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T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) There's no thrill in retreading The Lego Movie's ground; rather, The Lego Movie 2 excels when it feels like it's juggling too many ideas at once - or building with too many bricks. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
88% Dear Ex (2018) It is a remarkably affecting and cogent picture. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Absolutely everything about Alita: Battle Angel is unapologetically outsized... and it's delightful. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
92% Hail Satan? (2019) Hail Satan? is a devilish delight, a seemingly bottomless well of Satanist charm set side by side with a gripping and deeply sympathetic fight for humanity. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Despite being full of fantastical elements, Koko-di Koko-da isn't defined by them, and in combination with how harrowing and disturbing it becomes at points, the film grows into something that can't be pinned down in terms of genre or similar works. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
100% Divine Love (2019) It's all carried magnificently by [Dira] Paes, who pulls the film along even as the material she's working with grows thinner and thinner. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
26% Polar (2019) There is a line of reasoning that dictates that any movie featuring Mads Mikkelsen with laser-gun-cannons attached to his hands should be at least a little fun. Netflix's Polar, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, somehow defies the odds. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
21% Serenity (2019) To be clear, I admire [writer and director Steven] Knight... but Serenity is inexplicable. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Though there's something refreshing about a film relatively unconcerned with dramatic stakes... the lack of tension sags under the weight of two hours' worth of action. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
38% Close (2019) Close isn't so much an emotional puzzle to be solved as it is a box for Rapace to fight her way out of. But there isn't enough space for the most interesting commentary to flourish. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
37% Glass (2019) I want to believe in superheroes. It's just that Glass never quite manages to take flight. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Though it doesn't all quite hold together, there are enough inspired moments - and enough strangeness lying just below the film's surface - that it doesn't completely fall apart, either. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
91% Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II) (1988) Chan is the heart and brain of the Police Story films, and the lengths he goes to in order to impress and entertain extend beyond what we see on screen. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
89% Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force) (1985) [Chan's] impeccable sense for how to stage a sequence extends to simple conversations, and the films are built around what's possible in terms of action rather than filling in action to support the plot. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
No Score Yet Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018) A title like "Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski" suggests a breadth and depth that's difficult to live up to, which makes it all the more remarkable that this Netflix documentary by Irek Dobrowolski manages to deliver. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) There's a lot that grabs you, and then there's the ending, which is unfortunately so farcical that everything that came before it immediately sucks out the air in Bird Box's metaphorical balloon. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
66% Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) In its indulgence of extremes, Bedknobs and Broomsticks becomes unwieldy, but also capable of reaching unforgettable heights. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The film is charming as far as Disney's "the same, but different" spate of reboots and remakes goes, but the kite never soars. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Its unapologetic ridiculousness is exactly why it's so delightful, bucking so many of the rules set for the genre in the last decade. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
85% Dumplin' (2018) And if Dumplin' is only half of a movie - the other half being a Dolly Parton tribute - then, well, there are worse ways of spending your time than opening your heart to a little self-affirmation. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) Whatever qualms I may have with the characters and plot are motes of dust in comparison to the sheer joy I felt watching London lumber after a tiny mining town. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) When Mowgli finally encounters other humans, Serkis' strengths as a director become more apparent. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
70% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Hot Santa is a premise that requires a few risks, but this movie falls just short of making the leap. Still the film has a few interesting points to make as to the way the idea of how Christmas has changed over the years. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) The balance it manages is a precarious one given that it's charting four different genres, and it pulls it off by treating each aspect with complete candor. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) It's a state of emotional stymieing that Jordan pulls off well, particularly in light of a heavy-handed script. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Lightning has struck twice. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Directed by Julius Avery, the movie's not a secret Cloverfield sequel, but it is a sci-fi horror movie dressed up in a WWII movie's clothes, and a startlingly fun ride. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's impossible to watch any Harry Potter movie and not be a little swept up in the spectacle...and in the desire to be able to live in that marvelous a world yourself. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) That the sequel is so unremarkable is a pity, as the series is likely still too nascent to continue following a flop. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
6/10 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) It's an edge that's welcome in a landscape where fairytales and children's movies are generally dreadfully anodyne. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
88% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) It has the plenty of the dick jokes you'd expect, but it's also (mostly) packed with the earnestness, honesty, and weirdness you find in his best work. - Vox EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
100% Liyana (2018) If the rule is "show, don't tell," then Liyana is a success. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy's performance as the prickly author Lee Israel is further proof of McCarthy's status as a force of nature-to be matched only by Richard E. Grant as her partner in crime, Jack Hock. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Though there's certainly a little fat around the edges-the film doesn't skimp on laughs amidst all the scares-it's a small price to pay for the truly galvanizing finale, in which three generations of Strode women throw down against the boogeyman. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
78% Black '47 (2018) Lean, mean, and singular in the way it mixes genres as well as in its subject matter. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers is easily the strangest, saddest, and sweetest Western you'll ever see. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The great pleasure of the film is its metatextual layers, as the legends of Forrest's exploits seem to meld with those of Redford himself. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) One of the best films at TIFF this year, if not simply one of the best films of the year, period. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
97% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) The film demonstrates a surprising - and commendable - frankness, especially as its creators interview those working to stay afloat amid hurricanes and nutria-accelerated coastal erosion. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
8/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Taking the film for what it does manage to accomplish, I have no hesitation in calling it a joy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) As ridiculous as it may get, it still feels true. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
79% BuyBust (2018) It feels like the film is trying to have it both ways, turning violence into a joyride even as it condemns it. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
8/10 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Not all of the film's quirks are given a proper resolution, but they don't need to be. It has an honest emotional landscape, which is what ultimately matters. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
7/10 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) A complete delight. I laughed, I gasped, and I cried, as did the entire screening audience I watched the film with. How many other films can boast that kind of a balancing act? - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
9/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Buying a ticket for a Mission: Impossible movie means surrendering to its specific brand of charm - the same charm to watching Cruise run so fast that it seems he might just take flight. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
83% Path of Blood (2018) Over-objectivity robs the film of any sense of narrative or purpose. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/10 54% The First Purge (2018) Maybe it was inevitable that the franchise would circle around so far that it'd begin to eat its own tail. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4/10 54% The First Purge (2018) As it turns out, "jack of all trades, master of none" is an adage that works to describe movies just as well as people. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
21% Terminal (2018) There's a spooky, supercilious quality to Franklyn that Myers nails; it makes you hope that his return to acting will last. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/10 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The problem is that this is a Sicario that wants to be a Logan. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018