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Recent Reviews

These are our latest reviews of movies at theaters, at the art house, or at festivals.

Ford v Ferrari

****2019, James Mangold

Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles chose instinct and tactile, first-hand impressions over computers.

Ford v Ferrari gets the heart racing.

Doctor Sleep

**1/22019, Mike Flanagan

Doctor Sleep should’ve served as a more holistic story of horror balanced with hope.

While Doctor Sleep musters a couple good chills, it’s a bit of a snoozer.

The Lighthouse

***1/22019, Robert Eggers

Think about how the filmmaking and presentation choices impact the material.

The Lighthouse is a fever dream of cinema that’s worth a look despite some narrative challenges.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

***2019

Angelina Jolie owns the screen when Maleficent enters the room.

Mistress of Evil ultimately proves itself as a worthy follow-up full of ambition and visual extravagance.

Zombieland: Double Tap

**1/22019, Ruben Fleischer

It’s one of those listless sequels that takes time to find its story and direction.

Zombieland: Double Tap is an entertaining, but gutless, sequel. It’s a missed opportunity that doesn’t take advantage of these braindead times.

Gemini Man

**2019, Ang Lee

Ang Lee winds up with something that’s a little too genteel for its own good.

Gemini Man is an action movie suffering from an identity crisis.

Joker

***1/22019, Todd Phillips

There’s a kind of unsettling complexity that really requires some time to digest and appreciate.

This Joker’s wild.

Part of the charm – for an intentionally poor way to put it — of Joker is how it eschews the trappings of the modern comic book movie. It’s the antithesis of what the other camp, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has become. It’s a relatively low-budget endeavor ($55 million), so it’s not loaded with eye-melting CGI. It’s not an action-packed, brain-numbing extravaganza. It’s the quintessence of character driven. Even the old school opening credits (sporting the late 1970s/early 1980s Warner Bros. studio logo) set the tone for something off the beaten-to-a-pulp path of Hollywood spectacle. And, mercifully, Zack Snyder didn’t produce this one (but Bradley Cooper did).

Judy

***2019

Threads between fan and star could’ve been more fully explored.

Renée Zellweger’s performance is stellar, but this Judy needs more punch.

The Goldfinch

*1/22019, John Crowley

A cold, slow affair that turns into a borderline laughable drama of ridiculous situations.

The Goldfinch isn’t Oscar bait. It’s cat food.

It: Chapter Two

****2019, Andy Muschietti

There’s never been a better time to appreciate It than right now.

There’s a lot more to It than meets the eye.

It’s almost a disservice to describe It: Chapter Two as a horror movie. It’s most certainly a disservice to write it off as nothing more than a horror movie.

Brittany Runs a Marathon

***2019, Paul Downs Colaizzo

The marathon is in many respects merely a device from which more interesting material hangs.

Brittany Runs a Marathon is a little flat-footed, but the larger context offers some good food for thought.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

***2019, Richard Linklater

There’s a documentary within the movie that’s pure movie gold.

Bernadette isn’t the heavy hitter it could’ve been, but at least it tackles an interesting big idea.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

***1/22019, Tyler Nilson, and Michael Schwartz

It’s the movie’s heart which ultimately makes Peanut Butter Falcon take flight.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is one of those small, off-the-radar movies that deserves to be seen.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

***2019, James Bobin

Isabela Moner’s eager delivery of every line transcends caricature and creates a unique character.

Dora’s first live-action, big-screen adventure serves as both a fresh start and a loving tribute to the long-running animated TV series.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

***1/22019, David Leitch

Thank director David Leitch for keeping this one grounded in its own insanity.

It’s absurd & implausible, but it’s also a blast & enjoyable.