Film Freak Central

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Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 Coming 2 America (2021) Walter Chaw I was uncomfortable with this when I was 15. I'm uncomfortable with it now, too. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 Supernova (2020) Walter Chaw Supernova is small pools of warmth along a long, dark street, walked in the company of wonderful guys I wish I knew and could spend an evening with some time... EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/4 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Walter Chaw Ripley ain't got nothin' on Maude, and Liang deserves another shot at this with a project not saddled with a repulsive toad from a family of them as its credited co-author. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
0/4 Music (2021) Walter Chaw Released in such proximity to Sound of Metal, the astonishing insensitivity of Music seems all the more glaring. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
1/4 Palmer (2021) Walter Chaw Palmer is terrible, it's true, but in a bland way that makes it more innocuous than offensive. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
1.5/4 Willy's Wonderland (2021) Walter Chaw It doesn't see any need to be good, so it's not good. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
4/4 Strawberry Mansion (2021) Walter Chaw Strawberry Mansion's aggressive artifice actually enhances its emotional authenticity. I love this film. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Walter Chaw What I really want to say is that Judas and the Black Messiah nails the feeling of not only that era but this one as well... EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/4 Violation (2020) Walter Chaw What I like best about Violation, though, isn't its similarities to modern examples, but rather its relationship (not unlike Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring) to ancient examples such as Medea and Atreus. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
0/4 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Walter Chaw All Malcolm & Marie inspired in me is revulsion. These aren't characters engaged in a drama--they're mouthpieces engaged in an inexplicably-martyred person's harangue. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
1.5/4 The Reckoning (2021) Walter Chaw It's like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, only more boring. What a pity. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/4 The Pink Cloud (2021) Walter Chaw I took solace that although The Pink Cloud offers the sweet release of death, there remains enough to living that not everyone takes it immediately. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 Knocking (2021) Walter Chaw The film belongs to Milocci, and whatever movie's playing inside her head is more interesting than what's playing outside of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
1/4 Cryptozoo (2021) Walter Chaw Cryptozoo exists at that delicate crossroads between arrogant and obnoxious where freshman cosmology majors tend to hang out, free-climbing the outside of the dorm and doing slackrope in the park. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
1/4 The Little Things (2021) Walter Chaw The Little Things is awful and made extra frustrating by how blindingly great Washington is in it. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/4 Sputnik (2020) Walter Chaw As metaphors for this ugly moment in history go, Sputnik is one of the best. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/4 Minor Premise (2020) Walter Chaw Minor Premise works through its tangle with a deft touch: one moment a romance, the next a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
4/4 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Walter Chaw The thing I say about Charlie Kaufman films is that I never really understand them, but they always seem to understand me. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
4/4 Minari (2020) Walter Chaw Minari gets everything right. Exactly right. Excruciatingly right. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
1.5/4 The Midnight Sky (2020) Walter Chaw While the temptation is great to consider quarantine metatexts and global-warming parables in movies released this year, honestly, there's as much weight in this as in your average Sting song. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
1.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Walter Chaw The overall message is that you should be careful what you wish for. I liked the first Wonder Woman pretty well and wished for a sequel that would expand on this character. I'm sorry, everybody. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 Soul (2020) Walter Chaw It's a minor flick, to be sure, but the band is tight tonight and there's some pleasure in that if you give yourself over to it. It doesn't have fire, I'd say, but it's got a spark. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
1.5/4 News of the World (2020) Walter Chaw For a film about a performer of current events, it has a terrible time reading the room. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/4 On the Rocks (2020) Walter Chaw Everything is right about On the Rocks. It's terribly sad. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
1/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Walter Chaw Unfortunately, like Hard Candy, Promising Young Woman is a sheep in wolf's clothing, a mousetrap made out of wax, good intentions, and the right politics that pulls its punches in absurd, and absurdly consistent, ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
3/4 Love and Monsters (2020) Walter Chaw It has it all. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
2.5/4 Mank (2020) Walter Chaw Mank is about being destroyed for trying to survive while avoiding doing the wrong thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
2.5/4 Freaky (2020) Walter Chaw As it is, it's a fascinating footnote to our era of assumed identities and finding out that our next-door neighbour is maybe not who we thought they were. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/4 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Walter Chaw What Possessor contributes to this conversation is the notion that whatever mask we wear, it only ever covers the immense grandeur of our brutal biological impulse. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/4 I'm Your Woman (2020) Walter Chaw Exquisitely scripted, I'm Your Woman is like a lost Alan Pakula film--the honorary fourth entry in his paranoia trilogy, perhaps, and the only one that speaks to a genuine possibility for the world not as it is, but as it could be... EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
1.5/4 Come Play (2020) Walter Chaw So many "ifs"--and none of the answers are fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2020
2.5/4 Spring Blossom (2020) Bill Chambers [I]t's in scenes on the fringes of the love story that Lindon shows the most promise as a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/4 Falling (2020) Bill Chambers A bigger problem is that for as warmly as I feel towards Henriksen the actor, he might be too convincing here: there's no charisma behind Willis's bile. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/4 Another Round (2020) Bill Chambers Mikkelsen is touchingly wistful in a role that's 180 removed from Hannibal Lecter but still counts on his innate combustibility, and the film engages in some hilarious internal debate over whether drinking is good or bad for politics. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
2.5/4 Notturno (2020) Bill Chambers It has an eerie stillness, though, that feels cumulatively apocalyptic. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/4 Shiva Baby (2020) Angelo Muredda Shiva Baby has a manic, chaotically overstuffed mise en scène and a prickliness (thanks in part to Sennott's unique affect--she's at once a born hustler and relentlessly downbeat) that set it apart in spite of its familiarity. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/4 MLK/FBI (2020) Angelo Muredda Pollard's nonfiction essay is an infuriating and timely document undermined at times by its glossy, cinema-of-quality treatment. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/4 Fauna (2020) Bill Chambers Not bad for a movie without an official screenplay credit. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
1.5/4 Nuevo Orden (2020) Bill Chambers Yet the clever and horrifying what-if scenario that is New Order's raison d'être doesn't stand up to scrutiny, not only because of the risibly compressed timetable... but also... because there just aren't enough players involved in the game. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/4 City Hall (2020) Angelo Muredda Though it clocks in at a hefty 275 minutes, City Hall is never a slog, unfurling as a series of fleet, wry vignettes that guide us in and out of different chambers of the titular institution. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/4 I Am Greta (2020) Bill Chambers A deceptively stock rise-to-influence documentary, I Am Greta has haunted me like nothing that begins with "Hulu Presents" reasonably should. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
1/4 Penguin Bloom (2020) Angelo Muredda Naomi Watts should stop vacationing in Thailand. That's just about the only lesson worth heeding in the faux-inspirational, would-be edifying Penguin Bloom, which plays out like an unofficial remake of J.A. Bayona's otherwise forgettable The Impossible... EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/4 The Truffle Hunters (2020) Angelo Muredda What starts as a warm-hearted portrait of a stubborn artisan who loves his dog and refuses to share either his knowledge or his life with anyone but her gradually becomes an oddly fraught story of succession and dread about the future... EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5/4 () Angelo Muredda Refusing the static archives that collect ephemera of Indigenous life... her film creates a more capacious counter-gallery, where spectators can instead observe and participate in a very much living art. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/4 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Bill Chambers For all of Byrne's liberal messaging throughout the concert--its producers went so far as to register voters in the lobby--it's this montage that speaks loudest and cements the integrity of the project. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/4 Nomadland (2020) Bill Chambers Its gentle survey of humanity reminds me of another unlikely Disney movie, David Lynch's The Straight Story, which is no small compliment. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
2/4 Get the Hell Out (2020) Bill Chambers Though Get the Hell Out's playful impulses are somewhat refreshing for the genre, they ultimately distract from its cliched, rote trajectory rather than subvert it. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/4 First Cow (2019) Bryant Frazer Impressively rich with period detail and finely drawn characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
1.5/4 Mulan (2020) Walter Chaw Everything about this Mulan is ironic accidentally. Whatever its intentions, its execution and the circumstances of its creation are in opposition to them. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
2.5/4 Tenet (2020) Walter Chaw I liked Tenet. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020