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The Assistant (2020)
The story is raw and as nakedly observed as the assistant herself.
Posted Feb 18, 2020
Just Mercy (2020)
Without a doubt, this is a film full of conviction.
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Knives Out (2019)
He's not actively breaking the fourth wall, but he recognizes what's going on and just goes along for the ride, which isn't quite genre-breaking, although Johnson bends and reshapes things in an impressively sharp image.
Posted Dec 2, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
In the way Scorsese handles Sheeran's story, he would likely be satisfied with this fate. It seems the same applies to the director. He's living by his own filmmaking code with honor and devotion to his craft.
Posted Nov 18, 2019
The Report (2019)
As a writer-director working hand-in-hand with [Adam] Driver, [Scott Z.] Burns shows us how to remove the unnecessary in order to allow the narrative to speak its truth.
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
[I]n Motherless Brooklyn [Edward] Norton captures the sense of acceptance that those on the "lower frequencies" live with every day, something they've done for generations. It transcends place and time. It is just life.
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Jojo [is] such an adorable creation, perfectly embodied by Davis, who exudes so much child-actor charm.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Phoenix's Joker fashions everything, all the pain and frustration, into a weapon, the tip of a spear that can rally others who are feeling the same.
Posted Sep 30, 2019
When we watch Lopez saunter through the frames in Hustlers, we're cataloguing a career, a life in the public sphere that is a whole and living thing. She, like every one of her characters, is the result of hard work, beauty and a never-say-die spirit.
Posted Sep 16, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019)
There is a subtlety to Malick's writing and execution that lets these arguments, largely spoken as direct dialogue rather than in voiceover, address our current political environment without capturing the sentiments and the parallels in bold highlights.
Posted Sep 11, 2019
[Crosby] is a difficult man to like, but there is a blunt honesty in his telling of his story that is both bracing and heartfelt.
Posted Aug 20, 2019
The Farewell (2019)
It is truly hard to say goodbye, especially when you know the end is not some far-off point along the horizon, but close enough to cross in a step or two.
Posted Aug 5, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
[Jesse] Eisenberg has learned the rules of acting... He appreciates the darkness in this art form and has been able to weaponize it, employing it to steal power. Casey, in The Art of Self-Defense, proves to be a quick study as well.
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
What I enjoy about Holland, as both Peter and Spider-Man, is his youthful naïveté and the sometimes little-boy-lost look that crosses his face in moments of crisis.
Posted Jul 9, 2019
The Souvenir (2019)
The Souvenir is a starkly frank portrait of a film student as a quiet young woman who doesn't know if she has what it takes to be an artist.
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019)
At the heart of the movie is a lesson for Woody. In him, I see hints of myself as I prepare for my youngest daughter's current transition as a high school graduate heading off to college.
Posted Jun 21, 2019
The writing from Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman and Wilde's hyper-attentive direction reveals the hopeful promise awaiting these two protagonists.
Posted May 30, 2019
High Life (2019)
Pattinson is capable of pulling in all attention and light, which makes High Life, his latest film from director Claire Denis, yet another stellar addition to his filmography.
Posted Apr 16, 2019
The Public (2019)
Maybe there's truth to the idea that we need to understand and appreciate the past if we're ever going to be able to move forward together. I'm ready and willing to follow Estevez, every step of the way.
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Jennifer's Body (2009)
Unfortunately, Jennifer's Body is a horror movie, and the inevitable girlfright devolves into senseless bloodbath, which doesn't suit the talents of either Cody or Kusama.
Posted Mar 29, 2019
American Factory (2019)
With epic intimacy, the movie walks among American workers eager for a second chance at gainful employment and the enrichment that comes from sustained livelihood.
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Wedding Guest (2019)
I keep coming back to Patel, whose performance I enjoyed more than anything so far in this very new year.
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019)
Honestly, audiences flock to superhero fare because they need a comforting escape. Captain Marvel delivers that.
Posted Mar 12, 2019
But with The Hidden World, How to Train Your Dragon turns the neat trick of telling a story for adults in a way that kids can enjoy too. That is what a coming-of-age story looks like.
Posted Mar 1, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019)
Is this what Soderbergh has been practicing? His own version of the Prince retreat? If so, he's showing us how retirement might actually be a creative second coming. Hallelujah!
Posted Feb 11, 2019
From the animation style they're rendered in to the subtle yet key twists of their backstories, what emerges is the realization that Spider-Man is the quintessential everyday person; every universe needs an example of what the best of us looks like.
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Green Book (2018)
It seems this old-timey salve remains effective with audiences and among the critical set, despite talk of an assumed progressive cultural shift.
Posted Dec 3, 2018
A jagged-edged thriller with sharp cuts on politics, class, glass ceilings and race. In these layers, everyone recognizes just how rigged the system is, so there's no use in fighting fair.
Posted Nov 19, 2018
It is fair to say that audiences will know early on where this story is headed, but Dano's expert execution makes the journey a diverting (and at times disturbing) experience.
Posted Nov 6, 2018
It's evident that director Hill was chasing authenticity. As each scene slides into the other, the glossy L.A. sun permatrating the vibes, Hill is felt wholly.
Posted Nov 1, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018)
The Hate U Give incorporates gangster elements, social media controversy, and heavy-handed takes on identity politics, but at its core is the story of a young woman seizing control over her narrative.
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Foley tells us early on that he has no interest in being a star, because they shine brightly and burn out. He wants to be a legend and live on forever. That may be true, but Hawke's film shines anyway, like a big beautiful crazy diamond in the sky.
Posted Sep 25, 2018
Tim Sutton captures an America ignored by many Americans. His is not a country of tree-lined streets, white picket fences, and family barbeques, but one of clandestine drug deals, shady motel rooms, alcohol-fuelled brawls, and abandoned dreams.
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Thankfully, In the Realm of Perfection provides greater insight into the mind and motivation of an athlete engaged in a larger struggle.
Posted Aug 29, 2018
There's a clear objectivity in his moral code, the kind of openness that society preaches, but rarely lives up to, in everyday life.
Posted Aug 17, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018)
Eighth Grade captures the palpable fears of kids like Kayla in the face of the oppressive indifference from her peers and her failing attempts to achieve the recognition she earnestly strives for.
Posted Aug 1, 2018
American Animals (2018)
Storytellers, at the end of the day, are the greatest con artists, because the best of them know which strings to pull to make us believe.
Posted Jul 2, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
Rogers was a man of great faith, yes. But truth be told, his faith was rooted in the inherent humanity of his audience.
Posted Jun 20, 2018
Hereditary turns up the heat incrementally, but even when the frames erupt in flames, the hellfire cools as if waiting for an additional opportunity to scorch yet another layer of flesh.
Posted Jun 7, 2018
An Outrage (2017)
Only by directly confronting our own terrible past can we, as a nation, truly fight the ongoing acts of terrorism in the world today.
Posted Jun 6, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Isle of Dogs is earthy and elemental in its depiction of human qualities, and it's a blueprint that hopefully the writer-director will learn to apply to his future live-action films.
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Love, Simon (2018)
Fortunately, characters like Simon have "the character" to make the right choices.
Posted Mar 14, 2018
The Artist (2011)
The Artist makes a strong argument for film as an escape from the modern escapist fantasies. It doesn't mean anything - that's what some critics are crying now - but since when did we decide that movies always have to have meaning?
Posted Feb 27, 2018
Annihilation titillates the eyes of adrenaline junkies while also appealing to the flawed hearts of lovers.
Posted Feb 23, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2018)
This Best Picture nominee is a beautifully filmed coming-of-age and coming-out story.
Posted Feb 8, 2018
12 Years a Slave (2013)
McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a rich and distinctly faithful adaptation of Northup's experiences, begs us to continue this conversation by offering an artful and critical reflection on our past, present and future as a nation.
Posted Feb 1, 2018
The Post (2018)
Despite it all, Streep and Hanks soldier on, as only they can, and they do convince us that this fight matters. But The Post feels like old news.
Posted Jan 18, 2018
I, Tonya (2018)
Gillespie and Rogers have crafted a funhouse mirror of America - the film works as contemporary allegory.
Posted Jan 11, 2018
The Shape of Water (2017)
I love how del Toro trusts his audience, which means he's willing and daringly able to offer us a dizzying marriage of the sensual and also possible salvation.
Posted Dec 14, 2017
The Disaster Artist (2017)