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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 10% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman registers both as a bad thriller and a kind of anti-tourism ad that makes you never want to go to Oslo.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
1/4 10% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is reminder that movies are hard to make, highly collaborative, often chaotic, and hundreds of things can go wrong. Here, everything did.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 89% Only the Brave (2017) It's rare to see such imaginative energy expended to tell the stories of 'ordinary' men.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 61% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) And poor little Tilston, who plays Billy, is stranded on screen for far too long, left to dazzle us with his range of exactly two facial expression - frozen happiness, frozen disappointment.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) Screenwriters Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer work with intersecting themes of fatherhood, fallibility, rehabilitation in a way that is obviously complementary but never corny.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 61% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) If the Oscar went to the movie with the most tweed (and at times I think it has), Goodbye Christopher Robin would win hands down.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 84% Marshall (2017) I don't know if Chadwick Boseman can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but the superman of biopics certainly has a knack for towering figures.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) [Marston] was a man of confounding contradictions, and the job of presenting them eventually proves too big a job for the movie.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 84% Marshall (2017) Marshall overcomes some early stiffness and flat-footed storytelling and evolves into an engaging courtroom drama, where witness-stand theatrics and Perry Mason flourishes give the movie needed narrative momentum.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The actors make the most of Baumbach's lively script. Hoffman shrewdly resists any sentimental gesture that might redeem Harold, Sandler reminds us he can act when he wants to, and Stiller displays his skill at the comedy of exasperation.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 100% Dina (2017) [An] affectionate and uncommonly intimate portrait of two people on the autism spectrum in a romantic relationship.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 59% The Foreigner (2017) It's Chan doing what he does best, and it's an effective variation on the Taken formula - Quan using the self-serving logic of the terrorist against him. No laws, no rules, no limits on the escalation of violence.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/5 32% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The move works reasonably well as a thriller, but falls apart in other areas. ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
2.5/4 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes is almost by definition predictable - the outcome of its title tennis match is well known - but there was one scene that made my jaw drop.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) It's all punctuated with the famous [Tom] Cruise grin, which hasn't changed since Risky Business‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/4 68% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul is Dench's show.‐ Philadelphia Inquirer
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
2/4 81% Brad's Status (2017) For a movie that presents itself as formally inventive, developments in Brad's Status are a little too easy to guess.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/4 96% Stronger (2017) [Tatiana] Maslany is first-rate in this role. ‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/4 50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The movie needs an editor, or a bartender to remind the director when he's hit the two hour mark. ‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/4 31% Home Again (2017) Characters flirt and fight in forgettable ways, but the real love is for film itself.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 85% It (2017) You almost wish the movie had jettisoned the horror elements entirely, and converted It into what it feels like it wants to be - something more like King's Stand By Me, with a teen girl in the mix.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 76% Crown Heights (2017) Crown Heights takes a measured, almost melancholy approach to the story of Warner's arrest and conviction - the movie isn't shouting about the way the system is rigged against the poor, but reminding us, with a sigh.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/4 89% Good Time (2017) There is a germ of a good idea here - a story that starts forward with the familiar elements of heist movies and underdog stories, then throws the whole thing in reverse and accelerates madly in unexpected directions.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) An inventive and shrewd satire of the way social media can be used to describe and distort the lives of users.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2.5/4 96% Menashe (2017) The burly Lustig has a melancholy quality - he plays "himself" as a fellow with a good heart, but one who's become a little too comfortable with failure.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) It's an obvious formula, but when the movie sticks to it, it works well enough; Reynolds and Jackson have pretty decent chemistry.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) The whole thing comes together to form the best Burt Reynolds movie he never made.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$, in the end, is a little pat, but it doesn't take its underdog, band-of-misfits formula too far, and Macdonald's infectious grit carries the day.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
2/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Walls was able to couch her parents' selfish and neglectful behavior with an uncommon empathy, but Cretton hasn't the tools to do so.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) Sheridan's genre instincts get the best of him, and Wind River gives way to lurid exploitation.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
3/4 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) Mooney's performance is astute - he plays James' estrangement and confusion straight, without so much as a wink. If he's aware of the camera, he shows no sign.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2.5/4 74% Landline (2017) It's been some time since I've seen sisters drawn this well and this convincingly. Young actress Quinn makes a strong impression as brainy young woman yet to learn the important difference between high SAT scores and true wisdom.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2/4 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Truth to Power doesn't want to drown viewers in data, but more fact-finding would have helped the movie's purported message of progress and hope.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3/4 82% Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelow's docudrama arrests you, lines you up against a wall, points a gun at your head, and leaves it there for an hour - it's an account of police brutality that is itself brutal by design.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2.5/4 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) It's as if John le Carré were hired to write something for Schwarzenegger: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Badass.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/4 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Much of the credit goes to Pugh, who's an obvious talent, with the kind of readable and expressive face the camera adores.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
2/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets becomes one of those movies that offers digital spectacle but is somehow not spectacular.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 89% Girls Trip (2017) Haddish is a wild-card actress that Lee keeps playing in Girls Trip, and he draws an inside straight nearly every time.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Human nature is on full display, for better, for worse, or both. The man who commits a selfish act in order to survive and the man who acts gallantly to save others may, in fact, be the same man.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
3/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) At this point I actually see no technical barrier to Andy Serkis playing Woody Harrelson.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
2.5/4 76% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) Old-pro Plummer finds some interesting angles in his Wilhelm - part of him wants to return to power, part of him sees the conflagration that has engulfed Europe and understands there is no going back.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) All of the thoughtful characters missing from the last ten comedies you've seen? They're here.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The movie is as bubbly and eager as Peter himself, but a little more efficient. It designs its actions sequences around character and story and - a rare thing in comic-book blockbusters - lets the actors act during the climactic action piece.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
2.5/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola is having fun around the edges of this Southern gothic, with its formal compositions and deliberate pacing (as usual, a little too deliberate for my taste).‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 88% Maudie (2017) Into our suffocatingly aggrieved world comes Maudie, so striking for its portrait of a woman who has every reason to surrender to pessimism but does not.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/4 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) What keeps the movie watchable, for the most part, are the one-off flourishes built around incidental characters ...‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright secured the rights to the songs before he started production, then shot and edited the sequences to match the rhythm and energy of the tunes, the effect is often electrifying.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 71% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) It really aims to examine the source of his music's great power - what Coltrane called A Love Supreme was, Scheinfeld argues here, a love of life, which he endeavored to reflect in his music.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2.5/4 77% The Hero (2017) You can feel in The Hero how much Haley wanted to build something substantial for this underused actor.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Can this be done in a way that is not stupefyingly generic?‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017