Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
78% Friday (1995) Crapping jokes and cussing jokes and look at that lady in her skimpy clothes jokes. I enjoyed this badly, stupidly, as it was meant to be enjoyed. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
74% Torch Song Trilogy (1988) Real people ascend to melodrama and descend to harangue in exactly these circumstances; more importantly, the film knows that melodrama and harangue don't deserve respect and yet they compel it here... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
51% Summer of Sam (1999) ...it was such an unexpected, marginal tale. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
39% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) I liked it well enough when I first saw it but remembered the actual humor as being predictable and insufficiently incisive. I thought more highly of it this time around. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Horror flicks that try to evoke disgust at normal human weaknesses will never be all right with me. But with that built-in exception, so much of this movie is what I wanted it to be. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
78% The Devil's Doorway (2018) In spite of its flaws, the film is startlingly successful both at frightening audiences and at honoring the experiences of women held in Magdalene laundries. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us is skillful and strange, opening up subterranean levels in the psyche and letting the creatures within come out to play. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
94% Us (2019) Even elements that could become problems in less-sure hands, like the explanatory speeches toward the end, become part of the film's mythos and mystery. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
85% Billy Elliot (2000) Billy Elliot almost always makes the wrong choice, for the saccharine over the convincing. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
87% To Sleep With Anger (1990) A strange film which I think would reward rewatching. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
100% Citizens Band (1977) The movie did end up feeling as noteworthy for what it excludes or doesn't examine as for the startlingly contemporary things it includes. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
96% The Court Jester (1956) I was of course struck by the light touch with which the romance is handled. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
83% Four Lions (2010) I laughed out loud a lot, and by the time the plot catches up to the plotters and people start dying, there's genuine poignancy amid the ridicule. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) It's definitely working that Babadook territory... Its final images are quite haunting. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
59% School Daze (1988) In practice Lee doesn't quite handle this vertiginous tone switch. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
76% Crooklyn (1994) In spite of the flaws of the Virginia interlude I really enjoyed this. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
75% Primal Fear (1996) The part of the script that's dialogue instead of plot is quite snappy. So I believed in this sordid story... for a while. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
85% 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
73% 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
51% 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
93% 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
85% 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
93% 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
71% 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
74% 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
58% 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
75% Field Guide to Evil (2018) Off-base and so colored by modern obsessions and prejudices. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
59% 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
77% 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