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Rating Title/Year Author
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
3/4 The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015) John Hartl Arthur Dong, the director of Coming Out Under Fire, tells this strange, sad, unresolved story with remarkable clarity. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
Transsiberian (2008) Mark Rahner A first-class white-knuckle trip. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
3.5/5 The Rat Pack (1998) Kay McFadden What's surprising is the way the deftly handled drama exposes the darkness without destroying the glamour. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
4/4 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) John Hartl This is a shocking, confrontational film that is intended to disturb. It is also an adult film in the best sense. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 Prefontaine (1997) John Hartl The most poignant aspect of Prefontaine has to do with the title character's adjustment to relative failure. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
3.5/4 Hope Gap (2019) Moira MacDonald "Hope Gap" is a deeply sad film, and maybe not what a lot of us are in the mood for these days, but it's ultimately uplifting, in its quiet way. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
2.5/4 The Way Back (2020) Soren Andersen Clichéd as it is, "The Way Back" is not a mawkish picture. Rather, it's notable for the quiet dignity that O'Connor and Affleck bring to the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 Onward (2020) Soren Andersen This is a picture whose subject, loudly and frequently proclaimed, is magic. But there is precious little of the genuine article to be found in it. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Moira MacDonald Whannell expertly plays with our fears: the sudden metallic screech of a dog dish accidentally kicked in the quiet; the house's labyrinthine hallways; the breathing darkness of an empty road. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/4 EMMA. (2020) Moira MacDonald All this adds up to a movie filled with that simple yet rare thing: pure pleasure. This film is both a loving homage to Austen and a celebration of fashion and decorative arts. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
3.5/4 63 Up (2019) Moira MacDonald There is a touching universality to these life stories, which at this point have a lulling near-sameness... EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Moira MacDonald You've never seen another movie quite like this. In its quiet gaze, love becomes art. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/4 The Call of the Wild (2020) Soren Andersen The essence of the London story is retained, with stouthearted Buck being annealed by adversity, overcoming brutality, confusion and loneliness and then responding to the kindness of Thornton to become the leader of the pack. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
2.5/4 Downhill (2020) Moira MacDonald I enjoyed "Downhill" purely for Louis-Dreyfus' performance; we don't get to see the "Veep" star on the big screen very often, so why not revel in her talent when we get the chance? EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
2.5/4 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Soren Andersen "Sonic the Hedgehog" is bright. It's cheery. It's here and then it's gone in a relatively compact 100 minutes, leaving little beyond a slightly sweet aftertaste to mark its passage. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/4 The Assistant (2019) Moira MacDonald You leave "The Assistant" thinking about why some of us are invisible and some of us don't notice - and about how evil lives in the places from which we look away. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Moira MacDonald While I wished Robbie's performance might have had a teensy bit more abandon - her Harley is perpetually putting on a show, but felt perhaps too controlled - she carries the movie with careless aplomb. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
1.5/4 The Rhythm Section (2020) Moira MacDonald You watch wondering what good actors like Lively, Law, Jeffrey and Sterling K. Brown saw in this muddy screenplay, and why Morano, best known for the Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale," couldn't find a way to make them spark. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Soren Andersen The dialogue, the violence, the humor and the intricacy of the storytelling make for a picture in which most everyone in it seems to be having a great deal of chatty, bloody fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' (1995) John Voorhees As the scriptwriter for "The Langoliers," [Tom] Holland has strung together some of the clunkiest dialogue you're ever likely to hear. As the director he has encouraged his mediocre cast to overact shamelessly. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
The Tommyknockers (1993) John Voorhees "The Tommyknockers" is recommended only to dyed-in-the-wool King fans. Other viewers would be wise to turn elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 Dolittle (2020) Soren Andersen For a fun time to dispel the gloom of January, "Dolittle" is just what the doctor ordered. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
1/4 Underwater (2020) Soren Andersen The first creature feature of the new decade is here, and boy is it dumb. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 () Moira MacDonald If "Like a Boss" had a decent screenplay, and was competently directed, it might have been pretty good. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Moira MacDonald Despite its flaws, "Just Mercy" is that rarity - a movie that inspires; a story that brings light. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
3.5/4 1917 (2019) Moira MacDonald MacKay and Chapman disappear into their roles, pulling us into the story. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/4 Little Women (2019) Moira MacDonald This "Little Women" purist was moved to tears by this movie, and didn't want it to end. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/4 Spies in Disguise (2019) Soren Andersen Its true charm lies in the interplay between Smith and Holland. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Moira MacDonald You can imagine how other filmmakers might approach this - it's a beautifully cinematic story - but no one else would film it quite as Malick has. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1.5/4 Cats (2019) Moira MacDonald By the final scene, by which my eyebrows were hurting from being raised so high (the winning cat goes to the Heavyside Layer in a chandelier? What is this, "Phantom of the Opera"?), I was just tired. As was "Cats." Meow. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Soren Andersen Epic it indeed is, full of magnificent set pieces - sprawling space battles and incandescent lightsaber duels - gripping performances and a number of truly stunning surprises. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 Bombshell (2019) Moira MacDonald Ultimately, the film's unwillingness to go deeper makes it fall flat. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
2.5/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Moira MacDonald As always... Eastwood's very good with actors, and the central trio of "Richard Jewell" make the film worth watching. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Soren Andersen It's all undeniably silly, but satisfying in an overstuffed blockbuster sort of way. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2.5/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Moira MacDonald It's a pretty picture and a sweet adventure, and sometimes that's enough. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Moira MacDonald Johansson and Driver are remarkably, heartbreakingly good in every scene; showing their characters' journeys to an unflinching camera, letting the gap between them get wider yet unable, for their son's sake, to completely walk away. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 Waves (2019) Moira MacDonald Schultz has a lovely way of telling a just-on-the-verge-of-melodramatic story on a very human level; his camera gets lost in the faces, the flashing sirens, the immediacy of two young people finding a home with each other. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019