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T-Meter Title | Year
91% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) The trilogy's final scenes... feel more like an iteration of "Home Alone," with mindless stabbers taking the place of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Those two might not have had any brains, either, but at least they had some personality. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
89% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) So much of the trilogy is dedicated to expositional scenes laying down the foundations of Shadyside's history, there's too much that's admirable in theory and flat on screen. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
82% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Deena and Sam's romance is a push-pull between two paper-thin characters whose relationship never gains the contours that make you care about its survival. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
1.5/4 33% America: The Motion Picture (2021) The gulf between stupid-smart and just plain stupid feels immeasurably vast when watching "America: The Motion Picture," which is clearly aiming for the former but lands squarely in the latter. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
No Score Yet Lady Buds (2021) Lady Buds is the kind of film whose raison d'être isn't immediately obvious, but whose storytelling is engaging enough that we're ready for wherever the journey takes us. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
75% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) The documentary is just as notable for the cultural and social analysis that it lacks as it is for its contents. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
100% Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (2021) Frequently moving, but never transcends its lecture format. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
83% Spring Valley (2021) Well intentioned but messy... its impact undermined by its hazy focus. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
86% Islands (2021) A familiar tale about learning to embrace life again is revitalized by cultural specificity in Islands, Martin Edralin's first film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) Introducing is a remarkably moving portrait of a 40-something woman forced to reevaluate her relationships and her sense of self in the face of a chronic illness that leaves her sometimes unable to speak or control her movements. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
76% Kid 90 (2021) Frye's desire to learn what she can from her unusual childhood in the spotlight is unquestionably sincere, but the recollections and reflections she's willing to impart perhaps belong more in a diary than a documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) The script's skillful tension makes it easy to forgive Operation Varsity Blues its occasionally clunky missteps. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
42% Boogie (2021) Boogie's got personal vision and swaggering flair to spare - Huang wouldn't have it any other way. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) It's the kind of movie that needs a feather-light touch or plenty of humor to avoid feeling overly parental. Moxie has neither. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) This is a film that knows how to soar. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
52% R#J (2021) It's hard to keep track of the plot's machinations where the supporting characters are involved, and the script - and pacing - are further hampered by the film's liberal borrowing from Shakespeare's own dialogue... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
83% There Is No 'I' in Threesome (2021) A cerebral yet soul-searching tribute to a relationship that might have been too crowded long before it was opened up. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
57% Superior (2021) Superior feels like Diet David Lynch: an unsatisfying substitute. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
100% Writing with Fire (2021) Insightful and inspirational. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
100% Sabaya (2021) Impressively exciting and strikingly novel. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
100% My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) The sequential, numbers-heavy structure can make for plodding viewing, especially in the film's first half. But the doc is ultimately a thoughtful and sensitive tribute to a luminary who should be a household name. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
100% Try Harder! (2021) A solid, if not fully satisfying, portrait of a specific high-school experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
81% Side Effects (2013) Dr. Banks' battle against evil lesbian scheme-hatchery sculpts him into a perfect husband, father, and doctor. It's surprising there isn't an epilogue to the film of him undergoing yet another transformation-this time into a saint, or maybe Superman. - Bitch Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
100% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion (2020) A quarter-century after it went off the air, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is still tackling thorny issues. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
No Score Yet La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla (2020) A lively portrait of a woman who's lived several lifetimes' worth. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
95% Between the World and Me (2020) Closer to a visual essay than a documentary, with actors in quarantine reciting Coates' words while often looking straight into the camera, the 79-minute film further enlivens source material that already feels written in blood. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
No Score Yet Citizen Bio (2020) The film never really gets inside Traywick's head, though it probably doesn't need to - his actions speak for themselves. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
97% No Ordinary Man (2021) Deeply compassionate and intellectually heady. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
91% Unpregnant (2020) A charming and heartfelt if uneven ride. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) Liu has enough charisma for a lead performance, but the script gives her no depth and no meaningful relationships to work with. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
87% Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn (2020) Regrettably, Storm Over Brooklyn is only a rudimentary primer on the case, rather than a particularly comprehensive or insightful one. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
83% Stockton on My Mind (2020) A pedestrian portrait of an exceptional subject. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
No Score Yet In Deep with Ryan Lochte (2020) [It's] most interested in restoring Lochte to a state of Wheaties wholesomeness, which he and NBC might view as more conventionally appealing, but which misses out on the intriguing messiness that gave the bro-tastic swimmer his unique celebrity cachet - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
95% Ahead of the Curve (2021) Zippy, insightful and deeply moving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
No Score Yet The F**k-It List (2020) I'm not sure who this remarkably tone-deaf, cynical-for-the-wrong-reasons film is supposed to be for, other than maybe college-hating gajillionaire Peter Thiel. As the kids used to say, thanks, I hate it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
No Score Yet Freedia Got a Gun (2020) The tragedies within the city's borders keep mounting, but this ultimately hopeful portrait of New Orleans suggests the solutions may be found within it, too. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
50% The Walrus and the Whistleblower (2020) Bibeau takes too much at her subject's word, seldom pushing him when her film needs it most. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
92% Spelling the Dream (2020) Spelling the Dream is the kind of lighthearted but smart escapism you don't have to feel guilty about. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
93% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) If Nanette demonstrated Gadsby's mastery of tone and command of the audience, Douglas is an even richer showcase for the comic's technical prowess. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
88% AKA Jane Roe (2020) If AKA Jane Roe is a fascinatingly humanizing tale of the life behind the lawsuit, it also suffers greatly from Sweeney's narrow focus on his subject's theatrical bent and "deathbed confession." - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) Smart, charming and endlessly refreshing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
81% Tigertail (2020) Drowsy, shambolic, underthought. Its structure is so meager it's downright skeletal. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
97% The Donut King (2020) Heartwarming yet unflinchingly honest. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
90% Luxor (2020) Durra peels away at her lead character to reveal the desperation of Hana's belief that Luxor can glue her back together. Her hope pierces. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
85% Just Mercy (2020) The clear-cut morality of the plot necessitates dramatic tension or righteous fury, and Cretton delivers neither. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell has so little to say about its time period or how the culture has shifted that it ends up exposing the relative quaintness of its concerns. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
91% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric is long on freaky atmospherics and short on explanations, which is probably all the better-nothing is going to make a "killer dress" seem less dopey. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) See The Two Popes for its fine performances, but don't be tempted by its naïveté. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) The film is stuffed with noble intentions... But Banks' vision of women-empowerment heaven plays more like a checklist of topics from the feminist discourse of the past few years than a coherent movie, let alone a crowd-pleasing one. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
94% Honey Boy (2019) LaBeouf is so revelatory as both writer and actor that the film defies cynicism about its second purpose as celebrity image management. It just makes you excited about the work. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019