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T-Meter Title | Year
3.9/10 59% Summer Night (2019) Overstuffed, undercooked and lethargic. It quickly fades from memory. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
8.485/10 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Karate Kid on acid. Wickedly funny, provocative and refreshingly subversive. It's destined to join Office Space, American Psycho and Heathers as an American cult classic. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
6.75/10 70% Lying and Stealing (2019) A sexy, stylish crime caper that's mildly diverting and harmless, but ultimately shallow, slight and forgettable. Theo James' charisma and palpable chemistry with Emily Ratajkowski keeps the film afloat. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
9.2/10 53% The Lion King (2019) A breathtaking, enormously entertaining adventure with the heart, humor and soul of the original classic intact. It's a triumph! - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.4/10 22% Phil (2019) A clunky an contrived misfire. Even the charismatic Greg Kinnear can't rise above its inane screenplay. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
5.88/10 50% The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang ngarmo) (2019) Well-acted, but mostly disjointed and insipid. Its achronological style gets in the way of its substance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
9.8/10 100% The Farewell (2019) Funny, melancholic, warm, sweet and poignant all at the same time. In other words, it's like life itself. Awkwafina should be nominated for Best Actress. It deserves to become a sleeper hit. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
6/10 90% The Cat Rescuers (2019) Limited in scope, occasionally repetitive and fails to delve deep, but it's nonetheless an eye-opening introduction to an important animal rights issue - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
8.453895/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) An exciting, funny and refreshingly witty spectacle that effectively serves its purpose as a mindless diversion and pure escapist fun. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/10 82% Midsommar (2019) An underwhelming, insipid and pretentious bore. It doesn't work as a horror film, comedy, drama, romance, psychological character study nor as a satire. What's the deal with the random Austin Powers reference? - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
8.9/10 67% The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith (2019) An exhilarating, thrilling and genuinely heartfelt epic for the entire family. It will make you stand up and cheer! - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
8.45/10 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) A provocative, witty and captivating crime thriller for adults. It's a great antidote to all of the loud, dumb and shallow blockbuster films. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
9/10 75% Three Peaks (2019) Refreshingly un-Hollywood, poetic and understated with breathtaking cinematography and scenery worth seeing on the big screen. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
9/10 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) A meditative, quietly powerful and engrossing slice-of-life. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
9.25/10 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Equally insightful and moving. Prepare to be enlightened. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
7.9/10 69% The Quiet One (2019) A well-edited, solid introduction to Bill Wyman, but not very profound or moving. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
8.8675/10 86% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) An extraordinary, poetic and refreshingly unpredictable journey unlike anything you've seen before. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
9.21/10 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) A rousing journey brimming with warmth, humor and humanism. It's one of the best animated films of the year. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
9.9/10 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Lyrical, mesmerizing and genuinely heartfelt. A poetic cry for humanity. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
9/10 100% The Russian Five (2019) Thoroughly suspenseful, thrilling and intriguing. A very well-edited documentary. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
5/10 73% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Dull and dry with thrills that fall flat. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
9/10 100% For the Birds (2019) A compassionate, fair and balanced documentary portrait. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
6.000001/10 86% Mouthpiece (2019) A bold, unconventional and surreal character study that's too heavy on the metaphors and flashbacks while low on warmth and wit. Its style often gets in the way of its substance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
9.75/10 No Score Yet Renegade Dreamers (2019) Timely, enlightening and inspirational. Equally entertaining and provocative. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
5.420420 97% Booksmart (2019) Witless, tedious, shallow and unfunny. Booksmart wants you to laugh at someone being vomited on. Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity! - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
8.25/10 100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) A worthy introduction to a lesser known filmmaker. Well-edited and illuminating. A must-see for film buffs. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5.25/10 56% Aladdin (2019) Brims with colorful, lavish set and costume design along with mostly exhilarating musical numbers, but the story beyond the music falls flat because it fails to pack an emotional punch and often becomes dull. It pales compared to the animated classic. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
5/10 45% The Tomorrow Man (2019) John Lithgow and Blythe Danner have chemistry together and give warm, tender performances, but they don't rise above the anodyne, contrived, schmaltzy and clunky screenplay that's concurrently overstuffed and undercooked. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
8.9/10 90% Walking on Water (2019) A mesmerizing, unique and breathtaking experience. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/10 35% Poms (2019) An unfunny, shallow and lethargic comedy that's even worse than last year's Book Club. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
5.25/10 56% Charlie Says (2019) A mildly engaging, but underwhelming and emotionally hollow crime drama that lacks depth and intrigue. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/10 66% The White Crow (2019) Performances that range from very wooden to mediocre fail to enliven the anemic, shallow and pedestrian screenplay. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
8.89/10 91% Come to Daddy (2019) Wickedly funny, campy and surprisingly heartfelt. It's better than Us and deserves to become a cult classic. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/10 17% Rottentail (2019) It's like a Troma film low on laughs, campiness and scares. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7.8/10 95% Buddy (2019) Not as witty nor entertaining as the cat doc KEDI, but it's nonetheless mildly engaging, charming and heartwarming. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
9/10 97% Working Woman (2019) Quietly moving, understated and captivating with a convincingly moving performance by Liron Ben-Shlush. It's a cautionary and empowering tale thoroughly grounded in humanism. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/10 No Score Yet The Sex Trip (2019) A mostly witless, uninspired and unfunny screwball comedy. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
9/10 84% The Brink (2019) An illuminating, enthralling, humanizing and subtly terrifying documentary portrait of Steve Bannon. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5.5/10 94% Us (2019) It bites off much more than it could chew with a story that's concurrently overstuffed and undercooked. Peele treats the audience as if they were stupid while hitting them over the head with symbolism and foreshadowing. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
7/10 40% I'm Not Here (2019) A heartfelt, but clunky and heavy-handed character study saved by J.K. Simmons' raw, bravura performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
8.735/10 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Genuinely moving, nuanced and tender with a raw, charismatic performance by the underrated Josh Wiggins. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
9.5/10 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) An alarming, illuminating and emotionally gripping exposé. Forget about Captain Marvel and watch this powerful doc about the quest of a real-life hero, Rob Stewart, instead. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
1.25/10 71% Climax (2019) An exhausting, vapid, tedious and nauseating assault on the senses. It's one of worst and most pretentious films since Darren Aronofsky's Mother!. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
9/10 100% One Million American Dreams (2018) Poignant, illuminating, enraging and well-edited. A powerful and eye-opening exposé. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
8.666/10 60% Greta (2019) A wildly entertaining, gripping and wickedly funny psychological thriller as well as an intriguing character study. Isabelle Huppert is terrific. It's this generation's Fatal Attraction. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
5.7/10 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem's solid performance barely compensate for a lackluster, underwhelming screenplay. It's not nearly as intelligent, taut and poignant as The Secret in Their Eyes, Tell No One or About Elly. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
8.88/10 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Savagely funny! A wild, exhilarating roller-coaster ride. It's one of the best crime thrillers since Taken. Liam Neeson is in top form. It's destined to become a cult classic. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Kill Mobile (2018) A mildly engaging, but shallow and uneven remake. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/10 50% Jihadists (Salafistes) (2019) Consistently enraging and unflinching, but monotonous, tedious and shallow. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
8.9/10 100% The 5 Browns: Digging Through The Darkness (2019) Equally poignant, heartbreaking and inspirational. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019