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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 No Score Yet Mile 22 (2018) Wahlberg's frenetic line readings don't sound like some genius' rat-a-tat stream of consciousness. They sound hysterical, high-pitched, and silly. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
84% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The filmmakers probably counted on the natural charisma of Moretz to make up the difference, but it doesn't suffice, and Cameron, for a YA heroine, remains frustratingly hard to read.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 74% Alpha (2018) An involving, old-fashioned outdoor adventure story, the sort Disney used to crank out just about every week back in the 1960s and 1970s, augmented here by newfangled and up-to-date special effects.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 94% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy and a fairy tale, and it helps to keep the latter in mind as you ramp up suspension of disbelief to necessary levels.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/4 48% The Meg (2018) A cheerful pastiche, unpretentious and efficient, and the giant shark, when it finally shows up, is a pretty good special effect‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 97% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The title promises something of a biography, but I left the movie wanting to know more about Stallworth. We know what he did, but getting a deeper read on the man proves elusive.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2.5/4 82% Puzzle (2018) Khan and Macdonald make it watchable.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/4 45% Generation Wealth (2018) Some of the testimony is laughably unreliable.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 100% Night Comes On (2018) Night Comes On isn't a docudrama, but it's informed enough to give us a sense of the obstacles facing young women like Angel.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/4 45% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Bawdy, bloody but only sporadically funny...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3.5/4 98% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham... ends up making a movie about internet immersion that ratifies the importance of human contact.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2.5/4 94% Blindspotting (2018) [A] feeling of spontaneity and the admirable nuance... defines most of the movie.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) At 56, Cruise still runs like wind, even over Paris rooftops. It's as though someone's chasing him with the contract for a Mummy sequel.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3/4 94% Dark Money (2018) Illuminating...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Can be looked at as Van Sant's belated bookend to Drugstore Cowboy.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 50% Equalizer 2 (2018) We think of the Equalizer films as action movies, but there's really not a ton of action. Often what we get - and like - is McCall as life coach.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) For fans, there is enough ABBA energy to make up for those moments when you are convinced the musical has met its Waterloo.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2/4 48% Skyscraper (2018) Ginger Rogers, they say, did everything Fred Astaire did, only backward and in heels. Skyscraper gives Dwayne Johnson a chance to do everything Bruce Willis did in Die Hard, only on one leg.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The movie is wildly uneven but lively and timely - in its own surreal way (nods to Idiocracy and The Island of Dr. Moreau), it stands as one of the few Hollywood movies to show an awareness of chronic low-wage pressures in our full-employment economy.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Tolstoy's observation that all happy families are alike gets overturned in Leave No Trace.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2.5/4 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Though Rudd and Peña work like mad to get laughs, they come up well short of optimal levels achieved in Thor: Ragnarok.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/4 88% Whitney (2018) Whitney offers an informed and moving portrait of a complex, talented woman who was poorly understood, and often cruelly judged.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/4 51% Boundaries (2018) A road movie and shaggy-dog story (full of shaggy dogs) with sharp detours but an inevitable destination.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/4 52% The First Purge (2018) I'd barbecue if I were you.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/4 73% Damsel (2018) Damsel is designed to be a deliberately out-of-joint comedy about a woman forced to endure an exasperating ordeal. After two hours, I could relate.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 65% Uncle Drew (2018) [Longino's] script is good-natured, more genial than funny, though director Charles Stone III does get some good work from star Irving, who proves surprisingly adept at playing low-key comedy. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Soldado bludgeons its way into touchy border politics, and maybe lucks its way into a story focused on the moral imperative of protecting a single child.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It's more appetizer than meal.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
1.5/4 0% Gotti (2018) Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors' ideas.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Hearts is of a piece with other movies by writer-director Brett Haley, wherein the art has the power to ameliorate rather than transform.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Visual references and animated marvels abound.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2/4 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) There's nothing especially striking about the movie's visual presentation - the Artemis is threadbare and creaky, a purposely anachronistic blend of the future tech and throwback furnishings.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2/4 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Chemistry among the women is smooth, maybe excessively so. In movies about hustlers and confidence games, there is usually the scent of underlying treachery, the possibility of dishonor among thieves.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 89% Hereditary (2018) An old-fashioned, effectively atmospheric chiller about a woman falling apart after the death of her mother.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) It is a portrait not of grinding earnestness but of a penetrating sincerity, the kind that reduces the cynical, the skeptical, and the callous to tears...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 86% American Animals (2018) Director Layton makes a conventional narrative film, a companion documentary, splices them together, and actually blends them - putting real people in dramatized scenes.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4 94% First Reformed (2018) The scenes with Hawke, Cedric, and Gaston are improbably tense, in part because each character is given a rich and forceful voice in a way that has becoming increasingly rare in modern movies.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
1/4 73% Adrift (2018) I think it's probably bad when you're watching a movie about two people fighting to survive in a crippled boat on the open sea and you're wishing one of them were a volleyball.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 85% Upgrade (2018) It's a funny concept, helped by Marshall-Green's blended look of pleasure and consternation at being the vessel for an invincibility that he enjoys but cannot control.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 68% The Seagull (2018) Ultimately there aren't enough...scenes to support the feelings meant to be generated by the tragic conclusion.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/4 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The movie generates a decent amount of good will, and after a couple of hours under the hood, Howard gets it running.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/4 53% Book Club (2018) The movie rides entirely on their charm, not so much on the strength of the writing or the jokes.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 94% Beast (2018) Suffice it to say, there is a good deal for Buckley to do, and she does it. In a year of memorable and unnerving female characters, she makes Moll stand out.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) It conveys the pope's concerns, certainly, but it also conveys his charm - his gentle, personal manner, his sense of humor (he quotes from the St. Thomas More joke book), his "charisma."‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) A movie that often blends action and comedy with visual wit and efficiency, offering an unexpected new angle to a sequel that returns with the expected load of R-rated snark and in-jokes for movie buffs.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2.5/4 85% Disobedience (2018) After a while this starts to feel like dithering, or the machinations of soap opera.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 94% RBG (2018) Brisk and informative...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2/4 45% Measure of a Man (2018) Cooper is an appealing actor, and his character is easy to root for. But while the movie serves as a pleasant piece of nostalgia, it's not very deeply felt...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2/4 26% Overboard (2018) The movie takes too long to get moving, stays a tad too long, and efforts to retrofit the movie as a vehicle for Derbez come at the expense of Faris, a talented comedian who has very little to do here.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 86% Tully (2018) It's barbed, bighearted, and brave.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018