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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Playing It Cool (2015) " Proving that its chosen genre is best when its tropes are treated with a balance of sincere sweetness and wink-wink absurdity, Playing It Cool thrives through sheer liveliness, as well as the chemistry of its perfectly paired stars ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015
74% Hyena (2015) " Hyena's convoluted tale is given a fresh coat of grime by Johnson's direction, which favors handheld cinematography -- often tracking its protagonists from behind -- that gives the action a pseudo-vérité ruggedness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 1, 2015
74% Far from Men (2015) " Far From Men crafts a haunting atmosphere of alienation for its story of outcasts forging an unlikely bond. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 23, 2015
93% Slow West (2015) " A neo-western that operates in purely mythic terms, Slow West evokes an 1870 America steeped in isolation, heartbreak, suffering, and misery. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 23, 2015
54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " The story's magic realism is so torpid and affected as to make the film feel as if it, like Adaline herself, goes on forever. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 23, 2015
No Score Yet Salad Days (2015) " A portrait of the Washington, D.C. punk-rock scene that's awash in affection but light on critical context. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 17, 2015
23% Child 44 (2015) " Overstuffed with plot, Child 44 becomes no more lucid as it progresses from one development to another. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 15, 2015
50% Freetown (2015) " Draggy and one-note, [Freetown is] an indie more interested in reaffirming Mormon dogma than in delivering compelling drama. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 9, 2015
81% Ned Rifle (2015) " Pretentious, talky final chapter in Hal Hartley's Henry Fool trilogy will only appeal to the series' most devoted fans. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 31, 2015
40% Three Holes, Two Brads, and a Smoking Gun " "3 Holes and a Smoking Gun" proves that there's a chasm-wide difference between talking about what constitutes - and actually being - great writing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2015
22% Tracers (2015) " A by-the-books B movie only notable for its energetic action choreography. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2015
86% Backcountry (2015) " Backcountry is simply another paranoid cinematic reminder that exiting the beaten path is a course best avoided - or, at least, one that also requires taking some basic, common-sense precautions beforehand. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " A deranged pseudo-feminist fable, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter takes its tedious time getting to its unrewarding destination. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015
2/5 21% My Way (2011) " The paeans about national pride and brotherhood may be regional, but constant slow-motion battle scenes and squishy sentimentality are strictly wanna-be Tinseltown. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 13, 2015
40% Treading Water (2015) " Emitting the unpleasant stench of over-affectation, "Treading Water" slaps together its particular peculiarities with such randomness, it's as if the film were conceived from blindly throwing disparate elements at the wall. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2015
32% Cymbeline (2015) " [Shakespeare's Cymbeline is] given a distinctly contemporary sheen that almost makes it seem fresh, which is not-unfortunately-the same thing as coherent. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 12, 2015
50% Like Sunday, Like Rain (2015) " Unsurprising given its laughably affected title, Like Sunday, Like Rain boasts what may be the most insufferably precocious protagonist in cinema history. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015
88% Traitors " Traitors operates according to a standard drug-smuggling-drama template, though it colors its familiar elements with just enough distinctive personality to allow it to stand on its own. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015
52% Road Hard (2015) " Those scenarios are all rooted in a particular brand of Hollywood desperation, though Carolla's stilted screen presence and groan-worthy zingers neuter any humor from Bruce's needy quest to return to the spotlight. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
70% The Salvation (2015) " Two Bond villains and Eva Green walk into a western, and they emerge with a rugged - if far from revolutionary - old-school horse-opera throwback. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015
57% My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (2015) " Behind-the-scenes portraits don't come much more superficial than My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 24, 2015
71% The DUFF (2015) " It's hard not to see "The Duff" becoming an instant teen classic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 21, 2015
23% White Rabbit (2015) " A dull, insight-free portrait of a young teen who's driven to become a high-school shooter by all manner of clichéd forces. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2015
64% The Rewrite (2015) " The Rewrite talks a good game about second chances, but for Grant, it's merely more of the same old. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2015
71% The Voices (2015) " This Ryan Reynolds-headlined indie strikes an uneasy balance between bloody mayhem and mirth. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 6, 2015
No Score Yet Call for Help (2015) " There's no coherent sense of DIRT's short- or long-term goals, which makes the film as amorphous as its individual subjects sometimes seem aimless. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015
C 74% Amira & Sam (2015) " A love story whose likable stars can't compensate for a story that tediously adheres to formula. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 29, 2015
74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) " The titular pixie is a peripheral character in this colorful and cheery new franchise entry. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2015
27% The Devil's Violinist (2015) " David Garrett's musical gifts far outstrip his acting chops in Bernard Rose's creaky 19th-century melodrama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2015
93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) " A lush lesbian romance that marries eroticized energy and relationship role-playing concerns to hypnotic ends. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 22, 2015
18% Manny (2015) " Even as a promotional piece, Manny is too thin a nonfiction portrait of Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of the modern era and the only one in history to win titles in eight different weight classes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
22% We'll Never Have Paris (2015) " Throughout, Helberg's awkward-anxious routine proves insufferable ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2015
63% Life Inside Out (2014) " Earnestness doesn't fully excuse the low-key schmaltz peddled by Life Inside Out, the type of indie that your mother might politely describe as "touching" if she could manage to stay awake for its entirety. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " It's a carpe diem love story that overcomes its own faults, and earns its tempered hopefulness, by maturely recognizing that love and pain are equal, and often intertwined, parts of life. " ‐ SF Weekly
Posted Jan 6, 2015
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " It's the rare summer spectacle that, tacked-on coda notwithstanding, might actually warrant repeat viewings. " ‐ SF Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015
88% Gone Girl (2014) " Couching its commentary in a propulsive pulp tale, it's a genre triumph at once scary, silly, and deceptively sly. " ‐ SF Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The film neuters any potential for the very type of stinging social commentary that was the original series' hallmark. " ‐ SF Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2015
No Score Yet Barbecue " Lavaine's midlife-crisis dramedy piles on dreary subplots involving Antoine's grating pals and their one-dimensional romantic and/or financial problems, but his material is unfunny and superficial to the point of inertia. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 23, 2014
B+ 71% If You Don't, I Will (2014) " For the most part, writer-director Sophie Fillières' If You Don't, I Will strikes an engaging tone of melancholic humor through its portrait of a French marriage slowly falling to pieces. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 16, 2014
67% Space Station 76 (2014) " At once a spoof of, and loving tribute to, '70s-era visions of the future, Space Station 76 nods to 2001 in numerous ways. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B+ 88% Remote Area Medical (2014) " Stirringly conveys how a truly productive healthcare system-one that seriously addresses the ailments of the needy-would prize compassion, efficiency, and availability as highly as it does profit. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 4, 2014
69% The Foxy Merkins (2014) " The Foxy Merkins would have made an idiosyncratic and amusing short film; at 80 minutes, it's a one-joke comedy that quickly overstays its welcome. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 2, 2014
No Score Yet Touch the Wall (2014) " Content to stay on the surface, it's a puff piece posing as a real documentary. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2014
B 84% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) " From sudden zooms and abrupt freeze frames to lengthy tracking shots, slow-motion, and CG-enhanced fantasy interludes, Why Don't You Play In Hell? boasts an aesthetic insanity to match its uninhibited narrative. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 6, 2014
50% Viva la libertà (2014) " Politicians-replaced-by-doppelgängers has long been a favorite comedy movie device - yet never has it been employed for more torturous faux-funny business than in Viva la Libertà. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
96% National Gallery (2014) " Long, leisurely paced, wide-ranging, meticulously crafted, intellectually intricate, and touched with profundity. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
41% Horns (2014) " Headlined by an unconvincing Daniel Radcliffe with a lame American accent, this sluggish and atonal fantasy saga awkwardly straddles the line between comedy and horror. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 30, 2014
73% Point and Shoot (2014) " The director never provides any greater sense of what deeper, more twisted effects [Vandyke's] cinematographic project is having on surrounding events, or on Vandyke. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 30, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Has little new to say about its subject but nonetheless thrives courtesy of its seedy, nocturnal L.A. atmosphere and a magnetic, uninhibited lead performance by Gyllenhaal. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 30, 2014
55% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) " Marries trite coming-of-age pap with half-hearted murder-mystery suspense to create a work of staggering pointlessness. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2014
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