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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% Chimes at Midnight (1965) one of Welles's greatest late-stage accomplishments-a very nearly magnificent amalgam of plot points, characters, and dialogue from not just one or two of the Bard's history plays, but five of them‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2.5/4 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) While much of it is good, it often feels overly derivative of other action movie franchises, which is probably why it failed to reignite the series.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 80% Clear and Present Danger (1994) both cutting in its indictment of how power corrupts even the best intentions and bravely optimistic in asserting that, not only can one maintain one's sense of honor and integrity in a rigged system, but very possibly make all the difference in the world‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 73% Patriot Games (1992) manages the action with verve and efficiency while also giving the film a more nuanced emotional sensibility, emphasizing Ryan as a father who above all wants to protect his family, not save the world‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/4 87% The Hunt for Red October (1990) the kind of action thriller that is rarely made today-one that emphasizes intellect and logic, intuition and political maneuvering over might and brawn‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/4 66% The Little Stranger (2018) Like many great Gothic tales, The Little Stranger plays with our expectations of a ghost story‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3.5/4 72% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) its dedication to its vision of using the genre tropes of the morally ambiguous spaghetti western to explore the fraught racial and economic politics of post-Apartheid South Africa is impressive‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/4 46% The Meg (2018) director Jon Turtletaub gives it all such a rote sheen of familiar polish that you might find yourself wishing that The Meg were a truly bad movie rather than just a competently mediocre one.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/4 60% Calling All Earthlings (2018) feels unfocused and scattershot‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) hits us with hard truths and thought-provoking inquiry while also making us laugh‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/4 50% Jabberwocky (1977) not a particularly good film, even though it is an often clever and exceedingly efficient in its absurdist experimentation mixing fantasy and comedy and romance.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) funny, but often mordantly so in a way that forces you to confront how racism itself is fundamentally absurd even as it stands at the core of centuries of social injustice.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) highly entertaining‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/4 73% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) seems designed to simultaneously emphasize and lampoon Dietrich's smoldering screen persona‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
2.5/4 56% Blonde Venus (1932) its framing of conventional melodramatic narrative beats with excessive visual style doesn't always work, making it feel at times like a fractured work, one with two personalities working against each other.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
3.5/4 100% Shanghai Express (1932) a marvelous cinematic fantasy, easily the best of the six films Josef von Sternberg produced with star Marlene Dietrich for Paramount between 1930 and 1935.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
3/4 100% Dishonored (1931) von Sternberg turns what could have been little more than a typical espionage potboiler into another one of his luxuriant visual essays on Dietrich's smoldering screen presence and his own love of cinematic texture, depth, and tactility.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
3/4 100% Morocco (1930) Cooper and Dietrich have a unique romantic chemistry, although it is memorable mainly for its oddness, rather than any heat it generates.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
3/4 76% The King (2018) a state-of-the-union assessment by way of an Elvis Presley documentary‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) a great, unapologetic nose-dive into old-school, free-fall, red-meat action that plays as a stark reminder of why physical presence and real stunts still have the cinematic upper hand over CGI and green screens‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
3/4 62% Jack Reacher (2012) a highly enjoyable throwback to gritty '70s crime thrillers that were made without wires, CGI, or hyperkinetic editing and instead relied on stunts, narrative twists, and star power‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) suggests just how blurry the lines are between right and wrong, lawful and criminal, just and unjust‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 49% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) There is a twin sense of safety and déjà vu all throughout the film, and the only real standout moments occur when director J.A. Bayona breaks out of the mold and does things his own way.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) You won't mistake Ant-Man and the Wasp for anything particularly deep or even all that ambitious, but it is certainly a fun diversion.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 75% Joe (1970) a fascinating and frustrating cinematic experience ... a mishmash of incongruities, confusion, and cynicism‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) pretty much exactly what you are probably expecting it to be, which makes it, in and of itself, a wholly satisfying dive into the amusingly ribald and bloody world of Marvel's most anti-Marvel character‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3.5/4 100% What Haunts Us (2018) a disturbing and deeply pertinent documentary for the era of Jerry Sandusky, Harvey Weinstein, and Larry Nassar‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/4 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) At its best, Solo captures the origins of that unique mix of characteristics, portraying the young Han Solo as a man trying to find his voice and his identity and having to fit himself into the mold of outlaw smuggler. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/4 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) deals in deadpan, but sympathetic and humanist terms with the thorny issue of immigration‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) rehashes the gargantuan battle sequences from the original and leans heavily on the enormous scale of its premise, but it dispenses with all of the weird, quirky, oddball, and sometimes gross details that gave del Toro's film some character.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3.5/4 89% Hereditary (2018) The horrors are that much more horrible because they emerge from and intensify a chamber drama of family conflict that would be gripping in and of itself. The horror, in other words, has real meaning.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) while Incredibles 2 is not nearly as good as the first film, there is a lot to enjoy here, starting with the still wonderful visual design‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3/4 57% Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) Woo's signature visual ballistics and predilection for highly wrought melodrama of the kind Douglas Sirk might be proud are imprinted on virtually every frame‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) a uniquely laudable thriller‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
2.5/4 46% Red Dawn (1984) an often compelling and always entertaining, but fundamentally flawed merging of Hollywood's Reagan-era penchant for action escapism and distinct Cold War paranoia‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
3.5/4 74% Dead Man (1995) a singular piece of generic transgression, making the unmaking of the West-something that filmmakers had been doing to various degrees for decades-feel shockingly, aggressively, and poetically new.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
3/4 44% Up in Smoke (1978) a shaggy slice of slacker comedy, and while no one will mistake it for a particularly well-made movie, it is imminently likeable and repeatedly watchable‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2.5/4 88% Women in Love (1969) If you find your interest waning as the film moves on, it is likely due to exhaustion of trying to generate empathy with characters who constantly evade such connection. So much of the film feels written and performed, but rarely lived.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/4 98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) a pinnacle of silent film art, expressive acting, and naturalistic intensity‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/4 83% The Age of Innocence (1993) one of the greatest and most devastating films about the agonies of doomed love‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2/4 50% Downsizing (2017) Just when Downsizing seems to be cruising on a steady track, it starts fracturing, fragmenting, and spinning out in multiple, largely unexpected, and almost wholly unsatisfying directions.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 100% Nayak (1974) Both Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore are fantastic in the central roles, and they develop a powerful chemistry‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet La Setta (The Devil's Daughter) (Demons 4) (The Sect) (1991) while Soavi does a good job keeping the ultimate destination vague for a long time, its arrival can't help but be a bit disappointing since it plays into such familiar territory‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) a slow-burn depiction of an imminent collision course between political power and personal responsibility‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) it is not one of Anderson's best films, yet it also puts on display precisely what makes him such a continually interesting artist, most notably his willingness to extend his familiar aesthetic into new realms‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) the film improves as it goes on, especially in the second half, where Spielberg generates a successful tension in juxtaposing action taking place simultaneously within the real world and the OASIS‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2/4 51% Tomb Raider (2018) If the film's goal was to make Lara a more interesting character by exploring her early life, it fails quite miserably, despite a generally good performance by Vikander in a role that gives her precious little with which to work.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2.5/4 44% The Hurricane Heist (2018) an exceedingly silly, but undeniably entertaining bit of red-meat escapist action fare‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) an absorbing, frequently powerful, and at times insightful film that smartly deploys its sci-fi trappings to keep us engaged while leaving us with just the right touch of ambiguity to chew on afterwards‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 97% Black Panther (2018) There is a lot that is fairly generic in the film, especially in the action sequences, but you can always sense Coogler's investment in the characters and what they stand for. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018