Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Don't Be a Dick About It (2018) If the film starts out slowly, it sneaks up on viewers, charming them by the end with its intimate portrait... Don't Be a Dick About It immerses viewers in the lives of it subjects. In doing so, the film provides a feeling of real empathy. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Every shot in Mickey and the Bear is artfully composed... The performances are also quite strong. Morrone is especially affecting as the put-upon Mickey.... James Badge Dale is potent as Hank. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
72% Stockholm (2019) Stockholm is uneven, but not entirely uninteresting. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
62% ANIARA (2019) Viewers, like the characters aboard the transport ship, may find themselves waiting, patiently or with resignation, for it to all come to an end. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% Lucky Grandma (2019) The film greatest asset is veteran actress Chin, who get a plum part here.... Chin is the film's lucky charm and the reason Lucky Grandma is so satisfying. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
No Score Yet Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019) A lovely, elegiac documentary about two men who shared a real brotherhood. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) [A] striking debut. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
100% Bliss (2019) Bliss is a grungy, bloody grindhouse film about a foul-mouthed female artist, Dezzy (Dora Madison in a helluva performance).... Madison flips her mane of kinky red hair and spews blood and one-liners with noticeable aplomb. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Too often Hotel Mumbai feels manipulative. The suspense is often dragged out or telegraphed, which makes this story of bravery in the face of danger lack the dramatic impact it desires. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) "Ask Dr. Ruth" may not provide all the answers about its subject, but White's film does raise questions about how we think and talk about sex. He has made a polite documentary that demystifies Westheimer. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
85% Her Smell (2019) Perry's film emphasizes the madness not the music, which can be frustrating, but "Her Smell" seems designed - even from its title - to exasperate. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
86% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) [A] cheeky queer thriller. Not only is director/co-writer Yann Gonzalez's tongue planted firmly in cheek - his film features comic porno humor - but he also takes some real chances, most of which pay off. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
70% The Invisibles (2019) "[I]n telling four stories twice, this film is only half good." - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
42% The Wedding Guest (2019) "[A] cool, efficient thriller.... The Wedding Guest is a curious, but undemanding film. It will satisfy viewers who go along for the ride. " - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
92% Giant Little Ones (2019) [A]n ambitious, over-stuffed drama about queer teen sexuality.... "Giant Little Ones" certainly tackles important issues, but it does it in a clumsy manner that dilutes the impact of its messaging. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
71% Triple Frontier (2019) "Triple Frontier" is a slog-not just for the men hiking through the rough Andes terrain with bags of money, but for audiences as well. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
80% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Lean into the offbeat rhythms of out gay writer/ director Christophe Honoré's sophisticated new film "Sorry Angel" and absorb all its romantic splendor....This melancholy romance will surely draw many into the deep emotions conveyed. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
43% Lost Holiday (2019) Sheil gives an outstanding performance. Her mix of smarts and insouciance is why Lost Holiday is so enjoyable. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
13% Berlin, I Love You (2019) "Berlin, I Love You" features no real duds even if some entries are disappointing. A few of the ten-minute films could benefit from better pacing, or a more impactful ending. But enough of the shorts provide a pleasant diversion. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Hardwick's film is gleefully entertaining in a B-movie kind of way, zesty yet also corny at times....For those who go along for the wild, undemanding ride, it makes for a good Friday night action flick. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Despite the film's uneven qualities, "Destroyer" is compelling because of Kidman's unflinching performance. The actress appears in every scene, and it's impossible to take one's eye off her. She exudes a fierce determination that is alluring. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
67% Vice (2018) It's an irreverent, rollicking story narrated by a guy (Jesse Plemmons) who recounts key episodes from Cheney's life - some amusing, some scary. The tonal shifts in the film are both its blessing and its curse. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Cuarón's film is quotidian and extraordinary at the same time. It is about change and how we adapt and grow. It is about love and sometimes the lack of it. It is a rapturous magnum opus, that is heartbreaking, devastating, and life affirming all at once. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
82% Ben is Back (2018) By the time Ben and Holly are locked in a pieta-style tableau, with light shining from behind and above them, "Ben Is Back" has truly hit bottom. The elder Hedges needs to make amends. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Portman arrives in the film like a force of nature, tearing into her role with reckless abandon. Portman is so much fun to watch behaving badly that viewers may actually root for her to self-destruct; she is that entertaining. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
40% The Wedding (2018) Films like "The Wedding," written and directed by Sam Abbas, often get overlooked because they are made on a shoestring with an unknown cast. But this auspicious feature debut by the Egyptian-American Abbas demands attention. It's a gem. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) "The Favourite" is decadent fun. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" is a clunky redemption tale that tries too hard to be crowd-pleasing and as a result glosses over the issues at stake, particularly for the vulnerable teens who suffer at quack science's hands. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
89% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) "The Wild Boys" is full of inventive and imaginative elements, which counterbalance the lack of plot.... Mandico focuses on creating a heady, dreamlike atmosphere that is both beautiful and disturbing. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
65% Tyrel (2018) [A] compelling comedy-drama that, like all of the filmmaker's work, will get under a viewer's skin. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
86% Under the Wire (2018) This riveting documentary about war correspondent Marie Colvin and photojournalist Paul Conroy provides a solid companion piece to A Private War. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) David Mackenzie's hyper-violent story of Robert The Bruce is absorbing and features action aplenty. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
36% Viper Club (2018) Cynics may feel that Viper Club is a contrived, Lifetime TV movie dressed up as Oscar bait, but this affecting drama is classier than that. Keshavarz is balances the heavy emotions without overwhelming the characters or the audience. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
87% What They Had (2018) What They Had is a stubborn film. A family drama about Alzheimer's, it is hard to recall if the disease is ever actually mentioned by name. Writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, making her debut here, frontloads What They Had with didactic exposition. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) [Any]drawbacks will be forgotten once Mercury takes the stage at Wembley and delivers an electrifying performance. "Bohemian Rhapsody" redeems itself by letting the music speak volumes. And Malek's show-stopping concert performance makes the film sing. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is mostly a good time about bad behavior. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% A Private War (2018) The parts of this episodic biopic of esteemed war correspondent Marie Colvin are so strong, they create a terrific whole. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) [H]er music is infectious. But this documentary about M.I.A., is, like its subject, provocative and problematic. She is absolutely fascinating; the film, however, is only intermittently interesting. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
100% Weed the People (2018) An inspirational documentary that gives the 411 on using 420 to treat children with cancer. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
86% Bitter Melon (2018) Mendoza adroitly sneaks in other messages, such as thoughtful discussions of both racism and effeminacy in the gay community. The cast is uniformly strong with Schneider particularly appealing as Declan, the perhaps-not-so-moral center of the family. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
86% Diamantino (2019) This bonkers film features body-altering genetic procedures, evil twins, political satire and - cuteness overload! - giant, fluffy puppies. The parts may be greater than the whole, but "Diamantino" is a wild and truly original film. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Tea with the Dames will enchant fans of the actresses, and it is nice to see them for who they are, swapping acting tips, or talking about milestones in their careers. It's a nice documentary, but it is also far too slight and polite. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
73% Galveston (2018) Laurent's film is gripping throughout. The filmmaker shrewdly frames each scene to convey the characters' loneliness and isolation without being too obvious. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The problem is whenever Cooper turns the film away from his best asset (Gaga) and into a vanity production. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
91% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018) The film effectively captures the magic of this magnetic, charming and flirtatious figure in the fashion industry. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
88% All About Nina (2018) This film about a feisty standup female comic is no laughing matter-and that ultimately works in its favor. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
89% Love, Gilda (2018) Love, Gilda provides a terrific showcase for Radner's humor.... Dapolito's film is smile-inducing; it provides a sweet trip down memory lane. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
66% Lizzie (2018) The feminist suppositions made in the film are not uninteresting, but one wishes they were delivered a bit more forcefully. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
83% Eldorado (2018) Superb... [A] potent, heartfelt film. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Luminously shot in black and white, with every frame artfully composed, Pawel Pawlikowski's powerful "Cold War"....casts a spell over audiences. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018