An American Pickle (2020)
Rogen's acting alongside himself is the film's most potent ingredient. In Herschel and Ben, he creates two very distinct characters with two sets of unique mannerisms.
Posted Aug 7, 2020
On the Trail opens the door to important conversations regarding objectivity and bias, and the deeply flawed tendency to perpetuate false equivalency in the effort to appear objective and unbiased.
Posted Aug 7, 2020
The Sunset Limited (2011)
The Sunset Limited is a dog's breakfast of dramaturgy, interspersing brilliant bits with greeting-card wisdom, ostentatious philosophical throat-clearing, and an unseemly strain of self-congratulation.
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning (2020)
She possesses a certain rawness in her presentation that simultaneously elevates jokes that fall onto well-trodden ground and imbues even most contentious political content with the familiarity of a discussion with a friend at a bar.
Posted Aug 5, 2020
The Go-Go's (2020)
Watching the film, it's pure pleasure to witness such scrappy exuberance, such mayhem so enthusiastically pursued.
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Black Is King (2020)
Black Is King is as carefully realized a construct as Beyoncé's previous videos and visual albums with the sort of vibrant cinematography and international scope tailor made for the Disney brand.
Posted Aug 3, 2020
The Speed Cubers (2020)
Yes, the thrill of competition and watching feats of strength and agility are enough reasons to tune in, but the truly compelling aspect is the storytelling.
Posted Jul 31, 2020
The Weight of Gold (2020)
Some insight into the specific struggles and biases faced by athletes of color would have added to the documentary's timeliness. However, especially in the absence of the 2020 Olympics, Weight of Gold remains essential viewing.
Posted Jul 29, 2020
The Painted Bird (2020)
The Painted Bird is a potent, visceral but rewarding film for viewers who can withstand the onslaught of traumatizing moments.
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Old Guard (2020)
In drawing our attention to who these characters are as opposed to leaning upon the awe-inspiring moves they can pull off, the movie opts to be rich with emotional resonance as opposed to lousy with quips and explosions.
Posted Jul 14, 2020
First Cow (2020)
"First Cow" is a wonderfully unhurried film, which may be why it is so captivating. It allows viewers to sink in and absorb the story and its setting.
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Much of director and co-writer Nikolaus Leytner's drama, which alternates between starchy and hyperventilating, generates eye rolls.... "The Tobacconist" should have been richer and provided something for viewers to think about and chew on.
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Mucho Mucho Amor works for many reasons -- the insightful interviews, the tight editing, revealing archival footage, and some stunning tarot-inspired animations -- but also in its recognition that not all that glitters is gold.
Posted Jul 9, 2020
John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)
There's a lot to glean from the battleground Lewis has stood on for six decades while demanding fairness, a hope, and dream, of every American. Good Trouble is of importance now more than ever.
Posted Jul 6, 2020
Welcome to Chechnya (2020)
An illuminative work that never feels entirely safe, placing the observer in the midst of its subjects in moments where not even they can be entirely sure they'll make it.
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Athlete A (2020)
There are moments in Athlete A that will make you gasp at the brazen brutality of Nassar's crimes. Yet it never feels prurient or sensationalized.
Posted Jun 25, 2020
With absolute precision Disclosure makes the case that the all-too-common portrayals of transgender characters on TV over the years have contributed to this epidemic through the reckless objectification of transgender people.
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Foremost among its accomplishments is the confident ease with which it traverses many shades of human experience... Lee does this by skillfully fading discrete genres into each other over the course of its two hour and 35 minute runtime.
Posted Jun 15, 2020
Cinema Verite (2011)
Cinema Verite is smart and often moving, but unsatisfying overall. It compresses seven months of shooting, 3,000 hours of raw footage, and 12 hours' worth of televised story into a little over 90 minutes, losing complexity along the way.
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020)
Gadsby is no everywoman, her worldview is entirely her own. That's why she stands out, at once fiercely and quietly, like a tiny, perfect lion.
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
In almost every instance, the script and direction settle for the simplest, dullest explanation of its main characters' behavior, even when that's in direct contradiction of something mentioned earlier.
Posted Jun 1, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020)
It belongs in that category of movies each should ask to be left out of any career achievement retrospective montages awaiting them down the road.
Posted May 26, 2020
James Dean (2001)
Even those of us who suspected that Franco had a great performance in him couldn't have imagined it would be this great... In his spectacular, heartfelt performance, Franco walks Dean's walk and feels his pain.
Posted May 11, 2020
Call Your Mother (2020)
An affectionate valentine to those mothers (and one grandmother) whose children became comedians....There are inspiring, embarrassing, and amusing stories throughout this affable 73-minute film.
Posted May 10, 2020
Maybe you plan to settle in for an 89-minute feel-good experience that allows you to bask in Obama's calm dignity... If that is all you desire, "Becoming" will oblige you.
Posted May 7, 2020
Beastie Boys Story (2020)
Beastie Boys Story is bittersweet more than sad, and doesn't dwell on what-ifs. Instead, the documentary celebrates a singular group that never lost their desire to innovate, create and become better people.
Posted Apr 27, 2020
Circus of Books (2020)
Both Circus of Books locations have since closed, but this documentary is a necessary, if incomplete, homage to their influence.
Posted Apr 24, 2020
Captures an energy that's far too common in modern culture in regards to what we pursue, why we pursue it, and the way we dream. We all should be paying attention.
Posted Mar 31, 2020
It feels important to remember what humans can endure in the darkest hours, and that those hours can pass. Most significantly, Resistance is a reminder of the truly lifesaving work of artists.
Posted Mar 30, 2020
It's sweet, medium-bodied, and unchallenging. It's the kind of movie anyone can easily curl up with, without too much thought. Just don't forget the wine.
Posted Mar 30, 2020
Using a treasure trove of archived footage and colorful contemporary interviews, Lebrecht and Newnham weave together a punchy, straightforward and inspiring documentary that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Posted Mar 26, 2020
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019)
[I]n watching "Right Now," Ansari appears to be recognizing the need for growth - not just his own, but the culture at large's as well.
Posted Mar 18, 2020
The Hunt (2020)
President Donald Trump's supporters aren't victims, they're victimizers. Shame on "The Hunt" for pandering to one of their most cherished fantasies - that they are persecuted.
Posted Mar 15, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020)
Despite its lack of pretense, there are actually layers of intelligent subtext curling beneath the standard horror plot.
Posted Feb 28, 2020
"Greed" swings broadly at a big target, and still manages to whiff.
Posted Feb 27, 2020
This new "Emma." -- yes, with a period affixed to the name -- is one that knows in its bones that Austen wrote the first great teen comedy, and runs with that joyfully.
Posted Feb 21, 2020
The Photograph (2020)
The American black experience has been the definition of pain; however, we do experience joy, fun, and love like every other race. We also experience success, and that is silently the most powerful element of The Photograph.
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Come for the ass kicking, stay for the takedown of rape culture.
Posted Feb 7, 2020
It's Taron Egerton as Elton John who carries and sells the film -- often backwards and in platform heels. Wild as it may sound to approach such a mercurial and marvelous character with beautiful restraint, Egerton's performance is meticulously calibrated.
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Miss Americana (2020)
Sometimes it's hard to watch, but more often it is endearing, giving viewers a better understanding of just how lonely it truly is at the top.
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020)
Director Reed Morano's atmospheric, globe-hopping revenge thriller is a decent film - nothing more, nothing less.
Posted Jan 31, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020)
This crass, witless, and unpleasant attempt at comedy showcases Ritchie's lack of sense and taste. As two characters agree after looking at the bestiality video, "You can't unsee it." But one does not have to look at it in the first place.
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020)
Mystify avoids sensationalizing Hutchence's life and instead illuminates a more three-dimensional, nuanced view of Hutchence's personality.
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Green Book (2018)
An enthusiastic and well-intentioned but ultimately clichéd approach is abundantly evident in the final product.
Posted Jan 11, 2020
From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch.
Posted Jan 10, 2020
The Grudge (2020)
There was one moment in "The Grudge" when the movie, ever so briefly, rose to the level of greatness... Instead it settles on being merely okay.
Posted Jan 3, 2020
"John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch" will be remembered, not just for its goodness, but for the peculiarity of its goodness, too.
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Woodard gives an Oscar-worthy performance here, often expressing so much despair without saying a word.... "Clemency" is a somber film. Its power comes less from the drama and more from the arresting performances and the storytelling.
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Little Women (2019)
It acknowledges the tradeoffs we still have to reckon with, but it celebrates them. And it brilliantly, movingly puts forth the simple, timeless notion that sisterhood is always powerful.
Posted Dec 26, 2019