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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Greyhound (2020) Jocelyn Noveck What carries the movie is Hanks' affecting, unshowy portrayal of a man who is highly professional but also scared as heck, and never less than fully aware of the stakes. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
2.5/4 John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Lindsey Bahr Perhaps the most striking aspect of the film is how prophetic it is. Although it doesn't offer any reflection on the current moment, it also won't come as a surprise how we got here. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/4 Hamilton (2020) Mark Kennedy Kail's camera captures actors' intimate faces during key moments in a way impossible for theater-goers and incorporates audience reaction to create an electric filmed version. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
2.5/4 Irresistible (2020) Jocelyn Noveck As things close, we realize we never once really learned, well, what people believe and want in this town - besides simply loving it. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/4 Athlete A (2020) Jake Coyle After "Athlete A," you may never again watch America's pursuit for gold with quite the same enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/4 () Lindsey Bahr The first great comedy of 2020 and it couldn't have come soon enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/4 Babyteeth (2019) Lindsey Bahr Despite a rocky and overly quirky intro, Mendelsohn and Davis are equally superb as parents and partners trying to cling onto their daughter for as long as they can and drifting apart in the process. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
2/4 You Should Have Left (2020) Jocelyn Noveck The tension escalates quite effectively, but the payoff feels weak, because the thing - or person, or whatever - that we're supposed to be most scared of is hardly as scary as the buildup. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/4 Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Mark Kennedy The documentary calmly and with dignity documents Cohn's fall: Disbarred and battling AIDS, he is abandoned by his fancy friends - including Trump and dies in 1986. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
Streets of Laredo (1949) Bob Thomas The plot is as familiar as your own hand and there is little new in the action. But somehow the whole thing turns out to be exciting. Maybe it's because of the capable cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Lindsey Bahr Davidson isn't everyone's cup of tea and no one knows that better than he does. It's that self-awareness that elevates this story and makes "The King of Staten Island" worth the watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
1/4 And We Go Green (2020) Mark Kennedy At times, it seems like "And We Go Green" is really a long commercial for Formula E, with a little soap opera among the drivers thrown in and a peek into the tech of the cars. But none of it rally stays on the road. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/4 Shirley (2020) Jake Coyle There are few more daring actors around right now than Moss, and "Shirley" may be her best performance yet. She's brutally cutting but the pain of every slight ripples across her face. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
2.5/4 We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) Lindsey Bahr Although it might overestimate the audience's knowledge of this particular improv group, it is somewhat extraordinary just how formative it was and how fond they still are of those early days. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
2.5/4 The High Note (2020) Jocelyn Noveck Ross is never less than compelling... Johnson is always easy to watch; Harrison is a dynamic presence, and as for Ice Cube, his low-key comedy is a delight, especially when he's thinking about his weight and waxing dismissively about Pilates and salads. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 The Vast of Night (2019) Jake Coyle The film is one of those little miracles: a directorial debut, made for nothing, that establishes a young filmmaker of self-evident command. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 On the Record (2020) Lindsey Bahr It's both a compliment and a criticism to say that "On the Record" left me wanting much more. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 The Painter and the Thief (2020) Jake Coyle Through twists and turns, The Painter and the Thief depicts not just the two-way transactional relationship between artist and subject, but the shared pain and mutual rehabilitation that can inspire and surround art making. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
3/4 A Secret Love (2020) Lindsey Bahr "A Secret Love" is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
2.5/4 The Lovebirds (2020) Lindsey Bahr Rae and Nanjiani make the ride fun enough with their easy chemistry and silly, wide-eyed panic at everything they're witnessing. Still, "The Lovebirds" lacks the singularity of its stars' other noteworthy roles. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
1.5/4 () Lindsey Bahr Al Capone's last year could make for an interesting film, but there is little poetry or transcendence in "Capone," and nothing even remotely close to the quietly devastating third act of "The Irishman." EDIT
Posted May 14, 2020
1.5/4 Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) Mark Kennedy Wasted but not in a good way. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 Spaceship Earth (2020) Jake Coyle "Spaceship Earth" provides some illuminating context to our shut-in days by going back to the early 1990s to study the Biosphere II, that quixotic endeavor in the Arizona desert in which eight men and women sealed themselves off in a 3-acre complex. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/4 How to Build a Girl (2019) Kathryn Baker It's the kind of easy-to-digest, snappy and endlessly watchable film that makes you wonder why [Coky Giedroyc] not more famous. But perhaps this film will give her that chance. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3/4 Blue Story (2019) Jocelyn Noveck Aside from these compelling young actors, the success here is the fresh and original voice of Rapman, who has said "Blue Story" is largely based on his own life... EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
3/4 Becoming (2020) Lindsey Bahr Being a controlled look doesn't make it less honest or impactful, it's just honest in a different way that doesn't involve showing her husband and daughters eating breakfast in pajamas. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020
2/4 The Wretched (2019) Mark Kennedy It's a development worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, but they've run out of runway and there's only enough room left to battle the witch. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
3.5/4 Bad Education (2019) Jake Coyle It's Tassone's perspective that Finley largely keeps to, which - if you don't know the true story - lets "Bad Education" unspool if not surprisingly at least captivatingly. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
2.5/4 Extraction (2020) Lindsey Bahr " Extraction," is entirely sincere and also pretty fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
The River (1984) Bob Thomas Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson suffer admirably as the farm couple, but their roles have no real dimension. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
2/4 Trolls World Tour (2020) Jake Coyle The plot gives "World Tour" an opportunity to cycle through countless hits, and it does so so speedily that the film often feels less like a story than an impatient, candy-colored battle of the bands. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2020
2/4 Tigertail (2020) Jake Coyle "Tigertail" comes off more as an idea of an arthouse movie than one propelled by its own volition. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
C- Fight Club (1999) Bob Thomas Perhaps it is postmodern filmmaking, whatever that means. In any case, Fight Club remains the ugliest, most inhuman film since Natural Born Killers. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
The Story of Us (1999) Todd Lewan At times you get the feeling, even when they raise their voices, that they're struggling to struggle. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
A- The Story of Us (1999) David Germain A funny, teary, endearing movie that marks [Rob Reiner's] return to the romantic comedy formula he mined so well in When Harry Met Sally. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
1/4 () Lindsey Bahr "Coffee & Kareem" has a sweet premise at its core, with the two polar opposites tied together on a crazy quest, but its gets bogged down in its mission to shock and appall. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Slay the Dragon (2019) Jake Coyle "Slay the Dragon"... may not be the most heartening portrait of our political system. But it's a vital one and it provides reasons for optimism, too. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2020
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Bob Thomas How sweet it is for a reviewer to encounter an unheralded film that gladdens the heart and replenishes the soul The Journey of Natty Gann is one of that rare species It is a well nigh perfect film. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2020
2.5/4 Uncorked (2020) Jake Coyle The pleasures of "Uncorked" are in how it gently eludes stereotype and brings a rich sense of texture to even its smaller moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
Summer School (1987) Bob Thomas An endearing, convulsively funny and faintly thoughtful hot-weather entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
3.5/4 Crip Camp (2020) Lindsey Bahr It's a worthy story even without the coda of the fight for their civil rights. You never know where empowerment might stem from: Sometimes, it's a hippie camp in the Catskills. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
2.5/4 The Banker (2020) Lindsey Bahr Taken on its own, "The Banker" is a pleasant watch. And who wouldn't benefit from a little Mackie and Jackson banter right now? EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
2/4 Bloodshot (2020) Jake Coyle There's a dull thud to "Bloodshot," a bruising action movie that can't equal its brawn with brains... "Bloodshot" is, at least, a little more interesting than it initially appears. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/4 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Lindsey Bahr With her empathetic camera and transcendent storytelling, Hittman elevates their story - so ordinary-seeming on the page - to a great lyrical odyssey. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
2/4 The Hunt (2020) Mark Kennedy "The Hunt" is not great satire or even a great film. It's an unstylish and heavy-handed horror-thriller that turns into a revenge gore-fest as it mocks everyone with a big clumsy paw. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
1/4 Spenser Confidential (2020) Mark Kennedy It's not even clear why the film is called "Spenser Confidential." There's nothing hush-hush about it except this: Everyone associated with the film might want to keep that confidential. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 Onward (2020) Jake Coyle As a Pixar entry, it may be the first to explicitly grapple with not the trials of childhood, but the fraught onset of adulthood. By the time "Onward" has wrapped its journey, it will probably be the only movie with a manticore to make you cry. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
4/4 First Cow (2019) Jake Coyle The joys of "First Cow" are many. The thoughtful, unshowy textures of its clothes and surroundings. The fabulous chemistry of its two leads. The softly stirring guitar of William Tyler's score. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
2.5/4 The Way Back (2020) Lindsey Bahr Affleck carries the film well on his larger-than-usual shoulders, capably showing all sides of a down-on-his-luck alcoholic - the funny, the sweet, the explosive and the self-destructive. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
2.5/4 Burden (2018) Mark Kennedy Writer and director Andrew Heckler has managed to make a powerful film, if not a very subtle one. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020