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Rating Title/Year Author
Metamorphosis (2019) Randy Myers It's a powerful film that is just a tad too neat in its resolution. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
Nico (2021) Randy Myers Fazilat impresses in every scene as we see how the incident changes her. But her journey is not without hope, fortunately, and a few surprises. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
Boy Meets Boy (2021) Randy Myers "Boy Meets Boy" is light on action and long on talk, and that's fine since the dialogue is interesting and sometimes provocative. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2021
Jump, Darling (2020) Randy Myers There's not much new territory explored here but what's surprising is the emotional power of Phil Connell's touching feature. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Summer of 85 (2020) Randy Myers "Summer of '85" isn't vintage Ozon, but it is satisfying with a shrewd screenplay adapted from a French YA novel. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
The Greenhouse (2021) Randy Myers Wilson-White acutely conveys how grief and loss can stifle us and conveniently deter us from our own attractions. It's one audacious debut. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Swan Song (2021) Randy Myers Todd Stephens' film vacillates from the comic to the bittersweet with slow-gin ease, thanks to Kier, who's sassy and bitchy when he needs to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Language Lessons (2021) Randy Myers The ending is forced but "Language" captures the nuances of a complex friendship. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Firebird (2021) Randy Myers A glossy and classy melodrama that soars with passion and is elevated by strong production values, heartfelt performances and a story arc that journeys to unexpected destinations. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Fanny: The Right to Rock (2021) Randy Myers An illuminating documentary on the sexism, racism, ageism and homophobia that confronted members of Fanny, which many consider the first all-female rock band. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
In the Heights (2021) Randy Myers This is an exuberant, uplifting celebration of the Latinx community, a vibrant musical that's stuffed with show-stopping numbers and is refreshingly inclusive. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
2.5/4 Dreamland (2019) Randy Myers The stylized direction along with Cole's and Robbie's performances make this worthwhile, but the screenplay needed to flesh out the attraction between the two leads. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
3/4 Undine (2020) Randy Myers "Undine" is a beauty to behold, a timeless urban fantasy that never over explains and leaves you wanting to see it again for deeper context and meaning. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
3.5/4 Changing the Game (2019) Randy Myers "Changing" challenges long-held perceptions and hopefully, in the process, can change minds. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
2/4 Gully (2019) Randy Myers The film overreaches or overstates at every significant moment... EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
2.5/4 Edge of the World (2021) Randy Myers Epic in every way. Too bad it doesn't quite work. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
3/4 Caveat (2020) Randy Myers "Caveat" is unsettling from ominous start to its twist-filled finish. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
2.5/4 Spirit Untamed (2021) Randy Myers "Spirit Untamed" takes full advantage of Merced's range and has some finely drawn characters, but the story is rather threadbare. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
2.5/4 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Randy Myers Before it loses its damn mind halfway through, the latest in the Conjuring Universe franchise holds up decently enough with its atmosphere and gotcha scares. Ultimately, however, it doesn't cast a convincing spell. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2021
2.5/4 Sound of Violence (2021) Randy Myers Alex Noyer is out to shock the hell out of you and he does just that with this hardcore horror outing, which is as original as it is gory. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
2/4 Endangered Species (2021) Randy Myers "Endangered Species" has noble intentions, but needed a better script and a likeable character or two. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 The Retreat (2021) Randy Myers "The Retreat" is efficient and angry with an explosive screenplay from Alyson Richards. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 Seance (2021) Randy Myers A genre treat. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 New Order (2020) Randy Myers It is divisive, take-no-prisoners filmmaking that reflects how both sides are failing everyone. Take away from it what you will. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3.5/4 El Baile de los 41 (2020) Randy Myers David Pablos' first feature is confident, timeless and staggeringly unforgettable. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3.5/4 Paper Spiders (2021) Randy Myers The screenplay from Natalie Shampanier is astute and purposeful. "Paper Spiders" doesn't put a happy face on any of this, but it does instill hope and understanding. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
2.5/4 Blue Miracle (2021) Randy Myers While it doesn't deviate a bit from the faith-based cinematic playbook, director/co-writer Julio Quintana's family drama, based on a true story, achieves what it sets out to do and tells an uplifting story. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 Cruella (2021) Randy Myers One of the studio's best live-action adaptations yet. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2019) Randy Myers A handsomely produced but modest effort that addresses important historical subjects sensitively but truthfully. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3/4 The Columnist (2020) Randy Myers It's wicked and cynical and I suspect Hollywood will want to remake it but will strip out its acidic nature. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
2.5/4 Mainstream (2020) Randy Myers Once "Mainstream" locks into its purpose - showing the vapidity, cruelty and calculation of certain YouTube stars - it soars. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3/4 Sequin in a Blue Room (2019) Randy Myers It's a memorable feature debut. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3/4 Oxygen (2021) Randy Myers "Oxygen" takes us on a thrilling voyage and lands at an unexpected destination. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3/4 Dream Horse (2020) Randy Myers "Dream Horse" is well-made, compelling, even downright soothing. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3.5/4 The Dry (2021) Randy Myers "The Dry" is a thinking-person's thriller, laden with effective symbolism and reflective of the unforgiving terrain on which it is based. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
3.5/4 The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Randy Myers It's a film stripped of any pretense; everything about it seems to bear the hand of a veteran filmmaker. And the performance from Crawford is shattering. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 Profile (2018) Randy Myers There is intensity to spare and surprising shifts that are effective most of the time. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 Finding You (2021) Randy Myers If you like rom-coms, this will win your heart. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
3.5/4 The Djinn (2021) Randy Myers "The Djinn" is rooted in classic be-careful-what-you-wish-for O. Henry and Stephen King storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
3.5/4 Riders of Justice (2020) Randy Myers From the first frame to the last, Jensen's "Riders" is a wild-ass ride that cements Mikkelsen as a cinematic treasure. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 Army Of The Dead (2021) Randy Myers "Army of the Dead" is overstuffed and ridiculous but that is partly why it's irresistible. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/4 Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Randy Myers Rock and Jackson class up the series, but what makes "Spiral" a cut above is ghoulish sense of dread that blankets this better-than-expected horror outing. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
2/4 The Virtuoso (2021) Randy Myers Lethargic direction and bland acting drags down what could have been a decent neo-noir. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
3/4 Threshold (2020) Randy Myers Intrepid filmmaking duo Powell Robinson and Patrick R. Young pull off quite a feat with their scrappy brother-sister road trip thriller. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
3.5/4 About Endlessness (2019) Randy Myers Roy Andersson is one of our greatest living filmmakers that you never heard of. Here's your chance to dive in. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
3/4 Tu me manques (2019) Randy Myers Bellott's film is often melodramatic, but that works given where the story ends. If you like Pedro Almodovar's films, you'll enjoy this. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
3/4 The Paper Tigers (2020) Randy Myers While it rambles on too long, Tran Quoc Bao's crowd-pleaser about a middle-aged trio of former childhood kung fu competitors reuniting after their master's death is as entertaining as it is predictable. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
3/4 Undergods (2020) Randy Myers In this head-turner of a debut, Chino Moya plunges us into dystopia's darkest underbelly for a collection of terror tales that are often tied to the seven deadly sins. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
3/4 Cliff Walkers (2021) Randy Myers It's not top-shelf Yimou, but it still goes down smoothly. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
3.5/4 The Boy from Medellín (2020) Randy Myers [A] first-rate documentary about a complex, driven and vulnerable creative force. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021