Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
86% Deep Cover (1992) ...this is a sad and hard-driving movie, a funny and sexy one... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
79% My Own Private Idaho (1991) ...a great enough idea that it almost doesn't bother me that these stories don't really illuminate one another. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
72% Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Somebody let Nic Cage drive an ambulance... and that somebody is Scorsese. This is mostly brutal fun... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
68% Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) Hey whaddaya know, I do like 'em big and stupid! Geena Davis is charming as always in this dumb, ephemeral, pleasurable movie about aliens in late '80s LA. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2019) Blood Quantum, the sharp and bloody new film from the writer and director Jeff Barnaby, does something surprisingly rare in the relentlessly popular zombie genre: It makes the return of the dead a symbol of the legacy of past injustice. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
14% Visiting Hours (1982) Jean-Claude Lord knows how to create tension in the stalk-and-fight scenes, but just cannot make it happen in the scenes where nobody's being hunted. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
81% Across 110th Street (1972) A more fluid camera than you'd expect, especially from a director who'd done mostly TV. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
No Score Yet Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (1973) The conventions of the genre, in which the underdog has to win, are a synecdoche of historical materialism! - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
96% Atlantics (2019) Rich soaking colors, lots of shots which emphasize the obstructions of the social/physical environment... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
No Score Yet Population: 1 (1986) It's a complicit movie, totally entertaining in its attacks on entertainment. - We Are the Mutants EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
80% Born in Flames (1983) This is a passionate movie without the self-righteous certainties of so many passionate movies. - We Are the Mutants EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
80% Await Further Instructions (2018) This 2018 horror flick takes a terrific premise and turns it into a long Facebook comment from your most unreflective progressive friend. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
91% Tales from the Golden Age (2011) ...laced with gallows humor. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
85% Bugsy (1991) Annette Bening is phenomenal as sultry, foul-mouthed femme fatale/corporate lieutenant Virginia Hill. Worth watching for her alone. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
100% Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) (1955) It's gutting and I am glad I watched it but would be grateful never to revisit it. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Lifeboat (2019) A tense, gripping, memorable film. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
87% River's Edge (1987) ...the acting is quite strong from almost everybody, but maybe the most interesting thing here is the emphasis on what it means to feel deeply. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
91% Stand by Me (1986) It's an autumnal movie and a self-indulgent one, carried by the inherent pathos of its premise... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
44% St. Elmo's Fire (1985) I disliked all the characters and whatever magic John Hughes had, where he could make me root for characters I disliked doing things I detested, this movie hasn't got. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
89% Dirty Harry (1971) Beautifully-made propaganda for police brutality. Clint Eastwood is not as great as I expected, he does weirdly stilted line readings... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
53% Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) Lisa Schrage and her heart-shaped face are fabulous as the villainous undead prom queen Mary Lou. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
45% Harry and the Hendersons (1987) There's some interesting gender stuff: The dad, who works at his own father's gun dealership, is all camo-sports-masculinity, but turns out to be hiding a talent for tender artistry which the events of the film vindicate... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
85% Sea Fever (2020) I loved this film when I walked out of the theater, and although it shrunk a bit in retrospect, I'd recommend it if you want an encounter with the subaquatic sublime. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
27% The Amityville Horror (1979) The extended climax falls especially flat... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
85% The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) Unless you like Bing Crosby much more than I do this is just an unnecessary movie. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
67% Set It Off (1996) All that said, this movie offers a startling, unstable blend of comedy, action, comfort-flick girlfriends film, rote romance with an extremely '90s naked music montage... and wrenching tragedy... - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
97% Dead of Night (1945) I was legitimately, thoroughly creeped out. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet The Warden (2019) The prison's beauty suggests that God is here somewhere - not running the place, but hidden in its depths. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
29% Venom (2018) I would like to watch more of Eddie and Venom bantering about their common character defects and possibly eating people. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
63% Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971) Like the greatest camp, Auntie Roo is unafraid to strike a frankly tragic note. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
72% The Last Exorcism (2010) The movie has sympathy for its characters, exactly the right number of twists (not too many!), a terrific final image, and-maybe most importantly-a sense that life is baffling and desperate, but not meaningless. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
21% Cats (2019) Cats absolutely does commit to every choice it made. I would like to respect it for that, but the choices were bad. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
32% Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) The whole look of it has now become haunting, it's so exquisitely evocative of an early '80s childhood. The toyshop scenes are perfect, a fantasia of Smurfs. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) Man, this movie disappoints. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) He's too violent to be a Christ figure-but, in a movie about the priesthood of all believers, he's also too helpless to be anything else. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) As the couple's situation worsens, the film improves. The contrast between the couple's internal life of prayer and their external abandonment emerges. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) The story of what really happened to Harlan Thrombey the night of his 85th birthday comes open like a safe whose dial is spun by an expert cracksman, every detail falling into place. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This is a movie about messages, codes and plans, subterranean communications and misperceptions. Parasite may even be a "message movie," though it has an artistry that term conceals. - The American Conservative EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
73% The Ritual (2017) This is a well-done horror film, with authentic notes of grief and guilt, gorgeous trackless woods smoking with mist, and creature design which offers real pleasurable terror. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Dead Broke (1999) I have to say this failed, because it squanders all the rich oddity of its premise, but that doesn't mean you'll regret watching it. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Awkwafina is a joy, as always. The script is smart, and the wedding hijinks give it an obvious structure. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
75% The Trouble With Angels (1966) An essentially charming confection. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) ... the film's greatest failing, which made this sugary confection leave a bad taste in my mouth, is that it utterly lacks the books' ill intentions. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
73% Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979) Salò offers a lesson in how to depict cruelty without re-enacting it -- a lesson few filmmakers even want to learn. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) It's something awesome. It's all hot orange and brown, the glamour of the punishing desert wind, it is completely OTT and it can't go five minutes without an explosion and I loved it. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) This is a movie about the search for a home -- the inability to find it where you thought you'd left it; maybe the inability to find it at all. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
83% Barbershop (2002) Barbershop is a perfectly-executed example of a simple formula. - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
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