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Rating Title/Year Author
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Dave Kaufman Nothing would seen to be farther apart than nuclear war and comedy, yet Kubrick's caper eloquently tackles a Fail-Safe subject with a light touch. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Owen Gleiberman "Carmine Street Guitars" is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Peter Debruge [DaCosta] intuitively reveals a deeper dimension to both of her heroines by taking an extra beat at the beginning or end of scenes to observe their faces when no one else is watching. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
() Jessica Kiang Much of "The Last to See Them" feels less like dramatization than reconstruction - less drama than diorama - yet it remains unclear just why these mundane actions warrant such minute recreation. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Nureyev (2018) Owen Gleiberman To plunge into this saga, especially if you don't know it, and to see what it was that made Rudolf Nureyev onstage such a furious and transporting poet-of-the-body, is to be at once moved and awed. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
() Jessica Kiang Starts out buoyantly inventive but quickly turns grating, its one-joke premise wearing thinner as the grotesquerie is layered on thicker. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Idol (2019) Jessica Kiang This fallen "Idol" takes an early tumble and spends the rest of an unnecessary 144 minutes getting hopelessly tangled in the safety net. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Kalank (2019) Joe Leydon A lavish but ponderous Bollywood extravaganza that springs to life during a few exuberantly over-the-top production numbers. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Stuck (2017) Eddie Cockrell A modest achievement that benefits from a lot of heart and not being like anything else out there. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Dennis Harvey Its mix of the poetical, repugnant, and phantasmagorical will weave a singular spell for more adventuresome, arthouse-friendly viewers. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Courtney Howard Someone Great services the head and heart in equal measure, hitting home the poignant profundity of Robinson's portrait of female friendship and fortitude. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
() Courtney Howard This animated adaptation of John Bunyan's timeless allegory doesn't so much surprise as it does reaffirm faith during gloomy times. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Chris Willman What's documented here is surely the first concert in history you could imagine Cecil B. DeMille and W.E.B. Du Bois being equally proud of. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Joe Leydon Deftly employing the power of suggestion and an emotionally potent sound design, "Body at Brighton Rock" is a well-crafted thriller with some crafty tricks up its sleeve. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
() Joe Leydon A wildly uneven but occasionally insightful drama about not-so-innocent bystanders in the orbit of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
() Nick Schager The film's finely crafted serenity is in keeping with its main character's secluded state of affairs, and mind. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Mine 9 (2019) Guy Lodge Mensore's film aims chiefly to highlight the typical plight of an American underclass that rarely gets big-screen attention. That it does with honesty and conviction, if not a great deal of inspiration. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
Guava Island (2019) Peter Debruge Plugs squarely into the zeitgeist, answering conflict with a call for love. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Mia and the White Lion (2018) Courtney Howard Despite a heartfelt sentiment, and the filmmakers' desire to raise awareness about an abhorrent practice, packaging it in a family-friendly narrative proves to be problematic. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Penguin Highway (2018) Peter Debruge An irresistibly out-there mystery that plays like a cross between "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Stranger Things," if either of those influences' sense of horror were replaced with wonder... EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
After (2019) Owen Gleiberman An innocuous teen pulp soap opera that flirts with "danger" but, in fact, keeps surprising you with how mild and safe and predictable it turns out to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
William (2019) Dennis Harvey Tim Disney's film strikes a bland compromise between science-fantasy, suspense-melodrama and family entertainment, developing no element to a level that generates more than mild interest. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Professor and the Madman (2019) Jay Weissberg Gibson is fine; it's everything else that doesn't work. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
() Joe Leydon Jeremy Teicher's offbeat charmer is an artful mix of documentary-style realism and wistful romanticism. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) Richard Kuipers Despite his skimpily defined character, Zhang hits the mark as a likable guy who's trying to put violence behind him and lay inner demons to rest. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Owen Gleiberman It's lunging to be a badass hard-R epic, but it's basically a pile of origin-story gobbledygook, frenetic and undercooked, full of limb-hacking, eye-gouging monster battles as well as an atmosphere of apocalyptic grunge that signifies next to nothing. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Little (2019) Peter Debruge Consistently funny if all-around a bit too familiar... EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
A Dark Place (2018) Dennis Harvey The result is diverting enough, yet ends up more a mildly offbeat time-filler than something memorable. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Breakthrough (2019) Owen Gleiberman "Breakthrough"... presents itself as the true story of a modern miracle. But it's also a portrait of what religious faith looks like when there's no pesky doubt to get in the way. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Volcano (2018) Alissa Simon An impressively shot drama marbled with welcome notes of absurdist comedy and wry humor... EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Owen Gleiberman The movie's petty folly - its failure of imagination and morality - is that it actually goes out of its way to turn the Manson murders into schlock horror. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Blowin' Up (2018) Nick Schager With intimate access and a sharp eye for small details and big ideas, it's an eye-opening documentary that deserves an audience... EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Owen Gleiberman A rock-solid movie: squarely deliberate, a little long and predictable, but honest and thoughtful enough, precise in its period and locale, with very strong performances. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Billboard (2019) Scott Tobias Zelker's three-ring circus of digital and social-media content needs a compelling main event, and this movie seems unlikely to inspire many to check out the supplementary materials. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Peter Debruge As proof that humans can evolve... "Missing Link" makes a most excellent case. And that doesn't even count the cutting-edge technology required to pull of such a hyper-detailed and visually dazzling feat as this. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
() Guy Lodge It aims for the heart and hits with some force. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
() Joe Leydon An absorbing documentary about a real-life rampage that often plays like the dark side of '70s rural revenge thrillers. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Fourth Direction (2016) Jay Weissberg In the end, Tommy the dog makes the most emotional impact; surely that wasn't the direction the helmer meant to follow. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Charlotte a du fun (2018) Peter Debruge Lorain's film challenges traditional gender roles in such a way that's surface-level entertaining but also deep enough to inspire a college term paper or two. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Chaperone (2018) Owen Gleiberman It's a small-scale movie, and no harm in that, but it's tidy and stagy in a fusty middlebrow way. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
Unplanned (2019) Owen Gleiberman "Unplanned" preaches to the pro-life choir, and it does so by making a case against abortion that's absolutist and extreme, at certain points twisting "facts" into a narrative of conspiracy. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Last (2019) Peter Debruge There's something undeniably fearless in Lipsky's filmmaking, which makes virtually no concessions to his audience. Still, he seems to have chosen the wrong medium to express himself, and it's becoming all too clear that he's not improving with practice. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Super Deluxe (2019) Joe Leydon Thiagarajan Kumararaja's unstable mix of dark comedy, brutal thriller and Douglas Sirkian melodrama is shamelessly excessive but undeniably entertaining. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Longest Night (2019) Jessica Kiang This might be a truthful reflection of the Hydra-like nature of the Ecuadorian sex-slave trade, and indeed of human trafficking worldwide, but feels like a squandered opportunity for a more provocative investigation. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
() Jessica Kiang It's... unmistakable energy and unconcealed filmmaking glee, rather than any particularly strong narrative instinct that marks Arroyave as one to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
American Relapse (2019) Nick Schager Captures the recurring nightmare of substance abuse, which makes enduring the unthinkable (homelessness, prostitution, crime, death) an inevitable facet of one's day-to-day. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
The Godfathers of Hardcore (2017) Roy Trakin Godfathers follows the two as they go about their business, with several scenes juxtaposing their youth to their current status as grizzled vets, their longtime punk outsider status morphed into as normal a middle-class existence. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) Variety Staff For Eastwood fans, the essential elements are there. Lots of people get beat up, Eastwood walks tall and looks nasty, cars are crashed. James Fargo directs limply. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
The Wiz (1978) Variety Staff Director Sidney Lumet has created what amounts to a love letter to the city of New York, which he equates with Oz. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Owen Gleiberman It transforms a miraculous tale into a routine story by weighing it down with a lot of nuts and bolts it didn't need. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019