Orlando Weekly

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Cameron Meier Gemini Man never quite lives up to its intriguing premise. 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
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Cameron Meier A charming, if contrived, extra narrative chapter that will please most loyalists but mean little to viewers unfamiliar with the upstairs-downstairs world of the Crawley family and those who serve them. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4.5/5 The Public (2018) tt stern-enzi There is something decidedly old-fashioned about the storytelling in The Public, but maybe there's truth to the idea that we need to understand and appreciate the past if we're ever going to be able to move forward together. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
1.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Cameron Meier Falcon morphs from a charming, funny parable about overcoming one's disabilities to a large helping of southern-fried ridiculousness. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Thaddeus McCollum Just like Springsteen's music, there's a lot of raw emotion underneath the grandiose packaging. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Brian Banks (2018) Cameron Meier Has little cinematic flair, a heavy-handed score, a saccharine under-taste and even some cringeworthy dialogue, but is effective for the simplest reason: You care about the main character. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Thaddeus McCollum Wang goes for a very understated and naturalistic tone throughout most the film, but not a scene is squandered. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) Cameron Meier Just when it starts to feel too familiar, the eye-popping animation saves the day. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
1/5 Stuber (2019) Cameron Meier How does one star sound? EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Thaddeus McCollum Pugh's performance is nuanced, sympathetic and completely believable. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Cameron Meier Yesterday is a competent realization of a brilliant concept, but it could have been more. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Cameron Meier I don't know what you're going to do after you see the movie, but this 46-year-old plans to return home, take his toys out of the closet and treat them to some long-overdue playtime. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 Trial by Fire (2018) Cameron Meier Zwick's film certainly makes sense. What it doesn't make, regrettably, is an aesthetic impact. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 Tolkien (2019) Asher Luberto There's a laughable irony to the film. It preaches imagination the way a fundamentalist preaches the Ten Commandments, yet exhibits so little of it. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 Family (2018) David Reidel Family mostly works. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Thaddeus McCollum For the most part, Endgame delivers on the unique brand of humor, action and drama that Marvel has down to a science at this point. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Thaddeus McCollum If you've ever seen an underdog movie, be it The Karate Kid or The Mighty Ducks, you know how this story goes. But Teen Spirit's strength lies in how it goes about bringing life to this particular iteration of the age-old story. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Thaddeus McCollum It treats its subjects - older adults trying to navigate the world of singlehood - with respect rather than forcing the film to be a formulaic romcom. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/5 The Dirt (2019) Steve Schneider Like the Crüe itself, the finished product is more entertaining than actually "good," yet occasionally not just good but great on its own lurid, anything-for-a-reaction terms. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 Us (2019) Kiko Martinez The ambiguous makeup of Peele's sweeping ideas - as much as it allows audiences to explore and interpret multiple themes on their own... feels excessive and detached at times. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Seth Kubersky Captain Marvel lives up to her billing as the heroine we need right now, even if she's not one fragile fanboys deserve. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
1/5 Greta (2018) Cameron Meier In the title role, Isabelle Huppert is miscast, mediocre and never in the least bit scary. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
1.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Cameron Meier Too underdeveloped, derivative and poorly scripted for adults, and too violent and adult-oriented for children. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Cameron Meier Velvet Buzzsaw is a refreshingly offbeat and irresistibly quirky comedy, with a dash of drama and a heap of horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 Cold War (2018) Cameron Meier A cold, passionless, underwritten tale of a relationship wrecked by circumstance. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Cameron Meier Featuring uncannily transportive performances by Steve Coogan as Laurel and John C. Reilly as Hardy, Stan & Ollie is one of the most magical films of the last year. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Cameron Meier Glass glints just enough for a drink. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3.5/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Cameron Meier Admittedly, a couple of plot points either go unresolved or fall flat, but the story itself is emotionally powerful. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Cameron Meier Though the film, unlike its subject, is neither exceptional nor surprising, this juror is returning a thumbs-up verdict. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Cameron Meier A powerful, personal tale of a young man in the throes of addiction, with only his mom to help him. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
4.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Seth Kubersky Mary Poppins Returns turns out to be a practically perfect companion piece that not only honors the spirit of the hallowed original, but even improves on it in some important ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 Roma (2018) Cameron Meier Roma is one of the year's best movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Cameron Meier Lanthimos' production is one of the most beautiful and intriguing of the year - though it's unlikely to be your favorite. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Thaddeus McCollum Easily one of the funniest family films to come out of the Mouse House in years. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 Green Book (2018) Cameron Meier Mortensen is simply wonderful, bringing accessibility and humor to a role that, in another actor's hands, might have been relegated to a meathead racist stereotype. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Cameron Meier [A] slightly predictable but nevertheless meaningful portrait of a depraved belief system. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 Widows (2018) Cameron Meier The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked turducken. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Cameron Meier The Coens... have experimented with shorts before (just not in their own theatrically released feature). But, as usual, they make it seem fresh. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 The Last Suit (2017) Cameron Meier The film succeeds on both a metaphorical and literal level thanks to clever writing and Miguel Ángel Solá, who gives the festival's best performance. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) Cameron Meier Sammy's spirit and talent does shine through. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Laces (2018) Cameron Meier By the end, expect a punch in the emotional gut. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
1.5/5 Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018) Cameron Meier It falls flat both journalistically and cinematically. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Cameron Meier The film is the cinematic equivalent of a rudimentarily assembled greatest-hits compilation when we instead needed a collection of deep album cuts. Nevertheless, Rhapsody will rock you. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 Suspiria (2018) Peg Aloi I loved it. But I did not love all of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018) Cameron Meier The production design is... impressive and, when combined with the pitch-perfect performances, overcomes a screenplay that is somewhat uneven, especially in its final act. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Cameron Meier Van Sant seems to employ disjointed editing as a stylistic crutch. That style might come across as challenging or charming to some viewers, but it lessens the emotional impact and breeds unnecessary narrative confusion. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018