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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Parasite (2019) Moira MacDonald You'll watch knowing you're in the hands of a master filmmaker... EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
2.5/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Moira MacDonald Really, the fun of this movie - aside from the glorious and very velvet-forward costumes, by Ellen Mirojnick - is the performances of the two Hollywood pros at its center, both perfectly cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Soren Andersen It's a sequel without equal in the annals of zom-com cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/4 The Addams Family (2019) Soren Andersen There's a sugary sweetness about it that makes it seem rather more warm and fuzzy than what we normally associate with the macabre essence of all things Addams. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) Moira MacDonald The dialogue is sometimes action-movie awkward, and the characters... never seem more interesting than the format they're wandering in. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Moira MacDonald "Lucy" should soar, but instead, it flatlines. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 Joker (2019) Moira MacDonald "Joker" is an exploration of what causes a lonely, unhinged man to explode, and it has moments that are riveting. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Airborne (1993) Jeff Shannon Oddly enough "Airborne" is tasty cotton candy for the screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Nightjohn (1996) John Voorhees "Nightjohn," unlike most TV movies, sticks in your mind long after it's over, partly because scripter Bill Cain has turned [Gary] Paulsen's book into a multi-leveled portrait of pre-Civil War South. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Four Diamonds (1995) John Voorhees The movie moves from real-life scenes to fantasy very smoothly, thanks to Todd Robinson's script and Peter Werner's direction, and the movie is both entertaining and very moving. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1990) John Voorhees You can bet Twain would have done a far better job than anyone involved here did. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Little Kidnappers (1990) John Voorhees While much of what happens in ``The Little Kidnappers'' is predictabl... what makes it so enjoyable are the completely unself-conscious performances by Leo Wheatley and Charles Miller, as Harry and Davy MacKenzie. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Moira MacDonald What's most appealing about Zellweger's portrayal is the brightness that peeps out from the clouds: her deep love for her children, her sly wit. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Ad Astra (2019) Moira MacDonald Beautiful, eerie and always just a bit out of reach, James Gray's "Ad Astra" is an intriguing if not entirely satisfying space odyssey. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Moira MacDonald It's not a great movie, not by any definition, but I happily lapped up every minute. Nice to see you back, Downton; this fan missed you. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Moira MacDonald You root for them and for the film, which is over too quickly; you just want to hang with these women a little longer. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The Color of Friendship (2000) Melanie McFarland Cutesy interludes don't diminish the movie's impact. "The Color of Friendship" is certainly one of the better films you'll see on the channel, and certainly worth setting aside family tube time. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Moira MacDonald Ultimately, "The Goldfinch" feels like a series of often-elegant moments, in service to a story that never quite comes into focus. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/4 Official Secrets (2019) Moira MacDonald It's a good story, well told, though you have to forgive Hood for indulging in a little journalistic cliché. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Soren Andersen Rather than using the extended running time to dig deep into these characters, director Andy Muschietti, who also directed the original, piles on the frights in a manner that builds to an ending drenched in hysteria. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/4 Don't Let Go (2019) Moira MacDonald The film's better than you'd expect from a late-summer offering, mostly due to a strong cast led by the great Oyelowo. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Soren Andersen "Angel Has Fallen" plays out exactly as you would expect from a potboiler of this type. No surprises here, other than that it exists at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 After the Wedding (2019) Moira MacDonald Is "After the Wedding" a great movie? No, not especially. Are these two women treasures of cinema? Absolutely. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Moira MacDonald Like Bernadette, the movie's lost; you'll need to read the book to truly find her. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Kitchen (2019) Moira MacDonald "The Kitchen" - except for one incandescent performance - is as good as it needs to be, but no more. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Moira MacDonald "The Art of Racing in the Rain" mostly feels like a sentimental slog, punctuated by (admittedly adorable) very long close-ups of Enzo's handsome doggy face while Costner, all raspy and folksy, intones lines like "I was meant to be his dog." EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 ECCO (2019) Soren Andersen Confusion, thy name is "ECCO." EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Moira MacDonald All of this silliness is actually great fun, particularly the bantering chemistry between Johnson and Statham, who spend much of the movie squabbling and calling each other names. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Soren Andersen What we have here is the past, reinvented wholesale, in what amounts to a phantasmagoria of the late 1960s. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/4 Maiden (2018) Moira MacDonald A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman's dream... EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/4 The Farewell (2019) Moira MacDonald It's a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/4 Stuber (2019) Moira MacDonald Ultimately, despite Nanjiani's best efforts, it's a disposable fast-car summer movie, neither terrible or good, for those biding their time before the next "Fast & Furious" installment. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Moira MacDonald [W]hen it's over, you feel like a beloved friend has left the room. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/4 Halston (2019) Moira MacDonald Directed by Frederic Tcheng, who's made a specialty of chic fashion-designer documentaries, this film celebrates Halston's work but shows more interest in the man - and the unexpected corporate drama - behind it. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2.5/4 Midsommar (2019) Soren Andersen Horror is a fragile thing. Suspension of disbelief is key to its effectiveness... In "Midsommar," the spell breaks at the end and the picture collapses. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/4 Yesterday (2019) Brent McKnight The specter of unrealized potential lingers over the film. But directed with Boyle's strong hand and visual flair, the result is an engaging charmer. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/4 The Quiet One (2019) Soren Andersen The hubbub of his Stones years now long in the past, Wyman looks back and remembers, quietly. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/4 Lost & Found (2017) Moira MacDonald By the end of "Lost & Found," you feel as if you've spent some time in that Irish town - and that you've lost just a little something when it's over. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/4 All Is True (2018) Soren Andersen The movie's impressive appearance notwithstanding, Shakespeare's domestic problems do not a classic make. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3.5/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Moira MacDonald Did we really need another "Toy Story" movie? Turns out we did. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Soren Andersen The acting by the two principals is impeccable, their portrait of male friendship is deeply felt. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/4 Shaft (2019) Soren Andersen Its nothing-special plot, the product of writers Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, features ill-defined villains and briefly touches on Islamophobia and military veteran PTSD and drug abuse - and never follows up on any of those issues. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
1.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Moira MacDonald Of everyone on screen, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones come off best in "Men in Black: International." Because they're not actually in the movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
1.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Moira MacDonald "The Dead Don't Die" isn't just deadpan - it's dead. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 Late Night (2019) Moira MacDonald If only real workplaces were like this - but, in the company of Thompson and Kaling, it's a lot of fun to think so. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Soren Andersen "Phoenix" is a joyless addition to the long-running "X-Men" franchise - 12 movies over 18 years - and one is left with the impression that the series has been too long at the fair. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/4 Rocketman (2019) Soren Andersen Egerton is commanding throughout. His performance is truly a marvel. "Rocketman" as well. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 The Souvenir (2019) Soren Andersen "The Souvenir" reveals itself slowly, calmly, with great deliberation. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 Ma (2019) Brent McKnight Spencer's bonkers turn makes the movie, smoothing over plot holes, questionable decision making and a clunky if well-intentioned anti-bullying message. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Soren Andersen Is the picture any good? Uhhh. It's a Godzilla movie. So I'm going to say, "not really." EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019