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Move Over Oscars… Here are the 20 Best Performances of 2019

Move Over Oscars… Here are the 20 Best Performances of 2019

Academy voters only sometimes get it right. Here are the best acting performances of the year.
The 36 Best Movies of the Decade

The 36 Best Movies of the Decade

I wasn’t going to do a Best of the Decade piece… but then I changed my mind. Unlike many of my fellow movie critics, however, I didn’t spend all year preparing for this moment, watching the hundreds of great movies that have been released over the last 10 years. That… sounded like a lot of […]
The Best Movies of 2019

The Best Movies of 2019

2019 was a great year for movies, but there can only be 10.
The Irishman, Parasite Lead Seattle Film Critic Award Nominees

The Irishman, Parasite Lead Seattle Film Critic Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2019 Seattle Film Critic Awards have been announced.
‘Gremlins’ 4K Release Reminds Us of the Most Depressing Christmas Story Ever

‘Gremlins’ 4K Release Reminds Us of the Most Depressing Christmas Story Ever

Phoebe Cates shares the worst Christmas story ever.
Remembering Camp Chippewa from ‘The Addams Family Values’

Remembering Camp Chippewa from ‘The Addams Family Values’

Paramount has re-released the two original Addams Family movies on Blu-ray, so it's time to revisit perfection.
The Old ‘Aladdin’ Makes the New Aladdin Look Like Crap

The Old ‘Aladdin’ Makes the New Aladdin Look Like Crap

The new, live-action Aladdin recently flew onto home video, and with it came a re-release of the animated classic, a stark reminder of just how much better the cartoon is in every way and form—and why Disney’s live-action strategy is driven by a cold, heartless, and hollow pursuit of cash, nothing more. Revisiting 1992’s Aladdin—my […]
An Interview with Riley Stearns and Why Jesse Eisenberg Did His Movie Out of Pity

An Interview with Riley Stearns and Why Jesse Eisenberg Did His Movie Out of Pity

I met with filmmaker Riley Stearns when he was in town for the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and had a fantastic conversation—well, at least I think so, he may have told the agency reps he never wants to see my face again—about his new movie The Art of Self-Defense (in theaters now), a darkly […]
The Best Animal Horror Movies of All Time

The Best Animal Horror Movies of All Time

Alexander Aja’s alligator/hurricane thriller Crawl seeks to take a bite out of theaters this weekend, so it seemed like a perfect time to look back at some of the best animal-centric horror movies ever made. The list proved to be slightly tricky, as intentionally awful (?) fare such as Anaconda and Snakes on a Plane […]
Batman on 4K: Burton’s Shine, Schumacher’s Show Rust

Batman on 4K: Burton’s Shine, Schumacher’s Show Rust

Warner Bros. has released the first four Batman movies on 4K for the first time (a 4-Film Collection arrives on September 17, 2019), which gave me a long overdue opportunity to revisit the highs and the lows of the late 80s/early 90s series that largely served as the only major comic book franchise in cinemas […]
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Metal Heart’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Metal Heart’

A great first effort for the director Hugh O’Connor.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Stuffed’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Stuffed’

The photography is absolutely fantastic in this documentary and the people we meet are so interesting.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Invisible Witness’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Invisible Witness’

Director Stefano Mordini did a masterful job of pacing the action, building to a crescendo at the end.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’

Anne Innis Dagg, giraffe specialist, was denied the recognition that she deserved by, allegedly, a good-ole-boy network of professors during the 1970s at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Kifaru’

SIFF 2019 Review: ‘Kifaru’

Kifaru in Swahili means “rhinoceros” and this is a documentary film about one specific male rhino named Sudan and the men devoted to his care.