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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Last Vermeer (2019) Cameron Meier The film's triumph is not its reintroduction of van Meegeren to the world, though that is commendable. Instead, it's the conversation it fosters about art itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
1.75/5 Shiva Baby (2020) Cameron Meier Despite moments of laughter and poignancy, the film - which is essentially one long scene at a Jewish funeral gathering - leaves one with a palpable feeling of "Is that all?" EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 Asia (2020) Cameron Meier The emotional impact of that re-examination takes a while to build, and ... the storytelling isn't always as crisp as it could be. But the payoff is profound. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.25/5 Those Who Remained (2019) Cameron Meier "Why do you live?" [Klara] asks him. "Is there any real answer to that?" he responds. But, despite all odds, they find a reason - together. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
2/5 Tenet (2020) Cameron Meier Tenet is all action all the time, sacrificing heart and clarity for spectacle. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.75/5 Tesla (2020) Cameron Meier Almereyda ... still has something interesting to say and, more often than not, a refreshingly strange way to say it. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 Boys State (2020) Cameron Meier Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss ... craft not just one of the best recent documentaries but one of this year's most revelatory and relevant films of any genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.25/5 Summerland (2020) Cameron Meier Its period charm, tight screenplay and interesting story transcend its contrivances. It's especially buoyed by Gemma Arterton's great lead performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.75/5 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Cameron Meier A tragicomic ... combination of The Stepford Wives and an Errol Morris movie, it's one of the best documentaries you'll see this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
1.25/5 Shithouse (2020) Cameron Meier With a rambling structure and subpar craftsmanship, Shithouse smells too much like a low-budget debut film. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 The Perfect Candidate (2019) Cameron Meier Not unlike her movie's lead character, director Haifaa Al-Mansour is a trailblazer, becoming in 2012 the first Saudi woman to direct a feature. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
2.75/5 () Cameron Meier The desserts - and the stories behind them - are delectable. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
1.5/5 Landfall (2020) Cameron Meier Aldarondo's spotlight is often too dim, too oblique to function as anything more than an intriguing but vague tone poem for Puerto Rico's suffering. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
1.25/5 18 to Party (2019) Cameron Meier There's just too little joy, humor, originality and entertainment in this dimly lit, low-budget slice-of-lifer. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/5 () Cameron Meier The simple premise slowly morphs into an enjoyable, honest and occasionally prophetic examination of what it takes to follow in the familial footsteps of giants. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/5 Adam (2020) Cameron Meier With methodical and muted, but tender, direction by first-timer Maryam Touzani, who penned the socially relevant screenplay, Adam is a reminder that the unlikeliest of relationships can change a life forever. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
1.5/5 The Beach House (2019) Cameron Meier The characters ... constantly remind us and each other, "Don't be scared." They needn't. For while the film does a decent job at creating vague dread, it never approaches anything resembling genuine fear. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
2.5/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Cameron Meier Though many of [the film's] fragments are funny and produce an emotional payoff, the hard truth is that Apatow's film, just like its title character, is unexpectedly lovable but a bit broken. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Cameron Meier Even the music is anachronistic, featuring everything from Leonard Cohen to Johann Sebastian Bach. Yet this is one Baroque film that doesn't need fixing. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
Kaboom (2010) Justin Strout [T]he inconceivably bad, wholly inorganic latest from Gregg Araki, a lifetime purveyor of similarly ugly films that try to speak to a generation that, thankfully, never existed except for in Araki's developmentally stunted head. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
1.75/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Cameron Meier Patterson's movie ... extends its stylish hand into the vastness of space and comes up empty. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
5/5 Holy Motors (2012) Rob Boylan It takes a lot to put yourself completely in a director's hands during a movie like this, but doing so makes Holy Motors deeply rewarding if you hang in with it and let Carax guide you. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
2.25/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Cameron Meier While Australian director Justin Dallas Kurzel's True History of the Kelly Gang is just the latest in this cinematic legacy, it's arguably the most visceral and brutal. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
The Hunt (2020) Steve Schneider The Hunt eventually abandons its us-versus-them orientation to declare airily and homiletically that there are extremes on both sides, and that thinking the worst of people just inspires them to behave as badly as you had imagined. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
1.75/5 Extra Ordinary (2019) Cameron Meier If only the film had confined its story to [Rose and Martin's] blossoming friendship and potential romance, with the paranormal activity presented as charmingly odd subtext. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Cameron Meier Sciamma's film is even better than Parasite. ... While the latter leans on an absurdist depiction of Tarantino-style orgiastic violence to achieve its climax, Portrait needs but a few deep breaths, a smile and a tear. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
4.25/5 63 Up (2019) Cameron Meier There can never be an unimportant chapter in the lives of real human beings. For that reason, the new 63 Up demands watching just as much as any of the previous eight. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
4/5 The Guilty (2018) Cameron Meier Combining Sorry, Wrong Number's radio-drama appeal and Locke's claustrophobic tension, The Guilty might be the best film of [the 2018 Florida Film Festival]. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 Borg vs. McEnroe (2017) Cameron Meier Like the sport itself, the film is dramatic and beautiful. Tennis has simply never looked better on the big screen thanks to sublime cinematography and a career performance by Shia LaBeouf as McEnroe. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2.75/5 Back to Burgundy (2017) Cameron Meier Like wine, [the movie] also requires time and space to breathe, and writer-director Cédric Klapisch certainly gives us more than enough time to indulge. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2.75/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Cameron Meier What makes The Biggest Little Farm unusual is it has one hand, or paw, in essay filmmaking, another (unfortunately) in self-promotion and still another in a category akin to Disneynature films. The mix isn't entirely successful, but its joy is infectious. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Cameron Meier Even if you're one of the few stalwarts who still thinks the Iraq War was worth the agonizingly high toll ..., you will root for [Katharine] Gun because of [Keira] Knightley's astonishing ability to connect to her audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
4.75/5 1917 (2019) Cameron Meier The finished product is arguably the greatest single-take illusion in cinema history. And it's also the best movie about the Great War since Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
2.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Cameron Meier At its heart, it's a unique account of friendship, trust and betrayal between three men. But Scorsese, chasing his mob mania, can't resist involving more characters and vignettes than he can handle. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.25/5 The Two Popes (2019) Cameron Meier Though cinema more often entertains, it can on rare occasions heal wounds both intellectual and spiritual. The Two Popes falls just short of that accomplishment, but it comes tantalizingly close. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 The Report (2019) Cameron Meier While the result often lacks a naturalistic ebb and flow (perhaps because of Burns' relative inexperience at the helm of a feature), it succeeds thanks to a disturbingly powerful story and yet another wonderful lead performance by Adam Driver. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Cameron Meier In Margot at the Wedding and The Squid and the Whale, Baumbach explored issues of marriage and divorce. But, until now, he's never created anything this emotionally powerful, so overflowing with humanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 Cats (2019) Cameron Meier It's Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy and Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat who save the musical from mediocrity. Their voices aren't particularly strong, but their acting is the cat's pajamas. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.25/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Cameron Meier Everyone at the screening I attended sat in quiet, contemplative attention for almost all of Hanks' equally quiet, contemplative performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
2/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Thaddeus McCollum In trying to please everyone... Rise of Skywalker struggles to please anyone. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.25/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Cameron Meier One of the most exhilarating and emotionally rewarding adventure films of the year, The Aeronauts is to 19th-century ballooning what Ford v Ferrari is to 1960s auto racing. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3.75/5 Knives Out (2019) Cameron Meier In an industry that often dumbs you down, Knives Out raises your IQ. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Cameron Meier [A] rare, high-octane blend of art and entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Cameron Meier The film is wonderfully weird and irresistibly askew, punctuated by hilarity, tragedy and even anachronistic music. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
1.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Cameron Meier Adrift on a cinematic sea? I pray Robert Eggers' Lighthouse doesn't become your beacon. You'll be dashed to death on the rocks of pretension. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Thaddeus McCollum We all love a good comeback story, and this year it looks like it's going to be Eddie Murphy's turn. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.25/5 Gemini Man (2019) Cameron Meier Gemini Man falls just short of expectations not because of a failure of science, but thanks to mediocre use of old-fashioned elements: writing, acting and directorial sensibility. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 Joker (2019) Cameron Meier A movie that is destined to become a defining moment of the comic-book genre. And that's no joke. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/5 In the Tall Grass (2019) Thaddeus McCollum In the end, In the Tall Grass feels like what it basically is - a side project. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Cameron Meier Arguably the best film of 2019 so far. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019