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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83% Detroit (2017) even if Detroit doesn't quite live up to expectations, it certainly succeeds in reminding us that some old wounds never quite heal and we desperately need to recognize why lest they infect the entire body politic forever‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
3/4 65% Swamp Thing (1982) Sure, it's kind of hokey and a bit campy and has some narrative bumbling and pacing issues, but overall it is a genuinely fun diversion-a contemporary man-in-a-rubber-suit creature feature that also happens to boast a decent amount of heart.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2.5/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) draws us deep into something from which we emerge with an initial sense of thrill, but are ultimately left with a lingering sense of what might have been‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
4/4 82% The Thing (1982) fascinating, horrifying, and utterly engaging from the first frame to the last‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The loss of conflict within the human characters takes a toll, as War lacks Dawn's multifaceted interplay of politics and genuine emotional connection among human and ape characters.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
3/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) the action is where Wright's film shines, as he puts the full pedal to the metal in returning us to the old-fashioned delights of real car chases through real streets with real cars doing seemingly impossible moves‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/4 75% La sindrome di Stendhal (The Stendhal Syndrome) (1996) The Argentos-both the director and the actress-don't hold back in conveying the intensity of sexual violence in both physical and psychological terms, and the film is at its best when it drives us deep into its fractured aftermath.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
4/4 100% Stalker (1979) an emotionally and philosophically intense experience that rewards patience and attention and all but demands repeat viewings‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) an exuberant fantasy with a genuine conscience that stands apart from so many other similar films in its willingness to embrace goodness, decency, and an unironic belief in the power of love‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
2.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) While it is frequently enjoyably, it is also an overly managed and manufactured product, designed and refined to fit neatly into the Marvel Universe without causing any ripples.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
1.5/4 0% Amityville: The Demon (1983) a quickie cash-in on both the early '80s revitalized 3-D craze and the success of the previous two Amityville films‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2.5/4 6% Amityville II: The Possession (1982) by the film's final act, the special effects technicians have taken over almost completely, turning it from a parapsychological drama of some merit into a more conventional latex freakshow‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 86% Okja (2017) the way Bong draws it all together is almost alchemic; it shouldn't work, but somehow it does‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
3/4 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) does exactly what it needs to do in setting up a precarious situation, trapping its protagonists, and then forcing us to endure their panic, fear, resilience, and hope, the latter of which is more often than not dashed at just the wrong moment‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/4 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Seeing these characters 20 years on has its own pleasure, especially since there was no reason to think that any of them would actually live past 30.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2/4 16% The Mummy (2017) never really works because it is so focused on laying the groundwork for future installments that it sacrifices narrative engagement in the here and now.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 76% Dreamscape (1984) a diverting, enjoyably creative thriller‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 89% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) both unsettling and quite funny, often at the same time‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4/4 100% They Live by Night (1948) a truly unique film-a groundbreaking entry in a distinctly American genre that announced in no uncertain terms the arrival of a major new talent‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2.5/4 54% War Machine (2017) great on paper and noble in intention, but not quite fit for the task at hand‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Asphalt Jungle (1950) a cracking-good crime story almost perfectly told‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3.5/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) a penetrating exercise in escalating dread and despair‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2.5/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) undeniably fun at times, but also a little too familiar and derivative to achieve anything other than intermittent pleasures‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) takes enough risks in embedding its genre thrills in a muscular philosophical core that it is hard to begrudge its existence and Scott's willingness to return to the franchise that made him famous and take it in a new(ish) direction‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3.5/4 89% Dheepan (2016) both a well-honed exercise in genre filmmaking and an impressively astute film of our moment‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
3/4 69% The Wall (2017) a taut, grim, hard-edge war thriller‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 17% The Circle (2017) so deeply anchored "in the moment" that the filmmakers can never quite pull back and figure out what it is really about‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (Les plus belles escroqueries du monde) (1967) Like most omnibus films, the quality varies from sketch to sketch, with some working quite well while others feel a bit thin.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/4 100% Tampopo (1985) The film doesn't always work as a whole ... but its individual moments often come close to touching the sublime.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) the jokes and throw-away gags and irreverent potshots at popular culture and action movie clichés and hero fantasies that felt so smooth and natural the first time around here feel more forced‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) a fascinating portrait of both the limits of human knowledge and the insatiable drive to discover more‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
3.5/4 87% Saturday Night Fever (1977) Not many movies are genuine cultural phenomena, and John Badham's Saturday Night Fever is without doubt one of the most memorable.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) a beautifully moving ode to the rhythms of time and nature and our connection with the worlds we inhabit‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/4 69% Rumble Fish (1983) as intriguing and compelling as it is frustrating‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) an old-fashioned father-daughter story grafted onto a none-too-subtle critique of the corporatization of Europe and the brutally hectic nature of modern life‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Ophélia (1962) never really catches on, which renders it a particularly dim shadow of the great work off of which it is playing‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
2.5/4 15% Queen of the Desert (2017) Romantic longing has never really been part of Herzog's cinematic vocabulary (love in his films typically looks like manic obsession), which may explain why some of it is more stiff than emotionally moving. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/4 91% Buena Vista Social Club (1999) Wenders packs in an impressive amount of experience and, most importantly, secured the place of these amazing musicians in the larger scope of history‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
3/4 92% Woman of the Year (1942) isn't necessarily one of the best films of its era, but it does capture in its essence the complex nature of relationships and the unavoidable way that power dynamics can come to a head‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3.5/4 97% 45 Years (2015) transcends the obvious and touches on deeper, sometimes unsettling realities about the complicated, messy ways we live and love.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2017
3/4 85% Lion (2016) works as an emotionally stirring portrait of sheer determination driven by the need to know where one comes from‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 67% Life (2017) a goosey B-movie with A-list stars, cinematography, and digital effects‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
2/4 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) virtually everything that is enjoyable about it, particularly the show-stopper musical numbers like "Belle" and "Be Our Guest," derive their pleasures directly from the animated version‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2.5/4 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) Unfortunately, as the film becomes bloodier and bloodier, it also becomes more and more deadening, with each subsequent death a little less shocking and impactful. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet Canoa (1975) a particularly sharp, unrelenting portrait of how groups and individuals-anywhere at any time-can be demonized to the point of inciting physical violence‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3.5/4 90% Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988) That balance of the ideal and the tragic weaves all throughout Cinema Paradiso, which is epic in terms of the time frame it covers, but feels consistently intimate‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
2.5/4 100% Multiple Maniacs (1970) Waters has a hard time figuring out where to point the camera in any given shot or how to keep his actors in focus, but he never loses sight, for even a moment, of his ultimate goal, which is to shock the world and crack himself up at the same time.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/4 76% 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 96% 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