Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Gremlins 2 works better than its 1984 predecessor for one simple reason: Gremlins was only partially goofy, while Gremlins 2 is totally goofy.
Posted Jun 23, 2020
White Palace (1990)
In the end, "White Palace" builds itself into a fairy tale romance that's easy to like and just as easy to forget.
Posted Jun 21, 2020
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
It's a movie that outdoes the seamiest of soap operas. And it's all the more engaging because it's true.
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Paris Is Burning (1991)
Although the film has its dark moments, Paris Is Burning is mostly upbeat, and the overall message of the movie is heartening and humane.
Posted May 19, 2020
Seven Days In Utopia (2011)
This religious fantasy has higher production values and a classier cast than similar productions, but little interest in telling a story that goes beyond its Christian message.
Posted May 1, 2020
The Story of Us (1999)
In its comfy material trappings and minor-note concerns, "The Story of Us," seems to be less about the universal "us" than about one pair of well- to-do, self-involved yuppies with an overblown sense of entitlement to the perfect life.
Posted Apr 7, 2020
Consider this "Wendy" review a pan.
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Rejoice because it's a witty, sexy, visually breathtaking version of the Regency-era tale.
Posted Mar 6, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020)
"The Invisible Man" is a new kind of monster movie, and it is really creepy because it knows what makes us afraid today. It knows what a modern monster looks like.
Posted Mar 2, 2020
Writer-director Gregory Nava... relates the singer's story on a touchingly human scale, particularly focusing on the father-daughter dynamic.
Posted Feb 27, 2020
This is a movie that should have had much more pitch-black humor and shown much more insight into the matters of mortality, family, failings and the human heart.
Posted Feb 14, 2020
You don't go to "Birds of Prey" looking for depth of meaning in women's continuing fight for equality with men. You go for bad men being beaten senseless with a bit of style - and a lot of glitter.
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Woodard is still at the top of her game...
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Just Mercy (2020)
"Just Mercy" is a valuable lesson told in a just-OK way.
Posted Jan 10, 2020
[O]ne of the finest war movies in years, and among the most outstanding that will ever be made about the increasingly distant World War I of a century ago.
Posted Jan 9, 2020
A Hidden Life (2019)
This is a movie so gorgeous that every image seems suitable for framing, but it's not enough.
Posted Jan 2, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019)
It's one of the year's most annoying movies.
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Important, informative and entertaining: "Bombshell" ticks all the boxes.
Posted Dec 23, 2019
There are family dramas, and then there is "Waves," an intense film that understands the depth of emotions, from the worst kind of pain to the zenith of love and joy that parents and children can experience.
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Honey Boy (2019)
"Honey Boy" is a testament to the gifts of this artist, and to his continuing journey to good health and better choices.
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Marriage Story (2019)
For all of its focus on the process of divorce, "Marriage Story" is really an expression of love.
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Knives Out (2019)
I left not caring what the future held for a single one of these characters.
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Report (2019)
"The Report" doesn't need to go overboard on shock value. Not when the truth is this shocking.
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
It's a good joke for a while, but after two hours it felt like beating a dead unicorn.
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Love Actually (2003)
A trim here, a tuck there, a couple of extraneous characters being shown the cutting-room floor and "Love Actually" might actually have emerged as a genuine, warmhearted holiday classic.
Posted Nov 5, 2019
At a minimum, the movie earns high marks for its attempts at historical accuracy in telling her story.
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019)
Harrowing, haunting and suspenseful.
Posted Oct 25, 2019
"Joker" effectively tells a story with themes borrowed, but not stolen, from movies like "Taxi Driver" and "Network" and makes them its own platform through its own disturbed form of avenging angel.
Posted Oct 4, 2019
This Jeanne Rosenberg adaptation of the timeless 1881 classic by Johanna Spyri is family entertainment at its best.
Posted Sep 30, 2019
If only we could click our heels together and make the movie measure up to Zellweger's stellar performance.
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019)
It's not a remake, and it's not a reboot, but a continuing story, and I want more.
Posted Sep 20, 2019
"Hustlers" is less about these two women's relationship than it is about the ensemble friendship, a wild story told well, a killer soundtrack and a powerhouse performance by Lopez, who's always in control.
Posted Sep 13, 2019
It Chapter Two (2019)
Ready or Not (2019)
So beyond not developing its characters or being original, "Ready or Not" is never scary. It's never smart. It's never good.
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019)
Chadha serves up one reminder after another of how we first find music that speaks to us and gives us something to believe in.
Posted Aug 16, 2019
"Dora and the Lost City of Gold" won't be for everyone, but for those with a familiarity with and fond memories of Dora's continuing adventures, this just might energize them to close with her celebration song.
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
The Original Kings of Comedy is a bracing rush of laughter -- laughter at our differences, laughter at our anger, laughter at our common absurdities, laughter that brings us all closer together. These guys are royally funny.
Posted Aug 7, 2019
The Farewell (2019)
"The Farewell" evokes some of the same emotions as well, making it a generational crowd-pleaser perfect for adult children and their parents to enjoy together. And with their grandparents, of course.
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Lion King (2019)
The feels are vital to "The Lion King," and a new generation should feel the love.
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Unfortunately, this is far from Marvel's best.
Posted Jul 5, 2019
But I found it impossible to appreciate the plot being predictable throughout, especially when this is supposed to be suspenseful.
Posted Jul 2, 2019
No one will mistake "Yesterday" for a classic like the song, but as a one-joke movie, it does induce some laughs from this gimmick, and it does create some sweet moments.
Posted Jun 30, 2019
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Having been through the park on two previous rides, the novelty is now missing and the sublime sense of dread, discovery and excitement of the earlier films is sorely dwindled.
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Scream 3 (2000)
Scream 3 may well be the best of the bunch. It's got scenes that will make you jump, characters that you'll care something about, and so much of a self-referential content that it folds in on itself again and again and again, like an origami figure.
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019)
The magic of "Toy Story 4" and these movies is seen in that incredible balance of making great entertainment, while at the same time making simple but all-important comments on our human existence.
Posted Jun 21, 2019
The Way of the Gun (2000)
Before it fires off a few too many volleys of bullets for its own good, The Way of the Gun rolls out as a noirish, contemporary crime drama with a cool, retro-Western air.
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Late Night (2019)
"Late Night" is very formulaic, but at least it's very funny much of the time.
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Despite this material's definite loss of innocence and surprise, it offers some engaging moments.
Posted Jun 10, 2019
"Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is this year's first summer blockbuster that is a bust.
Posted May 31, 2019