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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Ann Hornaday Even when Talbot and Fails risk unraveling the film's most cherished verities, they do so with the mesmerizing grace of a skateboard gliding down Lombard Street. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 Shaft (2019) Kristen Page-Kirby "Shaft" is also funny, with a sharp, fast-paced humor (though one transphobic joke is a tone-deaf clunker). And it's always enjoyable to watch Jackson walking around while dropping f-bombs (and mother-f-bombs) all over the place. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Michael O'Sullivan It's a serviceable if unremarkable diversion from the real world, not a trip through it, despite its name. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
1.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Ann Hornaday The absurdism wears gratingly thin in "The Dead Don't Die," whose deadpan tone gives way to tiresome, grindingly repetitive inertia. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/4 American Woman (2018) Michael O'Sullivan Miller's Deb grows on you - strong, capable, grounded yet ready to take flight - as she emerges from the chrysalis of grief, a butterfly. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/4 5B (2018) Pat Padua "5B" is ultimately about survival, and the struggle at its center is undeniably a heartbreaking one. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5/4 Ghost Fleet (2018) Alan Zilberman By tackling their stories - and what they've endured - head on, it makes its point, leaving a bad taste in your mouth about that discounted tuna at your neighborhood supermarket. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3.5/4 Late Night (2019) Ann Hornaday Like all comedians worth their salt, Kaling sets out to kill - but with kindness. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2.5/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Kristen Page-Kirby Despite its humor - and despite some genuinely aww-inspiring moments - "The Secret Life of Pets 2" is kind of forgettable. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Pat Padua "Echo" recalls a fertile era in the history of American pop music. But all too often, it wanders out of the very canyon that defines it. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/4 La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Ann Hornaday When Pierre-Paul enjoys a gentle S&M scenario with Camille, while also quoting Plato's dialogues, "The Fall of the American Empire" reaches peak eyeroll-inducing wish fulfillment. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Michael O'Sullivan There's way too much darkness, and not enough quicksilver wit. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Rather, the screenplay - which was co-written by Wong and Par.k, with help from Michael Golamco - settles into a relaxed groove that allows its main characters to play at what they do best EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/4 Ma (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "Ma" can, in the right frame of mind, be great fun. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Hau Chu Unfortunately, "Monsters" tries a little too hard to correct course from what some saw as its predecessor's flaws. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) Hank Stuever Oddly,... "Running With Beto" is most compelling when O'Rourke isn't in it. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 Walking on Water (2018) Michael O'Sullivan Rather than focus on the engineering and logistics of "Piers," which actually sound really intriguing, the filmmaker trains his camera on general bickering and whining instead to an almost unpleasant degree. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
1.5/4 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Mark Jenkins The movie's ending could be called a twist. But it's really more of a belly flop. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
() George F. Will If better use has ever been made of television, I have not seen it and do not expect to see better until Ken Burns turns his prodigious talents to his next project. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Immortal Beloved (1994) Desson Thomson For all the story's illicit passion, creative reveries, detective-like investigation and twist ending, Immortal Beloved is episodically slow and surprisingly flat. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Immortal Beloved (1994) Rita Kempley A turgid affair with a palette that recalls used Ace bandages. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 Aladdin (2019) Michael O'Sullivan To borrow Dalia's description of Genie's courtship skills, this earnest but awkward "Aladdin" is "clumsy, but in a charming sort of way." EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 Double Lives (2018) Ann Hornaday "Is it good?" is a question repeatedly asked throughout "Non-Fiction." When it comes to the myriad subjects at hand, the debate rages on. As for the movie itself, the answer is a resounding yes. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Ann Hornaday As "Booksmart" takes its shape, albeit haphazardly, Wilde's filmmaking skills become more and more evident, bursting forth in a third act that builds into something beautiful and even transcendent. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Gary Arnold The film is an entertaining chronicle of Holly's brief but productive and influential career as a pioneering rock 'n' roll composer and singer. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
() Hank Stuever That turned out to be the true challenge for everyone involved - were they in this for real or just for kicks? Was there a way to honor their characters as they were and yet somehow innovate a little? Or was it just a game of dress-up and pretend? EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/4 The Souvenir (2019) Michael O'Sullivan It's hard to shake "The Souvenir." EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
2.5/4 The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Pat Padua The film has more than enough true material to fuel an effective thriller, but director Aviva Kempner doesn't quite manage to bring this fascinating figure to life. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
1/4 A Dog's Journey (2019) Kristen Page-Kirby The love we share with our canine companions is one of the simplest emotions there is, and to build an entire film around manipulating that love is lazy storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is neither subtle nor thoughtful. It is, arguably, a nasty piece of work. But, like its hero, it knows what it does best, and it does it - however paradoxical this may sound - beautifully. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Pat Padua [Y]ou don't have to be a lovesick adolescent to fall, just a little, for its goofy energy. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 All Is True (2018) Ann Hornaday [A]n intriguing speculative drama about the playwright's final years. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Michael O'Sullivan "Trial by Fire" never really stirs up much outrage or sadness, although it tries. It's a good story, not a great one, that generates fire, but no heat. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3/4 Isha Ovedet (2018) Vanessa H. Larson Although commendably relatable, the story line at times feels too familiar, save for later scenes in which Orna makes some choices that lead to a (mostly) satisfying ending. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2/4 Photograph (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Sometimes, less isn't more, but - as in this case - not quite enough. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) Richard Harrington Director Penelope Spheeris neither champions, patronizes nor condescends to the participants' stylized fury. The result is a film that will appeal equally to the furious and the curious, assuming that both enter the arena with an open mind. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Kristen Page-Kirby It seems that when you take a little yellow creature with a heart of gold and turn him into a soft-boiled detective, something special is in the cards. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/4 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Pat Padua "Wild Nights" goes too far at times, threatening to reduce the writer's life to the punchline of a literary version of Rodney Dangerfield: She got no respect. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2/4 Tolkien (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "Tolkien" is anodyne enough that no one should be terribly upset by it, let alone deeply moved in any other way. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/4 Rafiki (2018) Ann Hornaday For its formal simplicity and directness, "Rafiki" is a small revelation, not least because it marks the breakthrough of a filmmaker of such exhilarating, cheerfully courageous vision. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 Shadow (2018) Michael O'Sullivan In the end, "Shadow" suffers from a kind of shallow narcissism. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 Dogman (2018) Ann Hornaday "Dogman" begins as a compelling morality tale about the price of loyalty and personal compromise, but turns out to be a strangely indeterminate - and numbingly familiar - portrait of human nature at its most bestial and self-defeating. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 UglyDolls (2019) Michael O'Sullivan UglyDolls are already adorable. You don't have to work that hard to convince anyone. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Hesburgh (2018) Ann Hornaday This moving, illuminating slice of American life and social history serves as a stirring example that we should all do much better. And we can start right now. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/4 Knock Down the House (2019) Kristen Page-Kirby Luckily, that show isn't a bad one. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/4 Long Shot (2019) Ann Hornaday "Long Shot" ultimately can't escape its male wish-fulfillment roots. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Ann Hornaday Thank goodness "Be Natural" is here to set a brilliant, distinguished, invaluable record straight. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/4 The White Crow (2018) Alan Zilberman While the details of Nureyev's 1961 defection in Paris are thrilling, the film falls into the trap of many historical dramas, rendering the story as surprisingly clunky, especially considering the nimbleness of its subjects. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
3/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Pat Padua For the most part, White... simply gets out of his subject's way, letting her win you over with her sunny demeanor. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
0.5/4 The Intruder (2019) Michael O'Sullivan There is a faintly greenish fuzz of bread mold at the edges of every frame of this stale exercise in psychological horror. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019