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Rating Title/Year Author
Sepia Cinderella (1947) Joe Cohen Arthur Leonard's directorial pace is okay, but much speed has been lost in the editing with inclusion of. unnecessary dramatic sequences and running together of too many musical sessions at one time. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Am I Guilty? (1940) Herb Golden Guilty, made in Hollywood, has a neatly-turned and adult story (despite its slightly trite vein), excellent acting and neat production values. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Miracle in Harlem (1948) Joe Cohen The musical numbers are better handled than is the story. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
The Little Things (2021) Owen Gleiberman Too often, though, it's the big things that this movie doesn't get right. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Reform School (1939) Variety Staff The several hundred theatres catering to Negro patrons have a good bet in this one, with Louise Beavers heading an all-Negro cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
The Bar Sinister (1917) Variety Staff Under this title Edgar Lewis has produced an eight-reel drama of the South In a manner which, aside from the interest of the story, is bound to attract attention. The photography, by Edward C. Earle, shows some marvelously beautiful pictures EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
Palmer (2021) Peter Debruge Take out a few "gritty" details that account for the film's R rating, and "Palmer" is formulaic enough to pass for a faith-based movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
Dara of Jasenovac (2020) Jay Weissberg Thinly disguised propaganda, cynically using the Holocaust to push a troubling nativist agenda. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
Leap (2020) Jessica Kiang Despite a hefty runtime and some unimpeachably glossy craft, the film is a mis-hit spike, delivering far less penetration than its toned, muscular surface promises. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
My Favorite War (2020) Alissa Simon Combines distinctive cutout animation with family photos and archival footage to forge a look at an authoritarian society through a young girl's eyes. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The Dry (2021) Richard Kuipers The barren earth surrounding a drought-stricken Aussie town provides fertile ground for mystery, suspense and punchy emotional drama in "The Dry." EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Peter Debruge Levinson has written "Malcolm & Marie" like a punchy, too-articulate-for-2am play, one that unfolds almost in real time over the course of the evening, but it's the performers who keep all the sparring from feeling staged. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
No Man's Land (2021) Lisa Kennedy "No Man's Land" has a sturdy ensemble and moments of understated warmth, but what remains striking is how much narrative effort goes into teaching one character about empathy. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Owen Gleiberman As satire, "Psycho Goreman" is no "Planet Terror," but it's a droll enough schlock-in-quote-marks diversion, and part of its appeal is just how damn cheap it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Brothers by Blood (2020) Peter Debruge Casual viewers, unwilling to sit through 90 minutes that feel like three hours, won't find much interest in such a somber, slow-burn approach... EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Turksib (1929) Variety Staff The picture is well photographed and is excellent, pictorially, but It is strictly an educational of the well-known category and would be effective if clipped to short length. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
My Rembrandt (2019) Owen Gleiberman "My Rembrandt" is loose and exploratory - a series of portraits of those obsessed with Rembrandt portraits. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013) Leslie Felperin Green also offers a nuanced, thoughtful portrait of courageous if sometimes muddle-headed women fighting on the side of the angels. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
Blithe Spirit (2020) Guy Lodge A tin-eared, lumpen-footed, almost perversely unfunny new spin on Noël Coward's breezy 1940s farce... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
Skyfire (2019) Richard Kuipers It's no great leap forward in filmmaking, but the big-budget disaster movie "Skyfire" does prove that China is now capable of producing its own brand of utterly preposterous and enjoyably trashy popcorn entertainment for a global audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
The Dig (2021) Peter Debruge It rather poetically places the turbulence of the then-present conflict within the perspective of the millennia of human experience that have come before. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Memories of Matsuko (2006) Russell Edwards Helmer has a lot of cynical fun at his subject's expense along the way, but pic's bid for near-religious significance in the sentimental finale is as either a misfired joke or as phony as a 3,000 yen bill. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Interns (1962) Variety Staff The film somehow succeeds in depicting the average intern as some kind of a Hippocratic oaf. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Nine Hours to Rama (1963) Variety Staff At the core, this dramatization of circumstances surrounding the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi is an achievement of insight and impact. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Locked Down (2021) Owen Gleiberman "Locked Down," at times, generates an uneasy mixture of intimacy and showiness, yet it's a kick to watch a couple of actors who are this terrific pull out all the stops. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Outside the Wire (2021) Peter Debruge An alarmist rise-of-the-machines premise points to a "Terminator"-like future, with very different results, in this serviceable sci-fi war movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
American Dream (2021) Guy Lodge Kaminski takes a... dour, no-nonsense approach to what could be a cheerfully all-nonsense story - as if stripping junk food of its fat - and this "American Dream" dies somewhere in the impasse. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Mauritanian (2021) Peter Debruge "The Mauritanian" delivers the shock, outrage and ultimate comeuppance that audiences expect... EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
The Marksman (2021) Owen Gleiberman Lorenz stages the action with a convincing ebb and flow, but thanks to an undercooked script what happens in between is mostly boilerplate. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Grizzly II. Revenge (2020) Dennis Harvey "Revenge" makes glaringly clear that the connective glue which holds together most movies' basic elements never got applied. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy (2021) Owen Gleiberman The movie takes us back and also forward, into the sadder and wiser present day, when we can now see how crack changed the culture. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
Redemption Day (2021) Joe Leydon If "Redemption Day" were any more generic, the first thing you'd see on screen would be a bar code in place of opening credits. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
If Not Now, When? (2021) Lisa Kennedy It's not groundbreaking but, written by Bass, the movie serves as a fine reminder of the pleasures of a female-focused story with the stuff of adulthood at its core. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
Blizzard of Souls (2019) Alissa Simon A naïve teenager comes of age amid the carnage of World War I's Eastern Front in this propulsive adaptation of Aleksandrs Grins' 1934 patriotic classic "Blizzard of Souls." EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Owen Gleiberman "The White Tiger" is a tale of beating the steepest odds, and for much of the film Bahrani is in full, boisterous command as a storyteller. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Elizabeth is Missing (2019) Caroline Framke Jackson is tremendous -- the walking embodiment of a desperate snarl. For as solid as the film's production is, it's hard to imagine Elizabeth Is Missing hanging together without an actor as ferociously good as Jackson anchoring it. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Everything for a Reason (2000) Lael Loewenstein An earnest, intermittently charming romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Asia (2020) Guy Lodge From Daniella Nowitz's muted, intimately lit lensing to the plaintive, judiciously used piano strains of Karni Postel's score, every formal element of "Asia" serves to illustrate and enrich the tricky, evolving relationship at its center... EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Babenco: Tell Me When I Die (2019) Guy Lodge As a two-way study of love and art shared between spouses with little time left, "Tell Me When I Die" is elegant and affecting, with even its most enigmatic flourishes and asides telling us something of the relationship at hand. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
We Can Be Heroes (2020) Owen Gleiberman The get-a-load-of-this facetiousness of "We Can Be Heroes" feels a bit rote, like the child-lite version of a "Men in Black" escapade crossed with wisps of nostalgia for "The Goonies." EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
My Octopus Teacher (2020) Guy Lodge "My Octopus Teacher" never loses our goodwill: If we wind up wishing it had a little less man and a little more beast, that only serves its cause. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
The Beatles: Get Back (2021) Jen Aswad It's like finding a box of old photographs, or hearing a story that shows how much your aunt and uncle really did love each other, or how cool your mom was. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Toorbos (2020) Guy Lodge A satisfying marriage of folky period romance and environmental parable from the misty, mossy depths of South Africa's Knysna forest region... EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
The Bloodhound (2020) Dennis Harvey Those with an affinity for genre material in a cryptic, ascetic arthouse mode may fall under its chilly spell, and even those who don't may be curious to see what this writer-director does next. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
() Tomris Laffly Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar engagingly look back into the '70s for the roots of the movement that inspired a Hollywood hit and the famous Dolly Parton song. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Fatale (2020) Dennis Harvey A diverting night's watch, if not much more. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Giving Voice (2020) Valerie Complex This isn't a film about winners and losers. The coaches and judges instill in the contestants that trying your best is still a great achievement. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
The Joy Luck Club (1993) Todd McCarthy The film contributes a strong and exceedingly rare view of a different cultural experience to the American screen, and in a way that will reach a wide public. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Modern Persuasion (2020) Guy Lodge Both too innocuous and too flatly imagined to stir much feeling either way. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Monster Hunter (2020) Peter Debruge Very little of "Monster Hunter" makes sense, but it's visually interesting at least and not un-fun to stream at home with a friend, asking questions and cracking jokes along the way. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020