Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Bluebird (2019) Established stars and eager hopefuls sing the praises of an iconic Nashville music venue in a lightly engaging documentary. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
47% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The predatory bogeywoman of Mexican legend haunts 1970s Los Angeles in Michael Chaves' efficiently formulaic shocker. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
46% Captive State (2019) An audacious and suspenseful thriller about resistance fighters waging an underdog campaign against occupying extraterrestrials. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) The man behind *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys is revealed as a master fraudster in this absorbing documentary. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Yes God Yes (2019) Karen Maine's naughty but nice coming-of-age story showcases an exceptional performance by Natalia Dyer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
86% I Am Richard Pryor (2019) Jesse James Miller's biographical documentary is a conventional but fascinating portrait of the self-destructive comic great. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
52% The Highwaymen (2019) Commands attention less as historical counterpoint than as a sturdy showcase for the neatly balanced lead performances of Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
42% The Kid (2019) Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan ride tall in Vincent D'Onofrio's fresh take on the saga of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
17% The Iron Orchard (2019) Lane Garrison propels the film with his vibrant performance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
No Score Yet Duke (2018) An uneven but arresting indie thriller about two siblings who are driven to heroic extremes by childhood traumas. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
90% The Unicorn (2019) Robert Schwartzman's lightly amusing trifle plays like an updated version of a dinner theater staple. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
50% In Like Flynn (2019) Russell Mulcahy's seriocomic imagining of Errol Flynn's pre-stardom adventures is hugely satisfying old-fashioned fun. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
83% Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019) The final scenes are so obviously open-ended, and fraught with promises of things to come, that the filmmakers might as well have concluded with a title card: "Stay tuned for our next exciting episode." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) An artful and affecting mix of harshly defined specifics and impressionistic storytelling - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
10% Replicas (2019) Rampant silliness and gaping plot holes test audience patience in Jeffrey Nachmanoff's sci-fi thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
13% Backtrace (2018) Matthew Modine is outstanding as an amnesia-stricken bank robber in Brian A. Miller's VOD-centric thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
23% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Vijay Krishna Acharya's expensive and exuberant Bollywood masala delivers the goods as a satisfying popcorn epic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Divide (2018) An uncommonly compelling and emotionally rich drama. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
72% Indivisible (2018) An arresting faith-based drama about a crisis of faith, set against the 2007 troop surge of the Iraq War. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
22% Big Kill (2018) Scott Martin's enjoyably retro Western should please genre fans eager for a wild ride. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
80% A Crooked Somebody (2018) A satisfyingly crafted entertainment that doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, but does take a few surprising detours from well-trodden genre paths - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
75% Mademoiselle de Joncquières (2018) "Mademoiselle de Joncquieres" takes a stealthy and slow-burn approach before fully revealing its true colors as a shrewdly choreographed roundelay of scheming, seduction and revenge in the spirit of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Screwball (2019) An impudently entertaining documentary that suggests what might result if the Monty Python troupe were given carte blanche to produce an investigative report for "60 Minutes." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) Writer-director Vasan Bala's wild and wacky yet also warm and fuzzy fable about a resourceful young man who transcends ostensible physical limitations to become a two-fisted, swift-kicking hero likely will prove to be an irresistible crowd-pleaser. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
36% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) There is a happy ending to the story - but, unfortunately, it doesn't arrive nearly soon enough. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% Icebox (2018) Don't read the above as "Eat your vegetables; they're good for you." There is nothing leafy green about "Icebox." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
82% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) It's difficult to recall the last movie husband who evinced such gentlemanly self-restraint when it came to actually consummating his union to a reluctant partner. Kent Smith in Val Lewton's "Cat People," maybe? - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
75% Papi Chulo (2018) A scrupulously low-key and unassumingly ingratiating dramedy... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
63% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) A richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
No Score Yet Reprisal (2018) "Reprisal" is not a very good movie, but it leaves you with tantalizing hints that some people involved with it are capable of doing something much better. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
67% Beautifully Broken (2018) An intelligently inspiring faith-based drama that links the fates of families in Rwanda and Nashville. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
No Score Yet Running for Grace (Jo, the Medicine Runner) (2018) Predictable but pleasant drama about love and prejudice in 1920s Hawaii - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
No Score Yet Surfer (2018) A young wave-rider is visited from the sea by his presumed-dead dad in this amateurish effort that doesn't hold water. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
20% Pretty Bad Actress (2018) Nick Scown's frenetic farce misses many easy targets while satirizing the pursuit of fame and the obsession of fans. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
14% Damascus Cover (2018) Berk's movie is too plodding and predictable to generate anything more than a modest level of suspense; worse, it lacks enough excitement to qualify even as instantly forgettable popcorn entertainment. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
No Score Yet Black Water (2018) The billing is more than a little misleading. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
9% Race 3 (2018) This in-name-only Bollywood sequel delivers fast and furious action, spirited song and dance, but way too many narrative speed bumps. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
87% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) [T]he film is sufficiently intelligent and entertaining to engage most grown-ups and, no kidding, fascinate history buffs. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
73% The Ranger (2018) Punk rockers are led as lambs to the slaughter in yet another homage to '80s slasher movies. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) Documentarian Hao Wu examines a unique form of digital interaction in contemporary China. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
50% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez offers a clever "Bluebeard" update in this idiosyncratic gothic sci-fi melodrama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
81% Sadie (2018) Equal parts coming-of-age story and slow-burn thriller, writer-director Megan Griffiths' quietly absorbing and methodically disquieting drama is a genuine rarity: a sympathetic portrait of a budding sociopath. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) Far more substantial than a run-of-the-mill Hitchcock homage, "Number 37" is richly satisfying on its own terms as a singularly crafty and strikingly well-crafted thriller that signals the arrival of a promising filmmaking talent. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
91% All Square (2018) A casually profane and frequently uproarious working-class dramedy about a small-time bookie who turns a big profit - for a while - by taking bets on Little League games. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
86% 6 Balloons (2018) The movie leaves you with a deep respect for the willingness evidenced by Ryan and her collaborators to take several gambles that pay off dramatically and emotionally. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
29% PARADOX (2018) A waste of time made bearable only by its brevity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
87% Unlovable (2018) A young woman who loves not wisely but too much gets a shot at redemption in an excellent dramedy drawn from the real-life experiences of lead player Charlene deGuzman. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Director and the Jedi (2018) As a whole ... the documentary winds up being at once too much and not enough. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
60% Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (2018) [A] brisk yet substantial documentary ... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
30% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) Far too much of this wildly uneven Netflix-bound comedy plays less like a transgressive farce than an overextended "Saturday Night Live" sketch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018