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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) "The Sisters Brothers" feels like a movie in search of a point.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
88% First Man (2018) "First Man" works splendidly, giving a sense of authenticity, not to mention uncertainty and excitement, to a story that feels as old as the moon itself.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
46% Kids (1995) In the end, Kids is bound to enrage some viewers, enthrall others and confound most (even among those very teens who aren't allowed in because of the film's non-rated release to avoid the dreaded NC-17).‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
97% Blaze (2018) Ethan Hawke seems to be obsessed with such lost souls. But truth be told, in our own dark emotional corners, aren't we all?‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
82% Juliet, Naked (2018) The main strength of Juliet, Naked is its cast. All three principal actors are perfect, with O'Dowd adding his particular comic touch. More important, each character is equally likeable despite flaws that seem as inherent as they feel natural.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
84% The Wife (2018) It is Close, though, on whom Runge's camera focuses. Quiet and reserved, yet forceful and ultimately determined, Close's Joan reflects a sense of real power behind her all-knowing yet cryptic smile.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Not everything works in Cooper's version of "A Star Is Born" But enough does to ensure that this film is, indeed, one of the best releases of 2018. Maybe, even, of this decade.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) Which is the strength of "Puzzle," the fact that it refuses to portray both these characters and the situations they find themselves in as mere clichés. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Fame may not have killed Whitney Houston, but it didn't save her either. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Like "Winter's Bone," "Leave No Trace" doesn't unfold with a typical Hollywood-type narrative. Instead of the dramatic highs and lows, it proceeds in a stately, evenly paced manner that smacks of authentic life. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Gives this decades-old Hollywood blueprint a welcome, refreshing makeover. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A fascinating tale that reveals the truth behind the headlines - a truth you should now be fully prepared to learn.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
No Score Yet Grave Of The Fireflies - Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 (2018) A sophisticated work of art.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" isn't merely a jokey songfest. Along the way, the film offers up moments of quiet reflection as well as an occasional sense of grief.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Schrader wastes the good work of cinematographer Alexander Dynan - whose framing of every scene is flawlessly precise - and by Hawke, who continues to evolve as an actor in independent productions such as this.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Credit Sollima for having the great good sense to use Brolin and especially del Toro in ways that give each the freedom to haunt the screen as well as anyone can.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Not to give anything away, but its climax just may wrench your heart - though, if you're open to the experience, it'll happen in a good way.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
78% Last Flag Flying (2017) The problem, for me, is that much of the talk in "Last Flag Flying" feels too mannered...Cranston, in particular, tends to overplay Sal to the point, at times, almost of parody.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) You can't make fun of superhero action films and, at the same time, be a good example of one...[but] the exception in the case of superhero action films is the "Deadpool" series.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) "Solo: A Star Wars Story" unveils at breakneck speed: seldom slowing down for any viewer but the most "Star Wars"-literate to comprehend much more than a simple he's-good-he's-bad-shoot-fast-and-speed-off storyline.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
72% The Rachel Divide (2018) The Rachel Divide works hard to give an insider's view of a story that for some is the case of a woman suffering from a serious sense of cultural displacement and for others is an ongoing attempt to redefine notions of race and what that term... means.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Metz's film is less about the glory of sport than it is about the damage that sport can do to an athlete's soul.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) [John Krasinksi's] strength shows here in his ability to nurture a concept into a living, breathing movie.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) So instead of a scintillating psychological study, Unsane becomes a tawdry, all-too-predictable woman-in-peril story.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) [Sebastián] Lelios was lucky that he had an actress as capable as [Daniela] Vega to depend on.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Like any good spy film, "Red Sparrow" has a number of twists that you may not see coming. In this way, it resembles another popular series, "Mission: Impossible." ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
84% Game Night (2018) But most of all, "Game Night" belongs to Bateman and McAdams. No one can chew on a squeaky toy more humorously than he can, and no one is better at combining comic timing and sex appeal than she.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) As Grahame, Annette Bening captures both the actress's vulnerability and her flintiness, holding her own against a case of talented British actors‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Certainly, it's no "Mystic River" or "Letters from Iwo Jima." But at least in technical terms it does display the professional quality that marks Eastwood's typical filmmaking style.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) But the star, as always in an Anderson movie, is the writer-director himself. As "Phantom Thread" progresses, Anderson keeps us off-balance, never quite explaining what each character is up to as he or she moves from one scene to the next.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) The cast is brilliant. Margot Robbie, who learned to skate for the film, nails Harding, while Golden-Globe winner Allison Janney is an acerbic marvel as her mother. Sebastian Stan gives a mostly understated performance as Gillooly. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
84% Darkest Hour (2017) It is [Gary] Oldman, though, who rules. As he did while portraying characters as diverse as punk-rocker Sid Vicious and the fictional spy George Smiley, Oldman again disappears into the role.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro expertly uses the shifting lights of Coney Island's attractions to mirror each scene's shifting moods. Allen's camera movement around Humpty and Ginny's cramped apartment is especially skillful.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
97% Coco (2017) And the animation itself is superb, its renderings of the land of the dead even more vibrant than that of the living. That's ironic. Pero también es interesante, no?‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
84% The Square (2017) Östlund fills his film with uncomfortable moments - off-screen noises, crying babies, and one confounding sequence involving an artiste impersonating an ape - but it's all in service of an idea: Hypocrisy, thy name is the 21st century.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) What Gerwig has done is skillfully create a world where her characters can fully develop.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) That discovery comes slowly, but inexorably, and in Baker's talented hands, ends up feeling - at the film's end - both like an act of love ... and a punch to the heart.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
85% Loving Vincent (2017) It is those works, flowing with life, that set "Loving Vincent" apart from your standard life study. And they are what underscores that film title's very meaning.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
97% Lucky (2017) A heart and soul - though his character here would deny that last part - provided by the inimitable Stanton, one of cinema's most unforgettable presences.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
65% The Foreigner (2017) Throughout all this, [Jackie] Chan plays a character we've seldom seen. A quiet man, his Quan is at first composed and careful, then grief-stricken and finally grimly determined. Even then, he is no Rambo. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) White understands that such feelings are, for most of us, fleeting - the kinds of emotions that we entertain, then either ignore, forget or simply laugh off. It takes Brad a while longer. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) Director [Angelina] Jolie documents all this with inordinate skill. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) [I Called Him Morgan is] a film that is more than just another story about a flawed artist who dies young. You have something that is far closer to a work of art.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
82% The Trip to Spain (2017) Comic and enlightening. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) It is [Robert] Pattinson who shines. Once a vampire hunk, he has grown into the kind of actor the camera loves - even if preteen girls no longer will.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) Wind River may be [the native's] home, but this is Lambert's story. He, in the end, is the great white savior - which is a plot device Hollywood has been using since well before the days of John Ford and Howard Hawks.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) [Kathryn] Bigelow's use of her cast is impressive, even if limited screen time means that no one actor has what amounts to a starring role.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) [Idris] Elba, is a revelation. Few actors have the kind of personal power that can make evil seem, at first, so attractive but then, finally, merely pathetic.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Bridge of Spies is, as an example of mainstream entertainment, a beautiful achievement. For those of us who want a bit more authenticity, though, it's clear that even while portraying dark events, Steven Spielberg only rarely strays away from the light.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
81% The Assassin (2015) I was NOT prepared for was just how beautiful the visuals Hou [Hsia-Hsein] gives us would be - beautiful to the point that I ultimately didn't care at all whether I understood what The Assassin was trying to say.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017