Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name gleefully-and thankfully-tosses the tropes of the tortured-artist biopic out the window. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) An immediate entrant into the pantheon of female friendship movies, Hustlers-a pretty much perfect film-makes plain the hollowness of so many other iterations of girl power in studio projects. You can feel its heart beat. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
35% Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Like dropping in on a rascally uncle who doesn't know, or doesn't care, how much he's disappointing you. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) An old-fashioned blast in the best way: a smart crowd-pleaser that embraces both sweetness and complexity. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) Its directness and intimacy lend an indelibility that encyclopedic framing could never approximate. The one-child policy haunts Wang, and she wants it to haunt the viewer, too. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) A joyless and exhausting movie that squanders the talents of a dream trio: McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) It may not always be easy to sit through, but we're nonetheless lucky to witness it. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
83% Share (2019) Share's ascetic dismissal of concrete details renders the film alienating, even off-putting. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell makes it hard to say goodbye. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
86% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) [T]his is still the work of a comedy veteran who channels righteous fed-up-ness and critiques obliviousness with relatable flair. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) It's unfair to expect the franchise-launching chemistry between Smith and Jones, but the mere adequacy of Hemsworth and Thompson disappoints nonetheless. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) This magnificent debut often feels like something utterly new. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Moving, thoughtful, tender, and hysterical. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The new Aladdin doesn't quite add up to a whole new world, but the update derives some small wisdom from having been more places. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) A waste of talent that makes Wine Country even more forgettable than its jokes. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen is as funny as he's ever been, but it's Theron who's the standout. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) It doesn't help that the plot is tortuous, and the resolution is an inarguable letdown. And yet! Mitchell's ambitions, observations, and moods make the picture a dippy blast... - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
54% The Best of Enemies (2019) It's impossible to ignore that the film is yet another Hollywood narrative of racial reconciliation centered on a white protagonist-and worse, it's one that seems much more interested in the Klan's white targets than its black ones. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
75% The Wandering Earth (2019) The characters remain archetypes, but the film eventually earns its syrupy sentimentality. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
44% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want won't let viewers have it all, but what we get is more than satisfying. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Its ideas are silly, but Jake Gyllenhaal delivers them with such goofy passion that who cares? - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) Compared with the streamlined Intouchables, the remake feels ungainly, inexpertly suturing together the French source material with Hollywood formula. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters achieves that ultimate goal of art as expressed by the artist Robert Filliou: It's art that makes life more interesting than art. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
90% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) While the material in 100% Fresh may technically be new, it's hardly original. Most of it is just a litany of petty complaints that arrive practically cobwebbed. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
85% Dumplin' (2018) A movie so lifeless you'd have more fun guessing the Netflix niche group that the production is supposed to satisfy. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) While it pays lip service to how bad it is to pit women against each other, that's exactly what the movie is structured to do, cross-cutting between the two queens in similar poses and compositions and thus asking us to compare and contrast them. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) In the movies, love is cheap. It's everywhere and nowhere, too often reduced to a formula or a reward. Beale Street knows better. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
93% CAM (2018) If the first half of Cam is pleasantly episodic and purringly tense, the latter half-in which Alice searches for her hacker-is clever, inventive, and wonderfully evocative. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's unsettlingly tense for much of its runtime, but its greatest accomplishment is its portrait of youthful alienation, and what can happen when individuals are unable to ever connect. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) A confident and compassionate first film. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) We begin to understand David's feelings of constant frustration at these dreary cycles of addiction, and while that might be exactly what the film (admirably) intends, there's no denying it makes for a vexing viewing experience. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A near-masterpiece-a simmering chase movie that gradually heats up to a searing family drama that wonders how to care for a loved one that's impossible to live with. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
14% Life Itself (2018) Life, it seems, can be summarized as Terrible Things Keep Happening to Nice, Attractive People, Especially the Women. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) A Simple Favor reintroduces Lively as a character actress-a sexy, funny, award-worthy revelation. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
24% The Happytime Murders (2018) This premise holds some promise, but The Happytime Murders is a joyless, soulless slog, wasting the efforts of co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks. (Only Maya Rudolph, playing Phil's ditzy but puppet-tolerant secretary Bubbles, escapes pity.) - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Co-writers Chaganty and Sev Ohanian carefully construct a twisty whodunit that flirts with the lurid but ultimately remains grounded in suburban reality. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Stilted and scattered and strangely cold in its cinematography, it's a handsomely shot whole lotta nothin'. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman uses history to illustrate how we're repeating it. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The film's arrival is undeniably momentous. But it's nearly as vital that Crazy Rich is a romantic comedy -- a genre that relies on charisma above all else. The film's stereotype-busting approach is multifarious. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
50% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It doesn't help that Kunis and McKinnon share zero chemistry, thus sucking the air out of each scene in which they're supposed to be bonding. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) An important corrective to many contemporary and historical accounts of Hollywood, reinstating the queerness that has too often been straight-washed out of them, as well as a fascinating chronicle of an apparently nonexploitative model of sex work. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) The intricacy of the pieces and stagings... makes McQueen the relatively rare documentary that demands to be seen on the big screen. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The film's uncanny images build in wit and discomfort until they reach nightmarish proportions-an artful metaphor for unrestrained capitalism's natural endpoint. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
55% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge largely succeeds in capturing the bewilderment many of us are feeling about America these days... I'd be hard-pressed to think of another movie this year that better conveys the disbelief that this what America has come to. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) It sneaks up on you, then leaves you in paralyzed shock. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
91% Eating Animals (2018) An annoyingly blinkered piece of agitprop-but an effective one, too. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
56% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) There's a very good probability that the story of how first-time writer-director Christian Papierniak finagled the (rather impressive) cast for his feature debut is vastly more interesting than the (rather unimpressive) film itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
49% Superfly (2018) A delightful surprise: funny, brutal, stylish, and thoughtful. It updates the blaxploitation genre with wit and resonance. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 is in many ways a mirror image of its predecessor, but it's most delightful when it follows its own path toward girly transcendence. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is so refreshing in part because it invents its own scare vocabulary. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018