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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% We the Animals (2018) Zagar has smartly decided to tell this very subjective story of childhood with an Expressionist visual style that favors saturated colors, and he often leans on an unusually potent sound design that leads us seamlessly from one memory to the next.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 87% Grey Gardens (2009) Sensitive and well acted as this new Grey Gardens is, it feels like a wish-fulfillment fantasy that gives Little Edie a happy ending; the truth of this woman's life must have been much grimmer and messier.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
67% Ideal Home (2018) Fleming's writing is at its best here when he is sending up the exaggerated sensitivity of liberals when they are dealing with a minority and not sure what might offend them.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) How hard is it to make running away from a rampaging dinosaur look at least a little exciting?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
52% A Kid Like Jake (2018) Feels more like playwriting than like screenwriting because we are told things in dialogue about Jake but barely ever get to see him behaving -- doesn't it signal the same kind of avoidance or fear that the movie itself is supposed to be about?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
82% That Summer (2018) Once the film turns itself over to the footage of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, this movie comes into its own as a fascinating companion piece and prequel to the Maysles Brothers film.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
67% The Seagull (2018) The most impressive thing about this film of The Seagull is that every role has been ideally cast.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
27% Mapplethorpe (2018) The major thing that Mapplethorpe has in its favor is that the film is afraid of neither the life nor the work of the notorious photographer.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
71% The Rachel Divide (2018) Dolezal is basically outrage clickbait in human form, and so Brownson is using Dolezal's negative attention seeking to get attention for herself as a filmmaker. Nothing beyond that has been accomplished here.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
No Score Yet Back Roads (2018) This is an accomplished debut from Pettyfer as a director, and it shows how interested he seems to be in the scarier byways of life, which seemed clear in his performance last year in The Strange Ones.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) This film is based on an arcade video game that featured large-sized creatures knocking down buildings and running amok, but that basic idea has been swamped here by too many convoluted plot lines and extraneous characters.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The premise of Truth or Dare is needlessly convoluted, and it is overloaded with information and side characters. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) There are no stakes here, just lots of robots and then dinosaurs who rise up out of the sea and place their large feet down onto pavement that rises up as random people run away and try to escape.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
100% 1985 (2018) This is a realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The last third plays so much better than the first half that it suggests that Roberts should have abandoned all caution and really gone for a more consistently over-the-top film based in the emotion that he clearly wants to foster.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Wardle deserves credit for journalistic doggedness and also for making a documentary that plays like a nerve-jangling thriller.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) "Phantom Thread is a movie filled with performances that feel like the best Method acting from the mid-20th century, when actors like Montgomery Clift and Julie Harris seemed to know every minute of each day in the past lives of their characters." ‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
92% Saturday Church (2018) Director Cardasis keeps his characters and actors at arm's length, as if he's a little scared of them or worried about seeming like a tourist.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Once the USO tour is set into motion, it falls to Wilson to provide much of the humor here, and she is a skilled enough comic to push the narrative over most of its hurdles. But even she can't quite finesse or explain John Lithgow.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
5% Just Getting Started (2017) This mild and dawdling picture is the sort of trifle meant for a retirement-age audience who just want to spend a pleasant and uneventful hour-and-a-half with a few name actors of a certain age. There's very little comedy here and even less action.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) "Call Me by Your Name is a great love story, and it is also a story about the way that Guadagnino's camera loves and brings out Hammer as an actor who can express joy or inner turmoil with a glance."‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Too distant and remote from his characters to make them live for us or to make us care for them.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
88% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Because of her own questioning presence on screen and also her voice-over when she reads from her own work, Didion seems to be in charge of this movie, and she does not flatter herself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
82% Tom of Finland (2017) A formless look at Tom's life that seeks to celebrate him uncritically as a hero with a pill of a sister and a sweet boyfriend who just wants to hold his hand in public sometimes. Sex and desire go missing here, to a large extent.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) The camera loves Gaga's dramatic eyebrows and large eyes staring over her long nose and Streisand-ish mouth, but Five Foot Two captures her at a down time in her life, in several senses of that term. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
85% It (2017) Once the characters have been set up, Muschietti is free to linger as much as he wants over certain set pieces, and the results are as scary as they should be.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
88% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) This is a movie that offers a glimpse into a seldom-seen world, and it is also a character study that looks deeply into the behavior of three very different men who might have loved each other under different circumstances.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The 95-minute culmination of years-long efforts to bring The Dark Tower to the big screen is a complete disaster, a limp, barely coherent shell of a movie.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
88% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) Badly needs some cutting and some focusing of all the material Reybaud shot of Pierre on the road because similar scenes with too many different characters start to blur and cancel each other out. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Falls rather flat whenever it tries to deal with World War II directly, but as a character study of a young Japanese girl in wartime it is often beguiling.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
89% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The bothersome and irritating thing about the way The Midwife is written is that we keep hearing story after story about the shared history between Claire and Béatrice, but we never get a solid idea of what that history was.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
83% F(l)ag Football (2017) These guys are big on lame bromides in the first scenes of the film, but they eventually open up for the camera and have much more interesting and complicated things to say about themselves.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
20% The Book of Henry (2017) The really sad thing is that this is a movie with some intriguing characters that has some real comic and dramatic potential, but all this gets lost in increasingly silly plot mechanics.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
80% Chuck (2017) "There's more to you than meets the eye, Chuck Wepner," says Linda (Naomi Watts), a Jersey bartender who will eventually become his second wife. "Not much, but just enough," she says, and the same might be said of Chuck itself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
16% The Circle (2017) A superficial smartness to the early scenes soon gives way to very obvious plot manipulations.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
76% Manifesto (2017) Blanchett has no fear as a performer, and she has such enormous appetite for acting that she rips into each of the characters she is playing as if she were hungrily stripping meat off of chicken legs and then hurling the bones over her shoulder.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
81% The Trip to Spain (2017) This picture is 115 minutes of nearly wall-to-wall actor impressions, and that does get to be too much of a good thing, unfortunately.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
85% The Lovers (2017) That rare thing: a serious romantic comedy with farcical elements that never puts a foot wrong.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
12% Aardvark (2018) The sort of movie that gets by with its unpredictable where-is-this-going vibe for about a half-hour or so, but it becomes apparent at a certain point that the set-up is pretty much all there is.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
49% Flower (2018) Becomes slightly more bearable when it tries to be serious after failing so badly to be hip and funny, but embedded within the later dramatic scenes are desperately dumb plot decisions that lead us to a calamitous ending.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) To be fair, even Nixon and Jennifer Ehle sometimes have trouble with Davies's ornate dialogue. But Nixon is so determined to get to the heart of this great poet that she does eventually reach it toward the end.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The plot twists suggest the kind of games that 11-year-old boys put together on the playground during recess, with women in peril and so many different parts for everyone to play that you begin to lose track of who everybody is.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Feels largely perfunctory: where it flounders most is on the miscasting of several crucial roles.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
94% The Freedom to Marry (2017) A movie that discourages complex thinking or contradiction, but there are little hints here and there of something more frightening and unstable.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) It feels like the camera is gawking at them rather than joining them, and so all semblance of reality and of the necessary awkwardness of getting their clothes off vanishes. And so too does any real eroticism. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
96% Oklahoma City (2017) Certainly well made and relatively searching, but it can only scratch the surface of its very disturbing and complex subject.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
98% Trophy (2017) Saving endangered animals is not a matter of sentimentality and lifting one up above another. It involves facing hard facts and brokering some compromises, and Trophy makes us fully aware of this.‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 20, 2017
14% Collateral Beauty (2016) To paraphrase Groucho Marx, this is a movie where we watch Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley and several other fine players bore holes in themselves so that we can watch the sap run out.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
23% Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Perry is often mocked or put down, but his voice and his sensibility are real, and this is clear even in an iffy project like this.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) An attempt at an entirely different kind of film for Gray, and the results are revelatory and expansive while also true to his own complicated creative character.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016