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T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 87% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) What's so grand about Ruben Brandt isn't its story or the characters, which are both abstractions. It's the animation-the detailed artwork, so dense that it warrants repeat viewings. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) One of those satires that wants to have its Valentine's chocolates and eat them too. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
85% Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire (2019) Though documentary re-enactments can come across slapdash, Georggson's attempt to create an authentic portrait of his subject with period-appropriate production design and costuming results in a mood not unlike a David Fincher film or a Larsson novel. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
100% Egg (2019) It's nice to see Palka embracing the messiness of feminist theses as she progresses in her career, and if she continues delivering a movie a year, someday we'll likely be able to examine the full life of a woman through the entirety of her body of work. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) Despite the film's needlessly fractured structure and a relentlessly grim story, Kidman and Kusama seem to be speaking the same language, illuminating the faults of the protagonist and of every tragic hard-boiled detective in cinematic history. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B- 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) If it was popular in the horror/teen/musical canon, it's here. That's not to say McPhail doesn't impress with his technical execution. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Maybe all these dutifully meaningless stories would have been easier to swallow spaced out into standalone episodes, as the directors had originally planned. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) This thoughtful, textured story - though brutal at times - stands as one of the clearest depictions of turmoil, racism and nepotism in local politics that's ever been drawn onscreen. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
B 89% Bodied (2018) Simultaneously entertaining, overwhelming, compelling, and grating, Bodied raises its hand and talks until words mean nothing and everything. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) What we - and Tan - come to find is that how the director describes or sees herself in the past doesn't always match up to her collaborators' opinions of the time; this is also a story about the stories we tell ourselves. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
65% Suspiria (2018) Like great dance, it becomes an expression of the soul. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
84% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Hubacher's performance is a masterful physical feat. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
No Score Yet Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart (2018) The film is at its best when it's most unhinged. When Reece blocks his scenes like a theater director, some serious shades of R.W. Fassbinder's Chinese Roulette bleed through, and it's totally satisfying and electric. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Ultimately a story about brotherhood, friendship and the insecurity of life in a violent place, the film injects a sweetness and innocence into the genre, mostly through one stellar performance by John C. Reilly. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Too bad that Laurie's story is only one of this Halloween's two movies. Whoever made the decision to slash up some hot and horny teens to round out the movie has seriously undercut what might have been a horror achievement... - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The A Star Is Born story construction has worked, again and again, because it's archetypal tragedy - nobody believes there's a happy ending in sight. But Cooper still earned every one of my tears. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Maximum Impact (2018) Hoo-boy, this movie has some pretty blatant intentions of specifically making the FSB (née KGB) look nice and not shady at all. But aside from the political implications, you'll find this film is also quite hateful of women, too. Goody! - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) There is about as much honesty and genuine emotion in this film as you would find in a damage-control ExxonMobil commercial. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) Here's hoping The Bleeding Edge gets the right attention on a decidedly unsexy topic. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Even the carnage, here, is inspired...More times than I could count I had no idea what the hell was happening, and also just didn't care that I didn't know. Let the Corpses Tan is that strange and beautiful. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
55% The Bookshop (2018) Sometimes nice to be reminded of violence of the papercut variety, that some troubles can be worked through without an ass-kicking. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) In Skate Kitchen, the kids come as they are, and they're wildly fascinating. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Peretz could have given each potential pairing equal time in the story, but he sticks with the most evocative of the two; Juliet, Naked has its charms, and they are named Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
48% Like Father (2018) These are two phenomenal performers giving their all to a sharp family drama disguised as an outrageous cookie-cutter comedy. I had no idea how much Like Father was something I needed. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) ... King Cohen endeavors to remove the stigma of indulging in a Cohen classic, and largely succeeds. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
48% Like Father (2018) These are two phenomenal performers giving their all to a sharp family drama disguised as an outrageous cookie-cutter comedy. I had no idea how much Like Father was something I needed. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
78% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) The quiet psychological terror and the simple, blunt manner in which it was shown stole my breath. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
93% The Endless (2018) The grounding force of this film is the brothers' relationship, which is contentious but loving, and wholly realistic. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
51% Boundaries (2018) There's real love in that routine, and that's where Farmiga and Feste shine. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Hey, there are some sick one-liners, and somewhere in the convoluted plot is a heart-pumping chiller of a story with no easy heroes. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
No Score Yet The Icarus Line Must Die (2018) What sets Grodner's story apart is its intense focus on specific people in the scene who are emblematic of a way of living and surviving in Los Angeles that's slowly dying. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
100% Half the Picture (2018) Even though so much of what this film has to say is so ingrained in me already, I still found myself being surprised. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is wicked existential horror. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
44% In Darkness (2018) The first third of the story then presents [the protagonist] like a typical Hitchcock ingenue before branching out into a promisingly ambitious mystery. Too bad that story ultimately loses focus and its protagonist's point of view. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
85% The Gospel According to André (2018) a thoughtful meditation on the life and career of fashion guru André Leon Talley - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
54% Book Club (2018) Even though it follows the map of every romcom before it, Holderman's film still offers the too-rare chance to marvel at just how good these women are at their craft, how easily they inhabit the bodies and lives of other people. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Offers a woman's POV on the age-old tale and succeeds in turning a B concept soaked in blood into a pure adrenaline rush of terror, grounded firmly in the real and horrifying dynamics that breed rape culture. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
53% Bad Samaritan (2018) There's frightfully little atmosphere to this film - anything from creepy sound design to evocative cinematography - rendering the flaws in the story all too visible. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
86% The 12th Man (2018) One of the wildest, most creative fugitive stories told about the Nazi occupation... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
32% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) This is melodrama, after all, but borderline boring melodrama, painting over scenes of potentially high tension with blasé realism. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
83% Ghost Stories (2018) This film nails its black humor and finds a bizarre but satisfying conclusion to manage all the loose ends. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
68% Wildling (2018) The attention paid to images does not translate to character development, story, or dialogue, leaving little emotional resonance, while making me seriously wonder if the men telling these stories understand much at all about female sexuality. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) When films are made about straight men in this predicament, they're often considered explorations of a "mid-life crisis," but Denis' film poses the questions: What if crises aren't limited to a certain age, and what if love itself is the crisis? - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
10% Krystal (2018) So baffling that it must be appreciated at least for its ability to defy all logic. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
95% Sweet Country (2018) [Warwick] Thornton delicately peels back all the layers of Aussie injustice in this film, but what's most unnerving is that the story proves to be so universal. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
77% I Kill Giants (2018) [Madinson] Wolfe is a talent, simultaneously tough and tender in her performance. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) It's the little, almost imperceptible twists to the story that make Blockers a worthy entry into the teen sex comedy canon, most notably that girls and women are funny and can play more than the killjoy or the babe. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) I was transported by DuVernay's adaptation to the mind-set of my girlhood - embarrassing insecurities and all. This is not a cynic's film. It is, instead, unabashedly emotional. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
84% Game Night (2018) Mark Perez has written one of the tightest comedy scripts to make it to be the big screen in ages. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
81% The Party (2018) [Sally] Potter isn't what you'd call subtle, but she also knows not to overstay her welcome, and this pithy comedy is a masterclass in all that a filmmaker can squeeze from the most basic theatrical concept. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018