Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 62% Child's Play (2019) Klevberg and Smith reduce Chucky to a malevolent automaton, his dialogue limited to parroting back someone else's catchphrases. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) This film draws its strength in part from its willingness to be a more humbly scaled operation than the tentpoles weighted down by mandates for billion-dollar grosses. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
93% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Affably self-effacing meta-commentary blankets the film, skewering the very notion of a standard-bearing national artist by revealing how tenuous geographic borderlines can be. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) It's tricky, beguiling stuff, rendered with an eerie sterilized beauty. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is the clear handiwork of an auteur aware that he's in his career's later phase, with an elegiac streak looking back in lamentation and fury. He leaves only scorched earth and the smell of propane behind him. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
64% Frankie (2019) The disparity between the easy-breezy locale's doctrine of R&R and the gravely existential story that unfolds there results in a peculiarly heavy slightness. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
98% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers leans hard into the Kubrick vibe, but unlike his many peers attempting the same, he has the narrative originality and technical expertise to see it through. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
52% Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed) (2019) The Dardennes have often settled on not-knowing in their work, only here, that acceptance of uncertainty plays like a concession that they're in over their heads. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
A 74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) At last, the return to form that Malick's loyal acolytes have spent most of this decade awaiting with an unshakable faith befitting the matter at hand has arrived. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
95% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) (2019) It's a rare privilege, to watch an artist level up in this way. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
1/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman aspires to nothing more than colourful reportage of a life already well-known to the public, dissolving into an encyclopedia entry as the final title cards inform us that things turned out alright for this "Elton John" fellow. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) So while this may be a savvy, naturally observed small-town movie, it also happens to be the broadest and most simplistic Jarmusch movie in his filmography. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) It all amounts to one sublimely unusual beast, a radical departure for Mendonça while at the same time tethered to his ongoing interest in orneriness and its limited utility. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 15% The Hustle (2019) Anyone who's seen the original film will be able to track each twist and reversal of fortune beat by beat, and more pressingly, they'll immediately recognise the issues unavoidable in this feminist revisionism. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 100% The Projectionist (2019) For cinephiles, this will be effective propaganda in service of a belief they already hold, a reaffirmation of their purist convictions from a simpatico mind. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 100% Seahorse (2019) For Finlay... allowing McConnell to use his own words makes sense of a complicated process fraught with contradictions and paradoxes even for those not contending with a total destabilization of their personhood. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
1/5 45% Little (2019) Women of colour ascending to the highest stations of industry decision-making is a net good in the biggest-picture sense. If only the progress could be in service of a better film. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
1/5 26% The Silence (2019) This is the most insidious type of knockoff: the one that sincerely expects you to believe that it's the real thing. Leave it to Netflix to take the fun out of incompetence. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 82% High Life (2019) No matter where she goes - to the furthest reaches of the known universe, or the fringe boundaries of semi-reputable genres - a Claire Denis film is a Claire Denis film. Accept no substitutes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) Like a heart monitor's beep, it fades into the background quickly. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
1/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Hancock and Fusco want their protagonists to be the good guys so badly that they have rigged the game, creating a world were everything they do becomes right by virtue of having been done by them. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 19% Serenity (2019) Insulate yourself from any further knowledge to the best of your ability, and bear witness to the minting of a new gold standard in January movies. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 10% Replicas (2019) After what may be one hundred hours, the film does not so much end as it stops, the score's wrapping-up tone an evident substitute for closure or resolution. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
C+ 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's the Poppins we know and love, back to restore our dimming sense of childlike amazement-on behalf of a gargantuan, sinister corporation currently waging a campaign to mechanically extract every available dollar from our earliest memories. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
75% The Little Drummer Boy (1968) Emotionally, it's a notch or two more mature than the usual Rankin-Bass production. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
57% Jack Frost (1979) The animators kept the borscht belt humor coming... in a fable that fits right in with the bedtime stories of Hans Christian Andersen. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Not since Sam Raimi's godly mid-2000s run has the kinetic exhilaration of web-swinging felt so tactile, and the Manhattan through which our hero sails felt so specifically realized. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
90% The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) The breakout stars were Heat Miser and Snow Miser, bitter rivals and brothers with control over the elements. Their jaunty tune ranks among the catchiest original songs that a Rankin-Bass production ever yielded. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
93% Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) This origin story for Santa Claus has all the elements that have made their productions perennial favorites every holiday season, including Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney as the kindly narrator and a young Kris Kringle. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 80% Apostle (2018) That rarest of treats: a horror movie that starts out as one thing, and finishes having mutated into another. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A- 100% Prototype (2018) On a soul-deep scale, Williams has tapped into a conflict-the human race's apparent insistence on exterminating itself-and channeled it into material cinematic terms that continuously challenge themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) A one-joke premise with a punchline that's already been told elsewhere, and more sharply. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 61% Operation Finale (2018) A film that doesn't have the philosophical depth to back up its analytical ambitions. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) Skate Kitchen falters whenever it starts to act like a movie instead of the observational slice of life that Moselle's so adept at capturing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 50% Equalizer 2 (2018) That Washington is charming enough to disguise McCall's clear streak of Travis Bickle-level sociopathy ranks as this production's greatest asset. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/5 30% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) The men of Jody Hill's films contain multitudes, even if they do so from under a perfectly transparent display case. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
1/5 25% Tau (2017) Oldman brings a lack of imagination so complete that he could plausibly explain this performance away as a high-concept ironic joke. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 49% Superfly (2018) Extravagance acts as its own currency in the stunt-or-be-stunted-upon culture Youngblood vows to fight his way out of, and X fits right in with his penchant for overflowing aesthetic opulence. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/5 87% Upgrade (2018) While Whannell wrestles with warring desires to fret over the inevitable techno-oblivion towards which we're currently hurtling or have a laugh about it all, that conflict manifests in a disappointing tonal clash... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The fans will most assuredly be appeased, and if nothing else, Han Solo will go down in Lucasfilm history as the movie that conclusively affirmed that humans can and do have sex with droids. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
71% Climax (2019) It comes as no surprise, but Noé gonna Noé, and whether that's a positive or negative is an entirely personal distinction. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) With this fiery work of righteous agitprop, Lee's chosen task is to connect the rose-colored racism of the remote past to the shameless bigotry playing out on the streets of our immediate present. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) It's a rare and often unsettling experience to watch someone muscle through the ugly, imperfect work of therapy, and von Trier has splayed his innermost demons all over the screen like so much blood spatter. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
3/5 100% The Spy Gone North (2018) Yoon executes all the classic double-agent set pieces with finesse, and those enamoured of the genre will appreciate a change of setting. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
3/5 80% Active Measures (2018) Bryan's done some good and noble work. But until investigative committees provide him with the final act of this story, the rest of us will just have to hold out for the pee tape. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
1/5 20% Game Over, Man! (2018) With its inexplicable combination of phallic revulsion, fascination, and revulsion at its own fascination, this wretched film hates itself more than we ever could. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
1/5 17% The Outsider (2018) If the film's not going to interrogate the politics behind its core premise of an army man's quest to out-Asian actual Asian men, it's scarcely worth telling at all. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
1/5 19% Mute (2018) Skårsgard simply occupies space onscreen. If acting is music, he is noise, a series of vaguely related sounds. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) Just how good is he? He can singlehandedly spin a Tinder joke, modern comedy's successor to airplane food, into a deeply moving pledge of fidelity, honesty, and responsibility. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
C+ 67% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) While Wain has developed an immunity to the biopic's blustery pretension, he's not so wary of the form's more superficial shortcomings. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018