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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Birdman (2014) In the end, Birdman is the art film equivalent of Riggan's Birdman movies -- more impressive for its effects than its meaning.‐ Vogue
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96% Spotlight (2015) From the beginning, the Spotlight Team's quest sucks you in.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
B 96% Paterson (2016) I feel a tad churlish in not loving Jim Jarmusch's gently lilting film.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B- 80% Patriots Day (2017) Holding things together is Mark Wahlberg as the smart-mouthed police detective who helps break the case.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 85% Silence (2017) By the end, Scorsese's movie gets to the spiritual place it wanted to go, though I suspect many in the audience won't get there with it.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C- 31% Passengers (2016) Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in a science-fiction love story -- what could go wrong with that? Turns out, quite a lot.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Bayona does capture the story's emotional heart, in large part thanks to an extraordinary performance by MacDougall, whose future career may well be something to behold.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 83% Julieta (2016) If Julieta lacks the high spirits we love in Almodóvar's work, it also finds this great director, now 67, in an impressive new autumnal mode, reflecting beautifully on loneliness and loss.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B 93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) The movie is filled with sympathetic solidarity for those like Daniel who work hard, treat everyone decently, receive small acts of personal kindness from decent ordinary people, and still get ground down by [the] system.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C 93% Hidden Figures (2017) I kept wishing director Theodore Melfi had approached his trio's story with the respect it deserves. Instead, he keeps trying to make their struggle "fun," chasing easy laughs and easy inspiration.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C- 34% Live By Night (2017) I'm fond of Affleck, who normally can be counted on, at the very least, to radiate movie-star vanity. Here, he's like a waxwork version of himself. He looks very, very tired.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
A+ 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) See Toni Erdmann, and once you have, check out Ade's previous film, Everyone Else, which is also terrific.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
A 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Although there's not much of a plot, Mills's vision spans both the small and large, capturing everything from Bening's dead-serious response to listening to a record by Black Flag to god's-eye riffs on passing time and changing history.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
65% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) While the film doesn't soar, it's an honorable labor of love that's surely one of the most unusual features ever made by an Oscar-winning Hollywood actress.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) A movie so unpredictable that you really can't be sure where it's heading.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Don't worry if you can't follow every detail... Just go along for the ride with Adams, a genuinely great screen actress who anchors this movie with a beautiful, deep-souled performance that should be up for all the major prizes.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
88% Gone Girl (2014) It's hard to know for sure who's to blame -- Flynn adapted her novel herself -- but from the casting of the likable Affleck on, the movie loses much of the novel's attempt to balance its portrayals of Nick and Amy.‐ Vogue
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87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) While the early scenes have their sappy side, you can feel Gibson's artistic juices start to flow once the story gets to the battlefield.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
89% Loving (2016) A moving true-life reminder that the rights most Americans take for granted weren't always rights for millions of people.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) This breathless feminist thriller has the refined style of an art film but offers the disreputable fun of a guilty pleasure.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
91% The Witness (2016) The Witness also serves as a useful moral corrective.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
87% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) Mascaro plops us into a back-country reality most of us have never seen and reveals it to be stranger and dreamier than we might think.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
72% American Sniper (2015) It speaks emotionally to audiences who sense that we lost something in Iraq, yet still want to honor the heroism of those who risked their lives for the cause, whether or not it was ultimately a great one.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
92% Insomnia (2002) In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2014
85% The Trip To Italy (2014) What I find appealing about these films is their sloping, improvisational air, their quality of catching a moment of life on the wing, as when Brydon startles Coogan with a joke so good he can't stop himself from laughing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2014
86% The Easy Life (Il sorpasso) (1962) When I first saw it 25 years ago, I couldn't wait to see it again right away. I've been waiting ever since.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
76% 8 Mile (2002) What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) The Last of the Unjust has a vivid immediacy.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2014
100% The Square (2013) If, like me, you watched all this on TV, the ongoing turmoil began to feel like a distant, abstract blur. Noujaim takes us inside this history by centering on three protesters, each from a different background.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2014
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) Whether Jason is laughing or crying, he holds you rapt with tales that conceal as much as they reveal.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 2, 2013
92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) Charged with an air of impending danger, the movie just keeps building.‐ NPR
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97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) Offers a good introduction to the career of this fascinating man who is no shrinking violet.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2012
80% Putin's Kiss (2012) What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2012
86% Miss Bala (2012) While it may not tell the whole story of Mexican life, it clearly captures a truth nobody can deny.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2012
81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) If Demme's version lacks the wallop of its predecessor, it is more likely to be popular with contemporary audiences, who will enjoy not only its labyrinthine twists but its stars' burnished professionalism.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2004
89% Oasis (2003) This is a film that gives humanism back its good name.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2004
65% Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) It's worth fidgeting through the mediocre stuff to get to three good pieces.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 12, 2004
78% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) Surely the oddest 1930s musical ever made, in or out of the 1930s.‐ L.A. Weekly
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62% Young Adam (2004) For all the symbolic weight of its title, Young Adam doesn't come close to giving us Existence. But it does give us one limited human being.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Vol. 2 is the most sheerly enjoyable movie I've seen in ages, allowing for all the intimacy that was missing from its predecessor.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2004
81% Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo) (2001) A ravishing bauble about la dolce vita in Taiwan.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2004
55% The Ladykillers (2004) Bludgeons you with cartoonish gags about stupid football players, irritable-bowel syndrome and (for the second Coen film in a row) somebody accidentally shooting himself in the head.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2004
90% James' Journey to Jerusalem (2004) An enjoyable, sneaky-smart fable about the collision between innocence and experience.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) As a friend joked, 'If you peel away the movie's postmodern tricks, what you're left with is about as profound as a Hugh Grant movie.'‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) A fan-boy's paradise.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2003
87% Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2003) The most inventive vampire picture of the last 80 years.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2003
87% 28 Days Later (2003) While 28 Days Later is itself a stylistic tour de force, Boyle recaptures his earlier storytelling briskness and deft touch with actors.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2003
75% The Good Old Naughty Days (2003) Provide a revealing glimpse into an earlier, if not more innocent, erotic universe.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2003
73% Together (He ni zai yi qi) (2003) If you can get past the corn, the story exerts a not-unsatisfying emotional pull thanks to Yun's soulful gravity and a tenderness that Chen hasn't shown quite so openly since his 1984 debut, Yellow Earth.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 29, 2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence (2003) What's missing is anything resembling a point of view ... or the slightest sense of critical discrimination.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 29, 2003