St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Rating Title/Year Author
Absolute Power (1997) Chris Hewitt "Absolute Power" is appealingly untrendy: no car chases, no explosions, no nubile strippers. There isn't even a single character in the movie under 30. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
A Goofy Movie (1995) Chris Hewitt [A] gently amusing comedy that never quite figures out who its audience is. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Ross Raihala There's no way it could please every fan and it most certainly will not. But I think Abrams did the best he could with a seemingly insurmountable task. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 Charlie's Angels (2019) Ross Raihala This is a movie that opens with the line "I think women can do anything" and spends the next two hours proving it. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/4 Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Ross Raihala It's well made and entertaining, but it's also a celebration of unethical journalism that feels shallow in the end. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Ross Raihala The social commentary of "Joker" is laughably one-dimensional and Phoenix's Fleck isn't that scary. Really, he's more sad than anything. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/4 Judy (2019) Ross Raihala Pack some tissues, as "Judy" is every bit electrifying as it is emotional. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Ross Raihala "Hustlers" is going to leave a whole lot of people smiling while pondering some of the deeper truths about life the film reveals. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Ross Raihala Tarantino delivers an almost perfect film that showcases his many strengths. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Maren Longbella It's enough to make you feel like a kid again. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Maren Longbella Quit reading this review and get yourself to a movie theater! EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Ross Raihala While the humor is definitely broad, "Shazam!" still offers some terrific laughs. Most of the time, it's bright and fun and good-natured. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Maren Longbella "Us" exceeds all expectations and then some. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
1.5/4 Mapplethorpe (2018) Ross Raihala "Mapplethorpe" paints a dark, depressing picture of the tortured artist but does little to answer any questions about his motivations. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Maren Longbella What a fitting way to go! "The Hidden World" is everything a fan could want - and more - as Hiccup and his dragon Toothless try to save the Isle of Berk one last time. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Maren Longbella Sequel may be a little too meta for its own good. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/4 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Maren Longbella It takes you into the trenches in a whole new way. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Maren Longbella This version of the King Arthur legend is an adventure for young and old alike. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
1.5/4 Glass (2019) Maren Longbella If there's a superhero to prevent unnecessary sequels, now would be a good time to step in. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Maren Longbella There is hardly a false moment here. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Ross Raihala It swims more than it sinks. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Maren Longbella So forgettable, so not necessary. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Maren Longbella It will take a little patience but it's worth it. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Maren Longbella A diverting look at political intrigue and power plays. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Maren Longbella This one is for fans only. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 Widows (2018) Maren Longbella Brainy and thrilling. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/4 The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Maren Longbella It's grim going. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Maren Longbella The Grinch is still about kindness and learning to go beyond material goods to find happiness, and isn't that what the holiday season is all about? Plus kids are going to love it. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Ross Raihala You'll leave grinning and humming Queen anthems for days to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
1/4 Suspiria (2018) John Shipley We know we're in trouble when the credits describe what we're about to watch as "Six Acts and an Epilogue in a Divided Berlin." Woof. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 Halloween (2018) Ross Raihala It's clear Gordon and his writing team adore Carpenter's vision and they made wise choices in honoring it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Ross Raihala What ultimately makes "A Star Is Born" such a pleasure is that it works on every level - the direction, the acting, the music, the casting. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
2.5/4 Night School (2018) Maren Longbella A little more Haddish would have been welcome, thank you very much. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/4 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Maren Longbella If you can get past the fussiness, you'll like it. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
3.5/4 The Little Stranger (2018) Maren Longbella "The Little Stranger" makes good on its creepy promise. All you need to enjoy it is a little patience. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Maren Longbella See this movie you must. Maybe you won't fall in love, but you'll for sure want to go steady for a while - at least for the two hours you're in the theater. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/4 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Maren Longbella What "The Spy Who Dumped Me" makes abundantly clear is that the movies do not know what to do with McKinnon's energy and comedic skills. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Maren Longbella You might want to get your blood pressure checked before you see it. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Maren Longbella "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" proves conclusively that Pierce Brosnan can't sing. Or dance. Which makes him perfect for the original musical and its sequel. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/4 The King (2017) Maren Longbella A fascinating look at a fascinating icon. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/4 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Maren Longbella It's like the movie-going equivalent of a beach read. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/4 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Ross Raihala While it's got its faults, "Fallen Kingdom" provides plenty of thrills. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 Tag (2018) Maren Longbella The situations in which they find themselves are often crazy hilarious - if you like cartoonish, slapstick violence a la the Three Stooges. Generally, I'm not a fan, but there's a good-natured quality that elevates it all to the level of hijinks. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 Ocean's 8 (2018) Maren Longbella In a summer of heist movies, this is the fun one to see. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/4 Book Club (2018) Maren Longbella It's Keaton and Bergen who carry the film (and to a lesser extent, Mary Steenburgen), and the two of them are funny, charming and believable. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
3.5/4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ross Raihala It's merely a solidly made, fun adventure in the company of familiar characters. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
1.5/4 Life of the Party (2018) Maren Longbella I'm pretty sure you have better things to do. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 Tully (2018) Maren Longbella It tackles subject matter that seldom finds its way to the big screen and does it thoughtfully. It's not what I expected to see, but it's just maybe something I needed to see. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Maren Longbella After 2.5 hours of watching superheroes battle dark forces, I'm exhausted. And elated. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
2.5/4 I Feel Pretty (2018) Maren Longbella I Feel Pretty's heart is in the right place, but it kind of forgot the funny along the way. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018