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T-Meter Title | Year
90/100 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) What it lacks in character beats, it makes up for in worldbuilding and stunning examples of well-executed action. It is gloriously fun performance art, with gun-fu and katanas. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
77/100 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) If you aren't at least a little familiar with the characters, you'll be lost for most of the movie. For Pokémon lovers, though, the movie is mostly a clever, creative experience. The third act is wobbly, but the journey there, at least, is fun. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
92/100 81% Long Shot (2019) It plays with the formula just enough to create something really special, and gives audiences nuanced romantic leads in a relationship that's easy to root for... It's fluff, with substance. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
78/100 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Despite a few shortcomings, Avengers: Endgame is still an affectionate, enjoyable closing chapter for a long-standing series. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
93/100 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link continues to prove not only Laika's visual mastery, but also the studio's commitment to telling emotionally resonant stories. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
87/100 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! has a smart mouth and a heart of pure gold. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
6/10 47% Dumbo (2019) For Burton superfans, it's an interesting addition to his later-period work. However, for most of the rest of us, there's not a lot to get excited about. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
8/10 94% Us (2019) Comparisons to Get Out, while inevitable, are ultimately unfair, since Us isn't trying to hit that point. It's just a very entertaining horror movie with some interesting ideas under the hood, and that still counts for a lot. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
95% Villains (2019) Villains isn't the most consistent movie out there, but it's still a fully entertaining ride, and a great-looking deconstruction of the stylized movies it's aping. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
90/100 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Being open-hearted means that sometimes things may not go well... What's truly impressive is that the movie gives that message to young audiences first through its rollicking Lego-based adventure, but also through a relatable, real-world example. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
85/100 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Bolstered by winning performances from its young cast. As Merlin, Imrie is the standout performer, bringing goofy gravitas and gawky, committed physicality to the role. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
62/100 38% Glass (2019) Any suggestion that M. Night Shyamalan is experiencing a career renaissance can be put aside halfway through the movie, when his worst tendencies begin to show through. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
65/100 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex doesn't do Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reputation any harm, but that's only because the film doesn't really do anything with her at all. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
85/100 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It functions as both a sweet nostalgia trip and a fun film that works quite well on its own merits. Whatever its flaws, the film presents a world audiences will be happy to get lost in. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
68/100 81% Boy Erased (2018) The film's attempt to humanize all parties lessens the power of the statement it's trying to make. It avoids the deeper implications of the abusive practice it's addressing. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
70/100 66% Suspiria (2018) A stylish, original take on its 1977 progenitor. It's an atmospheric piece of arthouse horror that's full of curious details, as well as some timely feminist elements. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
76/100 80% Mid90s (2018) Occasionally, it seems like Hill is trying a little too hard to be taken seriously. But even the movie's pitfalls open up possibilities for conversation, and Hill authentically captures the complexity, tribalism, and insecurity of teenage boys. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
73/10 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man and the Gun isn't here to rock the boat, but to give you a mug of something warm to drink by a fire. It may not be great, but good, in this case, is just fine. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
75/100 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A worthwhile drama with impressive acting and musical performances, A Star Is Born proves this frequently revisited tale still has relevance and room for reinterpretation. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) [Alex Gibney] makes the interesting choice here of presenting Holmes not as horrible, but as something of a mystery. - Film School Rejects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
7/10 71% The Hottest August (2019) The observational elements of The Hottest August are as excellent as anything this extremely promising filmmaker has done, but it's to an uncertain end. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
6/10 90% Cold Case Hammarskjold (2019) The pitch-black story at the heart of Cold Case Hammarskjöld has world-changing potential, if proven true beyond a reasonable doubt. It's not something to be played with... At the very least, it requires a bit more transparency than it gets here. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
8/10 100% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) It's an approach similar to the way Wallace describes his own legacy: tough but fair. It's neither a smear campaign nor a hymn of praise. It's a genuine attempt to understand. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
8/10 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace provides not only dynamic music, but a detailed glimpse into the time and place in which it was made. The music is moving, Franklin is stunning, and the church is full of characters. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
7/10 98% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 digs even deeper beyond conventional hindsight storytelling. It is slower, methodical telling, more interested in sharing the experiences of people working in the margins. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The drama in The Hate U Give is always necessarily heightened, but with the film at over two hours long, it can sometimes feel exhausting. But it's hard to criticize the film for this, because that exhaustion is part of the point. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
85/100 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a thrilling world to spend time in, combining classic elements of a good family horror movie to lovely effect. For kids, parents, and kids-at-heart, it's a great way to kick off the Halloween season. - Rave Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner remains something of an enigma. In the quest to retain the humanity of the characters on all sides of the conflict, Reitman ends up with a film that's not just dramatically inert, but is unclear about what it wants to say. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
8/10 94% Wildlife (2018) It's a film of generous, meditative observation that also happens to be beautifully observed. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
85% Monsters and Men (2018) The ideas the film explores are worthy, but the execution is disappointing. Monsters and Men feels unfinished... The film contains the start of an important conversation, but the credits roll on an incomplete thought. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Crucially, Kayla's emotions are never treated as a joke. Burnham has immense respect for his character's fragility and earnestness, as does Fisher, who brings an uncanny naturalism to her performance. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You is wild and over-the-top. But like all good satire, the paths it takes are still recognizable. Boots Riley is always pointing the finger right back at us. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Refreshing in its affirmation that Rogers really was the compassionate man we grew up watching. It also proves to be a necessary film in its presentation of love as a practice, one requiring intentionality and constant growth. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
86% Tully (2018) An offbeat ode to motherhood. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War is a sobering reminder that even the biggest, strongest communities sometimes face adversity that results in sacrifice, uncertainty, and loss. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty, is such a letdown. It's an idea with plenty of opportunities to go to interesting places. Instead, it stays in a spot that feels clichéd, dated, and even narrow-minded. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
67% Come Sunday (2018) Sometimes, the film tells us, there are no good answers. All we can do is sit with our thoughts and do our best to love each other well. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) But more often than not, it falls into the same trap, preferring to throw reference after reference at the screen without exploring why the sources of those references resonate with the characters, or the audience. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
91% Love, Simon (2018) This is a film that believes everyone deserves a sweet, sappy movie love story, especially people who are often denied them. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time may not be as strong as it could be, but it is well-intentioned, admirably earnest, and gloriously weird in ways that can still connect with audiences. I - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Director Ryan Coogler's addition to the Marvel stable is a gorgeously realized experience. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
78% Scary Stories (2019) The documentary is a fun nostalgia trip, even if it doesn't provide much depth. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) Tigers are Not Afraid isn't quite a masterpiece, but it does an admirable job as an international breakthrough for director Issa López. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson's wildly fun and thoughtful entry into the Star Wars canon finds its heroes at a precarious turning point. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It's worth noting that McDormand's performance in the role is one of the best this year; she's raw, grounded, and wickedly funny. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Coco is a fun, touching movie, one that takes joy in the culture it depicts and invites viewers from other cultures along for the party, in ways both respectful and educational. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
85% The Square (2017) [Director Ruben] Östlund's skewering of passive modern culture and our instinct for self-preservation is both relentless and instantly relatable. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Kenneth Branagh's new big-screen adaptation of Christie's novel is a diverting, gorgeous-looking film that struggles a little at showing the humbling effect that dilemma has on the great detective. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Director Taika Waititi's Marvel debut bursts at the seams with creative pleasure that communicates the same sense of fun that was clearly present on set. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) It's a setup ripe with allegorical potential, but while Suburbicon is built on good bones, it's an unfocused mess that wastes its opportunity. - Sojourners EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017