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T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The Conjuring (2013) The back half of the movie is also more formulaic and less interesting in every other way. The characters no longer offer surprises, and the scares are more predictable. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
94% Fateless (2006) It conveys a feeling of exhaustion. Mist drifts through the camp, lending a beauty which does not point to any meaning or goodness, a kind of drained beauty. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% General della Rovere (Il generale Della Rovere) (1959) [Giovanna Ralli's] actressy in a way that really works for this story of the mask sinking into the skin. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
71% Green for Danger (1947) Its final twists came a little too fast and twisty for me. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% The Jewish Cardinal (2014) The way he finds to live and to die as a Catholic Jew may not satisfy any of the film's characters, but I'll say that I found it really touching. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) What makes Forgive such a joy to watch is the attention and love given to Lee, her frenemy Jack Hock... and her world. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
52% Cruising (1980) There is so much talent in this film, from its very first moments with the unsettling strings by Jack Nitzsche. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
96% A Woman Under the Influence (1975) I liked that the film never reduces what's going on in that shaken family to one thing. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
100% Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Days is a tract, my friend, a folded brochure of a film, rescued by Jack Lemmon's charm and some good dark camerawork. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
83% Smashed (2012) Smashed is wall-to-wall good intentions from the moment Kate decides to go to a meeting. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
89% A Christmas Story (1983) Just a tour de force of holiday agony, outrageous and hilarious. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
100% Planet of Snail (2012) This is a great movie, memorable and subtle. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
83% The Song of Bernadette (1943) The theology in The Song of Bernadette is subtle; it satirizes Catholic worship of suffering... - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos walks right up to the edge of mocking his characters for having feelings, and us for having feelings about them. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
No Score Yet Dark Harbor (1999) This is a simple story, with some fun twists in both the plotting and the direction. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
64% Ladyhawke (1985) The film is gorgeous to watch, especially since the quality of light is so central to the plot: Is it afternoon or sunset? - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
83% In Bruges (2008) Even the most obnoxious elements turn out to mean more than their self-consciously shocking surface. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
70% The Happy Prince (2018) Much of the film is heavy-handed melodrama without the irony and forgiveness that animated its protagonist's moral worldview. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
67% Lords of Chaos (2019) Director Jonas Åkerlund handles this cruel and sad material with sensitivity. He lets you laugh at Euronymous' pretensions and his Mean Girls-style cruelties, and makes you recoil from the destruction and desecration the band promoted. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
66% The Rapture (1991) The Rapture commits. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
88% Into Great Silence (2007) This is an experience it's hard to say much about. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
100% The Flowers of St Francis (Francesco, giullare di Dio) (Francis, God's Jester) (1950) Delightfully ramshackle... ull of humor and unexpected incident... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
79% The Prince of Egypt (1998) Prince gives great emotional depth to the story... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
100% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) The Wolf House succeeds on every level: as an innovative stop-motion animation film; as a disturbing horror film; as a commentary on Chilean history; and as a meditation on the rationalizations for and trauma of childhood abuse. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
56% Slice (2018) The kind of low-impact, time-stamped pleasure you hit up on a streaming service when you've had a long day and want to curl up with a cup of cocoa and watch some people get slaughtered. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
67% Field Guide to Evil (2018) Off-base and so colored by modern obsessions and prejudices. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
62% You Might Be the Killer (2018) You could have made a movie about the genuine tragedy of a man realizing he's become an abuser (you could have made a comedy about that!), and instead you totally made a movie about how a man's violence is a woman's fault. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
73% The Ranger (2018) This is mostly very fun, silly but satisfying. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
93% The Endless (2018) The brothers have terrific chemistry from the moment their road trip begins. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
80% State of the Union (1948) It's a pleasure to watch because of the talent on display-and, this is me so let's be real, because its climactic scene is about the joys of public self-abasement. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) I would watch a phone book if it were played by Awkwafina. She's a delight. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
71% TRON (1982) A thrilling film to watch just because the visuals are so precisely what they should be: transporting you both into and beyond a very specific time in our culture's videographic history. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
29% C.H.U.D. (Chud) (1984) As seamy and strange as its reputation promises. I loved this weird, sad film. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) The film is depressive without attaining poignancy, and self-serious where it could be shameless. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) I truly loved Still Walking-in spite of that music, and in spite of a brief voiceover which I think was literally completely unnecessary. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
74% Creepshow (1982) It is so dumb and so, so fun. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
92% Coriolanus (2011) Fiennes is fantastic, the music is stellar, the modernization is pure pleasure, and since the whole story is about the meanings of self-abasement you know I am there. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% Titicut Follies (1967) I was also struck by the way Wiseman weaves singing and music throughout the movie: the traditions of the inmates and staff, and the way they beautify an environment which would seem to resist any attempt at beauty. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
94% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009) I love films which capture that atmosphere of late summer, lazy and sultry and shadowed by the coming autumn. So I found this very moving. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
80% Another Country (1984) [The] moral would be trite if it didn't go unspoken; it becomes poignant because it's adamantly denied. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
88% Super Dark Times (2017) Becomes an even less revelatory film about an actively predatory teen. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
44% Tusk (2014) Contemporary self-referential sneering. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
79% Born in Flames (1983) I enjoyed this immensely, largely because of the music and the general ramshackle, hipshot attitude of rebellion. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
65% Byzantium (2013) This did not quite do it for me. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
78% Sneakers (1992) This is basically dumb fun with a veneer of smart fun... Fast-paced, utterly enjoyable. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
93% Johnny Guitar (1954) Double-crosses, beautiful losers, gunplay and waterfalls and fire and whiskey, it's all here. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
90% Ms. 45 (2013) Honestly, this is brilliant, one hour and twenty minutes of the ecstatic rage and vindication of a Kathleen Hanna howl. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
96% Weiner (2016) Weiner is technically excellent. There are great cuts, usually to the subject's disadvantage but rarely without some nuance or ambivalence. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
91% The Witch (2016) For me The Witch was stunning, a brilliant tale that deserves to be a genre classic-but you should probably know what you're getting into. - The American Conservative EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
59% High-Rise (2016) This isn't a good enough movie; its plot is tangled, and it's both overstuffed and thinly-sketched. - The American Conservative EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018