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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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) (1974)

"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 81%

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 60%

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 61%

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 34%

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 69%

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 61%

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 65%

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 88%

Experimenter (2015)

"you need more than an intriguing social experiment to drive a feature-length film" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 23, 2015
3/4 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"as much as it lionizes Donovan, Bridge of Spies is quite ambivalent about the morality of the spy game in which he is a pawn, as Spielberg often contrasts the images of "us" and "them" in ways that both separate and collapse the two sides. " Q Network Film Desk
Posted Nov 10, 2015
3.5/4 78%

The Brood (1979)

"the horrors are simultaneously literal and allegorical, springing from a deep emotional well that transcends the bounds of conventional drama" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2.5/4 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"The narrative is so overtly structured that the structure itself starts to intrude on the drama as we become overly aware of the narrative circularity and repetitions of dramatic confrontation. " Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 71%

Crimson Peak (2015)

"an impressive, overripe cinematic feat that makes up for its somewhat pedestrian plotting with a stunning visual imagination that impresses in both the scope and detail with which it merges so many of del Toro's cultural obsessions" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3.5/4 92%

The Martian (2015)

"dispenses with so much of the standard violent-action fare we have come to expect from science fiction films and instead returns the genre to its roots in the thrill of exploration and the wonders of science" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 16, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Sicario (2015)

"a powerful experience that forces us into a violent confrontation with our own ethical worldview, challenging any tidy notions of right and wrong" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 14, 2015
2.5/4 84%

The Walk (2015)

"The visceral thrill of experience Petit's death-defying feat is undeniable, but Zemeckis pushes the envelope farther than it needs to go and makes some highly questionable decisions that undermine what is best in the film." Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/4 95%

The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

"depicts crime and violence as a moral vacuum that draws in the narcissistic and the pathetic without ever moralizing or preaching" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 100%

Day for Night (1973)

"Fran├žois Truffaut's love letter to filmmaking" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2/4 72%

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

"too literal and heavy-handed in its treatment, and Bobby emerges as yet another tortured genius who fell prey to his own demons, as if there is no other alternative. " Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 58%

Black Caesar (1973)

"not a political movie per se, but it certainly taps into the raging sense of racial injustice that the Civil Rights Era had not managed to fully eradicate." Q Network Film Desk
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/4 75%

Black Mass (2015)

"Whenever Depp is on screen, it has a wicked, hypnotic quality ... but the dramatic core of the film is flat, which makes it feel more derivative than devastating" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 64%

The Visit (2015)

"Shyamalan doesn't do anything revolutionary here, but he works the found-footage trope about as well as it can be worked, often finding inventive and crafty ways to create unnerving compositions that look accidental, rather than planned. " Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 18, 2015
4/4 97%

Two Days, One Night (2014)

"does not shy away from the harsh truths of life, ; but, at the same time, it seeks out and reveals hope and potential in every situation" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/4 76%

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

"It is ironic that the framing device, which is meant to draw our attention to the constructed nature of it all, doesn't work nearly as well and ultimately fails to derail our enjoyment of that which we're supposed to be questioning. " Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2/4 46%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"is not entirely without its charms, but is so scattered both tonally and narratively that nothing ever quite adds up" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 9, 2015
3/4 79%

Cop Car (2015)

"taut, lean, unapologetically gritty and downbeat tale about two runaway adolescent boys who happen upon a seemingly abandoned police car" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2.5/4 13%

Return to Sender (2015)

"the filmmakers keep the film's narrative trajectory purposefully muddy, which has the potential to create real intrigue-if you go into the film fully blind" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/4 93%

The Gift (2015)

"It is not a perfect film, but it is a strangely powerful one that plays with familiar tropes to reveal darker depths than we might have expected." Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 25%

Dark Places (2015)

"maintains enough interest, although it never quite attains the gripping level of intensity to which it clearly aspires" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"has a definite sleekness to it, but McQuarrie reserves just enough grit to keep it from looking and feeling like a cartoon" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 7, 2015
4/4 100%

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1960)

"a particularly compelling and fascinating film, one that has endured well beyond its importance in throwing open the gates to a new era in French cinema" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 4, 2015
1.5/4 26%

Vacation (2015)

"relentlessly unfunny and boorish, dragging its patently unbelievable characters through a series of increasingly degrading scenarios that, unlike the Harold Ramis/John Hughes original, bear no resemblance to anything like real life. " Q Network Film Desk
Posted Aug 2, 2015
2.5/4 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"a nice, redemptive romantic comedy with a lot of F-bombs in it, which by Hollywood standards makes it pretty much routine" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3/4 81%

Ant-Man (2015)

"treads the line between the funny and the exciting with notable dexterity" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 96%

Creep (2015)

"a just-clever-enough found-footage horror film whose primary asset is not its jump scares or even its mounting sense of dread, but rather its macabre sense of black humor, which keeps you constantly ill at ease" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 56%

Minions (2015)

"enjoyable in all the right ways, is just clever enough to stand apart from its predecessors, and doesn't overstay its welcome" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 21, 2015
4/4 88%

The Black Stallion (1979)

"will naturally speak to children, but without excluding those adults who still remember what it was like to be a child and how to see the world through a child's eyes-as difficult an artistic feat as I can imagine" Q Network Film Desk
Posted Jul 21, 2015
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