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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 The King (2019) Ann Hornaday What should be soaring is instead lugubrious; what should be a ripping good yarn is instead dutiful and a little bit dull. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/4 The Cave (2019) Ann Hornaday This extraordinary film allows viewers to bear witness to courage and dedication in their finest forms - and it offers a grim reminder that justice, mercy and healing have been driven underground for centuries. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Ann Hornaday A sprightly, attractively composed coming-of-age comedy set in World War II Germany, "Jojo Rabbit" is an audacious high-wire act. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/4 Western Stars (2019) Mark Jenkins It's basically a concert flick, with some extras. And those extras are not the best things in it. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/4 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Mark Lieberman To approach the grim subject matter, Ozon forgoes his trademark satirical wit and flamboyant style. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/4 The Current War (2017) Michael O'Sullivan Mostly, "The Current War" plays like an article in a scientific magazine - packed with nuggets of data but mostly devoid of psychological insight. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
2.5/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Mostly, it's just mindless fun, in the exact same way the first film was, even recycling Bill Murray, whose fatal cameo - as himself - 10 years ago was a highlight of the 2009 film. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Thomas Floyd In a cinematic age defined by the sequel, remake and reboot, this filmmaker's idiosyncratic vision represents a beacon of light shining through the mist. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3.5/4 Midnight Traveler (2019) Vanessa H. Larson In showing such a personal, unmeditated view of the global migration crisis through one family's story, "Midnight Traveler" is a timely, essential film. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Hau Chu Much like the Kims, a viewer can get lulled into luxuriating in the superficial details of the film. But it's what's lurking below the surface that will stay with you long after the movie is over. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
1.5/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Think twice about taking very young children - or even some susceptible adults - to this at-times shocking, if less than graphic, gloom-and-doom fest. But the worse sin is: It's boring. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Laundromat (2019) Ann Hornaday An intriguingly interpretive if scattershot and tonally uneven attempt to deconstruct the financial and legal arcana contained in the massive data-dump known as the Panama Papers. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Ann Hornaday [Murphy's] back, baby, in a performance so big and so generous that it virtually busts through the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
1/4 Gemini Man (2019) Thomas Floyd Unfortunately for Smith, Lee and the writing team, all of the computer-generated Botox in the world can't smooth over the wrinkles of dated storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
1/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Michael O'Sullivan In its ambitions, "Lucy in the Sky" seems at first glance to be a female answer to "Ad Astra," but it steadily devolves into something worthy of the Lifetime channel. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/4 () Ann Hornaday "Jim Allison: Breakthrough" offers an inspiring and heartening retort. Check it out. Take the kids. Go twice. Just see the dang thing. You won't regret it, and you'll never forget it. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.5/4 First Love (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "First Love" isn't art, by any means, but it's way more entertaining than it should be. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Ann Hornaday Like the anti-hero at its center, it's a movie trying so hard to be capital-b Big that it can't help looking small. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 Abominable (2019) Kristen Page-Kirby No, "Abominable" doesn't reinvent the wheel - but it does deliver a lovely ride. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "Moonlight" makes its points softly, but with resounding conviction. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Michael O'Sullivan There are easy laughs here... But the film is also surprisingly willing, at times, to confront its more troubling themes... to a degree that is almost offputtingly uncomfortable. That's not what's wrong with [it] but what's right about it. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Ann Hornaday "Judy" is just such a sturdy, dependable vehicle which, in this case, carries the precious cargo of Renée Zellweger in a dazzling portrayal of Judy Garland at the end of her life. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Ann Hornaday Matt Tyrnauer's absorbing documentary about the notorious New York fixer and mentor to Donald Trump, acts as a kind of cinematic begats... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Shining (1980) Lee Lescaze It's an interesting movie, but not the ultimate work in its genre that some expected from one of the great directors. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
1/4 Loro (2018) Ann Hornaday For all of Sorrentino's prodigious gifts as a scenarist, "Loro" is a disturbing movie, for all the wrong reasons and, despite its self-consciously arty pretensions, a breathtakingly callow one. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 Ms. Purple (2019) Michael O'Sullivan The empowerment trajectory of "Ms. Purple..." will surprise no one. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) Ann Hornaday In a mesmerizing, minimalist performance, Pitt forms the gravitational center of a film that takes its place in the firmament of science fiction films by fearlessly quoting classics of the genre (as well as those outside it). EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/4 Villains (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "Villains" isn't criminally bad, but, like Mickey and Jules and George and Gloria, it's a few sandwiches short of a picnic. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 Monos (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Violent, beautiful and powerfully watchable... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "Downton Abbey" is eye and ear candy of the highest order: rich and delicious, but not especially nutritious. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009) Roxana Hadadi While the storyline is a bit expected - this is Disney, after all, and siblings must get along while parents devotedly love them - it's the kids - acting and surprisingly believable special effects which make the film work. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Michael O'Sullivan There's no need for her to apologize, as "The Sound of My Voice" makes resoundingly clear. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
1/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Ann Hornaday Overstuffed, overlong and utterly uninvolving, this is a movie that feels as morbidly trapped as the poor little bird of its title. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Michael O'Sullivan With free speech under attack, and truth-telling seemingly in short supply, "Raise Hell" offers an entertaining and bracing look at one of journalism's least punch-pulling practitioners. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/4 Hustlers (2019) Ann Hornaday In this raunchy, gloriously liberated revenge fantasy, Lopez rules with seductive, triumphant authority. Not only do we climb into her fur, we'll happily follow her anywhere. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Michael O'Sullivan López elicits solid performances from the young actors, and her vision is clear and uncompromising. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 Before You Know It (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "Before You Know It" isn't a deep movie, or a hilarious one, and Utt and Tullock probably don't expect it to be. But it is, in its undemanding, almost effortless way, warm and wise and watchable enough to be just this side of wonderful. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 Official Secrets (2019) Ann Hornaday Although Knightley's Gun often seems to be a passive figure, buffeted by the machinations of those around her, the film's honesty about the enormous personal costs of whistleblowing is a welcome relief from more romanticized heroics. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Alan Zilberman Real trauma is given the same consideration as a literal funhouse of horrors, which cheapens what the characters and audience are put through. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 Vita & Virginia (2018) Michael O'Sullivan It hardly makes for scintillating cinema, even given the whiff of scandalousness with which Button and Atkins lay out the stages of Vita and Virginia's relationship. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 The Fanatic (2019) Michael O'Sullivan The movie does not live up to the extravagantly wounded ferocity with which Travolta attacks his part. It doesn't even live up to the haircut. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 Love, Antosha (2019) Pat Padua Mostly, the Antosha of "Love, Antosha" seems like a good kid: someone whose life -- and tragic death -- should inspire us to spend our brief time here as wisely and as well as he did. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/4 Don't Let Go (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Emotionally, Don't Let Go works like magic. Intellectually, not so much. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
1.5/5 Killerman (2019) Hau Chu Killerman takes its influences and synthesizes them into an increasing rare thing: a movie that doesn't aspire to any greater heights than where it lands: squarely in the middle of the August dumping ground. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Ann Hornaday Brittany Runs a Marathon is perfunctory, idealized, sometimes awkwardly composed, almost always predictable. But it stays the course, with admirable grit and more than a few entertaining grins. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Michael O'Sullivan As a portrait, "Pain and Glory" is less a mirror than an impressionistic painting. It's an emotional rendering of a person, not a literal one. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 American Factory (2019) Ann Hornaday "American Factory," an exquisite documentary set at the contradictory core where those forces converge, tells a macroeconomic story through the micro-level experiences of indelible real-life characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/4 Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Ann Hornaday It's impossible to emerge from this film without being shaken to your core. Mission accomplished: Mind blown. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
1/4 Ready or Not (2019) Michael O'Sullivan The style of acting would, at a sporting event, merely be called shouting. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
1.5/4 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Hau Chu Most action flicks would settle for thrilling violence and mayhem, in service of a utilitarian plot. "Angel" flips this formula on its head, delivering a surprisingly coherent story but with no discernible sense of fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019