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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Walter Chaw Between the vicious knifings, the well-choreographed gun and fist battles, and the literal dropping of cars on people, it dawns that this movie isn't just able garbage but somehow...good? EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2.5/4 Color Out of Space (2019) Walter Chaw Fun is enough, don't get me wrong, yet Color Out of Space could be more. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 The Grudge (2020) Walter Chaw I've seen films more gory and violent than The Grudge, but I haven't seen very many that are more brutal. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/4 Black Christmas (2019) Walter Chaw I love the mass murder of a bunch of rapist Kavanaughs as much as anyone, believe me, though I'm not sure the catharsis it proffers is anything but temporary--or, worse, merely palliative. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/4 Underwater (2020) Walter Chaw Underwater is big, noisy, unpretentious fare. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
1/4 1917 (2019) Walter Chaw Making a hollow spectacle of war is ignoble. Sometimes it's dangerously irresponsible. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/4 Little Women (2019) Walter Chaw There's an element of calculated appeasement here that I wish was not. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
1/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Walter Chaw The Rise of Skywalker could be described as a mere compendium of betrayals it commits against itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/4 In Fabric (2018) Walter Chaw In Fabric is a work of great intelligence and craft, but most of all it's a diagnosis, like so many of the films in this, the first disastrous years of our corpulent lord Trump, of the tumours that will kill us... EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Walter Chaw Whatever one thinks of it as an expression of Eastwood's politics, that contrast captures in a nutshell what makes Richard Jewell an occasional delight in spite of its limitations... EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/4 Honey Boy (2019) Walter Chaw I'm not sure I'm compelled by the case it's trying to make, particularly as this story has more to tell, but there's a power to its piquant grace and love and acceptance. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Walter Chaw [I]n The Lighthouse, Eggers engages us in a struggle for consciousness that is as ancient as it is essential. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/4 () Walter Chaw How To the Ends of the Earth ends is as lovely--and strange--as anything from one of countryman Takashi Miike's forays into different forms and genres. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 Stray Dolls (2019) Walter Chaw Were the bad guys, in the end, less central-casting and more mundane, Stray Dolls would be something like a neo-neorealist masterpiece. As it stands, it's a cathartic yawp announcing the arrival of a vibrant, raw voice in Sinha. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/4 Lucky Grandma (2019) Walter Chaw There's promise here as a feature debut. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/4 Driveways (2019) Walter Chaw A sentimental film neither cheap nor schmaltzy, Andrew Ahn's sophomore feature Driveways is a rare beast in more ways than that. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/4 () Walter Chaw Just 6.5 feels hopeless and manic in the same breath. It's timely as hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 Straight Up (2019) Walter Chaw Straight Up is a fine showcase for an emerging voice who is smart enough to keep things tight. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
1/4 () Walter Chaw The problem with A French Woman is that if one must approach something so well-trod, it needs to be special just to distinguish itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Walter Chaw If Doctor Sleep is the product of two powerful fathers, the end result of the union is that unlikeliest of mules: a viable one. I'll be seeing it again. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/4 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Alice Stoehr Costin's sheer access means she turns up a number of amusing tidbits, but just as many platitudes. So much of the art form goes unheard. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/4 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Bill Chambers It's just an ugly piece of work. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Satan's Slaves (2017) Walter Chaw For it to find a wide audience speaks to its quality, sure, but also to the urgency with which we all need to pay attention to things like canaries in coal mines. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
The Last Dragon (1985) Walter Chaw a tantalizing glimpse at how things were supposed to go. It's the truth. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Babe: Pig in the City (1998) Walter Chaw It's a bracing shot of inspiration: the darker it gets, the more important kindness becomes. It could've been made yesterday. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Pump Up the Volume (1990) Walter Chaw 'Pump Up The Volume' Still Shines In Its Exploration of Depression and Trauma EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Angel Heart (1987) Walter Chaw Parker's text is impossibly rich, impossibly complex. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Alien Nation (1988) Walter Chaw "... a sometimes-brilliant metaphor for the experience of Asian immigrants in the United States." EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Flashback (1990) Walter Chaw "the message of the film is that there's hope yet and time enough for the young to find their voice and their courage." EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Walter Chaw All of this to say that Dark Fate is a deep and complex satire of contemporary gender roles, the danger of massive lurches in military and surveillance technology, and the broken state of our national politics. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
1/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Walter Chaw [A] largely unremarkable movie that trafficks in sentimentality and a Pollyannaish worldview... EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/4 Gemini Man (2019) Walter Chaw It's a proof of concept, not a feature; a high-concept, not a screenplay. It'll have a half-life, but for all the wrong reasons. There's your metaphor. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 Waves (2019) Walter Chaw It has the best of intentions, no question, but I've seen this story told in this voice before. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 3 From Hell (2019) Walter Chaw 3 From Hell is smart and committed exploitation filmmaking--discomfiting and surreal and fully-engaged in creating a universe where the only way to win is not to play. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/4 Ad Astra (2019) Walter Chaw Ad Astra is one half imagistic masterpiece and one half that director's commentary where all they're doing is listing what's on the screen and repeating the dialogue. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 Atlantics (2019) Angelo Muredda [T]his is stirring stuff, the rare contemporary fable that's firmly grounded in real soil. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Walter Chaw It's that rarity of a film that believes it's smarter than you and then proves it. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/4 () Angelo Muredda [T]he film is surprisingly complicated about the new worlds, sensory experiences, and cultures in which Ruben is being initiated. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Angelo Muredda Heller's take... treats the children's broadcaster not so much as a person with a life story worth profiling, but as a contagion for radical ways of sublimating anger in children and adults alike. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Bill Chambers If nothing else, Todd Phillips's Joker proves that two scenes do not a movie make. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3.5/4 () Angelo Muredda A wildly inventive dramatization of the formative pre-office days of the nation's only P.M. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Walter Chaw It's a supreme act of hope appearing in the middle of a period of collective hopelessness. Gorgeous, too. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 The Climb (2017) Walter Chaw I loved watching The Climb, though. I can't wait for the filmmakers' next time at bat. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Walter Chaw It 2 is about how everything is terrible, but there's hope strong enough to fight it if we believe in our friends. And if they believe in us. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Walter Chaw Parasite goes from Shoplifters to Get Out to Sorry to Bother You in a breakneck way so unsettling you don't notice it happening. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
1/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Angelo Muredda That makes it one of the most conspicuously flat prestige failures in recent memory, a film only a festival audience paying for the honour of seeing Nicole Kidman gingerly waving up to the balcony could love. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/4 Varda by Agnès (2019) Bill Chambers [T]his is a rich, deep dive into a body of work the filmmaker says has always been motivated by three things: creativity, inspiration, and an urge to share. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Bill Chambers Pain and Glory is a gem. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Walter Chaw Portrait of a Lady on Fire is as smart as it as emotionally trenchant. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
0/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Walter Chaw The Aeronauts is an expensive project propelled by cheap emotional manipulation. The jokes about hot air or gas sort of write themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019