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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 33% Live By Night (2017) Somber, well-judged and admirably ambitious, "Live by Night" nonetheless falls short of being essential, its familiar moving parts heading predictably toward a conclusion that feels mechanical and preordained. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 82% Julieta (2016) It's no surprise that "Julieta" is marvelous to look at, but it possesses just as much substance as style. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 93% 20th Century Women (2017) As a celebration of personal and social history, "20th Century Women" takes the audience back. But it also lifts us up on a wave of openhearted emotion and keen intelligence. It bursts with the sad, messy, ungovernable beauty of life. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) Viewers are treated to a portrait of romantic devotion, contentment and vocation all the more affecting for being so utterly, unapologetically heartfelt. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/4 95% Fences (2016) Ringing with both ancient wisdom and searing relevance, "Fences" feels as if it's been crafted for the ages, and for this very minute. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) This movie adroitly portrays the sheer waste and inefficiency of racism and misogyny. Just think how much has been lost, the movie suggests, over centuries of depriving ourselves of the brains, talents and leadership of more than half our population? ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 22, 2016
1.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) "Passengers" hinges on a morally dubious act that the filmmakers gloss over in a series of creepy justifications and a sudden third-act reversal. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) Working together for the third time, Stone and Gosling quickly establish an easy rapport with one another, their surpassingly attractive physical features the perfect foils for Chazelle's aesthetic approach of naturalism and extreme stylization. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) "Rogue One" represents an unobjectionable exercise in franchise extension. It's fine. It'll do. For now. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Suffused with wry humor, vulnerability and radiant warmth, Huppert's performance captures that delicate period in life during which resignation morphs into graceful, even grateful, acceptance. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 88% Jackie (2016) "Jackie" would have been an exceptionally smart, intriguing movie as an astutely conceived, well-crafted meditation on political mythmaking. In Larraín and Portman's hands, it becomes something deeper and more emotionally potent. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "Manchester By the Sea" is a film of surpassing beauty and heart. Even at its most melancholy depths, it brims with candid, earnest, indefatigable life. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 88% Elle (2016) "Elle" would be too clever by half - not to mention fatally offensive - were it not for Huppert, who in her portrayal of Michèle owns the movie from its opening moments to its bizarre, but not entirely surprising, denouement. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Snarky and sensitive in just the right measure, what initially looks like a glib exercise in adolescent mortification has the nerve to dig a little deeper. And it winds up mining a little bit of wisdom and compassion in the process. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 94% Arrival (2016) Muted, measured and meditative, "Arrival" brings taste and restraint to a genre in the midst of a mini golden age: It comes in peace. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) For every misgiving "The Eagle Huntress" invites, it offers inspiration in equal measure, taking the audience on a beautiful, thrilling journey to a part of the world that isstill largely inaccessible. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/4 89% Loving (2016) Intimate, moving and superbly underplayed, "Loving" is every bit as soft-spoken and subtly implacable as its protagonists. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) "Hacksaw Ridge" winds up being a rousing piece of entertainment that also happens to be an affecting portrait of spiritual faith and simple human decency. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/4 94% Gimme Danger (2016) A bittersweet, elegiac tone can't help but suffuse a film animated by so many anarchic spirits who have since left the planet, but it leaves viewers with the exhilarating, inspiring reassurance that we still have Iggy. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) A perfect film, one that exemplifies not only the formal and aesthetic capabilities of a medium at its most visually rich, but a capacity for empathy and compassion ... ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/4 90% Certain Women (2016) Reichardt lets her flawed, enigmatic heroines be, allowing them to keep struggling, persevering and relishing what can sometimes pass for tiny victories. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 97% Aquarius (2016) "Aquarius" makes a compelling case for looking up from our ubiquitous distractions to take in the world around us - the one that we live in and, whether we're aware of it or not, lives in us. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) "American Pastoral" may tell the heartbreaking story of Swede Levov, but a firm grasp of who he is and what he means remains maddeningly elusive. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/4 100% Cameraperson (2016) "Cameraperson" testifies to a world in which it would be clear to see that we're all connected, if only we took the time to look at one another with reverence and simply listen. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 51% The Accountant (2016) True to the profession it sets out to glamorize, "The Accountant" takes advantage of its share of creative loopholes - and manages to break even in the process. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is a flawed but fairly compelling chapter of the American story that powerfully resonates with how that story is playing out today. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 7, 2016
1.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) It's a movie that chugs along, smoothly and uneventfully, until it pulls into a station that could have been seen from a mile away, had you not already been lulled just to the edge of sleep. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) "Deepwater Horizon" is an homage to strength and get-on-with-it competence, a stirring portrait of brawn and know-how that are continually undermined by the preening ambitions of clueless elites. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 29, 2016
1.5/4 53% The Dressmaker (2016) Overplotted, undercooked and extremely well-dressed, "The Dressmaker" has style to burn, but it has a mean streak as wide as the Outback. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) "The Magnificent Seven" is fine as far as it goes, but - especially when the familiar strains of the 1960 theme song begin wafting over the final scenes - one can't help feeling that it should have gone much further. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) "Snowden" is worth watching for the ideas and arguments it inspires, and for the layers of a still-mysterious character it reveals. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) For every observantly funny line, there's a tired joke about long East Indian names; for every forward-looking musical cue, there's a strenuously unhip flashback ... ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/4 85% Sully (2016) "Sully" is a classy, enormously satisfying ode to simple competence. To paraphrase the title character, it's just a movie doing its job. And amen to that. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Ladies and gentlemen, let your hankies unfurl. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 43% The Hollars (2016) "The Hollars" drives inexorably to a conclusion that feels as manipulatively mawkish as it is impossibly tidy, typical of a genre that too often tries to have it both ways. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 89% Morris from America (2016) If the film's pace is sometimes as awkward as its hero, and the story a little thin, it still brims with authentic life and affection for the characters. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 91% Southside With You (2016) A delightfully low-key portrait that is as universal as it is grounded in a well-chronicled public-private life. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) "Lo and Behold" may not be Herzog's most artistically ambitious film, but it's an intriguing, even important one nonetheless. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
1.5/4 60% War Dogs (2016) "War Dogs" is "Goodfellas," but with none of that film's pulse, anthropological detail or seductive immediacy: It's "Whoa, dude-fellas." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) In a word, "Hell or High Water" is terrific. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Even when her notes are intolerably sour, Jenkins's story is never less than touchingly bittersweet. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 81% Equity (2016) "Equity" feels ham-handed and obvious, like a contrived attempt to make polemical points by couching them within schematic characters and plot points. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 82% Indignation (2016) Thoughtful and reserved, perhaps even to a fault, "Indignation" winds up packing a wallop far greater than its modest parts might suggest. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/4 70% Café Society (2016) With each succeeding year, Allen's insular version of the past feels more eccentric. Depending on the viewer, it's either happily reassuring or strangely out of touch. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 21, 2016
4/4 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) "Captain Fantastic" leaves viewers with the cheering, deeply affecting image of a dad whose superpowers lie in simply doing the best that he can. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) For all the high dudgeon with which the movie has been anticipated, it turns out that Ghostbusters -- like the girls who cheerfully dominate it this time around -- just wants to have fun. And it does. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 91% Zero Days (2016) The Stuxnet story finally plays out like a twisty summer espionage thriller, with Gibney amping up that drama with sleek digital imagery and a foreboding musical score. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 93% Life, Animated (2016) "Life, Animated" makes fascinating points, about the power of cinema, about meeting our loved ones where they are and, as Ron says, about who gets to decide what constitutes a meaningful life. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 94% Tickled (2016) Like the activity of its title, "Tickled" is funny until it most decidedly isn't. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 96% Nuts! (2016) "Nuts!" is an intriguing, if patronizing, curio from the cabinet of American arcana, a geegaw from the collective attic that, when dusted off, looks grotesquely funny in the light of today. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016