Reviews by Month/Year

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Below is a list of all reviews on this site arranged by date of publication. Note that italicized reviews are reviews of films that were not playing in theaters at the time of publication.

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2019

March
Lincoln (**)
What to Watch on the Small Screen: March 2019

Capsules of Pandora’s Box (*** ½), 24 City (****), Kiss Me Deadly (*** ½),
Vagabond (*** ½), and Black Narcissus (****)

February
Zama (****)
The Mission (* ½)
Roma (** ½)
What to Watch on the Small Screen: February 2019

Capsules of The Exterminating Angel (****), Vive L’Amour (*** 1/2),
Tokyo Drifter (****), Brief Encounter (*** 1/2), Andrei Rublev (****), and La Ciénaga (*** 1/2)

Green Book (*)

January
Monrovia, Indiana (****)
Vice (* 1/2)
Shoplifters (*** 1/2)
The Favourite (**)

2018

December
2018 in Review
What to Watch on the Small Screen: December 2018

Capsules of The Shop Around the Corner (*** 1/2), The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (****),
Chimes at Midnight (****), The Marriage of Maria Braun (*** 1/2), Amarcord (*** 1/2), Blow-Up (****), and Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (****)

November
A Private War (** 1/2)
Wildlife (** 1/2)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (*** 1/2)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (****)
54th Chicago International Film Festival

Capsules of Ash Is Purest White (****), Daughter of Mine (*** 1/2), Diane (****), In the Aisles (****),
Mug (***), Non-Fiction (****), Retablo (*** 1/2), Sorry Angel (***), Too Late to Die Young (****), and
Transit (****)

October
The Sisters Brothers (****)
Colette (** 1/2)
First Man (****)
A Star Is Born (2018) (**)
What to Watch on the Small Screen: October 2018

Capsules of The Last Laugh (****), Ikiru (*** 1/2),
L’Atalante (*** 1/2), Ashes and Diamonds (*** 1/2), and A Woman Under the Influence (****)

September
Toni Erdmann (re-evaluation) (****)
Things to Come (re-evaluation) (*** 1/2)
Searching (***)
The Wife (** 1/2)
What to Watch on the Small Screen: September 2018

Capsules of Johnny Guitar (*** 1/2), The Passion of Joan of Arc (****),
The Earrings of Madame de… (****), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (*** 1/2), and Stalker (****)

August
Crazy Rich Asians (* 1/2)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (** 1/2)
BlacKkKlansman (****)
Eighth Grade (****)
What to Watch on the Small Screen: August 2018

Capsules of Greed (*** 1/2), A Brighter Summer Day (****),
In a Lonely Place (*** 1/2), A Man Escaped (****), and Gertrud (****)

July
Leave No Trace (****)
Frozen River (**)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (***)
What to Watch on the Small Screen: July 2018

Capsules of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (***), Pather Panchali (****),
Jules and Jim (***), Girlhood (****), and In This Corner of the World (*** 1/2)

June
The Guardians (*** 1/2)
The Workshop (*)
First Reformed (** 1/2)
On Chesil Beach (** 1/2)
The Seagull (**)
What to Watch on the Small Screen: June 2018

Capsules of Walkabout (*** 1/2), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (***),
Late Spring (****), The Conversation (****), and Underworld (*** 1/2)

May
The Guilty (****)
Beirut (*)
RBG (* 1/2)
Disobedience (** 1/2)
The Rider (**)
New on Netflix & DVD: May 2018

Capsules of God’s Own Country (***), Witness for the Prosecution (** 1/2),
Beauty and the Beast (1946) (*** 1/2), Journey to Italy (****), Rififi (****), and Of Gods and Men (***)

34th Chicago Latino Film Festival

Capsules of Tigers Are Not Afraid (***), Last Days in Havana (****)Another Story of the World (**),
El Inca (** 1/2), I Will Wait for You (*), and The Desert Bride (*** 1/2)

April
You Were Never Really Here (***)
Lean on Pete (*** 1/2)
1945 (***)
Isle of Dogs (** 1/2)
New on Netflix & DVD: April 2018

Capsules of The Iron Giant (***), Night and Fog (****)La Grande Illusion (*** 1/2),
Weekend (****), 45 Years (*** 1/2), Le Samourai (****), and Imitation of Life (****)

March
Happy End (*)
The Party (*** 1/2)
New on Netflix & DVD: March 2018

Capsules of Up in the Air (***), Moon (*** 1/2)Notorious (****), The Big Heat (*** 1/2),
Middle of Nowhere (****), Easy Rider (*** 1/2), and sex, lies, and videotape (*** 1/2)

The Insult (** 1/2)

February
A Fantastic Woman (** 1/2)
God’s Own Country (***)
Chicago’s 28th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

Capsules of Blockage (**), 24 Frames (****)Disappearance (****), and Negar (* 1/2)

New on Netflix & DVD: February 2018

Capsules of The Hurt Locker (****), Goodfellas (****)Lincoln (** 1/2),
All About My Mother (*** 1/2), Boys Don’t Cry (***), The Outlaw Josey Wales (***), The Handmaiden (***), Fruitvale Station (***), and Never Let Me Go (***)

January
42 Grams (**)
Molly’s Game (* 1/2)
I, Tonya (** 1/2)
The Post (** 1/2)
New on Netflix & DVD: January 2018

Capsules of Marie Antoinette (****), American Graffiti (*** 1/2)Charlie Wilson’s War (***),
Miss Sloane (** 1/2), His Girl Friday (****), Ace in the Hole (****), Sweet Smell of Success (****), and Sophie’s Choice (** 1/2)

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2017

December
2017 in Review
The Breadwinner (****)
Coco (**)
New on Netflix & DVD: December 2017

Capsules of The Young Victoria (** 1/2), Full Metal Jacket (****),
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (***), Au Hasard Balthazar (****), The Circus (****),
Citizen Ruth (*** 1/2), Election (*** 1/2), About Schmidt (*** 1/2),
The Rules of the Game (****), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (****), and Laura (****)

November
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (***)
Lady Bird (****)
Last Flag Flying (***)
The Divine Order (***)
The Square (**)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (*** 1/2)
The Meyerowitz Stories (*** 1/2)
Wonderstruck (** 1/2)
New on Netflix & DVD: November 2017

Capsules of Michael Clayton (***), The Best Years of Our Lives (***)Blood Simple (*** 1/2),
The Lady Vanishes (*** 1/2), Pariah (*** 1/2), and Beau Travail (****)

October
53rd Chicago International Film Festival: Part II

Capsules of Hannah (****), Bitter Flowers (*** 1/2)Golden Years (****),
Liquid Truth (*** 1/2), Wind Traces (**), A Man of Integrity (****), and La Familia (** 1/2)

53rd Chicago International Film Festival: Part I

Capsules of A Ciambra (*** 1/2), The Other Side of Hope (****)The Confession (*** 1/2),
The Line (***), Birds Are Singing in Kigali (*** 1/2), Sicilian Ghost Story (*** 1/2),
and Let the Sunshine In (*** 1/2)

mother! (**)
Columbus (** 1/2)

September
New on Netflix & DVD: October 2017

Capsules of Before Midnight (*** 1/2), Eyes Wide Shut (***)Boogie Nights (****),
Incendies (*** 1/2), Force Majeure (*** 1/2), The Class (*** 1/2), Safe (****),
and Dogtooth (*** 1/2)

Carol (re-evaluation) (****)
The Tree of Life (re-evaluation) (**)
The Revenant (re-evaluation) (* 1/2)
Good Time (**)
Wind River (*)
Ingrid Goes West (** 1/2)
The Little Hours (***)

August
New on Netflix: September 2017

Capsules of Graduation (*** 1/2), Carol (****)Gone Baby Gone (** 1/2),
The Squid and the Whale (*** 1/2), Requiem for a Dream (*** 1/2),
Amores Perros (*** 1/2), Gangs of New York (***), and Dead Poets Society (**)

Lady Macbeth (****)
Maudie (*** 1/2)
Dunkirk (***)

July
Baby Driver (**)
The Big Sick (** 1/2)
The Beguiled (****)
Beatriz at Dinner (***)

June
My Cousin Rachel (* 1/2)
A Ghost Story (****)
Obit (***)

May
A Quiet Passion (****)
The Lovers (**)
The Salesman (** 1/2)
The Lost City of Z (0)

April
Graduation (*** 1/2)
Their Finest (**)
Your Name (***)
Broken Blossoms (***)

March
Lust, Caution (****)
Beauty and the Beast (2017) (* 1/2)
A United Kingdom (**)
Land of Mine (***)

February
The Red Turtle (*** 1/2)
Toni Erdmann (*)
Julieta (** 1/2)
Things to Come (** 1/2)
Paterson (*** 1/2)

January
Elle (***)
The Founder (***)
Lion (***)
Jackie (** 1/2)
Hodgepodge

Capsules of Hell or High Water (*** 1/2)Zootopia (*** 1/2)Bernie (*** 1/2),
Me and Orson Welles (*** 1/2), The Awful Truth (*** 1/2)Bringing Up Baby (****),
The Philadelphia Story (****), and Battlefield Earth

La La Land (***)
Rogue One (*)

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2016

December
Loving (*** 1/2)
Hacksaw Ridge (*)
Moonlight (****)
Manchester by the Sea (*** 1/2)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (**)
Moana (*** 1/2)

November
Nocturnal Animals (*** 1/2)
Arrival (***)
The Prestige (*** 1/2)
Inferno (*)

October
Se7en (**)
(500) Days of Summer (*** 1/2)
The Girl on the Train (* 1/2)
Amores perros (*** 1/2)

September
Yi Yi (****)
Big Hero 6 (**)
Sully (**)
Pride and Prejudice (**)
Kubo and the Two Strings (****)

August
Florence Foster Jenkins (***)
Dead Poets Society (**)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (*** 1/2)
Carol (**)
The Danish Girl (** 1/2)


July
Fight Club (** 1/2)
The Secret Life of Pets (*)
Gone Girl (*** 1/2)
The BFG (***)
Lost in Translation (****)

June
Finding Dory (***)
Room (*** 1/2)
The Martian (***)
The Third Man (****)


May
Brooklyn (*** 1/2)
Atonement (***)
Cinema Paradiso (*** 1/2)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (*** 1/2)


April
Gladiator (* 1/2)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (**)
The Tree of Life (**)
Marvel’s The Avengers (*)


March
The Postman (*** 1/2)
Citizen Kane (****)
Spotlight (*** 1/2)
Rashomon (****)

February
Inglourious Basterds (***)
Hugo (*** 1/2)
The Great Beauty (*** 1/2)

The Revenant (*** 1/2)

January
Casablanca (****)
Chicago (****)
The Good Dinosaur (* 1/2)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (**)

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2015

 

December
Black Swan (** 1/2)
There Will Be Blood (***)
Les Misérables (***)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (***)
How to Train Your Dragon (***)


November
Buster Keaton Films (****)
Babel (** 1/2)
Bridge of Spies (*** 1/2)
Steve Jobs (***)

October
Good Will Hunting (*)
Gangs of New York (***)
Wild Tales (****)
Sweeney Todd (*** 1/2)

September
Pawn Sacrifice (**)
Up in the Air (***)