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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 21% 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 11% 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+ 78% 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
73% 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
50% 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
92% 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 78% 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 22% 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 60% 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 89% 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 51% 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 18% 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
87% 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
59% 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 77% 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+ 66% 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
2/5 88% The Post (2018) A film about rushing to meet a deadline that feels like it was made that way. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
98% Dina (2017) Sweet without being sappy, the film extends an uncommon empathy to two characters that colder films (and, as we see, people) would treat as a punchline. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 90% Stronger (2017) Aside from a few mawkish missteps near the tail end, this film feels like the product of a confident, able and self-aware director. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 81% Voyeur (2017) Everyone's at cross purposes, the subjects' words as loaded with unspoken intent as the directors' damning comparative edits. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2/5 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) War is hell, it's been said. We should be able to feel the heat. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
D 5% Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) If nothing else, and there really isn't much else, this feature provides a startling glimpse into the interiors of Perry's imagination. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2/5 14% Geostorm (2017) We have been sold a false bill of goods. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) Hunnam and Malek both hold up their end of the deal. Noer, for his part, meets them halfway ... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/5 32% Loving Pablo (2018) Like Escobar himself remaking the coca business in a bold, new and highly lucrative vision, Bardem and Cruz succeed by doing things their unique way. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2/5 93% Journey's End (2018) Keep calm and carry on, right past the marquee. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/5 56% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) A smug odyssey of know-it-all-ism that yields a scant few factoids we didn't already learn from his first film. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) One bowl of reheated Joseph Campbell's soup, a transparent bid to be the next Lord of the Rings that can't back up its sense of portentousness with the required epic sweep. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/5 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) A viewer leaves The Emoji Movie a colder person, not only angry at the film for being unconscionably bad, but resentful of it for making them feel angry. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/5 90% Girls Trip (2017) Paired with a few good friends and a strong beverage or two, it's an absolute scream. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) For his next, and possibly greatest trick, Nolan has whipped up a war movie fearful of and resistant to combat itself, instead preoccupied with the rough interplay between duty and fear. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
No Score Yet T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (2017) The comedian is like the last guy at the bar, a wasted loudmouth who you can't help but love because you're in his good graces. His principled rants just so happen to have better punchlines. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) The adrenaline high of this clean getaway lasts for days. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
75% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [It] will make for a marvelous theme park attraction someday. But as a movie, as a vessel for narrative and ideas enacted by recognizably human characters, it fails to tap into the same simple potency that Harry and Co. wielded from book one. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) While it may sometimes exceed its own reach, Covenant extends a grasp so impressively audacious, it might as well come from a director with nothing to lose. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B+ 88% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) The man's a black hole of self-interest and hatred. Get Me Roger Stone is never more effective than when staring directly into that hole, drowning its audience in the black. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
3/5 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The introduction of family bonds as a unifying theme represents Gunn's most decisive break from the original's winning formula. Aside from that, the second verse is same as the first. - Metro EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017