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T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 67% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) The pacing lags, the goofiness sags, and you discover over time that there's not much holding these antics together. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/4 99% The Father (2021) Writer/director Florian Zeller, adapting his prize-winning, 2012 French play of the same name with the help of the legendary Christopher Hampton, has pulled off a dazzling feat here. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 80% I Care a Lot (2021) Sure, the blithe, parasitic nature of these characters is disturbing, but the verve of the storytelling on display keeps you hooked, as does the ever-versatile Pike. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 61% French Exit (2021) Even when the film as a whole grows a little ungainly, as it fills up with supporting characters who feel more like one-note ideas than actual people, Pfeiffer's steely presence anchors the proceedings. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 91% Little Fish (2021) Hartigan never strikes a hysterical tone, resulting in realistic horror within the recognizable confines of daily life. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
79% The Night (2021) It's all mood, and I don't know if it necessarily adds up. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
69% Fake Famous (2021) I found a lot of it quite eye-opening. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
93% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) An honest and open-hearted exploration of what it takes to be a mom and the decisions you have to make, - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
97% Atlantis (2019) It is viscerally bleak and very slow. I can't say that I enjoyed it, but I really admire the artistry behind it and I admire the intent. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
91% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) It is an incredible debut: so assured, masterful, and chilling in its tone. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) The performances are really strong... There's a quiet and steady pacing here that allows the actors to reveal their characters quite organically. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
47% The Little Things (2021) This is a film that's been kicking around for about 30 years now, and it really shows. It feels very dated. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) Thrilling, terrifying, and beautifully shot. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) But despite its feel-good formula, Penguin Bloom still manages to inspire and impress, thanks to some striking visuals and strong performances, namely from star Naomi Watts. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/4 34% No Man's Land (2021) For a movie that's about a character on the run, No Man's Land meanders and takes its time in a way that feels conflicting with the narrative. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/4 35% The Marksman (2021) There's not much to the character Neeson plays, or anyone else in the film, for that matter. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
1/4 14% Redemption Day (2021) This would-be action thriller offers awkward action and no real thrills. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
68% The Last Blockbuster (2020) It is so redundant, so repetitive, and so stretched out with various people saying the same thing over and over again. It relies very heavily on a lot of middle-aged white dudes to mansplain why going to rent a video was important. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
94% Hunter Hunter (2020) It's a very spare slow-burn, and [writer-director] Sean Lindon achieves a lot here... I was impressed by this little movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
47% Sister of the Groom (2020) It's light, it's slight, it's a farce... The escape of it is kind of fun. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
79% Greenland (2020) I'm shocked at how good this movie is, because on paper it looked totally stupid... Surprisingly gripping and well-done. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) It's really joyous and bittersweet. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) You never forget that you're watching a play on film, but that's okay because the dialogue snaps and leaps -- it's so intense and so exquisite, and yet the emotion beneath it is real. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) I am a big fan of [Christopher Nolan's] films -- I usually enjoy the time puzzle of it -- but this seems even more intentionally inaccessible and challenging than everything else... Confusing, distancing, and chilly. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
2/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Gadot remains a winning and winsome figure in Wonder Woman 1984 and she retains her authentic connection with the audience, but the machinery around her has grown larger and unwieldy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
1/4 45% Fatale (2020) This modern-day take on the Fatal Attraction premise never fulfills its promise as a lurid, guilty pleasure. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2/4 29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Over and over again, you won't know whether to feel baffled or amused -- although by the end, the former feeling most assuredly dominates the latter. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
0/4 4% Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) Love, Weddings & Other Disasters isn't really a film. It's a slapdash hodgepodge of scenes, hastily sketched, hideously shot, and erratically edited. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
.5/4 32% Superintelligence (2019) Everything about Superintelligence seems aimed at being as insipid and forgettable as possible. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
48% Black Beauty (2020) It's like A Dog's Purpose, but with a horse. Pretty, but very cloying. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) The first half is definitely more interesting and rang truer to me than the second [half]. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
91% The Mystery Of DB Cooper (2020) It's fascinating and a lot of fun, but in a larger sense it speaks to the reason why people get fascinated with a story like this. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
95% Zappa (2020) I appreciated that this wasn't a complete deification of the man... I learned a lot about him that I didn't already know, and it is a good L.A. story, too. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) This is extremely lovely and I smiled pretty much throughout. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) They're trying to do a lot of things at once here, and not really accomplishing any of it... This was not a sequel anyone was begging for -- not even my kid. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
7.4/10 96% Dating Amber (2020) I like this a lot. It's really sweet. - Breakfast All Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 89% Run (2020) You'll be able to figure out where Run is headed pretty quickly, but that doesn't detract from the precise thrills and campy fun along the way. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
.5/4 39% Chick Fight (2020) Not only does Chick Fight trot out sexist character tropes, it also wallows in trite boxing-movie cliches. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 83% Let Him Go (2020) Understated in its quiet rhythms and vast beauty, [Let Him Go] is fortified with strong performances and, eventually, punctuated by shocking moments of violence. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
2/4 75% Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story (2019) Barefoot makes the mistake of deifying him posthumously at the expense of rounding him out as a full human being, and it pads its running time with inane footage that grows repetitive. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) This is my favorite movie of the year, so far. It is the dose of pure joy that we need right now. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) It's not as good as the first Borat -- nothing could be -- but I laughed a lot. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
87% On The Rocks (2020) It is a very old-fashioned New York screwball comedy, but the details of the day in and day out existence of this family are so contemporary and feels so true. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
62% Bad Hair (2020) I love this movie. It is so weird -- small, strange, and fun. An unabashed B-horror movie, but it's got a lot more on its mind. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
94% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) An incredibly beautiful documentary... It's very illuminating. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
100% Nationtime (1972) It's fascinating and unfortunately still too relevant. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
70% American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself (2020) If you want to relive this horrific year we're in, here is American Selfie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
1/4 61% A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) It's hard to figure out exactly what Talalay and Co. are aiming for here. Babysitter's Guide is never truly scary but it's also never all that funny. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/4 39% Honest Thief (2020) A no-frills, low-thrills version of the kind of gritty action picture that has marked the veteran actor's late-stage career. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
1/4 30% The War with Grandpa (2020) An extended, whiny screed about extreme first-world problems. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020