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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Fatherhood (2021) Lindsey Bahr It's all done with a good heart. Even the cliché moments are understandable. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
1/4 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Mark Kennedy No one - not even fans of the first film - will find this second one to be any sort of classic at all. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/4 Queen Bees (2021) Lindsey Bahr It's a film that seems to have been dreamt up by a reverent grandchild who assumed they knew everything there was to know and never thought to ask the grandparent themselves. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/4 Infinite (2021) Lindsey Bahr It's exactly the kind of big, silly, occasionally exciting spectacle that have come to define summer movie season, for better or worse. There's even an opening for a sequel. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
3.5/4 Luca (2021) Jake Coyle Casarosa's film comes and goes like a soft summer breeze, but that doesn't stop it from being utterly charming. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021
3.5/4 In the Heights (2021) Jocelyn Noveck All characters are beautifully cast, but a standout is Hawkins, who has the soulful voice of a young Christopher Jackson (the original Benny, who has a cameo here) and charisma that burns through the screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
The Philadelphia Story (1940) Robbin Coons Miss Hepburn, who left Hollywood one of its "failures," thus becomes the year's most brilliant "comeback." EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2021
3/4 All Light, Everywhere (2021) Jake Coyle "All Light, Everywhere" examines how cameras have, from their 19th century beginnings, always been a tool of data mining, an instrument of measurement, a framer of a separate, pixelated world. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/4 Edge of the World (2021) Lindsey Bahr While it might not knock it out of the park, "Edge of the World" is still a very solid watch if a little slow-going and might also just inspire you to revisit some of the classics its indebted to which is its own small triumph. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/4 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Mark Kennedy "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" is a fine installment but in an increasingly creaky franchise, appropriate for films that adore the sound of rotting wood floors. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/4 Cruella (2021) Jocelyn Noveck The Met Gala should be so lucky. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2021
3/4 Plan B (2021) Jake Coyle Pointed as the message of "Plan B" is, nothing supersedes just letting these two characters - traditionally bit players at best in high-school comedies - be themselves. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2021
3/4 The Dry (2021) Lindsey Bahr It's actually a bit of a wonder that it wasn't stretched out into a television series itself, but Connolly has a command on the pacing and "The Dry" never feels rushed or undercooked. This is an import that's worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
2.5/4 Dream Horse (2020) Jake Coyle Just as Jan seemingly wills all the good fortune that comes their way, Collette keeps "Dream Horse" at a steady gallop, and Teale makes a terrific companion... It's a little like if "Fight Club" was friendlier, Welsh and equestrian. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
1.5/4 The Woman in the Window (2021) Jake Coyle With a churning score and a few flashy camera tricks, Wright lays it on thick. But the pacing and rhythm - perhaps the result of a lengthy post-production period of reshoots and recuts - feel wrong from the first minutes. It's a shame. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3.5/4 Army Of The Dead (2021) Mark Kennedy Expertly paced and with top-notch special effects, "Army of the Dead" is a popcorn zombie movie for our time. Long live the undead. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3/4 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Lindsey Bahr It might sound cliché, but it's hard to imagine seeing it anywhere but on the big screen. It's the kind of movie that demands it. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
3/4 The Human Factor (2019) Jocelyn Noveck For this viewer, the most "human" factor of the film comes with the shock over Rabin's death, especially from Ross himself. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
1.5/4 Here Today (2021) Jake Coyle If anything, "Here Today" proves that the dynamic Haddish can ably downshift and still be winningly charismatic. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/4 Wrath of Man (2021) Mark Kennedy There is menace, a dull darkness and stillness, as if he's watched "Heat" too many times. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/4 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Lindsey Bahr "Those Who Wish Me Dead" doesn't hold up to much scrutiny. There are too many threads left dangling and characters left unexplored, including Hannah herself. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/4 The Perfect Candidate (2019) Jocelyn Noveck Most of the value in this film comes from the peek it gives us into life as a Saudi woman - a life that is changing, Al-Mansour points out, albeit too slowly for some. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/4 Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Lindsey Bahr The good news is that "Without Remorse" is pretty great when it comes to the action, and there is a lot of it. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
2.5/4 Things Heard & Seen (2021) Jocelyn Noveck Well-cast and often entertaining but campy and sometimes obvious. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
3/4 The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) Jake Coyle In "The Mitchells vs. the Machines," family life is a brilliant, ever-changing collage. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
2.5/4 Monster (2018) Lindsey Bahr Despite some shortcomings though, "Monster" remains a worthy watch if just for Harrison's performance. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2021
2/4 Together Together (2021) Lindsey Bahr Beckwith's script does have a few moments of grace and humor. Helms gets a particularly beautiful monologue about why he wants a child... But there are far more clichés, contrivances and threads left unnecessarily dangling. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
2/4 Mortal Kombat (2021) Mark Kennedy It all culminates in what seems to be a massive multi-part fight but then all the combatants realize that love is stronger than hate and put down their weapons and hug it out. Ha! No way, dude, just kidding. It's a full-on gore-fest of fight porn. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Bob Thomas It is hard to recall any film that has put the wide screen to such impressive use. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2021
2/4 Monday (2020) Jocelyn Noveck Papadimitropoulos doesn't say a whole lot here or offer much of a lesson. This may not be a fatal problem, but it can feel trying; better to watch this film on a Friday, when you have no reason to rush through life. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/4 Gunda (2020) Jake Coyle "Gunda" ultimately falls somewhere between banal and profound. Maybe it's both. Kossokovsky... has grounded the nature film in a new movie terrain that for all its restraint, oozes empathy. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
2/4 Voyagers (2021) Lindsey Bahr It's the kind of premise that you can imagine would have been better served by a limited series with time to get to know and like at least some of the characters so that there are some stakes. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
3.5/4 Moffie (2019) Jake Coyle It's an usual perspective for an apartheid film, something the director - who is gay and mixed race - has acknowledged initially recoiling from. But that point-of-view only makes Hermanus' mission all the more laudable. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
0.5/4 Thunder Force (2021) Mark Kennedy The trailer for the film is way better than sitting through it. It's a tedious mess to endure and seemed like way more fun making than watching. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
2.5/4 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Jake Coyle A rock 'em-sock 'em monster-movie revival with all the requisite explosions, inane plot twists and skyscraper smashing to satisfy most lovers of gigantic amphibians. Vive le cinéma! EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
3/4 French Exit (2020) Lindsey Bahr Pfeiffer is flawless in her most delicious performance in years. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2021
2.5/4 The Courier (2020) Lindsey Bahr While it might not be on the same level as "Bridge of Spies," it's solid, well-acted and enjoyable nonetheless. Just don't use it as the text for any history reports. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
2/4 Happily (2021) Jocelyn Noveck The film progresses in horror-film mode before, in its third act, tying things up in a somewhat clever, unexpected way. By then, though, you may have given up on this group. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
2.5/4 Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) Lindsey Bahr Rarely do you ever wish for something to be longer, but "Six Minutes to Midnight" probably would have benefitted from 30 extra minutes of character development and scene setting. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
3/4 Tina (2021) Jake Coyle But marveling at Turner sing Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand the Rain," you also realize - despite the filmmakers' best efforts - how unknowable she is. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
0.5/4 Nobody (2021) Mark Kennedy There's nothing new in this pointless, misguided mess. And violence as an aphrodisiac is not really what we wanted in 2021. Nobody comes out good in "Nobody." EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2021
3/4 Bhaji on the Beach (1993) Linda Deutsch The unique script, written by Meera Syal from a story conceived by Chadha, gives each actress a chance to shine. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
Clueless (1995) David Goodman Heckerling has filled the screenplay with snappy and perceptive comments on today's pop culture. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
2/4 Yes Day (2021) Jake Coyle "Yes Day" slides too often into contrived, loudly scored montages of "fun" that don't transfer to those of us watching. And while Garner and Ramirez are both very fine actors, neither of them is funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
2.5/4 Come True (2020) Lindsey Bahr For as frustrating as it sometimes is, "Come True" is hard to resist, not unlike a dream itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
1.5/4 Cherry (2021) Mark Kennedy Cherry's decision making at the end is very cool visually, but hard to understand and never explained. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
2/4 Coming 2 America (2021) Jocelyn Noveck It all feels like a 30th reunion - maybe because it IS one - ... and by the end you're happy to have gone but feel no need to be at the next one. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
4/4 The Truffle Hunters (2020) Jake Coyle Wonder and whimsy is back in the forest. "The Truffle Hunters" - surely among the greatest dog movies - even wryly occasionally shifts to a dog's point of view. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/4 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Lindsey Bahr It's also the best kind of feminist film in that it's one that doesn't clobber you with the message. Raya is allowed to be awesome without the script shouting about it all the time and it's better for it. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
2.5/4 The Father (2020) Jake Coyle To see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood is riveting... Yet "The Father" often feels like a clinical puzzle to work out. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021