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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Rocketman (2019) Jake Coyle Like its flamboyant subject, it's a movie outfitted to the nines in dazzle and verve, even if it's gotten all dressed up with nowhere to go but the most conventional places. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 The Souvenir (2019) Jocelyn Noveck The result is a fairly smashing debut, a performance so genuine, detailed and lived-in. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Lindsey Bahr The sparks are few in this labored romance. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jake Coyle With a seamless mix of CGI and stunt work, Stahelski fluidly choreographs ballets of bullets and endless violent encounters across a grim cityscape. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 Poms (2019) Lindsey Bahr It's fine to make a film that's just supposed to make an audience smile (hello, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again") but this film doesn't even get close to that level of joy. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Mark Kennedy This one just feels like a venal money grab from a mega corporation. You've played Pokémon Go, right? Call this one Pokémon Don't Go. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Lindsey Bahr Theron and Rogen have a natural chemistry that makes spending a couple hours with them, even in the dullish moments, a joy. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Jocelyn Noveck All these events are fascinating - but they're public record. Suddenly our narrative film seems to lose its original focus and turn into a documentary - polished and absorbing, but telling us nothing new. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Jake Coyle More than any of those franchises, "Endgame," at its best moments, carries the thrill of classic comic-book twists and reversals. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/4 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Lindsey Bahr The legend of La Llorona could inspire a whole universe of films on its own, but not with a kick-off like this. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Jake Coyle Under the Silver Lake may be for you a satisfying experience, a sort of high-gloss, nicely crafted daydream with a good score and generous references to LA noir films. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/4 () Mesfin Fekadu Homecoming: A film by Beyoncé...captures the human side of the superstar singer with behind-the-scenes, intimate moments of a mother, wife and artist tirelessly working on what's already become one of most iconic musical performances of all-time. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 Someone Great (2019) Jake Coyle What "Someone Great" is missing is anything that punctures its rom-com bubble. At no point is there any doubt that the power of friendship will triumph. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 Little (2019) Jake Coyle The trio of Hall, Rae and Martin makes "Little" a consistently pleasant experience. Martin isn't just playing a version of her "black-ish" character, but is effectively channeling Hall's performance in miniature. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
1/4 Hellboy (2019) Mark Kennedy It's really a series of violent vignettes strung together, getting more and more outlandish and introducing characters at such a blistering pace that you just want it to stop already. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 High Life (2018) Lindsey Bahr I'm still not entirely sure what it all adds up to, but it is provocative, difficult and bleak and leaves you with a very precise feeling of despair and aloneness - just like the best of the space independents do. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/4 Amazing Grace (2018) Jake Coyle Amazing Grace is best when her face, sweaty and blissful in song, fills the frame. She nearly glows. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/4 She's Having a Baby (1988) Bob Thomas Hughes has supplied some bright, even brilliant touches in dealing with the traditional cliches. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Bob Thomas Why do filmmakers try to improve on the original with louder music, bigger stunts, grosser situations? Such questions come to mind on viewing Beverly Hills Cop II, Paramount's attempt to renew its 1985 gold mine. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Bob Thomas Armed with a beautifully constructed screen play, John Huston has fashioned an exciting picture that avoids all the pitfalls of most crime movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Crocodile Dundee (1986) Bob Thomas Crocodile Dundee demonstrates that Australians have a talent for comedy as well. It's a joyful movie, full of the wonder of vintage Frank Capra, with an ingenuous hero plunked down in the big, bad city. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
In the Cut (2003) Christy Lemire Beneath its dense texture and rich mood, Jane Campion's romantic thriller is about nothing and goes nowhere. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
The Bicycle Thief (1948) Bob Thomas This gem tells the story of a frantic search bv a man and his son for a stolen bike which provided for the family's existence. It is told with the usual Italian realism, but with unusual excitement. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Coma (1978) Bob Thomas A medical thriller of obvious authenticity... Crichton exploits the suspense with enough skill to make you overlook the far-fetched nature of the premise. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Coming Home (1978) Bob Thomas Miss Fonda continues her gallery of sensitive portrayals, Dern is absolutely chilling when he confronts the lovers, Voigt is superb. Despite their efforts and the knowing direction of Hal Ashby, the overall effect is as depressing as the war itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Lost Souls (2000) Bob Thomas Well-plotted, with a first-class group of actors and sure-handed direction by Steven Spielberg's favorite cinema-tographer, Janusz Kaminski. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Das Boot (1981) Bob Thomas Peterson has captured the teamwork, the claustrophobia and the peril of underwater warfare. He draws compelling performances from the crewmen, many of them quite young. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Dumbo (2019) Jake Coyle [It] has charms and melancholies of its own, starting, naturally, with the elephant in the room. Of all the CGI make-overs, this Dumbo is the most textured, sweetest and most soulful of creatures. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
2.5/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Lindsey Bahr There is a lot of fun to be had living in Moondog's world for 95 minutes, and the film goes down suspiciously easy for something so ugly and amoral. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Orca (1977) Bob Thomas The whale has the best scenes and manages to capture the audience's sympathy. Certainly there can be none for the makers of this soggy saga. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/4 The Highwaymen (2019) Mark Kennedy Like its predecessor, there's lots of cultural commentary going on in the moody and enjoyable Netflix take - issues of criminal determinism, ageism, poverty, moral compromising and, of course, celebrity. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Lindsey Bahr "Shazam!" is just a lightning bolt of unexpected joy that is certainly worth your time and money. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Ice Princess (2005) David Germain There's nothing wrong with that old fashioned, squeaky-clean Disney formula. When it's well done, it can be a refreshing break from the crude comedy of most family films today. Yet Ice Princess is not particularly well done. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Jake Coyle While each member of the family excels, Nyong'o delivers arguably her fiercest, most extraordinary performance as both Adelaide and her monstrous doppelganger. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Aliens (1986) Bob Thomas Sigourney Weaver is merely terrific... When she straps on her armament to do battle with the aliens, she makes Sylvester Stallone look like a pipsqueak. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/4 Wonder Park (2019) Mark Kennedy Wonder Park has a great premise about a spunky kid engineer and a world she constructs taking flight, but takes a few too many dark loop-de-loops and crashes hard. If you pass this amusement park, skip it. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Lindsey Bahr Even with its unusually restrained running time, "The Mustang" is a powerful and emotional journey framed by gorgeous sun-soaked shots of the stark Nevada landscape. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Jake Coyle Triple Frontier has the good sense to take a macho, "Expendables"-like set-up and turn it inward. It just doesn't go far enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/4 The Kid (2019) Jocelyn Noveck Check out "The Kid" for some pleasant entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
A Chorus Line (1985) Bob Thomas Attenborough hasn't solved all of the problems; claustrophobia sometimes creeps into the proceedings But he keeps the performances alive and the camera moving, and he has brought a stagy musical to glowing life. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Police Academy (1984) Bob Thomas Police Academy is a dumb-funny movie that succeeds by virtue of sheer invention. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Lindsey Bahr The first female-led movie of the MCU deserved more. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Jake Coyle Apollo 11 might not tell you anything you don't already know about the moon landing. But it will make you feel it, and see it, anew. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Kingdom Come (2001) Anthony Breznican This story about relatives who set about annoying each other at a funeral has some heartfelt emotion, but it clashes spectacularly with unseemly gross-out humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 Greta (2018) Lindsey Bahr Greta is about as retrograde as you can get, but accepting that, it's also tremendously silly and kind of a blast. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 The Wedding Guest (2018) Mark Kennedy So "The Wedding Guest" might not completely work as a thriller or a satisfying rom-com, but for anyone missing India or planning to go, it's a film worth getting lost in. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) David Germain The sumptuous production, eclectic score, grand performances and engrossing moments of suspense make Ripley one the year's finer offerings. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) Bob Thomas There is also a troupe of Hollyactors who act out an involved plot calculated to extend the long duration of the picture. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
All About Eve (1950) Bob Thomas All About Eve ranks among the smartest comedy-dramas in many, many years. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
2.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Jake Coyle How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings the franchise to a close with an affectionate chapter that continues the adventures of the Viking boy-turned-chief Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful dragon Toothless. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019