Suspenseful ‘The Guilty’
Posted 2 weeks ago

Sweden's official entry into the upcoming Oscar race 'The Guilty' takes hard look at heroism in tense, subtle thriller.

‘The Guilty’ a minimalist masterclass in tension
Surface-level ‘Green Book’
Posted 3 weeks ago

'Green Book' is an enjoyable film with solid acting, but it brings up a lot of big questions it doesn't bother to answer.

‘Green Book’ has chemistry but could go deeper
Disney's Done it Again
Posted 3 weeks ago

'Ralph Breaks the Internet', Disney's first sequel in nearly two decades, is full of nostalgia, tech-savvy surprises, and heart.

No Clickbait with ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
A Magical Misstep
Posted 4 weeks ago

Despite the presence of several fun new characters, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' is a low point in J.K. Rowling's ever-expanding Wizarding World franchise.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Has Magical Mediocrity
Instant Feels?
Posted 4 weeks ago

‘Instant Family,’ written and directed by Sean Anders, is full of movie tropes I hate, but the thread of truth in the movie makes it a bit more entertaining.

Beware: ‘Instant Family’ just might give you feels
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Noir thriller ‘Galveston’ will leave you shaken

by Joe Jarosz October 19, 2018 Print Reviews
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After escaping a set-up, a dying hitman and a teenage prostitute hideout in Galveston, where they plan their next step.

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‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn’ a night to forget

by Joe Jarosz October 19, 2018 Print Reviews
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A woman’s unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.”

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‘Halloween’ Too, 40 Years Later

by Eric Melin October 18, 2018 Print Reviews
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The new Halloween was never going to live up to the legacy of its predecessor. But it does evoke the original and take into consideration how audiences have changed since then, which is a minor miracle, I suppose, and it is light years better than the nine films in between.

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‘The Oath’ Makes a Few Too Many Promises

by Warren Cantrell October 18, 2018 Print Reviews

A prescient social comedy, The Oath takes a look at the effects hardcore political divisions have on relationships and family.

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The Booming Brilliance of ‘Thunder Road’

by Warren Cantrell October 16, 2018 Print Reviews

A tragi-comic exploration of masculinity, fatherhood, and loss, ‘Thunder Road’ is nothing short of remarkable.

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‘First Man’ Makes the Extraordinary Personal

by Eric Melin October 11, 2018 Print Reviews
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‘First Man’ earns its 130-minute running time by taking as much patient care of its characters’ emotional journeys as it does with the drama inherit to the space race.

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The Unfortunate Process of Getting to Know ‘All About Nina’

by Warren Cantrell October 11, 2018 Print Reviews

‘All About Nina’ is a coming-of-age movie about comedy that knows nothing about what it means to be funny or even to grow up.

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A Star is Born: This? Really?

by Simon Williams October 9, 2018 Print Reviews
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This is the banner of modern dramatic filmmaking? This is what everyone is waiting on the edge of their seats for me to write about? THIS is the biggest critical darling of the year?

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‘Venom’ lacks substance and a reason to exist

by Tim English October 5, 2018 Print Reviews
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Not even the great Tom Hardy can save Venom from being a pedestrian comic book flick that strives for mediocrity and still manages to miss the mark.

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The Weightless Humor of ‘Heavy Trip’ Rocks

by Warren Cantrell October 5, 2018 Print Reviews

An absurdist love-letter to the Scandinavian metal scene, Heavy Trip is just charming and earnest enough to elevate the whole effort past its flaws.

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‘Blaze’ Burns Brightly

by Warren Cantrell September 28, 2018 Print Reviews

 [Rating: Solid Rock Fist Up] Blaze is a film that fits neatly within the classic tortured artist archetype: the pure of heart protagonist briefly ascends via their art before getting crushed by a world that isn’t ready for their groundbreaking form of expression. Through a tragic stew of substance abuse and/or mental illness, they burn […]

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‘Lizzie’ Gets in Her Whacks

by Warren Cantrell September 21, 2018 Print Reviews
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A somber retelling of an American tragedy projected through the #MeToo lens, Lizzie is a 100+ year-old tale that feels right at home in 2018.

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‘The Song of Sway Lake’ is Out of Tune

by Warren Cantrell September 19, 2018 Print Reviews

‘The Song of Sway Lake’ is a harmless trifle of a film about the weight of memory as seen through the prism of wistful longing.

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‘The Wife’ Stands By Her Man

by Christian Ramos September 14, 2018 Print Reviews

In ‘The Wife’ Glenn Close delivers a strong performance – a wife on the end of her ropes destined to let go of all the secrets she and her husband have carried throughout their marriage.

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‘Mandy’ and the Ultimate Cage Match

by Warren Cantrell September 13, 2018 Print Reviews

‘Mandy’ is a blood-spattered, acid-dosed fever dream of a film that takes far too long to rev up, but never lets its foot off the pedal when it does.

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