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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 96% Paterson (2016) Deceptively simple and emotionally elegant‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) There is a lot of awkwardness, some genuine sadness, some tension-relieving humor, and just enough suggestion of potential growth to avoid either an overly dark ending or a phony feel-good one. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
2.5/4 89% Elle (2016) Had Verhoeven made something more self-consciously garish or darkly comical, the material might have worked, but Elle suffers from something of a split personality, with Verhoeven gleefully shocking us while also reaching for art-film bona fides.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) a probing examination of interior and external conflict wrapped up in the guise of a mystery‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3.5/4 95% Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966) suggests powerfully how colonialism and its mindset does not immediately dissipate once a country has achieved independence‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
3/4 75% Split (2017) shows that Shyamalan doesn't need a twist to make an intense, engaging thriller that satisfies our morbid inner cravings‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 83% Silence (2017) a powerful, at times deeply unsettling, but always evocative depiction of the violence inherent in the intersection of religion and nationalism and the conflicted nature of faith in even the most devout believers‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/4 82% Fox and His Friends (1975) the central relationship fits the dramatic requirements and dutifully fulfills its mission of acting as a microcosm for the insidious nature of social and economic manipulation, but it never feels real‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) The film looks great, but too much of it feels reheated, overly familiar, and overly cautious. This is the film where Affleck needed to really cut loose, but instead he played it safe.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 40% Something Wild (1961) a daring and provocative look at identity, violence, and the need for human connection‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) its story of triumph over adversity is not so much a historical lesson as it is a call to ensure that we stop making the same old mistakes‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/4 98% His Girl Friday (1940) one of the fastest, funniest, and most honestly brutal comedies of the classical Hollywood era‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) the film's various ethical and moral issues fall to secondary status in the climatic act, which sacrifices drama for action and, worse, uses the latter to excuse massive, potentially unbelievable character shifts in the former‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) a visually impressive and emotionally dexterous fantasy‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
2/4 73% Sing (2016) the film has a tonal imbalance that makes you feel like you're constantly see-sawing, with one moment pandering to tykes and the next pandering to their parents‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) La Land Land gives us the beauty of the world and its harder realities and intertwines them, leaving us with notes of grace and hope and love that transcend cynicism-bulldozes it, really. And that is lovely.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) its virtues far outweigh its problems, but Manchester by the Sea still feels like a film that isn't quite there‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Those with patience will find that its second half is fully rewarding, with its epic battles and grand conflicts between good and evil bearing most of the weight of the astronomical expectations that are now part and parcel of the franchise.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 67% The Driller Killer (1979) you can see both Ferrara's strengths and weaknesses at play here, although some of the latter can be explained at least partially by marketplace demands for a low-budget genre film‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) admirably low key, shunning easy sensationalism and melodramatic politicization in favor of something more delicate and genuine and intimate‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) a bleak, but fascinating, rumination on relationships, betrayal, loss, and vengeance‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
3.5/4 88% Macbeth (1950) a film that had an unfortunately deleterious effect on Welles's career, but can now be seen and appreciated as a unique, daring take on a familiar text that rendered it new and strange‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 59% Dreams (1990) while not necessarily among Kurosawa's best, is still a remarkable achievement that draws you deep into its fantastical world; even the least effective bits still work in their own way‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) takes a topic that could so easily have become a one-dimensional hagiography or a cruelly biting hatchet job and turns it into a powerful study in loss and resolve‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) keeps enough of what audiences clearly crave while also throwing in a few twists that make it feel, if not entirely unique, at least different.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) an old-school, red-blooded action vehicle with a little bit of sentimentality mixed in for good measure‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) an intriguing mix of the conventional and the unconventional, worked over in broad strokes and thorough interwoven with issues of family and faith and perseverance and self-sacrifice and the will to live‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 23% C.H.U.D. (Chud) (1984) a fun slice of Reagan-era monster madness that embodies more than a few of its era's political and environmental fears‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
4/4 89% McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) a moving portrait of how the little man, no matter how confident in himself, is usually at the mercy of others with more money and more power and less scruples‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
4/4 100% Citizen Kane (1941) a visual marvel of expressionistic deep-focus cinematography, elaborate production design, and varied editing rhythms‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) a powerful, deeply felt, wonderfully evocative film that will rightly takes its place on the mantle of great science fiction‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 98% Moonlight (2016) relies heavily on quite a few familiar clichés, but mostly transcends them by emphasizing their universality, which makes Moonlight more than a black film or an urban film or a gay film‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Quiet Man (1952) The film's saucy mix of comedy and melodrama is one of its greatest charms, although it can give you whiplash from time to time, especially if you're not used to Ford's brand of broad, back-slapping comedy‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet Special Effects (1984) It is as if Cohen had a list of ideas he wanted to incorporate, but no real sense of how to articulate them, so they all wind up in a big, messy stew.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
100% The Phantom Carriage (1921) Despite all the creepiness on display, the film ultimately affirms not the emptiness of death, but rather the importance of life.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) As a directorial debut, it is a bold, assured film-not flawless, by any means, but impassioned and genuine in all the right ways, delving into a heady stew of faith and violence that is, in the end, irreconcilable.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
3.5/4 97% Johnny Guitar (1954) When Crawford pulls a gun, her authority is so complete that she doesn't even come across as a woman in male drag; she owns it on her own terms.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) It is easy to cheer for the underdogs and hiss at the villains, and The Magnificent Seven makes no bones about playing to those easy sentiments for rousing good-vs-evil theatrics. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
1/4 40% Blood Diner (1987) Gruesomely silly, but not even remotely as funny as it thinks it is, Blood Diner is something of a chore to get through, even for those of us who might otherwise appreciate a gory black comedy. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 57% Chopping Mall (Killbots) (1986) Its no-fills exploitation ethos is infectious, and you can't help but admire its economy, even if that fantastic title is just a tad misleading‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/4 31% Valley of the Dolls (1967) Director Mark Robson gives the film a thin veneer of respectability, but mostly stands by while it descends into absurdity.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 73% Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Like Valley of the Dolls, Beyond is a howler of a movie, with the crucial difference being that Meyer and Ebert intended it that way. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come (1979) while it is hardly the worst of the Star Wars knockoffs, The Shape of the Things to Come is memorable primarily for its various failings‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
2/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) while moments work and Wingard wrings a number of genuine scares out of the material, it ultimately feels so familiar that it's hard to see the point‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) Hanks and Eckhart as both excellent, and part of the reason the film works as well as it does is because they have a natural chemistry that makes their partnership both before and after the Hudson landing feel real and lived-in.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
3.5/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) an effectively calculated tearjerker‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet L'Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (The Horrible Dr. Hichcock) (1964) never overtly gory, but it has an overall atmosphere or depravity that is hard to shake off. Horace Walpole and Ann Radcliffe would be proud. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/4 56% Raising Cain (1992) works superbly in its isolated setpieces, even as the film as a whole doesn't quite hang together‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/4 40% Morgan (2016) It is never a good thing when a story's misdirection turns out to be more interesting than the actual direction from which it is trying to distract you, and that is precisely what goes wrong with Morgan.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
3.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) The violence hurts because the film has texture and meaning and the characters matter.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016