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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 100% Free Solo (2018) Watching the 33-year old cling to the side of a 3,000 ft wall of granite without a harness is nerve-racking. A stunning achievement.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
3.5/4 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Goddard forgoes an elaborate plot twist for a straight-forward thriller that relies on character development. Good performances and the right amount of humor make this a recommended flick. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle gives audiences the thrill of being in the capsule with the astronauts however the grounded scenes feel cold and detached. Despite the heartbreaks suffered by Armstrong, it's hard for viewers to attach themselves emotionally.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
3.5/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) An impressive debut from Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni who manages to keep the film balanced and entertaining with a heavy dose of satire. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 87% Upgrade (2018) An entertaining sci-fi thriller that recalls those 90s B-movie favorites.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 84% The Gospel According to André (2018) You don't have to be a habitué of the fashion scene to enjoy this entertaining documentary about the iconic André Leon Talley, the man behind the myth.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 85% Mountain (2018) The visually stunning documentary from director Jennifer Peedom deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Even then, the majesty of these wonderous landforms that reach for the heavens seems restrained by the rectangular partition. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) An instant horror classic joining the ranks of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 78% Breath (2018) The Australian surfer drama is the sleeper film of the summer.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) In one form or another, we can all relate to some childhood experience shared by the film's two young protagonists. An ingenious portrait of family, heartbreak, and belonging.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) Fútbol is more than a game for the immigrants in Brooklyn's Sunset Park in the film from writer-director Jim McKay, one of the most underrated and influential East Coast filmmakers. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Writer-director Brett Haley avoids turning this into a sappy fairytale by keeping the story grounded, which pays off big time in the end. Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons are terrific as the father-daughter duo who form a band.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) A riveting successor to the 2015 original that works best as a stand-alone entry. The tone of the original film has been altered without Emily Blunt's presence, which makes this a testosterone filled boys-run-wild action flick.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Foster and McKenzie are fantastic. The authentic performances drive this beautiful story filled with hope and heartbreak. The audience is rooting for these two in a world that can be very harsh.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 91% Eating Animals (2018) If you begin researching where your food comes from and that carries over to your spending habits at the grocery store, Quinn, Foer, and Portman have done their job. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 70% Damsel (2018) The deadpan humor mixed with a bit of slapstick forms a layer of comedy that remains on the surface while more weighty themes bubble underneath.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) A refreshing documentary that comes at just the right time. Morgan Neville delivers a fitting tribute to the man who devoted his entire life to the well being of children. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 52% Boundaries (2018) I found myself laughing quite a bit and felt great at the end of the journey. The comedy isn't trying to get you all up in your feelings, it just wants you to enjoy the ride. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Truth is stranger than fiction as three triplets are reunited in the riveting documentary. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 88% Sollers Point (2018) We engage with the characters but don't necessarily align ourselves with any of them. We observe in a non-judgmental fashion. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Tackles racism and cultural appropriation effectively with satire. Powerful stuff from a fresh new voice in cinema, Boots Riley.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 55% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) Mackenzie Davis energizes the indie-punk comedy.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 98% The Cakemaker (2018) A beautiful film that explores love, loss, and religion.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 89% Pin Cushion (2018) British writer-director Deborah Haywood makes her feature film debut with a heartbreaking story that features devastating performances by Joanna Scanlan and Lily Newmark. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) An entertaining sequel that packs more power with each punch. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 77% The King (2018) Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce serves as a metaphor for what 's wrong with this country in two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new documentary.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Apart from Moretz, who is dynamic in the lead, actor John Gallagher Jr. delivers one of the film's strongest performances. Parents, support your kids and see this film, especially if you have a teenager at home.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The biopic reunites Gus Van Sant with Joaquin Phoenix who is sensational as politically incorrect Portland cartoonist John Callahan. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 79% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) Mozhdah and Hussain are terrific in the film that tests the audience's tolerance.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 45% Generation Wealth (2018) The film is not so much a documentary about how greed and money are destroying society as it is an autobiographical look at Greenfield's obsession with the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) A compelling look at one of the greatest bands that remained undiscovered. This may be your introduction to Magic Music but I guarantee that 90 minutes later, you'll be singing along like you've known these songs your whole life.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 99% Blaze (2018) Ethan Hawke brings the life of underrated musician Blaze 'Deputy Dog'Foley to the big screen with Arkansas native Benjamin Dickey in the lead role. The result is one of the most authentic films about Texas that flawlessly captures the Austin music scene.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Sign me up in the Rose Byrne fan club! The charming actress who we've come to love in various comedies adds the right amount of pizzazz to elevate the new comedy from director Jesse Peretz based on Nick Hornby's 2009 novel. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 93% Searching (2018) Even with the fastidious planning and first-rate editing, Searching would eventually become tiresome if not for the performances by Cho and Messing who keep the audience mesmerized. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 82% Puzzle (2018) It was Danny Boyle's 1996 film Trainspotting that introduced audiences to then 20-year-old Kelly Macdonald. The Scottish actress delivers the performance of her career in her first lead role.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The indie film lets the audience experience the effects of living with mental illness by creating an unstable atmosphere that accelerates like a ticking time bomb.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) The quasi-documentary from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle will grind its way into your heart. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 68% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) Faith and science clash as Lindon maneuvers through the film like a secular sponge soaking in religion only to eventually ring himself out to examine the evidence with an unbiased point of view. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/4 70% Assassination Nation (2018) The older you are, the harder it will be to digest Levinson's vexatious film. The powerful message of female empowerment is sadly diluted.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) The film operates in safe-mode, nothing risqué or adventurous, but a heist film must have some sense of danger and these ladies make it look way too easy. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The kingdom has fallen and it can't get up in this lifeless rehash completely devoid of anything new and interesting. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It takes a filmmaker like Spike Lee to continually remind us how little we've progressed in 242 years. BlacKkKlansman is the ultimate form of entertainment, funny, emotional, and timely.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 85% The Wife (2018) Six Oscar nominations later, the luminous Glenn Close leaves the audience awestruck with a performance that slowly simmers to a devastating climax.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 79% Don't Leave Home (2018) A creepy supernatural thriller that reminds me of Rod Serling's early 70s television horror series Night Gallery.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 94% Mandy (2018) Nicolas Cage serves up horror awesome sauce in the psychotomimetic film from sensory overload filmmaker Panos Cosmatos.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3.5/4 59% Bel Canto (2018) Even in the midst of a hostage crisis, and despite language barriers, love finds a way in the surprising "Bel Canto" from director Paul Weitz.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 86% Colette (2018) Colette's fight for independence becomes the driving force for the period piece which is even more relevant today as women continue to fight for their rights in the #MeToo era.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 84% Monsters and Men (2018) It's frustrating yet authentic and not the first time that director Reinaldo Marcus Green has taken on the subject of racial bias in the law enforcement community.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 90% We the Animals (2018) Not everyone can relate to the childhood exhibited in Jeremiah Zagar's We the Animals but to those who can the film is one of the most authentic coming-of-age depictions to grace the screen. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 64% Lizzie (2018) The biopic brings empathy to the table as Sevigny plays the role of 32-year Lizzie as a woman still under the restrictive reigns of her wealthy father.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018