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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 86% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War contains just about everybody...as if the sheer volume of Marvel characters would give the movie dramatic force. The opposite occurs.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/4 91% Lean on Pete (2018) Lean on Pete is life affirming in that it affirms life is hard and unforgiving.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/4 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) It would be pretty nice at this point to report that I Feel Pretty is pretty funny, but alas, it is not.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/4 12% Aardvark (2018) Full of awkwardly scripted exchanges between therapist and patient that cause us to wonder if the movie is aware of how dangerously inept she is.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2.5/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) On screen, it's not very deeply felt. Phoenix gives his all, but Ramsay plops us down in the middle of Joe's breakdown, before we can get our emotional bearings.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
1.5/4 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The internal logic of the movie is complex, confusing, and as a result the movie is not very much fun.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/4 51% Rampage (2018) Both San Andreas and Rampage are directed by Brad Peyton, and they share a bland disaster-movie sameness - you get a lot of Johnson flying around in a helicopter, surveying damage, trying to warn people of impending natural disaster.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 78% Beirut (2018) None of these Western characters is very admirable by design, and the movie warns against intelligence-community overconfidence and the meddling that arises from it.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3/4 78% Gemini (2018) Kirke, and her character, make an impression.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/4 72% Final Portrait (2018) Rush has a lot to do, and is the kind of performer who can rise to that kind of challenge. Hammer is not so lucky.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 77% Chappaquiddick (2018) The ability of political power to impose narratives, says Chappaquiddick, has always been conditional on our willingness to believe them.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski makes suspension of disbelief easy, and the movie mostly works - I can't remember the last time I was in a movie theater so quiet.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 83% Blockers (2018) The movie equates female sexual freedom with empowerment. On the other hand, it warns that you wouldn't want to be found in a hotel bed with John Cena's daughter.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 94% 1945 (2017) Török departs from the High Noon arc, and finds a way to end the movie with an invocation of violence, rather than an eruption of it.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 92% Journey's End (2018) The play wears well, even if its ending is a bit dated ...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2.5/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) Competent, occasionally rousing entertainment that nonetheless left me a little bummed.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The work is painstaking, but for the most part we don't feel the pains taken to achieve it. It's there to be marveled at.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/4 96% Foxtrot (2018) A slippery thing that resists easy categorization, and will reward viewers who wait until all of its secrets have been revealed.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) For Iannucci, who loves to mock the craven, unprincipled pursuit of power, the scenario is an antic delight and plays to his talent for hectic plot turns and (pardon the expression) rapid-fire dialogue.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2.5/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) This kid makes Ferris Bueller look like a dangerous radical.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/4 35% The Leisure Seeker (2018) It becomes increasingly difficult for Leisure Seeker to manage its varying tones, and ultimately impossible.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It does grab and hold your attention, thanks to the frighteningly good rapport between Taylor-Joy and Cooke.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) It is quite a yarn.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/4 17% Death Wish (2018) I preferred Charles Bronson and his sock full of quarters.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/4 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) If Mother Zheyna is a stand-in for Mother Russia, and Zvyagintsev bluntly suggests that she is, then this movie is one, big unflattering selfie.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2/4 62% The Cured (2018) The movie is swimming with ideas, but it values concept over character to a problematic degree.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
2/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Isn't there is a better way to dramatize female willpower? I think so.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/4 87% Annihilation (2018) Garland's alien biodome is a trippy mixture of tactile old school hardware and computer-generated images.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 81% The Party (2018) It's not always as bleakly funny as you want it to be, but it's certainly brave, given the audience likely to be watching it.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/4 58% Half Magic (2018) Even at a hair over an hour and a half, the movie would benefit from a good trim, one that might give the movie's parallel romantic stories more shape and snap.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5/4 96% Black Panther (2018) All of these conflicts are eventually resolved in the conventional framework of a Marvel action movie... More unconventional are Coogler's ideas.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2/4 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The incident on the train accounts for just a few minutes of screen time - for another 90 minutes they're in a flatlined buddy movie, without much help from Eastwood (he insisted they not train as actors) or the screenplay.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 60% Entanglement (2018) Offbeat soundtrack selections and effective music by composer Andrew Harris help set the mood - ultimately genial and hopeful, and the movie is short and sweet.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) Although most can be viewed online, fans of animation may want to see them on the big screen.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
1.5/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Christian has always been the world's least exciting sex-obsessed billionaire, and in domesticated form, he just gets worse - cooking, weeping, playing Paul McCartney love songs on the piano.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 74% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In the Fade yielded a best actress award for Diane Kruger at the Cannes Film Festival, and watching this wrenching movie, it's easy to see why.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/4 55% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) Most problematic are the inexpressive and mask-like faces, which work to place an emotional remove from the characters, as does much of the dialogue, which has itself become awkward in spots as it's made the jump to English.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2.5/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Bening avoids doing an impersonation, but she's obviously studied the actress, and is able to suggest aspects of Grahame that made her so watchable on screen.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2/4 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It's a 143-minute action film, often unusually violent and sadistic for a PG-13 movie, with spectacle apparently intended to provide excitement lacking in the characters and story.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2.5/4 41% Den of Thieves (2018) Gudegast is using the Heat homage the way a magician uses a flourish - to distract you from the other story he's telling. I confess to getting a kick out of watching it play out.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2/4 21% Forever My Girl (2018) Even Nicholas Sparks would blush.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
3/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) It's a pretty good yarn.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
3/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Day-Lewis is right for the role. It's hard to think of an actor more qualified in terms of skill, and by his very nature, to play a walled-off, obsessive creative type.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3.5/4 87% The Post (2018) It's nimble, crisp, passionate, full of verve and invention. Put another way: It's a newspaper movie that feels like something made by hustling professionals. On deadline.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2/4 73% Hostiles (2018) What is Cooper after here?‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2.5/4 51% Downsizing (2017) Although the sci-fi trappings of Downsizing make it seem like a big departure from Payne's previous work - The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt - it is the same in important ways.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) The movie is a pitch-black comedy, told with a wink and a smirk by unreliable narrators, who include Harding, her mother, and her husband - all presenting self-serving versions of the truth, often standing in arch contrast to the images we are shown.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call My By Your Name, written for the screen by James Ivory, harkens back to the glory days of his partnership with the late Ismail Merchant, when the Merchant Ivory brand was an art-house staple.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Jumanji reboot Welcome to the Jungle a happy surprise - a movie that turns out to be good (almost clean) fun, and is much more interested in character and comedy than special effects.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro somehow manages to keep the deeply weird mash-up of ideas and images coherent, unified by style and mood.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017