Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 67% Vox Lux (2018) The film yields no insights into stardom's perils that surpass, say, the recent Netflix documentary on Lady Gaga's life.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 91% Mirai (2018) The painstaking animation becomes more and more elaborate, culminating in a child's-eye view of a bustling train station and a bullet train transformed into a demonic carriage for lost children.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/4 99% Roma (2018) A gorgeous love letter to an alternately cloistered and turbulent childhood.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 91% Widows (2018) A gritty romp that makes the cliché-prone heist genre feel fresh again.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 63% Suspiria (2018) The finale should have you clutching your face "Home Alone" style as Guadagnino goes totally for broke.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/4 89% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Gyllenhaal, a master at conveying a conflicted inner life, is pitch-perfect as she allows her concern for Jimmy to slowly slide off the rails of appropriateness.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2.5/4 88% After Everything (Shotgun) (2018) A promising, if flawed, start for this directing duo.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 33% Little Women (2018) Niederpruem gives it her very earnest all, but falls short both on continuity issues... and on making her gradually aging cast match up.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3.5/4 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) In a perfect world, "Tea With the Dames" could be a series. Let us be flies on the wall for this posse's weekly gathering for tea and convivial cackling.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 88% Love, Gilda (2018) "Love, Gilda" is sure to leave any fan in bittersweet tears, and rightly so.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
46% Destination Wedding (2018) I wish I could tell you it's good: It isn't, but that's not to say you can't enjoy the two of them bantering mean-spiritedly about everyone and everything...‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) Moselle shoots downtown street scenes with passion and deep familiarity, setting the action to an infectious, raucous soundtrack (which made me feel about 100 years old for not knowing any of its tracks).‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/4 11% Siberia (2018) The plot swerves around just enough to make you think something more complex is going on. Ultimately, it really isn't...‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
2.5/4 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) As an addiction memoir, it works well enough; there are a handful of deeply felt moments...‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Writer-director Bo Burnham, in his feature debut, skillfully intertwines the timeless aspects of adolescent humiliation and the very particular ways in which today's tech has changed them.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
1/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) The whole film feels as if it's on autopilot, or maybe written by artificial intelligence that's been fed a steady diet of the "Die Hard" oeuvre, "Speed," "Das Boot," and, I'm guessing, "The Towering Inferno."‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
2/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Without a humanizing element like Blunt's character, this whole grim affair is just a race to the bottom in which everyone loses.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
2.5/4 56% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) Charmingly profane, with a buzzing riot-grrrl soundtrack, "Izzy" is a stylish twist on an '80s trope: Here it's the woman as pathetic supplicant, trying to win back someone who's moved on.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2.5/4 48% Superfly (2018) "Superfly" escapes superficiality thanks largely to strong performances from Jackson; Jason Mitchell as Priest's workmanlike partner, Eddie, and Michael Kenneth Williams as Priest's mentor, Scatter.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) I'm holding out hope for an "Incredibles 3" where Violet and Elastigirl team up against a baddie who goes by The Patriarchy.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
2/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Like a cubic zirconia knockoff of a priceless diamond necklace, this female "Ocean's" update looks the part but just ain't got that sparkle.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
2.5/4 70% Adrift (2018) "Adrift" is worth a watch, even if its drama (perhaps inevitably) pales in comparison to the source material.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 88% American Animals (2018) Although this might not all tonally flow, it's clear you're watching a dazzling new directorial career taking flight.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The eagerness of Deadpool to call out its own shortcomings earns this trash-talking franchise a lot of goodwill.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/4 37% Life of the Party (2018) A funny and disarmingly sweet if slightly uneven comedy co-written by the star and her husband, director Ben Falcone.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2/4 21% Terminal (2018) Everything and everybody else just seems here to support Robbie: If nothing else, her performance here is a compelling argument for her to get that Harley Quinn stand-alone film made, already.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 64% Anything (2018) Writer-director Timothy McNeil...crafts a fairly moving tribute to the notion, as Lin-Manuel Miranda once put it, that "love is love is love."‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 86% Tully (2018) Suffice to say this is a take on the realities of motherhood that dares to go where few mainstream films have gone.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/4 52% Bad Samaritan (2018) Plays like an unambitious episode of "Black Mirror"...‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 83% Disobedience (2018) Ultimately, this is a gently humane portrait of an enduring problem facing men and women in all manner of fundamentalist communities: the notion that choice has anything to do with who we desire.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) All the past decade's Marvel movies have been heading toward this showdown. Turns out the payoff was worth the wait.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
1.5/4 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) "I Feel Pretty" takes a talented comic and casts her in the worst possible light (and I don't mean that literally. She looks fine).‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 68% Wildling (2018) A supernatural "What's Happening to My Body?" parable in company with "Carrie," "Ginger Snaps" and last year's "Thelma," "Wildling" is low-key with an undertone of menace, skillfully directed by Fritz Böhm in his feature debut.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2.5/4 52% Rampage (2018) It's big, bloated, and, if you give in to the familiar charms of its jacked leading man, not unenjoyable.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) With a jarring 11th-hour twist, [director Lynne] Ramsay leaves you pondering what menace lies beneath all those familiar sights and sounds.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) For every obscure sci-fi nod, there's a crowd-pleasing Spielbergian trope: Scrappy hero crushing on an independent gal? Check. Friends banding together? Got 'em. Greedy corporate villain? Yep.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Foy owns this intimate, claustrophobic film, which at its heart is about the universal fear (especially for women, doubly so for ones seeking protection from manipulative men) of telling your story and not being believed.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Too often content to smile beatifically instead of delivering the necessary thrills.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/4 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) It's a sweet premise ... that isn't fleshed out well in the leaden screenplay, which leans heavily on the most obvious Americana trappings to gin up a lighter side of senility.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards (2018) The 90th Annual Academy Awards was the most tepid, predictable one in recent memory, devoid of anything resembling a spontaneous or dramatic moment until it was nearly time to wrap it all up.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
1/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The film's unquestionable high point is Lawrence's character bellowing the accusing line in her Boris-and-Natasha accent: "You sent me to whore school!"‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
2/4 20% Mute (2018) But it's never a great sign when your lead is upstaged by the supporting players, and for all its good looks, "Mute" ultimately doesn't have a whole lot to say.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/4 88% Annihilation (2018) Ambitious and messy, "Annhilation" will likely leave you with more questions than answers. Mine is: "When can I see it again?"‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Like all the best comics movies, this one's got a villain (Michael B. Jordan) so compelling he nearly steals the show from the hero (Chadwick Boseman).‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
1.5/4 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Minus its pivotal event, "The 15:17 to Paris" feels a lot like sitting through someone else's endless photo slide show: Really only interesting to the people who lived it.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2.5/4 75% Braven (2018) For anyone looking for a shot of vengeance adrenaline while waiting for "John Wick 3" to come down the pike, "Braven" will probably fit the bill.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) I spent most of the running time waiting for Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) to grab the hatchet and wrap things up already.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
85% Nancy (2018) You'll come away knowing you've seen a master at work.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) This remarkable directorial debut from Ari Aster builds on classical horror tropes - the occult, possession, mental illness- to craft its own unique spin on terror.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
2/4 66% Please Stand By (2018) Lewin ... posits this as a whimsical road comedy, but I couldn't help questioning both the logic and the consistency.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018