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T-Meter Title | Year
23% The Starling (2021) "The Starling's" emotional arcs are as narratively complete as they are psychologically dashed-off. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
No Score Yet America Latina (2021) "America Latina" may frequently look and sound terrific, but a Ferrari spinning its wheels is spinning its wheels just the same... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
No Score Yet Leave No Traces (2021) [A] moving but somewhat congested film... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
100% 7 Prisoners (7 prisioneiros) (2021) [An] efficiently gripping, just-thoughtful-enough genre piece... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
No Score Yet The King of Laughter (2021) Commits without compromise to its driving conceit: that Scarpetta's personal life was as wildly expressive and uninhibited as his stage presence, to the extent that they're not all that differently presented on-screen. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
89% The Box (La caja) (2021) This is only notionally a small film, with much weighing on its mind. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
100% Happening (2021) Softly poised but packing a wallop, French writer-director Audrey Diwan's sophomore film announces her as a major talent. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
100% Official Competition (Competencia oficial) (2021) A mismatched collective of artists and investors make a film for all the wrong reasons in this cheeky, funny, slightly overstretched showbiz comedy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2021
72% Last Night in Soho (2021) "Last Night in Soho" is a surprising misfire, all the more disappointing for being made with such palpable care and conviction. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2021
83% True Things (2021) "True Things" thrives on the hot, tense chemistry between its two excellent leads: It's what pulls the audience through an obstacle course of potentially implausible scenarios that instead ring stingingly true. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2021
100% Julia (2021) Child was a broadly entertaining public personality, and the film is broadly entertaining in turn... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
100% Promises (2021) Thomas Kruithof's sophomore feature is intelligently acted, thornily plotted and has much on its mind, but it never quite catches fire. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
90% Spencer (2021) At once a work of great sensitivity and high, hilarious camp, less interested in identifying the 'real' Diana than in building a living, breathing character. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
89% Unclenching the Fists (2021) A frenzied vocal tone and wild, untethered physicality connects all the performances, with every character seemingly eager to burst out of their own body, and by extension, the life in which it's stranded. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
No Score Yet As Far As I Can Walk (2021) Arsenijević's film is vividly crafted and performed, though the script's fusion of a modern quest narrative with a medieval epic poem isn't entirely fluent. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2021
No Score Yet (2021) "Nö" ultimately frames its nominal lovers like pinned butterflies in a display case, alone even - or perhaps especially - when they're together. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2021
No Score Yet Wars (2021) Commandingly shaped and stamped by first-time feature director Nicolas Roy, seemingly determined not to let one frame of his finely whittled 84-minute film go to waste. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
40% Deception (Tromperie) (2021) It's Seydoux's sly, bright presence, as an obscure object of desire who gradually places the protagonist's failings in relief, that keeps us involved. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
100% Boiling Point (2021) Even at its most far-fetched... "Boiling Point" retains an essential sense of integrity thanks to the honest, urgent presence of star Stephen Graham. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
65% Best Sellers (2021) Abrupt tonal transitions from jaunty comedy to cross-generational weepie occasionally come at the expense of the characters' own credibility. But it's the overarching niceness of "Best Sellers" that sees it through... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
86% The Night House (2021) Hall is the actor you want for this assignment... The British star has a default setting of keen, sturdy credibility that makes fear and self-disbelief all the more intrusive and alarming. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
100% Celts (2021) This is a cleverly grafted feat of personal-as-political filmmaking, fueled equally by nostalgia for innocence and a wryer sense of good riddance to bad times. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
94% Beans (2020) "Beans" is a thoughtful, stirring reflection by someone who survived it all, quietly demanding acknowledgement not just of her land, but of her life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
88% Zola (2021) A film that brashly merges traditional and disorientingly new ways of telling stories, and finds both chaos and wisdom in the chasm between them. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
2.5/5 92% Swan Song (2021) It's tempting to say this sweet, shaggy film isn't quite worthy of him, but let's not be so hasty. Any film that invites the actor to do this much -- and to do most of it clad in a spearmint-colored women's safari suit -- deserves his good grace. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
No Score Yet Let It Be Morning (Et il y eut un matin) (2021) Eran Kolirin's gentle but pointed comedy won't match the success of his 2007 breakout, but has thoughtful pleasures to offer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
9% Twist (2021) It has no fresh angle on the material at all - merely a heist-by-numbers subplot straight out Guy Ritchie's drafts bin, welded to Dickens' coming-of-age narrative with all the poetry of a press release for a brand collaboration. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
No Score Yet Great Freedom (Grosse Freiheit) (2021) Meise's film is an exquisite marriage of personal, political and sensual storytelling, its narrative and temporal drift tightened by another performance of quietly piercing vulnerability from Franz Rogowski. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
No Score Yet Peaceful (De son vivant) (2021) At over two hours, it's a long trudge toward an inevitable end. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
57% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Odd-choice director Augustine Frizzell brings chic visual style to this otherwise generically watchable, timeline-crossing romance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
96% Red Rocket (2021) Baker further provokes with his slamming tonal transitions and overlaps: the film frequently knots stomach-churning tragedy and farcical, high-pitched comedy into the same scene. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
100% The Innocents (2021) Vogt has crafted a kind of extreme fairytale on the nature of being different, shorn of tidy lessons or happy endings - which may just be beginnings anyway. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
75% Blue Bayou (2021) Chon's film is stylistically overwrought and narratively overstuffed, but rests on his affecting performance as a New Orleans Korean-American facing deportation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
81% Cow (2021) A filmmaker infectiously attuned to movement, Arnold finds a horrible, hypnotic rhythm in these gruelingly looped procedures, though she doesn't shoot them with any surplus beauty. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
100% Drive My Car (2021) A sleek, streamlined slip of a thing that nonetheless, in the author's signature style, packs an awful lot into its lean sentences. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
83% Petrov's Flu (2021) Tearing at a mile a minute through an extravagantly surreal vision of Yekaterinburg in the maddening grip (or grippe, if you will) of a flu epidemic, "Petrov's Flu" is a rowdy, exhilarating return to top form for Serebrennikov. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
30% Three Floors (Tre piani) (2021) It's Moretti's first film without an original screenplay, and his signature tone is all but lost in translation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
83% Mothering Sunday (2021) "Mothering Sunday" is best when it trades in this kind of cruel, poignant precision, as opposed to gauzy interludes of less specific but gorgeously rendered atmosphere. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
100% The Worst Person In The World (Verdens Verste Menneske) (2021) As this melancholic romantic comedy faithfully follows its capricious protagonist through thick, thin and (mostly) somewhere in between, it turns into something lovely and wise... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
95% Lingui: The Sacred Bonds (2021) For all its surface beauty, however, "Lingui" doesn't trade in empty pictorialism... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
81% After Yang (2021) This is a world where humans, clones and android beings live in semi-harmony, as sci-fi writers have been imagining for eons. It's the way they interact and rely on each other here that feels fresh. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
87% Martin Eden (2020) In Italian star Luca Marinelli, he's cast a true-blue matinee idol as the tortured hero: in an extraordinary performance that matches brute physicality to soulful interior yearning, he carries the film on square shoulders. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
96% The Souvenir: Part II (2021) Everything is fine and nothing is right in Joanna Hogg's film, a dazzling, fragile follow-up to her semi-autobiographical coming-of-age stunner from 2019... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
93% Everything Went Fine (Tout s'est bien passé) (2021) "Everything Went Fine" abounds in this kind of fragile, viciously knotted family drama, though Ozon's candid, often bluntly funny screenplay keeps it at a low temperature throughout. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
73% Ahed's Knee (Le genou d'Ahed) (2021) Nadav Lapid does not make polite films: they spit and snarl and get way up in your face, brashly and constantly switching tack to disrupt your viewing pleasure, even if that means interrupting their own train of thought. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
100% Mandabi (1969) Swaggers with a keen awareness of street-level economy and survival, hard on the game and wryly empathetic toward the players. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
98% The Father (2021) Without resorting to exploitative, amped-up mystery or obfuscation, Zeller and co-writer Christopher Hampton have fashioned a sort of gaslight thriller in which the mind is both predator and prey. - Film of the Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
54% Settlers (2021) In the ranks of cinematic journeys to Mars, "Settlers" ranks among the less fancifully and lavishly invented, yet it's all the more effective for its earthly restraint... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
82% 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
98% 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