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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) A despairing work that's not quite as gripping as its predecessor, "Foxtrot" still manages to make a powerful statement about the unintended side effects of living in a constant state of war.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) "A Quiet Place" is the one film where, if you are surrounded by popcorn-crunching, cellophane rattling and cell-phone-chatting neighbors, you will wish these monsters were real.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3.5/5 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Wes Anderson "Isle of Dogs" is such a feast of illustrated imagination and subtle wit in its depiction of an exiled canine kingdom that the idea of a life lived under the heavy paw of our pooch overlords doesn't seem like such a bad one.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3.5/5 63% The Cured (2018) At its best, it has the provocative cunning of a "Black Mirror" episode. Unfortunately, "The Cured" becomes less cerebral and more predictably action-oriented in its third act .‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
1.5/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) "Pacific Rim Uprising" is a lot like the city-crunching monsters it stars: big, loud and as dull-witted as Homer Simpson roused from a medically induced coma.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4.5/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) "Loveless," which is Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" dipped in battery acid, is a master class in melancholy.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) It takes what could have been a teen-movie cliché stacked on top of a coming-out cliché like stale wedding cake and turns them into something that feels fresh, even while not saying anything particularly revelatory.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/5 81% The Party (2018) There are moments, mostly in the latter half, when the ensemble works well together and Thomas, especially, gets to shine as her world falls apart. But these elements aren't enough to justify attending this "Party."‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4.5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) "A Fantastic Woman" is the role of a lifetime for Vega, but let's hope it's just the start of a career, not the end.‐ Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 28, 2018
4.5/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Visually, "Black Panther" is often spectacular...It's warriors with spears and force-field shields. It's aircraft that soar and swoop like birds over the Serengeti. It's "Blade Runner" in Dar es Salaam instead of L.A. ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
3/5 91% Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) Unlike the last movie, which stumbled when outside the ring, [the director] doesn't bog things down with too much plot about fraternal bonding, love interests, or anything that requires an emotion more complicated than punching someone's lights outs.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Disappearance (2017) Ali Asgari's second feature is an intimate, compelling look at a relationship in crisis coming up against the immovable wall that is Iran's religious bureaucracy.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4.5/5 95% Tehran Taboo (2018) None of this is revelatory - these issues have been addressed in Iranian films before - but it's still gripping.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Finnish films have been generating buzz lately. "Tom of Finland" and "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" have found a small, if enthusiastic, audience...Aki Kaurismäki's charmingly deadpan "The Other Side of Hope" should follow a similar path.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4.5/5 88% The Post (2018) While physical newspapers may not be as much a part of American life as they used to be, the occasional films about their publication - such as "Zodiac," "State of Play," and "Spotlight" - continue to enthrall. Now, "The Post" can be added to the list.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/5 73% Hostiles (2018) Along with another 2017 film, "Wind River," "Hostiles" is a welcome story that deals with Native American issues, though what would be even more welcome is Native Americans telling their own stories on the big screen.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4.5/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) There's a chemistry and respect between the two of them, palpable in the film's first moments, that is inspiring. And when the credits roll 89 minutes later, you realize that this is one journey where you never once crankily asked, "Are we there yet?"‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) The result is a surprisingly taut drama whose ultimate lesson resonates with the wisdom of Coco Chanel, who once said, "There are people who have money ... and people who are rich."‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) A pointed satire on athletic ambition and class conflict that's fueled by a biting sense of humor and a couple of knockout performances.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The visual stylist spins an adult fairy tale that takes elements from "Beauty and the Beast" and recasts them in an alternative universe that's a wonderfully rendered twist on our own.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) "The Last Jedi" may not possess its immediate predecessors' pleasant shock of the new, nor is it a stylistic detour from what's expected. But it makes up for this with wit, spirit and one wicked saber smackdown.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3.5/5 91% Human Flow (2017) The scattershot and lengthy documentary doesn't attempt to be a news report...but the cumulative impact of its often haunting images brings home the plight of millions of the world's people.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2.5/5 40% The Swindlers (2017) The film - while well-made and intermittently entertaining - isn't particularly distinctive beyond its casting.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4.5/5 99% God's Own Country (2017) Director/writer Francis Lee's electrifying feature debut is a working-class, fun-house mirror version of "Call Me By Your Name's" upper-class pretensions and is equally, if not more, rewarding because of it.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Despite McDonagh's cinematic hyperbole, it's the strength of the performances from McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell that keeps "Three Billboards" sturdily anchored in a compellingly rendered reality.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
3.5/5 96% Mudbound (2017) "Mudbound" sometimes falls prey to the obvious. Still, the performances convey a persuasive subtlety that the script itself doesn't always possess. ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
75% The Price (2017) Sure, it's an ages-old dilemma and there are moments that feel very much like a first film. But the strong lead performance by Aml Ameen ("Sense8") lends shading and depth to Onah's story.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
No Score Yet Meth Storm: Arkansas USA (2017) It's impossible not to feel and identify with various members of the family, especially mom Veronica, who seem mired in a quicksand of poverty, hopelessness and poor decisions.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
80% Hot Summer Nights (2018) [Elijah Bynum] solicits strong performances from his young cast - especially Timothée Chalamet as the teenage fish out of water - and blends humor and increasingly dark sensibility to good effect.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) While conventional in execution and its underlying anti-war/pro-soldier sentiments, "Flag" nevertheless is buttressed by a warm humanity and stirring performances from Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and, especially, Steve Carell.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Note to Hollywood: From now on, maybe all of our superhero franchises should be outsourced to New Zealand.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4.5/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman powerfully captures the agonizing sense of displacement these men must feel. Gaunt, lanky, chain-smoking RBSS founder Aziz is an emotionally wounded, haunted figure. The "ghosts" in the title doesn't just apply to those killed in Raqqa.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) A hypnotic, melancholic low-budget meditation on love, heartbreak and memory.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) This is a movie that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible and, no, whatever you have in your home doesn't count unless you reside inside an IMAX theater.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) With its allusions to Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, the Bible, American slavery and the civil-rights movement, "War" may not be subtle but it's ultimate proof that summer sequels and blockbusters don't have to be brain-dead bottom-feeders either. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
4.5/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) You don't have to hole up at home praying to the Netflix, Amazon and Hulu gods for cinematic salvation until the fall. Case in point: "The Big Sick," a small movie that makes a big impact. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/5 42% The Bad Batch (2017) Ana Lily Amirpour's first feature, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," was such an original vision that it set the bar impossibly high for what she decided to do next. Sadly, her latest, "The Bad Batch" doesn't come close to clearing that hurdle.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/5 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) A movie that is at once loud yet incoherent, complex yet idiotic, and expensive yet worthless.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3.5/5 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) We're going to need a bigger cage. The "Jaws" jokes write themselves with "47 Meters Down," a surprisingly effective shark-in-the-dark thriller that makes for frighteningly fun summer escapism. ‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) Universal is counting on "The Mummy" and its successors to make it a competitor with Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC and their ever-expanding world of comic-book-based characters. Guys, you might want to have a backup plan.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4.5/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) As in [his first film] "Krisha," the most fraught and dangerous relationships are those of family and those who purport to be friends. For all of their flesh-eating ferocity, zombies won't lie to you or play games. Only the living do that.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) [Shortland] is expert and building a sense of dread and suspense while Palmer delivers a persuasive performance as a woman who has to summon the strength that she didn't know she had in order to escape.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 31, 2017
3/5 18% Baywatch (2017) [Baywatch] won't make anyone think about anything, except maybe about where to plan their next vacation where they, too, can run in slo-mo on the sand. But, with everything else going on in the world these days, that may not be such a bad thing.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) 'Wonder Woman' falls victim to over reliance on computer graphics and it's too long. But that's counterbalanced by a story grounded in real emotions and characters who inhabit a three-dimensional world, albeit a comic-book-inspired, fantastical one.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3.5/5 67% Alien: Covenant (2017) A film that mostly delivers the goods, even if it doesn't quite possess the nerve-racking suspense of the first film nor the electric Earth mom-vs.-alien mom catharsis of James Cameron's "Aliens."‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3.5/5 66% The Wall (2017) An exceptional showcase for Taylor-Johnson, who carries the film completely on his shoulders.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
4/5 90% Hounds of Love (2017) [A] terrific exercise in close-quarters, psychological tension.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 30% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) There's little here but the naked desire to forcibly will a new fantasy franchise into being.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/5 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) [In the end credits] you get to hear "Flashlight" by that original group of interstellar misfits, Parliament. "GotG 2" may not have its predecessor's shock of the new, but any film that introduces the current generation to P-Funk can't be all bad.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) "The Fate of the Furious" is a comedown from the gas-fume highs of the last three films, easily the best in the series. While it's far too soon to say that the franchise is running on empty, it looks like someone has been putting water in the fuel tank.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017