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T-Meter Title | Year
99% Us (2019) In scene after scene he creates a mood of offhand, everyday spookiness, and then turns the screw with genuinely disturbing imagery. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
83% El fotógrafo de Mauthausen (2018) Vivid, involving and frequently terrifying. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) The film's dense but fast-moving script, is also replete with references to the game's history - not least to the currents of protest and politics that have coursed through pro basketball since it was segregated. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
76% Late Night (2019) It may be a longer and more sincere '30 Rock,' but there's heady stuff about "diversity hires" and workplace inequality ; Kaling knows how to address these issues without turning the movie into a polemic. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
C 78% The Wolf Hour (2019) Naomi Watts delivers a striking raw nerve performance in an uneven film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A 83% Hala (2019) Geraldine Viswanathan's performance confirms what 2018's "Blockers" suggested: this is a movie star in the making. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
C 91% Little Monsters (2019) Lupita Nyong'o is so good that the pleasure of her performance makes Little Monsters worth seeing. But just barely. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- 44% Relive (2019) The main issue with Relive is that once you learn the big gimmick, the ingenuity stops there and the film falls back on overused film clichés. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C+ 57% Wounds (2019) Ultimately, it's hard to figure out exactly what movie Anvari was trying to make. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B 86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) The feature writing and directing debut of Chiwetel Ejiofor, feels like a similar extension of his onscreen persona: open-hearted, quietly intelligent, endlessly humanist. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B+ 92% Paddleton (2019) The revelation here is Ray Romano, and not just because he's so funny - though that should not be undervalued. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A 78% Share (2019) Among its many achievements, 'Share' uncomfortably captures the specific end-of-the-world misery of high school scandal, and the way that those highly populated spaces can somehow feel like the loneliest in the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
57% The Last Laugh (2019) The picture's single saving grace is Chase's co-star Dreyfuss, who deploys all of his considerable charisma. He shines, but not brightly enough to bring this moribund project to life. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
96% Roma (2018) What's become abundantly clear, over the course of this extraordinary run of searing films, is the degree to which Cuarón roots dramatic power in empathy and humanity. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The anthology format gives the Coens room to tinker with new tones and forms, while delivering their unique blend of comedy and dread. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) It's about how these peculiar interests can become our obsessions, and the way that ironic detachment can develop, surprisingly enough, into genuine affection. What a delightful movie this is. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a movie you can't take you eyes off of, even when it doesn't make a damn lick of sense. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The genius of Moore's first film was its entry point: Moore began with an up-close look at his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and then expanded out to make Flint a microcosm for a broken nation. This one gets that backward, to its detriment. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner, Jason Reitman's dramatization of the three-week rise and fall of Gary Hart's 1988 presidential campaign, works best in its first half, as fleet-footed, wisecracking campaign/newsroom comedy/drama. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a wicked, witty treat, with Melissa McCarthy playing Israel as an unapologetically unlikable protagonist, and batting around some truly delicious dialogue with Richard E. Grant, as pretty much her only friend. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Edgerton's central visual metaphor is a middlebrow clunker, and the look of his movie too often confuses darkness with depth. But he's got a good eye for details -and a sure hand with actors. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
90% Rafiki (2019) Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki, based on the short story "Jambula Tree" by Monica Arac de Nyeko, is a vibrant, pulsing piece of work, keying off the joy of young love and unexpected discovery. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% Colette (2018) It's a frisky piece of work, asking challenging questions about monogamy and art, while reveling in the considerable charm of stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) I was held rapt through its entirety. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) "All you gotta do is trust me," he tells her, and when he brings her out on stage, and then brings her up to the front microphone, it raises the same kind of gooseflesh as the "When Your Mind's Made Up" scene in Once. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
68% Teen Spirit (2019) Fanning is engaging - I'm low-key annoyed that on top of everything else, she can also sing - but the scene stealer here is Zlatko Buric, as the drunken fan who becomes her (surprisingly effective) manager. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
73% Destroyer (2018) Kusama moves her star, and her camera, through these silky L.A. nightscapes in a style reminiscent of Michael Mann. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
62% American Dharma (2018) [Morris] occasionally pushes back against Bannon, in a way he didn't in the earlier films, and sort of has to - if Dharma suffers in comparison, it's because it's telling a story that's still in progress. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
100% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's a compelling piece of portraiture, clearly done from a place of admiration and respect. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Darkly funny and often deeply disorienting, with a marvel of an ending. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's a gentle, funny crowd-pleaser with a melancholy streak. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
87% First Man (2018) It's all about perspective... less concerned with history of that mission's impact than with what it was like to be him... Ryan Gosling leans into that squareness, daring us to peer in to his up-tight close-ups and find the guy inside. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B- 71% Hold the Dark (2018) It's a moody, scary, post-Peckinpah meditation on masculinity. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
C- 13% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) Xavier Dolan tends to be a love-him-or-hate-him sort of proposition. And John F. Donovan's not likely to change anyone's mind. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
C 78% Mid90s (2018) 'mid90s' is mostly about the strange, grown-up sensation of learning that your idols are human and fallible. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B- 70% Maya (2018) Full of the kind of tiny, keenly observed moments that make Løve such a special filmmaker. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B 88% High Life (2019) Claire Denis fills her frames with disturbing and occasionally repugnant images, but she's never cavalier or careless about them. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
A 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A sublime follow-up to Moonlight. It feels like such a miracle. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 91% Widows (2018) A stylish thriller and a good film and one that often has greatness in its grasp. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
C- 62% Outlaw King (2018) "Outlaw King" plays like the kind of passion project that a filmmaker just gets lost in; its bloated running time and narrative tedium bespeak a director watching a movie in his head for so long, he can no longer see its flaws. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
C+ 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) A painfully sincere picture that does its very best to dodge the conventions of the rehab movie. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) It's so energetically acted and casually funny, you might not even notice that it never quite comes together. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
91% Crime + Punishment (2018) Shines a much-needed light on the kind of policing that could actually make a difference in these communities. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) Zagar has an eye for simple yet loaded compositions, crafting potent imagery that tells us what his characters are afraid to say aloud, and his actors turn in unaffected yet unforgettable performances. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Powerful and sensitive, and, at its best, utterly heart-wrenching. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Cole is astonishingly good as Moore, in a primarily non-verbal performance; he's a convincing brawler, and even more persuasive as a self-destructive addict. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) [Director Crystal Moselle] hangs out with, and eavesdrops on, her protagonists with a documentarian's eye for detail... Her intimate style deftly captures the end-of-the-world intensity of teenage relationships - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) It's a visceral experience... Some viewers may find it too nerve-jangling, and it's hard to blame them. But it's a must-see for risk-takers. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's wild tonal shifts made his work seem scattershot and unfocused, and it's not that he tamps that down here. But now, the itchiness, gallows humor, and howls of rage just feel like everyday life. Reality has finally become a Spike Lee joint. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Akhavan's movie is so many things at once - wise, witty, moving, sexy - that its occasional fumbles in tone and characterization barely register. - Flavorwire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018