Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
NEW THIS WEEK
Black Bear 4
Luxor 4
Wander 2
Love, Weddings & Other Disasters 1
Dear Santa rate me!
Nomadland rate me!
Half Brothers rate me!
All My Life rate me!
ALSO IN THEATERS

COMING NEXT WEEK
11-Dec Minari
11-Dec Wolfwalkers

DVD RELEASES
1-Dec Made in Italy  
1-Dec Rental, The  
8-Dec Possessor  
8-Dec Proxima  

TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Black Bear 4
Proxima 4
Mank 4
Run (2020) 4
Come Play 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Love, Weddings & Other Disasters 1
Craft, The: Legacy 1
Chick Fight 2
Wander 2
Freaky 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
2 Days in New York 3.15
Keep the Lights On 3
Rubberneck 2.38
Fairhaven 3.5
In Their Skin 5
MORE MOVIES

2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
World's End, The 4.43
Shield of Straw 5
Missionary (2013) 4
Complex, The 3
Broken Circle Breakdown, The 4.86
MORE MOVIES

2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Omar 4.57
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.56
Sacrament, The 3
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 3.63
Wind Rises, The 4.62
MORE MOVIES

2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Like Father, Like Son (2014) 5
Captain Phillips 4.29
Omar 4.57
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Le Week-End 3.71
MORE MOVIES

2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.27
August: Osage County 1.78
Of Good Report 5
Voyage 1
Philomena 4.17
MORE MOVIES

2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Uncle Howard 4
Lobster, The 3.63
Sleight 3
Operation Avalanche 4
MORE MOVIES

2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Embers 4.14
MORE MOVIES

2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Pitch Black 3.56
They Live 3.6
Projet-M 3
Einstein's God Model 3
Arrowhead (2017) 3
MORE MOVIES

2019 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Monos 4
Pahokee 4
Death of Dick Long, The 3
Sweetheart 4
Paradise Hills 4
MORE MOVIES

2019 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Extra Ordinary 4
Them That Follow 4
Apollo 11 5
Greener Grass 2
Long Shot 4.14
MORE MOVIES

Independent Film Festival Boston 2019 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Art of Self-Defense, The 5
When Lambs Become Lions 5
Pizza, A Love Story 4
One Child Nation (aka Born in China) 4
Cold Case Hammarskjold 4
MORE MOVIES

2019 London Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Knives Out 4.32
MORE MOVIES

2019 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Judy 2.9
Jojo Rabbit 2.25
Uncut Gems 4
Dolemite Is My Name 4.68
Painted Bird, The 4
MORE MOVIES

2019 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Irishman, The 4.4
MORE MOVIES

2019 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Death of Dick Long, The 3
First Love 4
Knives Out 4.32
Vast of Night, The 4.71
Tammy and the T-Rex 3
MORE MOVIES

2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Saint Frances 3
MORE MOVIES

2020 Nightstream Virtual Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Run (2020) 4
Hunted (2020) 4
Lapsis 4
Pelican Blood 3
Black Bear 4
MORE MOVIES

SEARCH

reviews features
movie title
writer/director/cast

EFC STATS
Movies Listed: 32877
Total Ratings: 250014
Total Reviews: 28746
[198016064 Hits]

Add to Google

 
SPOTLIGHTED FEATURES REGULAR COLUMNS
Films I Neglected To Review: Hang On To Yourself
Films I Neglected To Review: "I'm Seeing Triple--Nine Vanessa Hudgens!"
Films I Neglected To Review: Opie-Um Of The Masses
Films I Neglected To Review: Horrors!
Screamfest LA (2020 Edition)
The Virtual Fantastic Fest Celebration of 2020
The 58th New York Film Festival
Reflections from the Toronto Film Festival (Virtual Edition 2020)
Fantasia Film Festival (Reviews from the 2020 Edition)
Islands In The Stream: Week Thirteen
Islands In The Stream: Week Twelve
Islands In The Stream: Week Eleven
Islands In The Stream: Week Ten
Islands In The Stream: Week Nine
Islands In The Stream: Week Eight
Islands In The Stream: Week Seven
Islands In The Stream: Week Six
Islands In The Stream: Week Five
Islands In The Stream: Week Four
Islands In the Stream: Week Three
Islands In The Stream: Week Two
Islands In The Stream: Week One
Slamdance Film Festival 2020 & The Docs That Stood Out
Sundance Film Festival 2020 (Day 4)
Sundance Film Festival 2020 (Day 3)
Sundance Film Festival 2020 (Days 1-2)
Celebrity Exclusive Interviews
Film Festivals of the World
Criticwatch
Rants and Raves
DVD Reviews
Movies & Money with Erik Childress
The Oscar Eye
Films I Neglected To Review with Peter Sobczynski
Short Stuff
WGN Radio's Movie Reviews Podcast (w/ Nick Digilio, Erik Childress & Collin Souter)
DVD/Blu-ray Schedules
Movie Madness Podcast (with Erik Childress)
MORE FEATURES
LATEST REVIEWS
LUXOR
"The Ruins"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The trouble with writing a review of a film like “Luxor” is that even the most basic and carefully composed description of its plot runs the risk of making it sound like either a gooney romance or a painfully pretentious melodrama when it is, in fact, anything but either of those." (more)
WANDER
"a.k.a The Two Two-Faces"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "“Wander” is a film that is so bewildering and inexplicable that if I were to even attempt to offer up a summation of its plot, it is likely that most of you would regard me as being as nutty as most of those people in the film regard its central character." (more)
LOVE, WEDDINGS & OTHER DISASTERS
"Speaking Of Disasters. . ."
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "While I suspect that the inspiration for “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters” was the modern-day perennial “Love Actually,” a film that taught countless numbers of viewers that benign stalking of your friend’s wife is all well and good while giving them wildly unreasonable expectations regarding certain attributes of the state of Wisconsin, it actually comes across like a season’s worth of rejected episode ideas for the old “Love, American Style” show that somehow wound up on a production schedule instead of the incinerator where they were presumably headed." (more)
BLACK BEAR
"Aubrey Plaza Rules—This Is All"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With most films, even the good ones, one can pretty much get a sense of where they are heading within the first few scenes. While watching the strangely compelling “Black Bear,” I realized that I had absolutely no idea where writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine was going with it but he presented the material in such a fascinating manner that I remained consistently eager to see where he would be taking it next. (Suffice it to say, the less you know about it going in, the better.)" (more)
LAST VERMEER, THE
"F for Fake, or taking the mickey out of a true story"
3 stars
alejandroariera says... "Days after watching producer Dan Friedkin’s directorial debut, “The Last Vermeer,” it dawned on me that there were some superficial similarities between this post World War II thriller and courtroom drama hybrid and “F for Fake,” Orson Welles’ splendid personal essay about fakes, forgeries, filmmaking and the art of illusion, particularly in its critique of how art is valued and by whom. Now, I AM giving “The Last Vermeer” far more credit than it deserves, but the film is at its best whenever one of its two leads, the legendary Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren, is on screen pontificating about art. Like Hungarian painter and forger Elmyr De Houry, one of Welles’ many subjects, van Meegeren, at least as portrayed by Guy Pearce, is a flamboyant, charming bon vivant who is sticking a middle finger at art critics and collectors and museum curators alike. Van Meegeren is, in Clifford Irving’s words when describing De Houry (and as recited by Welles in “F for Fake”) “a man of talent taking the mickey out of those who had rejected him, translating disappointment into a giant joke.” (It takes one to know one: Irving, after all, published a fake biography of Howard Hughes in the early 70s.) Welles’ questions also hang over “The Last Vermeer” as well: “Is it art? Well, how is it valued? The value depends upon opinion, opinion depends on the experts, and fakers like Elmyr makes fools of the experts…” Too bad that the script by James McGee, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby doesn’t trust its source material, “The Man Who Made Vermeers,” Jonathan Lopez’s biography of van Meegeren and an investigation of the network of illicit commerce that made his forgeries possible. I suspect Lopez digs deeper into some of these ideas explored by Welles and that a more faithful adaptation of the book would have made for a better, more ambitious film." (more)
FREAKY
"Fun parts of its two parents, but not the crazy mashup it could have been."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "This movie was almost certainly called "Freaky Friday the Thirteenth" at some point of it being pitched and developed, and I hope the producers reached out to Disney, Paramount, New Line, and/or the estate of Mary Rodgers in the hopes of possibly using that title, because it can't hurt to ask, right? It's fun to imagine what this would be like as a way-off-kilter entry in the franchise(s), rather than a mostly-fun riff that doesn't quite live up to its insane potential." (more)
WOLFWALKERS
"Cartoon Saloon's best bit of animated Irish magic yet."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The pace of animated film production means that, so long as their work is staggered properly, I can probably get away with calling two or three people the best purveyors of animation out there without it looking too much like I'm being overly enthused about whatever I've seen last. Tomm Moore and the rest of the team at Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenney, Ireland are in that group, and "Wolfwalkers" may be their best movie yet, a kid-friendly adventure that hits familiar notes but never misses." (more)
AMMONITE
"You can miss out on a lot by trying to be really, really sure."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The opening scene of "Ammonite" - a woman on her knees doing scut work being rudely brushed aside so that men can do something which involves erasing the important contribution of a woman - isn't the movie in miniature, thankfully, but that just makes one wonder why it's so prominent. The film is instead a small love story where the tension is the point, one that would probably impress a bit more if it hadn't appeared in such relatively close proximity to "Portrait of a Lady on Fire", which shares more or less the same structure." (more)
MORE REVIEWS

LATEST FEATURES
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: THE GODMOTHER CODA
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Dear Santa," "Godmothered," "Half Brothers," "Ikarie XB-1," "Red, White and Blue" and "Sound of Metal."" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: HANG ON TO YOURSELF
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The Croods: A New Age," "Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square," "The Happiest Season," "Lovers Rock," "The Mystery of D.B. Cooper," "Stardust" and "Uncle Frank,"" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: "I'M SEEING TRIPLE--NINE VANESSA HUDGENS!"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The Collective," "Jiu Jitsu," "The Last Vermeer," "Mangrove," "The Princess Switch: Switched Again," "The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special" and "Vanguard."" (more)
MORE FEATURES

'I JUST, I THINK IF WE COULD TRY IT ONE MORE TIME, AND THIS TIME... I DON'T KNOW... MAYBE TRY ONE WITHOUT YOUR SHIRT.'
- Betsy Faye, Soap Dish
 
 

SITE NEWS
3/15/14: ...
Older News
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast