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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The best - and worst thing - you can say about Solo: A Star Wars Story is that it is a fun throwback.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/4 100% Comradeship (Kameradschaft) (1931) A mix of elaborate studio sets and location shooting give the movie a naturalistic flavor but lots of camera movement also marks it as expressionistic. The lack of a score also marks it as less manipulative than traditional Hollywood pictures of the day.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2.5/4 100% Westfront 1918 (1930) Rather than force common war story beats onto the characters, Pabst employs a more observational tone. His camera was free to move along the surface of the trenches, giving the full wide expanse of what the soldiers were experiencing. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3.5/4 73% The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001) Both director and actor were clear on their intentions from the start, and this alignment produced a movie that holds up as one of the best arthouse films of the last 20 years, with a nearly unmatched quiet kind of intensity. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2.5/4 100% Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Modern audiences will no doubt find the trial portion of the film quaint, but Fonda plays Lincoln with such calm, centered confidence that it's also a refreshing change of pace from the aggressive histrionics of today's cop/legal thrillers and TV shows.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3.5/4 97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) It's tame of course by today's standards, but that, combined with he cynical racial component, was viewed as an all-out attack on "civilized" American society in general.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/4 95% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Demme's use of close-ups is remarkable, and not something that's translated into contemporary film language too often anymore: Faces, eyes, hands; they're everywhere, making the suspense personal, and therefore way more frightening.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/4 87% Tully (2018) Tully has enough lived-in performances and sure-footed observational truths to withstand the plot mechanics.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Its strength lies in its ability to surprise, which comes directly from experiencing a cruel, cruel world the way a severely traumatized man sees it. It's how Joe makes sense of his reality that says the most about human fragility. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
1/4 22% The Week Of (2018) A messy patchwork of a movie that is tonally all over the map and way overstays its 116 minutes. What could have been an incisive comedy about class and ethnicity is instead a random dump of easy, mean-spirited jokes mixed with unearned sentimentality.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Thanks to Thanos, Infinity War is much more than a two-part blockbuster, and for the first time in a long time, we can't easily anticipate more of the same, because the road ahead for superheroes is murky, complicated, and terrifying.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2.5/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) Approximately 15 parts fun escapism and one part reflection. In a culture that's obsessed with unearthing obscure references, it will be interesting to see how the movie's fans-and I think there will be many-process the conflicting messages, if at all. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
1.5/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Everyone is equally blunted by blandness. All the kids who undergo military training are constantly reminded they need to act like a family, but the script never affords them the opportunity.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) At first, it looks like just another safe, crowd-pleasing period drama aimed at the NPR crowd. Rather, it's a fascinating slow-burn character study that's not afraid to embrace a little darkness, with a wry sense of humor.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Anyone who has experienced the flush of first love will relate, but the fact that the film is specific and detailed both emotionally and physically in its portrayal of a gay relationship makes it a standout.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) ... asks a lot of tough questions about class in America, even as it takes the same mocking tone that it accuses the media of taking as the scandal unfolded.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) ... there's so much more to Black Panther than a shrewd movie studio finally recognizing the value of an untapped market.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/4 59% The Polka King (2017) Bernie finds a more cohesive balance between the craziness of the story and a solid emotional center. The Polka King never quite gets there.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
2/4 87% The Post (2018) There's no doubt that the free press plays an essential role in a democracy, and the timeliness of this picture can't be disputed. It's just too bad Spielberg doesn't trust his audience enough to let them come to those conclusions on their own.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) It sounds like every noir-tinged crime movie since the 40s, but its a canny reconfiguration of boilerplate elements, made special by the way it taps into our music-saturated culture, using iPods and earbuds to fashion a seductive fantasy world.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) This is the first mega-budget Marvel picture to put its heroes on spaceships and hurl them into a wormhole called the Devil's Anus. Clearance, Clarence.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In whatever category you file it, 2049 is some kind of miracle: Its submersion in Blade Runner's themes and ambiguities, in its essential mystery, feels both familiar and new. And then it somehow goes even deeper. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) It pushes the prison movie genre to new heights. The fact that there's a very small amount of an original score and a large amount of suspense speaks to Zahler's skill at building and sustaining anxiety.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) One could accuse Baumbach of repeating himself, but when the writing and directing is this sharp, who cares? The neuroses and contradictions here become relatable to anyone who's had a difficult time listening to or being heard by their family.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Aronofsky has made something brutal and funny, a maddening prank on those who take their stories too literally.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 100% They Live by Night (1948) Maybe because of this close-up strategy, the actors all have a more naturalistic bent than most of the films of the day, opting for a low-key simmering approach. The result is a more intimate portrait of these two lovers.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 100% Stalker (1979) Aa lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence. Ultimately though, it's a rewarding one for sure, especially once you fall under the spell of its hypnotic filmmaking.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Breaking Point (1950) The Breaking Point adapts Hemingway's book and wrings out some genuine notes of solid tragedy, as well as a more nuanced performance from its lead actor. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet La Poison (1951) An eye-opener. It satirizes the technicalities and inconsistencies of the legal system, as well as society's fascination with crime, and maybe in a reveal of some of Guitry's personal obsessions, also pokes nasty fun at the institution of marriage itself.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3.5/5 93% Icarus (2017) Icarus is a frighteningly relevant movie that may go a long way toward explaining the danger of any state propaganda machine, whether it targets medals or more.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
4/5 92% Good Time (2017) Good Time is thrillingly alive, both hard to look at but impossible to turn away from.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 91% Straw Dogs (1971) The questions it raises about sexual consent, masculinity, and humanity's penchant for violence are as urgent today as they were in 1971.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
2.5/4 88% Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) The film's real triumph is that it tells a cohesive story out of so many jagged parts, and does it with an energy that was reflective of that special moment in time. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
2/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) One amazing action scene is a bright spot in an otherwise dull, impossibly contrived spy thriller that's dressed up with a pulsing 80s synth-pop soundtrack and a darkly lit neon setting. ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan's array of unique POV shots and his peerless command of scale relay the terrifying subjective experiences of Dunkirk's characters in a hauntingly visceral way.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2/4 71% Rumble Fish (1983) The chiaroscuro lighting and shadows are admittedly handsome, but there just isn't enough to keep Rumble Fish afloat in the story department. There's a lot of talking and existential ruminating, but very little forward movement.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 88% Good Morning (OhayĆ“) (1959) Good Morning is such a fantastic surprise, and worthy of discussion among any of Ozu's better known dramatic works.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) More than a big-picture, end-of-the-world drama, it succeeds as a grave - and highly confined - journey through desperate emotional states.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1.5/4 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) It's not a complete failure, but there's something sadly inevitable about Alien: Covenant. It feels more like an exercise than it does a movie. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
2/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Like "Let's Twist Again," it can't play the same familiar chords with lesser lyrics and expect the same results. It isn't quite the revved-up rallying call for outcasts that the first one was, so this sequel is best approached with lower expectations.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) Vigalondo challenges audiences to consider the real issues and perspective that lie beneath what's actually happening onscreen. Doing that deepens the experience and makes it a sneakily subversive film that demands to be considered seriously.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 92% Woman of the Year (1942) For anyone looking to add a single Hepburn/Tracy movie to their collection, this is the one.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
3/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate of the Furious tops its predecessors not in its action scenes, but by applying that familiar, reality-confounding aesthetic to its characters. The result tests the patience like nothing short of a Diesel crying scene.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2/4 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) It reduces the philosophical quest for understanding of what it means to be human to a very familiar trope: the search for a former identity. Essentially, the Major is now Jason Bourne - or, more precisely, Robocop, by way of Frankenstein's monster.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
1.5/4 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It embodies that American Barnum impulse the original satirized, hoping that a heavy dose of violence and a familiar entity in the title will be enough to pack 'em in. Behold the sad, cynical Kong: First Blood Part II. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) Through one simple, emotionally satisfying revelation late in the movie, Logan argues that stories like this - like the Westerns before them - can be culturally crucial because they give us hope when we need it the most. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4.5/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) A tragi-comedy, yes. It's also beautiful and unique - art of a high order. In its portrayal of stark philosophical differences, the movie speaks to how people across generations see, and find meaning in, modern life.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) One-ups the original in almost every way while retaining the original's scrappy spirit & surprising wit - a rare sequel that expands its universe while keeping its new thrills and twists in step with the themes that allowed so much fun the first time. ‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
2/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) It grows more tiresome as it goes on, not just because of the movie's telegraphed structure and all-too-prominent message but also because the stories themselves are not that special.‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1/4 35% Live By Night (2017) A handsome production shot in gorgeous fashion. But like Affleck's Joe Coughlin - the empty center of this soulless film - it never commits to its most promising elements, never stays in one place, never develops a rhythm.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017