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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
24% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) This isn't the deepest plot, but compared to the usual saints-vs.-sinners tales that Perry has offered up over the course of 19 feature films he's written, Acrimony takes us to whole new levels of complexity.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Might mark the beginning of a new era in filmmaking or the end of an old one, but either way it feels like a failed experiment in building a new story on the carcasses of old movies, TV shows and video games.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
16% Midnight Sun (2018) Adolescent girls (and boys, too) are entitled to teen-tragedy tear-jerkers, those Kleenex-soaking tales of the fragility of life and love in an uncaring universe. But that audience deserves better than Midnight Sun.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) Such a uniquely interesting character deserves more than a run-of-the-mill action franchise, but nearly 40 years after Raiders of the Lost Ark, we're still getting pits and spikes, spiders and snakes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
45% The Hurricane Heist (2018) A laughable caper wherein the good guys continually manage to thwart the bad guys through skillful manipulation of a Category 5 hurricane.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Awash in bold colors, bright patterns and ebullient kids, director Ava DuVernay's new take on "A Wrinkle in Time" dazzles its way across time and space even if it doesn't quite stick the landing. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) There's a place in the culture for adolescent gay kids to enjoy the shiny, shallow coming-of-age stories that their straight peers consume on a daily basis. The first one out of the gate always plays it safe; the trick now is to keep the gate open.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
82% Game Night (2018) Fast and funny, filled with memorable characters, and able to balance slapstick and violence without spilling too far in either direction, this frenetic R-rated farce is that rare comic gem that lands on all the spaces without ever going to jail.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Neither intelligent enough to be involving nor fun enough to be trashy, this is a movie that would only work if it were a little worse or a lot better.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) This is the sort of thriller that constantly sideswipes you with dream sequences and hallucinations, but if you're willing to go on Ozon's ride, it's an unpredictable journey.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) When "Black Panther" works, it's thrillingly alive.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
42% Ophelia (2018) Gives the character new depth, even letting her experience some of the play's big moments, whether it's encountering a ghost on the battlements or eavesdropping on important conversations from behind a tapestry.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Skate Kitchen (2018) Celebrates the liberation and the sisterhood that comes with skateboarding, with a mostly refreshing take on how teen girls deal with parents, boys and each other.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
No Score Yet Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) An audio-visual supplement to the actress' fascinating 2005 memoir, a frank examination of Fonda's personal evolution, and a celebration of her role in popular culture.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
70% Lizzie (2018) The stylish and haunting Lizzie paints a provocative portrait of a woman driven by passions and left with few options in a society that gave her little agency.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
21% 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
42% 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
82% 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
32% 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
57% 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
91% 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
71% 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
87% 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
95% 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
45% 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
87% 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
86% 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
14% 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
83% 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
92% 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
52% 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
96% First Reformed (2018) 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