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Rating Title/Year Author
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
1.5/4 Aladdin (2019) Soren Andersen It's got a flying carpet. It's got an enchanted lamp. It's got a shape-shifting genie. But alas, "Aladdin" lacks real magic. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Moira MacDonald Olivia Wilde's raunchy yet adorable high-school comedy "Booksmart" understands a basic truth: For so many former teenage girls, your first love is your high-school best friend. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Moira MacDonald It's a haunting, heartbreaking story, told by a movie that never quite makes a case for itself to exist. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Moira MacDonald It's all quite wistfully romantic, and mostly winningly so, despite the sometimes wise-way-beyond-their-years dialogue and not always plausible plot. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Soren Andersen It's all pretty silly, but the way "Parabellum" keeps topping itself and then topping the toppings makes the picture eminently watchable. It's a guilty summertime-movie pleasure for sure. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
1.5/4 The Hustle (2019) Moira MacDonald I wished I'd stayed home and re-watched "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - maybe as a double feature with "Ocean's 8" - instead. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/4 Shadow (2018) Tom Keogh It's always good to see this side of Zhang's work. "Shadow" will not soon be forgotten. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 The White Crow (2018) Moira MacDonald It's a movie full of small pleasures, such as the Polaroid-ish softness of the cinematography, Fiennes' quietly noble performance as Nureyev's mentor Pushkin, and the glimpses of the ballet studios... EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Soren Andersen Overlong set-piece action scenes pitched in the key of chaos, full of running and screaming and a whole lot of falling down, ultimately turn "Pikachu" into a wearying slog. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2/4 The Intruder (2019) Moira MacDonald There's exactly one good jump-scare, which probably would have caused me to drop my popcorn if I hadn't finished it already; otherwise it's fairly uninspired. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Moira MacDonald Whoever came up with the idea of pairing Theron and Rogen needs to be put in charge of casting all Hollywood comedies. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 Red Joan (2018) Moira MacDonald Dench, in her limited screen time, gives us tantalizing hints of who this weary-looking woman, slumped by the weight of secrets, might be. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 Stockholm (2018) Soren Andersen Thanks to the excellence of its two key performances, "Stockholm" is an uncommonly effective thriller, one with a heart and a brain. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
0.5/4 Street Fighter (1994) Jeff Shannon While de Souza's arrested development makes him a likely suspect to adapt a video game for movies, the result (like The Super Mario Brothers movie before it) is an empty exercise in hyper-stimulation. Or, to put it bluntly, a complete waste of time. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Moira MacDonald Oh yes indeed. "Avengers: Endgame" brought it. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/4 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Moira MacDonald While the style of the movie works against the seriousness of that message just a bit, it still gets through. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/4 Peterloo (2018) Moira MacDonald "Peterloo" takes its time, giving us little by way of explanation and grounding but creating, in its bits and pieces, a vivid and coherent world. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/4 Penguins (2019) Soren Andersen Cute is king here. Which figures. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/4 Amazing Grace (2018) Moira MacDonald Franklin died last year, but her voice lives on in anyone who's heard it. In this joyous, unforgettable film, she'll never grow old. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 Little (2019) Moira MacDonald Martin - who at age 10 came up with and pitched the idea for this movie (she's now 14) - carries this movie on her small, resolute shoulders. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 Missing Link (2019) Soren Andersen "Link" is fun as far as it goes, but from Laika we expect something with a little more depth. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
1.5/4 Pet Sematary (2019) Soren Andersen Should have left well enough alone. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Moira MacDonald This movie is basically "Big" with a superhero. Need I say anything more? That premise already has you in the popcorn line, right? EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 Stepmom (1998) John Hartl The result is a cartoonish two-hour-plus soap opera of little distinction, played by actors who deserve better and should have known better. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/4 The Mustang (2019) Soren Andersen A stringent tale of a struggle for redemption. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Soren Andersen Burton's command of this material and his masterful visual sense makes this "Dumbo" an engaging delight. Like that winsome elephant, it really does soar. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/4 The Aftermath (2019) Moira MacDonald "The Aftermath" is a lot of pretty mush. Or, rather, it's like suds; its lovely bubbles pop, leaving nothing behind. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Soren Andersen "Hotel Mumbai" is a road map of atrocity. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3.5/4 Us (2019) Moira MacDonald While the movie doesn't entirely do justice to its ambitious theme - it gets a little stuck in chase-and-attack mode for too long, and its final scenes are a bit opaque - it's always surprising and completely gripping. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Moira MacDonald You can see Gloria's bad decisions coming from across the street, but it doesn't matter: The pleasure of "Gloria Bell," whether or not you've seen "Gloria," is watching Moore wrap herself in the role like a soft shawl. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/4 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Soren Andersen It's a lot to pack into a movie of less than two hours of running time. To Nguyen's credit, he balances the elements of his screenplay with such skill that the audience doesn't get too lost in the weeds. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
2/4 Wonder Park (2019) Soren Andersen It's colorful. It's predictable. And also quickly forgettable. Genuine wonderment is in short supply in "Wonder Park." EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 The Wedding Guest (2018) Soren Andersen "The Wedding Guest" is a thriller without thrills. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
2/4 The Kid (2019) Soren Andersen There's gunplay aplenty, but nothing about "The Kid" sets it apart from the many Billy movies that have preceded it. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Soren Andersen When greed runs up against conscience, you've got a story. It does in "Triple Frontier," and the story of that collision is a violent and thought-provoking one. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Moira MacDonald Like its tough, smart heroine, "Captain Marvel" dances to its own beat; it's an origin story that isn't structured as an origin story but gets there all the same. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/4 Todos lo saben (2018) Moira MacDonald There's a lovely sense, throughout the film, of how real life sometimes interrupts things, the way a child's prattling disrupts the pretty wedding ceremony, or how even in the midst of grief breakfast must be made. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/4 Greta (2018) Moira MacDonald With one exception, everything about Neil Jordan's quick, tidy horror film "Greta" is disappointingly mundane. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Soren Andersen Even 50 years later, this is history that never gets old. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019