The Way Back (2020)
Ben Affleck is still portraying a version of the Tortured Good Guy with a Past, but he exposes his vulnerabilities in ways that audiences have rarely seen.
Posted Mar 4, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020)
Sticking a gun in the backside of an Islamic radical terrorist and sneering, "Where's the detonator?!" in a British accent just does not play to Blake Lively's skillset.
Posted Jan 29, 2020
I realize "It's not that bad!" won't be used in the Cats advertising campaign, but it is worth noting that the peculiar musical does indeed have merit.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Ace casting shouldn't distract from the main issue: Unlikely, and in some cases, unlikeable women can change the game.
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Tom Hanks' effortless ability to step into Rogers' shoes - er, comfy pair of sneakers - is the big reason this enchanting film will make even ice-veined cynics develop a sudden case of the sniffles.
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Frozen II (2019)
Is it as spectacular as the original? No, but let it go. It's still a beautifully designed, sharply written and toe-tapping piece of family entertainment.
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Last Christmas (2019)
Turns out that crafting an ultra-charming, multi-threaded, pop music-stuffed, holiday-themed romantic comedy is harder than it looks, actually.
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
Instead of flash and brash, Martin Scorsese delivers an effectively moving portrait that focuses on the emotional toll of being atop the mob underworld.
Posted Sep 28, 2019
Ad Astra (2019)
The big payoff is the cinematic equivalent of a black hole.
Posted Sep 18, 2019
This predictable brand of cold-hearted cynicism is not worth your time. Seriously.
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Breaking the rules has never seemed so fun . . . or so necessary.
Posted Sep 8, 2019
It Chapter Two (2019)
Pennywise's evils have a numbing effect. He's capable of blood-curling murder and yet lacks a truly scary bogeyman appeal. You've seen one shape-shifting scam, you've seen them all.
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Marriage Story (2019)
A marriage can't be defined by a single emotion. It's an all-consuming force that can lead to euphoric rushes and eat away at your insides, sometimes within moments of each other. Marriage Story perfectly encapsulates these feelings.
Posted Sep 1, 2019
If you told me the screenwriters settled on this plot after playing a drunken game of Scattergories, I'd believe you.
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Forget the Oscar talk and just enjoy the movie for what it is: A breezy late-summer entry with a story that could only be written by a native Angelino-turned-maverick-filmmaker.
Posted Jul 23, 2019
The Lion King (2019)
For all the remake's technological majesty, that special mystique unique to the 1994 original lies far beyond where the light touches.
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
In an impressively entertaining sequel, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man saves the world -and rescues a summer movie season in the doldrums.
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Men in Black International (2019)
The Men in Black agents zap, but they have no zip.
Posted Jun 12, 2019
A wildly entertaining (if a bit unwieldy) story of how Elton John went from neglected kid to outrageous, hit-making rock star.
Posted May 30, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
This is a savvy entry in the rom-com genre, as the two leads take the time to circle each other in the ring and punch high.
Posted May 29, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)
Forget physics. These teens need to work on their chemistry.
Posted May 16, 2019
The film is not so much an insightful examination about how a college-educated man turns into a psychopath as much as it's a peculiar relationship tale between a skilled liar and his too-trusting single mom girlfriend.
Posted May 2, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have somehow crafted a coherent and exhilarating epic that incorporates all your favorite superheroes (and many of their loved ones) in one emotionally resonant package.
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Someone Great (2019)
It's not quite as charming or winning as other Netflix rom-com originals, but it does have a more meaningful message: Find yourself, then find the guy.
Posted Apr 18, 2019
The best, most complete entry yet in the new DC Comic Universe.
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Unnerving in tone and brazenly terrifying in story, Us is the kind of movie you watch with your fingers splayed over your face.
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019)
It succeeds more as an amusing fill-in-the-blanks Marvel backstory provider than a confident, stand-alone tale of a woman discovering her fierceness.
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Fighting with My Family (2019)
Both an offbeat comedy and classically rousing underdog tale, this indie film's heart somehow exceeds the size of Dwayne Johnson's bulging biceps.
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019)
In skewering all the genre's cliches, the rom-com still fails to include a relatable and well-earned journey to happily-ever-after. Big mistake. Huge.
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Everything is not awesome, but it's still pretty good.
Posted Feb 5, 2019
The outlandish story doesn't add up - and, more appallingly, it's not even supposed to!
Posted Jan 24, 2019
I see disappointed people.
Posted Jan 15, 2019
The Upside (2019)
All the hijinks and bonding go down like warm honey as long as you don't consider this film as any sort of authentic present-day statement on American racial dynamics.
Posted Jan 10, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2019)
The formulaic film doesn't carry enough heft for consideration as a must-see Oscar contender.
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Swift's imperfections are a reminder that no matter how big of a force she is in the music industry, she is still human.
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Gooey dreck that attempts to be a quirky comedy, an earnest drama and a warm-hearted fantasy about the Nazis - and fails mightily at all the above.
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Bumblebee works because it dares to tap into a new dimension in this franchise: Legitimate emotional reactions. We humans like to refer to them as feelings!
Posted Dec 19, 2018
It's a blistering biographical portrait that, one way or another, will provoke a passionate audience reaction.
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Emily Blunt proves herself a sparkling successor to Julie Andrews -with a lovely singing voice to match.
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Take away Momoa's steady presence, and you're looking at an overstuffed mess that provides entertainment purely in an OMG-this-is-a-disaster kind of way.
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Vox Lux (2018)
There is wildly brutal and graphic imagery corresponding with the rising fame of Portman's pop star character. What an insufferable allegory.
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Ben is Back (2018)
It's been years, plural, since Julia Roberts showcased all her empathetic talents in the right big-screen material. That frustrating streak has come to an end.
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
There's exactly one Great Scene . . and the journey to get there is long, sedate and rather unspectacular considering the tantalizing story.
Posted Dec 3, 2018
The Favourite (2018)
If you think the quickest way to a queen's heart is through her 17 pet bunny rabbits then have I got the delicious movie for you.
Posted Nov 24, 2018
Green Book (2018)
Tony and "Doc" don't just learn from each other; this is heroic two-hander in which they both save each other too.
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Creed II (2018)
It's a familiar sequel in which audiences will be able to anticipate every single narrative punch.
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
In addressing the very real issue of kids and screen time, this is an anti-cautionary tale. Still, deep-diving into the Internet does yield a few treasures.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Instant Family (2018)
This is a pure feel-gooder that not only has its heart in the right place, but its brains as well. And it's funny.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
It's a superbly crafted thriller that also happens to be as entertaining as any popcorn movie you'll see all year.
Posted Nov 12, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)