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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Samantha Incorvaia Despite minor hiccups, it really comes down to an entertaining time with no worries - er, "Hakuna Matata." EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Bill Goodykoontz [I]n "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' outstanding documentary, [Morrison] tells stories, right to the camera, about herself and her life and her work, and it's magical. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Whether you think he's funny enough to justify the violence and the predictability is another question. I laughed more than I winced, if that helps, and I'd love to see Nanjiani and Bautista in another film together. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 Maiden (2018) Kerry Lengel Maiden" celebrates the defiant spirit of all the female athletes who have challenged the sporting world's entrenched sexism. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Aster is a filmmaker still defining his voice, and despite the growing pains, "Midsommar" is an intriguing step in its evolution. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kerry Lengel "Far From Home" ends up being one of the more exciting and satisfying installments in Marvel's never-ending story cycle. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 The Quiet One (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Play simple, sure. But "The Quiet One" could have used a lot more complexity. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) Ed Masley It's a fun ride that ends in a fairly predictable place with a Hollywood ending. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Kerry Lengel The movie is just a succession of scary stuff happening, haunted-ride-style, until someone manages to lock Annabelle up again. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Proposal (2018) Barbara VanDenburgh "The Proposal" makes for a fascinating and not-a-little-morbid piece of artistic trolling. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 Round of Your Life (2019) Bill Goodykoontz You want to root for it, but it never quite measures up. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Bill Goodykoontz The "Toy Story" saga felt fully complete without it, which makes this a movie that doesn't really need to exist, but whose existence doesn't diminish the whole, either. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 Shaft (2019) Kerry Lengel It's not woke, but you can't call it racist. Maybe racist-ish. Misogynistic-ish. Entertaining-ish. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Scott Craven If you insist on seeing "Men in Black: International," do yourself a favor and zap yourself with an official MIB neuralyzer, erasing all memories of previous films in the franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Ugh. "The Dead Don't Die" isn't bad, exactly. It's just that with all this talent and all this beautiful weirdness at hand, it could have been so much better. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh "Last Black Man" is two hours of a feeling, one that it can't sustain through beauty alone... Still, "Last Black Man" pulses with undeniable energy and the promise of other, even better films to come. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 Papi chulo (2018) Randy Cordova Bomer masterfully inhabits the role, with Sean's neuroses and sadness always ringing true. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Beyond the confines of Thompson's performance, though, "Late Night" is rote. It's ironic that a film about bucking formula is itself so formulaic. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Samantha Incorvaia At least people will laugh with this film because it perfectly draws its humor from the tendencies of cats and dogs, from a cat's magnetic desire to knock over objects to a dog's natural instinct to chase a ball at any cost. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 Pavarotti (2019) Kerry Lengel Maybe "Pavarotti" would be even more compelling if Howard had delved deeper into the contradictions and controversies. But the director does achieve the first goal on entertainment: Always leave them wanting more. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) Scott Craven With dozens of talking heads, "Loopers" sticks to the greens and never ventures into the weeds. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Credit where it's due: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is exactly what you think it is, nothing more and nothing less. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Ma (2019) Randy Cordova "Ma" is one loony little horror film, and Octavia Spencer has a grand old time being the craziest thing in it. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Ed Masley It helps that Egerton so masterfully rises to the challenge of inhabiting the role in ways that go beyond a certain more-than-passing physical resemblance to the man or the fact that he does his own singing and handles the choreography with ease. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Samantha Incorvaia But once the main characters strut around town with their matching blue jumpsuits, the hilarity ensues in an obscene style that takes viewers on a wild ride. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 The Souvenir (2019) Garrett Mitchell "The Souvenir" is a portrait of a privileged young woman on the brink of self-discovery in a series of puzzling episodes and liaisons... creating an easily identifiable but frustrating narrative. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh It all has the air of a community theater troupe performing in a Disney parade, overeager in the exaggerated artifice. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
1/5 () Scott Craven While the film's last 30 seconds are refreshing, they hardly redeem the previous 90 minutes of utter predictability. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Kerry Lengel Under the perfectly paced direction of Ry Russo-Young, Shahidi and Melton develop an easy chemistry on the way toward a satisfying denouement that's neither tear-jerking tragedy nor fairy-tale wish fulfillment. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Bill Goodykoontz It looks drop-dead gorgeous and, despite a few storytelling short cuts, it's unexpectedly moving. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 All Is True (2018) Barbara VanDenburgh How do you make a legend as imposing as Shakespeare flesh? "All Is True" suggests you can't, if not even Branagh, Dench, McKellen, et al. can bring him down to earth. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
4.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh "The Matrix" is in its DNA, and like "The Matrix," "John Wick" elevates action not by apologizing for it but embodying it, and embedding in its thrills meditations on the nature of existence. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3.5/5 Trial by Fire (2018) Kerry Lengel Even though "Trial by Fire" is less than a masterpiece, it still came as a gut punch that forced me to examine my own complicated feelings on the issue. In short, it taught me something, and that was a surprise. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 Shadow (2018) Bill Goodykoontz "Shadow" is absurdly entertaining once you get past that first introductory hurdle. But the rest of the film is well worth the wait. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Samantha Incorvaia The character development successfully makes people root for Tolkien and his friends. Director Dome Karukoski guides the actors well with a perfectly British script containing dry, witty humor. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Samantha Incorvaia And with "Pokémon Detective Pikachu," the film brings the creatures to life in a fresh way that will leave die-hard masters and rookie trainers wanting a Pokémon of their own more than ever before. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Garrett Mitchell With a dream-team ticket of all-star talent, "Long Shot" could sweep the popular vote for best comedy of 2019. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 El Chicano (2018) Bill Goodykoontz There's a need for a Latino superhero film. "El Chicano" is not it. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 The Intruder (2019) Randy Cordova So, basically, a lot of things happen; not interesting or believable things, but, hey, there's movement and action. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 The White Crow (2018) Bill Goodykoontz It's a good movie, so smartly directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also appears as Nureyev's dance instructor, that at times it feels like an IQ test. But the story is intriguing and, ultimately, gripping enough to overcome all that. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh As a study in the art of media manipulation and civic trolling, "Hail Satan?" is informative and entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Last (2019) Randy Cordova It's the type of premise that simply makes one wonder what they would do in a similar situation, which is usually a good sign. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/5 William (2019) Bill Goodykoontz The intentions here are noble, but the execution is too obvious and strained to make much of a lasting impact. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
1.5/5 Red Joan (2018) Samantha Incorvaia For a movie about an intelligent female Cambridge science student and communist sympathizer, this movie sounds interesting. Too bad it is awfully dull. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kerry Lengel The franchise has its ups and downs; the first "Avengers" film is certainly a highlight. But the sequels have the wisecracking-superteam formula on lockdown. They always deliver everything fans could hope for - except maybe any genuine surprise. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Samantha Incorvaia This won't be the best movie audiences will ever see, but at least it's fun to watch with pretty visuals and upbeat songs. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 Peterloo (2018) Kerry Lengel A bit of ruthlessness in editing - a good hour or so - would certainly make "Peterloo" a better film. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 Penguins (2019) Melissa Yeager The result is an endearing documentary, capturing both the wonder of Antarctica and the drama of the everyday life of penguins. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
2.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Randy Cordova There is no sense of dread or impending doom; instead it's just one jolt after another. It's like having someone jump out at you every five minutes, and about as much fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/5 Little (2019) Weldon B. Johnson The story is predictable, but the cast has good chemistry and there are plenty of laughs along the way. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019