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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 79% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "It's difficult to remember a recent movie so tartly on-point in skewering a power-driven industry obsessed with such seemingly meaningless ephemera as screen-credit and commissary pecking orders. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/4 96% 45 Years (2015) "Haigh knows how to thread a story in a way that makes it feel deliberate and spontaneous, so that when it reaches its climax, viewers feel that it's both inevitable and utterly devastating. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/4 93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "There's no use fending off the force of nature that is Smith. Sensitive and formidable, self-deprecating and brave, she elevates every role she's in, as we know by now. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/4 96% Mustang (2015) "Among Erguven's finest achievements with "Mustang" is casting such mesmerizing actresses to play characters who would be just as at home in a Chekhov production or an Instagram-worthy fashion shoot. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/4 95% Son of Saul (2015) "Finally, a cinematic genre heretofore mired in pietistic melodrama and safe aesthetic distance has been blown open and virtually reinvented, even the well-known contours of its subject matter reinvested with urgency, meaning and mournful honesty. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 83% The Revenant (2015) "Despite the literal and figurative pains it takes to persuade viewers of its own importance, "The Revenant" can't escape the clutches of crippling self-regard. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/4 91% Anomalisa (2015) "There's a special place in movie heaven for Charlie Kaufman. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/4 93% Carol (2015) ""Carol" possesses the same quiet, catlike powers of its magnetic title character: It swirls around to ambush you ... and make you swoon. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "A film that winds up collapsing Marx's dictum to repeat recent history as tragedy and farce in one busy, bouncy ball. The effect is distracting, aggressive and, finally, psychically numbing. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2015
1.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "The climactic bloodletting may make for merry times for fanboys and fetishists, but it's difficult to reconcile Tarantino's infectious joie de vivre with the scorched-earth nihilism he uses it to celebrate. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/4 60% Sisters (2015) "Whatever characters they're playing, Fey and Poehler can be counted on to infuse even their crassest moments with disarming likability. "Sisters" goes for broke in both directions, with winning, helplessly entertaining results. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "The Force Awakens has succeeded where it counts most, in creating a cast of characters that viewers can spend the next several years rooting for, especially the spirited, resourceful heroine at its center. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 70% The Danish Girl (2015) ""The Danish Girl" is a very pretty picture that could have used a more probing, maybe even more painful, palette knife. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 91% James White (2015) ""James White" gets up close and personal in often discomfiting ways, but it's never exploitative or glib. It hits the highs, and the rock bottoms, and all the damnable stuff in between. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3.5/4 82% Chi-Raq (2015) "Lee is propelled by righteous anger that can't help but be infectious. Even at his most reckless, even outlandish, he's on the side of the angels. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2.5/4 95% The Wonders (2015) "Structurally, "The Wonders" suffers from awkward bulges and sags, especially toward the end. Still, it's a beautiful, richly imagined ride that doesn't end as much as evaporate into a dreamlike puff of smoke. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3/4 96% Theeb (2015) "As the quiet, compact vessel for roiling fears and ambivalence, Al-Hwietat's Theeb winds up being a strikingly memorable character, whose deceptively simple tale possesses both haunting power and a whiff of prescient pessimism. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2015
2.5/4 100% Jag är Ingrid (Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words) (2015) "A rich, generous-spirited portrait of a woman who, in her unapologetic pursuit of art, fame and personal growth, was far ahead of her time. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 56% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) "Neeson and McGregor seem so focused on hitting their marks for the blue screen, that they barely make eye contact, let alone generate any genuine emotion. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "It's not a stretch to suggest that "Spotlight" is the finest newspaper movie of its era, joining "Citizen Kane" and "All the President's Men" in the pantheon of classics of the genre. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/4 98% Brooklyn (2015) ""Brooklyn" may be unapologetically old-fashioned, but it's also utterly of its time. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
0/4 64% Spectre (2015) "We don't expect a James Bond film to be deep, but at least we should be dazzled by the seductive gloss of its surfaces. Aside from that stunning opening sequence, this installment feels overcompensating and dutiful. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 53% I Smile Back (2015) "If "I Smile Back" accomplishes anything, it proves that Silverman is no joke. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) ""Suffragette" is an absorbing, ultimately moving portrait of thwarted ideals that rings all too true today. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 61% Truth (2015) "Vanderbilt does an impressive job of keeping the screws turning, adroitly shifting from the giddy thrill of the chase ... to the thudding sense of doom that sets in when the story begins to unravel. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/4 96% Room (2015) "A closely observed testament to what parents and children learn first-hand every day: the pride and pain of separation, and the discovery, empowerment and liberation to be found in simply growing up. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Spielberg can't help but make the kind of inspiring, classically constructed drama that we keep being told Hollywood doesn't produce anymore. Thank goodness he still does. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "With such a tetchy, self-absorbed control freak at its center, it's difficult to explain just why "Steve Jobs" is as entertaining, even pleasurable, as it is. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/4 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "Crippling despair and the most fragile tendrils of hope battle for the human psyche in "Beasts of No Nation," writer- director Cary Joji Fukunaga's grim, beautiful and achingly sad portrait of man's inhumanity to man. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
1.5/4 47% Freeheld (2015) "The drama that "Freeheld" unsuccessfully strives for ultimately can't compete with the far-more-compelling facts that inspired it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Martian (2015) "The problem-solving valorized in "The Martian" provides a simultaneously stirring and spirited example of how cool science can be. As NASA-Hollywood plots go, this one is worth lapping up like all the water on Mars. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/4 90% Mississippi Grind (2015) ""Mississippi Grind" winds up being an improbably satisfying, even heartwarming character study. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/4 85% The Walk (2015) ""The Walk" satisfies as an absorbing yarn of authority-flouting adventure and as an example of stomach-flipping you-are-there-ness. The journey it offers viewers doesn't just span 140 feet, but also an ethereal, now-vanished, world. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 30, 2015
2/4 60% The Intern (2015) ""The Intern" feels a little bit like the tai chi exercises that Ben does in the park throughout the film - you look for something to react to and laugh at and maybe even shed a tear about, but you wind up pushing against a puff of air. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 24, 2015
1/4 9% Stonewall (2015) "Rather than the sophisticated telling the tale deserved, "Stonewall" winds up being as shallow and artless as the wide-eyed naif at its center. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 92% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "If "The Black Panthers" has been designed to leave viewers outraged and energized in equal measure, it succeeds with admirable style. It counts both as essential history and a primer in making sense of how we live now. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 75% Black Mass (2015) "What "Black Mass" gains in moral honesty, it loses in dramatic momentum. Even filmmakers and actors as fine as these haven't managed to solve one of cinema's most enduring challenges - making criminals interesting without exalting them. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 66% Learning To Drive (2015) ""Learning to Drive" would be an entirely inert expedition were it not for Clarkson, who plays against Kingsley's sentinel of propriety with her signature radiance and birdlike gracefulness. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/4 91% Grandma (2015) "Lily Tomlin - comedian, activist, national treasure and natural wonder - deftly balances a dazzling star turn and deeply felt character study in "Grandma." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 64% Digging For Fire (2015) ""Digging for Fire" is a pleasant escape - an attractively shot, gracefully edited and, finally, emotionally satisfying mystery about the nature of marriage itself. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/4 82% Mistress America (2015) "Even at its most daft and infectiously ditzy, "Mistress America" is a sharp, aware and surpassingly kind portrait of the agony and ecstasy of becoming yourself. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 96% We Come as Friends (2015) ""We Come as Friends" has been beautifully filmed, with Sauper's God's-eye views of his plane's wing and the African landscape below resembling something Saint-Exupéry might have conjured. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/4 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Heller and Powley present a journey that, stripped to its most basic emotional elements, is timeless and universal. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "As enlightening as it is entertaining, as sobering as it is exhilarating, "Straight Outta Compton" reminds viewers not only who N.W.A. were and what they meant, but also why they mattered - and still do. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/4 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "It's a crowd-pleaser every bit as calculated and earnestly defanged as a Golden Oldies bus-and-truck tour. It's fun while it lasts, even if the Bic lighters stay safely pocketed at the end of the show. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "A thoughtful, moving testament to genuine connection. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2.5/4 86% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "The film can be appreciated, if only as a showcase for its assured, emotional attuned performances, as a convincing time capsule and period piece, and as a chance to reconsider one of the more well-known and still-influential studies of its era. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "As much as Cruise dominates "Rogue Nation," it's his co-star, Rebecca Ferguson, who emerges as the film's true and most memorable revelation. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
1.5/4 60% Southpaw (2015) ""Southpaw" may be rote, predictable and mawkish, but none of those faults lie in its star. Even when he looks like an unholy mess, he transcends the movie he's in. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 65% Unexpected (2015) ""Unexpected" would have been enriched by a more generous balance between the two characters' worlds. But Swanberg shows a sure, sensitive hand in limning the upshots and downsides of life's most blessed events. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
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