Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
68% 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
42% 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
44% 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 22% 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
68% 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
88% 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
79% 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
90% 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
75% 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
67% 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
90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A brisk, well-mounted children's fantasy, with Cornish giving the story an entertainingly apocalyptic spin. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) It's an effective little thriller whose occasional flaws come mostly as a result of its considerable virtues, so you roll with it. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Kidman's performance as this broken, obsessed woman is powerful. Breathless, rasping through her teeth, she conveys both vulnerability and intractability. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) Steinfeld is an enormously talented actress, and the film knows to spend some time with her and not try to hurry things along to the next big set piece. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
81% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) Should be required viewing for all of today's Hollywood franchise jockeys. It shows you how to make one of these things without sacrificing your characters' souls (or your own, for that matter). - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) It's a sick, dumb joke that you can't help but laugh at. And as soon as you do, you feel bad about falling for the gag. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
100% Dead Souls (2018) Even the modest settings - a floral cushion here, a scattered piece of clothing or unmade bed there - give us a sense of the texture of these lives. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
74% Clara's Ghost (2018) A twisted, slippery little whisper of a thing that refuses to let itself be easily defined. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
85% Dumplin' (2018) On its surface, Dumplin' is a slight, charming comedy about beauty pageants and learning to be yourself, but watch closely enough and you might see some of the new moves it brings to an otherwise predictable routine. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
63% Tyrel (2018) The ecosystem of behaviors and attitudes on display is so unnervingly sharp that some of us may well find ourselves wincing in recognition. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The film reminds you that the jungle is a terrifying place, that nature is cruel, and humans even crueler. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
No Score Yet Head Full of Honey (2018) To go with its bizarre plotting and shrill performances, the film seems to have been edited in a Cuisinart. But those are the least of its crimes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
91% Mirai (2018) In the best possible way, "Mirai" feels like the dream of a very wise child. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
75% The Mercy (2018) I walked away from this picture both moved and confused. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda eases us into this loving arrangement on the margins of society and then slowly, subtly undoes every assumption we might have made about these people. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Any concern that an elegantly mounted, star-studded period piece set during the War of Spanish Succession might have diluted Greek surrealist Yorgos Lanthimos' particular brand of sadism turns out to be entirely unwarranted. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A melancholy look at how we imagine ourselves in the world, and all the ways that class, family and desire can come to complicate that. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) "Ralph Breaks the Internet" might look like just another adorable, funny animated family film, but it also connects to our current reality in ways that are downright bone-chilling. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) Go in expecting greatness, and you're likely to be disappointed. Go in expecting a Rocky sequel, and you'll get a surprisingly effective one. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
81% Instant Family (2018) When it works, it's genuinely funny and moving. But when it doesn't, hoo boy, it's atrocious. But it mostly works. I think. Maybe. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald is a tiresome slog - but it ends well. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
58% Mobile Homes (2018) If only Vladimir de Fontenay's film could match the sheer expressive power of its actress. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
65% Jonathan (2018) Unfortunately, the film's structure works against our emotional involvement. The problem is that we see the story almost entirely from Jonathan's perspective. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
89% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) It's all a bit too ludicrous to be sensuous or unsettling, or ultimately all that insightful. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
96% Amazing Grace (2018) It is a transcendent film. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
76% The Long Dumb Road (2018) Mantzoukas brilliantly juggles all the different forces of Richard's personality so that we never quite know what to make of this guy, which in turn means that we never quite know what will happen next with him and Nat. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Avery deftly orchestrates some grisly, intense set pieces. He delivers on the thrills, even if the story leaves something to be desired. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
50% Postcards From London (2018) [It] may not make for a particularly involving narrative experience. But it sure is nice to look at. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) With this documentary, Morgan Neville has made a movie about Orson Welles that would have transfixed the great master himself. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is at its best when showing the inner workings of the Hart campaign as it attempts to handle the revelations. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
24% Nobody's Fool (2018) It's something like five movies in one. Or maybe it's five movies in two. Or six movies in three. It's a mess, whatever it is, but it's not without its charms. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
89% Bodied (2018) Bodied is uneven, but it has the fire where it counts. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) By and large, this latest entry in Lisbeth's adventures... offers a drab genre piece that's more like an attempt to establish a James Bond-like franchise for Lisbeth than a compelling exploration of the character. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
No Score Yet Marfa Girl 2 (2018) Clark likes to linger on close-ups of intertwined naked bodies, and he seems to admire these characters' freedom. But ultimately, it all feels whisper thin... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
100% The Grief of Others (2018) It's an artful portrait of a world that refuses the order we try to impose on it when we close ourselves off to heartache, doubt and pain. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018