No Flat Notes
Posted 7 days ago

'Hearts Beat Loud' is a candid, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking look at what it's like to grow up as a young woman when you’ve lost your mother and your father…

No flat notes in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’
Mostly Incredible Again
Posted 7 days ago

'Incredibles 2' sports inventive choreography, amazing animation detail, and stylish production design that beg to be seen on the big screen. It's recycled main conflict is the only thing keeping…

‘Incredibles 2′ Amplifies Everything From Predecessor, Mostly for Better
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Posted 13 days ago

'Ocean's 8' provides thrills and delight in this new heist film with an all-star cast that even you would be okay stealing from you.

‘Ocean’s 8′ Is A Good Old-Fashioned Heist Thriller
Susu Susucks
Posted 16 days ago

Hampered by characters that don’t make a lot of sense, a story that is a predictable, convoluted mess, and acting that wouldn’t pass muster in a traveling U.S.O. company, 'Susu'…

SIFF 2018: ‘Susu’ Movie Review
Survival on the High Seas
Posted 19 days ago

'Adrift' finds two lovers stranded in the Pacific Ocean with only their love, stamina and a damaged boat keeping them alive.

‘Adrift’ Barely Stays Afloat
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Diagnosis: ‘Terminal’ is Terminal

by Warren Cantrell May 9, 2018 Print Reviews

Housing the look, feel, and story beats of a noir mystery thriller, ‘Terminal’ fails to capture any of the magic or narrative elements that propel these stories to greatness.

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Weak ‘The Week Of’ Disappoints

by Eric Melin May 4, 2018 Print Reviews
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The Week Of is a messy patchwork of a movie that is tonally all over the map and way overstays its 116 minutes.

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‘Kings’ Without a Crown

by Warren Cantrell April 26, 2018 Print Reviews
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A clumsy assemblage of characters and moments that flirt with authenticity and relevance, ‘Kings’ starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig, has an idea of what it wants to be, yet can’t put the pieces together to make it work.

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Spoiler-Free Capsule Review of Avengers: Infinity War

by Eric Melin April 26, 2018 Print Reviews
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For the first time in a long time, the road ahead for superheroes is murky, complicated, and terrifying.

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‘The Endless’ Feels Like Anything But

by Warren Cantrell April 24, 2018 Print Reviews

Opening Friday at Screenland at Tapcade, The Endless is an interesting and well-conceived psychological thriller with heart.

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‘Final Portrait’ is Style Without Substance

by Christian Ramos April 20, 2018 Print Reviews

In ‘Final Portrait’, Geoffrey Rush spends weeks getting the ideal job done, painting a dashing Armie Hammer in this otherwise underwhelming film.

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‘I Feel Pretty’…Lousy

by Christian Ramos April 20, 2018 Print Reviews

Good intentions aren’t enough in this lame comedy from Amy Schumer.

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‘Wildling’ is a Wild Child of a Film

by Christian Ramos April 19, 2018 Print Reviews

When young Anna escapes from her forest prison, she starts to come of age but under sinister circumstances which have haunted her dreams her whole life.

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‘Rampage’: Can’t stop the Rock, unfortunately

by Tim English April 14, 2018 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Minor "The Rock" Fist Down] At this point The Rock is like a virus, spreading through Hollywood remaking old properties in his image. Think Agent Smith in the Matrix Revolutions and you’re on the right track. In addition to his hostile takeover of the Fast and the Furious franchise, DJ has a remake of [...]

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‘Isle of Dogs’ is Fetching!

by Christian Ramos April 5, 2018 Print Reviews

‘Isle of Dogs’ has a tender touch as a quirky comedy, lead by a pack of wild dogs who hope their quest to help a young boy leads to their own protection from destruction.

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‘Ready Play One’ hits all the nostalgia feels

by Tim English March 31, 2018 Print Reviews
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Ready Player One is packed with enough nostalgic, nerdgasm-enducing, magical pop culture goodies to forgive the uneven message and the one-dimensional, cliched characters.

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‘Wilde Salomé’ Swims Upstream

by Warren Cantrell March 30, 2018 Print Reviews
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Wild Salomé is a meditation on obsession, both in its subject, but also by way of the form of artistic expression itself.

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‘Passion of Joan of Arc’ Criterion Blu-ray has the Power to Stun

by Eric Melin March 25, 2018 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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If you’ve never seen ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc,’ you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Simply put, this 1928 landmark still has the power to stun today. The Criterion Blu-ray is a must-have.

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‘I Kill Giants’ Doesn’t Inspire the Way its Built To

by Christian Ramos March 22, 2018 Print Reviews

‘I Kill Giants’ finds young Barbara preparing to face her demons in the form of mile-high giants roaming the earth.

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‘The Death of Stalin’ Is One Big Communist Party

by Warren Cantrell March 22, 2018 Print Reviews

A political farce of the highest caliber, ‘The Death of Stalin’ is equal parts funny and terrifying.

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