AV Club

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Rating Title/Year Author
C+ () Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Murder Mystery... isn't going to dispel the longstanding rumor that the Sandman mostly makes movies as an excuse to go on paid vacations, using his Happy Madison production shingle as a personal travel agency EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
C Shaft (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Among all the cardinal sins of moviemaking it commits (up to and including reusing an iconic needle drop from a Martin Scorsese movie), the worst is this: It makes Shaft look uncool. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Last Unicorn (1982) Alex McLevy The Last Unicorn will endure as a film for reasons both intellectual and aesthetic. It's full of rich ideas and revisions of outdated, sexist stereotypes, and thereby feels more modern than many animated classics. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ American Woman (2018) Roxana Hadadi Miller finally gets the chance to demonstrate what she can do as a proper protagonist, breaking away from the stereotypes she's too often played. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
C Our Time (2018) Mike D'Angelo However truthful or invented Our Time may be, its dynamic is tiresomely petty and small, resisting Reygadas' occasional efforts at expressionism. It plays like therapy. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
C Men in Black: International (2019) Katie Rife Like a UFO hovering in the night sky, one moment it's there, and the next it's gone. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ 16 Shots (2019) Danette Chavez Thoughtful yet stylish, 16 Shots maintains a firm grasp of these narratives while introducing a few more over the course of its runtime. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
B Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Mike D'Angelo Ultimately, the copious, unmanipulated (one hopes!) footage of Dylan himself is what will endure. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
B Plus One (2019) Jesse Hassenger Plus One isn't much more than consistently amusing and sweetly romantic, but in the right hands, those qualities can still feel like a lot. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
B+ Tarde para morir joven (2018) Mike D'Angelo For better and worse (mostly better), Too Late To Die Young is a mood movie, situated on an emotional precipice. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
B- I Am Mother (2019) Mike D'Angelo The film just has too much other stuff going on to delve into what it'd be like growing up as the first and so far only member of Humanity 2.0. That's a failing, but an eminently forgivable one. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
B- This One's for the Ladies (2018) Beatrice Loayza This One's For The Ladies is as authentically joyous and messy as one of the nights on the town so eagerly awaited by its characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
B The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Vikram Murthi The Last Black Man plays like a poetic portrait, part tender ode and part cartography of lived experience, bringing a nuanced and hard-earned perspective to the screen. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
C+ Pavarotti (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ron Howard's documentary Pavarotti is content to bask in his glow; despite the broad array of home movies, family photos, interviews, TV outtakes, and concert recordings at its disposal, it never feels intimate with Pavarotti the person. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
B+ Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Erik Adams It's Malcomson who runs away with Deadwood: The Movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
C+ Dark Phoenix (2019) A.A. Dowd There's just little here that the X-Men series hasn't shown audiences before. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
C+ Late Night (2019) Jesse Hassenger Late Night is admirably eager to address the messy problems of the comedy world, but it ultimately can't stop cleaning up after itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
B+ Always Be My Maybe (2019) Gwen Ihnat Ultimately, Wong and Park and their mutual affection carry the movie, assisted by a gut-busting cameo by Keanu Reeves, of all people, portraying a do-gooder rival for Sasha's affections. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
C The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Jesse Hassenger Actual kids will probably enjoy The Secret Life Of Pets 2... But they might also start to sense just how mini this sequel feels, and start fidgeting after 15 or 20 minutes. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
C+ Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Katie Rife Of course the monsters should be the stars of a Godzilla movie. But until blockbuster filmmaking goes entirely non-narrative, some attention should be paid to the rest of it as well. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
B- () Erik Adams The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is joke-dense and visually rich, but comes up short on a key factor for making the Lonely Island big leagues: It doesn't invite the type of repeat viewing that built the cults of Hot Rod and Popstar. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
C+ () A.A. Dowd There's just no real perspective on Buscetta, which separates this brisk but uninvolving history lesson from the truly great mob movies. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
D Mektoub, My Love (2018) A.A. Dowd In practice, however, the film is a slog of epic proportions, its trancelike repetitiveness threatening to destroy this critic's fragile grasp on time itself, ushering me into a new plane of star-child boredom. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B- The Perfection (2018) Katie Rife The Perfection takes deep, fetishistic satisfaction in pushing the envelope, then pushing it some more, building in seductive fits and shocking starts to an orgiastic frenzy of cinematic excess. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
A- Booksmart (2019) Katie Rife It's a high school movie that doesn't have sadistic bullies shoving helpless nerds into lockers, just a bunch of kids that, for all their flaws, are kind, funny, worldly, whip-smart and unapologetically themselves. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B Frankie (2019) A.A. Dowd The whole thing struck me as pleasant, nicely judged, and unremarkable, right up to a final shot so graceful and moving that it sent waves of poignancy backwards through the movie. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
C- () A.A. Dowd There was a time when I used to wish that Dolan would settle down a little-the manic energy of his work could be exhausting. But if this is the alternative, I take it all back. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B- Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) A.A. Dowd You have to go back to basically the start of the French filmmaker's career to find him working in such a stylistically restrained register. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
A- Parasite (2019) A.A. Dowd Shifts tonal gears in total service of its class politics, infecting the film's breezy dark-comedy with notes of rage and melancholy. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
C- Aladdin (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Of course, if one really wanted to hear awkward and over-emoted interpretations of classic Disney songs, they could save themselves the trouble of buying a movie ticket and just check into the nearest middle-school talent show. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
B () Noel Murray The results were very entertaining. But the special didn't necessarily honor the spirit of the original Lear shows-nor did it breathe new life into them. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) Keith Phipps Why Do Fools Fall In Love never really conveys the essence of its subject. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
B+ Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) A.A. Dowd Even its missteps are kind of fascinating, as an expression of Tarantino's generational unease. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
C- Brightburn (2019) Jesse Hassenger For such a specific, clever-on-paper idea, Brightburn follows a shockingly predictable turn of events, possibly because it has few reference points beyond other pop-culture stories. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) A.A. Dowd Dafoe, especially, digs his maw deep into Eggers' stylishly, flavorfully archaic dialogue, in a performance that suggests a live-action version of the sea captain from The Simpsons. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
A- Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) A.A. Dowd Far from some stuffy costume drama, it's a deeply stirring romance with a modern soul, and also a forcefully, compassionately feminist one... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B- () A.A. Dowd It's reasonably gripping on a scene-by-scene level, and about as starkly unsentimental as any of the Dardennes' lean, urgent moral thrillers. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
C+ () A.A. Dowd We're meant, I think, to see A Hidden Life as a story of a man fighting to stay true to his beliefs, but Malick never successfully suggests any real temptation or doubt... EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
C+ Rocketman (2019) Jesse Hassenger As inventive as the movie gets in teasing out both the melancholy and the joy of John and Taupin's songs, Rocketman still genuflects toward the myth of biopic respectability. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
B () A.A. Dowd A major change of pace for director and star alike. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
B+ () A.A. Dowd In a movie where just about every scene contains some inventive technique or choice, I was most taken with the way Diao boldly abstracts some of his action... EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
B () A.A. Dowd There's plenty to admire, including the lead performance. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
B+ () A.A. Dowd Creepy for how mundanely uncreepy it plays its scenario, Little Joe is an existential horror movie about our inability to understand our own complicated emotions, and the allure of relenting to a kind of thoughtless, unburdened happiness. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
B+ () A.A. Dowd Balagov doesn't see his characters just as victims. He's as interested in their pathologies as he is in their dire circumstances. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
B- () A.A. Dowd Most successful as a look at a particular milieu, which makes one wonder if Diop might have been better off just making a longer nonfiction film on the subject. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
B () A.A. Dowd Does this strange brew entirely coalesce? Maybe not, but what it has going for it is Bonello's typically seductive craftsmanship... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
C+ () A.A. Dowd Loach doesn't know when to say when. He continues to labor under the misconception that he has to drop the whole weight of the world onto his characters... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
B- () A.A. Dowd While I admired the one-day-in-David-Ayer-hell energy of the movie, I also found it bombastic and contrived. It's the police drama as police baton. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
B+ () A.A. Dowd This truly unhinged genre fusion initially promises a very different kind of movie than what it becomes. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
B () A.A. Dowd Deerskin is goofing on the sometimes-wide chasm separating the perception of a filmmaker's vision and the less sophisticated reality of it. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019