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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Come Play (2020) Michael O'Sullivan The frisson of cultural topicality gives "Come Play" a midrange metaphorical heft that allows the otherwise predictable narrative to punch above its weight. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
Meet Joe Black (1998) Michael O'Sullivan Pitt, who is not asked to do much more here than behave alternately like a robot, a bashful boy and a moron, fulfills his modest tasks with aplomb. When he has to act, though, he fares less well. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/4 American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself (2020) Ann Hornaday With "American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself," documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi holds a mirror up to her country, and the reflection is a sobering one. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 Bad Hair (2020) Ann Hornaday "Bad Hair" is a good idea buried within a scattershot, ultimately mediocre movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Michael O'Sullivan It's a comedy of outrage and horror that elicits laughter not as a cure for what ails us, or even a temporary balm, but a close cousin of the feeling you get - sharp pain followed by relief - when a Band-Aid has been ripped off an open wound. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 Rebecca (2020) Ann Hornaday Simply a plotty, garden-variety melodrama. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/4 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Ann Hornaday "American Utopia" is just the kind of healing, inspiring balm that the audience needs right now. It arrives like an unexpected answer to an unspoken prayer. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/4 Totally Under Control (2020) Ann Hornaday Incisive, lucid and infuriating... EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
1.5/4 2 Hearts (2020) Michael O'Sullivan It's wholesome but starchy fare: a story of sacrifice and good fortune that feels less like a movie than a marketing vehicle for the power of divine providence. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
2.5/4 Honest Thief (2020) Michael O'Sullivan There's something about Neeson that makes you want to forgive him - whether it's for bank robbery or for making yet another one of these movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
1.5/4 The War With Grandpa (2020) Michael O'Sullivan [An] absolutely unessential - and only mildly amusing - family comedy... EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Ann Hornaday Peppered with amusing person-on-the-street commentary, set off in their own smaller frames, this is a woman's interior monologue brought to life as both candid semi-autobiographical memoir and cinematic fantasia. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
1.5/4 On the Rocks (2020) Ann Hornaday In this case, the kind of discursive mood piece that Coppola has perfected over her 21-year directing career turns into something surprisingly inert and uninvolved. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/4 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Ann Hornaday Plenty of movies are wish-fulfillment fantasies, but Kirsten Johnson has created a first: a dread-fulfillment fantasy that brims with love, humor and, of all things, life. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/4 The Boys in the Band (2020) Michael O'Sullivan The ensemble cast, reunited from the 2018 production, is never less than mesmerizing, even in the context of what is essentially a museum piece. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
3/4 Kingdom of Silence (2020) Michael O'Sullivan The clear message is that we, as a country, have prioritized our strategic and financial relationship with an authoritarian regime "one step below a theocracy," as one interview subject puts it, over all else, including grotesque human rights violations. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
The Battle Cry of Peace (1915) Wapo Staff [The Battle Cry of Peace,] aside from its spectacular features and its entertainment qualities, is undisguised propaganda for a vastly bigger navy and a greatly augmented mobile army. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
3.5/4 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Ann Hornaday "The Trial of the Chicago 7" offers an absorbing primer in a chapter of American history that was both bizarre and ruefully meaningful. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
4/4 Kajillionaire (2020) Ann Hornaday Funny, poignant and ultimately triumphant, "Kajillionaire" is a precarious balancing act, one that July pulls off with astute writing, careful staging and trust in her actors... EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/4 Enola Holmes (2020) Ann Hornaday "Enola Holmes" offers brisk and exuberant escape from the heaviness of modern times, with its leading actress lending her own appealing touches to the journey. When the game is afoot, she's more than capable, not just of keeping up, but winning the day. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
1.5/4 Antebellum (2020) Ann Hornaday "Antebellum" looks like it might deliver a timely reckoning with the most pernicious undersides of the American myth. Instead, it offers viewers an intriguing idea that's simultaneously undercooked and awkwardly overstated. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/4 Residue (2020) Ann Hornaday Merawi Gerima makes a stunning feature debut with "Residue," a moving homage to the Northeast Washington neighborhood where he grew up. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) Rita Kempley Why quibble? You'll still go home purring and wagging your tail. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
1.5/4 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Michael O'Sullivan "Broken Hearts" wends its way toward the foregone conclusion with a single-minded determination that is admirable, if not exactly unexpected. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/4 Mulan (2020) Ann Hornaday Little girls might be better off sticking with the cartoon for now; but this opulent, ambitious production and Liu's focused, intrepid performance at its center, gives them something to grow into. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Safety Last (1923) Wapo Staff Safety Last is a seven-reel mirth maker that follows an entirely new trend, culminating in a series of the most astonishing stunts on the sheer wall of a skyscraper that any camera ever ha a naught and, by the same token, wrecking the nervous system. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
4/4 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Ann Hornaday If ever a match were made in cine-literary heaven it would be Charles Dickens and Armando Iannucci, each a master of probing social criticism, slashing wit and floridly besotted love of language. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
2.5/4 Cut Throat City (2020) Michael O'Sullivan An entertaining, if familiar ride. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/4 Coup 53 (2019) Ann Hornaday As enlightening as "Coup 53" is as a secret history, it's even more satisfying as an aesthetic exercise, treating viewers to one of cleverest workarounds in cinematic problem-solving in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
2.5/4 Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Michael O'Sullivan When "Words on Bathroom Walls" is at its sunniest and most blithe, the moral of the story feels a little more like a punchline than is appropriate. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
2/4 Project Power (2020) Michael O'Sullivan 'Project Power" is a serviceable, drug-themed crime thriller, made just a skosh more interesting by a handful of ingredients that give it a boost. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
Hearts of the World (1918) Wapo Staff Exquisite in pathos, tremendous in the scope of its visualization of the debacle of the trenches and without a peer in photographic beauty. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3.5/4 Boys State (2020) Michael O'Sullivan "Boys State" is a portrait of the country in microcosm: divided, but not yet irredeemably lost. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
Tequila Sunrise (1988) Hal Hinson Sexy and intelligent is an irresistible combination, and "Tequila Sunrise" is the sexiest, most intelligent Hollywood movie in a long time. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
The Sunset Limited (2011) Hank Stuever On the simple strength of McCarthy's talent for dialogue (a hallmark of his highly regarded novels), The Sunset Limited moves along at a beautiful and surprisingly thought-provoking clip. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
2.5/4 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Ann Hornaday A vivid but vaporous portrait of collective unease that feels uncannily of this moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/4 I Used to Go Here (2020) Ann Hornaday With modesty, precision and wry compassion, "I Used to Go Here" limns human nature at its most contradictory and indefinable, offering a textbook example - at least until the right German word comes along. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
The Swamp (2020) Hank Stuever "The Swamp" is watchable mainly for its willingness to hang around with the likes of 38-year-old Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and give him a fair and up-close chance to explain himself as a self-styled iconoclast. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
The Go-Go's (2020) Hank Stuever "The Go-Go's" benefits enormously from its determination to interview Olavarria and others who were left eating the band's dust. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
Temple Grandin (2010) Hank Stuever Temple Grandin is an amazingly assembled, superbly acted, strikingly sweet film about Grandin's life -- and the cows' death. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/4 The Fight (2020) Ann Hornaday [An] engrossing and ultimately inspiring examination of ideals in action... EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
() Wapo Staff The fight between Carmen and another girl in the factory is remarkably realistic -- and apparently exceedingly painful to the girl assigned to the part. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Sonia Rao If "The Kissing Booth 2" is watchable, viewers have Elle to thank; King remains the strongest component of a now-franchise that, quite frankly, might be beneath her. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
2.5/4 Days of the Whale (2019) Ann Hornaday Propelled by a lyrical, pulsing soundtrack of Colombian rock, hip-hop and bolero, "Days of the Whale" is less a character study, or even a love story than a vibrant study in swirling perpetual motion. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
2/4 Radioactive (2019) Ann Hornaday Despite Satrapi's best efforts to smooth out the story and imbue it with depth and theatrical interest, the story can't overcome some of its most unwieldy structural flaws. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/4 The Painted Bird (2019) Michael O'Sullivan [A] harrowing, gorgeous - yes, slightly sadistic - and ultimately deeply moving film. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
In Deep with Ryan Lochte (2020) Hank Stuever The look in Lochte's eyes, if I'm not mistaken, is one of increasing worry. Who is he, if no one's watching him? EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
3/4 The Old Guard (2020) Ann Hornaday Unlike similar flights of escapism and potency, this one never loses sight of the "human" part of superhuman. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
2.5/4 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Ann Hornaday An absorbing portrait of drinking life in all its joys - fellowship, high spirits and fleeting, flirty intimacy - and sorrows. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
3.5/4 The Outpost (2020) Ann Hornaday The most haunting issues the film raises... remain long after the smoke and dust have cleared. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020