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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% 22 July (2018) If Anders Behring Breivik represents today's West at its self-devouring worst, the movie wants us to see that Viljar's endurance offers a reason for hope.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
95% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Although this doc is as conventional as Fonda herself has never been, Lacy tells a terrific story. The film reminds us why Fonda is the only actress of the '60s generation whose name still resonates.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
60% American Woman (2018) American Woman is the kind of movie that doesn't sound very seductive (who wants to see a mother deal with a child who vanishes?), but this is the greatest role of Miller's career, and she rises to the occasion, and nails it.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Where Moonlight had a light, original touch, If Beale Street Could Talk is weighed down with a slow, prettified style and with music that's asked to do too much.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
99% Roma (2018) Brilliantly conceived, beautifully acted, politically aware, and profoundly true-especially about the labyrinthine emotional relationship between domestic workers and their masters.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
92% Vox Lux (2018) Brash, wildly inventive, and occasionally assaultive.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
66% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman aspires to something of an Altmanesque sweep, putting Hart and his wife, Lee (Vera Farmiga, tremendously good), at the center of a circus.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
91% Transit (2019) This stylistic strategy works beautifully, heightening the unsettling unreality of Georg's life on the run and suggesting that this WWII-era story about immigrants fleeing oppression is relevant to the experience of immigrants right now.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
64% Beautiful Boy (2018) The one undeniable reason to see Beautiful Boy is Chalamet, who brings the same emotional transparency that he brought to Elio in Call Me by Your Name, but does it playing a wildly different character.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
84% Destroyer (2018) I never thought I'd ever seen Kidman pistol-whip somebody! And that's only part of what she does in this movie.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper and Lady Gaga pull off a remarkable feat-they not only make you believe the characters are actually falling in love.‐ Vogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Tacitly championing tolerance every single day, Rogers used his authority to make everyone feel appreciated for being who they actually are.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Righteously angry, she shows us the real woman behind the amused persona we first met.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Bad Debts (2012) Irish's blend of old and new masculinity is perfectly conveyed by Pearce, who's not merely the best reason to watch these movies, but one of the best reasons to watch anything.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
89% Crossfire Hurricane (2012) As Crossfire Hurricane reminds us, the Stones were consciously designed to occupy a less reputable place in the pop zeitgeist... They embodied psychic danger, a Dionysian force flirting with all manner of uncontrollable sensuality and violence.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
92% Skyfall (2012) Bond can be forever reinvented, reinterpreted, updated. And as Skyfall is showing, he's more popular than ever.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
97% Ajami (2010) It's a dark, unsparing vision, yet what makes watching bearable, even pleasurable, is Copti and Shani's humane intelligence.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Serves as a useful reminder of the crazy-huge role that pop culture plays in our national life, where the border between entertainment and real life is more porous than anywhere else.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Builds to a dazzlingly regulatory ending, one that's as elegantly constructed as its hero's life is messy.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
98% Kedi (2017) A loving, gorgeously shot ode to the hundreds of thousands of cats living on the streets of Istanbul.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Black Girl (1972) Sembene's debut feels as timely today as it did half a century ago... As Westerners, we begin the movie thinking we're watching Africans, but we realize that Africans like Sembene have been watching us, too, and know us far better than we know them.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
91% Zero Days (2016) Filled with juicy historical tidbits, it keeps expanding its frame of reference to reveal one of the looming, but invisible threats of the digital age.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
90% A Bigger Splash (2016) If you want to enjoy a location being used properly - and alluringly - let me suggest A Bigger Splash... this remake of a 1969 French thriller offers the brand of grown-up entertainment that has all but vanished from our theaters.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) Although it has the offkilter rhythm of actual memories and employs stylistic flourishes like 80s-era split-screens, My Golden Day" is never hard to follow.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
60% War Dogs (2016) Although this is easily [Todd] Phillips' most ambitious film... he remains a specialist in lavishness. ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
97% 13th (2016) Even as I find large parts of 13th convincing, I also find myself resisting its sleekly-packaged presentation of the jagged, messy, exhaustingly convoluted complexities of race in America.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
91% Certain Women (2016) Reichardt is tuned to precisely the thing that most movies cut out, the largely undramatic texture of daily life.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
80% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Although shot through with realism... Punch-Drunk Love comes off as a fractured millennial riff on the old-fashioned MGM musical.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
85% About Schmidt (2002) A character study that has the emotional richness of the great Italian and Eastern European films of the 1960s, in which humor and pathos rode up and down on the seesaw together.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
72% All the Real Girls (2003) Green wants to imbue his story with more significance than it can bear... Then again, you have to be pretty harsh to dwell on the whiff of pretension in an ambitious young filmmaker with as much natural talent as Green.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
55% The Shipping News (2001) Spacey is terrific at playing monsters... As Quoyle stumbles through the Newfoundland scenery with a look of dumb, wounded decency that's as annoying as it is unpersuasive, his eyes let us know that he's smarter than the guy he's playing.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
77% Team America: World Police (2004) When it comes to politics, the South Park boys mistake contempt for humor. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
74% Signs (2002) Enthralled by his own genius and desire to make another blockbuster, Shyamalan has taken a terrific B-movie idea and inflated it into what he wants us to believe is a serious commentary on faith.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
91% Minority Report (2002) By turning Dick's ironic little story into a gargantuan thriller celebrating free choice, Spielberg has been true to his character: He's transformed something dark and scary into something softer and more comfortable.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% Blue Velvet (1986) Blue Velvet has the air of a movie that flows out of the artist's obsessions the way silk comes from the worm... It shows what a brilliant filmmaker can do by nurturing his unconscious, by digging through mere cleverness to the sap of life.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
81% Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) Better Luck Tomorrow is a huge step forward, and though it doesn't fully transcend its small budget, the story feels rooted in something more solid than prefab posturing.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
92% Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008) [Director Kevin] Rafferty skillfully uses this collection of characters to offer a fascinating piece of social history.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
86% L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) (2007) Makes every lawyer joke you've ever heard seem eminently fair.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
92% Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006) Jia is a great director, and much of Still Life's power comes from the way he depicts his characters moving through the landscape... Jia's eye for composition recalls Antonioni in its rigor and poetry, but he isn't after mere pictorial splendor. ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
92% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) Highly conscious of how it portrays the mafia, Garone's film serves as a useful antidote for those of us who watch and love movies that transform murderers into mythic figures.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
98% Let the Right One In (2008) I'm not exaggerating when I say that it's probably the best vampire movie in the last 75 years... Let the Right One In takes its sting from the fact that the one you let in your door may, in the long run, not be so right after all.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) A wonderful portrait of a full life - smart, touching, sometimes unabashedly silly...‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
73% American Casino (2009) This smart, touching documentary traces the connections between Wall Street's high-flying practices and the countless citizens on Main Street who now face bankruptcy and eviction.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags (2009) An engrossing, elegiac history of the New York garment industry, largely seen through the eyes of those who've worked there. ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
99% A Separation (2011) A Separation is a movie that keeps expanding, like one of those paper pellets that, when you drop it in water, blossoms into a flower. ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
89% The Trip (2011) Now, in a way, The Trip is terribly up to date. Now, in a way, The Trip is terribly up to date. The Trip harks back to when movies, still not far removed from vaudeville, showcased stars who were able to do acts...‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) An exquisitely shot essay on ultimate things - time, space, memory and how creatures so small and frail as human beings find meaning in a gigantic cosmos. ‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
100% Poetry (2011) Here [Lee Chang-dong] takes a premise that sounds almost laughably boring - an old woman takes a poetry class - and elevates it into a work as constantly surprising as it is enigmatic and moving.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
77% Cold Weather (2011) [Director] Aaron Katz... may not have much money to work with but has everything else - a sly sense of humor, a light touch with relationships, and a keen sense of visual beauty. These virtues are all on display in this dreamy shape-shifter of a picture.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
53% The Mechanic (2011) Statham belongs to the tradition of heroes, from John Wayne through Harrison Ford, who are laconic to the point of grumpiness. Yet it's not his terse toughness that makes him special. Oddly enough it's his fastidiousness...‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018