Your Movies (cleveland.com)
12 Strong (2018)
"A likable and fittingly strong cast carries this remarkable story, which is not exactly remarkably told. Let's call it more trigger happy than memorable."
Phantom Thread (2018)
"Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson weaves an elegant and often humorous treatise on manipulation and manners in the high-end province of fashion design. It also features one last onscreen performance by the intense Daniel Day Lewis. "
I, Tonya (2018)
"Margot Robbie just about lands a triple Axel in a dazzling performance as maligned skater Tonya Harding. Mom (Allison Janney) glides easily into some dark places, too."
Call Me by Your Name (2018)
"There's just so much to discover in director Luca Guadagnino's take on a 2007 novel of the same name: Some beautiful Italian images, a few simply smart exchanges, and an '80s love story pertinent to our times, to name just a few. "
The Post (2018)
"Though director Steven Spielberg gets most of the newspaper stuff right, some clunkiness remains, including Tom Hanks' shaky performance as executive editor Ben Bradlee."
Molly's Game (2018)
"No one talks the way Aaron Sorkin writes it, anyway, and now his first movie as a director rings with self-importance, too. Add Jessica Chastain as the same kind of tough cookie she played in last year's barely seen 'Miss Sloane,' and this 'Game' is over."
All the Money in the World (2017)
"The sensational Michelle Williams and grand Christopher Plummer, replacing the disgraced Kevin Spacey, bring gravitas to Ridley Scott's already crafty kidnap thriller. "
Darkest Hour (2017)
"Comparisons with the powerful 'Dunkirk' are inevitable, but Gary Oldman soars as a bigger-than-life Winston Churchill in a first-rate, historical film. "
"'Downsizing' suffers from more mood changes than a holiday dinner with ornery relatives, not to mention a third straight Matt Damon performance to leave fans scratching their heads. "
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
The Shape of Water (2017)
"Guillermo del Toro has given us a movie lover's dream in a romantic fantasy/thriller that finds a mute cleaning woman (the brilliant Sally Hawkins) becoming infatuated with the mysterious subject of a top-secret (and mean-spirited) experiment. "
Wonder Wheel (2017)
The Disaster Artist (2017)
"Director and star James Franco simply gets how to make a good film in equal measure to the ineptitude of Tommy Wiseau, whose classically bad movie becomes the subject of this very funny one."
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
"The City of Angels stays more interesting throughout than a couple of other characters do, including a wishy-washy, hotshot lawyer (Colin Farrell) and a rights activist (Carmen Ejogo), popping in and out again as a possible love interest for Denzel. "
Last Flag Flying (2017)
Justice League (2017)
The Square (2017)
Lady Bird (2017)
Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
"The tone and settings are reminiscent of such watchable '80s clunkers as "Flash Gordon" and "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn," with a little bit of Disney's more recent "Maleficent" thrown in, too. "
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
All I See Is You (2017)
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
"Christopher/Tilston never stops smiling, mostly thanks to his time with a spectacularly wonderful nanny (warmly played by Macdonald) and a few nice chats and charming afternoons in the country woods with his work-oriented father. "
Thank You for Your Service (2017)
The Snowman (2017)
Only the Brave (2017)
Loving Vincent (2017)
"As played by the superb Andrew Garfield, Robin manages to keep the chip-chip-and-cheerio outlook that almost brightens the film as much as the celebrated Ralph Richardson's glamorous cinematography. "
The Florida Project (2017)
"Chadwick Bozeman excels again in his third biopic in four years, this time the tamely named 'Marshall.' Though 'Thurgood' might have been a wiser title, more than a few entertaining and important moments remain in an occasionally uneven telling."
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
"Though its breeziness mostly disappears after the first 30 minutes or so, thank goodness Dame Judi Dench, as the titled Queen, sticks around for the duration."
American Made (2017)
"Tom Cruise once again refuses to act his age, this time prancing merrily into some extreme mayhem and a cadre of mostly notorious, '80s-era newsmakers."
Brad's Status (2017)
"For some reason, Ben Stiller returns to "Walter Mitty" mode, and even some fine work from Austin Abrams (as his son) can't save us from the monotony."
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
"The story becomes much more than simply a tennis exhibition. And, quite fittingly, Stone, Carell, a grand ensemble cast, and their "Little Miss Sunshine" co-directors mostly get back to the top of their game. "
"Overheard at TIFF: So (the studio) probably gave Aronofsky a (boat)load of money and said, 'Make whatever you want.' That sounds about right. monstrous!"
Logan Lucky (2017)
"We're talking at least 11, 12, 13, maybe 14 players involved in robbing the Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Not that the Rube Goldbergian plot -- with the accent on rube, of course -- bears any resemblance to any of Soderbergh's trio of "Ocean's" movies). "
Wind River (2017)