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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% While We're Young (2015) " Noah Baumbach's best movie since 2005's The Squid and the Whale, While We're Young navigates into more mainstream territory while losing none of the writer-director's rueful wit. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 26, 2015
88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " Is the story, and its heroine's fate, a fairy tale or a delusion? If the former, the movie is as sweet as a Disney-inspired anime. If the latter, Kumiko is deeply sad. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 19, 2015
76% 3 Hearts (2015) " Aside from the lead actresses' performances, what drives the movie is energetic, elliptical storytelling and humorous asides. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 12, 2015
11% Unfinished Business (2015) " A fumbling mix of sentimental family fable and gross-out sex comedy. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 5, 2015
97% '71 (2015) " '71 may not illuminate all that much, but it consistently electrifies. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 26, 2015
84% Queen and Country (2015) " Far from a searing drama yet seldom takes the glib way out. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 19, 2015
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) " Methodical and agonizing, much like the five-year dispute it depicts. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 12, 2015
73% The Voices (2015) " Like most slasher lampoons, The Voices tries to be as bloody and creepy as flicks that take psycho-killing more seriously. This is a major waste of time in a movie that's about a half-hour longer than its setup justifies. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 5, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) " [Sissako] has made a film of unforgettable anger, yet tempered his outrage with humor, compassion and visual poetry. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 29, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) " The movie's most expressive element is Moore's face, slowly moving from engagement, flecked with worry, to disconnection and blankness. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 15, 2015
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " There's little acrimony in The Theory of Everything, which may reflect Hawking's actual outlook or just the movie's puppyish desire to please. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 5, 2015
100% Li'l Quinquin " This is not funny stuff, but then Dumont isn't after the sort of laughter that makes viewers feel better. His idea of the human comedy remains as grim as it is absurd. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 5, 2015
60% Goodbye to All That (2014) " Otto Wall, the protagonist of Goodbye to All That, is well-meaning, clumsy and a little dull. The movie embodies his character perfectly. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 18, 2014
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " Crowd-wowing CGI spectacle and the inevitable if inconsequential 3-D effects make Exodus look like pure product, without any defining vision. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 12, 2014
90% Wild (2014) " If Wild is an interesting trek, for both its star and its viewers, it's hardly a feral one. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 5, 2014
88% Remote Area Medical (2014) " What the movie does most powerfully and poignantly is capture its subjects' desperation. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2014
84% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) " Far less austere than the landscape it shows, Antarctica: A Year On Ice sometimes verges on the corny. But it reveals two polar worlds - the natural and the human - that are fascinating and unfamiliar. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Women Who Flirt (2014) " If its payoff is predictably drippy, the movie quickly regains its comic mojo with a credit-sequence parody of a '90s Hollywood romance. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2014
84% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) " The abbreviated history may mystify people who don't already know the basics. But the film does offer a vivid portrait of Cocker - wit, unlikely casanova and quite possibly hypochondriac - and an intriguing if glancing one of Doyle. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 20, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Punishingly long, the movie insists that viewers spend more than two over-deliberate hours with a man whose pathology could be sketched in a few minutes. In sports, what Foxcatcher does is called "running out the clock." " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2014
86% Goodbye to Language 3D (2014) " Godard can't stop himself from exploring new ways to make pictures. He seems to enjoy doing so almost as much as he enjoys frustrating the expectations of those who still want a movie to have a beginning, a middle and an end, in that order. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 30, 2014
78% Life of Riley (2014) " Where the director's early work was haunted by the Holocaust, the atomic bomb and the Algerian war, Life of Riley blithely celebrates love, possibility and absurdist surprises. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 24, 2014
71% The Golden Era (2014) " Beautifully made and deftly performed ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 16, 2014
78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Kill the Messenger does a credible if not dazzling job. In fact, the movie is a lot like the reporting that inspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 14, 2014
2/4 59% I Am Ali (2014) " "I Am Ali" merely reminds us of the boxer's appeal, without adding to our understanding. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2% Left Behind (2014) " American Idol champ Jordin Sparks .. sings the end-credits ditty, "I Wish We'd All Been Ready." Viewers will wish that director Vic Armstrong and scripters Paul Lalonde and John Patus had been ready, too. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
65% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) " The Girlfriend Experience proves that a visually striking film can be made on the fly. But grab-and-run is a more fruitful strategy for images than scripts. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2014
39% Tusk (2014) " Tusk is an overextended, tonally incoherent joke that would make viewers squirm even if it didn't involve a bloody and demented medical experiment. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2014
0.5/4 56% The Remaining (2014) " There's a fundamental problem here. The movie relies on the instinctual human fear of death, but its message is that dying is a promotion. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 71% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) " "Thunder" doesn't boast a distinctive look or a cast of famous voices. But its characters are engaging and its action sequences exhilarating. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/4 0% But Always (2014) " While most of "But Always" takes place in New York City, the Chinese drama's blend of sentimentality and romantic fatalism is very Asian. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 4, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) " Starred Up has three powerful advantages: a realistic setting, fierce performances and the insight brought by scripter Jonathan Asser, who was an Oliver-like counselor in a tough London jail. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 82% Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014) " The filmmakers stage cast-of-dozens battle scenes and one-on-one showdowns with equal brio. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 28, 2014
95% Love Is Strange (2014) " Scripted by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, the movie is warm, unforced and believable. Much of that can be credited to Lithgow and Molina, who fully inhabit the roles of Ben and George. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 21, 2014
36% The Giver (2014) " If the movie hits ominous notes, they've all been heard many times before ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 14, 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " This movie is meant for the ... audience that's already jazzed about exploring the bottom of the seas. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 90% Norte, the End of History (2014) " If the movie's universal themes don't impress, its specific details do. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Basically a promo reel for small-town France and Gallo-Indian food fusion. Anyone who requires a more substantial meal should eat before heading to the theater. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/4 13% Louder Than Words (2014) " They've made a film about bereavement in which the departed person rarely disappears for long. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2014
38% Child Of God (2014) " It's hard to see past the lurid details of the Tennessee tale, adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 exercise in backwoods noir. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 54% The Fluffy Movie (2014) " It's not much of a movie. There's no particular reason to watch this in a theater rather than on television. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2014
88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A Most Wanted Man retains a cogent narrative and le Carre's weary outlook. Rather than choke the narrative with details, the filmmakers keep the story lean while adding evocative visual and aural details. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 48% Le Chef (2014) " The film's payoff is about as novel as a scoop of lemon sorbet. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 24, 2014
52% I Origins (2014) " If the film's plot is loonier than a mainstream movie would dare, the essential trajectory is one of Hollywood's favorites: from skepticism to faith. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " The crowded compositions convey a sense of life in the dense Asian city-state, but also the intimacy of this semi-autobiographical story. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 17, 2014
90% Closed Curtain (2014) " Closed Curtain can be seen to express something more than the plight of one artist in internal exile. That house on the Caspian, a home that's also a prison, represents an entire country in spiritual incarceration. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/4 98% A Summer's Tale (2014) " The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker's control is increasingly evident. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 10, 2014
28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " It's time for Derrickson, who also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to master a new ritual. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 8% America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014) " D'Souza controls the conversation, and thus goes unchallenged when he tries to make real-world points with make-believe scenarios. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 1, 2014
83% Begin Again (2014) " Both laughable and sweet. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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