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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Word Is Bond (2017) Sacha Jenkins is the hero hip-hop needed. While his rap documentary, Word Is Bond, indicates he's a first-rate nonfiction filmmaker, it also establishes him as the critic-champion of a movement.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
81% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) In the delicious "Have a Nice Day," the most significant image might be the bag of 100-yuan banknotes, each bearing the face of Chinese communism's sainted Mao Zedong, and which animator/director Liu Jian returns to time and again.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
71% West of the Jordan River (2018) "West of the Jordan River" is as formally precise at it is politically unapologetic.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
90% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) The Last Five Years visits all of it, and while the subject is only present in the later years through some random audio, archival footage and the recordings themselves, the sense of celebration is uplifting.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) To see it as merely beautiful is simply not to see it.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) It is a very civilized film about uncivilized people, with flashes of comedy and a good deal of pathos. There is little question it comes down on the side of Tonya Harding, but even less that audiences will do the same.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) For all that, there is a great deal of comedy here, and a lot of great acting... ‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) ... but there is a coyness about "Novitiate" that makes a viewer not care so very much.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) ... the dialogue in "Lady Bird" is consistently and honestly funny and cliché-free.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) The last time a Supreme Court justice got this treatment was never.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% Spielberg (2017) After 2 1/2 hours of genuflecting, Spielberg may well leave viewers asking what exactly was the point‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) When Mr. Stanton sings a song near film's end, at a child's birthday, in Spanish, it's more spectacular than the parting of the Red Sea.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
86% American Made (2017) If American Made were limited to what Seal knew personally, some of the dangling threads in Gary Spinelli's script could be written off. As it is, they hint at stories we'd like to know better‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
88% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) Each of the five superb actors gets a moment of dramatic glory out of Mr. MacLachlan's screenplay, which is about guilt, roots and the selfishness of implacable conviction. Each makes the most of it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
25% The Sound (2017) The effectiveness of The Sound really comes from its atmospherics, which are rich and disturbing‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
77% The Reagan Show (2017) ... a provocative and amusing look at President Ronald Reagan's use of television to sell economic plans, missile treaties and, mostly, himself.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
50% Shot (2017) Shot certainly has a message, and implies villainy in the universe, but its story is about innocents. ‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
91% Stronger (2017) [Stronger] flips the whole idea of post-9/11 hero worship upside down, in a manner as welcome as it is disturbing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It deserves to be said that Mr. Carell is both a bona-fide movie star and a marvelous actor, two things that don't always go together.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
69% mother! (2017) When the film leaves the realm of the impolite or even criminal for something far more extreme, it achieves a level of excess that makes the whole enterprise increasingly cartoonish, rather than just awful.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) One would be quite wrong to regard Frederick Wiseman as a mere observer, rather than the agent-provocateur he is.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
45% The Good Catholic (2017) A reviewer should never assess a movie for what it is not, but this viewer was not sure for a long time what exactly "The Good Catholic" was.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Black and Linklater share a personal history and a philosophy of cinema, and this makes the conversations both intimate and insightful.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
85% Beach Rats (2017) It's hard to make a compelling movie about a character defined by indecision, Hamlet notwithstanding. Ms. Hittman, however, has done it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (2017) A kind of blues song in its own right, Sidemen: Long Road to Glory is an affectionate attempt to showcase three major figures in the development of Chicago blues.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) The creative process is always an elusive thing for filmmakers to capture, but amid all the startling visuals and the splendid acting, Polina rises, gloriously, to the challenge.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
90% Marjorie Prime (2017) Much of the fun of Marjorie Prime is in figuring out where it's going, and why.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) One has to give Mr. Hughes credit for the numerous, creative and explosive obstacles he puts in the way of Michael and Darius, not so much for the scattershot tone of the movie as a whole.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
56% Lemon (2017) One of the more original films in recent memory.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
No Score Yet The Passion Of Augustine (La Passion D'augustine) (2015) It is something of a temptation, having watched Lea Pool's "The Passion of Augustine," to say that filmmakers should be discouraged from certain subjects-religious vocation, for instance, the inherent drama of which seems unknowable for the filmmaker. . .‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Director Matt Spicer and his co-writer, David Branson Smith, deliver cogent and even poignant commentary on the plight of a screen-obsessed society, and the artificiality of an Instagram/Facebook-bound life.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) An Inconvenient Sequel is a highly entertaining and educational experience, unless the idea of man-made climate change is totally contrary to one's worldview.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
86% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) A mock-doc sendup of the Tour de France, drug scandals, blood-doping and, sadly, men, Tour de Pharmacy has an interesting premise and nowhere to take it.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) What The Big Sick gets at, in its obvious but necessary manner, is how America undermines traditions from other countries, and always has.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
78% The Little Hours (2017) As Alessandra and Ginevra, Brie and Micucci are alternately appalling and charming.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
80% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) The man gets his due in Becoming Cary Grant, a moody jewel of a film that draws on Grant's unpublished autobiography for much of its narration.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
51% War Machine (2017) For all its biting political satire, and cogent military analysis, War Machine is an antiwar movie that is profoundly pro-warrior.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) Amir Bar-Lev's documentary on the Grateful Dead is an epic, and one that should not be dismissed by eye-rolling millennials as just another reverie about someone else's youth, or another solemn bout of baby boomer navel-gazing.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
90% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Get Me Roger Stone... ought to come with a bottle of Purell-not just because it immerses the viewer in squalid politics, but because the filmmakers seem so shamelessly infatuated with their subject.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
89% Sacred (2017) It is purely observational, kinetic cinema and, some might say, even a kind of prayer.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016) Ms. Tragos passes no overt judgment; the judgment lies in the juxtaposition of stories, and storytellers.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
96% 13th (2016) [DuVernay's] movie, for all its good words and bad pictures, lacks the fierce urgency of now.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Ove is marvelously entertaining, but it also has an edge of political currency.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
96% Oklahoma City (2017) Mr. Goodman gives an appallingly thorough tour of the Murrah destruction and relates various instances of horror and heroism.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
No Score Yet The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon (2016) What's poignant about Havana Moon is the sense of a recaptured past that sweetens the steamy evening.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) Both camps will find much to move them in Bright Lights, especially the profound bond between its subjects and the obstacles that were overcome to make it last.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
100% Every Brilliant Thing (2016) The subject is grim, the delivery buoyant: Mr. Donahoe is an ingratiating host -- at times overly so -- and as the Narrator he maintains a breakneck pace through an hour of reminiscence.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
81% Barry (2016) [Barry's] search for an identity is the ignition and combustion of the film. The exhaust, however, comes courtesy of Philip Morris. And the odor, like that surrounding the film itself, is of provocation in service of no cogent point.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
No Score Yet Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution (2016) Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution... is, at best, weak filmmaking and, at worst, pure propaganda.‐ Wall Street Journal
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea is a film that knocks politely on the door of the mind, and the heart. The advice here is to let it in immediately.‐ America Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016