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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 24% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22" looks like what happens when someone on a jittery Red Bull jag decides to make a movie at 2 a.m. after fast-forwarding through "The Bourne Identity."‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 73% BuyBust (2018) When "BuyBust" finally combusts, it's often simultaneously spectacular and disturbing.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2.5/5 48% The Meg (2018) All those who like their summer movies as big as the Pacific and as dumb as a bucket of sand will appreciate "The Meg," a sometimes ridiculously entertaining, if forgettable, killer shark movie.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise once again shows that being 56-years-old is no barrier to being an action hero while the movie itself proves that being a summer blockbuster cash cow that doesn't veer wildly from the unexpected doesn't have to be uninspired.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4.5/5 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A politically charged, love-it-or-hate-it, speculative-fiction fantasy that ruthlessly skewers and satirizes the modern age while also being darkly absurdist and brutally funny.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 40% One Night Only (2016) But what really makes One Night Only work is the chemistry between Kwok and Yang, because, despite the gangsters and guns and the prostitute-with-a-heart-of-gold cliche, it's a surprisingly effective and moving love story.‐ Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/5 52% The First Purge (2018) Unfortunately, despite a strong start and some action-movie pleasures throughout, "The First Purge" is a little too heavy handed, routine and ridden with logic problems to make its points stick. ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It wouldn't be a surprise to discover that the film wasn't based on a script but a schematic, a blueprint for everything Hollywood desires in popcorn-crunching entertainment during the dog days.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 86% American Animals (2018) Takes a mild curiosity from a long-ago news cycle and elevates it into something singularly fascinating. ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/5 94% First Reformed (2018) The latest film from pugnacious director/writer Paul Schrader is as austere and revelatory as a church confessional...It's a bleak portrait of a man in the midst of a spiritual breakdown that is only slightly undone by its rather unsatisfying conclusion.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) "Hereditary" is closer in tone to the likes of "The Babadook," "It Follows," "A Quiet Place" and "It Comes at Night," where the dread and fear come not from what you see but what you think you might see.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/5 73% Believer (2018) Lee Hae-Yeong's gripping retelling of Johnnie To's "Drug War"...stands on its own and is different enough from the original to make it less a clone and more of a genuflection.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) "On Chesil Beach" is PBS-tasteful in its approach, but its power rests in a restraint that makes what it builds to all the more moving.‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
3/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's tantalizing to wonder what the film that Miller and Lord would have been. Might it have offered a promising glimpse of what a less boilerplate "Star Wars" might look like? ‐ Houston Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Just when it looks as if all hope is smothered under the heavy weight of fan expectations [and] a reported $300 million budget, it comes roaring to life with a wake-'em-up battle on the fields of Wakanda and a quietly spectacular, sobering ending.‐ Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2018
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 89% 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 64% 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 93% 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 80% 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 97% 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 87% 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 72% 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 77% 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 89% 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
42% 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 77% 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