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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
91% 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
47% 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
98% 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
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
51% 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
33% 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
37% 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
8% 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
59% 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
55% 47 Meters Down (2017) A lean and mean little B-movie that skillfully plays on our fear of what lies beneath the waves. Director Johannes Roberts ratchets up the tension with precision.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
44% Rough Night (2017) Features just enough laughs to make you ignore that the movie is a hodgepodge of ideas left over from films like The Hangover, Bridesmaids, Very Bad Things and even Think Like a Man Too.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) As a spawner of merchandise, Cars 3 fires on all pistons but, as a movie, it's a harmless but never stimulating 109 minutes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The film's failure to launch is all the more disappointing given the talent on both sides of the camera.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
86% Band Aid (2017) Their career ruts, their marital disputes and their underlying mutual love all rings true, making what could have been merely a wacky high-concept premise into a relationship's genuine and deeply felt cry for help.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) For all the will-changing and bodice-ripping and skulking about, Michell's take on the material lands in a bland zone better suited for "Masterpiece Theatre" season-filler than for the big screen.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
64% Dean (2017) Whether it's Martin's writing or the superhuman efforts of Kline and Steenburgen, these scenes emerge as the most heartfelt moments; had he ditched the cartoonist and made a movie about a widower and a Realtor, Martin might have been onto something.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) It's hard to say the name "Captain Underpants" without smiling, and the big-screen debut of the skivvies-clad superhero maintains that same goofy, innocently naughty nature for nearly its entire running time.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) It's a film that not only improves upon many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero movies, but also mixes smarts, sentiment and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) A summer franchise movie that can't decide if it wants to be a hard-R bawdy comedy, a d-bag-comes-of-age tale or a fairly unironic reboot of the glossy TV show, Baywatch fails at all three.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
49% War Machine (2017) What's most dispiriting about War Machine is that you can sense the satire it wants to be - and could have been - but never becomes. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
30% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Ritchie and his regular editor James Herbert cut up the action scenes with the desperation of the life of the party who's secretly afraid to go home to his empty apartment.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
67% Alien: Covenant (2017) An interstellar version of Friday the 13th, with a respectable ensemble of actors as the camp counselors and various fanged slimeballs filling in for Jason Voorhees.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
32% 3 Generations (2017) Yet another film where non-trans people learn valuable life lessons, complete with lots of hugs, while the actual trans character's story takes a backseat.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Vol. 2 is filler, to be sure, but if you like the flavor of these movies, you'll enjoy this second bite.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mungiu eschews music almost entirely, his takes run long enough that viewers are forced to take in the frame's details and figure out which are important, and his flatly matter-of-fact conversations almost never include obvious exposition.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
83% Disneynature Born In China (2017) While the storytelling here has significant weaknesses, it's hard to stay mad at any movie that offers so many close-ups of an insanely adorable baby panda.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
90% Their Finest (2017) Delivers in a way that would please the Ministry of Information: it's rousing and emotional, there are laughs and tears, and it portrays people trying and, mostly, succeeding at being their best selves in the service of their country. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
31% The Assignment (2017) Reprehensible, yes, but it's also dull and inept. Fans of Walter Hill should treat his latest effort like the kind of car crash from which it's best to avert one's eyes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) It's significant that two female writers have taken a character who's mainly just existed to be cute and seductive and turned her into a full-fledged member of this universe. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
68% Life (2017) Never reaches greatness, but it's solidly good, from its earned scares to a spot-on ending. (Don't let anyone ruin it for you.) Its tight spaces and layered audio will work best on the big screen; see it with someone whose wrist you can grab.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) It packs enough zing to make you forgive the origin-story clichés. And the predictable save-the-world stuff. And the insanely ubiquitous product placement. (Whatever Krispy Kreme paid to be a plot point in this movie, they got their money's worth.)‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) Winds up feeling like an amalgam of too many other cartoons you've seen in the last decade. That's a pity because, at its best, The Boss Baby has sly wit and a fun visual style.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) The ghosts are occasionally visible and audible here, but they're just as likely to be ethereal, and that fits in with Assayas's storytelling, which often forces us to fill in gaps of unspoken dialogue or unexplained plot for ourselves.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
37% The Last Word (2017) You can sense old pro MacLaine and younger pro Amanda Seyfried exerting themselves as they pour their considerable collective charisma into the venture, but they're beating the chest of a patient that has long since flatlined.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Scratches your monster-movie itch without ever once providing an injection of unpredictability or eccentricity. It lacks neither fun nor polish, but it has the square tidiness of a compartmentalized fast-food meal.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) In the same way that The Stepford Wives exploited liberated feminists' fear of male chauvinists' fear of liberated feminists, Get Out finds its tension in black people's fear of white people's fear of black people.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Perhaps it's just the novelty, but that explicit violence and salty language (Professor X turns out to be quite the potty-mouth as well) adds a bit of much-needed fizz to the Wolverine sub-franchise.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) If you calibrate your expectations to "monster movie for eight-year-olds," you may find some fun in this energetic and blissfully brief (a mere 103 minutes!) tale of the Chinese army battling alien beasties in the Song Dynasty era.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) It's nice that the two photogenic leads are treating sex like a pleasurable activity rather than an onerous chore in this second entry, but overall, the film plays like an un-asked-for collaboration between the Hallmark and Playboy Channels.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) By the end of the seemingly interminable 146 minutes, audiences will have already guessed the story's ultimate twists, although by that point it's quite likely they will have long since ceased to care either way.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017