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T-Meter Title | Year
15% Stardust (2020) As Bowie takes everything in - the dingy motel rooms, the unappreciative audience - his expressions convey the obvious: he wishes this was better. It is hard not to have the same reaction to "Stardust." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
27% Vanguard (2020) A subpar globe-hopping action film... Chan is mostly wasted here.... [T]he fight scenes here are, at times, as lame as the CGI lion that mauls a baddie. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
100% A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) [D]azzling.... Barsaoui wisely resists handwringing and melodrama. That - along with the strong performances by Bouajila and Ben Abdallah - is what makes Barsaoui's accomplished film so impactful and devastating. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
91% Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (2020) A gripping Iranian drama.... Writer/director Massoud Bakhshi keeps the action nimble as drama unfolds on screen and off. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet All Hands on Deck (À l'abordage) (2020) The tone is sunny, like an Eric Rohmer film, and the ensemble cast plays well together. The interactions are believable, and viewers will be invested in each character. In fact, it is almost disappointing when L'Abordage ends - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
100% Acasa, My Home (2020) Ciornicuic quietly, shrewdly makes his case for his subject{s]. He shows their dignity even if the greater society disagrees with how they want to live.... It is a remarkable portrait of a family in transition. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
92% The Vigil (2019) For all its style and atmosphere, its jump scares and body horror, The Vigil works best as a psychological thriller. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% Born to Be (2020) "Born to Be" is overwhelmingly an uplifting documentary because of Ting's compassion and his success with his clients. His work deserves to be celebrated, and this galvanizing documentary showcases him well. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% Young Hunter (El cazador) (2020) Viewers will likely feel conflicted and unsettled as Young Hunter plays out.... Berger takes a calculated risk here, but his skill as a filmmaker delivers a satisfying payoff.... This story is uncomfortable, but it needs to be told-and seen. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
78% Jumbo (2020) Jumbo benefits from Merlant's committed performance. Viewers who suspend their disbelief may even find this film unexpectedly moving. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
79% My Zoe (2019) Delpy's film does what it sets out to do, which is show how deeply Isabelle loves Zoe. Again, that was never in doubt, and the actress' gutsy film and performance drive that obvious message home. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Lee's documentary does the music and energy of the stage performance justice. The powerhouse sound of the drumming and joyful force of the songs - as well as the few political messages - come through loud and clear. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
73% French Exit (2021) Pfeiffer delivers a sly, elegant performance as Frances, which provides the chief pleasure of Azazel Jacobs' film, a melancholy farce adapted by Patrick DeWitt from his novel of the same name. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) The father/daughter bond is why the film is so enchanting. Watching Felix and Laura eat caviar in a convertible sportscar while on a stakeout is sweet, especially when the moment segues into a comic chase scene. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) This new screen version lacks the raw power and intensity of the theatrical experience.... The forceful performances lose much of their impact on the small screen. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
96% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) [Almodóvar] gravitates to stories of "women on the verge," and Swinton has this ethereal quality to her that makes her fragile and headstrong simultaneously. Both are working at the height of their powers here. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) Director Michel Franco's film, New Order, a stinging indictment on economic inequality, is electrifying - like a cattle prod to the nether regions. That vivid image is actually seen in one of the many disturbing sequences in this mesmerizing drama. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) Bush and Renz are painting with a broad brush here, but their wildly entertaining film should prompt folks to think critically about the issues of oppression and racism. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
76% Concrete Cowboy (2020) Concrete Cowboy works best as a vehicle into the little-known and -seen world of the riders, and it is most enjoyable when it is in that world. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
97% Nomadland (2020) McDormand, who is in every scene, makes Fern as tough at the plant she named for in that she adapts and survives. The actress gives a committed performance that will likely garner her an Oscar nomination. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
92% House of Cardin (2020) "House of Cardin" is an effusive, appreciative look at the designer - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" is as provocative as it is exasperating. It may require repeated viewings to understand everything Kaufman is trying to achieve...but the prospect of sitting through this film twice just feels excruciating. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
93% Critical Thinking (2020) This may be a textbook case of an inspirational teacher/underdog sports drama, but it surehandedly delivers the feels. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
92% The Garden Left Behind (2020) "The Garden Left Behind" is absorbing, and authentic, and important, it is also frequently didactic. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) [T]o its credit, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" delivers the sweet message that music has the power to unite the world in its special-effect laden mash-up finale. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
84% Lingua Franca (2020) Sandoval may have an agenda, but "Lingua Franca" nicely shows how Alex, a straight, white, cisgender male, gains awareness and develops compassion for an undocumented Filipino trans woman. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Right Girls (2020) An urgent, cogent documentary that makes visible the experiences of migrant trans women seeking refuge in America. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
71% The Bare Necessity (Perdrix) (2019) The Bare Necessity does feature some gorgeous scenery and there are a few mildly amusing moments, but overall, this romance is more cute than it is impassioned. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
90% The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) (2020) Viewers who fall under the spell cast by the film's organic nature and quotidian rhythms of life will enjoy The August Virgin immensely.... It is both a seductive and intoxicating film. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
78% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) The clues, tidily packaged, explain away Kricfalusi's pathology. "Happy Happy Joy Joy" is a cautionary tale not a hagiography - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 89% Love & Debt (2019) If nothing else, this curious comedy-drama gets the messiness of life right - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
49% Made in Italy (2020) Made in Italy is so paint-by-numbers that one wishes D'Arcy had just colored outside the lines.... The film is the cinematic equivalent of canned spaghetti sauce. It is just bland. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) Only occasionally inspiring....Boys State may not be particularly well made, but by the film's end, it does feature a genuinely emotional moment.... If only the rest of this disappointing film had such power. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
77% Summerland (2020) Swale's film is not unlike the meals Alice serves Frank. She gives him an uncooked egg, a hard roll, and a paltry slice of ham on his first night. Eventually they enjoy a rasher of bacon, chips, and chocolate. "Summerland" is satisfying like comfort food. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
80% Retaliation (Romans) (2020) Retaliation benefits from Bloom's mature, internalized performance [and] commanding physical and emotional presence... He deftly conveys the shame and confusion Malky feels; it is as heavy as the cross he carries from the church he is demolishing. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
72% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) The debate over the photographer's work is very stimulating and a highlight of the doc.... Von Boehm lets many of Newton's images, which address power dynamics, speak for themselves. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
78% Flannery (2020) The most valuable thing about "Flannery" is that this fine documentary should prompt viewers to read - or re-read - O'Connor's work. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
81% The Painted Bird (2020) The Painted Bird is a potent, visceral but rewarding film for viewers who can withstand the onslaught of traumatizing moments. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
80% Brotherhood (2019) Brotherhood, which recounts a tragedy that is little-known in the United States, is best appreciated by younger viewers who can absorb the messages of heroism, bravery, and sacrifice that are raised - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
100% Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On (2019) A valentine to the musical comedy performer.... [Ballard] is a fabulous raconteur...This worthwhile documentary is a terrific tribute to her life and accomplishments. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) "First Cow" is a wonderfully unhurried film, which may be why it is so captivating. It allows viewers to sink in and absorb the story and its setting. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) Much of director and co-writer Nikolaus Leytner's drama, which alternates between starchy and hyperventilating, generates eye rolls.... "The Tobacconist" should have been richer and provided something for viewers to think about and chew on. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
No Score Yet Proud (Fiertés) (2020) A series that is largely engaging and provocative.... It can - and should - be watched in one sitting. When it ends...most viewers will want more. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Meeropol's documentary is a bit of a patchwork in itself. She edits awkwardly between episodes, time periods and topics that create a general impression that most viewers no doubt already hold - that Roy Cohn was evil. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
25% The Price of Desire (2015) There is much to be desired from this wan, stagy biopic. The period clothes and architectural and design details can be appreciated, but the aggressively soft-focus cinematography is as unsharpened as the characters. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Kore-eda acts like a magician, here floating back and forth between memory and moviemaking to create ambiguity and emotion. He is served well by Deneuve's trickster performance. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) "Mucho Mucho Amor" genuflects before its subject. The filmmakers' awe and wonder are infectious. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) "David France's devastating film shines a critical light on the antigay purges in Ramzan Kadyrov's Chechnya. But this film also chronicles the courageous efforts of activists David Isteev and Olga Baranova." - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
100% Tu Me Manques (2019) "Stunning and impactful.... "Tu Me Manques" becomes transcendent as it addresses how love and fear dictate our attitudes and behavior." - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
13% Darkness Falls (2020) Darkness Falls is a unredeemable as its killers. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020