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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/4 100% Day for Night (1973) François Truffaut's love letter to filmmaking‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/4 74% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 26% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
2.5/4 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) while you can't say that effort wasn't expended on Terminator Genisys, after five movies, a major theme-park ride, several video games, and a TV series, this particular franchise is feeling, if not quite obsolete, at least played out‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/4 82% A Master Builder (2014) even if it doesn't always work perfectly, it is never anything less than engrossing and perplexing, usually in equal measure‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 89% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995) The alchemy of Gregory's staging and Malle's direction turn what could have been an exercise in canned theater into something very nearly sublime. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Just as the film itself balances humor and pathos, it suggests that true happiness is not a state of unblemished, perpetual joy, but rather a balance of all those emotions that make us human and therefore capable of love and affection and tenderness. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) a devastating portrayal of enthusiasm for the glories of war, fueled in equal parts by youthful naiveté and political indoctrination, crashing against the realities of human bloodshed‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
2.5/4 49% Manglehorn (2015) clearly develops an interesting character in Manglehorn, but never seems entirely sure what to do with him‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2015
2/4 29% Burying the Ex (2015) never reaches the levels of absurdist gross-out anti-rom-com comedy to which it clearly aspires‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/4 38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) built on the intriguing idea of using a thinly fictionalized version of the notorious Amanda Knox trial to explore how real-life events are transformed into art, but the resulting film gets muddy and misguided very quickly‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet État de Siège (State of Siege) (1972) Rather than playing into the prejudices and biases of any one political stripe, State of Siege boldly dares to look at both sides, finding both fault and virtue. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
4/4 No Score Yet The Confession (1970) Costa-Gavras dramatizes Gérard's ordeal and makes us feel his pain, his exhaustion, but most of all the terrible loss of his sense of self.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) not so much another bloated sequel as it is the fruition of dreams deferred in the previous films. Too bad the genre dictates that those dreams are once again destined for disaster. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) hardly a perfect film, but it is a breath of fresh air amidst all the thoughtless destruction that seems to have become the de facto subject of most summer movies‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
2.5/4 48% San Andreas (2015) its disaster spectacle and sense of moral reckoning is hung on exactly the same narrative backbone as Emmerich's world-shattering "2012"‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/4 86% The Rose (1979) Were it not a fictional feature film, The Rose might very well be considered one of the best concert documentaries of the 1970s.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2015
1.5/4 31% Poltergeist (2015) puts plenty of new spins on the familiar beats of the story, but their relevance must have wound up somewhere on the cutting room floor‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 27, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) an all-out rush of visceral, kinetic power and-yes-fury that mixes the old and the new in ways that are both dazzling and exhausting‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
4/4 100% Odd Man Out (1947) haunting and remarkable and utterly uncompromised‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 58% Maggie (2015) Hobson's admirable restraint behind the camera and the fine performances by all involved give the material its sense of emotional depth‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
3/4 48% Adult Beginners (2015) has all the trappings of a generic indie coming-home heart-warmer, but one of the best things I can say about it is that it manages to sidestep or at least complicate most of its clichés‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
3/4 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) an improvement over the first Avengers; everything feels smoother, the pacing is a bit better, and the overall plot is more intriguing‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
3/4 99% Selma (2015) The breadth of the film's scope is impressive, as it manages to sketch in the enormity and diversity of the movement without being spread too thin.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2015
3.5/4 93% Ex Machina (2015) Ex Machina works because it gradually shifts the terms of the narrartive and thematic structure, forcing us to reevaluate what we thought we knew and seriously question the fundamental essence of humanity‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2015
2.5/4 36% Beyond The Reach (2015) a stylish, narratively stripped-down thriller that works quite well, right up until it stumbles and falls into a terrible ending that feels both utterly contrived and morally ridiculous‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 63% The Harvest (2015) eschews cheap scares and "boo" moments in favor of constant psychological pressure‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015