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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 The Current War (2017) Michael Phillips I never saw the earlier version. This one remains a bit of a mess but a pretty interesting one... EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Michael Phillips "Parasite" expresses consequential ideas that matter to the filmmaker about the way we live today, and the prejudice and malice we create for ourselves and others. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Michael Phillips At its finest, and creepiest, "The Lighthouse" courts comparison (at least in ambition) to F.W. Murnau's fantasies of temptation, desire and striking imagery. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
() Michael Phillips Coppola's new version does everyone on screen a favor. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Michael Phillips Everyone on screen is good enough to do this sort of thing in their sleep, which isn't to say Harrelson, Eisenberg, Stone, Breslin and Deutch laze through the assignment. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() Michael Phillips "Patsy & Loretta" compresses 18 months of a tragically brief friendship between two country music legends into one pretty good biopic. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Michael Phillips By playing a real underdog who became a huge influence on countless rappers and comics coming up behind him, Murphy is once again in comfortable, confident performance territory. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) Michael Phillips "Gemini Man" isn't bad, but two Will Smiths - when one of them's computer-animated - somehow feels like 66-75 percent of a real movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 The Dark Half (1993) Dave Kehr As if to make up for the slack pacing, the violence seems unnecessarily garish and sadistic. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 Pet Sematary (1989) Dave Kehr Reduced to its plot outlines, King`s work no longer functions; its meaning lies in the obscure tensions and anxieties that shape the fantasy, not in what happens, but why. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
1/4 Needful Things (1993) Clifford Terry This is pulp moviemaking at its worst. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/4 Dolores Claiborne (1995) Michael Wilmington It's rare to see a pop best seller come out this well in the movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 The Laundromat (2019) Michael Phillips Soderbergh and Burns remain exceptionally well-matched collaborators. They're after just enough human interest to make us care, and just enough socioeconomic outrage to make us seethe - some of us, anyway. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
1.5/4 Joker (2019) Michael Phillips In a year of mass culture that gave us HBO's excellent "Chernobyl," "Joker" can claim the grimmest depiction of a meltdown. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
() Clifford Terry Although undeniably worthy, it doesn`t quite measure up to the original, perhaps because the lead character has undergone a metamorphosis in which mischievousness has been supplanted by maturity. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Heidi (1993) Jennifer Mangan Each minute of this film is justified, embellished with breathtaking scenery of Austria and the Alps and with excellent character development. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Airborne (1993) Michael Wilmington Instead of telling a story, the filmmakers follow an outline (or, in this case, an in-line). EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Nightjohn (1996) Steve Johnson [Charles] Burnett has made a remarkable movie about the power of literacy and about what human ownership does to owned and owner. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Parent Trap III (1989) Clifford Terry ''Parent Trap III'' is an inane, relentlessly perky continuation of the series that began with the 1961 feature film. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Ernest Green Story (1993) Rick Kogan [Ernest Green's] story is told with solid craftsmanship, aided by a strong cast that includes Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Avery Brooks. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/4 Holy Trinity (2019) Michael Phillips Bracingly sex-positive in all directions, if oddly flat as a performance vehicle... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 The Day Shall Come (2019) Michael Phillips The laughs are frequent, if despairing. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Michael Phillips The movie's pretty good; though she's hardly alone, Zellweger makes it worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
2.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) Michael Phillips The stakes in "Ad Astra" feel more theoretical than urgent. Pitt, however, manages some genuinely moving revelations of character under duress. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ready to Run (2000) Steve Johnson You think you know exactly where this movie is heading, in other words. And then the horses start talking, and it turns from merely predictable into exasperating. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
On Promised Land (1994) Jennifer Mangan Disney has once again provided families with a solid, value-oriented film. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 Hustlers (2019) Michael Phillips Lopez and company remind us there's more than one kind of story worth telling about money, sex, women and, as Burt Lancaster put it in another New York story, "Sweet Smell of Success," the greedy murmur of little men. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 Aquarela (2018) Michael Phillips It's a pretty interesting nature documentary as far as it goes. But given its globe-trotting scope and the risky location work involved for the filmmakers, it's a tiny bit strange "Aquarela" goes only so far. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Michael Phillips The movie succeeds because Bell succeeds. It's gratifying to see a so-called character actress with reliably deadly comic timing loosen up, stretch out and learn what it means to carry a movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Michael Phillips At its best this big-hearted picture recalls the setting, and feeling, of Jeff Nichols' Huck Finn-indebted coming-of-age fable "Mud." EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
2/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Michael Phillips The movie feels a little off from the beginning. The dialogue works less effectively as dialogue, rather than dialogue quoted in various correspondence. It's arch without being especially witty. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/4 One Child Nation (2019) Michael Phillips In a very full and riveting 85 minutes, "One Child Nation" assembles a huge story together from many small, crucial pieces. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
1/4 Johnny Be Good (1988) Dave Kehr Buried somewhere in the screenplay are some Robert Altman-esque satirical intentions, in which the wildly corrupt college football recruitment process is offered as a panoramic image of frenzied American venality. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 Good Boys (2019) Michael Phillips The three at the center of what passes for the story find themselves on the cusp of a new, uncertain phase of life. This saves "Good Boys" from its own weaknesses. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 The Nightingale (2018) Michael Phillips With "The Babadook" and now "The Nightingale," Kent joins the ranks of a few dozen precious filmmakers able to transport us somewhere awful and beautiful, challenging us every step of the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed (2003) Allan Johnson Who knew a conservative could be funny? It's easy when the conservative is Dennis Miller, whose rants are devastating in "Dennis Miller: The Live Feed." EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Michael Phillips The movie's good even when it goes in too many directions at once, because it gets the kids right. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/4 Angels Are Made of Light (2018) Michael Phillips One boy dares to imagine Kabul, and his own life, out from under the presence of both the Americans as well as the Taliban. It's a dream captured in many different shades by a very fine film. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) Michael Phillips Like so many films derived from the pictures and words of a graphic novel, "The Kitchen" feels perfunctory and sterile and under-detailed. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 Brian Banks (2018) Michael Phillips The story pulls you along, traveling a long, winding path from wrongful conviction to exoneration. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) Allan Johnson [Chris] Rock stalks the stage more aggressively in this special than in his previous one, and proves both how fearless he is and how much confidence he has in his material. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
John Oliver: Terrifying Times (2008) Maureen Ryan "John Oliver: Terrifying Times..." should appeal to fans of his sardonic, intellectual brand of humor. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Dane Cook: Vicious Circle (2006) Maureen Ryan This 90-minute film may go on a bit for casual Cook fans, but as the voice of the MySpace generation, the comic shines here. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
() Steve Johnson Quick, somebody give this guy a TV series. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Michael Phillips Millions of 10-year-olds will be seeing "Hobbs & Shaw" and most of them (and their parents or adult guardians) will enjoy it, because the franchise delivers the pain as well as the sincere devotion to family ties. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 Luz (2018) Michael Phillips The movie knows what it's doing, whatever it's doing. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Michael Phillips [Zoabi's] touch is humane, restrained sometimes to the point of diffidence, but genuinely interested in locating small and large truths within broad comic concepts. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Michael Phillips More evocative than provocative. But evocative is not nothing. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
2.5/4 Werewolf Ninja Philosopher (2018) Michael Phillips More than its modestly amusing jokes, the film's chief asset is its intriguing black-and-white footage of New York at night. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) Michael Phillips While Wang may stint occasionally on the sort of character detail separating a very good film from a great one, "The Farewell" takes you to a humanely eccentric place. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019