Dwight Brown

Dwight Brown
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T-Meter Title | Year
91% The White Tiger (2020) Unpredictability pulls this perceptive film over the rough spots. The element of surprise is a definite asset. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
45% Locked Down (2021) It may be 2021's first viable COVID-themed movie. Hopefully it's not the best audiences can expect. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
93% Herself (2021) For the most part, Dunne achieves her goals as a writer, social commentator, women's advocate and soul-searching actress. Her intelligence and creativity are a certain sign of good things to come. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
92% Sylvie's Love (2020) It's love at first sight. That's true for the couple in this romantic period film and for audiences who will be transfixed by the stunningly beautiful footage. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
96% Soul (2020) Passing the love of jazz on to a younger generation, cloaked in the sweetness of an animated movie, is a genius move. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
3.5/4 85% Lingua Franca (2020) This story has never been told before, communicated in this way or created by such an astute and perceptive writer/director/actor like Isabel Sandoval. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 100% Minari (2020) This small but touching family drama perfectly evokes the times and rural setting. The couple's struggle is as distressing as it is inspiring. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) An enlightening script, expert ensemble acting and the most revealing film ever made about a young woman's right to choose. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Outpost (2020) It's a true-life story, masterfully directed by Rod Lurie who instinctively captures the danger, risks and moments of desperation and humanity of the event. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
80% The Closet (2020) Kwang-bin Kim's thoughtful script grows on you. The realm of the dead land he creates, thanks to a visionary tech crew, is just enough to scare you. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
98% Farewell Amor (2020) Ultimately this family drama is very touching and it finds its path. Wait for it. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
97% Billie (2020) A unique remembrance of a remarkable but ill-fated chanteuse who sang the truth. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
No Score Yet Tripping with Nils Frahm (2020) Be prepared to travel over the high mountains and down the deep valleys where Frahm's entrancing music treks. It's worth the journey. Worth the exploration. Well worth the escape from our current reality. It's a trip. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Boseman and Davis deliver performances so incendiary that if they'd done them on stage they would have burnt the house down. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
96% Sound of Metal (2020) Yes, this is Riz Ahmed's showcase and his ultimate moment, thus far. But, excellent performances abound. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) What a nice surprise. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
93% The Life Ahead (2020) A triumphant and compelling piece of filmmaking. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
47% Spell (2020) Omari Hardwick's and Loretta Devine's performances elevate this horror/suspense/thriller in ways the script may never have imagined. Devine, especially, steals scenes and makes her venomously evil character devilish beyond redemption. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
81% Synchronic (2020) It's as if the film's special effects were done in a high school physics lab or on an iPhone -- a first generation one, not the new 12. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Similar to [Sorkin's] approach to Molly's Game, dialogue supersedes other modes of conveying a story. This very intellectual reinterpretation is fact-filled to the point of being dense. Yet it is emotionally charged enough to be compelling. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/4 98% Time (2020) This documentary dares to be humanizing and forgiving at a time when dehumanization is so mainstream. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
2.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) Sometimes the film feels too affected, sometimes it seems like Coppola is on top of her game. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/4 96% Nomadland (2020) This is how the other half lives. The half that is most often neglected and growing in numbers. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/4 99% MLK/FBI (2021) Films that divulge the reckless behavior of the FBI and/or government should be seen so the country doesn't repeat that kind of malfeasance that leads to civil rights leaders being maligned and murdered. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3.5/4 96% I Carry You with Me (2021) It's innovative, amazing and hybrid filmmaking by first-time director Heidi Ewing. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/4 95% The Disciple (2020) Well shot, produced, written and directed. Chaitanya Tamhane sends a transcendental postcard from India filled with soothing music and enlightening insights as the old mixes with the new. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/4 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) A high-spirited charmer. Will make your soul jump as it reflects the past and mirrors the times we live in with equal verve. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/4 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Timely. Illuminating. Required viewing. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) It's an entrancing effect, one that will captivate audiences as they watch a vulnerable but resilient forty-year-old find her own voice. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
2.5/4 92% 40 Years a Prisoner (2020) Somehow, finding out what really made MOVE members tick is never really clear. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/4 100% The Father (2020) Hopkins wrings every last feeling of loss and despondency out of the character and will likely be seated in the front row Oscar night. If there is an Oscar night. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 77% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Vanessa Kirby clearly deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She is that good, the role is that great and now she is the leader of the pack. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 65% Penguin Bloom (2021) The film sensitively focusses on a mother who has lost the ability to mother... Loose ends are held together by Watts who gives the film a certain state of grace. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 64% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) Excellent acting, cinematography and editing will keep you on the edge of your seat. On view is the bourgeoise's worst nightmare. The astonishing and disturbing class warfare is more alarming, compelling and macabre than that seen in Parasite. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 73% The Boy from Medellín (2020) This documentary has heart, lively characters and rousing concert footage. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 93% Another Round (Druk) (2020) A very pleasurable and sinful experience that could easily be made into an American movie à la The Hangover. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 84% The Way I See It (2020) Prepared to be moved and awed in ways you wouldn't expect. It's a trip down memory lane that should excite citizens about the possibilities for tomorrow. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 91% The Water Man (2020) Though Oyelowo's direction is decent, the story never takes you to that special place and the son's venture into the forest rarely feels adventurous. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) The words and performances are so enlightening your eyes will stay glued to the screen. As a director, King makes a lot of right choices. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) With this venture, Ivory Coast writer/director Philippe Lacôte firmly establishes his place among the greatest African filmmakers. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2.5/4 71% Memory House (Casa de antiguidades) (2020) There is something so spiritual and profound about Pitanga's performance. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 53% Joe Bell (2021) The film has an emotional core that hooks you from the first frame until the final epilogue describing the burdens of the real Joe Bell. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3.5/4 76% Concrete Cowboy (2020) This very endearing father/son drama is as emotionally powerful as The Great Santini and as respectful to Black cowboy culture as Miss Juneteenth. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 78% Akilla's Escape (2020) The action scenes are never up to the standards of a good crime/action/thriller. Tighter editing and a more fine-tuned script would have helped. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
56% Sibyl (2020) Audiences may likely experience an emotional distance from and not an emotional attachment to the main character. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Young & Reckless (2020) Writer/director Timothy Barker is deft at setting up this slice of life story. He's created engaging characters and directs the actors in a way that lets them be uninhibited. It's like you're one of the gang hanging out. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet Tazmanian Devil (2020) Pity that the sadistic hazing scenes may turn audiences off before they have a chance to be enlightened. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet A New York Christmas Wedding (2020) This kind of romantic drama requires direction that has an innovative and quirky style. The kind that could make the romance magical. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/4 No Score Yet The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (2020) The entire cast breathes life into characters in ways that will haunt audiences long after the film ends. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet Intolerance No More (2020) Tonally, the film is too conflicting. There isn't one believable performance from a cast struggling to interpret looney characters or stereotypes. - National Newspaper Publishers Association EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020