Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% No Ordinary Man (2020) Deeply compassionate and intellectually heady. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
87% Unpregnant (2020) A charming and heartfelt if uneven ride. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
75% 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
No Score Yet Ahead of the Curve (2020) 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
No Score Yet 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
91% 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
92% 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
80% Tigertail (2020) Drowsy, shambolic, underthought. Its structure is so meager it's downright skeletal. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% 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
84% 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
97% 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
87% 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
89% 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
98% 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
24% 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
84% Share (2019) Share's ascetic dismissal of concrete details renders the film alienating, even off-putting. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell makes it hard to say goodbye. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
84% 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
89% 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
65% 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
59% 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
53% 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
69% The Wandering Earth (2019) The characters remain archetypes, but the film eventually earns its syrupy sentimentality. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
41% 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
61% 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
42% 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
62% 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