Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
65% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) In an era when so many eight-minute animated shorts have been bloated beyond proportion when becoming 90-minute movies, Team SpongeBob deserves credit for building out a storyline without losing sight of what made the original beloved in the first place. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
75% Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (2021) Celebrates an influential musical legacy, as well as a complicated life story, with a potent mix of sentiment and aesthetic appreciation. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
25% Tom & Jerry (2020) One could point out the film's changing rules regarding the laws of physics, and inter-species communications, but Tom & Jerry certainly doesn't care about those details, so why should we? - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
100% The Father (2021) Captures the terrifying sensation of not remembering and not understanding the people and places around us, and the helplessness of having to have your reality explained to you. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
38% Cherry (2021) Offers Holland the chance to stretch and expand his talents. Beyond that, however, this is a distressingly familiar tale of trauma and addiction that often plays like a cover version of older, better movies about war and drugs. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Never completely works, but the film provides a launchpad for Andra Day's exceptional acting talents and enriches the public understanding of Holiday's persecution, funded by taxpayer dollars, for daring to speak truth to power through her art. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
78% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Barb and Star do indeed go to Vista Del Mar in Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, but viewers are advised to put their maps away and let the movie follow its own deranged path. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Tweens less familiar with temporal-anomaly cinema will be entranced by this concept and by the talented cast. More-seasoned viewers who have seen this kind of thing before have seen this kind of thing before, have seen this kind of thing before. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
94% Pleasure (2021) Thyberg doesn't shy away from the specifics of her milieu, but it's not an exposé on what pornography does to women as much as a harrowing examination of what the workplace expects and allows from women and men. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
76% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Sono's films certainly aren't known for following a straight line from A to B, but this time around, there's barely any internal logic or rules or even stakes to make this jumble of genre tropes remotely interesting. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
90% Together Together (2021) A reminder that indie films, at their best, are the result of an artistic vision and not of studio notes, which surely would have ground down everything that's weird and wonderful about this delightful comedy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
72% Cryptozoo (2021) This time out, Shaw (in collaboration with animation director Jane Samborski) is even more assured as both a storyteller and as a crafter of images, be they outrageous or gorgeous, haunting or hilarious. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
93% Mass (2021) Actor-turned-filmmaker Fran Kranz's choice of subject matter for his feature debut is certainly timely and provocative, but the emotions are too big and too messily human to fit into the tight box he has constructed to contain them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
84% On the Count of Three (2021) Carmichael takes on a challenging mix of tones and mostly succeeds as the story segues from the tragic to the comic and back again. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
87% Supernova (2021) Deserves some credit for not milking easy tears. Unfortunately, it doesn't milk difficult ones, either. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
47% The Little Things (2021) Very often feels like an eight-episode series that's been chopped into an ungainly two-hour feature, with lots of motivation, plotting, and thematic coherence left on the cutting-room floor. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
99% MLK/FBI (2021) Pollard and editor Laura Tomaselli ("Surge") craft a dazzling visual collage that reveals the bureau's ongoing marketing campaign for itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
45% Locked Down (2021) It might not be the first movie to explore life in the pandemic, but it is, for now, the best one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
70% The Mauritanian (2021) That sinking feeling that audiences might get at seeing the words "based on a true story" open a film is completely merited here. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
35% The Marksman (2021) Neeson has certainly starred in worse action vehicles, but rarely have they been more forgettable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
92% The White Tiger (2020) Illustrates the extremes to which the poor are driven to violate the rigid class structure of India, with the implication that our hero and his methodology is perhaps the face of post-superpower capitalism itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) It's the kind of movie that has you laughing at the filmmaker's moxie while also yelping at the suspense. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2021
92% Sylvie's Love (2020) The kind of sumptuous saga of aching, star-crossed romance that Ross Hunter might have produced in his 1960s glory days if Hollywood had been ready to populate such a film with an all-Black cast. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
79% Greenland (2020) For most of its running time, it has a palpable B-movie energy that gives a little oomph to the umpteenth cinematic portrayal of humanity's end. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The film's wickedly pungent social satire must occasionally step aside for superheroics, of course. And while the reteaming of Gadot and Jenkins provides the expected thrills and excitement, this sequel shares the significant flaw of its predecessor. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) If you're heading into News of the World with curiosity about what Paul Greengrass has done with the Western, you may discover that the real story here is what the Western has done to Paul Greengrass. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) The film takes such a circuitous route down a familiar path, and does so with such wit and eccentricity, that the experience as a whole becomes harder and harder to resist. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
10% Songbird (2020) It's less "Too soon!" and more "So what?" We're left with just a standard-issue post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller, albeit one with a massively overqualified cast of actors. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
51% The Midnight Sky (2020) Audiences will find much of The Midnight Sky familiar, but that familiarity puts its original moments and ideas into sharp relief. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
89% Let Them All Talk (2020) A witty exploration of relationships and of the responsibility artists have to their muses; it's Wild Strawberries for women of a certain age. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
70% Godmothered (2020) [Features] an ending that's so emotionally and intellectually satisfying that it's easy to forgive the film's less magical attributes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) May be the best version yet of this third entry in the Corleone cycle, but its diminished status within the trilogy remains, alas, fully intact. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4% Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) A witless, charmless, barely-written, indifferently acted, hideously shot, and generally odious waste of 90 minutes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
97% The Donut King (2020) It's a dizzying saga of ups and downs, and of one of this nation's most beloved sweet treats, and a fascinating tale of sacrifice, success, and hubris. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
32% Superintelligence (2019) Even when played by performers as dynamic as McCarthy and Cannavale, these characters can't manage one personality between them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) Those moments that land, whether funny or moving, occur when Ball isn't getting in his own way and instead trusts in the characters he's written and the actors who are performing them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) You may never have thought you needed or even wanted a sequel to The Croods, but you may find it a pleasant surprise in a year where most of the surprises have been anything but. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
96% Sound of Metal (2020) One of the film's best features is its refusal to indulge in triumph-of-the-human-spirit clichés that so often weigh down disability narratives. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Even if this version never shakes off its stage roots, it does act as a stately jewel box that houses an extraordinary ensemble of performances. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) There's enough wit and breeziness to make this a holiday perennial for content-starved LGBT audiences, to be sure, but also for viewers looking to mix up their usual holiday playlist. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
68% The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) Columbus and Lieberman have clearly done their Christmas research, crafting a storyline that weaves in everything from Santa's Turkish origins to the Icelandic legend of the Yule Cat (Jólakötturinn, "Jola" for short here) to the Star of Bethlehem itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
83% Freaky (2020) Some of the laughs and some of the scares definitely land, but overall, the two genres resist blending into a successful mix. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) It isn't interested in the systems that create poverty and addiction and ignorance; it just wants to pretend that one straight white guy's ability to rise above his surroundings means that there's no excuse for everyone else not to have done so as well. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
45% Fatman (2020) It never makes it past the idea stage, unfortunately, since mixing these disparate genres together would require an absolute mastery of tone that the film can't quite muster. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
83% Mank (2020) Memorable acting, striking cinematography, and a provocative examination of the nexus between entertainment and media and politics... it's enough to make "Mank" necessary, if not entirely fulfilling, viewing for film lovers. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) An ambitious original musical packed to the gills with visual delights, it's the kind of Christmas movie that can charm adults into looking past its flaws while turning delighted children into lifelong fans. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
83% Let Him Go (2020) Succeeds both as a low-key character study and as a breathlessly intense thriller about the clash between good (but not perfect) people and bad people, none of whom are to be trifled with. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
57% Come Play (2020) If Come Play successfully mounted itself as a fright machine or otherwise effective genre exercise, then there wouldn't be time to sit through it asking questions about its intent or deeper meaning. But it doesn't, so there is. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
49% The Craft: Legacy (2020) As far as franchise revivals go, this one's got the right elements. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
100% Nationtime (1972) Even if the film avoids digging into some of the political detail, it's a vivid portrait of a once-in-a-lifetime gathering. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020