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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 100% Traffic Stop (2017) [Kate] Davis avoids making a shallow diatribe from its volatile subject. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 86% Knife Skills (2017) Knife Skills is inspiring without being sappy. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Heroin(e) (2017) McMillion Shelton doesn't sugarcoat the severity of the crisis, but watching these women addressing it is oddly hopeful and entertaining.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Heaven Is a Traffic Jam On the 405 (2016) [Mindy Alper's] art, including the doodles she drew as a kid, is astonishingly sensitive, and Stiefel uses animation and optical effects to put viewers into Alper's head.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 83% Edith+Eddie (2017) Edith + Eddie is tricky to get through, but it's as engrossing as it is heartbreaking. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 100% The Eleven O'Clock (2016) It's a straightforward, if amusing, sketch, but Lawson and director Derin Seale sprinkle in just enough clues to reveal there might be something else at work.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% The Silent Child (2017) [Rachel] Shenton is an advocate for the deaf, but she also gives Libby's parents just enough depth to explain why they aren't spending enough time with their daughter.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Watu Wote (All of Us) (2017) German director Katja Benrath effortlessly builds tension and honors Farah without having her film descending into a sermon.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% My Nephew Emmett (2017) [Dorian] Davis' commanding performance anchors the film, and he and [Joshua] Wright bear an uncanny resemblance to their real-life counterparts.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 88% DeKalb Elementary (2017) Writer-director Reed Van Dyk gives both actors remarkably meaty if not flashy roles and avoids the temptation for long monologues, which would kill any narrative tension. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Revolting Rhymes (2016) Jakob Schub and Jan Lachauer have not only preserved Dahl's agile wordplay and amusingly macabre sensibilities, but they've also captured the look of the drawings Quentin Blake illustrated them with.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Garden Party (2017) Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon have adopted a hyper-realistic style that makes it seem as if the hungry and later happy amphibians are devouring the previously forbidden delights. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 71% Lou (2017) It's a given that a Pixar movie is going to be entertaining and visually appealing, but directors Dave Mullins and Dina Murray also address playground bullying in a refreshing and amusing manner.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 100% Negative Space (2017) The impact of this film is like watching a long, slow fuse detonating in a spectacular fashion.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4.5/5 86% Dear Basketball (2017) [Kobe] Bryant's narration and Keane's drawings (which look like Leroy Neiman paintings come to life) mesh beautifully. It's hard to imagine another farewell this touching. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
87/100 81% Early Man (2018) Nonetheless, by stepping backward in filmmaking technology and content, he creates a story that might endure like a cave painting. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
76/100 58% Peter Rabbit (2018) [Will] Gluck wisely prevents Thomas from becoming a one-sided villain, but his run-ins with the animals play like a warmed-over retelling of Home Alone.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
7/10 70% Clara's Ghost (2018) Clara's Ghost is that rare movie that works despite the fact that its only grounded and likable character is a pot dealer.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Act & Punishment (2018) Act & Punishment gets a little repetitive, but don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to put on a ski mask and challenge authority.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
77/100 54% 12 Strong (2018) But the Americans in 12 Strong are thinly realized, and it's hard to get emotionally involved in their fate even if they're in the most dangerous situation imaginable. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
86/100 71% Ferdinand (2017) Saldanha knows children will eventually have to make the same difficult choices their parents have. It's an achievement that he has delightfully managed to address that fact with the help of a gentle, friendly bull.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
9/10 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Considering the sordid themes running throughout Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDonagh's tone is astonishingly warm. He knows how to poke fun at characters' quirks without demeaning them.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
89/100 87% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate is a rare film about religion that neither bludgeons a viewer into accepting an ideology nor treats believers as misguided simpletons.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
8/10 67% The Man Who Saved the World (2015) If Petrov can be irritable, The Man Who Saved The World reveals he can just as easily be endearing.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
6/10 40% Justice League (2017) In its final form, the new DC adventure reflects its challenging production, but it does come closer than some of predecessors to giving its iconic stable of characters justice.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
8/10 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Darkest Hour is a worthy companion to Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk because it reveals how difficult it was for the politicians to engineer the earlier film's valiant rescue. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
8/10 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) By holding off on obvious pyrotechnics, Linklater achieves more emotional impact than he would have if his characters had spent the entire film yelling at each other.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
71/100 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Daddy's Home 2 makes me feel sorry for disparaging A Bad Moms Christmas. That movie is still lacking, but at least the filmmakers managed to get the most out of the actors who played the bad grandmas.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
76/100 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Without the charm of Milne's tales, Goodbye Christopher Robin feels hollow.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
73/100 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Letting the ladies stagger through a shopping mall isn't an improvement over having them crawl through a supermarket in the first film.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
76/100 29% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon seems curiously flat for a movie that dabbles in murder, bigotry and grownups who haven't really matured.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
71/100 71% Happy Death Day (2017) [Christopher] Landon tries to create chills the way Harold Ramis crafted chuckles in Groundhog Day, but Tree's various demises just get more and more anticlimactic each time.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 13, 2017
87/100 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It succeeds because it treats viewers to what television audiences didn't see when Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs faced each other.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
86% American Made (2017) Cruise's Seal often tells his own story in American Made, but it's hard to know when he's on the level. Perhaps it's that difficulty that makes the tale so fascinating 30 years after he flew covert missions.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
7/10 78% Crown Heights (2017) Crown Heights is based on an actual crime and genuinely appalling miscarriage of justice. Thankfully, it's also a story of friendship that's as uplifting as it is rightly upsetting.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
80/100 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The self-awareness is back with a vengeance in The Lego Ninjago Movie, but the story line is a few bricks shy of a play set.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
84/100 85% It (2017) Argentinean director Andy Muschietti is more concerned about sustaining dread than making sense.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
67/100 13% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) To do justice to The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, I'm going to follow the advice of Thumper the rabbit from another animated movie called Bambi. He counsels viewers, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
68/100 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) In her second movie on her own, Annabelle manages to imitate the pacing, the Catholic overtones and the tone of the first movie but replaces all the chills with unintentional laughter.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
7/10 90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Rumble packs a lot of material and great sounds in its 103 minutes.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
83/100 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Leitch has worked as a stuntman, and he knows how to stage action. In Atomic Blonde, he finds in 1989 Berlin a nearly ideal environment for photogenic bloodshed.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
82/100 90% Girls Trip (2017) Screenwriters Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver seem to be following a gross-out comedy template, but the two come up with just enough naughty gags to make the familiar journey work.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
8/10 93% Dunkirk (2017) What Nolan gets right in Dunkirk -- from the action to the spare dialogue -- is so good that it makes the fact that any narrative deficiencies exist seem all the more disappointing.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
90/100 93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright assumes viewers are paying close attention and love obscure references and deep cuts. Thankfully, his obsessions are incurably contagious.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Watts effortlessly juggles classroom comedy with larger than life derring-do. Having Keaton for a villain really helps because his manic energy can be amusing and threatening -- depending on the context.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
82/100 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Just when it looked as if those goofy, bumbling Minions had lost their appeal, writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have come up with just enough inspired silliness to merit another installment.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
88/100 78% The Beguiled (2017) Sofia Coppola's take on Thomas Collinan's novel The Beguiled slowly but effortlessly glides from wishful thinking to the stuff of nightmares.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
72/100 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) All of this might have been more fun if Bay had a sense of humor, but he has a moth-to-flame attraction to every corny aside imaginable.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
8/10 78% Manifesto (2017) Blanchett recites some of the texts as if she were a lonely voice in the wilderness, but much of Manifesto is side-splittingly funny.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
82/100 20% The Book of Henry (2017) If the setup is familiar (Gregg Hurwitz's script owes an enormous debt to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window), there are enough quirks in the tale to prevent viewers from feeling that they've gotten ahead of the boy genius.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017