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Rating Title/Year Author
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Chris Richards If you have a Netflix password and two more hours to spare, you're in for one of the greatest concert films ever made. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 Fast Color (2018) Alan Zilberman By finding the right note of empathy, Hart creates a space for the audience to share their doggedly earned hope. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 Teen Spirit (2018) Michael O'Sullivan It's not the slickness that sells "Teen Spirit" anyway, but its strangeness. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
1.5/4 Girls of the Sun (2018) Ann Hornaday "Girls of the Sun" is a film of admirable ambition but vexingly uneven execution. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/4 Her Smell (2018) Michael O'Sullivan But by opening at rock bottom, instead of the heights, Perry makes it difficult to care about Becky's fall from, and slow crawl back to, grace. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
2/4 Breakthrough (2019) Mark Jenkins "Breakthrough" glibly peddles miracles but is honest enough to admit that not everybody gets one. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
2.5/4 Missing Link (2019) Jane Horwitz "Missing Link" does not lay an egg by any means. It is visually stunning, with well-realized characters and humor that really does work. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/4 Little (2019) Mark Jenkins Like most Hollywood movies that pretend to question the values of the filthy rich, "Little" implicitly endorses them. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/4 Amazing Grace (2018) Ann Hornaday It's an act of cinematic resurrection if ever there was one. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
1.5/4 Hellboy (2019) Alan Zilberman Marshall and screenwriter Andrew Cosby went overboard with their R-rating, introducing so much gore and profanity that it, quite frankly, gets dull. The flat performances and incoherent story do not help matters. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
1.5/4 Peterloo (2018) Ann Hornaday [R]ather than a fine-tuned excavation, "Peterloo" unfurls like a grandiose pageant, in which Leigh's usual gifts for illuminating human behavior at its most intimate and universal are sacrificed to expository set pieces and long, windy speeches. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/4 High Life (2018) Mark Jenkins [The] most amazing moments are never amazing enough to jar it out of its static orbit. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/4 The Burial of Kojo (2018) Ann Hornaday [A] visionary fable drenched with vibrancy and lyricism. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/4 The Chaperone (2018) Pat Padua Yet despite the stirring performance at its heart, the movie is ultimately too restricted by its own dramatic conventions, and it only seldom comes to life. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Pat Padua "Shazam!" operates as a thrilling fantasy and a comedy about the learning curve of growing up. It's also a stirring tale of the heroic potential that lies inside each of us, if only we're put to the test. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 The Best of Enemies (2019) Mark Jenkins The mostly short scenes are often overpowered by pop songs - including incongruous choices from Donovan and David Bowie's back catalogues - and Henson's performance is so broad it verges on farcical. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Diane (2018) Ann Hornaday [A] naturalistic portrait of service and self-sacrifice by way of a quietly astonishing title performance by Mary Kay Place. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/4 Ramen Shop (2018) Ann Hornaday For all of its foodie appeal, however, "Ramen Shop" is a wispily sentimental enterprise, full of perfunctory transitions, maudlin plot twists and awkward time shifts between past and present. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
1.5/4 The Public (2018) Michael O'Sullivan It's hard to disagree with anything in "The Public." Estevez is fighting the good fight. But it's also hard to swallow an argument, however well-reasoned and emotionally compelling, when it feels like it's being shoved down your throat. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Blade (1998) Michael O'Sullivan Blade's stomach-turning special effects, bone-crunching martial arts and cynical humor will more than satisfy any action-film addict's need for a fix of eye-popping escapist adrenaline. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Xanadu (1980) Tom Shales "Xanadu" cannot possibly be described as a good movie, but it can be recommended to those who can tolerate large amounts of intravenous marzipan. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Practical Magic (1998) Rita Kempley Though the tale is not without its charms, its spell is repeatedly broken by the random pace and tone. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/4 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Pat Padua But despite the volcanic metaphor of the film's title, it's a tale characterized not by violent release, but by a steady - and ultimately compassionate - spirit of resolve. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 The Brink (2019) Ann Hornaday It's up to the rest of us either to ignore [Bannon], out-argue him or, as "The Brink" does so entertainingly, demystify him for good. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Michael O'Sullivan To paraphrase Keaton's V.A. Vandevere, upon witnessing an elephant take flight, "Dumbo" will make you a child again. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Legend (1985) Tom Shales Legend may turn out to be legendary, but not in the way the filmmakers intended. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Michael O'Sullivan "Hotel Mumbai" is a clockwork thriller, but man, is it hard to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
The Watcher in the Woods (1980) Gary Arnold It symbolizes the confusion that has been undermining Disney's live-action productions. Craving more stimulating material on one hand but still wedded to reassuring coziness on the other, the studio shortchanges both tendencies. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Teen Wolf (1985) Lloyd Grove Determinedly bland and unoriginal. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) Debbie Prager The plot remains as flat as the treacly country-western score. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Orca (1977) Gary Arnold Orca is essentially a rehash of an earlier De Laurentiis hit, Death Wish, with the killer whale in Charles Bronson role. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
1.5/4 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Michael O'Sullivan It all feels a bit contrived. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 Us (2019) Ann Hornaday Full disclosure: "Us" gave me real-life nightmares, a testament to Peele's ability to illuminate the deepest and most dangerous shadow material of the American Dream. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
1.5/4 The Aftermath (2019) Ann Hornaday There's a ripping good story buried somewhere in "The Aftermath," an intriguing but ultimately disappointing story set in the rubble of post-World War II Germany. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
The Amityville Horror (1979) K.C. Summers The Amityville Horror is a horror. What is supposed to be the true story of a young couple driven from their dream house by demons turns out to be nothing more than a rip-off, and a tedious one at that. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/4 The Highwaymen (2019) Michael O'Sullivan [A] straightforward tale of cops and robbers, one in which the lines between good and evil are so sharply drawn, into a richly nuanced morality story. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Pat Padua Yet this is no ordinary crime drama. What makes "Concrete" so strange - and, at times, frustrating - are its unexpected plot turns: seeming detours that inevitably lead us straight back to the story's black heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
1/4 Wonder Park (2019) Kristen Page-Kirby To put it simply, "Wonder Park" can't keep the wonder and the park on the same page. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Michael O'Sullivan Richardson may be the best thing about this Velveeta-slathered heap of lukewarm cliche, but she is merely a vicarious vehicle for thwarted teenage longing directed at the bad-boy dreamboat heartthrob of countless high-school-girl fantasies. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 Yardie (2018) Michael O'Sullivan What sets Elba's movie apart is the distinctive world he creates, in the rhythm of the music, in the raw, gritty poetry of the language, and in the powerful mythology it mines. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/4 Styx (2018) Michael O'Sullivan Wolff is never less than mesmerizing in this role, which demands a performance that is, at times, more physical than emotive. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Ann Hornaday Not much happens in "Gloria Bell" other than someone staking her claim to joy. It's a quiet little movie that speaks the truth like a clarion call. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
1.5/4 Mapplethorpe (2018) Mark Jenkins If the new biopic "Mapplethorpe" presents this transgressive vision is vivid detail - and it does - that's only because it includes so many of Mapplethorpe's pictures. Everything else in the film is timid and pedestrian. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
A Chorus Line (1985) Rita Kempley A Chorus Line: The Movie is like a soccer match seen only from the waist up. They've cut off the feet, which is all the more frustrating when you're supposed to be enjoying the fancy footwork. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
A Chorus Line (1985) Paul Attanasio A Chorus Line is a kind of 'Murphy's Law: The Motion Picture' -- everything that can go wrong does. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 Woman at War (2018) Ann Hornaday It's a reflection of Erlingsson's confidence, both in his audience and his own filmmaking skills, that he leaves the final interpretation up to us. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 The Wedding Guest (2018) Michael O'Sullivan [A] satisfyingly unpredictable meditation on female agency, in a culture in which women are too often treated as a man's possession. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
The Legend of 1900 (1998) Rita Kempley The Legend of 1900 would have benefited from more story and less music, and tends to wear thin before it quite reaches the dock, but it is a ravishing film. Titanic should have looked so good. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Police Academy (1984) Rita Kempley Police Academy is the most uproarious film to come along in years. You have the right to remain silent, but you can't help bt laugh out loud. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 Transit (2018) Michael O'Sullivan It's a story whose fatalistic ending has the impact of something that, like a repetition of the Holocaust, feels simultaneously unexpected and, devastatingly, preordained. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019