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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


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.


***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).



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.