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Rating Title/Year Author
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Sean Keane Wonder Woman 1984 works beautifully as a followup to the superhero's 2017 adventure, expanding Diana's character and leaning into the '80s with style. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Bonnie Burton Bill & Ted Face the Music is a joyous, fun, charming adventure, and a great reminder of how music can bring us together in times of chaos. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Howard (2018) Alex Navarro The new Disney Plus documentary Howard honors the impressive career of legendary lyricist Howard Ashman, who wrote some of the most beloved Disney Animation songs ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Patricia Puentes Recorded theater performances are the only way to enjoy this art form right now. I still prefer the thrill of watching a play live, but I can definitely settle to fare like Hamilton on Disney Plus for the meantime. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
() Daniel Van Boom It makes no sense. I cannot explain to you why this was good. It was just ridiculous and absurd but in the best way. Watch it. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2020) Bonnie Burton The documentary gets into one of the things I loved about the movie -- the "can-do" spirit of the film's crew who refuse to give up despite numerous challenges. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Bloodshot (2020) Richard Trenholm Having your characters self-consciously point out every cliché doesn't magically erase the fact your film is full of clichés. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Sean Keane Harley Quinn's first adventure as a headliner is among the DC Extended Universe's finest movies so far, and didn't need the shadow of the Bat looming over it any more than it needed Joker. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) Bonnie Burton Desires may turn dark for guests on Fantasy Island, but the confusing plot and silly characters make this reboot feel more like a pointless parody. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sean Keane It's a shame Sonic the Hedgehog's forgettable jokes don't live up to its visuals, but it's a decent cinematic start for the blue blur and leaves me with the hope of an even more adventurous sequel down the line. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
What Did Jack Do? (2020) Bonnie Burton While short in length, What Did Jack Do? has plenty of time to show off Lynch's supreme talent for surreal storytelling (and acting). EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Cats (2019) Jennifer Bisset If you can overlook the problematic CGI and enjoy the craft of the performances, Cats may be a unique blend of musical and movie. But that pure spectacle boils down to a skin and bone plot, enclosed in a strange dystopia that lacks genuine heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Richard Trenholm On the surface, it's all there: the showdowns, the space battles, the historic characters taking a final bow... Yet it's hollow. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Black Christmas (2019) Jennifer Bisset With what feels like an abrupt ending after 90 minutes, Black Christmas's loaded material doesn't leave more than a superficial mark. But its gung-ho heroines bring an entertaining, if disposable, diversion with holiday trimmings. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Richard Trenholm Suspenseful, funny, emotional and endlessly surprising, El Camino reminds us why we love Breaking Bad. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Richard Trenholm It wants to be Terminator 2, and it isn't. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Richard Trenholm A good old-fashioned whodunnit that both celebrates and sends up the genre, but its biggest strength is an all-star cast taking its best stab at the blade-sharp dialogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Richard Trenholm Even if it speeds around familiar corners as many similar movies, Ford v Ferrari is a winner. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Richard Trenholm It might not be on the same level as Star Wars, but Jumanji has turned out to be a fantasy movie series that plays the game better than the rest. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Richard Trenholm A layered exploration of the passage of time and the roles small men play in the big moments of history. But the digital de-aging thing ... I dunno guys. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Richard Trenholm As a free-floating celebration of human aspiration, The Aeronauts is a life-affirming journey to understand and appreciate the world we live in. And that's not just hot air. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Jennifer Bisset While it does little to escape the same convoluted plot twists of the previous films and lacks memorable action set pieces, Charlie's Angels channels a bright and poppy empowering energy that should satisfy the target audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Noelle (2019) Jennifer Bisset Noelle isn't funny, charming or weird enough to match Elf, but with a sprinkling of sweet moments and bad reindeer CGI, it's still got to be better than Lifetime's A Sweet Christmas Romance. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Mike Sorrentino The bright moments ultimately win out for "Power Rangers." When the movie is fun, it's unapologetically so. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017) Mike Sorrentino Refreshingly, this isn't one of those love triangles where women compete for one man, with the movie taking pains to establish intellectual and emotional respect between the three as well as sexual desire. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Mike Sorrentino Despite its flaws, "The Cloverfield Paradox" does make for a fun space horror film, especially since you've likely already paid for Netflix this month. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Incredibles 2 (2018) Mike Sorrentino Every frame is packed with fantastic detail and cutting-edge animated magic while staying true to the original movie's charming visual feel. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Science Fair (2018) Mike Sorrentino Also, fascinatingly, none of the people showcased exhibit the stereotypical, awkward "nerdiness" you might expect from a giant academic event like this. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Mike Sorrentino Solo positions itself at a point along the Star Wars timeline that hasn't been fleshed out much by either the movies or the TV shows. That gives the admittedly simple story a chance to surprise audiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Mike Sorrentino Seeing all of the characters return and some of the first film's sequences revisited in a slightly different setting is a plus for anyone who enjoyed the original film. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Mike Sorrentino Until the ending hits, Avengers: Infinity War features all the cool superhero fight scenes you've come to expect, smartass quips between superheroes and super beings like Doctor Strange and Tony Stark. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Mike Sorrentino There are dozens and dozens of internet meme callouts, appearances by YouTube celebrities like Dani Fernandez, Colleen Ballinger[...But the best part of Wreck-It Ralph 2 really is the story of growth between Ralph and Vanellope. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Mike Sorrentino Despite the movie juggling too much, the doll sequences are beautiful, featuring characters that manage to be expressive despite their shiny plastic bodies. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Mike Sorrentino Taken on its own, "Homecoming" is a breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Richard Trenholm Gemini Man's technological innovation drowns in endless spy cliches, half-heartedly generic twists, forgettable dialogue and non-existent characterization. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Richard Trenholm Yeah, this is a tricky one. Lampooning the Nazis is a risky proposition, requiring a knife-edge balance between humor and horror. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Joker (2019) Richard Trenholm Joker is intense and unnerving and a radical entry into the superhero genre, but come on, Taxi Driver was 40 years ago. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Richard Trenholm Pitt stunningly embodies the astronaut stepping into the crushing vacuum of space and the even more desolate vacuum left by a missing father. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Jennifer Bisset While It Chapter 2's childhood sentiments come off less believably through an adult lens, the sequel recaptures the lovable heart and humor of its dark predecessor. A brilliant Hader is largely to thank, keeping this big, bulging beast afloat. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Jennifer Bisset The Farewell is an important exploration of the cultural limbo many Chinese-born Americans find themselves in, but its humor and heart will reach all. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Patricia Puentes I like this homage to Hollywood's golden age starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. But I could do without all the blood spattering. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Sean Keane Holland is spectacular, proving hilarious and warm throughout his European adventure -- he gets a pretty rad set of costumes too. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Mike Sorrentino Fantastic writing and technical flourishes spruce up a Pixar sequel that doesn't have the emotional pull fans might expect. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Sean Keane Even Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth can't elevate this average sci-fi spinoff. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Sean Keane Sophie Turner brings Jean on a fascinating emotional journey, infusing her with vulnerability, power and an increasing aura of danger. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Patrick Holland The Last Black Man In San Francisco speaks to the importance of home and community in a way that left my heart racing. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Stuber (2019) Jennifer Bisset Despite Stuber's cars, sex, guns and buddy cop-fueled engine, its one-star stupidity brings its occasionally-amusing Uber ride to a screeching halt. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Parasite (2019) Jennifer Bisset Coming away from this film will leave you with empathy for those less privileged, and yet the film toys with the idea that even if you do fake your way to the top, you still may ultimately end up back in the basement. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978) Bonnie Burton Singing Wookiees wearing Snuggies? Harvey Korman cooking in drag? Jefferson Starship hologram jam band? Why this infamous TV special is so bad it's great. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
() Bonnie Burton The special effects from Industrial Light & Magic... have actually given rise to innovative technology in real life. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019