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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Mike McGranaghan Raya and the Last Dragon has it all -- rousing adventure, a breathtaking look, appealing characters, and wonderful moments of comedy. This is peak Disney. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
3/4 Tom & Jerry (2021) Mike McGranaghan I found the new Tom and Jerry movie cheerful and funny. It reminded me of what I loved about the characters growing up. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Mike McGranaghan A thoughtful, revealing look at one of the most popular musical artists around right now. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 The Father (2020) Mike McGranaghan Playing someone with a disease like Alzheimer's is always risky for a performer, because it's easy to get so bogged down in playing the symptoms that the character itself can get lost. Hopkins plays a man first and foremost, to the film's great benefit. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3.5/4 The Vigil (2019) Mike McGranaghan Using religious beliefs and traditions provides it with flavor, yet also with substance. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 Wrong Turn (2021) Mike McGranaghan Nothing will change my mind about the original, but this reboot pleasantly caught me off guard. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
1/4 Flora and Ulysses (2020) Mike McGranaghan The worst kind of family movie - one filled with cheap humor, phony emotions, and a ton of product placement. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
1.5/4 Cowboys (2020) Mike McGranaghan Cowboys reminded me of that old saying about how the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. This movie is nothing but good intentions, yet it's an aggravating experience anyway. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 French Exit (2020) Mike McGranaghan French Exit is appropriately titled, because I wanted to make one about halfway through the picture. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/4 The Mauritanian (2021) Mike McGranaghan The Mauritanian looks at a true story from three different perspectives. Two of them are quite intriguing, whereas the third feels a little too guided by the screenplay. As Meat Loaf famously said, two out of three ain't bad. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
3.5/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Mike McGranaghan Director Shaka King envelops us in period details, making the era - as well as all the Chicago locations - come alive. Daniel Kaluuya is electrifying. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/4 Little Fish (2020) Mike McGranaghan The film is well-done, although not something you'd want to watch if you're looking for uplift. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
3/4 Sacrifice (2021) Mike McGranaghan An atmospheric horror movie that grows increasingly eerie before delivering a knockout finale. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
2/4 Mother Schmuckers (2021) Mike McGranaghan A couple things are funny, but most of Mother Schmuckers feels like shock value for its own sake. Even at just 70 minutes, it wears thin. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 On the Count of Three (2021) Mike McGranaghan A pitch dark comedy with spot-on performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 Homeroom (2021) Mike McGranaghan Even as I enjoyed the look at teens trying to make their world a better place, I wished that Homeroom would let me get to know them more than it does. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 Together Together (2021) Mike McGranaghan Warm, smart, and funny. Ed Helms does some of the best work of his career and Patti Harrison is a revelation. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 Passing (2021) Mike McGranaghan Certainly not a bad film, just one that has strengths without living up to its full potential. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 How It Ends (2021) Mike McGranaghan Although episodic in nature, the movie has a quirky, good-natured vibe, witty dialogue, and effective use of various L.A. neighborhoods. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 Jockey (2021) Mike McGranaghan Clifton Collins, Jr. embodies this defiant, determined, sorrowful man with such grace that the picture draws you in. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Mike McGranaghan An exercise in moodiness and atmosphere that cast a spell over me. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
3/4 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Mike McGranaghan Prisoners of the Ghostland may not be Sono's best work (nor Cage's, for that matter), but it absolutely hits the spot if you're in the mood for something hypnotically berserk. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
3.5/4 Land (2021) Mike McGranaghan Raw, emotional, and authentic. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/4 The Sparks Brothers (2021) Mike McGranaghan Because the documentary is simpatico with the group, The Sparks Brothers offers a look at Ron and Russell Mael's career that is both informative and comprehensive. It's also one of the most entertaining rock docs I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/4 Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Mike McGranaghan It would make a perfect double feature with the Mr. Rogers doc Won't You Be My Neighbor?. Both hit that nostalgia button while simultaneously managing to inform. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3/4 Knocking (2021) Mike McGranaghan Knocking is a real discovery, one offering additional proof that female directors are making some of the most engrossing, relevant horror movies out there right now. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
3.5/4 Censor (2021) Mike McGranaghan Censor is a smart, stylish, unsettling chiller with an irresistible meta twist. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 CODA (2021) Mike McGranaghan Watching CODA is like having someone wrap you up in a great big bear hug. It's warm, funny, and heartfelt. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 The Little Things (2021) Mike McGranaghan While possessing little of the gore Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs had, The Little Things nevertheless achieves a pervasive sense of dread. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/4 The Night (2020) Mike McGranaghan The Night still succeeds in providing intelligent chills. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/4 PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Mike McGranaghan Wonderfully nuts and often laugh-out-loud funny. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3/4 La casa (2019) Mike McGranaghan Running a tight seventy-five minutes, it moves quickly, plunging you into a nightmare scenario, scaring the crap out of you, and then pulling you back out. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
1/4 Toys of Terror (2020) Mike McGranaghan When the very items we're supposed to be afraid of look way more ridiculous than they do frightening, the horror value goes right through the floor. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
3.5/4 Rock Camp: The Movie (2021) Mike McGranaghan Fast-moving, funny, and sometimes touching, this is about as good an encapsulation of what rock-and-roll means to fans as you're likely to find. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/4 Skyfire (2019) Mike McGranaghan You know those lenticular pictures you look at and see one thing, then look at from a slightly different angle and see something else? Skyfire is like one of them. Depending on your perspective, the movie is either middling or awesome. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
2.5/4 The Marksman (2021) Mike McGranaghan The Marksman adheres firmly to a formula. Every plot point is pretty much a foregone conclusion from the start. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
3.5/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Mike McGranaghan One Night in Miami manages to address racism, historical events, and the power of friendship, all in one fast-paced, highly entertaining film. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2021
3/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Mike McGranaghan A notable #MeToo story with a powerhouse performance from Carey Mulligan. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/4 We Can Be Heroes (2020) Mike McGranaghan Charming and entertaining. I'd have lost my mind over this movie when I was ten. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) Mike McGranaghan One of the best, most engrossing Westerns of recent years. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/4 Soul (2020) Mike McGranaghan Pixar has brought us another gorgeously animated, poignant story that transcends what most animated features do. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Mike McGranaghan The original Wonder Woman was terrific. Because of its gutsy, go-for-broke approach, I like this one even more. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 Climate of the Hunter (2019) Mike McGranaghan The manner in which the film plays with the conventions of vampire stories is quite humorous. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
3/4 Minor Premise (2020) Mike McGranaghan Stylishly made and intellectually engaging, Minor Premise is a treat for fans of brainy sci-fi. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/4 Hunter Hunter (2020) Mike McGranaghan The last five minutes of Hunter Hunter contain one of the most repulsive images I've ever seen onscreen. When a movie does something like this, the question becomes, 'Has the story earned it?' In this case, I think the answer is yes. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
2/4 Skylines (2020) Mike McGranaghan The movie feels derivative of other sci-fi films, as it cobbles together elements that are reminiscent of Starship Troopers, Pacific Rim, Aliens, and Predator, among others. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
2/4 Fatale (2020) Mike McGranaghan A movie that pretends it's going to be more than the second-rate Fatal Attraction ripoff it really is. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 Greenland (2020) Mike McGranaghan Whereas many pictures of this sort are just an empty string of special effects-laden set pieces, this one actually cares about the people enduring the disaster. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 Monster Hunter (2020) Mike McGranaghan A ton of fun from start to finish, Monster Hunter hits the right balance of hard-core action and tongue-in-cheek humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/4 Tenet (2020) Mike McGranaghan Tenet is Christopher Nolan's weakest film. It's also evidence that Christopher Nolan's weakest film is still way better and more exciting than some directors' best films. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020