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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 The Last Resort (2018) Rene Rodriguez This affectionate, thoughtful and hugely entertaining movie begins as a documentary about the Jewish snowbirds who settled in South Beach in the 1950s and 60s. Then it evolves into something darker and more complicated than sunny nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
13TH (2016) Leonard Pitts Jr. 13th doesn't tell you anything you didn't already know if you've been paying attention. Its triumph is to fit the pieces together, to make visible the pattern that was there all along. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
2.5/4 T2 Trainspotting (2017) Rene Rodriguez "T2 Trainspotting" is mostly a character study of damaged people trying to reconcile their troubled pasts and find a motivation to move forward. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/4 Kong: Skull Island (2017) Rene Rodriguez Spielberg would approve. So would Ray Harryhausen. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/4 Logan (2017) Rene Rodriguez The violence in "Logan" isn't played for kicks, like it was in "Deadpool." It's grave and serious and sometimes hard to watch, which fits in with the overall tone of this grim, surprisingly downbeat movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/4 Forushande (2016) Rene Rodriguez "The Salesman" warns of the dangers of plastering over fissures so deep that they will eventually - inevitably - give way. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
3.5/4 The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Rene Rodriguez This thoughtful, funny deconstruction of comic-book movies is steeped in a deep affection for the genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/4 Paterson (2016) Rene Rodriguez Or would you rather be a fish? EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/4 Silence (2016) Rene Rodriguez "Silence" feels like a career summation for a filmmaker who has spent his life exploring his faith through his work. Here is a movie about the importance of religion that will move you, regardless of whichever God you worship - or don't. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/4 La La Land (2016) Rene Rodriguez During one musical number, when fireworks start going off in the sky, you can feel them going off in your head too. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/4 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rene Rodriguez This movie is about the journey, not the destination. And the journey is about as exciting as a long drive down the Florida Turnpike. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/4 Manchester by the Sea (2016) Rene Rodriguez "Manchester by the Sea" is the latest installment in a body of work from an artist fascinated by how life marches on, with or without us, and how we scramble to keep up. Not everyone can, though. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/4 Allied (2016) Rene Rodriguez "Allied" was directed by Robert Zemeckis, whose best pictures all leaned heavily on special effects and technology. People, though, give him trouble. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/4 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Rene Rodriguez Without 3D, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" feels like a neutered movie: Watching it, you're constantly wondering what it would have looked like the way Lee intended. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/4 Nocturnal Animals (2016) Rene Rodriguez If this movie were a person, it would be constantly admiring itself in the mirror. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/4 Arrival (2016) Rene Rodriguez "Arrival" is the sort of superficially profound movie that initially seems deep and weighty but stops making sense the moment you put down the bong. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Rene Rodriguez Subtlety has never been one of Gibson's strengths as a filmmaker. But this amazing story of heroism can take anything he throws at it and keep going, much like Doss himself. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 Moonlight (2016) Rene Rodriguez "Moonlight" is Miami's first bonafide movie masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/4 Ah-ga-ssi (2016) Rene Rodriguez "The Handmaiden" hails from South Korea, but compared to most American movies of its scale and budget, it might as well have been made on another planet. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2016
Hamilton's America (2016) Jordan Levin Everyone from Hamilton obsessives (who can recite the songs chapter and verse - you know who you are) to those who've never fantasized about spending a fortune on the almost unattainable tickets to the Broadway hit will find plenty to love. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/4 Christine (2016) Rene Rodriguez The movie gets to you: It's absorbing and uncomfortable at the same time, as if it were giving you a glimpse at the unknowable. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 The Accountant (2016) Rene Rodriguez If Ben Affleck hadn't already landed the role of Batman, "The Accountant" would have been a formidable audition reel. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 Blair Witch (2016) Rene Rodriguez At least a third of "Blair Witch" consists of people running through the woods with flashlights, shouting out each other's names. A little of this goes a long way. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 SOMM: Into the Bottle (2015) Connie Ogle We may never get the chance to taste a 1969 Hermitage, but watching Wise's film may be the next best thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2/4 Don't Breathe (2016) Rene Rodriguez You start out fearing "Don't Breathe," but by the end you're laughing at it - and the humor is not intentional. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/4 War Dogs (2016) Rene Rodriguez Phillips has a deep appreciation of the appeal of bad behavior - he's built a career out of depicting male arrested development - but in "War Dogs" antics have consequences graver than a mere hangover. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/4 Hell or High Water (2016) Rene Rodriguez "Hell or High Water" is a story about men, but the movie is really about a mindset, a way of life, the strength and resolution required to make a living in a world that doesn't care about you. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/4 Sausage Party (2016) Rene Rodriguez If watching cartoon characters spout four-letter words is your thing, this might well be the greatest movie ever made. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 Busanhaeng (2016) Rene Rodriguez In the manner of the most enjoyable horror pictures, every time you think things can't get worse, they do. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2016
1/4 Suicide Squad (2016) Rene Rodriguez There isn't a moment of spontaneous fun or humor in this long, turgid movie, the latest letdown for DC Comics fans who've been waiting for someone to pick up the baton Christopher Nolan left behind. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/4 Ghostbusters (2016) Rene Rodriguez When Kristen Wiig quotes Tony Montana before taking down a ghost with her blaster - "Say hello to my little friend!" - her line reading is anemic, as if she were embarrassed, and you cringe right along with her. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2016
2.5/4 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Connie Ogle Revisiting Edina and Patsy wasn't a bad idea - especially not since there's even more celebrity nonsense to poke fun at these days - but another short TV season might have been a better format. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2016
1/4 The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Rene Rodriguez The Legend of Tarzan is the 857th movie incarnation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' hero, but it's the first one in which the production notes state "no real animals were used in the making of the film," as if that were something to brag about. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/4 The Neon Demon (2016) Rene Rodriguez The Neon Demon is a voluptuous provocation, a stylish free-fall down a gonzo rabbit hole that is as entrancing as it is maddening. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 L'affaire SK1 (2014) Rene Rodriguez Unlike David Fincher's hypnotic Zodiac, which this film often recalls, Serial Killer 1 isn't a speculative meditation on an unsolved crime. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/4 Finding Dory (2016) Rene Rodriguez Finding Dory isn't so much a sequel to Finding Nemo as it is a Looney Tunes spin-off: Wilder, sillier, broader and instantly disposable. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1.5/4 Race to World First (2013) Rene Rodriguez Director Duncan Jones has devoted so much attention to the technical aspects of the film - some of the orcs sport bling and piercings on their tusks - that he didn't notice how badly his human cast was flailing. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2016
2.5/4 Maggie's Plan (2015) Connie Ogle Gerwig and Hawke are outstanding reasons to see this movie, but your patience - just like Maggie's - will be tested before it's over. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2016
3.5/4 The Lobster (2015) Rene Rodriguez The Lobster argues that the kind of pressure society places on us to find a soulmate can lead to reckless choices. But the movie gives the alternative - people who are happy being single - the same radical treatment. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2016
3/4 Me Before You (2016) Connie Ogle Me Before You is a juicy, ripe red apple of a romance with a razor blade embedded under its skin. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 Love & Friendship (2016) Connie Ogle The love part of Love & Friendship is played for laughs; love in this era among such people is a business arrangement, not a romantic match. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 Weiner (2016) Rene Rodriguez A riveting portrait of a man so consumed by hubris and confidence that he is utterly blind to his failings. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2016
2/4 The Invitation (2015) Rene Rodriguez If you were at a creepy dinner party, and the hosts decided to show a video of their vacation in which they spent time with a crazy cult leader in Mexico, would you stick around for the main course? EDIT
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 The Nice Guys (2016) Rene Rodriguez The Nice Guys never lives up to the promise of its hilarious first 10 minutes, but Crowe and Gosling are good enough to leave you hoping for a sequel. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2016
3/4 A Bigger Splash (2015) Rene Rodriguez A Bigger Splash takes place on the Italian island of Pantelleria, but the movie looks like it was shot in an alternate universe - it's an open-air hothouse. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2016
3/4 The Meddler (2015) Connie Ogle The beauty of The Meddler is in its insistence that grief passes - even if you can't buy your way to happiness. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/4 Presenting Princess Shaw (2015) Rene Rodriguez The emotional connection we develop with her as the movie unfolds pays off in the final 20 minutes, which is about as happy of an ending as anyone could imagine, except this one really happened. Sometimes, good things happen to good people. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2016
3.5/4 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Rene Rodriguez The summer movie season has barely begun, and already the remedy for superhero film fatigue has arrived. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2016
3/4 Sing Street (2016) Connie Ogle Sing Street feels personal, as well as universal, and it captures the warring factions of youthful euphoria and despair. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 Viva (2015) Rene Rodriguez Unlike too many films shot in Cuba, Viva never forsakes its characters for the sake of politics. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2016