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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
27% Event Horizon (1997) Anderson's attempt to show the world that Britain could do big-budget sci-fi just as well as Hollywood may have fizzled at the box office, but it's still a relatively effective deep space frightener.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
50% Willow (1988) Predictable and highly derivative.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
44% Species (1995) There's basic pleasure to be had from the gruesome, orgasmic demises of its gaggle of mid-price character players.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
C+ 65% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Farhardi seems incapable of making something unworthy of attention or interest, yet the consistency seems left behind. This time, the story doesn't always ring with domestic truths despite reliably great performances.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 93% Transit (2019) Petzold continues to prove he knows how to craft a compelling story and conclude it with grace and ease. Suspense derives from character interaction and decision-making that may or may not be selfish but we understand the actions either way.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A jaw-dropping, compelling story about the questionable ethics of psychological studies, to a degree, but also how brotherly bonds can break in unexpected ways due to the possibility of trauma.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C 92% Mandy (2018) I warmed up to its first hour only to find myself a bit distanced by the second, due to its familiarity of revenge movie tropes and gory confrontation that we've seen many times before. ‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Empathy, Inc. (2018) A terrific example of a sharp science fiction thriller done exceptionally well, in ways that are refreshing and challenging. At times I was reminded of Shane Carruth with just a touch of Being John Malkovich!‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 79% Await Further Instructions (2018) It isn't always pleasant to watch a family disintegrate into chaos and madness, but this is a compelling example that goes in directions that are more than surprising, they're shocking.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C+ 95% The Endless (2018) The ending of The Endless feels like a cheat. Wish I was drawn in the way everyone else seems to be, yet one can't help but want to know how this all comes together based on a great setup involving a cult.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C 37% An Ordinary Man (2018) A flawed film, saved by two great performances and a short running time. Kingsley manages to do a lot with very little so if you're a fan, no need to pass this by entirely.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A 83% Dolores Claiborne (1995) We should be examining this one again for daringly showcasing how men get away with their impulsivity and evil deeds. Great works of art like this are telling truths we want to bury and forget, but our subconscious won't let us.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Delves deeply into fallibility and how human beings operate, just with a skin of a far creepier film laid over top. Says a lot about how we don't own up to our mistakes in a way that only Lanthimos can.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 90% A Ghost Story (2017) A mostly meditative, haunting portrayal of grief, love lost and the homes we hold on to. Too bad a monologue pops up along midway to explain what we are already discovering for ourselves.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A 87% Blue Valentine (2010) Cassavetes would be proud of this heartbreaking portrayal of the discovery and disintegration of love - which can be the healthiest or the most destructive thing to ever grace someone's life. Performances and commitment like this are rare.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
C 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A movie that aimed for the mind and the heart, but it comes up short for both. Only the performances stand out here, and I was mostly left perplexed rather than engaged.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A+ 100% Tu Dors Nicole (2015) There hasn't been a more beautifully melancholic movie this decade that has captured what I've experienced both inside and out. It's about fragility, friendship, personal growth and being okay with the mundane.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A- 85% Under the Skin (2014) An experience I wrestle with, in a mostly positive way. Contains a lot of tremendous strengths, including an intoxicating score and a lot of blank spaces for the individual viewer to fill with interpretation.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A 77% Take This Waltz (2012) This is experiencing the acceptance of disconnection, which can manifest every time we meet someone new and/or feel displaced with someone we thought we'd love forever. Polley is an important director to fearlessly capture this here.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) A conflicted story that is also about losing faith in established institutions like Hollywood. Hail, Caesar! finds The Coens in a comfort zone all while paying homage to vintage filmmaking with a wink.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A+ 78% 25th Hour (2003) A reminder of how human beings can lose their humanity in the face of grief and tragedy but can find it again through helping others rather than turning a blind eye. It's an important work of art.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A+ 85% Safe (1995) One of the all-time great films. Screams out with existential terror showcasing how the lack of identity is not only anxiety-inducing but potentially inevitable due to the modern world we live in.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
A 94% Carol (2015) Carol filled me with hope and promise, which felt completely unexpected coming from Todd Haynes. Yet there's still a lingering fear in every frame, the presence of facades, gesture and shadow, the feeling of a set of eyes upon you. It's a masterpiece.‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife is a special film due to the level of talent involved, as we discover there are great depths and complexities to be mined within the apprehensions of mother, father and son. ‐ Voices & Visions
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
53% The Cable Guy (1996) As a follow up to hits Ace Ventura and The Mask, this black comedy curio bewildered Carrey's fans and failed at the box office. But its nervy sheen and strung-out comedy set pieces work well.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2009
54% Mars Attacks! (1996) Burton's only failure.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2008
53% Mommie Dearest (1981) Dunaway creates the benchmark for harridans the world over but never entirely loses sympathy for her subject. It's a constant blast of high melodrama and camp.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2007
33% Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) Poor Bela.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 24, 2003
48% The Frisco Kid (1979) The chemistry between Wilder and Ford is strong enough to smooth out any rough spots the film may have.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 24, 2003
28% Dreamcatcher (2003) If the novel was scattershot, the film -- directed, produced and co-scripted by Lawrence Kasdan -- is a mess. This is largely due to its own uncertainty as to whether it's supposed to be funny.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2003
45% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Campion adds adventurous fantasy sequences to the lush, charged, painterly style that she used in The Piano and, helped by a starry cast, brings a powerfully feminist slant to the drama.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2002