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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
18% Forever My Girl (2018) A Hallmark movie would have at least given the female lead something of a personality and plot arc; this movie's all about the celebrity and his emotional journey, while the woman stands around like a prize waiting to be won, the Blessed Hometown Honey.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
44% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The stunts, the explosions and the chases are all exciting and elaborately mounted; there's just not much of a movie to go with them.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
93% Early Man (2018) Overall the movie collapses in a heap of familiarity and lackadaisicalness. Park is an animation legend, but even the greats occasionally whiff it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Everything that a kids' movie should be: sweet and adorable and kind, and adults can enjoy it too.‐ What the Flick?!
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
31% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Director Adam Robitel and editor Timothy Alverson have fun with the mechanics of the PG-13 jump-scare; in one show-stopping scene in particular, they make you wait for it, and wait for it, and it's all the more satisfying when it finally comes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
58% The Commuter (2018) Delaying the exposition means that the movie comes to a halt in the third act so that conspiracies can be explained and double-crosses can be crossed. For much of its running time, however, this is a solid story.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Falls right behind Empire Strikes Back and maybe the original film in providing the thrills and the heartbreak, the heroism and villainy, and the romance and betrayal that makes these films such a treat.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
70% Ferdinand (2017) If you can get through the excess of characters, and the requisite butt jokes, car chase and tween pop songs, the film does keep both the physical and the verbal comedy coming at a steady pace.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
88% The Post (2018) Offers suspense and rich characterizations to an all too timely examination of the importance of a free press and of the constant obligation to speak truth to power.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) First love is as much about hesitancy as it is about exuberance, and Ivory and Guadagnino perfectly capture that sweet turmoil. This isn't just an instant LGBT classic; this is one of the great movie love stories, for audiences of all stripes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
44% The Star (2017) One senses director Timothy Reckart and screenwriter Carlos Kotkin trying to split the difference between Sunday school and the Cartoon Network, but the results meet the standards of neither.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) There's a little more levity, and a touch more interest in character, but much too much of this team-up adventure is given over to ridiculous posing and posturing as our heroes battle a not-very-interesting villain.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) It's never mawkish or manipulative, and its characters are so well-established both in the writing and in the performances that the movie ultimately does the hard work of earning those damp Kleenexes. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) I laughed a total of three times during this witless trudge as it went through its predetermined part-two paces and found myself wishing I was re-watching A Bad Moms Christmas.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Gerwig the actress skillfully pivots between the wacky and the poignant, so it's no surprise that Gerwig the auteur so delicately balances hilarity and heartbreak.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) The seasoned cast sells the one-liners, and while there's probably at least one slo-mo montage too many, the promise of a sequel involving the trio of grandmas seems like a movie worth anticipating.‐ Linoleum Knife
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) As a portrait of an author on the verge of a breakthrough, this is a run-of-the-mill, occasionally clumsy biopic; as for contextualizing Christmas, it never explains how it functioned before Dickens and only briefly mentions how it changed after him.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
6% Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) It's already a general rule that Madea movies are never all that funny whenever Madea isn't on screen, but even when she and Joe are at the center of the action, they're batting about .250 when it comes to punchlines.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Both the banter and the fighting, it should be noted, are excellent, so whether you go to superhero movies for the glossy escapism or the pulse-pounding action, you'll get your large soda's worth.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) It might call to mind Woody Allen or J.D. Salinger along the way, but in the end, this is pure Baumbach, from its compassionate analysis of broken families to its empathetic insistence that even the most broken can still find redemption.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) In an era where the words "based on a true story" can give seasoned filmgoers a sinking feeling, this is a film where the complications and messiness of reality add genuine heft to the drama. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
88% Better Watch Out (2017) Both the screenplay and the editing maintain the intricate plate-spinning required to go back and forth between laughs and screams, all the while imperceptibly boosting the tension as the night progresses.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It's hard to make a case against reboots and long-delayed sequels when an exception to the rule like Blade Runner 2049 comes along. No cynical cash-grab or by-the-numbers repeat, this sequel manages to go deeper on the ideas from the first film. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
15% Friend Request (2017) Among the most unintentionally funny films of recent vintage, starting with the periodic on-screen appearance of the heroine's Facebook friend count as it spirals downward, which is presented as equivalent to the tragedy of a string of murders.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) No one's going to accuse Goodbye Christopher Robin of subtlety or of rewriting the biopic rules, but it does dare to go darker than most films like it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
82% The Children Act (2017) If Emma Thompson can't make this drama about a family-court judge conflicted over her own decisions and the precarious state of her own family into something interesting and meaningful, then no one can. And she can't.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
100% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) There's plenty of gossip to be found here, but there's also no shortage of humanity.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
11% 9/11 (2017) Even if the film relies too much on the real-life horror of the actual event to loan it some gravitas, the performances touch the emotions honestly and deservedly.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
32% Home Again (2017) An inescapable shroud of blandness covers everything in the movie: the characters, the relationships, the cinematography (by the great Dean Cundey), even the Witherspoon character's Very Nice House (another key element to Meyers-Shyer's parents' work).‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) There's not much to Victoria & Abdul, but as a delivery system for Judi Dench, it serves its purpose. Otherwise, it's just Buckingham Palace fetishism cranked up to peak mumsy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) A garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity and racism, two subjects whose satirical sell-by date are now decades past.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
91% Our Souls at Night (2017) Boasting the kind of star wattage that can't be hidden under all the bushels of Wal-Mart sleepwear and mom jeans that the film can muster, Fonda and Redford prove, five decades after Barefoot in the Park, that they can still generate onscreen sparks.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
90% Lean on Pete (2018) The maker of such intimate dramas as Weekend and 45 Years brings his gifts as a filmmaker with him to the great outdoors, always capturing little moments of character and emotion even in an expanse of seemingly infinite American desert.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
No Score Yet The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) Never reaches a fraction of the impact of Friedkin's The Exorcist, but the director narrates with an overly straight face that calls to mind Robert Stack's no-nonsense voiceovers on Unsolved Mysteries.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
95% First Reformed (2017) The sort of stimulating work that a writer-director of a certain age can deliver when he returns to his creative sweet spot; rejoice, Schrader fans, rejoice.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) There's something here for lovers of all kinds of movies - even silents and musicals - but del Toro transcends mere pastiche to craft a work that feels like the product of our collective film-going subconscious.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) Payne and Taylor are working on a larger palette than usual, but like their shrunken characters, the filmmakers' humor and their sharp observation of the human condition have survived the change in size and scope.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) If you have ever seen a movie produced between 1983 and 1991, you know exactly what happens.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Bad movie lovers focusing on directors will be missing out on the work of Allan Loeb, a writer who has, in the course of one year, delivered a trifecta of utterly artificial fake-deep dramas that are must-sees for connoisseurs of the cinema's best-worst.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
38% Kidnap (2017) Between Berry's committed performance and the film's brisk cocktail of dread and adrenaline, Kidnap makes for a rousing, if ridiculous, ride.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet Puppy! (2017) The one non-dispiriting aspect of the Emoji Movie experience was getting to see Puppy!, a new animated short set in the world of Hotel Transylvania. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Should this be a series, audiences can look back on Atomic Blonde as the erratic-but-on-to-something near miss that it is, in the way that 007 fans honor Dr. No but acknowledge Goldfinger was where the franchise really took flight.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
9% The Emoji Movie (2017) Lacks humor, wit, ideas, visual style, compelling performances, a point of view or any other distinguishing characteristic that would make it anything but a complete waste of your time.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Sensational in every sense of the word; it aims for both the heart and the head, to be sure, but arrives there via the central nervous system.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The kind of movie that soars beyond adjectives like "good" or "bad": it's sincere but overstuffed, visually gorgeous but dramatically clunky, and it represents a singular vision while simultaneously featuring two wildly miscast actors in the lead roles.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
18% The House (2017) You get flashes of the clever comedy this might have been - a funny line here, an amusing bit of business there, the occasional whiff of relevance - but it too often lumbers along, coasting on the backs of some very talented performers.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Flags whenever the Minions or antagonist Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) aren't at the center of the action.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Like its two predecessors, it has its flaws - and each entry has had unique ones - but overall, this is a trilogy that will stand as an example of how to remake and reimagine familiar material in a way that respects the original while also enhancing it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Those are a lot of plates for any film to keep spinning, and while it isn't always a complete success - it could stand to lose 15 or 20 minutes - it's the kind of sweetly funny movie love story that's so bizarre that it has to be real.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The final effect isn't exhilarating, it's enervating: a lullaby performed by a rock tumbler.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017