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T-Meter Title | Year
5.25/10 59% 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 50% 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 94% Walking on Water (2019) A mesmerizing, unique and breathtaking experience. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/10 32% 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 51% 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 67% 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 90% 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
7.8/10 100% 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 83% 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 43% 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 59% 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 78% 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
9.5/10 95% What Is Democracy? (2019) Vital, profound and eye-opening. It's far more provocative, fair and balanced than any films that Michael Moore and Dinesh D'Souza have ever made. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
5/10 33% Rockaway (2017) Often contrived and clunky while falling emotionally flat with a dull screenplay and mediocre performances. It ultimately bites off much more than it could chew. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
5.17 75% Pledge (2019) Lean and mildly entertaining with unflinching violence, but it's ultimately too shallow and offers very little that's surprising, clever or inventive. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
8.22/10 83% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) Warm, funny and witty with just the right balance of suspense and poignancy. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
5/10 58% Touch Me Not (2019) Bold and unconventional with poetic cinematography, but often emotionally vapid, tedious and exhausting. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
8.4/10 No Score Yet Intimate Strangers (2018) A wildly entertaining, intriguing and suspenseful social commentary. You'll never look at your cell phone nor your friends and lovers the same way again. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2.282303/10 32% Between Worlds (2018) A dumb, lazy and cringe-inducing mess. Cage and Potente deserve better. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8.45/10 86% Bitter Melon (2018) Bold, heartfelt and refreshingly unpredictable. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
6.45/10 No Score Yet The Tag-Along: The Devil Fish (2018) Mildly entertaining and visually stylish with better effects than the last two films, but ultimately forgettable. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
6.75/10 40% The Wedding (2018) Refreshingly nuanced, understated and unHollywood with exquisite cinematography and set design, but it ultimately leaves you cold and underwhelmed. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/10 No Score Yet Bernie the Dolphin (2018) Harmless and family-friendly with beautiful scenery, but often boring and lethargic. It makes Free Willy look like Citizen Kane. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
6.8843/10 19% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Not imaginative nor clever enough to rise above mediocrity, but it's nonetheless an intense, occasionally terrifying ride with stylish production design and superb visual effects. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
9.89/10 76% Never Look Away (2019) A powerful, enthralling and sweeping saga with breathtaking cinematography and stellar, charismatic performances by Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch and Paula Beer. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
7.5314585/10 96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) A mildly engaging, yet heartfelt biopic with a shallow screenplay elevated by Alba August's raw and tender performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
9.1/10 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Delightful, witty and exhilarating. It joins Incredibles 2 as one of the best animated films of the year. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
8.62/10 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Electrifying, heartfelt and enormously entertaining with a great soundtrack and a breakthrough performance by Lorenzo Ferro. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
7/10 100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) A mildly gripping and very gritty, but unremarkable and forgettable B-movie. Unlike Rear Window, it leaves no room for interpretation nor for the imagination. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
7.85/10 No Score Yet Time Freak (2018) A lighthearted, provocative and honest exploration of modern relationships. An intriguing blend of science fiction, romcom and drama elevated by Asa Butterfield's charisma. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Better Angels (2018) Dull, repetitive and naively optimistic. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
9.9/10 78% Green Book (2018) Genuinely warm, funny and provocative. The rare major studio film that has a palpable heart, mind and soul. It's one of the most powerful films about friendship since The Intouchables. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
5/10 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Breathtaking costume and set designs, but overproduced, cold and bland with a shallow screenplay that fails to emotionally connect the audience with Clara. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet The Long Shadow (2018) Informative, thorough and persuasive, but a bit too dry and academic rather than emotionally engrossing and cinematic. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
8.8/10 86% 3100: Run and Become (2018) Heartwarming, inspirational and enlightening. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
4/10 72% Indivisible (2018) Stilted, shallow and dull with too much sugar-coating and oversimplifications. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
9/10 100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) Wise, funny and genuinely heartfelt. A testament to Patrick Wang's humanism and impeccable filmmaking skills. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
9/10 100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) Wise, funny and genuinely heartfelt. A testament to Patrick Wang's humanism and impeccable filmmaking skills. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018