Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 The High Note (2020) Chris Hewitt That script is the main problem in "The High Note." It really goes off the rails in the final half-hour, when nothing makes any sense and it becomes clear that the devil is in the details. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Military Wives (2019) Chris Hewitt Right now, I have to say that this meatloaf tastes pretty good. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
2.5/4 Clementine (2019) Chris Hewitt Gallagher is a talented director who coaxes great work from collaborators and knows how to use rhythm and suggestion to sustain a mood. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
Moon Man (2012) Rob Nelson This hand-drawn German-Irish-French co-production is a calm, kindhearted, visually inventive ode to friendship - and the ideal alternative to the latest batch of abrasive big-screen cartoons. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
3/4 Nuestras madres (2019) Chris Hewitt For a brief movie, "Our Mothers" packs a lot in. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
2.5/4 Selah and the Spades (2019) Chris Hewitt It feels like it could be one of those films, like "Dazed and Confused," where years from now we'll look back and marvel at how many of its performers became stars. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2020
4/4 The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) Chris Hewitt Passionate, funny and modest, Dagg is the sort of "character" documentarians dream of finding. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2020
3.5/4 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Chris Hewitt First-time actor Sidney Flanigan's performance is so detailed and varied in its restraint that we can't look away. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2020
3/4 Greed (2019) Chris Hewitt If you can't wait for the next season of "Succession," "Greed" should fill the rich-people-are-monstrous-idiots gap nicely. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Jon Bream Music fans will appreciate this cinematic ode to the greatness of the Band, if not its lack of fairness. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
2.5/4 EMMA. (2020) Chris Hewitt The movie is fine, and so is its Emma, Anya Taylor-Joy, but the standout is Bill Nighy in the small role of the main character's hypochondriac father. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Chris Hewitt It's a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
2.5/4 Downhill (2020) Chris Hewitt Morality is presented as a black-and-white affair in "Downhill," and it's difficult to empathize with this family of privileged creeps. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/4 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) Chris Hewitt I've probably typed some version of "the fictional short films nominated for Oscars this year are a mixed bag" a dozen times, but that phrase doesn't apply in 2020. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/4 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) Chris Hewitt I've probably typed some version of "the fictional short films nominated for Oscars this year are a mixed bag" a dozen times, but that phrase doesn't apply in 2020. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/4 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) Chris Hewitt The five nominees for the animated short prize are especially strong, and with three directed by women, they're a hopeful sign of increased opportunities behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Chris Hewitt Despite its charms, "The Gentlemen" ends up feeling longer than its 113 minutes for one reason: You've seen it all before. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Chris Hewitt For a sequel that comes 17 years after "Bad Boys II," which was awful, "Bad Boys for Life" is surprisingly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/4 Just Mercy (2019) Chris Hewitt It's a tough-minded and hopeful movie because it is unusually interested in making us see difficult truths and care about people we might prefer to forget about. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Togo (2019) Neal Justin "Togo" captures the spirit of classic "Wonderful World of Disney" films with more than a little help from director/cinematographer Ericson Core and a scene-stealing pooch. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/4 Little Women (2019) Chris Hewitt Lovable, kind and funny, "Little Women" is a movie you want to hug. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/4 Bombshell (2019) Chris Hewitt The abuse depicted is shocking, but "Bombshell" is surprisingly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Chris Hewitt This "Star Wars" made me chuckle more than any of the previous ones. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Chris Hewitt This is a story worth telling, but the way it's told makes no sense. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 Knives Out (2019) Chris Hewitt In the end, what's most fun about "Knives Out" is how fresh it feels. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Chris Hewitt It's as if Hanks tucks a cozy blanket around the entire film, embodying the beatific warmth and kindness of Rogers so that every time he appears on screen in "Beautiful Day," you feel better and more hopeful. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Chris Hewitt There are 209 minutes in "The Irishman" and not one of them is wasted. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/4 The Report (2019) Chris Hewitt The elements of "The Report" sound like they have all the spine-tingling thrills of a Sunday school class, but the movie is scintillating because writer/director Scott Z. Burns gives his drama the feel of '70s paranoid thrillers... EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Chris Hewitt It's usually hard to quantify the quality of a movie, but in the case of "Doctor Sleep," it's easy: Precisely two-thirds of it is good. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Chris Hewitt I wish the bones of "Chinatown" weren't so evident. But if you're going to nod to a classic thriller, "Chinatown" is a good one to pick, and "Motherless Brooklyn" has many other things going for it... EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4 Harriet (2019) Chris Hewitt "Harriet" is a necessary movie - it's shocking it has taken this long for a project on this scale - and, as a director, Lemmons atones for some of her screenplay's flaws. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Chris Hewitt What is the opposite of a crowd-pleaser? A crowd-splitter, maybe? Whatever you call it, "The Lighthouse" is one. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Chris Hewitt Despite its sometimes-grim subject matter, "Pain and Glory" has plenty of Almodóvar's playful humor and love of the absurd. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) Chris Hewitt Lee's inventive choices make "Gemini Man" seem cleverer, which makes it more fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Chris Hewitt Phillips made a brilliant choice in casting Phoenix, and then he was smart to know that the actor is so deep inside this role that everything he does, up to and including a homicidal rumba, feels right. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Chris Hewitt It is sad, but it's not grim because Zellweger's utterly convincing performance shows that Judy was hilarious, self-deprecating, an affectionate mom and a loyal friend. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Chris Hewitt "Downton" sticks the landing as confidently as a butler silently settling a tray of watercress sandwiches onto a Chippendale table. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Chris Hewitt It's supposed to be a picaresque adventure... Instead, it feels like a movie where way too many things happen, and we don't know anything about the people who make them happen. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Chris Hewitt "Chapter Two" languishes over two hours and 49 minutes and it feels even longer because of its structure. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Jeff Strickler Like the course of the New York City Marathon, this story takes some sharp twists and turns. And like the runners, viewers are going to have to strive to keep up. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Chris Hewitt Even more than the novel, "Bernadette" is about the connection between a mother and child, a connection that persists even when it makes one or both of them uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Miranda Sings Live...Your Welcome (2019) Neal Justin I've never been a fan of YouTube sensation Colleen Ballinger and "Miranda Sings Live ... Your Welcome" did nothing to change my mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) Chris Hewitt "The Kitchen" probably needed to be bolder - maybe not as stylized a world as "Sin City," which also imagines a parallel universe of noirish crime, but at least one more willing to push the movie's DIY-crime-lord situation to the max. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (2019) Neal Justin He's Andrew Dice Clay, but with better material. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Bill Burr Presents Iantalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading (2019) Neal Justin Ian Edwards makes the case that he's one of our most provocative new comics in "Bill Burr Presents IanTalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading," with material that defends the seemingly undefendable. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/4 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Jon Bream Rarely have we seen such an unvarnished, unflattering and revealingly real portrait of a music star. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 Paris Is Burning (1990) Jeff Strickler Truly remarkable. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (2017) Neal Justin Doesn't feature the sharpest material, but Miller, who is sweating through his slovenly suit before he even tells his first joke, gets points for commitment. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Whitney Cummings: I'm Your Girlfriend (2016) Neal Justin Whitney Cummings is a smart, confident stand-up who shines on stage. "Whitney Cummings: I'm Your Girlfriend" reminds you of her immense gifts with a no-holds-barred takedown of romantic conventions. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Chris Hewitt Tarantino's brand of classical moviemaking is a thrill to behold. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019