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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) Moira MacDonald Ultimately, "The Electrical Life of Louis Wain" is made enjoyable by its human and feline actors, despite the sadness of the material, and it left me wanting to know more about its subject, which I suppose is the point. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
3.5/4 The French Dispatch (2021) Moira MacDonald "The French Dispatch" is an elegant ode to good writing, and to those who quietly stand behind the words. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2021
4/4 Dune (2021) Soren Andersen Just see it. It's remarkable. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2021
3/4 The Last Duel (2021) Soren Andersen Scott, who knows a thing or two about how to mount sweeping historical epics, is in his element here. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2021
2.5/4 Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Soren Andersen The picture's stylistic excesses... leave the viewer feeling pulverized by the time the closing credits roll. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
2.5/4 No Time to Die (2021) Moira MacDonald "No Time to Die" has moments of pleasure, lots of them, but ultimately it feels heavy in a way a Bond movie shouldn't; its pacing is off and it can't quite sell the earnestness and even sentimentality of much of its storyline. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
3/4 East of the Mountains (2021) Soren Andersen It's a small-scale intimate movie solidly anchored by Skerritt's disciplined, deeply felt work. It's one of the best performances of his career. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
3/4 The Card Counter (2020) Soren Andersen The filmmaker's trademarks - guilt, redemption, a soul in torment - are all here. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
2.5/4 Flag Day (2021) Soren Andersen Clearly, the picture is a labor of love by the Penns, but too often it just feels labored. There's a sense of everyone trying too hard. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
3.5/4 Ailey (2021) Moira MacDonald You leave "Ailey" hoping that, somewhere, he's watching still. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
Cool as Ice (1991) John Hartl Try to imagine Vanilla Ice in the Marlon Brando role in The Wild One. Somebody did, and this is the embarrassing result. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
2.5/4 Free Guy (2021) Soren Andersen There's nothing new here, but thanks to Reynolds it's worth stepping out to a theater to enjoy a tasty summertime treat. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
3.5/4 The Suicide Squad (2021) Soren Andersen Gunn masterfully mixes humor and bloodshed and manages to give a surprising number of characters room to develop their personas. And when it comes to staging set pieces, he's at his best. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
2/4 Stillwater (2021) Soren Andersen For most of its length, "Stillwater" goes along as a meticulous examination of its central characters. And then suddenly near the end it jumps the tracks. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2021
1.5/4 Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Soren Andersen It's as though Schwentke was operating from a checklist of expected action-movie clichés and hurries through them all. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
3/4 Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Bethany Jean Clement The redemption here - if there may, please, please, be some - is in the celebration of his life, and in the fact that all the love for him clearly cannot do anything but continue on. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
3.5/4 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Moira MacDonald Moreno, now in her late 80s, thoughtfully walks us through a life that encompassed both enormous success and constant struggle. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
3/4 Luca (2021) Moira MacDonald Maybe not every Pixar movie can be "Up." For now, we'll just let adorable be enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
4/4 In the Heights (2021) Moira MacDonald Maybe I didn't exactly dance down the aisle on my way out of the theater, but rest assured that I did so in my heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
3.5/4 Cruella (2021) Moira MacDonald "Cruella" feels like a wildly imaginative superhero movie, but with fashion instead of superpowers. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
3/4 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Moira MacDonald Bring on Part III, quietly. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2021
3.5/4 The Dry (2021) Moira MacDonald You watch waiting for rain and hoping it doesn't come, so you can stay in "The Dry" a little bit longer. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3/4 Bhaji on the Beach (1993) John Hartl The scenes in Blackpool are vibrant, funny and finally quite complex and powerful. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
3/4 The Paper Tigers (2020) Soren Andersen It's a fun, satisfying picture. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2021
2/4 French Exit (2020) Moira MacDonald "French Exit" isn't without its pleasures; but you watch it dreaming of the movie it might have been. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2021
2.5/4 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Moira MacDonald "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" isn't quite worthy of the performance at its core. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/4 Nights of Cabiria (1957) John Hartl Fellini and Masina's unique collaboration appears to demolish the wall between life and art, film and audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
3.5/4 Minari (2020) Moira MacDonald In creating a filmic love letter to his own family, Chung has crafted one for us all. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
The Half of It (2020) Moira MacDonald It's a wistful charmer. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2021
4/4 Nomadland (2020) Moira MacDonald Zhao shows us the difficulty of this life - the endless laundromats, the cramped bed in the van, the cold, the possessions left behind - but also its beauty and freedom. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/4 The Little Things (2021) Moira MacDonald At a time when movie-star charisma is in short supply, it brings some somber but welcome diversion. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/4 Soul (2020) Moira MacDonald Play it again, "Soul." EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
2.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Moira MacDonald You watch thinking of the original three years ago, and wishing this one were better. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The Joy Luck Club (1993) Mary F. Chen Both generations are fearful of revealing their true identities, yet hopeful of discovery. This is the greatest truth of The Joy Luck Club, both the film and the novel. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Moira MacDonald A celebration of language - Wilson's glorious storytelling is given its due by this masterful ensemble cast, who weave colorful tapestries with his words - and of music's transformative power. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 The Nest (2020) Moira MacDonald You may not sympathize much with these people, but you'll have a hard time looking away. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 Come Away (2020) Moira MacDonald It just feels like a pretty idea that didn't get fully developed; an origin story that we didn't need. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
The Unforeseen (2007) John Hartl A gorgeous, thoughtful film that is remarkably evenhanded in its treatment of the subject. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 Mulan (2020) Moira MacDonald While it's still unmistakably a Disney film, with its uncomplicated character arcs and picture-prettiness, it's also at its core a moving story of a young woman finding her strength. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Born to Be Wild (1995) John Hartl Screenwriters Paul Young and John Bunzel... can't decide whether they're making a slapstick comedy or an impassioned ecological statement or just a harmless baby-sitter... EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
B+ Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (2011) Brent McKnight Low budget, campy, and outlandish. There's murder, mayhem, cross-dressing, and a surprisingly gooey emotional center. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
B Once Upon a Time in Queens (2013) Brent McKnight A fantastic cast comes together to create a funny, poignant portrait of a man trying to cope with his past, and a present he doesn't fully comprehend. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
C- Machete Kills (2013) Brent McKnight "Machete Kills" takes on the madman taking over the world sub genre favored by middle-era James Bond films, mixes that with an excess of "Star Wars" jokes, and concocts a bland caricature. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
B Cannibal (2013) Brent McKnight "Cannibal" is not your run of the mill human-flesh-eating film, more a slow burn thriller than exploitation style horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
C- Jupiter Ascending (2015) Brent McKnight No amount of visual pyrotechnics, no matter how spectacular, can save such a tired, weak story. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
C In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Brent McKnight Thor and Spider-Man fight a whale. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
B Carnage Park (2016) Brent McKnight With a stark, spare style, and an almost unbearably stressful final 50 minutes, Carnage Park captures the look and feel of the back-end of a drive-in double feature. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
B+ Ingrid Goes West (2017) Brent McKnight Relevant, timely, and uncomfortably close to home, Ingrid Goes West delivers a quirky, fun, brutally awkward, legitimately unsettling cautionary tale about influencer culture and social media obsession. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
B Captain Marvel (2019) Brent McKnight "Captain Marvel" has things going for it that elevate it a bit above the pack and provide more cultural oomph and import, but despite that, this is also a Marvel movie that feels like another Marvel movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) John Hartl What lends it novelty and makes it such wicked fun is the change of locale from a Capra-esque small town to rude, hectic New York City. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020