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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% La La Land (2016) When the film ended, I floated out of the theater misty-eyed, cockeyed and starry-eyed. My feet haven't touched the ground since. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Dec 16, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) In this year of bruising American politics, the film's emphasis on measured communication and focused listening feels transformative. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Nov 17, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) In this film, with minimal plot and dialogue, [Jenkins] brings his camera up close to his characters. Without telling us how to feel, he gives us the space to feel Chiron's inner thoughts. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Oct 27, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is a stirring piece of revisionist history that marks an auspicious directorial debut. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Oct 12, 2016
97% 13th (2016) At once devastating, infuriating and bracing, 13th is a landmark documentary that mourns the martyrs and provides a précis of how to make America truly just. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 69% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) Antonia is a work of rare lyricism. It glows with the light of a Flemish painting and the spirit of magic realism. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 4, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Like its subject, Snowden speaks softly and carries a big wallop. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Sep 22, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Eastwood's leanest and most personal movie since Gran Torino. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Sep 8, 2016
81% Equity (2016) While watching [Gunn] I thought once or twice that hers was a one-note performance. But by movie's end, I realized it was a symphony of invincibility and vulnerability. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/4 53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Once Bill and Ted get out of hell, though, their film loses it -- in more ways than one. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 29, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Miller films the comedy in long shots and moments of recognition in close-ups, a strategy that gives her film both rhythm and depth. ‐ Truthdig
Posted May 25, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) Like Austen, Stillman delights in the considerable distance between what people believe and how they behave. ‐ Truthdig
Posted May 16, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) [A] seriously funny horror-comedy. ‐ Truthdig
Posted May 16, 2016
4/4 100% M (1931) Lang's movie is that rare thing, a nail-biting soul-searcher. While M steers clear of analyzing deviance, it is startling in its musings on which punishment fits an inhuman crime. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted May 2, 2016
3/4 33% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) In Under the Cherry Moon, Prince does more for movie musicals than any performer since Frank Sinatra and more for bared midriffs than any sex symbol since Little Egypt. Forgive me, Madonna, but it's true. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 22, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater's singularity as a director lies in his sympathy for his characters: He likes them all, no matter how flawed. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Apr 6, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Mordantly funny. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Mar 3, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) In this unapologetically frivolous entertainment about the fixer who has a choice between 27-hour-days at the studio or a 9-to-5 in aerospace, our audience surrogate prefers illusion to reality. And who can blame him? ‐ Truthdig
Posted Feb 10, 2016
88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Short is terrific -- in both the very great and very frightening meanings of the word. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Dec 10, 2015
94% Carol (2015) The two lead performances, the overplayer and the underplayer, complement each other wonderfully. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Nov 20, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) Some films you look at. Others are so immediate that you live and breathe and dance with the characters. John Crowley's incomparable Brooklyn is a movie of the second kind, and what a privilege it is to live there, however briefly. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Nov 5, 2015
1.5/4 51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) So long as the Brits are sweeping obsolete institutions like the House of Lords into the dustpan of history, may we recommend the broom for James Bond? ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 2, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) In a performance of considerable nuance, Mulligan gives the impression not of playing Maud but of living her. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/4 70% The Living Daylights (1987) As with other Bond movies, the locations in The Living Daylights are more remarkable than its plot. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 20, 2015
73% He Named Me Malala (2015) Despite the film's honorable intentions, it is less a portrait than a beatification, compiling evidence for its subject's eventual canonization. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Oct 2, 2015
46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) Unlike most offerings on the multiplex menu, you can watch this one with your 80-year-old uncle and your 15-year-old daughter. Everyone will have a reasonably good time without muddying their boots. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Sep 9, 2015
3/4 30% Hocus Pocus (1993) Silly but irresistible. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Aug 15, 2015
93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) With translucent eyes and brass enough for an entire concert band, Powley plays Minnie with exuberant energy and crushing self-doubt. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) In this triptych of inhumanity, Manchevski answers that, finally, man's humanity is as immutable as his violence. And that, finally, love is a given that keeps on giving. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 27, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) While the film's visual jokes are as funny as they are imaginative, the humor and inventiveness are yoked to an unusually poignant narrative. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Jul 24, 2015
25% Terminator Genisys (2015) It is a return, of sorts, to the 1984 original, unnecessarily complicated by so many time twists and warps that even an ardent fan of the franchise must admit reluctantly that its future is behind it. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Jul 24, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) Schumer and Hader generate not heat but warmth, the X factor of classic romantic comedy. ‐ Truthdig
Posted Jul 17, 2015
2/4 37% Fletch Lives (1989) Being so sour about Fletch makes one feel like Kvetch, but seriously, is all it takes to be a screen comic the ability to flare the nostrils and to fall down? ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/4 81% Jungle Fever (1991) However diffuse the movie's agenda, it is never less than thoroughly involving. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3.5/4 89% Fresh (1994) Fresh appeals to the head as well as the heart. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 21, 2015
1/4 0% Hot to Trot (1988) The humor is so low that it could justifiably be called subterranean. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/4 69% Die Hard 2 (1990) The screenplay is precariously supported by the chips on John McClane's shoulders. Fortunately, it is also designed to Willis' unique specs. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/4 83% Orlando (1992) The good news about this historical vaudeville is that Orlando's consciousness, like his/her gender, is a delightful work-in-progress. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 23, 2015
2/4 82% Talk Radio (1988) Not to put too fine a point on it, Bogosian is prickly, irritable, alienating and overwhelming. Underwhelming, however, is the way that director Oliver Stone has taken monologuist Bogosian's intimate Off-Broadway play and "opened it up." ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 88% Naked (1993) Naked is a revelation, a parable of spiritual homelessness and the terror it engenders. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 4, 2015
4/4 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) [Do the Right Thing is] an exceptional film, a movie that wisely deprives you of the cozy resolutions and epiphanies so often manufactured by Hollywood. Like the film's principals, you are left feeling that you have been torched where you live. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Mar 3, 2015
2/4 54% Valmont (1989) Because there are no characters animating his panorama, all this serves to prove is that though Forman's movie is broader than Frears', it is also shallower. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/4 72% Apartment Zero (1989) Give it zero for conduct, zero for concept and 100 for chutzpah. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/4 73% Cry-Baby (1990) If Cry-Baby has a message, it's that Cry-Baby and Allison deserve each other because they're young and they're beautiful, which certainly runs counter to Waters' affection for the grotesque, the bad and the ugly. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Jan 21, 2015
1/4 10% Revolution (1985) Either as unintentional parody or truncated epic, you can start this Revolution without me. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 17, 2014
2/4 67% Prancer (1989) A hodgepodge of Heidi and Meet Me in St. Louis. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/4 94% Blue Velvet (1986) Lush and peculiar Blue Velvet, the latest film from the mind that spawned Eraserhead, is an unnerving combination of the wholesome and the unholy. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3.5/4 85% Bugsy (1991) From James Toback's crackling script to Warren Beatty's electric performance as gangster Ben Siegel, Bugsy is so engrossing that you feel uncharitable mentioning that while splendid in individual scenes, Barry Levinson's movie lacks propulsion. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 29, 2014
1.5/4 77% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) Though its one-liners elicit the occasional chortle -- when Bill and Ted don medieval armor, there's an obligatory heavy-metal joke -- the film doesn't engage, because its heroes don't engage with the historical characters. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Oct 22, 2014
1.5/4 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) What a Renaissance Man, that Steven Seagal. He lumbers, he sermonizes, he directs! ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted Sep 5, 2014