Note: Beginning in 2018, movie reviews include an approximate word count . Typical reviews in newspapers run about 300-400 words. My longer reviews (700+) typically appear as movie analysis published by the Independent Institute in Oakland, California.
*Signifies Academy Award nominee.
Generally, movies that I have seen and intend to review are on this list, with links to live reviews. A movie is not on this list for one of two reasons: I have not seen the movie, or the movie scored lower than an 8.5 on my rubric (roughly a B).
Given the subjective nature of movies as an expression of art, and the fact negative reviews tend to prejudice the commercial success of a film more than positive ones, I generally do not post negative reviews.
If you have a question about a movie, feel free to email me at Sam@srstaley.com.