Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
52% The Lion King (2019) Where the animated original had an endearingly cheery anthropomorphism, with wide eyes and cute expressions, this lacks that. You're marveling at the beauty of the animals, but it just doesn't work with the material. - NPR's Morning Edition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The Insult provides a valuable, fascinating and hard-hitting history lesson on Middle East politics, particularly the plight of Palestinians. It instructs, but offers no easy answers. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/4 70% Coming Through The Rye (2016) The film is undermined by distracting elements, like scenes in which Jamie breaks the fourth wall and addresses the camera directly with snarky asides. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is a glib, caricatured and insensitive movie that reduces an enduring, dangerous societal problem to a calculated fable with a happy ending. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
96% Roma (2018) An exhilarating masterpiece, Roma is at once quintessentially Mexican and profoundly universal. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Where its predecessor, 2015's Sicario was intermittently thoughtful, this sequel is mindlessly mean-spirited. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 100% Paddington 2 (2018) The way Paddington embraces his fellow outsiders, like the inmates in Portobello Prison, subtly reminds viewers that even those without Paddington's good manners have kindness in their hearts. - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
97% Coco (2017) Enchanting and dazzling, Coco is a resplendent love letter to Mexico. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/4 98% Get Out (2017) Kudos to Peele for tackling a painful subject in such a massively entertaining and thoroughly memorable fashion. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
37% I Love You, Daddy (2017) Queasy fare, not just because its rambling, self-indulgent story has strange and unfortunate associations with real-life allegations, but also for its tone-deaf narrative and offensive sexual politics. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) The rather flat story never breaks new ground, nor does it fully explore the depths of PTSD. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
96% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) Works powerfully as a rallying cry for tolerance, love and understanding. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
95% Chavela (2017) Mesmerizes with its impressionistic blend of archival photos, musical performances, concert footage and candid interviews with the legendary singer herself, as well with her ardent friends like Pedro Almodóvar and former lovers. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
3.5/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) As befitting the genre, Wonder Woman is heroic and spirited. The fighting sequences are spectacular, and the story is engrossing, uplifting and fun. There's even a bit of romance and humor amid all the action. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
98% Dolores (2017) With any luck, Dolores will move the needle, enlightening viewers about the formidable Huerta and raising awareness of her rightful place in civil rights history. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
94% All Saints (2017) As directed by Steven Gomer, the film is hampered by uneven and sometimes awkward pacing. A few emotional scenes are overly telegraphed. When a sad event occurs, the violins literally kick in. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
90% Marjorie Prime (2017) Good as the ensemble cast is, however, Marjorie Prime is Smith's film. Watching her inspires the kind of awe one feels when looking at the brushstrokes of an artistic masterpiece. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
52% The Glass Castle (2017) It's based on a woman's complicated personal recollections of her traumatic childhood, and yet it feels like a cloying, one-note Hollywood tale, the beastly trauma all tied up with a pretty bow and de-fanged. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) The mood is tense, the characters are well-drawn and director-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has crafted some of the best dialogue of any movie this year. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 89% Loving (2016) The film shines a light on how far the U.S. has come in its views of equality, but also how far it has still to go. A true story that is still very relevant, Loving is understated, compelling and deeply affecting. - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
2/4 71% Café Society (2016) Café Society aims to be light and frothy, but feels more like a stale cream puff. It looks enticing, but lacks anything fresh or substantial. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
3/4 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) An offbeat and sometimes off-putting German farce/drama hybrid that features a father-daughter pair that are two of the most fully realized characters in recent memory. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
7% The Last Face (2017) Rarely has a movie felt so simultaneously inane, stultifying and offensive. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) A work of consummate skill which kicks into high gear when the focus turns from widespread civil unrest to the very specific. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Katherine grows less plausible, and her motivations seem murkier as her cruelty escalates. She stars out as an avenging angel and then devolves into almost campy serial-killer criminality, the mixed tones leaving us insufficiently moved. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
75% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) While not as powerful as the brilliant Downfall, which chronicled Hitler's final days, 13 Minutes is definitely a story worth telling, and intriguingly timed. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
78% The Little Hours (2017) While the lunacy of nuns who swear like sailors makes a comically boisterous impression, it's also about women in the Middle Ages forced into religious life for various reasons and how they cope, viewed through a decidedly humorous lens. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
45% Everything, Everything (2017) Gets several things wrong, but it's admirable in the way it easily embraces diversity and rings true in its depiction of the first blush of love. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) The pointless story of a pair of privileged white people enjoying a series of lavish meals and pricey hotels is cringe-worthy in its casual and tone-deaf elitism. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
96% Menashe (2017) The film winds up compelling both from a cultural and sociological angle and as a universal story of a parent yearning to be with his son. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
38% How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) Derbez brings warmth and intermittent goofy humor to this too-broad and uneven comedy. The best moments are between him and co-stars Salma Hayek and young Raphael Alejandro, who both have an easy chemistry with Derbez. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
69% Free Fire (2017) We cease to care about who lives, dies and what body parts are shot off. It doesn't help that, at certain points in the chaos, it's hard to tell who's whom. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) It's an unalloyed pleasure to admire Gere, the former heartthrob now 66, in the finest role of his career. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
70% Roxanne Roxanne (2018) While there are some plot holes, the story we see on screen of a young girl's fierce determination is riveting, and the performances are deeply memorable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
91% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Zandvliet's bleak compositions are particularly striking - soldiers lying facedown on the sand, inching along and fixedly disarming mines, their youthful skin almost one with the pale beach in contrast with dark warning flags dotting the landscape. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2.5/4 83% Silence (2017) While the craftsmanship is undeniable and the themes of spiritual belief, betrayal and redemption are laudable, the film feels flat and not as emotional or moving as it should be. - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 66% Afternoon Delight (2013) As a first film, Afternoon Delight is worth exploring -- perhaps mostly to see what film Soloway does next. - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
90% Walking Out (2017) It's a brutal, blood-drenched story, but also a captivating and poignant generational saga that will stay with the viewer long afterward. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
88% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) A comedy centered around a multi-dimensional African-American woman who is smart, funny, vulnerable, sensual, charming, flawed, resilient, well-educated, an inspiring teacher and a loving friend feels almost like the cinematic equivalent of a unicorn. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
59% Claire in Motion (2017) Robinson and Howell know how to create an atmosphere of expectation; they succeed in outlining an elliptical and murky story and establishing a sense of vague unease. Perhaps their next film will give us more to go on. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
2.5/4 69% Altman (2014) Unfortunately, the straightforward film doesn't probe deeply enough to reveal the creative psyche of the remarkable filmmaker Robert Altman, whose films didn't look or sound like those of any other director. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
2/4 51% Unbroken (2014) Unbroken is an odyssey detailing a harrowing ordeal and insurmountable odds. But this polished story feels conventional, overly long and not sufficiently involving. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a meticulously composed espionage thriller, which establishes a tense atmosphere from the start and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
4/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) Brooklyn is one of the best films ever made about leaving one's homeland in search of a better life, and forging a new path. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Jungle Book (2016) It's the very rare remake that's actually better than the original. The Jungle Book is that rarity. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 98% Leviathan (2014) A palpable and melancholy aura of resignation fills the masterful Leviathan the fourth feature from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
1.5/4 44% She's Funny That Way (2015) She's Funny That Way is trying very hard to be a sexy screwball comedy. It tries so hard, with such a contrived and silly story, that it only succeeds in wearing the audience down. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/4 76% Chronic (2016) The daily care of the terminally ill is portrayed powerfully in the low-key and clear-eyed Chronic. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight often feels more like a sadistic stage play than a movie. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
3.5/4 100% Ixcanul (2016) Ixcanul is a mesmerizing, intimate and meditative coming-of- age tale that explores a culture rarely seen in films. [Full review in Japanese] - The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016