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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% The Rider (2018) Classic American masculinity and its consequences get confronted in writer-director Chloé Zhao's poignant ode to the cowboy, The Rider.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty gets a lot of things right. ... But it falls short of indicting the beauty industrial complex in favor of feel-good platitudes about body positivity.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
50% Rampage (2018) Of all the big, dumb movies Dwayne Johnson has made, Rampage might be the biggest and the dumbest.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) LaBeouf ... is galvanic as McEnroe. ... And Swede Gudnason conveys depths of sensitivity and sadness.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) An instant genre classic thanks to a simple, original idea; an innovatively controlled soundscape; sympathetic, imperfect characters; and Krasinski's command of the material.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Like its protagonist, an efficient, sensitive and, in bursts, gruesomely violent punch to the gut.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) A pop-culture smorgasbord with eerily prescient themes.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) An exhilaratingly creative work of art about love, loyalty, responsibility, heroism and the heart of society's underdogs.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Although buoyed by the bottomless charisma of star John Boyega, this sequel is a mind-numbing assault on the senses as well as one's affection for the original.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) Exquisitely crafted and controlled, Foxtrot is an extraordinary piece of filmmaking, beautifully framed and astutely observant.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) The robust plot ... keeps one riveted through the twists and turns, even as it challenges viewers' sensibilities with disturbing scenes of sexual assault and brutality.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) DeKalb Elementary resonated both with me as a viewer and likely with Oscar voters who've yet to cast their ballots.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) "Heroin(e) humanizes the opioid epidemic with its portrait of three women working to break the cycle of drug abuse in Huntington, Virginia.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) My out-and-out favorite of the bunch -- and among my faves of the year -- is Garden Party, the seven-minute French animated black comedy.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) A wild and bizarre singular vision from Garland ... and exhilarating if you're here for it. Confounding if you're not.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) Like most of the movies that come out of the stop-motion clay animation studio Aardman, Early Man delivers a funny and delightful story and an astounding work of art.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) One of the most immensely gratifying experiences in comic-book cinema.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
62% Peter Rabbit (2018) Brings the original's watercolor illustrations to uncanny life with a harder edge than its gentle source material.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Fifty Shades Freed brings the [trilogy] to its steamy, if risible, conclusion with a series of titillating sex scenes threaded together by a ludicrous plot.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A Fantastic Woman demands empathy for a very private woman whose most intimate experiences -- physical and emotional -- are very publicly exposed.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) The script squanders its intriguing premise -- all the more so given the true story it's inspired by -- and offers jump-out-of-your-seat scares that are few and far between.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) At once an homage to the classic American genre and a challenge to its tropes, Hostiles is a beautiful, brutal Western.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) By the looks of it, Fox went all out for the third and final installment in its Maze Runner trilogy. The question is, will anybody care?‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) The film delivers some thrilling action scenes on a massive scale -- with rockets roaring, bullets whizzing and explosions raining down on a galloping cavalry.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
85% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) A marvelous display of imagination and a visual feast of hand-drawn animation - an enchanting start to a new chapter of [Studio Ghibli].‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) A quintessential January release after the headiness of awards season, The Commuter is dumb fun as long as you're just along for the ride.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) What begins as a sly critique of how society indulges male creative genius reveals itself in the third act to be a gothic romance about control and surrender.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Molly [is] a fierce heroine, and the movie's optics, singularly focused on a woman in rooms filled with men, resonates in the current political climate of #metoo.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
51% Downsizing (2017) [Director Alexander] Payne [is] wrestling with big ideas about climate change and human rights. Those big ideas just don't always fit comfortably in a small package.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) In addition to sanitizing the less-appetizing aspects of Barnum's legacy, The Greatest Showman relies too heavily on razzle dazzle to mask its narrative shortcomings.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) A poignant farewell to Carrie Fisher. With dynamite women leading the action on all fronts, The Last Jedi is a fitting tribute to her legacy.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
90% I, Tonya (2018) Wickedly funny and heartbreakingly dark, I, Tonya ... unearths an antihero whom viewers will find themselves rooting for.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Director Steven Spielberg's newsroom thriller is a rousing defense of the First Amendment ... and an inspiring portrait of a woman coming into her own.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is a study in empathy and this year's darker, grittier answer to La La Land, peddling as it does in the dreams of Angeleno artists.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Anchored by a soul-stirring performance by Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water is a rapturous, romantic allegory about otherhood set during the Cold War.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
97% Coco (2017) A dramatic, dazzling adventure that puts a fresh spin on la importancia de la familia.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) In what might be the most romantic movie of the year, Call Me by Your Name dispenses with cliché while focusing on the universal fantasy of first love.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Writer-Director Dan Gilroy's narrative vehicle for this poignant character portrait is undeserving of its subject.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) With a few exceptions thanks to The Flash and Aquaman, Justice League fails to surprise and delight - the action set pieces should be cooler and the humor funnier. ‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A challenging portrait of grace in a funny, dark package.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A grand adaptation of the Hercule Poirot novel with a large, diverse ensemble cast aboard a richly appointed luxurious train chugging through sumptuous landscapes.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird isn't a teen romance. It's the love story between a girl and her mother, who loves so fiercely it's scary.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok right from the outset establishes a comedic tone new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and recasts hunky Chris Hemsworth as comic relief.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) A cinema experience unlike any other -- at least since The Lobster.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) In retrospect, Suburbicon doesn't quite come together as either entertainment or a statement.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Ben's and Rose's stories aren't as enchanting as one wants them to be, and cutting back and forth between the two timelines gets clunky.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
87% Only the Brave (2017) Starts out kind of corny but stokes emotion with its true-life tale of bravery and brotherhood.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) A fascinating cultural history in the guise of a sweeping period romance, despite the nontraditional relationship at its core, with empowering female leads.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) Thurgood Marshall deserves a feature film about his life and career. This just isn't it.‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) One of the most transcendent big-screen stories of the year comes in the pint-sized package of Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince).‐ L.A. Biz
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017