-'em-up sequences, "Triple Frontier" has plenty and they're often the default. Yet what it does well - though not enough - is introduce the complicated motivations of characters and what's led them to this somewhat impossible mission. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Brian Truitt Minds a fine line between in-depth character study and offbeat romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Brian Truitt Although Larson's heroine is still a work in progress, "Captain Marvel" lays a solid foundation to follow her wherever she flies next. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 Climax (2018) Brian Truitt "Climax" strives (and mostly succeeds) to be the nuttiest, trippiest dance party you'll ever attend. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Brian Truitt The results are what one might expect from two nerd gods of filmmaking: a visually stunning computer-generated heroine, impressive futuristic world-building, and some seriously neat action scenes. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Brian Truitt Equals the zaniness of the fantastic first "Lego Movie" by giving most of its overflowing cast something to do, adding extra emotional layers with a live-action familial component, and doubling and tripling down on catchy songs. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/4 Miss Bala (2019) Brian Truitt With the perfect cinematic vehicle, Gina Rodriguez could be Hollywood's next A-list action heroine. "Miss Bala," unfortunately, is not it. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Rent Live (2019) Kelly Lawler Worse, it failed to create the deep, affecting emotion the musical is known for. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Brian Truitt "The Kid Who Would Be King" revitalizes the Arthurian legend for a new generation of film fans, with a family-friendly story as sharp as Excalibur's blade. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/4 Glass (2019) Brian Truitt It's a letdown, despite a good amount of emotional richness and occasional glimpses of greatness. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Ricky Gervais Live: Animals (2003) Erin Jensen It's likely some will interpret what the British comedian intends as wit to be wrongdoing instead. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/4 Destroyer (2018) Brian Truitt Kidman is the main draw here. In a modern noir about people unable to escape the darkness of their past, she's scary good as a tortured woman desperate for redemption yet too often finding herself on a path of destruction. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3.5/4 Vice (2018) Brian Truitt It's a strange little amalgamation that totally works. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Brian Truitt The scenes come alive even more thanks to Nicholas Britell's gorgeous score, laden with sweeping strings and brass melodies. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Brian Truitt While narratively no match for the classic Disney musical, the new "Mary" adds new songs and multitalented charisma machine Lin-Manuel Miranda to the mix for one undoubtedly comforting nostalgia-fest. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Brian Truitt Even with its flaws and struggles with originality, Aquaman is reminiscent of the early Marvel movies in its storytelling, best when taking wild swings instead of being an earnest superhero jam. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
2.5/4 Mortal Engines (2018) Brian Truitt The storytelling execution is just not totally there, a flat tire on the highway to being the next big thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 Ben Is Back (2018) Brian Truitt Starts like emotional gangbusters, loses its way a bit, yet finds a way home balancing gut-wrenching episodes and hopeful feelings. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Brian Truitt Two crazy-good actresses and a modern political resonance rule in the 16th-century period drama "Mary Queen of Scots," even if the film doesn't go all in on historical accuracy. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (2018) Kelly Lawler If Freeform is looking for more late 90s/early 2000s millennial fare to revive, may I suggest Disney Channel classics "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century" or "Smart House"? Just no more dolls. I shudder to think what "Life-Size 3" might bring. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Bill Keveney Overall, Wind magnificently displays Welles' filmmaking brilliance while baring the aging auteur's frailties and frustrations. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/4 Roma (2018) Brian Truitt An intriguing study in human dynamics and an exploration of how important certain people are who come into our lives during a formative time. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Brian Truitt It's a slightly insane, hilariously daring and often touching mashup of everything that makes super-flicks so darn popular with the introduction of a Spider-Man who's ready-made for today's generation of kids. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/4 Creed II (2018) Brian Truitt Although "Creed 2" doesn't have the same rousing magic as the last chapter, it offers intriguing parallel plots of fathers and sons trying to find redemption after loss. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Brian Truitt The film gamely tackles class and gender themes, as well as partisan politics, in its tale of women behaving badly and men being nitwits. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Overlord (2018) Brian Truitt It helps to be in the mood for a period Nazi zombie shoot-'em-up but it's very successful at being a bit of fun and bloody counterprogramming. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Brian Truitt You'll LOL, you'll cry-emoji, you'll never look at a pop-up ad the same way again. And while the new "Ralph" falls short of the original's brilliance, any adventure with the big oaf and his glitchy BFF is #winning. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 Green Book (2018) Brian Truitt It's the master class put on by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali that powers this moving and often hilarious work and gives it mass appeal. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/4 Widows (2018) Brian Truitt After watching what filmmaker Steve McQueen does with the heist drama in "Widows," give him free rein to take on whatever other tried-and-true (and somewhat rote) Hollywood genre he wants to transform into a piece of high art. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Brian Truitt As much as the new sequel bridges gaps to various "Potter" lineages and personalities, it also ties into real-world history in intriguing fashion. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Brian Truitt Makes for an entertaining dose of international intrigue. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/4 The Front Runner (2018) Brian Truitt You've heard of an October surprise. This is a November disappointment. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) Brian Truitt Even centered on something born of such hatred, the film still places love and redemption at its core. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) Kelly Lawler Most importantly, Sandler is clearly having fun. His spirit flows out of the special, and it reminds you of the Sandler we all used to love. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 Suspiria (2018) Brian Truitt "Suspiria" is bound to alienate some. Actually, probably many. However, those with a penchant for the new wave of psychological horror and a healthy respect for B-movie camp will love this thing to the crazy last dance. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Brian Truitt "Bohemian Rhapsody" the song is a sonic masterpiece and "Bohemian Rhapsody" the movie is just a conventional rock flick, one all too ordinary for a man and a band that exemplified the extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Brian Truitt "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" feels worn and lived in - in a good way - with a world of musty vintage tomes and bar-room desperation given emotional life through McCarthy and a super supporting turn from Richard E. Grant. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 Beautiful Boy (2018) Brian Truitt While the sometimes confusing non-linear narrative keeps the whole package from coming together, the first-rate acting more than makes up for it in the film based on the true experiences of David and Nic Sheff. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 First Man (2018) Brian Truitt Foy is key to Gosling's performance working and a linchpin for the movie's overall success. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
3.5/4 The Hate U Give (2018) Brian Truitt "Hate" brings up vital discussions for a society wrestling with a lack of empathy, understanding and tolerance. They're raising their voices with a cinematic megaphone, and it's our turn to listen. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
4/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Brian Truitt With their phenomenal "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper upend expectations and spectacularly freshen up a stock Hollywood story. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
2.5/4 Night School (2018) Brian Truitt Mostly predictable (though with a few pleasant swerves) and boasting a narrative that could be a lot tighter, "Night School" surprises by being an unexpectedly empathetic look at learning disabilities. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Brian Truitt If this is truly it in a cinema life well-lived, "Old Man" couldn't be a more perfect adieu... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Brian Truitt Black has turned himself into a family-friendly joy who's really fun to watch, and Blanchett complements him as both friend and paternal figure for Lewis. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
1.5/4 Life Itself (2018) Brian Truitt A stuffed turkey that wastes most of its noteworthy ingredients... EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 Halloween (2018) Brian Truitt A new coat of paint, even on a storied house of horrors such as "Halloween," can do wonders. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
70th Emmy Awards (2018) Kelly Lawler "Weekend Update" hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che's opening monologue was about as shaky and uneven as their "SNL" banter. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018