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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83% 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 68% 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 78% 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 36% 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 73% The BFG (2016) "an amiable, visually impressive fantasy " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 87% 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
2/4 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "The basic structure works fine and some of the ideas are pretty good, but there is no emotional resonance; the characters are all flat, even Jeff Goldblum's David, who is good for a few funny lines and not much else. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) "juggles the tones and genre shifts with an impressive deftness that makes it feel all of a piece even though, in many ways, it is all over the place " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "isn't quite as good as the first film, but it works well enough on multiple levels that it's hard to begrudge Wan for taking the characters on another paranormal go-round " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/4 88% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) "highly entertaining documentary " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 27, 2016
3/4 98% Zootopia (2016) "a fast and funny fable about the need for tolerance and understanding in a world in which fear and prejudice are more convenient " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 20, 2016
2.5/4 100% Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit) (1975) "has an amiable, rambling quality that befits its emotionally dislocated protagonists " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 60% Wrong Move (Falsche Bewegung) "arch and self-consciously arty in its depiction of alienated characters, none of whom feel like flesh-and-blood human beings " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/4 100% Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities) (1974) "a simple story beautifully and poignantly told " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Hadaka no shima (Naked Island) (1960) "Once its rhythms are set and we get to know the characters through their actions and interactions, The Naked Island develops a surprisingly strong narrative and emotional allure " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/4 98% The Player (1992) "Altman knew Hollywood, but The Player casts a much wider net by allowing the movie industry to stand in for the shark-eat-shark nature of modern business in general " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 8, 2016
2.5/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "just when you start thinking there's something there, the film shifts into wholesale destruction mode " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 8, 2016
3/4 50% Venom (1981) "no one is going to hold this film up as Kinski or Reed's best work, although there is a certain guilty pleasure in watching them in constant conflict " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 8, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Rich Kids (2016) "even when the film feels a bit sluggish, there is always a moment of insight or humor just around the corner to perk things up " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/4 97% In a Lonely Place (1950) "achieves an absolutely unrelenting grip because Ray plays so expertly on our associations, turning them inside out and against us " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 8, 2016
2/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "One wouldn't think that the overburdened, heavily CG'ed mis-en-scene of Burton's film couldn't be surpassed in terms of sheer candy-colored enormity, but that is precisely what Bobin seems to be going for. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jun 8, 2016
2.5/4 57% Money Monster (2016) "a mix of high-concept obviousness and genuine passion for the difficulties endured by those who get chewed up and spit out by the system " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 91% The Nice Guys (2016) "Most of the laughs are solid and the underlying tone of the film is pitched in such a way that it doesn't undermine our inherent investment in the mystery or the appeal of the characters " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 25, 2016
3/4 91% Green Room (2016) "Saulnier revels in the primal nastiness of what the will to live looks like in the most dire of circumstances while also infusing the film with a level of visual artistry and black humor that suggests he is capable of much more. " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 24, 2016
2.5/4 36% Bite (2016) "an expertly rendered gross-out that never takes itself too seriously, although there are times when you wish it had taken itself a little more seriously " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 15, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Captain America and Iron Man have always had a humorously antagonistic relationship, with the former's red-white-and-blue purity conflicting with the latter's narcissistic vulgarity, so watching them truly at odds with each other packs a punch " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 9, 2016
3.5/4 98% Phoenix (2015) "a shrewd, engaging play of psychological dexterity that, despite its melodramatic roots, never feels arch or forced " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 6, 2016
2/4 62% High-Rise (2016) "Part of the problem is that the characters feel like cartoons, but have just enough psychological realism to keep their inexplicable behavior frustrating, rather than intriguing " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 4, 2016
2.5/4 78% Keanu (2016) "certainly lacks the subversive panache and consistent hilarity of their short-form sketch comedy, but Key and Peele's chemistry is strong enough to see it through " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 3, 2016
3/4 31% Criminal (2016) "allows us to experience with giddy vicariousness a brutal psychopath wreaking havoc on bad guys for all the right reasons " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted May 2, 2016
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 (2016) "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 88% 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 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "a sharp, tense thriller of admirable economy " ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Posted Mar 19, 2016
3/4 80% 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 55% 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
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