For movie reviews for files released,
Generally, movies I have seen and intend to review are on this list, with links to longer reviews on line.
If the movie does not not have a live link, I typically intend to review it - and have notes- but have not finalized it. If you have a question about a specific movie, feel free to email me with a question at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In general, these web pages only include movies I score as a "B" or higher. These are movies that I recommend seeing to most, if not all, audiences. "A" movies generally score very well across the board, regardless of genre. "B" movies tend to be movies that work well within certain genres but not others. "B" movies also tend to be stronger in some areas and uneven in their execution or story. "C" movies are occasionally recommended, or reviewed, because I have found a strong, redeeming element despite what I saw as flaws in execution, production, performance, or story.
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 2022 and 2021 movie releases with overall assessment on my rubric.
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 (blog.srstaley.com). Facebook is typically the most timely. Also, follow me on twitter @samrstaley.
Time constraints prevent me from writing full reviews for each of the movies on this list. The movies with grades, however, reflect how the movie fared after assessing it along eight criteria (assessed according to my rubric):
Generally, if a movie scores lower than a B, I won't write a full review. I also will not typically post the film or a grade. 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.
However, if you are interested in my thoughts, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CODA earned the Academy Award for Best Picture but was easily missed by audiences.