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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) primarily feels repetitious, rather than thrilling or awe-inspiring, with the same basic threats reworked over and over again to dwindling effect‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
3/4 95% Moana (2016) There is a lot about Moana that is extremely familiar to those who know the Disney formula, but it is tweaked with enough consistency and humor to make the trip worthwhile.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
3/4 93% Fences (2016) the power of the story lies not in its tragedy, but in how it finds the good in the bad, the seed of hope in the moments of despair, the strength of character in those most deeply and fundamentally flawed‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 99% Cameraperson (2016) testament to the richness of Johnson's extensive work and the importance of the documentary form, and in that regard it is a moving, important film in its own right, even though I constantly felt like I was being spun out of it by my desire to see more‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3.5/4 92% Logan (2017) a gritty, bloody, and ultimately heartfelt paean to both the sanctity and the temporality of life‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli) (1979) You don't need to have experienced the film's world firsthand to grasp the transparency with which Olmi depicts it, full as it is with simple pleasures, complex emotions, and unadorned heartbreak.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) a bristling thriller that ably mixes its various horror riffs-which include stalk-and-slash tensions, an insidious cult, and medical horror-with both comedy and social satire‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3.5/4 100% Tower (2016) effectively dramatizes the horrors of that day with a uniquely humanist perspective‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
2.5/4 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Verbinski goes for menace and atmosphere, rather than cheap jump scares, and when the film works, it is quite malevolent in the best kind of way. Unfortunately, it simply goes on for too long.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/4 9% King Solomon's Mines (1985) a largely unimaginative adventure, albeit not one that isn't entirely without its entertaining qualities, even if said qualities are best appreciated with a heavy dose of irony‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Klansman (1974) Perhaps at some point The Klansman had the potential to live up to its incendiary material, but it ends up doing little more than crassly exploiting it.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
2.5/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) the hectic pace and sensory overload feels like a cover-if they throw enough stuff at us, we won't care how much of it doesn't work because we can't keep up anyway‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3.5/4 96% Paterson (2016) Deceptively simple and emotionally elegant‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) There is a lot of awkwardness, some genuine sadness, some tension-relieving humor, and just enough suggestion of potential growth to avoid either an overly dark ending or a phony feel-good one. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
2.5/4 90% Elle (2016) Had Verhoeven made something more self-consciously garish or darkly comical, the material might have worked, but Elle suffers from something of a split personality, with Verhoeven gleefully shocking us while also reaching for art-film bona fides.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) a probing examination of interior and external conflict wrapped up in the guise of a mystery‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3.5/4 95% Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966) suggests powerfully how colonialism and its mindset does not immediately dissipate once a country has achieved independence‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
3/4 75% Split (2017) shows that Shyamalan doesn't need a twist to make an intense, engaging thriller that satisfies our morbid inner cravings‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 85% Silence (2017) a powerful, at times deeply unsettling, but always evocative depiction of the violence inherent in the intersection of religion and nationalism and the conflicted nature of faith in even the most devout believers‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2.5/4 82% Fox and His Friends (1975) the central relationship fits the dramatic requirements and dutifully fulfills its mission of acting as a microcosm for the insidious nature of social and economic manipulation, but it never feels real‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) The film looks great, but too much of it feels reheated, overly familiar, and overly cautious. This is the film where Affleck needed to really cut loose, but instead he played it safe.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 50% Something Wild (1961) a daring and provocative look at identity, violence, and the need for human connection‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
3.5/4 93% Hidden Figures (2017) its story of triumph over adversity is not so much a historical lesson as it is a call to ensure that we stop making the same old mistakes‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/4 98% His Girl Friday (1940) one of the fastest, funniest, and most honestly brutal comedies of the classical Hollywood era‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
2.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) the film's various ethical and moral issues fall to secondary status in the climatic act, which sacrifices drama for action and, worse, uses the latter to excuse massive, potentially unbelievable character shifts in the former‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) a visually impressive and emotionally dexterous fantasy‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
2/4 73% Sing (2016) the film has a tonal imbalance that makes you feel like you're constantly see-sawing, with one moment pandering to tykes and the next pandering to their parents‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) La Land Land gives us the beauty of the world and its harder realities and intertwines them, leaving us with notes of grace and hope and love that transcend cynicism-bulldozes it, really. And that is lovely.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) its virtues far outweigh its problems, but Manchester by the Sea still feels like a film that isn't quite there‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Those with patience will find that its second half is fully rewarding, with its epic battles and grand conflicts between good and evil bearing most of the weight of the astronomical expectations that are now part and parcel of the franchise.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 67% The Driller Killer (1979) you can see both Ferrara's strengths and weaknesses at play here, although some of the latter can be explained at least partially by marketplace demands for a low-budget genre film‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) admirably low key, shunning easy sensationalism and melodramatic politicization in favor of something more delicate and genuine and intimate‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) a bleak, but fascinating, rumination on relationships, betrayal, loss, and vengeance‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
3.5/4 88% Macbeth (1950) a film that had an unfortunately deleterious effect on Welles's career, but can now be seen and appreciated as a unique, daring take on a familiar text that rendered it new and strange‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 59% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/4 89% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/4 90% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 37% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
4/4 94% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2016
3/4 97% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 71% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016