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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 95% 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 70% 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 17% 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 71% 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 54% 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
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 93% 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 41% 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 91% 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 96% 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 74% 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 84% 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 83% 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 35% 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 43% 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 92% 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 30% 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 92% 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 95% 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