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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Capernaum (CapharnaĆ¼m) (2018) It's a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" contains a vital element that has been missing from too many recent superhero movies: fun.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
61% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Consistently interesting even if it's not always convincing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
81% Ben is Back (2018) What is so moving and effective about Roberts's work here is her shrewd subversion of her long-established persona.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" is a terrific movie, a boxing picture full of inspired sweetness and shrewd science that honors the cherished traditions of the genre while feeling like something new and exciting in the world.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
82% Green Book (2018) There's not much here you haven't seen before, and very little that can't be described as crude, obvious and borderline offensive, even as it tries to be uplifting and affirmative.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) A fascinating and sometimes frustrating hybrid, a film that tries both to transcend and to exploit its genre.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) [It] can be thought of as a Coen brothers concept album. It works just fine in sequence, but some tracks... only need to be played once.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) The film excites our curiosity about Hart's behavior and then declares it to be none of our business. It scolds rather than illuminates, and prefers the defense of power to the pursuit of truth.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" tries to be more than a simple culture-war morality play, and it succeeds in some measure...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A baroque blend of gibberish, mysticism and melodrama, the film seems engineered to be as unmemorable as possible, with the exception of the prosthetic teeth worn by the lead actor, Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, Queen's lead singer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
86% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) The unavoidable political implications of "Monrovia, Indiana" give its observations an undeniable urgency.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
76% 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
98% 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
90% 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
No Score Yet 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
88% First Man (2018) It gets almost everything right, but it's also strangely underwhelming.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
94% 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
91% 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
92% 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
29% 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
13% 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
96% 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
89% 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
85% 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
95% 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
96% 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
23% 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
82% 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
86% 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
92% 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
56% 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
82% 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
70% Adrift (2018) The film is a notch below average.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
88% 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