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T-Meter Title | Year
79% Gaia (2021) As a feat of carefully imagined, economically realized world-building... "Gaia" compels to the end, making the most of the natural resources at its disposal while constructing its own dreamy, tactile visions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
96% Sweat (2020) A hard, glistening study of life on the hamster wheel of Instagram celebrity, in which influence and inconsequence aren't quite the opposites they seem. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
No Score Yet Dancing Queens (2021) There's an interesting film to be made about women cracking the drag scene, shuffling through complex layers of gender identity and identification, but this innocuous feel-good trifle hasn't exactly found it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
83% Caveat (2020) There's enough tingly, tightly-budgeted atmosphere and witty genre gumption... to make one wonder what Mc Carthy could do on a looser, more expensive leash. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
68% Blue Miracle (2021) It's a processed fish stick rather than a blue marlin steak, but it fills you up just the same. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
97% Paper Spiders (2021) If the film's flirtations with full-tilt melodrama occasionally strain credibility, a pair of intuitive, thoughtfully inhabited performances pull proceedings back from the edge every time. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
100% Two Gods (2021) [A] restrained, humane film... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2021
74% When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl) (2019) In this bright, engaging film, Kerr's story is faithfully and lovingly preserved, though its tougher, quirkier details are mollified by a layer of palatable movie gloss. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
98% Apples (Mila) (2020) There's something resonant and recognisable in its tale of literally learning how to live again in the wake of disorienting trauma. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
No Score Yet The Story Won't Die (2021) Gerson's film successfully keeps the big picture and the smaller canvas in conscientious balance, disrupting overwhelming tragedy with more hopeful flashes of invention and inspiration. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
60% Queen Marie (2019) If nothing else, "Queen Marie" proves that the Romanian industry can churn out stodgy, attractively decorated Europuddings with the best of them, but it's hard to see who the audience for this multilingual snoozer might be. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
No Score Yet Stealing Chaplin (2020) Mildly amusing and instantly forgettable, Paul Tanter's Las Vegas-set crime comedy riffs very, very, very loosely on a macabre incident in showbiz history. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
57% Stand! (2020) Robert Adetuyi's film meshes historical facts with romantic fiction to earnest, right-on effect, even if the result seems a little stagebound. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
No Score Yet The Rossellinis (2020) Intriguing, even if the younger Rossellini's techniques as both a filmmaker and an interviewer border on gauche. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
90% The Outside Story (2020) It plays as an agreeably extended sitcom pilot, with a slender premise... that never leans into its most farcical possibilities, nor its most politically heated ones. For Henry, though, you'd tune in again. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
No Score Yet Jack's Ride (2021) "Jack's Ride" is a docufiction that rather cleverly matches the blurred lines of its own subject's storytelling at each formal turn. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
No Score Yet The Last Forest (2021) [An] illuminating, enveloping documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
No Score Yet Zinder (2021) A vividly observed chronicle of tough, unforgiving streets. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
98% Time (2020) It's a dazzling, prismatic meditation on the nature of time itself, [...] a reflection on the life that grows and blooms even as we wait impatiently for years to pass. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
82% The Spine of Night (2021) With its fusion of naive, old-school character rotoscoping and lavishly airbrushed world-building, the film's visuals aim squarely for geek nostalgia and hit their target. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
67% The End of Us (2021) Ultimately, "The End of Us" is best seen as an opportunity well taken. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
52% A Week Away (2021) This innocuous but character-free tuner shamelessly copies and crosses the formulae of "High School Musical" and "Camp Rock" down to the last, sequel-prompting detail. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
69% Ammonite (2020) Kate Winslet slowly illuminates Mary from the inside, passion fighting caution beneath that classically composed demeanour. It's one of the performances of her career. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2021) As vividly and compassionately as Mosese tells her story, through a mixture of granular realism and unruly dream interludes, his film has at its heart a bigger, more searching sorrow: it's an elegy - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
91% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) Our extended considerations of organised religion, patriarchal society and how to be alone whistle through all the film's beautiful empty space, colouring and complicating it. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
78% I Care a Lot (2021) Filmmaking this perversely amoral is never going to be a crowdpleaser, and early responses have been aggressively divided, but I Care a Lot isn't out to be liked: like the best con artists, it gets you caught up in its strut. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
88% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Director Lili Horvát keeps any number of uncertainties afloat in a dazzling second feature that merges the fragrantly saturated melodrama of Douglas Sirk with Hitchcock-cool noir - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
60% Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break (2021) It's hard to escape the queasy sense that... points are also being scored at the expense of a vulnerable protagonist's mental frailty, at which stage the laughs rather dry up. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) Intensely moving... enriched by a human subject who appears to learn as much about herself in the course of filming as we do. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
76% Potato Dreams of America (2021) The very existence of Potato Dreams of America is its own happy ending: It's a calling card, at least, that prompts curiosity over what stories, or whose stories, Hurley will tell next. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
93% Faya Dayi (2021) The languid rhythms of the filmmaking mirror the woozy impact of the drug, while a storytelling style that flickers casually between observational verité and esoteric myth-building suggests an in-and-out grasp on reality. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
100% Ted K (2021) A biopic that effectively honors its subject with its opaque severity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
12% The Affair (2021) A film best enjoyed as a series of chic production stills. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
No Score Yet Forest: I See You Everywhere (2021) It never exceeds the sum of its many parts, lacking its predecessor's vital shock of the new. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
73% The Scary of Sixty-First (2021) There can be a fine line between a good idea and a terrible one followed through with utter conviction, and it's along said line that "The Scary of Sixty-First" dances with heedless, wicked abandon. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
100% Little Girl (Petite fille) (2020) Abetted by Lifshitz's natural, limpid shooting style, the film plays as a fluent character study, as specific and idiosyncratic in its storytelling as a fictional counterpart like Celine Sciamma's "Tomboy." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
60% Next Door (2021) The film's games of genre-shuffling and celebrity self-satire can't override the essential tedium of its core conflict. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
91% I'm Your Man (2021) Taking inspiration from a short story by German writer Emma Braslavsky, Schrader and co-writer Jan Schomburg serve up a rich panoply of questions, answers and stray ideas. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
95% Language Lessons (2021) Films explicitly about the formation of friendships are rare, and Morales and Duplass have fashioned rather a perceptive one... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
57% Mother Schmuckers (2021) The Guits' provocation is about as amiable as something so abjectly appalling can be, though it's perhaps a few jaw-dropping shocks (or a few uproarious belly-laughs) short of the cult status it seeks. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
85% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Amounts to an unusually intimate, interior coming-of-age study. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
87% Coming Home in the Dark (2021) Its torture-porn trappings give way to a moral weight as unanticipated by the characters as it is by the audience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
67% The Blazing World (2021) "The Blazing World" throws an ornate heap of production design at an anemically scripted psychological metaphor, and counts on a combination of fairy dust and sheer determined nerve to make the whole contraption fly. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
100% Luzzu (2021) An honest, affecting slab of working-class portraiture, altogether bracing with its thorny labor politics and salty sea air. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
68% Life in a Day 2020 (2021) [A] slick, diverting jigsaw puzzle... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
84% Strawberry Mansion (2021) Even as [it] stretches its flights of fancy past breaking point, there are pleasures to be taken from the blithe, handmade execution of its vision, throwing everything in the pot from creaky animal puppetry to 8-bit effects. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
79% Knocking (2021) Crisply made and gutsily performed as it is, this slender 78-minute film too often feels like pointed social allegory in search of a really good cover story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
89% Rebel Hearts (2021) Neatly threads a global feminist awakening through the very specific experience of a few defiant, no-longer-cloistered women. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
89% President (2021) Politics consistently creates its own tragedy and comedy, and this vital, devastating documentary knows when simply to stand in the crowd. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) With disconcerting accuracy, "The Pink Cloud" nails small specificities of everyday life shorn of live human contact... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021