Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
80% Deerskin (Le Daim) (2019) Deerskin blows a single idea up into an entire film, and blows audience expectations out of the water. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
94% The Lighthouse (2019) Pattinson and Dafoe pull off the dynamic, managing the remarkable feat of making a two-hour movie feel no sparser for having only two people in it. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
88% Rocketman (2019) It's whenever the songs begin that the film truly finds its feet. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
71% The Wandering Earth (2019) It's exactly the mix of cheesy and crowd-pleasing that you'd expect from a blockbuster, with eye-popping CGI sci-fi set dressing to give it a little extra oomph. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
88% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Throw a horse chase, a Villainess-esque motorcycle-katana fight, and a healthy dose of electro-Vivaldi into the mix, and it's just enough to keep the Wick formula working - and keep an audience wanting more. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
80% Fast Color (2019) The sense of grandeur that Fast Color possesses comes from just how rewardingly the story unfolds, as well as how gorgeous it is in every respect. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
83% Someone Great (2019) The hooks on which "Someone Great" chooses to hang its emotional hats are a little clichéd, but Rodriguez, Snow and Wise have enough chemistry to pull it all off. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
76% Guava Island (2019) It's a proclamation made without any verve or conviction. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) hough Missing Link isn't without its flaws, it's still a compelling piece of work, attempting things on a scale that feels monumental - not only as a next step for Laika's growth, but for the field of stop-motion animation on the whole. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
45% Little (2019) Little is a star vehicle that its actors elevate beyond being Big in reverse; I just wish that the material could elevate its stars, too. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) As divine as the album is, actually seeing Franklin perform - in perfect voice and perfectly poised - and basking in the reactions of the gathered audience (including Mick Jagger, on the session's second night) creates an entirely new experience. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
54% The Beach Bum (2019) Every actor is giving one of the best performances of their careers. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is Tim Burton's best film in years. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
71% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier doesn't entirely manage to transcend the traps of action movie, but there's more to it than meets the eye. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
71% Climax (2019) It's the filmic equivalent of hot sauce that's spicy but doesn't have any flavor. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Woman at War is a smart delight. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Aparicio, in her acting debut, is remarkable. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
92% Paddleton (2019) Whatever may feel annoying or disingenuous about Paddleton is trumped by the emotional honesty of its ending, and the remarkable tenderness of Romano's work. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
85% 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
60% 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
97% 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
88% 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
24% 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
19% Serenity (2019) To be clear, I admire [writer and director Steven] Knight... but Serenity is inexplicable. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
90% 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
39% 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
38% 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
11% 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
93% 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
92% 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
63% 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
79% 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
51% 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
69% 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
78% 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
89% 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 32% 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
89% 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