Current Movie Reviews

Movies Released in 2019

 Generally, movies I have seen and intend to review are on this list, with links to live reviews.  If the link is not live, I intend to review it but have not finalized it.  If you have a question about a specific movie, feel free to email me with a question at or 

My movie reviews include an approximate word count . For reference, movie reviews in newspapers typically run about 300-400 words. I have three platforms for publishing my reviews: the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, where long reviews and analysis typically run;  Facebook  (Movie Reviews by Sam Staley, or @themovieswithsam), and on my personal blog (  Facebook is typically the most timely. Also, follow me on twitter @samrstaley

Don't forget to check out my book Contemporary Film and Economics (Routledge, 2018) and see why one film producer called it "subversively educational."

Reviews for 2020 movie releases

  • Bennett's War  
  • Birds of Prey
  • Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (761)
  • Lady Driver (661)
  • The Rhythm Section (365)
  • Sergio  
  • The Stand At Paxton County (756)


Reviews for 2019 movie releases: (* Academy Award nominee)

For 2018 reviews click here.  

For a complete movie review archive click here. 

A movie may not be 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 or  

1917 movie

1917 is breathtaking in cinematic scope and perhaps the most innovative film of 2019.