Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Midsommar (2019) While his previous feature offered an unwavering look at the splintering of one family, Midsommar compartmentalizes Dani's grief (and refuses even to bother explaining the murders) as it pivots away from it both tonally and narratively. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
93% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) A portrait of a writer who has always dared to reflect the world as she sees it: as ugly as it is beautiful, where black characters have the agency to be as bold, hurtful, and triumphant as everyone else. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
31% Shaft (2019) Attempts to reckon with the many different facets that make the tough-guy private dick a flawed hero, to the ultimate detriment of its main storyline. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
71% This One's for the Ladies (2019) Because Graham fills the film with so many different dialogues that don't always connect, he prevents it from offering concise, sociopolitical insight about race, class, and sexuality. It comes off as pedestrian with nothing really essential to say. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet After Maria (2019) "After Maria" is an effective, personal film that humanizes a persistent national tragedy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Highlights that being in a loving relationship is not about surrendering part of yourself to make your partner feel good; it's about elevating each other. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) At its core, "See You Yesterday" is a story about grief and the inevitable question so many mourners have asked themselves: Could I have done anything to forestall my loved one's death? - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) Goes from a forward-thinking female-centered modern reimagining to a silly, empty, and entirely useless remake. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
61% The Quiet One (2019) Writer-director Oliver Murray's attempt to piece together a captivating story isn't nearly as captivating as perhaps he or Wyman may think it is. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
31% The Intruder (2019) A flaccid wannabe thriller that barely spends any time forming its story, and what little we do know is utterly uninteresting. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) It becomes unclear whether we are even supposed to root for Rudolf, or if it matters that we do. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) The film fails to provoke a strong emotion from the audience other than a heavy sense of hopelessness, but that's also what makes it so interesting. It doesn't bother to coddle. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
46% Little (2019) Evokes empathy for those with small voices and big hearts, and for talent that is often pushed aside. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) The way the film implores its audience to see the humanity of both Ann's allies and the Klansmen reflects a cringeworthy image of Donald Trump saying, in the aftermath of Charlottesville, that there were "some very fine people on both sides." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
94% Us (2019) Even as the central characters are enveloped by doom, Peele provides a haunting image of a black family that is both unsuspecting and frighteningly unfuckwithable. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
77% Adopt a Highway (2019) Though Hawke's engrossing performance and composer Jason Isbell's ("A Star Is Born") serene score are worth a watch, "Adopt a Highway" comes off as flat as it is earnest. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Though the movie is not without a few stereotypical western tropes,... at its best it's an interesting story written by John Fusco about two men struggling with the deceit of image and the betrayal of reality. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
79% Juanita (2019) Although "Juanita" teeters off track a bit with the chef's half-baked back story, it soars when it allows its lead to explore the complexities of love and unbridled joy. And Woodard completely owns it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) Deserves acclaim for highlighting the stories of marginalized young black men in a city still predominantly depicted through a white male gaze. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Like the original film, except its themes more directly address real-life bias in the workplace by giving its female protagonist the permission to be cutthroat, self-obsessed, sexual, and completely unapologetic - and we still want to root for her. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
79% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) It's as if Eureka Springs isn't about religion, but rather a religion itself. Come join us. It's subtle, but it's like a friendly knock on your door met with a bottle of cognac and a book of hymns. It's good-natured and all, but should we still drink it? - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
12% Berlin, I Love You (2019) It's important to stress that these storylines simply happen and don't actually unfold. In other words, scenes aren't allowed to breathe or to be processed. They merely arise. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) [It] is a silly yet genuinely entertaining mix of high- and low-brow amusement. And believe it or not, it mostly works. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
71% Piercing (2019) As much an interesting subversion of how sex workers have been depicted in film as it is an off-putting erotic drama that falls apart at the seams. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
100% Premature (2019) It's difficult, it's scary, and it's heartbreaking at times. That's what Howard's beautiful performance conveys. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
92% And Breathe Normally (2018) It engages the audience with a deeply resonant narrative that highlights the ways our sense of safe keeping can suddenly be ripped from our grasp. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) In other words, Kevin Hart's Dell is a stereotype; even worse, a stereotype with no other purpose than to illuminate the humanity of his white counterpart. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Some parts of "Marwen" just seem empty, and while the filmmakers and Carell earn praise for tackling trauma through animation, the film ultimately has no real impact. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
66% Vice (2018) In an era in which the general public is organizing to confront the White House on multiple issues, this isn't the film we need right now. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
62% Vox Lux (2018) A pretty, messy, unapologetic indictment on pop culture that is too on-the-nose to be taken seriously but still manages to make some actually solid points about the commercialization of the tragic celebrity. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) The fight scenes are appropriately intense and amazingly choreographed, and the performances are all solid, making it an overall enjoyable experience. Still, I wonder what it would have been like had if Creed II had a bit more heart. - Cosmopolitan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
94% CAM (2018) The terror of Cam is not jump scares or gore. What makes Cam scarier than so much other horror is that it leaves its protagonist out to dry. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Leave it up to Steve McQueen to revitalize the heist movie in such a way that it moves beyond the shoot-'em-up, grand theft business to tell a story about Chicago's dirty politics, social and economic corruption, and moral ambiguity. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) All too often white feminism, as portrayed on the silver screen, highlights female complexity at the detriment of non-white characters. The Kindergarten Teacher is, unfortunately, no exception. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
72% Assassination Nation (2018) Assassination Nation is a blistering yet effective exaggeration of our real-life dystopia. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) Even if you don't have any relationship with religion, the film challenges what you are familiar with, whatever that may be, and succeeds at startling you to the core. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
94% Blindspotting (2018) As the plot unfolds to lead us to this breaking point, it challenges its audience to overcome long-ingrained stereotypes that a black man is automatically a menacing figure. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
5/10 27% Breaking In (2018) On principle alone, it's nice to see heroism portrayed in its most foundational sense - by way of a terrified and increasingly fed up mother just in time for Mother's Day this weekend. But we deserved something more than this. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) "I Feel Pretty" is sometimes funny, sometimes inspirational, but mostly an exasperating attempt to appeal to all women as it blatantly marginalizes some. - Wear Your Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
7/10 39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) But like its predecessor, Prey at Night continues to interrogate millennial apathy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) But with all its grandeur and charm, the fact that this is a love story between a woman and a monster is too ridiculous to ignore. - GameSpot EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
27% Suburbicon (2017) It's white male mediocrity hard at work. It might have its moments, but mostly Suburbicon is an ill-advised, messy, and problematic film that flagrantly misses its own mark. - The Mary Sue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Chalamet, however, is mesmerizing in the film. He carries the weight of the emotional layers so beautifully and effortlessly. - Reel Talk Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) The film is fine, romantically lit and beautifully shot (like many Allen films), but isn't nearly effective as, say, Allen's last great film--Blue Jasmine. - Reel Talk Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
97% Mudbound (2017) Compelling, heartbreaking, and bold, Mudbound is an absolute must-see. - Hello Beautiful EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) The Rape of Recy Taylor puts our voices back into the conversation and reminds audiences of our value in the movement. - Hello Beautiful EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) It seems more casually curious and at times even exploitative in its attempt to center the narrative of a poor, marginalized single mother and her precocious young daughter. - Reel Talk Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
67% Flint (2017) It's a deeply personal narrative but hopefully one that spark further discourse. - Hello Beautiful EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
69% mother! (2017) [Darren] Aronofsky confronts the brutality of fame and fandom and the conflict they present in our growing society of individuals whose social reflexes have evaporated and whose self-worth is dependent on external forces. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) I've Gotta Be Me is as idyllic as it is heartbreaking. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017