New York Daily News

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Stepmom (1998) Jami Bernard It's a lovely daydream, made lovelier by the fiercely maternal performance of Sarandon as a lioness protecting her cubs, and Julia Roberts as a mass of insecurity trying to measure up to impossible standards. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 The Cell (2000) Jami Bernard Like [anyone's] imagination, the movie's landscape is littered with half-remembered pop artifacts... what's different is that Tarsem, a commercial and video director here making his feature debut, sticks the protagonists in a garden of unearthly delights. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
2.5/4 But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) Jami Bernard First-time feature director Jamie Babbit's pink-drenched comedy is amusing and good-natured, but necessarily thin. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
1/4 Practical Magic (1998) Jami Bernard It doesn't seem as if there was much communication between the three screenwriters who are credited with adapting Alice Hoffman's novel. Perhaps they should have tried ESP. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/5 Bad Boys (1995) Dave Kehr Entertainment of the gratingly commercial, teeth-rattling variety is provided in Bad Boys. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Jami Bernard I Know What You Did Last Summer is gory enough for the devotees and has story enough for everyone else. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/4 Cruel Intentions (1999) Jami Bernard It's easy to see why the director thought his Cliff Notes approach to literature would work. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 The Cable Guy (1996) Dave Kehr The Cable Guy is a gutsy move on Carrey's part, suggesting a willingness to grow just where commercial good sense would say to stand pat. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Gummo (1997) Jami Bernard Virtually plotless, the movie does its best to be offensive, but not in the service of any particular theme. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Dreamcatcher (2003) Jack Mathews Dreamcatcher is pretty much a special-effects movie, with uneven results. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 Species (1995) Jami Bernard Despite its silly excesses of misogyny -- watch out for female sexuality, it'll kill ya! -- this absurdly exploitative sci-fi movie is not unpleasant to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Frosty the Snowman (1969) Joe Dziemianowicz The animation is folksy and cute, like an old-timey holiday card, and the raspy voice of Jimmy Durante...as the narrator is like home sweet home. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
1.5/5 Peppermint (2018) Katie Walsh Just because the vigilante happens to be America's PTA mom, Garner doesn't make the wanton displays of unchecked violence any less icky. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
Birdsong (2012) David Hinckley Birdsong burrows down into the individual stories and dreams that die on these killing fields, and in that sense it is terribly sad. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
Grey Gardens (2009) David Hinckley No matter how many times we revisit the story and peek in the windows, there really isn't much we can do except shake our heads and acknowledge that some people either don't get very good cards or don't play them very well. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Stephen Whitty It's not just "Impossible," it's irresistible. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
The Equalizer 2 (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz It's got some curves and tension, but it's dogged by issues. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Stephen Whitty It's a movie that has nowhere to go and takes forever to get there. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2018
Too Big to Fail (2011) David Hinckley Whether you agree or disagree, the film sorts out a complex situation in simple and human terms. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
3/5 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Stephen Whitty "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" is pretty gory, very grim and kind of depressing. So before you buy your ticket, know what you're signing up for. But you're probably going to regret enlisting anyway. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
2.5/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Stephen Whitty If this is the best the "Jurassic" series can manage, it's the real endangered species. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2018
1/5 Gotti (2018) Stephen Whitty Admittedly, Travolta, who produced, is sure having fun. What ham wouldn't? Chewing on the scenery like it was a meatball hero, he swaggers around in shiny suits and silver wigs, barking orders. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
Recount (2008) David Hinckley The tension that swirled around thousands of disputed Florida ballots after the November 2000 election was almost Shakespearean... Recount effectively dramatizes that struggle. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Stephen Whitty This one still delights. But its satire on superheroes no longer seems quite so, well, incredible. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
4.5/5 Hereditary (2018) Stephen Whitty "Hereditary" is that rare thing - a smart horror movie that doesn't outsmart itself by refusing to deliver. Its mood is dark and forbidding and just keeps building. Its scares are genuinely shocking. And the ending... EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 Hotel Artemis (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz The wannabe thriller set in the near future packs gritty style and ambiance, but that's no match when the story has no stakes and doesn't add up. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 Ocean's 8 (2018) Stephen Whitty This caper's a keeper. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
The Help (2011) Roxane Gay At one point, Minny rhapsodizes about fried chicken and the solace of its preparation... I was convinced the movie was satirical. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
Book Club (2018) Stephen Whitty The filmmakers have a good idea for a comedy here. They just don't have enough good comedy here. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ethan Sacks The movie's real hero...is Howard. He managed to bring a fun, if slightly scuffed up, joyride into theaters - against the odds. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Stephen Whitty The perfect Avengers antidote. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
Life of the Party (2018) Stephen Whitty McCarthy and Falcone are clearly in love, and it's nice they like to do things together, but does it have to be movies? EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
Breaking In (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz "Breaking In"? More like "Gimme a break." EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
Overboard (2018) Stephen Whitty Abandon ship. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/5 Tully (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz It's smart, funny and bursting with ideas about the joys and rigors motherhood and reckoning with the past and the future. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Stephen Whitty A movie that mostly gets it right - and isn't afraid to go for truly dramatic moments, or remind us that even superheroes can be mortal. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 Rampage (2018) Stephen Whitty And at least George, who's based on motion-capture work, looks cool. The other special effects are clumsy CGI, though, and the wolf, a hybrid who's been crossed with a porcupine, looks ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/5 Beirut (2018) Stephen Whitty Pike is terrific, and Hamm has a credibly bleary, weary look. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 Chappaquiddick (2017) Stephen Whitty It's up to us to decide Kennedy's guilt. But, also, to sympathize with his shame. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 A Quiet Place (2018) Stephen Whitty This may be a sci-fi fantasy about giant man-eating bugs, but it's grounded in human facts and folly. Little here is safe. Nothing is predictable. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Kate Feldman Legend, the least experienced actor in the show, held his own with a voice that could raise the dead and enough acting chops to pull off the role - particularly during the 39 lashes - proving that NBC really does know what it's doing. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2018
4/5 Ready Player One (2018) Stephen Whitty The movie is crammed with excitement and good humor, from a rampaging King Kong to an orc with an attitude to an elaborate dip into "The Shining." EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
3.5/5 Unsane (2018) Stephen Whitty Looking for a good, weird little thriller? Go ahead, give "Unsane" a try. You'd be crazy not to. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Ethan Sacks DeKnight shows he can pilot a CGI fight sequence as well as his predecessor, Guillermo Del Toro ("The Shape of Water"). These movies can be fun once the colossal foes start grappling. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/5 Tomb Raider (2018) Stephen Whitty This "origin story" feels like leftovers. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2018
2.5/5 A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Stephen Whitty Director Ava DuVernay's version of the beloved children's classic has a big cast and the best of intentions. It's socially progressive, racially diverse and packed with positive messages. It's just not much fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/5 Death Wish (2018) Stephen Whitty Roth knows how to stage violence. He just doesn't have anything to say about it. Or any reason to have made this. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 Red Sparrow (2018) Stephen Whitty People who crave a movie about a secret agent with her own sexual agency - and a mission to give male predators exactly what they deserve - are going to want front-row seats. And a sequel. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2018
3/5 Annihilation (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz "Annihilation" sputters. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2018
The Lion King (1994) Jami Bernard At this point in animation history, we can expect no less than perfection from Disney, and they deliver. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2018