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Rating Title/Year Author
What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Michael Phillips The art and thrill of political debate informs every part of Schreck's work, shrewdly captured for the camera. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/4 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Michael Phillips I laughed at a good deal of the movie, but a good deal more of it left me with (Cohen's intention, probably) the taste of ashes in the mouth. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
1/4 Grizzly II. Revenge (2020) Michael Phillips It's a pity "Grizzly II: Revenge" isn't giddy-bad, the way Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" delights so many. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 Rebecca (2020) Michael Phillips Maybe next remake. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/4 Honest Thief (2020) Michael Phillips I like watching Neeson in just about anything. I like him especially in some of the non-franchise, off-center action vehicles he's made in the last dozen years, from "The Grey" to "Unknown." This one's a middling addition to the list. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/4 Spontaneous (2020) Michael Phillips A pretty diverting movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/4 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Michael Phillips The best of Cronenberg's nightmare is pure, imaginative immersion. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 The Boys in the Band (2020) Michael Phillips Half-tantalizing, half-antiquated, but fascinating nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
2/4 On the Rocks (2020) Michael Phillips It's minor, as in understated, and minor, as in not much. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/4 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Michael Phillips Sorkin's writing may be better served by a director who can bring a new set of perspectives and dynamics to the work, rather than simply presenting them head-on. Yet it works anyway. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/4 The Nest (2020) Michael Phillips A less predictable emblem of '80s excess and blinkered avarice might've turned a good drama into an excellent one. This one's still worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
3/4 The Way I See It (2020) Michael Phillips Souza comes off as a genuine and genuinely humble talent. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/4 Bob Roberts (1992) Clifford Terry Like a relentlessly charismatic political candidate offering the moon, stars and a viable health-care plan, ''Bob Roberts'' promises much but ultimately fails to deliver. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
3/4 () Michael Wilmington Face takes a subject that might have drowned in sentiment and treats it with humor, keen vision and a hard (but not callous) edge. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/4 Mortal Kombat (1995) Gene Siskel The only decent video game turned into a movie. Why? Obviously because the filmmakers have really tried to offer some eye-popping visuals that can provide the same stimuli as the video game itself. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
3.5/4 Nomadland (2020) Michael Phillips Here's a beaut. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/4 The Devil All the Time (2020) Michael Phillips It's worth seeing for an intriguingly cast ensemble, authenticating the milieu as much as possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/4 Coastal Elites (2020) Michael Phillips It is very difficult... to make such politically toxic recent history work as comic truth with a serious dimension. "Coastal Elites" manages it just enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
3.5/4 Mulan (2020) Michael Phillips Not everything works, but the crucial element - Mulan's relationship with her father - works wonderfully well. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/4 Class Action Park (2020) Michael Phillips Everything about Action Park could kill you. And it sometimes did, as the wittily appalling HBO documentary "Class Action Park" makes clear. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/4 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Michael Phillips Cheesy, yes, hit-and-miss, maybe, but the bits that work really do work. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 () Michael Phillips The actors couldn't be better attuned to the nervous system of this universe. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/4 Tenet (2020) Michael Phillips I wish "Tenet" exploited its own ideas more dynamically. Nolan's a prodigious talent. But no major director, I suppose, can avoid going sideways from time to time. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/4 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Michael Phillips Despite some longueurs around the two-thirds point, as there often is with well-worn episodic adventures, "The Personal History of David Copperfield" is a tonic with a genuinely moving coda. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
2/4 Unhinged (2020) Michael Phillips [A] sadistic yet middling road-rage thriller... EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/4 () Michael Phillips Regional politics is local politics is national politics. It's revealing to see how the sausage gets made, and who gets to make it. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 Sputnik (2020) Michael Phillips The clever and nicely gory "Sputnik" comes from Russia with love, slime, and an impressive lesson in efficient, low-cost pulp filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
2.5/4 The Karate Kid Part II (1986) Gene Siskel There are scattered pleasures throughout the film due to its two lead performances, which are the equal of the work done in the original. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 Stand and Deliver (1988) Dave Kehr A pretty good TV movie, smoothly directed by Cuban-born Ramon Menendez, a graduate of UCLA film school, and blessed with a charismatic lead performance by Edward James Olmos. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 Tequila Sunrise (1988) Dave Kehr Towne has a tremendous gift for creating dialogue that is concise, expressive and distinctive without advertising its own cleverness, and ''Tequila Sunrise'' is worth seeing just to be heard. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 One Vote (2018) Michael Phillips "One Vote" gives every imminent 2020 voter a lot to absorb and to admire, and does so with tact and concision. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
2.5/4 National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) Clifford Terry There is enough material to provide grins and, sometimes, guffaws. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Mae Tinee It's a tough tale about utterly amoral people. I thought the ending rather weak bet for most of the footage the film packs plenty of punch. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/4 Innerspace (1987) Gene Siskel ''Innerspace'' is a classic example of a film that would achieve more if it tried less. But it still is an ambitious comedy made funny by Short's sweet performance... EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/4 Heartbreak Ridge (1986) Dave Kehr ''Heartbreak Ridge'' is a film of genuine substance and courage. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
2.5/4 Grumpy Old Men (1993) Michael Wilmington They're two saints of sarcasm. And they work their magic here with only the flimsiest sitcom structure to support them. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/4 Howard (2018) Michael Phillips Anyone who had the wit and the cheek to write the lyric "I use antlers in all of my decorating!" for the muscle-bound antagonist in "Beauty and the Beast" plainly deserves to have his story be told in a documentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
2/4 Free Willy (1993) Gene Siskel With a phony kid and boring whale, there isn't much to recommend in "Free Willy." EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/4 An American Pickle (2020) Michael Phillips While "An American Pickle" is a different sort of comic fable than Rogen's best-known work, there's enough of an edge to make it stick. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3.5/4 Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Michael Phillips It's frequently gripping and finally very moving. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/4 I Used to Go Here (2020) Michael Phillips The lightly carbonated fizz of "I Used to Go Here" has everything to do with Rey's deftly chosen ensemble. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
2.5/4 The Rental (2020) Michael Phillips It starts out good and turns out dumb, ditching a promising, nicely suggestive first half for second-half payoffs... taking director Dave Franco's feature directorial debut into lame and lamer slasher-film territory. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/4 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Michael Phillips One of this summer's worthwhile comedies: small but very sure, and guided beautifully throughout by Natalia Dyer of "Stranger Things." EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
4/4 The Young and the Damned (1950) Michael Wilmington A savage, beautifully wrought portrayal of Mexican juvenile delinquency and a harsh indictment of the society that fosters it. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
3/4 Hard Eight (1996) Michael Wilmington It's done with such intelligence and feeling, and such a brilliant cast, that it grips our attention from first shuffle to last bet. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
2/4 The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) Johanna Steinmetz The unevenness in tone here makes watching ''The Boy Who Could Fly'' a little like hitting airpockets in a puddlejumper. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
1.5/4 Fatal Affair (2020) Michael Phillips One word into a typical line of dialogue, and the audience can mouth the rest of it along with the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/4 Lake of Death (2019) Michael Phillips It's hard to shake the familiarity of the premise and the set-ups in "Lake of Death." EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
3/4 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Michael Phillips This movie creates illusions of truth out of artifice that happens to look, act, smell and taste like its own indelible reality. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/4 Relic (2020) Michael Phillips Mortimer, in particular, fills "Relic" with a quiet, tense presence that is entirely human. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020