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Rating Title/Year Author
The Farewell (2019) Brian Lowry The Farewell says a whole lot about grief, guilt and determining what's important in life, while still providing its share of laughs. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Brian Lowry The result is a polished and satisfying film, yet one that conspicuously feels even more like a consumer product than most Disney revivals of its animated classics. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Lake Placid (1999) Paul Tatara Miner's thoroughly unimaginative visual style sees to it that "Lake Placid" is not the least bit frightening, and the entire undertaking generates maybe one decent laugh. That is, if you don't count Fonda's chronic inability to act. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (2018) Brian Lowry The most unsettling aspect of Swiped,... [is] whether those responsible have simply brought another shiny new wrinkle into the process of pairing up or, more unnervingly, opened Pandora's box. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Brian Lowry Even with a plot that builds off the emotional heft of Endgame, another mediocre villain, heavy dose of Disney Channel-level romance and too much clunky shtick... made this feel qualitatively more like a middle-weight contender. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Brian Lowry Ophelia brings a feminist quality to the character despite the period setting. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Brian Lowry By turning the documentary into such a powerful forum for the resolve and resilience of these young women, [Erin Lee] Carr, in filmmaking terms, really sticks the landing. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Brian Lowry While the movie initially features modestly clever wrinkles, the satirical and technology-inspired elements recede as the conventional slasher bits take over. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Murder Mystery (2019) Brian Lowry Even grading on a curve, though, Murder Mystery is a tired, bordering on tiresome endeavor -- feeling like the pilot for a not-very-good TV show -- as well as a reminder that Netflix's content buffet caters to all kinds of tastes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Shaft (2019) Brian Lowry An action comedy that's neither consistently funny nor especially exciting, despite Samuel L. Jackson's second stab at the part. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Brian Lowry Toy Story 4 delivers a cinematic grand slam, a nine-years-later sequel that's wholly equal to the high expectations raised by the terrific trio that it follows. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Ice on Fire (2019) Brian Lowry A better-than-most film on the topic that gets beyond the dire warnings to contemplating what can actually be done to help turn, or at least significantly curb, the tide. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Brian Lowry All told, it's a breezy but too-often flat popcorn movie, one that tests the considerable chemistry of its stars, former Thor compatriots Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. That the movie holds up as well as it does is a tribute to the two. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Brian Lowry "Dark Phoenix" does little to squelch the sense that it's about time to put a torch to things and boot -- or more likely, reboot -- "X-Men" back into a 21st-century universe. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Brian Lowry "Deadwood: The Movie" provides a welcome if bittersweet, characteristically foul-mouthed reunion, one that more than justifies saddling up the entire gang for one more ride. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Brian Lowry Park and Wong are both innately likable, which makes the movie pleasant enough to watch, but also a bit of a slog given the ostensible inevitability of where it's heading. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Brian Lowry Egerton's electric performance as the famed rock star drives this jukebox musical. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Brian Lowry The net effect is more numbing than stirring, with only a few monster-on-monster tussles that come close to being worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) Brian Lowry "Running With Beto" works best, in other words, when viewed as a marathon, not a sprint. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) Paul Tatara "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a misfire in several ways, but the key problem is that the writers have a clunky, concrete Christmas tree, not something thematic that can be used to devise scenes of various shades and colors. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Brian Lowry "Aladdin" is a great deal of fun, with charming leads and elaborately mounted songs. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Brian Lowry While time is likely on the side of its leads, their chemistry only goes so far in what feels, finally, like a half-baked movie. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Brian Lowry [It] certainly follows that script -- or rather, lack of one -- delivering adrenaline-fueled thrills, before fatigue creeps into the unrelenting mayhem about halfway through. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Brian Lowry He was, indeed, the greatest, and while "What's My Name" clearly portrays those qualities, as constructed, it's merely pretty good. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Brian Lowry Detective Pikachu isn't that bad, and the movie arrives helpfully armed with a couple decades worth of equity and goodwill; still, once you've gotten your fill of its wisecracking namesake, even grading on a curve, it isn't good. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Brian Lowry Wine Country goes down like a decent pinot grigio -- something that might not be a medal winner, but which isn't half bad. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Brian Lowry Efron not only bears a striking resemblance to Bundy... but deftly captures the off-kilter nature of his demeanor... That doesn't elevate the material, necessarily, as much as it does add to the queasiness watching it. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
The Last Survivors (2019) Brian Lowry The Last Survivors... is the stronger of the two. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Brian Lowry Perhaps what "Knock Down the House" does best, in that context, is highlight the enormous odds that Ocasio-Cortez had to overcome, as well as the dismissive nature of her opponent, the congressional veteran Joe Crowley. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Brian Lowry The Inventor is one of those documentaries that -- unlike The Edison -- really gets under your skin. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Brian Lowry Having set up a formidable task and then some with the finish of "Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame" rises to the challenge, delivering an epic finale that proves immensely satisfying. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
() Lisa Respers France It was the fulfillment of all the ancestors' hopes and dreams. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Brian Lowry Once that sort-of novelty wears off, what "Hellboy" isn't, consistently, is much fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Observe and Report (2009) Tom Charity More than once, writer-director Jody Hill teases out the slippy, gray area between a subversive gross-out gag and something unsettlingly misogynist. He wants to push buttons, and he's talented enough to get away with it. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Native Son (2019) Brian Lowry Native Son vividly revives a seminal book, and once the movie and audience get their bearings, proves as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Brian Lowry Truth be told, though, one wishes the movie had a little more heft to it. It's fine, even welcome, to see a superhero exult in his abilities, and on that level, "Shazam!" is generally fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
I, Robot (2004) Todd Leopold Pardon me if I've seen this before. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) Paul Tatara But I'm a Cheerleader is a smug little comedy that tries to mock other people's self-righteousness while ignoring its own. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Jennifer's Body (2009) Tom Charity The bitingly smart, funny teen-speak is carried over from "Juno," along with sharp pop culture references and a sassy feminist attitude, but the million-dollar question has to be: Is it scary? Only occasionally, I'm afraid. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Brian Lowry Everything about it, however, smacks of an old-fashioned TV movie, and a pretty mediocre one at that. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
The Brink (2019) Brian Lowry While "The Brink" should hold some interest for those inside the cable-news bubble, selling it to a broader audience is a different kind of barrier, one that Klayman doesn't quite clear. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Brian Lowry Dumbo achieves a minor miracle, taking a challenging animated classic and completely refashioning it into an effective, often-charming live-action movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Roll Red Roll (2018) Brian Lowry Some of the most disturbing material in "Roll Red Roll" comes via audio from a sports radio show. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Screwball (2018) Brian Lowry [It] brings a lighter touch and almost satirical approach to what's been described as the biggest illegal steroid scheme in pro sports history. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Us (2019) Brian Lowry Us is a solid, almost old-fashioned thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Five Feet Apart (2019) Brian Lowry Offers a solid showcase for its young leads, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, while laboring to flesh out a complete movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Wonder Park (2019) Brian Lowry Wonder Park feels like the kind of mild attraction that younger kids might enjoy when it hits secondary platforms. It's just not an adventure that's worth the price of a ticket or standing in line to see. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Brian Lowry Captain Marvel ultimately feels more obligatory than inspired, a movie that basically gets the job done and little more. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Brian Lowry It's a wonderfully nostalgic if somewhat antiseptic reminder of what it meant to first break the bonds of Earth. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Brian Lowry It's a satisfying resolution, without reaching the same heights that the original achieved. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019