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Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Overall, for a film trying to cash in on internet culture, it's not half bad. It doesn't go for any moralizing statements about screen time or get on a soapbox about the potential dangers of it all.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
The film functioned as a reverse Mirror of Erised, showing me only things I desperately did not want.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Committed performances and delightfully gross practical effects make Overlord a fun night out at the movies.
Posted Nov 13, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
Lisbeth Salander deserves better than this half-baked film.
Posted Nov 12, 2018
The New Romantic (2018)
The New Romantic is, in many aspects, an old romantic in that capital-R way. A glorification of a past age thought to be lost... Neither she nor the plot quite reach the sublime, but the film is enjoyable nonetheless.
Posted Nov 9, 2018
This film goes beyond a simple heist. This is a testament to women breaking ground in new genres, especially women of color. Go see this film as soon as you can, preferably with a large audience.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? works, largely, because director Marielle Heller and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener approach this totally unlikeable character from a place of unconditional love and understanding.
Posted Nov 5, 2018
As the film built to a shocking climax I found the need for a female director more and more pressing... We need more feminist horror, but we need it told from a female perspective.
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
What I love most about Repo! is how fun the music is. While not everyone is a trained singer, they all bring an electric energy to the performances.
Posted Oct 24, 2018
Outlaw King (2018)
The love story between Elizabeth and Robert can seem contrived, but there's an earnest quality to it because of Pine and Pugh's performances, and it brings a heart to the movie that branches outside of the fight for Scotland.
Posted Oct 24, 2018
2018's Halloween is a great addition to the Halloween franchise, and by cutting off all of the previously existing sequels, it's able to not only make Michael Myers a true creature of terror, but also comments, subtly, on the current true crime culture.
Posted Oct 16, 2018
First Man (2018)
It feels as though there's been a tonal misstep; someone didn't read the room properly. We don't need apolitical platitudes.
Posted Oct 9, 2018
Is it a comedy? Is it an action film? [Venom] makes no pretense of being anything more than a superhero film,... trading the thematic material present in most major superhero ventures for biting off people's heads.
Posted Oct 5, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018)
When you go into seeing A Star Is Born, one thing is always clear: You're in for great music and a broken heart.
Posted Oct 4, 2018
Summer '03 (2018)
Audiences will be divided on some parts of the story, especially the romantic plot between Jamie and Luke, but for Gleason's talents alone as a storyteller and director, it's worth giving the film a shot.
Posted Oct 1, 2018
The animated film,... delivers on its promise as an entertaining, warm-hearted celebration of diversity and inclusion.
Posted Sep 28, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018)
It keeps you on the edge of your seat and, even at the end, you still can't believe the twists and turns that play out.
Posted Sep 25, 2018
Keira Knightley is phenomenal, and it can not be understated how well she carries the movie. She masterfully transitions from metaphorical childhood into adulthood, not to mention capturing the charm and intelligence of someone like Colette.
Posted Sep 19, 2018
70th Emmy Awards (2018)
Last night's Emmys-which was hosted by Michael Che... [was] most definitely not funny.
Posted Sep 18, 2018
The Predator (2018)
The film is entertaining in fits and starts, but it just never quite comes together as a whole.
Posted Sep 17, 2018
The Nun (2018)
The Nun feels like it's always coasting on the success of former films... This film really didn't do much except make me want to see the same cast in a much better film.
Posted Sep 6, 2018
If you're looking for a fresh take on the thriller genre, I highly suggest you check this one out.
Posted Aug 24, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018)
The film is an exercise in wasted potential, squandering a fun premise and a talented cast in what could have been a legitimately entertaining movie. All the pieces are there, but The Happytime Murders doesn't have a clue what to do with them.
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Not only is this movie really good... , but it actually raised some interesting philosophical questions about the nature of Pokémon.
Posted Aug 22, 2018
BlacKkKlansman benefits from a solid cast and a script... that has a good mixture of comedic and dramatic moments that keep the movie from dragging despite its 2-hour-plus run time.
Posted Aug 17, 2018
Cameron Post's greatest strength is in its authenticity and intimacy.
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Slender Man (2018)
The problem with Slender Man is that it's simply not a good movie... There was a chance here to make a truly frightening film about a popular urban legend, but it comes too late and marked by too much tragedy for it to work.
Posted Aug 13, 2018
Along Came the Devil (2018)
Ultimately, the talented cast can't save a script that's working against them and a film that doesn't so much end as abruptly stop.
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018)
There's no doubt that watching Eighth Grade will remind you deeply of all the pains of adolescence, but the movie's relatability isn't just limited to that age, which might be what makes it such a transcendently heartbreaking experience.
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
[It] taps into a glorious cinematic history, joining the ranks of films like Dr. Strangelove, Network, Fight Club, and Being John Malkovich as satirical touchstones that define an era of American history.
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
This is a very funny movie that I laughed out loud to more times than I can count.
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
But he was good and kind he loved you, even if he'd never met you. This movie's ultimate message, like Rogers' himself, seems to be simply that that shouldn't be so hard to believe.
Posted Jun 20, 2018
There are times the new Superfly is so awful that it seems like a parody of a bad movie.
Posted Jun 19, 2018
Set It Up (2018)
It's ridiculously enjoyable. Set It Up is funny, charming, and lovable in the way that any decent romantic comedy should be.
Posted Jun 18, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018)
But the core of the movie is the family dynamic, so the somewhat lackluster antagonist does little to detract from that.
Posted Jun 12, 2018
Hotel Artemis (2018)
Hotel Artemis manages to make an hour and thirty minutes seem like an eternity.
Posted Jun 11, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018)
For all it's failings, Ocean's 8 is still a nice piece of summer fluff. The disappointment is that was merely good, and not great.
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
You can go ahead and put me firmly in the "loved it" camp. It wasn't a perfect movie, but it was enjoyable from beginning to end, and I had a lot of fun.
Posted May 30, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
I take a good portion of my naysaying back, and gladly: Solo was the first Star Wars movie in a long time that gave me anything like the light-hearted thrill I first felt seeing A New Hope as a kid.
Posted May 15, 2018
Sebastián Lelio's direction is literally breathtaking as you are made to feel the constant pressure these two women are under all the time.
Posted Apr 26, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
I've been writing about Infinity War for the better part of a year, but I was not prepared for what it had in store. I stared at it slack-jawed for the last ten minutes, astonished at the places where Marvel took this film.
Posted Apr 24, 2018
What makes it special is how few comedies, especially teen sex comedies, allow their female characters to be so fully developed, and to have relationships with their own sexuality, free of shame and stigma.
Posted Apr 6, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
The movie is wall-to-wall pop culture references, and while that's exhausting and tedious, it's also inevitable that you it will manage to push your own specific nostalgia buttons.
Posted Mar 28, 2018
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
Pacific Rim Uprising is a loud, ridiculous film about giant fighting robots and massive monsters from an interdimensional portal under the ocean. It's totally over-the-top, and it's also the most fun I've had at the movies in ages.
Posted Mar 21, 2018
I suppose there are worse things for a film to be than an educational conversation starter. However, Allure is a difficult, and ultimately, an unsatisfying watch as a film.
Posted Mar 19, 2018
Love, Simon (2018)
Love, Simon is an adorable addition to the teen movie canon.
Posted Mar 16, 2018
Keep the Change (2018)
[Rachel Israel] made the very wise decision to cast amateur actors on the spectrum in all the roles of characters with autism as well. The result is a journey that feels lived-in, nuanced, and real.
Posted Mar 15, 2018
Tomb Raider (2018)
In terms of acting, everyone is pretty good, but especially Alicia Vikander as Lara and Daniel Wu as Lu Ren.
Posted Mar 14, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
[Storm] Reid is excellent, playing across a range of emotions and physical activity while carrying the movie on her shoulders.
Posted Mar 7, 2018
The Light of the Moon (2017)
The Light of the Moon succeeds with heart and sensitivity.
Posted Mar 7, 2018