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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"I was frequently seduced and happily puzzled by A Bigger Splash." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
98%

Moonlight (2016)

"It isn't for black audiences or art-house audiences or liberal audiences or whatever reductive cultural niche people might try to shove it into. Simply, it is one of the most striking films of the year and it is, I believe, for everyone." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 10, 2016
91%

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Anyhoo, Cumberbatch. A fine actor and a charming fellow. He smoothly delivers one-liners and bone-crushing astral bowling balls alike." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 4, 2016
89%

Elle (2016)

"This is a difficult, complex, flawed, trigger-laden and ferociously entertaining work with lots to unpack." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
93%

Arrival (2016)

"Some grossly overstated dialogue keeps an immensely fascinating story and inventive visualization of a human-alien struggle to communicate from touching our tenderest sci-fi cinema soft-spots." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
95%

Paterson (2016)

"[A] quietly seductive study of a guy named Paterson, a Paterson, New Jersey bus driver played by Adam Driver." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"Casey Affleck... provides this overwhelmingly moving slow-burn drama about grief with its unforgettable lead performance. " ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
90%

Certain Women (2016)

"[A] gorgeous, quietly intelligent new film from Kelly Reichardt." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
85%

Jackie (2016)

"The film is fascinatingly moribund, more meditation than narrative, a sort of monument to a singular act of public and private mourning." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
86%

Barry (2016)

"This is a film about race in America, centering on a young, bright yet unformed university student of mixed race, peculiar background and vague ambitions looking for a place to fit in." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet

Kékszakállú (2016)

"Enigmatic and lovely." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet

The Untamed (2016)

"The Untamed isn't as ingenious a genre film as, say, anything by David Cronenberg, but it is an intriguing and inventive fusion of artiness and trash." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
100%

Neruda (2016)

"Moody, unsentimental, gorgeous to look at and a little meta: I loved it. " ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"This is a very pretty movie with a very compelling premise and very talented actors, but pacing, hazily conceived characters and a rather simplistic approach to psychology make it very hard to love." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 1, 2016
79%

The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016)

"If you want to get a sense of that broader spectrum -- and of some of the most exciting, unnerving filmmaking being done in the United States -- see The Other Side. And come to understand just how apt its title is. " ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
95%

Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946)

"Beauty and the Beast is literally full of smoke and mirrors, and this is why it never ages: it doesn't depend on the vagaries of zippy, rapidly outdated technology but, instead, on the allure of shadows, light and tactile things,." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/5 89%

Dheepan (2016)

"I cannot say enough about the performances of Jesuthasan, Srinivasan and Vinasithamby. The heart and soul and emotional precision they bring to their roles go a long way to deepening Dheepan." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jun 9, 2016
100%

Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971)

"Out 1 is about lives sliding up against one another and slipping off in myriad directions, until what once seemed real becomes something resembling myth." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 26, 2016
97%

In a Lonely Place (1950)

"I've been returning to this Lonely Place for at least a dozen years, and it hasn't let go of me yet." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted May 20, 2016
4/5 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"Lanthimos' films are so laced with cruelty and despair that it can be easy to forget how fascinating and funny they are." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 33%

No Men Beyond This Point (2015)

"The gags, many of which come packaged with the premise, largely fall flat. For all the thought put into No Men, it still feels more like the makings of some solid sketch comedy than a feature film." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 28, 2016
98%

Phoenix (2015)

"An authentic melodrama, carefully employing history, genre and beloved filmic precedents to generate large, complicated, unsettling emotions." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 90%

Sleeping Giant (2015)

"James Klopko's camerawork sweeps across magisterial landscapes with the gaze of kids at once awed by their surroundings and too addled with hormones and self-consciousness to take the time to really look." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Miles Ahead is, blessedly, neither authoritative nor iconoclastic, but it is mischievous, fun and pulses with the funky runs and switchback rhythms of a filmmaker who knows the measures of the man he invokes." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 21, 2016
5/5 97%

Cemetery of Splendor (2016)

"A haunting, visionary work, balancing tremendous tenderness with quiet rage at governing powers seeking to silence dissent and bury great swathes of history." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
No Score Yet

Losing Ground (1982)

"The significance of Collins' achievement is tremendous, not to mention tragic." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 96%

Rams (Hrútar) (2016)

"It is Rams' two-legged antagonists, to be sure, that are locking horns here. Theirs is a primal struggle, wisely left unspecified -- all the better to activate our imaginations." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"The film is handsomely dressed, largely factual and uniformly inert." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 52%

Demolition (2016)

"Demolition ultimately proves disappointingly superficial and incongruously tidy." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 95%

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

"Hitchcock fans won't find any especially startling new insights here; rather, the film will probably work most effectively as a primer for those curious about the titular directors and ready to delve deeper." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
4/5 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"Like every Malick film, Knight of Cups is hugely divisive and easy enough to ridicule should one be so inclined, but if you accept it on its own terms, if you get on its wavelength, it is exquisite, mysterious and resonant, worldly and wise." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3/5 93%

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"[The] archival materials, the filmed performances most of all, are stunning." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 89%

Cartel Land (2015)

"Cartel Land shows us things we haven't seen before, and its last act contains startling revelations. But the film is also pretty tacky in its numbingly high-octane presentation" ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 91%

The Witch (2016)

"It's indie-horror as art-object, more than as suspenseful journey. Taken on those terms it is a major accomplishment." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
5/5 97%

45 Years (2015)

"45 Years is probably not a good date-night movie, but it bears a wisdom about the ways that even late in life marriage and selfhood can be destabilized and fissures can occur in the bedrock of long-term love." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
100%

Bitter Rice (Riso amaro) (1949)

"Shameless eye candy with a social message." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
3/5 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"It's not that it doesn't resonate; it's that it resonates with an experience of love so pathetic it might not merit a meticulously rendered 90-minute movie." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
82%

The Revenant (2015)

"Whittled down to its essence, The Revenant is a hell of a campfire story." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
4/5 88%

Experimenter (2015)

"What makes Experimenter so absorbing and cogent is how Almereyda uses biopic tropes to explore Milgram's legacy in a formally and narratively meaningful way." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
3/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"Many times I admired it for its craft, its game performances, its deft way with suspense... Yet by the time Hateful Eight was over, that admiration was overshadowed by its lazy cynicism disguised as western revisionism." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/5 81%

The Assassin (2015)

"All I can suggest is to try and come to this extraordinary, rapturous work -- as much a sequence of meticulous paintings and soundtracks as a movie per se -- with expectations in check, eyes wide open and ears tuned in. " ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 17, 2015
91%

In Cold Blood (1967)

"Chief among the film's distinctions are the beautiful gloom of Conrad Hall's monochromatic cinematography... There are the fearless, wonderfully contrasting performances by Robert Blake and Scott Wilson as the sociopathic killers." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Dec 3, 2015
90%

Coming Home (2015)

"Forget the subtle details, and just try to absorb the big picture." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 20, 2015
98%

The Player (1992)

"The Player has enough truly hilarious bits and inspired sequences-that baroque opening-sequence shot is a masterpiece in itself-to make it well worth your time, its very silly story is ultimately a fairly paltry piece of social commentary." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 18, 2015
100%

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

"How many times in the history of the medium have we seen a single film rattle as many socio-cinematic paradigms-and done it with as much brio-as My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)?" ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 18, 2015
67%

Blind Chance (Przypadek) (1989)

"But one of the elements that makes this film so remarkable, and so cohesive, is that whether Witek finds himself a communist apparatchik or a dissident activist, some essential self dictates his actions." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 18, 2015
89%

Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015)

"Cinema doesn't get a lot more inventive, resourceful, socially engaged and daring than this." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 18, 2015
95%

The Forbidden Room (2015)

"This is an inherently excessive, artifice kissing, id-addled, beautiful movie-movie, autistically precise with colour, tone, crackle, neurosis and atmosphere, and rather less disciplined with regards to offering a mapable cosmology." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 18, 2015
50%

Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016)

"The film brims with black humour, yet it also carries with it a peculiar compassion that is the opposite of sentimentality." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 18, 2015
63%

High-Rise (2016)

"It's not easy to make a well-shaped narrative film from Ballard, and High-Rise does indeed run out of steam in the second half-and then gets it right back again in a beautifully gauged finale." ‐Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 18, 2015
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