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This movie, and the band it covers, has affected me. My mind is racing with so many concepts, my heart and my soul overflowing with conflicted emotions.
Posted Feb 22, 2020
It's a pleasant enough distraction in a world overloaded with unpleasantness. And, sometimes, a pleasant enough distraction is good enough.
Posted Feb 18, 2020
Jumeogi unda (Crying Fist) (2005)
While boxing movies are a dime a dozen, those with this kind of true emotional involvement do not come around all that often.
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Weird and creepy and funny and an exceptional social commentary on our society.
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Spencer makes it her personal mission to become a cult nightmare figure for genre fanatics, delivering a wonderfully unhinged performance that Tate returns to whenever he runs into storytelling trouble.
Posted May 29, 2019
Carmine Street Guitars (2019)
Carmine Street Guitars is, essentially, about pure love. A pure love of a craft. A pure love of the music, and a pure love a city. A pure love of creation.
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Burial of Kojo (2019)
Like Coltrane or Brubeck, whose compositions were regularly equally tightly structured and wildly improvisational, playing with the conventions of what you expect from a certain genre.
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Hero (2017)
Watching Sam Elliott work [...] has been one of the great joys of entertainment, and never has he had a role quite like Lee Hayden, leading a movie quite like "The Hero."
Posted Feb 9, 2019
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
'So, how was it?' my wife asked when I called her after the screening ended. 'There's a lot to unpack,' was the only reply I could think of at that moment.
Posted Oct 31, 2018
BlacKKKlansman, after 21 feature films and 11 documentaries, is the film that shows what he's learned after thirty plus years behind the camera. BlacKKKlansman is the film Spike Lee was destined to make.
Posted Aug 8, 2018
One's enjoyment of the new documentary "RBG" will probably be gauged by how well you know the titular subject.
Posted May 2, 2018
The Last Movie Star (2018)
When you've got "it", you've probably got it forever... [E]very once in a while, you might get offered something that will remind everyone that you still got it.
Posted Mar 27, 2018
The Female Brain (2018)
Whitney Cummings is funny as hell. Usually.
Posted Feb 5, 2018
While not a great movie, was quite a bit of fun, and better than any of the "Fast and Furious" movies they've been making for the past decade.
Posted Oct 30, 2017
Somewhere, down the line, some young would-be filmmaker will stumble on to this film on Netflix, see how something like this could get financed, and will become inspired to make their own movie for all the wrong reasons.
Posted Sep 29, 2017
Let's face facts: no one really has a longing melancholy for the days of Blockbuster Video stores and eyebrow rings and Lorena Bobbett roller blades and slam poetry right now.
Posted Jul 13, 2017
A beautiful love letter to the movies and the people who help make them even more beautiful.
Posted May 5, 2017
Mary Pickford: Muse of the Movies deserves to be put on the list of not just the best documentaries about cinema but the greatest movies about the movies ever.
Posted May 2, 2016
Is to baseball what "Slap Shot" was to hockey.
Posted Jul 10, 2014
Life Itself (2014)
I find myself borrowing from Ebert to call "Life Itself" one of the best films about an American life I could ever see.
Posted Jun 30, 2014
Plays like a series of cut-scenes from a 1997 PlayStation game.
Posted Nov 5, 2012
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Posted Nov 4, 2010
The Freebie (2010)
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Posted Oct 29, 2010
Gilda Live (1980)
To have another ninety minutes of Lisa Loopner and Emily Litella, with Judy Miller and Roseanne Roseannadanna and Candy Slice is a joy.
Posted Nov 21, 2009
Why does Roland Emmerich enjoy killing off humanity?
Posted Nov 13, 2009
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
What keeps "Trick" from attaining its lofty "Creepshow" aspirations is the lack of conflict and resolution.
Posted Oct 29, 2009
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
There's only going to be two camps concerning [This Is It]: those who will absolutely love it and those who wouldn't go to see it except under penalty of death.
Posted Oct 27, 2009
Taking Woodstock (2009)
There is a great movie within Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock."
Posted Aug 25, 2009
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Amongst all the filmmakers working today, no one inspires more passionate discussion, debate and analysis than Quentin Tarantino.
Posted Aug 21, 2009
It Might Get Loud (2009)
I apologize this is more a mash note than critical analysis.
Posted Aug 14, 2009
Cold Souls (2009)
The easiest, and laziest, way to describe the new movie "Cold Souls" is to compare it to "Being John Malkovich."
Posted Aug 6, 2009
If the thought of a new Brian Trenchard-Smith movie is more exhilarating than a new Bryan Singer movie... then Mark Hartley's "Not Quite Hollywood" is the film for you.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
Loren Cass (2006)
We're presented a small slice of life with a group of wasted teens, expected to consider this to be somehow artistic and asked to be sympathetic for their malaise.
Posted Jul 28, 2009
Has the potential to become a minor hit on the midnight film circuit with the help of a mid-level indie distributor.
Posted Jul 22, 2009
Sadly, the most interesting characters in "Humpday" are not the main focuses of the story.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Bigelow has successfully built a vision of war rarely seen on screen, a visceral nearly first person perspective of war where the rush of combat is a welcomed relief.
Posted Jun 25, 2009
Away We Go (2009)
For my money, the new dramatic comedy "Away We Go" is the first serious contender for Best Picture of the Year consideration.
Posted May 28, 2009
To be completely honest, I was ready to walk out of the new Jennifer Aniston movie "Management" after ten minutes.
Posted May 15, 2009
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
Anyone who has spent any time watching movies about competitive brothers playing the same sport for different teams knows where all this is going to lead
Posted May 14, 2009
I'm guessing "Outrage" ultimately is meant to continue the discussion about equal rights for gay Americans, and in that sense the film does succeed.
Posted May 8, 2009
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)
Dumb kids doing dumb things for dumb reasons.
Posted May 6, 2009
Official Rejection (2009)
Can a little documentary about the less popular film festivals find a patron to give it the chance to find an audience?
Posted Apr 30, 2009
The Spirit (2008)
More interested in being a technical marvel than a coherent story.
Posted Apr 29, 2009
Sometimes, a critic is going to connect with a movie, even one they can admit has some major problems, because it so mirrors their own expereinces.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
Probably the closest thing my generation will get to having its own "Diner"
Posted Feb 6, 2009
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Despite its faults, I can still say with relative assurance this is the best Bond film since "Thunderball."
Posted Nov 14, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Some people might fault "Slumdog" because they perceive it as a fluff piece full of the kind of schmaltz unbecoming to modern cinemagoers.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Nearly a month after watching Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut... I'm still figuring out whether it was a brilliant idea poorly executed or a poor idea brilliantly executed.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
The perfect film for the entire family. That is, to paraphrase another great American writer, James Ellroy, if your family happens to be named Manson.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
Can Ed Harris, of all people, save the Western for this generation?
Posted Sep 23, 2008