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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 No Score Yet Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1973) "some kind of feat of whacked-out absurdity " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3.5/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) "a remarkable and unsettling drama " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Major "suffused with a heavy sense of fatalism, and even though we feel that nothing will turn out well, it remains tremendously engaging until the final frames " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/4 100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) "a delight in the way it supplies drama and suspense via the dangers of flying in remote South America with the humor and romance of opposites attracting. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3.5/4 89% The Invitation (2016) "a thumb-screw chamber drama with a premise dripping in absolute menace " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 20, 2016
3/4 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "despite the manufactured world in which it takes place, Favreau is able to sell the drama and the interpersonal (or interanimal) connections " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/4 31% The Trip (1967) "when strung out over more than an hour, watching someone else's chemically induced psychotropic experience starts to feel redundant, tiresome, monotonous even " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 31, 2016
4/4 98% The Bicycle Thief (1949) "It has passages of beauty and heartbreak that suggest a genuine humanism that is all too often lacking from movies whose primary goals are to thrill, excite, or otherwise distract from life itself. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/4 55% Undertow (2004) "its marriage of conventional thriller dynamics and unexpected visual potency marks it as something both utterly unique and reliably familiar " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 29, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "not nearly as bad as some critics have made it out to be, but it nevertheless fails to achieve the kind of pop-mythic grandeur for which it was destined " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 28, 2016
3/4 89% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "a sharp, tense thriller of admirable economy " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 19, 2016
3/4 79% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "you'd have to be pretty cynical not to feel some tingling of excitement when Eddie soars, even if he lands many, many meters behind the competition " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 12, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Koshikei (Death by Hanging) (1968) "while it's ultimately quite clear what Oshima is getting at, the means by which he gets there become more irritating than enlightening. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 11, 2016
2/4 54% Triple 9 (2016) "If we had a better sense of what was at stake, the characters and their various plights might have taken on more meaning " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 9, 2016
3.5/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) "I came close to loving it, as I found its swirl of imagery and oneiric narrative flow quite intoxicating, if not always completely comprehensible.... And the best thing I can say is that I can't wait to experience it again. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2.5/4 90% I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene) (1965) "Adriana's essential vacuity, central as it is the film's point, doesn't give us enough to hold onto, so by the time the narrative is winding its way to its climax, everything has blurred into one long rush of nothing. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 2, 2016
3/4 61% Race (2016) "When the film plays to its generous, old-fashioned strengths of celebrating determination and perseverance, it works quite nicely " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 2, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Witch (2016) "a terrifying portrait of how evil operates in the world, both openly and covertly, to undermine our best intentions " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 24, 2016
2.5/4 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "It certainly has its charms and is several notches better than a lot of the computer-animated mayhem passed off as children's entertainment these days, but its impact is almost entirely in the moment. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 23, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Nybyggarna (The New Land) (1972) "Troell shows us the human face of the ordeal, balancing tragedy with comedy and intimacy with scope in a way that few filmmakers have accomplished. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 88% The Emigrants (1971) "physical and sensory components are essential to the film's dramatic effectiveness, and Troell weaves them quiet masterfully into the fabric of his characters' lives " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 50% Code 46 (2004) "a visually striking, but emotionally flat mash-up of romantic drama, film noir, and science fiction that sounds much more interesting than it turns out to be " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 16, 2016
3/4 83% Deadpool (2016) "However much the raunchy humor and postmodern genre disemboweling works, what I appreciated most about Deadpool is that the stakes were decidedly personal-intimate, even. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 16, 2016
2.5/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "The Coens clearly have something to say about Hollywood's irresolvable dedication to art and commerce, but the uneven, shaggy-dog nature of the film's scattershot comedy buries most of it. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3.5/4 93% Room (2015) "that rarest of films: one that finds a genuine sense of uplift out of the most despairing of situations without ever feeling forced or mawkish " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 9, 2016
3.5/4 100% The Kid (1921) "a fantastic and brave work, forging new ground in its mixing of comedy and pathos and fully earning its opening title card, which promises "a picture with a smile-and perhaps, a tear." " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 8, 2016
2/4 93% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "an exceedingly well detailed, but emotionally bereft recreation of a bygone era " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Feb 2, 2016
2/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "a stew of potentially interesting ideas brought to life with amazing artistry that can't quite hide its hollow core " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/4 89% Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) (1977) "Although it is a thriller by genre, Wenders is clearly interested in things beyond the mechanics of Ripley's manipulations and Zimmermann's desperation " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 27, 2016
2.5/4 94% Carol (2015) "While it avoids being preachy, it fails to stir the heart, which renders it a gorgeous, but relatively stultifying exercise in style. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 25, 2016
3.5/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) "There is an enjoyable lightness to the film that is easy to mistake for simple-minded nostalgia. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 No Score Yet Lady Snowblood 2 - Love Song of Vengeance (Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga) (2004) "a decidedly different kind of film than its predecessor, and unfortunately not as good " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 19, 2016
3.5/4 100% Lady Snowblood (Lady Snowblood: Blizzard from the Netherworld) (Shurayukihime) (2005) "a film of rich texture and beauty that combines all manner of gonzo artistry from both stage and screen " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 19, 2016
4/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "a singular cinematic experience of profound visceral impact " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 13, 2016
2/4 18% Jellyfish Eyes (2015) "Unfortunately, a narrative feature film is more than just moving images, and once Murakami dives into narrative and character, Jellyfish Eyes begins stumbling all over itself " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 13, 2016
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "If the root of all evil is truly the love of money, then The Big Short is the ultimate romance. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 13, 2016
3/4 61% Joy (2015) "finds a new level of uplift, not just in its protagonist's success, but in how that success can be used graciously for the benefit of those who are standing where she once stood and looking upward " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 12, 2016
3/4 62% Concussion (2015) "works very well, first drawing us into Omalu's pursuit of understanding ... and then into his fight to get the NFL to recognize his research and stop covering up the dangers of professional football. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3/4 35% The Green Inferno (2015) "nothing if not cynical about human nature, although it does allow at the end for some level of human decency to emerge from all the carnage, both physical and political " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "the least enjoyable entry in a body of work whose brilliance derives from Tarantino's ability to deliver pleasure from the most unlikely of subjects " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3.5/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "a solid, workman-like evocation of how journalism, when done right and for the right reasons, can be a saving grace and an invaluable corrective to power run amok " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jan 5, 2016
3/4 71% Wolf Totem (2015) "if the film has a true star, it is the environment itself, which is enormous and daunting, dangerous, yet serene " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "dishes out familiarity without apology and arranges it in such a way that, even as we recognize the patterns and beats, it feels fresh and invigorating and, lest we forget what's really at stake here, fun " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 19, 2015
3.5/4 94% Creed (2015) "Coogler infuses his film with a genuine passion and unironic attachment to the original's best qualities, particularly its delicate balancing act between anguish and triumph " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 62% Legend (2015) "even if it doesn't ever rise to legendary status itself, Legend is a fitting portrait of the twin gangsters who, while they had their moment in the '60s, have already begun to fade from view " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 9, 2015
3.5/4 92% 99 Homes (2015) "a dramatic thriller about predatory capitalism that cuts deep to the economic bone in the way it reminds us how one person's attaining his dream usually comes at the expense of someone else's " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 4, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "action and theme don't always cohere, and what's good in the film too often has to be dug out from under a lot of underwhelming excess " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 2, 2015
3.5/4 100% Una Giornata Particolare (A Special Day) (1977) "takes the framework of a familiar subset of romantic drama and vigorously turns it on its head as a means of tackling an acute example of what it means to be a social outsider " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 2, 2015
2.5/4 64% Spectre (2015) "feels slightly disjointed, as if all the parts aren't quite lining up and the progression of action that is supposed to build emotionally instead feels more like little more than a series of plot points. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Dec 1, 2015
2/4 89% Experimenter (2015) "you need more than an intriguing social experiment to drive a feature-length film " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 23, 2015
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