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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
A satisfyingly twisty story in the 'Chinatown' mold.
Posted Oct 29, 2019
The Kitchen (2019)
The ultra-lean screenplay has no chitchat, no color, no personality. But the actors have plenty of charisma and magnetism of their own, which makes the movie passable grown-up entertainment.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
It's all about as good as low-budget vampire flicks tend to be, with an added flicker of righteous anger.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
The story is slight, the themes overly familiar, but the film's deep compassion for its subjects redeems it.
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Sister Aimee (2019)
A picaresque Western with some "Chicago"-style razzle-dazzle (including a song!) about a confident, successful woman finding out what her limits are.
Posted Oct 12, 2019
I've never been prouder of my sisters/happier I don't go to strip clubs.
Posted Sep 16, 2019
It Chapter Two (2019)
An epic-length but novella-deep exercise in mild, jokey horror.
Posted Sep 14, 2019
Ready or Not (2019)
Fun, just-gory-enough mayhem with a wicked sense of humor and a smattering of "eat the rich" populism.
Posted Aug 22, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
The shark attacks are always good for a jolt, but the rest of the movie is absolutely nothing special.
Posted Aug 19, 2019
There's no educational value, but hey, at least it's not making your kids any stupider.
Posted Aug 10, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
Highly amusing deadpan comedy about toxic masculinity... A few things in common with 'Fight Club,' including a morbid sense of humor and a willingness to shock viewers.
Posted Jul 31, 2019
A well-acted and lovingly detailed slice of 21st-century life.
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
With a perfect, scrappy little guy in the lead, the growing number of excellent supporting players, and a fun-loving director who's determined not to let Peter Parker grow up too fast, there's plenty of potential.
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Like an alligator, the movie is efficient, mean, and behaves the way you'd expect.
Posted Jul 15, 2019
'Yesterday,' a song about regret over the way things turned out, is perfect for the movie Yesterday, which should have been better.
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Child's Play (2019)
One of those movies where they threw a lot of things at a lot of walls, then dumped everything into theaters without waiting to see what would stick.
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Late Night (2019)
Eventually the real-world story gives way to sitcom-y improbability.... Nothing is 'skewered'; 'poked meekly' is more like it.
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Men in Black International (2019)
It takes considerable effort to render a pair as charismatic as Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson boring, but the makers of 'Men in Black: International' are up to the task.
Posted Jun 15, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019)
A boring story with low stakes... The 'saga' aspect of this franchise has become the focus more than the exciting superhero tales, and I just don't care anymore.
Posted Jun 7, 2019
This is a trashy, exploitative B-movie at heart, but it hedges its bets by keeping one foot in the realm of respectability.
Posted Jun 1, 2019
The monsters are just as uninteresting as the people, their one appeal - how huge, awesome, and scary they look - obscured by so much CGI debris and too many tight close-ups.
Posted May 31, 2019
Much foul-mouthed hilarity ensues... Feldstein and Dever's chemistry as best friends is endlessly delightful.
Posted May 29, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)
This is a respectable, earnest, down-to-earth romantic drama, not the crazy Nicholas Sparks kind.
Posted May 20, 2019
Squirts a bunch of faux-sentimental ideas on the screen and trusts that people who only see one or two movies a decade will find it charming.
Posted May 13, 2019
I Trapped The Devil (2019)
Has just enough malevolent gloom to make it a modestly unnerving effort for horror connoisseurs.
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Cherry 2000 (1988)
Look, I don't know what's going on. I didn't write the movie. Nobody wrote the movie.
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Listless futuristic mumbo-jumbo without a single interesting character, building to a conclusion that's really just a setup for the next film.
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Fans of the first film will find the scenario much more pleasing than the main character does.
Posted Feb 18, 2019
The Prodigy (2019)
Straightforward to a fault -- it could have used some red herrings -- but the 'creepy kid' scenario is effective.
Posted Feb 9, 2019
Being even-keeled and sincere makes it more palatable than a lot of bad movies, but make no mistake, it's still bad.
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A nerdy deep-dive into the filmmaker's ideas about superhero movies... Nutty, self-aware, periodically thrilling.
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
A grand but accessible historical biopic full of palace intrigue and political skulduggery.
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Vox Lux (2018)
Corbet's style is frequently ponderous, even "slow," but generally compelling as he explores the factory-like process of turning Celeste into a star.
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Often hilarious and inventive, but McKay has no point beyond 'Wow, what a load this guy was, eh?'
Posted Dec 24, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
If there had to be a sequel (which, again, there did not), this one is about as good as you could reasonably expect it to be.
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Mortal Engines (2018)
Like the rolling city of London, the movie is a gigantic, lumbering waste of resources populated by nobody interesting.
Posted Dec 18, 2018
The Rider (2018)
Authentic... Beautiful and understated... Full of heartbreak and humanity.
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Robin Hood (2018)
A dumbly anachronistic action-adventure that you will never believe was not directed by Guy Ritchie and written by 12-year-olds.
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
It's approximately as funny and endearing as the first one (which is to say it's a good time, but nothing special).
Posted Nov 26, 2018
More fleshed-out, more real-world weighty than your standard popcorn caper, and it's a rush seeing these women take matters into their own felonious hands.
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The story lumbers along without urgency, Yates and Rowling believing they've earned the audience's loyalty just by using the Harry Potter font in the titles
Posted Nov 16, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
An ordinary, mundane tech thriller whose only distinction is that it's connected to a previous movie. It's the very definition of a sequel nobody wanted.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
The Grinch (2018)
Fitfully amusing, harmless, and negligible. It neither detracts from Dr. Seuss' legacy nor enhances it.
Posted Nov 12, 2018
This heartfelt, compelling docudrama about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 civil rights marches shows how far we've come.
Posted Oct 4, 2018
The Texture of Falling (2018)
It's 74 minutes of mediocre actors giving meek, low-energy performances while reciting clumsily written, faux-philosophical dialogue.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Short and largely inoffensive, unlikely to do any significant harm if you find yourself obligated to watch it.
Posted Mar 28, 2018
Shrewd, exasperating psychological thriller... Has some heft to it but doesn't live up to its full potential.
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
Weak, aimless, and noisy.... A water-treading middle episode.
Posted Mar 23, 2018
Audacious. Shows remarkable confidence walking the tightrope between grim humor and provocation. First funny, then chilling, then sad.
Posted Mar 21, 2018
I Can Only Imagine (2018)