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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 No Man's Land (2021) Michael O'Sullivan The destination makes the tedium of the trip worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
4/4 MLK/FBI (2020) Ann Hornaday The result is a film that does more than impart facts, or even tell a story: It builds a world, and once we're in it, takes us on a potent and unforgettable emotional journey. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5/4 The Dig (2021) Michael O'Sullivan "The Dig" is about the yearning, so human and, yes, so elusive and so futile, to fix the past so that it can be preserved. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/4 My Little Sister (2020) Ann Hornaday Written and directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond with superb control and insight, "My Little Sister" never goes precisely where the audience expects... EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2/4 The Marksman (2021) Michael O'Sullivan "The Marksman" proves itself to be the cinematic version of comfort food: satisfyingly familiar but full of starch and empty calories. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/4 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Michael O'Sullivan The film deepens and grows more thoughtful - and, yes, sad - as its spotlight on the need for human connection - at any age - comes into focus. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
The Sting II (1983) Rita Kempley The twists and turns from there on are more predictable than suspenseful. So are the jokes. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 The White Tiger (2021) Michael O'Sullivan Its ominous message - watch out for the person whose back you're stepping on - has never been more timely. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
2.5/4 Herself (2020) Ann Hornaday As trite as "Herself" is in plot and emotional beats, what makes it worthwhile are the performances, which are all stellar EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
1.5/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Ann Hornaday What we're left with is a showcase for Acting-with-a-capital-A, and little else. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (2020) Hank Stuever The best parts are the interstitial breaks, taking up an additional 20 minutes, which feature Sorkinesque banter between cast members in the form of get-out-the-vote messages. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
2.5/4 Pinocchio (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Fairy tales have always held the threat of darkness as punishment for misbehavior, and this "Pinocchio" is no exception. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
3/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Ann Hornaday Regina King makes an assured feature directing debut with "One Night in Miami," an engrossing adaptation of Kemp Powers's 2013 stage play. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Ann Hornaday Say this much for Fennell: She is incapable of pulling punches. Even when they're swaddled in the puffiest, fuzziest of gloves, her blows land with gut-wrenching force. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) Michael O'Sullivan It's a wild, wild West, but not precisely the kind you may be used to from a diet of cinematic Cowboys-and-Indians. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
3/4 The Dissident (2020) Michael O'Sullivan Feels urgent, and retains the power to shock the conscience. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Ann Hornaday The same elements that made "Wonder Woman" such a pleasure to watch are present in "WW84," including the supremely self-possessed Gadot, who plays the title character with the same grace and understatement she brought to the initial installment. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
2.5/4 Soul (2020) Ann Hornaday Arrives at some numbingly complex - and maybe not entirely consistent - answers, but generates some fun, and genuine beauty, along the way. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
1.5/4 Greenland (2020) Michael O'Sullivan It is uncomfortably reminiscent of current affairs. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/4 The Midnight Sky (2020) Michael O'Sullivan Slyly, and by misdirection that cleverly conceals its true intent until the poignant end, it reveals itself to be a story of regret over a lost opportunity for connection. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Hank Stuever The footage and music from the band's initial dalliance with fame is as much or more fascinating than the "Saturday Night Fever" superstardom that lurked ahead. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical! (2020) Sonia Rao This attempt at the heartwarming tale makes the Grinch's hatred of song and dance seem reasonable. Halfway through, you might find yourself advocating for the Whos to adopt his way of life. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 40 Years a Prisoner (2020) Ann Hornaday So many of our problems remain, but "40 Years a Prisoner" presents a valuable primer on what mistakes not to repeat. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
1/4 Songbird (2020) Michael O'Sullivan There is precious little of anything that would help make this universe feel plausible, let alone inhabited by characters who are fully fleshed enough to care about... EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2.5/4 Let Them All Talk (2020) Michael O'Sullivan "Let Them All Talk" has heft, if not heavy meaning, and it leaves a lot hanging. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/4 I'm Your Woman (2020) Michael O'Sullivan The title sounds exploitative - perhaps even silly - but the tale it spins is one of power and, ultimately, of coming unexpectedly, satisfyingly, into one's own. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
Daughter of the Gods (1916) Wapo Staff The battle scenes are stupendous and beyond the scope of brief and hurried descriptions Thousands of people seem to have been employed... all of whom contribute to the dramatic strength of a mastodon among multi-reel screen plays. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/4 Sound of Metal (2019) Michael O'Sullivan For the most part, the heavy lifting of the film is left to Ahmed, and he handles it effortlessly, in a moving and unforced turn that, while characterized by moments of rage and destruction, is ultimately a journey of acceptance. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/4 Mayor (2020) Ann Hornaday Luckily, Osit knew precisely what to do with the extraordinary material he captured. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/4 The Prom (2020) Peter Marks Lovers of musicals will groove on the shamelessness of its footlights worship. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/4 76 Days (2020) Ann Hornaday This is a film about courage, as well as empathy, professionalism and resilience - and it's a film that embodies those values itself. With luck, viewers will take its cautionary pleas to heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Ann Hornaday There aren't enough words to describe just how breathtaking Davis's performance is as Ma Rainey. When it comes to Boseman's, on the other hand, only one seems to suffice: Damn, damn, damn. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
2/4 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Michael O'Sullivan [A] larky, slightly lunatic film... EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 Zappa (2020) Ann Hornaday Winter gives Zappa pride of place among the most important composers of the 20th century, sharing some extraordinary performances of his little-known classical work. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/4 My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) Ann Hornaday The result is an absorbing yarn and yet another lens on that era's social history that baby boomers are now excavating with frantic enthusiasm before their sources transition to another astral plane. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
Between the World and Me (2020) Hank Stuever Old news footage transitions to recent outrages; dreams are shattered and reassembled to reflect unflinching truths. There's as much to look at as there is to hear; the words and images meld almost seamlessly. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
1/4 Saving Christmas (2014) Michael O'Sullivan [Cameron's] characterization of Jesus as a "material" gift to us from God - evidence, he claims, that God wants us to shop - should offend anyone who balks at placing the Christ Child on the same scale as a $25 gift card. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5/4 Collective (2019) Ann Hornaday Nanau has made an informative documentary about a story that most Americans never heard of, and pulls the lens back just enough to encapsulate the low and dishonest age of global populism. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 Mank (2020) Ann Hornaday Seyfried's the beating heart of a movie that is constantly teetering on the edge of pastiche, feeling more play-acted than fully inhabited. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 The Last Vermeer (2019) Michael O'Sullivan "Vermeer" chews on some decent food for thought: most notably the idea of moral ambiguity and the compromises one sometimes makes in wartime to survive. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
2/4 Freaky (2020) Michael O'Sullivan Don't think about it too hard. "Freaky" isn't AP Bio. It's a shop class project: a couple of mismatched planks cobbled together well enough to get a passing grade. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
2/4 Ammonite (2020) Ann Hornaday Rather than a movie that breaks the mold, it looks like Anning has inspired one we've seen before. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
1.5/4 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Michael O'Sullivan A story that is painted with a brush that seems both narrowly specific and overly broad. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/4 Come Away (2020) Ann Hornaday "Come Away" may not hold a candle to the stories it references, but it shines with an illuminating and aspirational light all its own. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/4 The Life Ahead (2020) Ann Hornaday "The Life Ahead" might be a familiar story, but as a showcase for Loren's sensuality, star power and unfailing instincts, it feels both classic and exhilaratingly new. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3.5/4 City Hall (2020) Ann Hornaday At 4 1/2 hours, "City Hall" is a demanding film. But it rewards that commitment with an experience that is both hypnotically beautiful and subtly encouraging. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
Koch (2012) Michael O'Sullivan Like the city, Koch comes across here as brash, contradictory, almost endlessly fascinating and a bit sad. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
3/4 Let Him Go (2020) Michael O'Sullivan "Let Him Go" takes on a greater heft than its more thriller-ish contours seem built to handle, but Lane carries the additional weight with aplomb. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
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