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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B No Score Yet 120 Days (2013) This doc throws an affecting spotlight on the personal side of immigration, [and] shows that we as a society can't and don't really want to know the full truth about the issue.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
C- No Score Yet Being Awesome (2013) Cycles through well-worn clichés of stuck-in-a-rut, cusp-of-thirtysomething frustration, but adds nothing much new or of interest to the emotionally-adrift-guys sub-genre.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
D+ 75% Burt's Buzz (2014) If there was a film school class about burying the lede, it would be difficult to think of a more fitting example than this aimless doc, which gets to its most essential questions only an hour into its running time or leaves them entirely unasked.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
B+ 82% Ivory Tower (2014) Full of questions for which there are not always necessarily easy real-world answers. But doesn't that describe the college experience itself, however? Our mission: try, try again, fail again, fail better.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) Engagingly plotted and anchored by rich characterisations - a swollen tearjerker that confirms the star presence of Shailene Woodley.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 3, 2014
C 50% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) A well-intentioned historical drama that gets caught up in the undertow of mawkish melodrama early on, never to fully recover.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
4.8 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) Existing at the intersection of Quaint Avenue and Shenanigans Street, this odd, twee, character-based slice of rah-rah community dramedy and uplift never quite takes flight.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2014
7.1/10 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) A scattershot affair that mixes MacFarlane's characteristically crass and off-kilter sense of humor with sentimentality and affable goofiness.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2014
C+ No Score Yet Oasis: Definitely Maybe (2004) An engaging if incomplete documentary overview of Oasis' debut album that imparts some interesting new slang for drugged-out intoxication ('cabbaged beyond all f-cking belief') while also confirming the Gallagher brothers' feud.‐
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
6.7/10 43% Words And Pictures (2014) At the center of the film's appeal, though, are its two lead performances and the joy of watching these actors seemingly discover each other in real time.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
1.5/5 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) This clamorous offering fails to elicit either laughs or much in the way of sympathy.‐ Screen International
Posted May 22, 2014
4.4/10 7% Don Peyote (2014) It sounds dickish and empty to call Don Peyote indulgent, but the film feels so personal that it never connects to any universal feelings of panic on the part of its character or, by extension, Fogler.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
D+ No Score Yet Forev (2014) There's nothing particularly deep or compelling about these characterizations, and since the film doesn't create its own canted universe a pungent odor of phoniness envelopes an already flimsy conceit.‐
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
5.3/10 23% Devil's Knot (2014) A serviceable, straightforward work that embraces posed and expeditious dramatic signifiers rather than plunging more daringly into the mouth of madness.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
C No Score Yet Losing LeBron (2013) This cinematic apéritif is a moderately engaging if also somewhat incomplete emotional survey of a city's psychological health.‐
Read More | Posted May 14, 2014
B No Score Yet Sunken City (2012) Fans of The Big Lebowski will appreciate this loose-limbed crime comedy, which locates its sweet spot in stoner humor and dry send-up of noir conventions, plus a strong lead performance.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted May 14, 2014
8.2/10 80% Fed Up (2014) Stephanie Soechtig's documentary lays waste to the cruel, dismissive assessment that corpulence is simply a reflection of a lack of personal willpower.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
1.5/5 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) Wasting a voice cast populated with recognisable names, this attempt to cash in on nostalgia for its source material evokes more bewilderment and boredom than excitement or wistful reminiscence.‐ Screen International
Posted May 11, 2014
C No Score Yet As High As The Sky (2012) The end resting point at which As High As the Sky arrives is a heartfelt one. One merely wishes its path was a bit more deeply carved.‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2014
C 82% Redwood Highway (2014) A marginal showcase for fans of the twice Oscar-nominated Shirley Knight that falters by taking the road more frequently traveled.‐
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
6.1/10 83% Belle (2014) This polished and engaging but emotionally gauzy and at times downright frustrating film slugs its way through a lot of dutifully passionate speechifying en route to a conclusion of scrupulously manufactured uplift.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 33% Farmland (2014) Doesn't exercise a great deal of editorial discipline in crafting deep narrative through-lines, but steeped enough in feeling to provide a freshmen-level survey class on modern American agriculture.‐
Read More | Posted May 4, 2014
2.9/10 56% Decoding Annie Parker (2014) Powered by whiplash tonalities, the film's unwieldy, stacked-deck narrative cycles through a series of tableaux that are largely familiar, frequently phony and sometimes, remarkably, even both at the same time.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2014
6.5/10 46% Walking With The Enemy (2014) An unfussy but robust World War II drama inspired by the factual story of a small-town Hungarian rabbi's son who used wile, guile and occasionally brute force to disrupt Nazi occupation and save countless Jewish friends and families.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
C- 85% Last Passenger (2014) A runaway-train action thriller that coasts along serviceably for a bit before entering Boredom Station, this British-produced rip-off of Speed lacks compelling characterizations.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
25% The Other Woman (2014) Connecting slightly more often than not, this film works best as a showcase for the talents of Leslie Mann, who can wring rueful laughter of identification out of humiliation and angst unlike few actresses working today.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 23, 2014
B 85% Joe (2014) A tender, lyrical slice of underclass drama that also exercises a certain metaphorical connection to the low-lying fog of economic desperation that presently holds so many in its grip.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2014
3.9/10 20% Transcendence (2014) A techno-thriller that systematically squanders an interesting concept. Overstuffed but underdeveloped, it mistakes serial incident for dramatic connection.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2014
5.1/10 57% Small Time (2014) Small Time is an appropriate title for this period piece dramedy, the type of film whose meandering tone and lack of stakes inform savvy viewers of the fact that it's 'inspired by true events' even without benefit of a credits title card.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2014
6.0/10 21% Frankie & Alice (2014) Admittedly a generously apportioned slice of awards-bait pie, but a well-rendered and engaging psychological drama nonetheless, anchored by two solid performances.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
5/10 27% Perfect Sisters (2014) Exists in a soupy, unpersuasive middle ground, neither touching the rich, charged atmosphere of Heavenly Creatures, nor aiming for something more darkly comedic or rooted in social commentary.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
C- 90% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) A hopelessly insular work [that] affirms the talent of its subject, but frustratingly fails to establish a cleanly delineated backdrop or emotional throughline for a general audience.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2014
6.8/10 59% Draft Day (2014) Less a disquisition on beta-masculinity than an engaging extension of the National Football League brand. But it works far more than it doesn't, connecting with pleasure and heart.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2014
C+ 51% Hateship Loveship (2014) Even if the low-wattage hum of her lightly romantic drama eventually peters out, Johnson again proves herself an astute chronicler of human frailty.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2014
C 43% The Anonymous People (2014) Leads with its considerable heart, but can't summon the sort of order and focus necessary to convert generalized sympathy into stronger lasting memory or impulse for action.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2014
A 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) An engaging work of many colors, at once funny and heart-piercing. There may not be a better film this year about adult sibling jostling, rivalry and affection.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
5.5/10 46% Rio 2 (2014) Overstuffed and overly demonstrative, Saldanha's sequel is at once perfectly fine and perfectly forgettable.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 89% Disneynature Bears (2014) Co-directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey's stirringly captured movie unlocks a sincere sense of awe and reverence within viewers' hearts, even as it frustrates an audience looking for a bit more.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 9, 2014
C+ 40% A Farewell to Fools (2014) An extremely low-boil wartime farce, content to wring quiet smiles and silent laughs, that more or less works as a sort of lightly affected, darkly comedic parable.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2014
6.5/10 24% Goodbye World (2014) Kind of an incidental apocalyptic drama -- an unusual, distinctively character-rooted hybrid of The Big Chill, The Trigger Effect and Into the Wild.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2014
C+ 39% In the Blood (2014) Saddled with a weirdo, disturbing ending. Still, there's still a certain ramshackle appeal to this starchy, Taken-meets-Turistas revenge flick, which could just as easily be titled Woman on Fire.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
D+ 24% Alien Abduction (2014) Eschewing more sophisticated and higher-degree-of-difficulty moodiness for lots of panicked thrashing about, this found-footage horror tale is an exercise in well-intentioned tedium.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2014
B 100% Big Men (2014) A kind of true-life, slow-motion disaster flick for the NPR set [which] throws a spotlight on human fallibility, and all the shades of grey that color the geopolitical world.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2014
C+ 76% Noah (2014) Poised somewhere between a film of pure wonder and a more explicitly religious action text, Noah is a big and interesting and evocative and at times sigh-inducing work, for a variety of reasons.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2014
C- No Score Yet Happy Camp (2014) Absent a story that generates any sort of clearly defined stakes or rooting audience interest, the movie elicits more of a yawn than any lasting impression.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2014
B 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) A tense, knotty (in more ways than one) valentine of leaching amorality -- a satisfyingly warped walk on the wild side.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014
C- 83% On My Way (2014) A road trip venture crafted especially for Catherine Deneuve, this testy and at times offbeat French import, more ramshackle than pleasingly ambling, never gels in a meaningful manner.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014
C 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) It's possible for a movie to confirm the innate filmmaking gifts of its helmer while still not quite succeeding as a standalone film. Such is the case with this artful yet frustrating coming-of-age drama, which values tone over incident.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2014
B+ 90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) Instead of pandering to one and only one sentiment, this engaging offering -- poised pleasantly between quaint and quirky -- does entirely right by adolescent feeling.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2014
7.4/10 76% Teenage (2014) Wolf reveals himself to be a gifted and intuitive filmmaker, able to make academic connections that are still true to the depth of feeling attached to teenagedom -- of living very seriously, except when absolutely not.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2014