Monitor Movie Guide

A year of Monitor movie reviews.

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Title MPAA Rating Monitor Rating Review Date
‘A Quiet Place’ is about a good deal more than scaring us PG-13 2018-04-13
'Lean on Pete' is a tale of a boy and his horse R 2018-04-06
'Ready Player One' is a movie at odds with itself PG-13 2018-03-29
'Final Portrait' has stagey action R 2018-03-23
'Isle of Dogs' is a stop-motion tour de force that is flabbergastingly original PG-13 2018-03-23
In 'Tomb Raider,' the chasms are not nearly so wide as the gaps in its plot PG-13 2018-03-16
Black comedies don’t come much blacker than 'The Death of Stalin' R 2018-03-16
'Journey's End' shows horror of war, spirit that transcends it R 2018-03-16
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is more cheesy than transporting PG 2018-03-09
In ‘The Forgiven,' Desmond Tutu faces off with a white separatist R 2018-03-09
'Red Sparrow' is all grim oppressiveness R 2018-03-02
‘Oh Lucy!’ portrays L.A. from a down-and-outer’s view Unrated 2018-03-02
'Annihilation' has cheesy visual effects R 2018-02-23
‘The Party’ has great cast, somewhat negligible story R 2018-02-23
'The Young Karl Marx' chronicles the early life of the philosopher Unrated 2018-02-23
'Loveless' is an encompassing indictment of Russian society R 2018-02-16
'Black Panther' is easily the best of the Marvel superhero movies PG-13 2018-02-15
In 'A Fantastic Woman,' actress Daniela Vega gives a tour de force performance R 2018-02-09
In 'The Insult,' flare-up is microcosm of Lebanese Christian-Palestinian tensions R 2018-02-02
Christian Bale portrays army captain escorting Cheyenne chief in western 'Hostiles' R 2018-01-26
Annette Bening portrays noir star Gloria Grahame in ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ R 2018-01-26
The movie's ambitions far exceed its grasp in 'All the Money in the World' R 2018-01-19
An optimistic bear returns in transcendentally cheerful 'Paddington 2' PG 2018-01-18
Acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is in the director's chair for 'Molly's Game' R 2018-01-12
‘Phantom Thread’ is reportedly final film for Daniel Day-Lewis, our greatest living actor R 2018-01-05
'The Post' is least successful when it’s glorying in its own righteousness PG-13 2017-12-22
In 'Downsizing,' confounding expectations only goes so far R 2017-12-22
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is, like the other films in the series, a soap opera in space PG-13 2017-12-14
‘I, Tonya’ skips Harding’s love of skating for fatuous irony R 2017-12-08
'1945' is a compact study of wartime guilt Unrated 2017-12-08
Parts of 'The Shape of Water' recall films like Cocteau’s 'Beauty and the Beast' R 2017-12-01
In 'Wonder Wheel,' Woody Allen's latest, the characters are too thinly drawn PG-13 2017-12-01
Romantic film 'Call Me by Your Name' is too determinedly soothing R 2017-11-24
Gary Oldman takes on the oft-played role of Winston Churchill for biopic ‘Darkest Hour’ PG-13 2017-11-22
Spangly 'Coco' has moments as powerful as anything in the Pixar canon PG 2017-11-22
Lives of a black and a white family intertwine post-WWII in ‘Mudbound’ R 2017-11-17
Frances McDormand is too spartan and sealed off in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' R 2017-11-10
'Lady Bird' is frisky and oddball, which is sometimes annoying and more often ingratiating R 2017-11-03
Rigorously conventional ‘Last Flag Flying’ has few surprises R 2017-11-03
'Suburbicon' is an uneasy mixture of noir and socially conscious film R 2017-10-27
Todd Haynes's direction in 'Wonderstruck' keeps plot at emotional remove PG 2017-10-27
Documentary brings Goodall’s story to vivid life in ‘Jane’ Unrated 2017-10-20
'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)' is wide-ranging, self-indulgent Unrated 2017-10-20
In ‘Ex Libris,’ the story of libraries is really about infinitely complex people Unrated 2017-10-13
In 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'visionary' is synonymous with slow and monotonous R 2017-10-06
Remarkable 'The Florida Project' explores vagaries of childhood R 2017-10-05
'American Made' depicts drug cartels as occasion for blithe derring-do R 2017-09-29
‘Loving Vincent’ prompts respect for the effort that went into hand-painted film, if not the result PG-13 2017-09-29
'Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House' leaves Felt's motivations ambiguous PG-13 2017-09-29
‘Battle of the Sexes’ is a barely muted rallying cry for our time PG-13 2017-09-22
'Stronger' actor Jake Gyllenhaal is better than the movie R 2017-09-22
J.D. Salinger biopic 'Rebel in the Rye' falls back on banalities PG-13 2017-09-08
'Trophy' explores moral intertwining of hunting and conservationism Unrated 2017-09-08
'Dolores' could have explored subject's life more sharply Unrated 2017-09-08
'Unlocked' is a barely engaging spy thriller R 2017-09-01
In ‘Polina,’ a ballerina pursues contemporary Unrated 2017-09-01
‘Marjorie Prime’ asks, how do we want to be remembered? Unrated 2017-08-23
'Logan Lucky' is inconsequentially entertaining PG-13 2017-08-18
'The Trip to Spain' is the least of the movie trio but has its moments Unrated 2017-08-11
Documentary ‘California Typewriter’ turns back the clock Unrated 2017-08-11
'The Dark Tower' is a forgettable 'Lord of the Rings'-'Matrix' mashup PG-13 2017-08-04
'Icarus' should delve more into motivations of Russian Olympians Unrated 2017-08-04
In 'Detroit,' atrocity becomes numbing R 2017-08-04
The story of 'Wind River' is swallowed up by outlandish plot devices R 2017-08-04
'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' delivers a nimbus-tinged view of Al Gore's actions PG 2017-07-28
Documentary ‘Rumble’ explores Native Americans’ influence on music Unrated 2017-07-27
In 'Dunkirk,' war is a minute-to-minute struggle for survival PG-13 2017-07-20
Documentary ‘My Journey Through French Cinema’ is for all movie lovers Unrated 2017-07-14
'War for the Planet of the Apes' is among the best of the series PG-13 2017-07-14
Strengths of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' are its jaunty high school scenes PG-13 2017-07-06
'13 Minutes' has tantalizing story but workmanlike execution R 2017-06-30
'Okja' is a muddled parable that mashes together many genres Unrated 2017-06-28
'The Beguiled' is brittle and vaporous R 2017-06-23
‘The Big Sick’ is best comedy of 2017 so far, and so much more R 2017-06-23
'The Journey' is an unconvincing talkathon that might have worked better on the stage PG-13 2017-06-16
'Maudie' star Sally Hawkins gives a standout performance as artist Maud Lewis PG-13 2017-06-16
'Cars 3' is reasonably diverting but somewhat sluggish G 2017-06-16
'The Mummy' is a tentpole production with nothing under the tent PG-13 2017-06-09
Sam Elliott and Laura Prepon are quietly effective in 'The Hero' R 2017-06-09
When sparks fly in 'Beatriz at Dinner,' it's entertaining but not surprising R 2017-06-09
Footage in documentary ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’ is all fascinating Unrated 2017-06-09
'My Cousin Rachel' star Rachel Weisz freshens up the Gothic story PG-13 2017-06-09
Uneven 'Churchill' feels more like an exposé than a deep-dish psychological exploration PG 2017-06-02
'Wonder Woman' has a frisky, friendly spirit PG-13 2017-06-02
In intensely harrowing 'Afterimage,' Stalinist repression shatters artist’s life Unrated 2017-05-26
With low expectations, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' is amusing PG-13 2017-05-26
'Baywatch' has a disposable plot R 2017-05-26
'Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story' revives story of little-known movie couple Unrated 2017-05-19
'Alien: Covenant' is more interesting than 'Prometheus' but still a retread R 2017-05-19
'The Commune' actress Trine Dyrholm is the only reason to see film Unrated 2017-05-19
‘The Wedding Plan’ is both unorthodox and ultra-Orthodox PG 2017-05-12
‘Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia’ does justice to an anguished history Unrated 2017-05-12
‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ lands with a thud PG-13 2017-05-12
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team up for ‘Snatched’ R 2017-05-12
In 'The Lovers,' Debra Winger's intensity is too much for goofy grab bag of a movie R 2017-05-05
'A Woman's Life' director’s poeticism is overly protracted Unrated 2017-05-05
In ‘Graduation,’ personal and political are inseparable R 2017-04-28