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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) a fascinating, at times funny, and at other times tragic merging of the paranoid sci-fi trope of not being able to trust that the people around us are who they say they are and the horror trope of not being in control of our own minds‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Kameradschaft (1931) benefits substantially from Pabst's intense focus on realism, both physically and psychologically‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3/4 77% Cloverfield (2008) not so much a reinvention of the marauding-monster movie as it is a riff on its possibilities-a fascinating and largely successful experiment in the manipulation of cinematic perspective‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 100% Westfront 1918 (1930) remains a powerful testament to its physical, psychological, and spiritual horrors‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) evokes a shared sense of adolescent turmoil that is neither melodramatic nor condescending, but rather perfectly pitched at a recognizable human level that allows virtually anyone to identify and empathize with the travails of its protagonist‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Breakfast Club (1985) Hughes's poignant, sometimes funny, and always thoughtful drama didn't so much revolutionize the teen movie as it mined the genre for long-ignored potential‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) At its best, Molly's Game takes us deep into an intriguing, hidden world that few if any of us will ever get to see.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Wright infuses the film with as much style as it can hold without becoming unduly bloated‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 73% Hostiles (2018) the film's ultimate goal is to encourage us to see past all the violence and recognize the possibility of common ground, of coming together, of seeing shared humanity even within those we have spent much of our lives considering as somehow less than human‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) not the best entry in the Star Wars franchise, but parts of it rank at the very top‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
3.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) That the film delivers as many laughs as does insight into such a unique tragedy of errors is testament to its deft balancing act and willingness to not ignore, but engage the contradictions.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 91% Homicide (1991) One of Mamet's strangest and most compelling films‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) striking, at times unsettling, and at other times deeply moving‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) an essential work, crying out via history against the "fake news" machine and reminding us of why the free press is an absolute necessity in checking the powers of those who are elected to govern us‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2/4 40% Justice League (2017) pretty much exactly what you would expect the follow-up to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015) to be, except a good half hour shorter, which is perhaps its greatest quality‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) There is a lot to admire about Coco, particularly its energy and its story that attempts to find resolution between commitment to one's family and one's own sense of identity.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
2/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh is gifted enough to make you feel like you're watching something important and penetrating, rather than just bilious‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3/4 78% Dead of Night (Deathdream) (1972) belies its low budget with both an impressive cast headed by veteran character actors and director Bob Clark's creative economy‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 92% Thelma (2017) Trier's evocative and often beautiful film maintains a subtle tension‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 78% Sweet Virginia (2017) A lot of the mechanics are boilerplate familiar to the point of being rote, but the manner in which they're assembled and played out by director Jamie M. Dagg and his expressive cast of weathered character actors largely redeems them.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2.5/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) has style to spare and a canonic soundtrack of '80s New Wave pop, which is used primarily to paper over a tired espionage plot and paper-thin characters‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) has quite a bit to impart about the trauma of betrayal, but also the power of forgiveness‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3.5/4 96% Mudbound (2017) an often extraordinary film-it is both epic and impressively personal despite its tapestry of characters‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Waititi doesn't so much inject humor as he gives it his own droll spin, making Thor: Ragnarok one of the funniest of the Marvel movies without seeming to exert much effort in that regard ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 83% Darkman (1990) a fun diversion that reminds us of how enjoyably loony the movies can be‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) not a total loss, but it's hard to see it as much more than an interesting failure‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
2.5/4 84% Loving Vincent (2017) the film's formal triumph is astounding and utterly unique, but its narrative is incontrovertibly rote‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
3/4 74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) Gaga allows the camera into various realms that emphasize her vulnerability, her flaws, and her weaknesses, which only serve to empower her as a pop star by reinforcing her underlying humanity‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/4 83% The Bachelors (2017) The character [Josh Wiggins and Odey Arush] play and the relationship they develop are honest and poignant in the best sense, which is a good description of the film as a whole.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2.5/4 47% The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) feels more like a made-for-television film than a theatrical feature, despite the lush widescreen cinematography and relatively large-scale action sequences,‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2.5/4 86% American Made (2017) Cruise gets to toy with his trademark cockiness in ways that are consistently amusing, and we're quickly reminded of why his star persona has proved so indelible for so long.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/4 46% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) has an almost manic sense of visual intensity despite its traditional two-dimensional hand-drawn characters, and it often comes across like a hyper puppy that is both eager to please and also intent on doing whatever it wants.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/4 100% Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932) a masterfully evocative and unsettling horror film‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) the best kind of sequel in that it reminds us of what was worthwhile about its predecessor without being shackled to its achievements‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/4 91% Gerald's Game (2017) Carla Gugino conveys a complex woman who, via her ordeal on the bed, emerges as a woman with her own voice. The physicality of her performance is raw, and she makes us feel her character's panic, discomfort, anger, and fear.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/4 40% Downrange (2017) It does what it does reasonably well with a sense of exploitative glee, but it's also immediately forgettable.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
3/4 64% What Happened to Monday (2017) Noomi Rapace sells the idea of the seven distinct sisters with impressive efficiency‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
2.5/4 69% mother! (2017) both an artful examination of exploitative relationships and an exploitative con job on the viewer.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
2.5/4 83% They Live (1988) a smart movie wrapped inside a dumb movie‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Breaking Point (1950) The insistence and courage of the film's final shot elevates it from a very good film to a nearly great one.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/4 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) embodies all that is great about summer movie thrills while also weaving through the various chase scenes, shoot-outs, and massive billowing explosions a genuine sense of human feeling and moral concern‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/4 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) embodies all that is great about summer movie thrills while also weaving through the various chase scenes, shoot-outs, and massive billowing explosions a genuine sense of human feeling and moral concern‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2.5/4 87% Sid and Nancy (1986) There is some nobility in the film's relentlessness and single-minded focus, but not enough to redeem its lack of having anything much to say beyond what we get on the surface.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) opens our eyes to something we probably didn't know and helps us see something very familiar in an entirely new light‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 85% It (2017) captures the unique qualities of King's storytelling, which often melds abject horrors with a sense of real-life minutia, good humor, and a love of popular culture‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) Sheridan's particular gift is his ability to thread these social and political themes into crackerjack narratives that are so enthralling in and of themselves that it's easy to forget there is a social dimension‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 84% 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 92% 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 83% 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