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Isn't It Romantic (2019)
"Isn't It Romantic" not only understands the tropes of cinematic love stories, but also knows how to comedically reference them while also treating Natalie's personal journey seriously.
Posted Feb 14, 2019
The deeper one delves into the film's brazen, unconventional pleasures, the more intimate yet expansive its ambitions become. The sooner one sees it the better; the daring and wild secrets it holds are simply too bold to risk having them spoiled.
Posted Jan 30, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
An inviting, often wise family film, boasted by wonderful protagonist at its center.
Posted Jan 16, 2019
A Dog's Way Home (2019)
Certainly manipulative but also ultimately affecting, the picture knows exactly how to wrap audiences around its furry little paw. Stone-hearted cynics need not apply.
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Death of a Nation (2018)
Intellectually dishonest, morally hypocritical swill.
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Lean on Pete (2018)
Tough to take but impossible to turn away from. An indelible, remarkably moving glimpse into the margins of American life as seen from the point of view of a boy in search of a safe place to call home.
Posted Nov 27, 2018
The ambition, skill, and immersive wonder of the landscape J.K. Rowling has built continues to bewitch.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
A breathtaking travelogue through the profundity of memories, "Roma" exhales the magic and empathy inherent in the very best which film has to offer.
Posted Nov 12, 2018
Boy Erased (2018)
An exceptionally moving, beautifully modulated film, hopefully eye-opening for those whose eyes have been closed for far too long.
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
A dual showcase for colorful, albeit reclusive, late author Lee Israel and for Melissa McCarthy, who disappears into her potentially career-redefining dramatic role.
Posted Oct 20, 2018
What They Had (2018)
"What They Had" has a way of feeling low-key and explosive all at once.
Posted Oct 18, 2018
First Man (2018)
A great idea in search of a film to match.
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
A deliberately woven tapestry deliciously toying in different tones and genres, the picture marches to the beat of its own deviously methodical drummer.
Posted Oct 10, 2018
There's plenty of promise percolating on a cellular level; with another installment, perhaps a merely good picture can become something more.
Posted Oct 4, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018)
An impassioned drama about a critical topic, and Amandla Stenberg is the shining light at its center.
Posted Oct 3, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018)
Proves there is still plenty of life left in this tale of fame, addiction, and sacrifice. "A Star Is Born" is an emotionally intimate journey that makes itself feel like an event. An astonishing Lady Gaga positively soars.
Posted Sep 13, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018)
A slick, visually dynamic true-crime treat. "A Simple Favor" isn't so simple at all, and that's the key to its mischievously layered pleasures.
Posted Sep 11, 2018
Just because "Tag" is inspired by a true story doesn't make it any less asinine. Unctuous, unfunny, & developmentally discombobulated to the extent it feels like a fever dream in retrospect, the film is 100 minutes of would-be rollicking nothingness.
Posted Aug 29, 2018
An urgent and unnerving masterclass in creating tension through minimalism, dripping with the peril of what has already taken place and what may occur next. "Searching" is sure to remain one of 2018's best and smartest thrillers.
Posted Aug 24, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018)
A freshly imagined dark comedy with more on its mind than dirty jokes.
Posted Aug 23, 2018
First Reformed (2018)
Gripping in its unsentimental clarity of vision, startling in its portentous ruminations on belief, sacrifice, and nature, "First Reformed" is unsparing even as it spares, a cinematic jolt of agony and transcendence.
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018)
"Christopher Robin" is an uplifting bear hug of a movie. It delights, yes, but it does one better: it makes the viewer want to be a kinder, better person.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
In terms of pure, sustained, crowd-pleasing excitement, it's the must-see, big-screen event of the season.
Posted Jul 26, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Light and starry and the name of the game, above all, is the wonderful ABBA music, pulling everything together as if the tunes were written precisely for this moment in the cinematic spotlight.
Posted Jul 18, 2018
It's big, it's far-fetched, and it's certainly not deep. It is fun, however, and sometimes that's enough. Succeeding precisely because it puts on no airs, "Skyscraper" is every bit as electrifying as it is unapologetically inconsequential.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018)
A stirring, painfully accurate slice-of-life, the kind of film so authentically observed it sometimes feels more like a cinéma vérité documentary than a scripted feature film.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Bursting with dynamic special effects, skillful action, and a gentle human element that never gets displaced.
Posted Jul 2, 2018
Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018)
"Acrimony" is a study in frustrating episodic storytelling and the revolving stages of one's reaction to where it very slowly goes. Ultimately, by the end credits, the only acrimony left is from the bamboozled viewer.
Posted Jun 29, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
Technically, this is a well-made film. The problem is it didn't need to be made at all.
Posted Jun 28, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
Poignant, uplifting and desperately needed right about now, a compassionate embrace in filmic form.
Posted Jun 21, 2018
Director J.A. Bayona cooks up one socko, armrest-clenching situation after the next.
Posted Jun 20, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018)
A giant family entertainment with deeper, more universal themes at work and a sophistication in its storytelling. "Incredibles 2" is another winner for Pixar, seemingly effortless in its savvy and confidence, excitement and heart.
Posted Jun 11, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Should have been sharper, smarter, and more interested in its leading ladies beyond the one or two traits each of them is given.
Posted Jun 6, 2018
The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
Simply put, this is one of the most ill-advised biopics to grace screens in years.
Posted May 29, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" is a blast. A thoroughly satisfying, unusually fresh entry with a restless, free-wheeling aura and plenty of heart.
Posted May 17, 2018
Book Club (2018)
The act of watching this lovely film is much like losing oneself in the pages of an enthralling novel. A cozy blanket and a steaming cup of hot cocoa are optional but nevertheless recommended.
Posted May 17, 2018
Life of the Party (2018)
Entertains and inspires while serving up a fairly consistent number of laughs. Is it too hyperbolic to anoint Melissa McCarthy a national treasure?
Posted May 10, 2018
A film about the extraordinary nature of ordinary lives, "Tully" is unfiltered and messy and altogether kind of beautiful.
Posted May 3, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
For Marvel fans preparing to see the grim, thrilling "Avengers: Infinity War" for the first time, only one piece of advice will do: brace yourselves.
Posted Apr 26, 2018
I Feel Pretty (2018)
With the irrepressible Amy Schumer leading the way, "I Feel Pretty" excels at being both fiercely entertaining and perceptibly wise.
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Smooths over its contrivances and occasional comedic misses by actually listening to, and caring about, its characters.
Posted Apr 4, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
Sensory overload with a heart.
Posted Mar 29, 2018
Tomb Raider (2018)
A destined franchise-starter headlined by a particularly fierce Alicia Vikander, 2018's "Tomb Raider" reboot holds substantially more heart and seat-clinging thrills than its Angelina Jolie-starring predecessors.
Posted Mar 14, 2018
Love, Simon (2018)
The beauty of "Love, Simon" is in its astute, slice-of-life observances about family, friendship, and that delicate moment in every LGBTQ person's life when he or she must gather the courage to begin living as their authentic self.
Posted Mar 12, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
A sumptuous, largely faithful adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic 1962 fantasy novel, "A Wrinkle in Time" bursts forth with idiosyncratic visual wonders and passionate, deep-seated messages of self-worth.
Posted Mar 7, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
Destined to be celebrated, and for good reason; this may not be the first film featuring a black superhero, but it is groundbreaking all the same for being the first of this scale.
Posted Feb 15, 2018
Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
Christian is simply too needy and exhausting, and all the money in the world cannot disguise one tough, hard fact: Ana deserves better.
Posted Feb 8, 2018
A relatively simple yet always poignantly observed indie drama with a potential breakthrough turn from its lead performer. As the eponymous Becks, Lena Hall is a double threat: she can sing extraordinarily well, and she can act like nobody's business.
Posted Feb 6, 2018
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
A potent grand finale to a science-fiction trilogy of occasionally murky intentions. The film works like gangbusters clear through to its quietly ruminative final moments, a tribute to everything lost and that which is ultimately gained for its survivors.
Posted Jan 24, 2018
Paddington 2 (2018)
Paddington could melt the coldest of hearts.
Posted Jan 11, 2018