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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% The Rider (2018) "The Rider" plays like a virtual documentary, and in some ways it is just that. Yet these flesh-and-blood denizens of South Dakota are quite credible actors, a tribute to Zhao's skill behind the camera. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
90% Lean on Pete (2018) Plummer renders a shockingly good performance, one that moviegoers will look back on as his true breakthrough role.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) References to iconic films of the past to satisfy the most demanding of cinematic historians --- Much more entertaining than "Avatar".‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
72% Final Portrait (2018) Rush's performance calls to mind his Oscar-winning turn in "Shine" (1996) where he played a crazed pianist. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) "Isle of Dogs" is visually spectacular, features an incredible cast of voice actors, and immediately captures the audience's attention with an hypnotic score by Alexandre Desplat.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) "Tomb Raider" is a real cliff hanger --- literally on at least two occasions --- and it's a classic popcorn movie. Despite what Jeanne writes, the film's action sequences make it eminently watchable.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
41% Gringo (2018) A reasonably entertaining dark comedy with a solid cast and some genuine laughs.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This latest effort from director Ava DuVernay is too scary for little kids, and too inept for adults.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Lawrence has now rendered the most challenging role of her career, and her best performance, by far. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
81% The Party (2018) How refreshing to see a feature-length film in only an hour and eleven minutes --- less than the average blockbuster and more entertaining.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
No Score Yet The Girl Who Invented Kissing (2017) I truly loved this film. It deserves a chance at wide distribution, and I believe audiences will appreciate its pathos, heart, and good humor.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) My heartiest laugh came at the very beginning when a volcano erupts, and a bird atop a cliff watching the whole event suddenly dons a pair of sunglasses. Why couldn't there have been more of that type of silly, but funny, humor? ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) The set designs are extraordinary, and the movie features a surprise ending --- especially for those who left the theatre prematurely --- with a timely message about international togetherness. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
58% Please Stand By (2018) Fanning delivers a resplendent performance as the central character, and her co-stars are equally deft in their roles. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
34% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Alas, "The Leisure Seeker" is neither funny nor poignant, and without those two attributes, the finale has no emotional depth. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) "Paddington 2" is a sweet and fun family adventure, full of laughs, some surprises and a glittering array of actors.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
87% The Post (2018) Streep manages to thrill us with mere words. And it doesn't hurt to see a strong woman stand up to a room full of condescending white men. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
78% All the Money in the World (2017) What happened to John Paul Getty III? Were the kidnappers ever convicted of the crime? What about Gail? None of these questions were addressed, which would have made "All The Money In The World" that much better.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) I can say that the film is visually spectacular, with another superb soundtrack from John Williams, and mostly well cast. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) This fertile product of del Toro's vivid imagination is a fabulous beacon of hope contrasted to the turbulent era of 1962 in world history.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) "Call Me By Your Name" is not simply a movie that will be embraced by the LGBT community. It is a story about love and friendship that should be appreciated by everybody. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2017
97% Coco (2017) It's not a stretch to speculate that this movie --- while a lock for a Best Animated Feature nomination --- is a legitimate contender for Best Picture. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Did the world really need yet another version of Winston Churchill's first few days in office? With Gary Oldman portraying the crusty Prime Minister, the answer is yes.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Watching Dan Stevens in the lead role feels like we're witnessing the real man in his lifetime. It's an awesome performance, and "The Man Who Invented Christmas" is top-notch entertainment.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Keeps you guessing until the climactic ending, ... it's worth the wait. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) I imagine the story speaks to untold numbers of families who have suffered --- and continue to suffer --- from unsolved tragedies involving loved ones. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
76% Last Flag Flying (2017) Linklater's editing partner, Sandra Adair, calls the performances "an embarrassment of riches" --- 100% correct about the lead players and their exquisite portrayals.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) We can always depend on Hemsworth's style of not taking himself too seriously, and it works well.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
88% Novitiate (2017) "Novitiate" has no weak moments. It is flawless --- especially for a novice director.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) I found the plot a bit confusing with its myriad of characters, then and now.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
66% Breathe (2017) "Breathe" is a beautifully told story, anchored by two exceptional performances.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) "Mark Felt" is Neeson's film, and he doesn't disappoint. The veteran actor displays all the grit, passion and uncertainty of what the real man must have experienced. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Stanton carries "Lucky", his next-to-last movie. It is likely the crowning point of his long and illustrious career.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
92% Stronger (2017) While "Stronger" is an exceptional story, it's a travesty that it had to be told. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
82% Brad's Status (2017) Stiller renders a remarkable performance --- subtle, thoughtful and sympathetic, but never pathetic, silly or incongruous. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
93% School Life (2017) "School Life" is not a documentary in the traditional sense. No one is interviewed, nobody offers their opinion about any subject while looking into a camera. All we see are ever-changing snippets of life at the Headfort School in Ireland‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) "Rebel in the Rye" may inspire a whole new generation of readers to pick up a copy of the book, and even more remarkably, it may encourage older generations to re-visit the novel of their youth.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) "Polina" captures the sheer joy of dancers performing --- not for an audience --- but for themselves. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
51% England Is Mine (2017) I had never heard of the band The Smiths, or Steven Patrick Morrissey, --- however, I learned enough about his formative years, coupled with the near-hysterical reaction from the jam-packed screening audience in L.A., to recommend the film. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh again proves his mastery at this sort of comic crime thriller.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Director Patrick Hughes falls prey to the belief that the more explosions and gunfire in a movie, the more entertaining it will be. Not so much. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) At least it doesn't overstay its welcome at a crisp 88 minutes. And there is always that toe-tappin' soundtrack.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
50% The Glass Castle (2017) The movie is a powerful emotional roller coaster about how love can have a firm grip on even the most dysfunctional families.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) "Detroit" is Bigelow's powerfully told vision of yet another dark time in American history. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) To borrow from another current release --- "meh!". ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
8% The Emoji Movie (2017) "The Emoji Movie" won't win any prizes for animation, but at least it's an adventurous idea that will appeal to a variety of people. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
81% Brigsby Bear (2017) "Brigsby Bear" crushes the big blockbusters for entertainment value and for eliciting real human emotions. ‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
74% Amnesia (2017) The film is not a thriller or a great mystery. But it does sustain our interest sufficiently.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) No doubt that "Dunkirk" is technologically well conceived and crafted. Unfortunately, a clever idea and expert editing cannot compensate for a dearth of human emotions.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Unleashes a brilliant young actress to the world of cinema.‐ Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017