Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
71% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Once upon a time, saying a movie would help "pass the time" felt like damning with faint praise. Today, it feels like an essential service. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
90% The Climb (2020) The scene that kicks off The Climb is by far the best thing in the entire movie, but don't hold that against the picture - the rest of it is pretty great, too. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
45% Fatman (2020) Fatman is so enamored of its central idea that it forgets to take that idea any further. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
79% Let Him Go (2020) The patient, somber direction gives the characters - and the actors playing them - room to breathe. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
100% His House (2020) His House is beautifully made, and its scares are monstrously effective, but its images of real-world dread remain unresolved, its specters unvanquished. The film leaves you with wounds that won't heal. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
79% Over the Moon (2020) What started off like a mournful but fairly standard fairy-tale becomes, at least for a while, a candy-colored, throbbing extravaganza. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat 2 may not hit quite as many shocking comic highs as the first Borat, but it probably coheres more as a film... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
83% Martin Eden (2020) The film is a masterpiece... see it any way you can. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
40% Honest Thief (2020) It's a subdued, at times even intimate, old-guy action flick. And that streamlined, bare-bones quality serves the film well. Mostly. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
29% The War with Grandpa (2020) It's the kind of film that seems to vanish from the mind even as you're watching it. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
51% Hubie Halloween (2020) None of this is particularly original, but nobody said you had to be original to make people laugh. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
88% Save Yourselves! (2020) If it plays things a little too safe at times, that's probably because it has to. And besides, it's charming enough that you may not notice, or care. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
19% Ava (2020) One of our most expressive actresses joining two of our most insistent hams in an action movie? How do you screw something like that up? Well, maybe by just stopping at the concept and calling it a day. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) It's smart enough to be very much its own thing, and that thing very much belongs to its young star, Millie Bobby Brown. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) We never really get to know any of these characters aside from their villainy and/or victimhood. They're paper fish in a cardboard barrel. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Cuties certainly deserves to be seen. But it's also a delicate work that strikes a very careful balance in its portrait of the world... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Alas, little of it registers as particularly new, or interesting. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
60% Tesla (2020) [A] bizarre, bewitching film. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
89% Sputnik (2020) Sputnik's genre pleasures are modest, but like the best sci-fi, it gets you thinking. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow is one of the scariest movies I've seen in a long time. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
76% The Rental (2020) There may be some existential meaning to The Rental's abrupt, too easy ending. But if you ask me, I think Dave Franco ran out of money, time, and ideas. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Despite its slender run time and relatively spare narrative, Greyhound lingers in the mind thanks to Hanks's presence. Come for the naval geekery, stay for the humanity. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) I watch The Old Guard and try to imagine a new world, one where other comic-book movies are this well made and breathtaking. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Everything - every scene, every line of dialogue - feels like it's working toward a point. Which, when you think about it, is a good way to never actually make a point. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) You know where the film is headed. But even so, Eurovision gives us an inspired and hilarious match between subject and stars, all driven by melodrama... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
40% You Should Have Left (2020) It might have worked as a drama, but as horror, it's a disaster. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) It is one of the greatest films Spike Lee has ever made. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
92% Be Water (2020) Be Water doesn't feel like a sports doc at all; you walk away from it convinced that Bruce Lee was an artist more than anything else. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
No Score Yet The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Yet another insipidly sleazy, lizard-brain shoot-'em-up that through its very dullness demonstrates how rote such ghastly fare has become in our culture. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
100% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) Frías de la Parra proves himself a gifted visual storyteller, but he's also not one to handhold us through a narrative. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
95% Lucky Grandma (2020) What ultimately makes it all work so well is Tsai Chin's endearingly gruff performance. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) The Trip films have a remarkable (and welcome) tonal consistency, and there's plenty here of those lively, escapist elements that have made these movies so charming and irresistible - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
100% Driveways (2020) There can be a very fine line between a movie that is delicate and understated and a movie that is lazy and undernourished. Ahn is slowly perfecting the former. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
50% The Mindfulness Movement (2020) As a film, The Mindfulness Movement is engaging, although it can get repetitive... - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) It's so tenderhearted and transporting, its characters so likable, that you can't help but want to give the movie and everyone in it a big hug. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
86% Sea Fever (2020) Hardiman steers clear from spectacle, cheap thrills, and jump scares. Instead, she wisely builds suspense from uncertainty... - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
71% Trolls World Tour (2020) In the absence of inspiration, Trolls World Tour offers little more than speedy delivery, predictable world-building, and dutiful karaoke. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
47% To The Wonder (2013) Although the filmmaker often puts specifically Christian imagery into his film, his sensibility turns out to be more Zen: he can find manifestations of glory in both the noblest gesture and the darkest impulse. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
90% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) Grossman explores the song's history further, the film gains in power. A look at the unlikely journey of a song becomes an ennobling, occasionally troubling look at Jewish history, going back to the shtetls of Eastern Europe... - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
50% The Other Side of the Ice (2013) It is in these moments-contrasting human mutability with the awesome, almost absolute power of nature-that The Other Side of the Ice finds its true power... - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
81% Kon Tiki (2013) Although the film is replete with suspense, it's often at its best when playing the characters on the raft off one another. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
73% Sushi: The Global Catch (2012) Sushi: The Global Catch gains genuine immediacy. Like the best advocacy documentaries, it makes you leave the theater wanting to learn more about how you can help. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
78% Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012) The approach is multipronged, but luckily, Escape Fire doesn't lose any of its urgency or power as a result. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
55% Decoding Deepak (2012) Decoding Deepak is a loving film but also makes it clear that Deepak Chopra is enamored of the frenzy of his career. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
96% Chasing Ice (2012) True, there's no blood this time around, no gruesome images of dolphins dying, but it could be argued that the supernaturally beautiful images that Balog (and, by extension, Orlowski) captures are even more despairing and alarming... - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
50% Doctored (2012) Sheehan's film doesn't quite scale beyond the chiropractor debate. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
100% Elemental (2013) Elemental is really about persistence: In these three approaches to monumental environmental concerns, what we're really seeing are three very different ways of solving a problem. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
70% A Fierce Green Fire (2013) The results are beautiful, fascinating, and, understandably, messy. Not all of these people want the same thing, and sometimes their needs conflict with one another. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
100% Free China: The Courage to Believe (2013) As it is, Free China is an interesting and moving film, but it is most likely preaching to the choir. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
No Score Yet Unacceptable Levels (2013) The film also possesses a sly, welcome wit. Those stylistic touches, as well as the director's own openness, lend this intriguing documentary a credibility that it otherwise might have lacked. - Spirituality & Health EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020