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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Someone who can navigate all that, and remain resilient, assertive, even charismatic? Yes - she's a fantastic woman.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
100% 27: El club de los malditos (2018) I don't want to overstate the case for 27: The Club Of The Damned. It's more goofy than brilliant, and with my limited understanding of Spanish, it possibly gained something from not being subtitled.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
88% The Post (2018) It's melodrama, but effective. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) Even though this is Sorkin's directing debut, quite a bit of the clarity comes from the visuals, annotated when necessary, precisely shot and edited with nearly every trick known to contemporary filmmaking.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Nothing in "The Last Jedi" is allowed to be mundane, including the places the filmmakers take the story.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Tonya's been a punching bag for everyone, including the public. And yes, the film implicates us in that. But her defiance grows with every heckle, including her mother's.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) [James] Franco has not just made a really sharp, funny movie about movie making. He's also made a layered and intimate portrait of a friendship with his own brother, Dave Franco.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
97% Coco (2017) The plot, arguably, comes packed with more complications and psychedelic spirit-critters than it really needs. But you can't blame Pixar's animators for having a field day with the film's imagery ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) One of the most invigorating black comedies Hollywood's come up with in years.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman got the tone right last time, which suggested things were looking up. But without director Patty Jenkins around, she's subject to the dismissive male gaze for which Hollywood's long been criticized.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Saoirse Ronan plays Lady Bird as if she'd been following writer-director Greta Gerwig around all her life - mannerisms and liberated worldview fully internalized.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Cate Blanchett's Hela is hella mean, hella snarky and hella striking with her hair slicked back into antlers. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Here, as characters hit the streets for demonstrations, hit the discos to relax and hit the skids when they get sick, you're there with them, pulse pounding out more beats per minute than you might have thought possible. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) The tight focus helps make Marshall more courtroom drama than biopic. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins give us staggering new visions of the future, ones that confound and trance and mystify in Blade Runner 2049 even while making rich cinematic senses. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) Baker has imbued this whole terrific movie with a child's sense of discovery - the sort that can turn a decrepit, pastel corner of Orlando into a vibrant cinematic playground.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) As upbeat and entertaining as it undeniably is, Battle Of The Sexes sees that battle as ongoing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
84% Loving Vincent (2017) You will marvel at the art in this labor-intensive labor-of-love.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
9% Tulip Fever (2017) [Tulip Fever is] lush and boisterous and crammed with the sort of arts gossip and commerce trivia that go nicely with gilded frames and talk of tulip futures.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
85% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats [is] just plain haunting. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) [Taylor] Sheridan paints a searing picture of life on society's margins - people who live with 'silence and snow' and not much else. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a hugely effective lecture.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) [Florence] Pugh is mesmerizing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) A meditation on loss but also on legacy - on our enduring need to endure. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) What makes this homecoming fun is [Tom] Holland, who seems as excited about Spider-Man as his classmates even though he is Spider-Man.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) Maud's life was constricted, but her gaze was expansive. And so is her movie.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
82% The Trip to Spain (2017) I would follow these guys on a trip to anywhere.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
84% Megan Leavey (2017) Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's spare handheld camera work comes into its own once the canine teams are out in the field.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4/10 18% Baywatch (2017) Unlike the setup, the story founders and cramps like a tourist who swam too soon after an all-you-can-eat buffet, which is pretty much the only thing the filmmakers don't toss into the water by film's end. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
8/10 94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function - it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
9/10 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) It's both gorgeous enough and emotionally engaging enough to be worth seeking out.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
7/10 84% God Knows Where I Am (2017) They're using the pacing and the lachrymose visuals to get us inside Linda's head, giving us a sense of how she saw the world as it closed in on her: the loneliness, the ever-slowing pace of a life ebbing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
8/10 93% All This Panic (2017) [Filmmakers Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton] got close to them as Brooklyn neighbors and spent three years following them as they matured and began to separate from parents and forge their own identities.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Get Out is more a very smart satire with scares, than a full-on horror movie. But if it makes you think while it's making you jump there's much to be said for that.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
6.5/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) With all the aerial dogfights, armored combat vehicles, grenades, flame-throwers and snipers, Rogue One feels like a film for those who think that most Star Wars movies are insufficiently like World War II flicks.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
8.5/10 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) You can't help marveling at the tightrope the filmmakers walk: honoring their courage and sacrifice while making an action flick entertaining enough to justify the more than $100 million it took to make it come alive on-screen.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
7/10 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If body count is what you go to Westerns for, by all means drift into this one's corral. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
7/10 51% Genius (2016) Is it too much? Well, sure. Genius is more Thomas Wolfe than Max Perkins, you might say. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
79% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) A relationship drama with societal implications, Desde Allá (From Afar) hails from afar - specifically, from Venezuela - and marks a striking debut for first-time writer director Lorenzo Vigas.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
8/10 91% Art Bastard (2016) 'Art Bastard' is a film about a man who has tilted - and continues to tilt - at the art-world equivalent of Don Quixote's windmills. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
9/10 88% The Lobster (2016) plays cleverly with the compatibility assumptions behind, say, singles groups and online dating sites.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
8/10 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Most of the real world challenges that Leo DiCaprio faced in The Revenant, 10-year-old Neel Sethi faces plenty persuasively in The Jungle Book's digitized world. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) It's freighted not so much with entertainment value as it is with enough talk of fallen gods, absent parents, and dissolute heroes to fuel a Greek tragedy. And ... director Zack Snyder seems convinced that that's what he's making.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
89% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) An intriguingly unnerving little civics lesson.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) Meryl Streep will soon play Jenkins in another movie, but it's hard to imagine anyone improving on the mix of hilarity and heartbreak this transplanted, fictional version achieves.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) Credit the Disney folks with making what could have been a lecture on stereotypes into one of the more amusing animated kidflicks of recent vintage.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
83% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool ... has the singular virtue of being funnier than we've been led to believe a superhero film can be.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
95% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) A drama that offers a portrait of dedication and alienation, as well as of an unspoken, honored-entirely-in-the-breach bond between brothers who've spent a lifetime butting heads near the top of the world.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
91% Anomalisa (2015) What's fascinating is how the things that make the film different are the very things that make it emotionally engaging.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015