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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Mid90s (2018) It's a movie about making choices in tough circumstances, and for the most part Hill makes pretty good ones.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
99% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Partly because the movie is so splendidly and completely absorbed in its characters and their milieu, it communicates much more than a quirky appreciation for old books and odd readers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
93% The Price of Everything (2018) [A] colorful and inquisitive cinematic essay on the state of the art world...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
100% Watergate (2018) Serious stuff. But the movie - more than four hours long, split into two parts with a cliffhanger in the middle - also works, perhaps unexpectedly, as escapist entertainment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
89% First Man (2018) It gets almost everything right, but it's also strangely underwhelming.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) Someone once said that life is what happens while you're making other plans. This movie is about the plans that happen while you're trying to make another life.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
93% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) The film presents a compact, tactful biography and also a valuable explication of the Keatonesque in its most sublime varieties.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) At a time when bluster, bragging and histrionic displays of self-pity are apparently the defining characteristics of American manhood, it's nice to be reminded of the virtues of discretion and quiet.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
28% Night School (2018) You can't help but think that someone should put these two in a movie together. A real movie, which "Night School," like more than a few big studio features these days, isn't quite.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
11% Life Itself (2018) Isn't it amazing how human destinies intertwine? This movie seems intent on persuading you that the answer is "no."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
95% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Informative but not overwhelming, it blends biography and appreciative analysis in 90 brisk, packed minutes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
83% Museum (Museo) (2018) In spite of a meandering story and some fuzzy passages, there is a touch of magic in "Museo," a sense of wonder and curiosity that imparts palpable excitement.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
84% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) The performances have sufficient grit - and the writing has just enough polish - to make "The Land of Steady Habits" feel unpredictable and fresh.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet When You Read This Letter (Quand tu Liras Cette Lettre) (1953) Amid the hard-boiled banalities and mechanical improbabilities of Jacques Deval's screenplay, there are moments of jagged comedy and haunting strangeness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
97% Blaze (2018) Mr. Hawke is clearly motivated by nothing but affection for Blaze, Townes, Sybil and the state of Texas. He doesn't so much scramble biopic conventions as allow himself and the audience to be distracted from them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
95% Bisbee '17 (2018) Even though "Bisbee '17" depicts a wholesome and harmonious community undertaking, it is a profoundly haunted and haunting film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) There are a few jump scares and shocking images, but Mr. Abrahamson lets the dread build slowly, nudged along by Stephen Rennicks's mournful, eerie score and Ole Bratt Birkeland's brown-shadowed cinematography.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) It's a story very worth telling, told pretty well, with self-evident virtues and obvious limitations.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
95% Crime + Punishment (2018) Mr. Maing's meticulous and dismaying film... illuminates some of the deep, perhaps intractable problems of policing in New York City and beyond.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) The plot should be an excuse for comic invention, but it mostly just gets in the way, which makes me think that a feature film isn't really what Phil and his ilk need or deserve. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) With infinite sensitivity, Mr. Liu delves into some of the most painful and intimate details of his friends' lives and his own, and then layers his observations into a rich, devastating essay on race, class and manhood in 21st-century America.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The abundant, generally on-target sociological details and comic observations feel overdone and superficial, like an elaborately patterned rug laid over an unfinished floor.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Mostly, the movie is committed to the value of a good time.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) If "Madeline's Madeline" is sometimes unconvincing and frequently unnerving, it is never uninteresting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Don't sleep on this movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Navigating troubled culture-war waters with grace, humor and compassion, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a movie that deserves a wide and diverse audience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) At times, Ms. Kunis seems stranded in Zeppo territory while Ms. McKinnon channels the other three Marx Brothers at the same time. But the two of them find a relaxed, nimble rhythm that keeps the movie going...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) If Mike Judge's "Office Space" and Robert Downey Sr.'s "Putney Swope" hooked up after a night of bingeing on hallucinogens, Marxist theory and the novels of Paul Beatty and Colson Whitehead, the offspring might look something like this.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The two main adult male characters might look and act like brutal nihilists, but don't worry. By the end, they put the "I care" in "Sicario" and remind everyone that you can't spell "Soldado" without "Dad."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It makes a few gestures toward "Planet of the Apes"-style apocalypticism, attempts a bit of tongue-in-cheeky humor and phones in the rest.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Mr. Tomsic, a TV journeyman, executes both the dumb pratfalls and the quick banter with discipline and professionalism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
80% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2018) A perceptive and poetic hybrid of documentary and fiction. It both captures and gently critiques Gabriel's free-spirited, adventurous sensibility.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Mr. Aster writes an impressive-looking check and succeeds in cashing it, but on close examination the payout turns out to be skimpier than anticipated, and drawn mostly on someone else's account.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This movie is at once unapologetically admiring and intellectually rigorous.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
71% Adrift (2018) The film is a notch below average.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) There is something soulless and mechanical about "American Animals," as if it had been made by a Martin Scorsese smartphone app and scored to a Spotify classic rock playlist.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
40% Mary Shelley (2018) A reminder that England in the early 19th century remains a rich repository of stories and characters, and era that can be made to feel charmingly quaint and bracingly modern, on both the page and the screen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Mr. Schrader...is 71, and has had a long and varied career, but "First Reformed" nonetheless feels like a fresh discovery. More than that: an epiphany.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) These women - Ms. Fonda, Ms. Keaton, Ms. Steenburgen and Ms. Bergen, that is - have nothing to prove. Each one brings enough credibility and charisma to "Book Club" to render its weaknesses largely irrelevant.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) It's a good movie. The book is something more - close to perfect, I would say - but since both incarnations emphasize the importance of tolerating human fallibility, I won't make too much of the discrepancy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it also holds whatever irreverent, anarchic impulses it might possess in careful check.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) What drives this franchise is the same force that drives so much culture and politics right now: the self-pity of a white man with a relentless need to be the center of attention.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) It is curious to see a comedy so timid, so reluctant to risk hurt feelings or complicated situations.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
78% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) Shot in chilly, silky digital black and white, it plays with chronology in a way that seems both casual and musically precise.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) "Revenge" leaves a lurid, punchy afterimage, an impression somewhere between righteous delight and quivering revulsion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
68% The Seagull (2018) The cast is great. The play is great. But this is still a bad movie, because it has no clear or coherent idea of how to be one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
94% RBG (2018) The movie's touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
100% On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie) (1988) 150 minutes of passionate and complicated science fiction, interspersed with documentary footage of ordinary Poles going about terrestrial business in the final days of Communism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
94% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Ms. Baye, one of the great living French screen actresses, is steely and magnificent, even as it is Ms. Bry who finally captures the film's energy and the sympathy of the audience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Ms. Binoche is the film's primary and sufficient source of light. The radiance is all hers. The clouds, too.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018