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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
70% American Chaos (2018) The film, I suspect, will have some minor historical value, but I fear that watching Stern well up on election night won't offer much insight to people alive now.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
66% Lizzie (2018) While dutifully feminist in its outlook, the film strips Lizzie while never laying her bare.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
65% Assassination Nation (2018) While sometimes messy, this material is emotionally resonant and cinematically alive.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
68% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth's film is a funhouse throwback, a scare-the-kids goof with a top-shelf cast, an antique shop's worth of creepy windup dolls and more heart than you might expect - and, like those jack-o'-lanterns, it's got more teeth, too.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
98% Blaze (2018) Like the songwriters who fascinate him, Hawke is committed to eschewing cliché, to emotional truth and to refusing to pander. He also admirably resists indulging in the myth that drunken obscurity is romantic.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Demange's film is overstuffed with incident, with proper nouns introduced without much context, with twists and betrayals that don't hit that hard. But it's also alive with excellent actors...‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
83% Active Measures (2018) Active Measures is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the mind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
59% Operation Finale (2018) Rather than the cagey, caged mastermind who later would play dumb at trial, this Eichmann is just another movie bad guy - and Operation Finale is just another movie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
100% Pick of the Litter (2018) It would be a surprise if Pick of the Litter doesn't win over most viewers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) With Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Robert Zemeckis aspired to a cartoon Chinatown. For his own genre-bent L.A. noir, Henson seems only to be aiming as high as the few jokeless scenes in The Naked Gun movies.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
100% Maison du Bonheur (2017) Bohdanowicz undertook the project without having previously met her subject, but for both the filmmaker and her audience, making Sellam's acquaintance proves a rare pleasure.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
95% Crime + Punishment (2018) Through sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, it tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
88% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) Faraut's film doesn't just put us courtside - it steeps us in the legend's boiling mind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
89% We the Animals (2018) An impressionistic swirl of a film about masculinity, about abuse, about growing up queer, about chaotic family life, about the jumble of incidents and stirrings through which a child discovers a self.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) Turteltaub is better at the scenes of conceiving cockamamie plans than at the unleashing of cockamamie-ness. He only occasionally suggests the mystery and majesty of his monster and exhibits little feel for suspense.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
No Score Yet 317th Platoon (1965) Surveying the doomed 1954 retreat of French and Laotian soldiers, Schoendoerffer exposes, with a reporter's eye, the horrors that were and the horrors to come.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
65% Summer of '84 (2018) Once Summer of '84 kicks in, it kicks hard, and in its darkest moments, I was hoping the filmmakers had sprung on us a dream-sequence fake-out, perhaps in honor of Brian De Palma.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Even... rushing through a story better articulated in the book, the filmmakers demonstrate that neither they nor this adaptation can be easily written off.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
93% Nico, 1988 (2018) [A] precise, piercing study of the star's last years.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Milla (2018) Nervy restlessness pulses beneath the surface. There's always something that matters that these characters just can't quite seize.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Hollywood doesn't know what to do with Kate McKinnon, so The Spy Who Dumped Me was perhaps inevitable.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
90% Gavagai (2018) Gavagai offers moments of sublimity unlike anything you'll see in most contemporary movies. It also tests the patience.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Prairie Trilogy (2018) Prairie Fire is a hoot, a joy, a thrill, rich with local color and indelible plains photography. Survivor and Rebel Earth, by contrast, are elegiac, but often joyously so.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
83% Puzzle (2018) Likely to charm and move audiences even as its particulars often fail to suggest the real world.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Fuqua has always been adept at stirring a moody, anticipatory anxiety, at the anticipation of violence, but the buildup often proves more engaging onscreen than the actual onslaught.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
46% Generation Wealth (2018) It's a survey, a diagnosis, a mea culpa, a reunion, a memoir, and a sometimes exhausting plea for us to be better. Like her subjects, like America, it's everything at once.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) Superb and daring ... a thrilling, riotous, language-drunk elegy and celebration for this most unfixed of cities.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
29% Shock and Awe (2018) Reiner's film is too Reiner to pass for history, but it's awfully gratifying.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) I almost admire the laziness of the scripting. In this overworked, underpaid country of ours, why begrudge a screenwriter seizing the chance to knock off early?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) There's no excuse for all that shooting, either morally, on the part of the filmmakers, or practically, on the part of the villains.‐ Miami New Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
83% Moss (2018) There's an edge to the head-trip and the river journey, a sense not just of the characters' freedom but also of their limited options and never-articulated desperation.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
88% The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018) Vranik's film couldn't be more timely in its moral inquiry, but it's timeless in form and technique, a melodrama tempered with a painstaking realism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Here the vice is familiar but still worth satirizing...the performances are convincing, each actor committed to a gently heightened naturalism no matter how outlandish the film's reality gets.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) The good intentions it carries out to the plains don't make up for the tentative falseness at its center, a hero who could herself benefit from a portraitist's clear vision.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
93% This Is Congo (2018) It's harrowing footage, raw and intimate; its opposite is the jubilant bustle of the liberated city, of a people ecstatic that, for a while, their normal will be less deadly.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
91% Spielberg (2017) Lacy's doc offers some insights directly and might nudge you to others.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) A film of uneasy grandeur, at once offhand and gently mythic...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
76% The King (2018) I'd probably love this film's wandering spirit and Elvis-is-everywhere philosophizing if it were half as fast or twice as long, if it pinned any thought down long enough to really TCB.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
52% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) The film is about being overwhelmed by Los Angeles, its sprawling indifference, but also about finding your place in it - and even, at times, its welcoming warmth.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
90% Eating Animals (2018) As a work of sustained, thoughtful inquiry, Eating Animals is a bust; as a reminder of what we should all be thinking about, though, it's searing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
64% The Year of Spectacular Men (2018) A brisk, breezy, sharp-elbowed, sexually frank, occasionally shout-y, often hilarious comedy...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) You've got stars, gowns, and crisp montage sequences of team building and crime planning... The pleasures of Ocean's 8 are just what you think they'll be.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
72% Bernard and Huey (2018) As you might hope for a film with a script from the great Jules Feiffer, Dan Mirvish's Bernard and Huey bristles with anxious, circuitous, hilarious talk.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
29% Rodin (2018) The real Rodin imbued his clay with reverent, lusty life, while Doillon merely offers a buffet of nude day players.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade offers memorable, legible fights, a compelling bombed-out retro-apocalyptic look and a mystery that seems obvious at the start but then keeps twisting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) The movie turned my stomach.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
75% The Misandrists (2018) Rest assured, LaBruce has thought all this through and has answers that do more than provoke.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
40% Mary Shelley (2018) Nothing about it is inspired, save some of Sturridge's Byronic mood swings.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Les Parents Terribles (The Storm Within) (1948) A film that, while stagebound, is alive at every moment to the possibilities of the screen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo, like the Falcon in Empire, tends to sputter just when it should leap into hyperdrive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018