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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 57%

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
Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/4 85%

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
Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/4 91%

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
Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 38%

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
Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 87%

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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 3, 2016
4/4 93%

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
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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 72%

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 17, 2016
3.5/4 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"an effectively calculated tearjerker" Q Network Film Desk
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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"the setting in the decaying emptiness of a largely deserted suburban Detroit neighborhood gives the horror thriller an atmospheric sense of loss, abandonment, and desperation that greatly enhances its relatively rote trapped-in-a-house narrative" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 29, 2016
3.4 87%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Streep's take on the character is so assured that we can't help but admire her determination and panache, even as it makes her a fool in the eyes of others" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 28, 2016
2.5/4 25%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"works well enough, but mostly in workman-like fashion that never becomes truly rousing" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 28, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015)

"The best thing I can say about it is that I will never see Bergman-someone who I had thought was quite familiar at this point-the same way again." Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 22, 2016
3.5/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"it is hard to think of a recent family-friendly film with more grace and poignancy" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 22, 2016
1.5/4 11%

Nine Lives (2016)

"a puerile case study in lazy screenwriting and Hollywood star check-cashing" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 15, 2016
2.5/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"begins with such promise-full of such boisterous, unruly energy and mash-up devil-may-care style-that its eventual descent into the doldrums of formulaic familiarity feels that much more disappointing" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3.5/4 95%

A Touch of Zen (1969)

"a true game-changer in the way it infused the wuxia (martial arts) genre with both epic scale and spiritual intensity" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 7, 2016
3/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Greengrass again demonstrates a deft mastery of choreographing action sequences that are hectic but coherent" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"uniquely creative in exploiting our fear of the dark" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"a more modest film than its immediate predecessors, with ambitions that don't go much farther than using familiar characters and situations to show the audience a rollicking good time" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 26, 2016
3/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Bryan Cranston brings to Mazur a sense of weary determination and a born performer's gift for deceit" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 26, 2016
3.5/4 90%

The In-Laws (1979)

"A feat of casting genius; Hiller knew to let Peter Falk and Alan Arkin do their thing with as little interference as possible" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 22, 2016
2.5/4 73%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"the new Ghostbusters are frequently very funny, although the movie as a whole is never quite as funny as you think it will be" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3/4 89%

Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

"The film is a puzzle, but one you don't necessarily have to solve in order to enjoy it or take something away from it." Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3.5/4 88%

Fantastic Planet (1973)

"an utterly unique film" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 19, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"works more than it doesn't, but it's hard not to wish that Ross had made his targets a little less broad and his own perspective a little more nuanced" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 18, 2016
4/4 99%

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

"Dr. Strangelove does what so few comedies do today: it challenges us, provokes us, unsettles us while also making us laugh." Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/4 35%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"David Yates overdirects the film to the point that he gives us vertigo long before Tarzan grabs onto a single vine" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

"an amiable, visually impressive fantasy" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 86%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"while there is inherent diversity among these players, there is so much about them that is the same in terms of personality, desires, and ideologies that we start longing to get out of their world and into someone else's" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3.5/4 100%

La Chienne (The Bitch) (1931)

"the first film to fully embody the naturalistic style and complex social themes that would come to be associated with Renoir's best work" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 11, 2016
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