Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% The Hired Hand (1971) Mixed in with the delicate, naturalistic performances... is a sense of stylistic experimentation that also feels thoroughly new. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) Some might want to leave the theater and file a lawsuit. I stayed and laughed. It's funny because it's abominable. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
50% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The action is unclear and the menace unconvincing. The tin-eared dialogue - of which there is a shocking amount, for a movie set largely underwater - doesn't help either. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
100% Los Reyes (2019) The directors avoid symbolism or didacticism, and instead immerse us in a sense of life lived at the languid pace of an afternoon daydream. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
76% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) "Angry Birds 2"... tosses story, character and sense aside, and opts for a go-for-broke style of humor. The hoops our heroes jump through become increasingly surreal and hilarious. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
81% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) There is absolutely nothing original in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which just goes to show that you don't need originality to be effective. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
82% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Even as it strikes a gently irreverent tone, the film also embodies its heroine's positive energy: We understand that the world would be a better place if the rest of us were more like Dora, not the other way around. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
71% Light of My life (2019) It's not original, but it is enlivened by some artful touches and two excellent performances. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It turns out that whittling the series' rapidly bulging dramatis personae down to two guys who hate each other can be strangely liberating. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) Longley likes to shift perspective, and the film often basks in a collective, many-voiced consciousness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) I laughed at Stuber, but I laughed less and less as the movie went on, and I cared less, too. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
100% General Magic (2019) "General Magic" is engaging, but there's a tougher, tighter film in here struggling to get out. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) It's a stirring reminder of what can be achieved with all the talent (and money) in the world, as well as a cautionary tale of what can happen when there's no vision to bind it all together. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
91% The Cat Rescuers (2019) While it movingly portrays the unique individuals committed to helping these cats, it doesn't quite tackle the full complexity of this subject. Still, no animal lover should be surprised to find themselves holding back tears while watching it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
31% Anna (2019) Over and over, the film proceeds down one narrative path, then jumps back as each twist reveals a new, hidden thread. Besson keeps the story and action clear while deftly slipping in minor details that prove crucial later on. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
72% The Command (Kursk) (2019) The fine cast keeps us engaged, even if the film sometimes loses the narrative thread. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) We're all Forkys at heart, the film seems to be saying. And by breaking out of the cozy boundaries of the Toy Story films, it lights out for new, uncertain territory. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
22% Daughter of the Wolf (2019) Alas, David Hackl's film doesn't give its gifted star much to do, despite a wealth of natural challenges and even one nifty car stunt early on. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
44% Hampstead (2019) It's a pleasant rattle of a film that makes fine use of its likable leads - Keaton's oddly regal klutziness matches well against Gleeson's gruff moral rectitude - and an appealing setting. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Too scattered narratively to cohere, and yet somehow still funny enough to justify its existence, "The Secret Life of Pets 2" makes for an entertaining trifle. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) Beyond being tiresome, Intermezzo is just plain ugly, with seemingly little care given to the image - odd, perhaps, given that the film is so clearly and confrontationally about its own director's gaze. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A nerve-racking masterpiece whose spell lingers long after its haunting final image. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's the most fun the director seems to have had in years, but it's also, oddly, his most compassionate picture in more than a decade. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
31% The Intruder (2019) Iit's high time Quaid truly embraced the role of a real horror-movie psycho, and the key pleasure of... The Intruder lies in watching the actor bounce among extremes of charm, anxiety, chumminess, and madness. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) It's a chilling reminder that real predators rarely look and act like movie monsters. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Pokémon obsessives will want to check it out, but the movie is mostly an uninspired slog, not committed enough to work as a demented genre picture, and not funny enough to work as a goofy, lighthearted comedy. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) It's a testament to the strength of Thompson's performance, and DaCosta's control of tone and action, that for all the bleakness of this world, we keep watching. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Meeting Gorbachev is a hagiography, but it's unafraid to position itself as such; Herzog makes his case proudly and passionately. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
35% El Chicano (2019) This is a nasty, brutal little movie, more in the vein of a grindhouse revenge flick than anything else. But it's effectively done... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) It is a terrifically scary movie that I wish were more haunting. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
60% Breakthrough (2019) You don't have to believe in divine intervention to be moved by this story. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy, as conceived, is one of the more interesting comic book heroes we have. He deserves better than this. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
56% The Highwaymen (2019) As an excuse to spend some time with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson doing what Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson do, it'll do just fine. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
93% Us (2019) If Get Out was a dagger, Us is a storm cloud.The new picture is also, in some ways, more assured than Get Out in the way it delivers traditional but effective genre pleasures. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) It's not hard to enjoy Dumbo. Like the circus owners and carnival crackpots who try to exploit the flying elephant for all he's worth, Tim Burton still knows how to give us what we want. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
67% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Lillis is ideally cast as Nancy, often cheerfully undercutting some of her character's more precocious proclamations, cracking smiles and reminding us that she's still a kid. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
46% The Kid (2019) It succeeds sporadically as a corrective anti-myth, but as a story about people, it fails to come to life. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
42% The Wedding Guest (2019) It's all quite gorgeous, and surprisingly moving. The Wedding Guest shows just how much you can do with a wisp of a story and a whole lot of cinematic vision. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
2.5/5 23% Miss Bala (2019) This Hollywoodized remake is mostly generic and uninspired, but it also proves that Rodriguez has the makings of a true movie star. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's the Inception of rom-coms. Sort of. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Talbot is a striking filmmaker, giving his film both a lived-in authenticity - the location work is evocative, and he's filled the screen with oddball locals - and a fairy-tale hermeticism. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit ultimately winds up being about how unsatisfying films like Cold Pursuit can be. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
38% Untogether (2019) If only the film itself were willing to be a little more untogether, to lose control occasionally and show us something new and unpredictable. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Documentary shorts... provide their share of sad tales, but here, engaging filmmaking can temper the despair... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Four of the titles in question feature a child in some kind of horrific danger - whether it involves kidnapping, murder, accidental death or racial violence. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Several of these efforts are able to focus on children's emotional lives without turning them into opportunistic plot devices. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
71% Piercing (2019) Piercing is an unnerving mix of loveliness and lunacy. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) What makes The Brink so different from just another platform for this professional troll? Though Klayman sticks to a largely vérité approach of following her subject around and observing his various interactions, she also provides important context. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
94% Sweetheart (2019) It's not afraid to go for the occasional jump scare, but it's also an ingenious affair, a no-nonsense monster movie that uses its limitations effectively and tells its story cinematically. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
61% Native Son (2019) Sanders's... performance breathes new life into one of American literature's most heartbreaking and controversial characters. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019