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T-Meter Title | Year
81% We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019) Allows Passon to work with a larger, more complex canvas while still displaying her intuitive understanding of women seeking to overthrow repression and societal expectation. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Both overstuffed and underwritten, making it seem simultaneously ambitious and lazy, frenzied and sluggish. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Has almost nothing on its mind but crossing the Ts and dotting the Is of a far-flung superhero saga, but to anyone with even a minor emotional stake in the MCU, it has the fleeting satisfaction of a shot of whipped cream direct from the spray can. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
84% Her Smell (2019) New material from the challenging auteur, one that reflects a deeper sense of maturity, displayed mainly in the idea of the possibility of redemption. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Burton and his collaborators took the beautiful and moving Dumbo and somehow managed to turn it into a throwaway kiddie adventure like Gus or Million Dollar Duck. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Captures the original comics' combination of breezy heroism and nutty plotting, transferred from the 1940s to the modern era with great skill. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) The (often improvised) scenes involving Perry's elderly trio give the film genuine comic spark and energy. But when we're left with the grieving family and their sexual secrets, the movie has the dramatic and visual flatness of a TV soap opera. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
100% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Reminds us that her particular brand of perspicacity is as vital and as necessary now as it was when she covered the 1968 Democratic Convention or watched George W. Bush rocket from the Texas governor's mansion to the White House. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Both the action and the comic elements in "Cold Pursuit" work reasonably well. Neeson can do justifiable homicide in his sleep by this point, but it's still fun to watch him dispatch goons and scumbags. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Stan and Ollie is a movie about a comedy duo that has seen better days, while Holmes & Watson merely stars one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) There's probably no real reason for "Mary Poppins Returns" to exist at all, but now that it's here, it does at least find some moments of delight even as it travels a familiar path. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
51% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Reynolds has this drily ironic fourth-wall business down pat, and Savage makes for an entertaining foil. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
100% The Stingiest Man in Town (1978) This made-for-TV musical version rarely surfaces these days, and that's a pity, particularly since Rathbone's patented brand of hammy villainy suits the character so well - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Whisenant, who also edits, loops in tantalizing archival footage of these shows, with beaming singers extolling the virtues of AB Dick copy machines and Purina Dog Chow's incentives to grocers. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) If you don't think the undead mix well with musical numbers and gaudy Yuletide decor, Anna might be the movie to change your mind. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Within a few years, the specifics of the viral-video gags in "Ralph Breaks the Internet" will be as dated as a Tay Zonday joke. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) Bright, both in its color palette and in the wit and liveliness of the storytelling. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
24% Nobody's Fool (2018) Given that this is the auteur's 20th theatrical feature film, there's no longer any excuse for the pacing issues, the scenes that don't end and the general flaccidness of his direction. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Rather than harken back to an elegant, more whimsical period, this Nutcracker calls to mind the early 2010s, when the success of Alice in Wonderland led to a spate of fairy-tale characters marched off to war with hordes of CG creatures. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
94% In the Loop (2009) You probably wouldn't want to spend three hours listening to Alan Partridge's drive-time radio broadcast, but this idiotic DJ delivers a solid 90 minutes of cinematic entertainment. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) An object example of how a film can be entertaining and even exhilarating without being particularly good, Bohemian Rhapsody has the driving energy of a stadium anthem and the fizzy meaninglessness of a bubblegum pop song. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
92% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's a story about the serious side of comedians that never indulges in sad-clown sentimentality. And it intelligently explores the limitations of working partnerships in a way that neither canonizes nor excoriates its famous subjects. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) An impressive showcase for McCarthy, giving her a role that tests her dramatic chops without being humor-free, and that puts her in a precarious situation of her own making without ever turning maudlin about it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The film's narrative power is such that what could have been merely a message movie is something larger, an empathy-driven family drama about people living in a fractured country that is all too recognizable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
9.2/10 99% Selma (2015) I this movie has some of the most powerful moments I've seen I think all year. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
29% Venom (2018) If you replaced Tom Hardy for Steve Martin in "All of Me," and switched out Lily Tomlin for a wad of chewed-up black licorice, you'd have "Venom." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) Audiences may nonetheless forgive the film's shortcomings because of its sheer verve and chutzpah. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) Heady ideas for a mainstream cartoon, but unfortunately Smallfoot can't bear the weight of its big notions, saddled as it is with fairly mediocre animation, mostly forgettable songs and a resolutely by-the-numbers screenplay. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
9.5/10 99% Tower (2016) This movie is very smart about when it unpacks its interviews versus its recreations. It does it in such a way that I was emotionally flooded. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It's a sprawling Western that's also an intimate character piece; it has moments of wit but also devastating tragedy; it delves into larger themes, and yet it offers the hope of redemption. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) The frights aren't frightening, the political subtext never connects with the rest of the movie, and even Guadagnino's generally unfailing visual sense isn't enough to put this over. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) As Netflix binges go, it's a pretty good one, but be ready to love some episodes more than others. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper and Lady Gaga are dynamite together; this is a story that lives and dies by the central relationship and the instant chemistry that must blossom between them, and these two have it in spades. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
87% Non-Fiction (2019) Assayas seems to be channeling the spirit of Éric Rohmer and his marathon dialogue-fests, but this is smart, insightful talk, delivered by an exemplary ensemble of performers. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Having seemingly mastered the Hollywood blockbuster, Cuarón appears to be setting his sights on a more intimate kind of filmmaking along the lines of the cinema's great humanists, like Yasujiro Ozu or Lucretia Martel. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Plays like All About Eve as filtered through The Draughtman's Contract, where everyone from the servants to the queen herself is playing the game and manipulating others to get what they want. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
87% First Man (2018) When Armstrong climbs into Gemini 8 and it blasts off into the heavens, we've never felt this claustrophobia or listened to the creaking of the metal or felt the thrust of the rockets quite this way before in a movie. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
6/10 56% The Bookshop (2018) [Isabel Coixet's] movies tend to be a little on the safe and vague side, and I think this movie falls into both of these traps. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) This chicken-wing emporium becomes a handy metaphor for women making their way through the patriarchy in writer-director Andrew Bujalski's observant and trenchantly funny new film. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's just not all that funny... Once it's clear that these are hard-R puppets with hard-R habits, it runs out of places to go. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
8/10 91% We the Animals (2018) The movie doesn't tell you things, it just sort of leaves it to you to infer them from what the kids see. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/10 22% Mile 22 (2018) This [movie] is dull and erratic. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) There's very little to care about between appearances of the title creature. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
7.3/10 76% Never Goin' Back (2018) I was quite charmed by them. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) If you missed Disney's last dip into Milne - the 2011 animated feature Winnie the Pooh - it's sweet and moving and beautiful and an all-ages delight. It's everything that Christopher Robin isn't. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
7.7/10 100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) [Kirby Dick is] an amazing filmmaker, and lately I think he's really on a roll about these very kind of specific activist docs about things that are happening that we don't know about that we should know. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
7/10 89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) It's really interesting storytelling, and it's a story that is important [to be] told. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
8.7/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) There's a bit of an excess happening here, but it's excess of all good stuff. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
9.5/10 100% Strong Island (2017) Ford is so gifted at taking old photographs and interviews and making a movie that is always beautiful to look at. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Never wears out its welcome, from the hilarious skewering of some of DC's most sacred cows to a range of musical numbers that include an 80s-style you-can-do-it anthem (compete with sax solo) and hip-hop-flavored self-aggrandizement. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018