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Rating Title/Year Author
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Herb Boyd Few filmmakers are as adept at weaving the past and present as Spike Lee. His most recent project, Da 5 Bloods, is exemplary of this, as well as his occasional nods to and riffs on cinematic history. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 The Trip to Greece (2020) Cameron Meier The oddest thing about the Trip movies is that they are food films, travelogues, personal essays, comedies and dramas. ... But [the formula] usually [works], thanks mostly to the two actors' chemistry. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Ovid and the Art of Love (2020) George Elkind We're forced to meet a text between where it's from - or what it's depicting - and the place we sit or stand. The blend ends up being... enough to give this feature life - if not quite enough of it for its nearly two-hour length. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
The Booksellers (2019) George Elkind While this hazy, shifting quality lets The Booksellers feel lighter on its feet, it also makes its inquiries seem insufficiently honed. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Beanpole (2019) George Elkind What results is a consistently unsteady, heated-but-hazy emotional air, and a film that's a bit bullish in its running time and scenework - especially considering its structure. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
The Wild Goose Lake (2019) George Elkind The film's tensions stem from the impermanent, impressive ways its resonances flicker, the ways its images are captured, and the way, never less than successful, that it makes familiar scenes seem new. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
2/5 Wendy (2020) Cameron Meier Wendy's ... ingredients never congeal, leaving us with a visually intriguing but tiresome tale that disappoints its fantastical premise. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) George Elkind Though better and more winning than what might have been expected, Sonic's a little too unwitting to outrun its own self. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) George Elkind There's some good wallpaper here and there, but its aesthetics still fail to coalesce enough to ever generate an appealing, involving world. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
63 Up (2019) George Elkind Though no one perspective is universal, 63 Up's remains admirably considered, sweeping, and reflective, which is all just as it should be. It's less an elegy than an ode to life. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Underwater (2020) George Elkind Though there's much to like or simply appreciate in terms of the film's fleeting smoothness and fits of invention, Underwater's overshadowed by its own pervasive shallowness. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
American Factory (2019) George Elkind The result is a story balanced enough to let its themes and outcomes speak largely for themselves, offering a lucid sense of who its people are. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Honey Boy (2019) George Elkind Conveying true introspection less than public apologia, Honey Boy offers LaBeouf a chance to pivot, adjusting performance of his own brand. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Little Women (2019) George Elkind Little Women glows throughout with this abashed, still-beaming self-possession, as much a feature of its direction as of any of its performers. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Atlantics (2019) George Elkind The result is a work that feels free to move and change while remaining tonally of a piece, able to shock at times without feeling for a moment false. Atlantics wouldn't be itself directed any other way... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) George Elkind In place of what Doctor Sleep puts its condescending, blinded faith in, I sympathize with Jack, and Dan - or Danny - I'd rather cling to drink or ghosts. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) George Elkind Though it may sound dour (admittedly, it's not upbeat), Marriage Story glides by and watches terrifically well, despite its heavy topic. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) George Elkind Sincere, ardent, and thorough in its examinations without ever making the characters' stories feel like ours. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Harriet (2019) George Elkind Pitting a loosely rendered historical figure against a surly, vengeful fop resentful of her hard-won freedom, Harriet (as in Tubman) is far less than what it could have been. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Earthquake Bird (2019) Gabriel Silver Earthquake Bird is an enjoyable neo-noir film, with enough twists and turns to leave you thinking long after the ending. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Pain and Glory (2019) George Elkind Both emotionally dextrous and finely paced. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
End of the Century (2019) George Elkind What End of the Century doesn't bring in drama it offers up in patient attention to life's unexpected turns and movements and the heft they acquire over time. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) George Elkind Though an admirably solid work of Hollywood filmmaking, Terminator: Dark Fate can't match the style, wit, or heft of its best predecessors -- but was anyone expecting it to? EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Hustlers (2019) George Elkind Scafaria's direction (perhaps at the whim of her producers) feels squeamish, striving to frame her real-life figures not just as relatively minor offenders but as morally upright...Scafaria fails to trust her audience... EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Gabriel Silver Zombieland: Double Tap is as entertaining as the first film, if completely redundant. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) George Elkind This all climaxes weirdly in what's meant to be a straightforward emotional story but remains, by its nature as a high concept, too strange to be one - a fact the movie never acknowledges. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Joker (2019) Jerilyn Jordan Phoenix's Joker is a monster of his own making, and the film succeeds in blurring the lines between fantasy, reality, and hyper-reality, manipulating its audience to participate in the horror while challenging the individual's own mental soundness. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Judy (2019) George Elkind in this case the structure's confusing, and ill-fitting: we're observing a spiral down from what heights, exactly? EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) George Elkind Where'd You Go's reasons for being as it is seem as muddled at its lead's. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Maiden (2018) George Elkind For anyone who doesn't boat much, it's hard to grasp how yachting can be athletic, harrowing, admirable, or lethal. Maiden... makes a good case for the prowess, invention, and perseverance required. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Crawl (2019) George Elkind Depicting an onscreen world refreshingly free of morals, it's only Crawl's clever that survive. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) James Keith La Croix I laughed until I cried. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) George Elkind Courting obsolescence by fielding inert anxieties about the same, ...Hollywood is a fable as old and familiar as the industry itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) George Elkind Ehe new Spider-Man feels like a throwback to an older, more holistically built era of studio movies -- if only for caring about the people in it and in front of it much more than we're lately used to. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Midsommar (2019) George Elkind Midsommar is a cool, coy, and self-conscious movie, less an overt horror work than a young man's art film with some vivid gore splashed throughout it. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) George Elkind Despite director Joe Talbot's best intentions, it lacks political teeth or convincing texture and becomes instead a kind of satire of itself. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) George Elkind It's a strikingly close imitation of what we're used to but features strong flavors of its own. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) George Elkind Ever since this elaborate prequel series was kick-started back in 2011, the series' nominal social concerns have consistently been undermined by their slapdash realization onscreen. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Booksmart (2019) George Elkind Booksmart goes down awfully easy for a first feature. Olivia Wilde's long-form directorial debut feels as breezily modern as it does effortlessly made. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Long Shot (2019) George Elkind Long Shot succeeds far more by dodging sharp suggestion or troubling resonance than by expressing a point of view - even as one proves perceptible within it. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) Serena Donadoni Why Do Fools Fall in Love, in its own glossy, entertaining way, is a deeper examination of how an individual can use numerous masks to conceal himself, even from the ones he loves. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Her Smell (2018) George Elkind [Perry] knows these characters and believes in them, too, but their experience is fleshed out by performance and presence, ultimately and intimately theirs. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
High Life (2018) George Elkind By interrogating the infinite through the harshly, painfully intimate, Denis gets at the stuff of life itself while proving there's no real difference. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) George Elkind Shot largely from the shoulders up after her swiftly gliding, all-business entrance, Franklin - without showboating - quickly overtakes the show's other hands and voices. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Wild Relatives (2017) George Elkind Wild Relatives is motivated, plainly, by both a desire to question, by a sense of concern, by an attention to the mysteries that arise in the film's thematic intersections. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) George Elkind Where Spring turned left, Beach veers right - strangers passing on the boardwalk... EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Us (2019) George Elkind It's a messy, genuinely frightening work of art. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Capernaum (2018) George Elkind A good child actor is hard to find, but in Capernaum director Nadine Labaki has improbably found a troupe of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Burning (2018) George Elkind What's exceptional about Burning is clear right from the start. A kind of meandering, daylit noir that is as invested as any of the best of the genre in the most buried parts of our psychology... EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) George Elkind In addressing our concerns via not just feeling but action too, [director Assia Boundaoui] takes into her own hands the very notion of being watched - and with a level of boldness we'd all do well to emulate. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018