Kate Erbland

Kate Erbland
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T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 53% Monday (2021) While Papadimitropoulos and his cast capture the perma-vacation feel that permeates Mickey and Chloe's happiest moments, he's less adept at navigating the heftier emotional elements. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
B+ 84% The Power (2021) "The Power" is built on subtle elements, but the director's more ambitious jumps are just as electrifying. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
C 23% Thunder Force (2021) "Thunder Force" isn't clever enough to break new ground in the superhero milieu, nor is it silly enough to mine its material for the kind of jokes that would make it distinctive. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
C 52% A Week Away (2021) It's hammy, it's predictable, it's a little silly, but what YA musical isn't? - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
B- 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) "Godzilla vs. Kong" does something rare: It offers a satisfying story that can stand alone, even when its monstrous heroes demand more exploration. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
C+ 86% Come True (2021) Burns' script is just as concerned with the weirdness of Sarah's waking life as it is the literal monsters that populate her dreams, and the filmmaker's ability to balance and juxtapose those two portions of the film only strengthen each section. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
C+ 91% Here Before (2021) It's also less compelling, and while Gregg offers a cheeky sense of what it really means to gaslight someone, no one will feel as injured by the film's final-act choices than its audience. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B- 68% Violet (2020) It's made all the more powerful by Munn's performance, which cuts through Bateman's occasionally fussy flourishes to deliver the most substantial work of her career. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
C+ 70% The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (2021) Purcell, as star, stays resolute to the last, but as filmmaker, her sharp ideas are dulled into something that barely leaves a mark. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B+ 91% The Fallout (2021) Park has lined up a strong cast of young performers and allowed them the chance to dig deep into tough material. Ortega is particularly moving as Vada, and Pollack turns in a sneakily layered turn as young Amelia. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B- 70% Women is Losers (2021) This is, after all, "a story about making do with what you've got," and both Feliciano and Celina make a lot out of their talents and passions. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
B 100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) Blair's open-hearted nature makes her a fine fit for any fact-based film, and she is just as ready to talk about the minutiae of her ailments as she is taking the audience through some of the more salacious bits of her life. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
C+ 70% Moxie (2021) The film's earnest tone is usually welcome, but it does falter in the film's final scenes, which follow the revelation of a secret that feels both obvious and far too heavy for the good-natured "Moxie." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
B+ 100% Ninjababy (2021) At every stage, Thorp delivers a winning, rich performance, finding nuance in a complex character, but never afraid to poke fun at Rakel, who is about to grow up, whether she likes it or not. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
B- 100% Sophie Jones (2021) It's moments like that one which speak to the film's real power: honesty, even when it hurts. Grief, maybe even the good kind. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
B 94% Language Lessons (2021) Zoom fatigue may be real, but "Language Lessons" ventures to show how true connection can come at any time, and through any medium, barriers be damned. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
B+ 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Hall and Estrada's jaunty direction pairs nicely with Nguyen and Lim's wonderfully smart script to add plenty of humor to an otherwise dark story. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
C 27% Blithe Spirit (2021) At just 95 minutes, the film's relatively short running time still feels stretched to the limits. A decided lack of dizzy, silly, fizzy screwball fun beyond a few scattered moments doesn't help matters. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
B 72% Flora & Ulysses (2021) We can't all have a supeheroic squirrel to help find our own purposes in life, but "Flora & Ulysses" posits that we don't need one - just a willingness to welcome their special kind of magic, in whatever shape it may take. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
B+ 95% Test Pattern (2021) While Ford's interest in exploring the early shape of Renesha and Evan's relationship might seem like a way to spin through extra time, it instead functions as neat table-setting for the action to come. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
B 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) "Yes, God, Yes" moves forward in endearing, funny fashion. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
B- 78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) It's about as satisfying as any teen-centric romance could ever hope to be. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
B 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) How much mileage audiences will get out of it remains to be seen, but it's hard to deny that "Barb and Star" plays like an infectious inside joke. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
D+ 27% Bliss (2021) Even the worst simulation would have more clarity than this. Life might be messy and weird and scary, but it possesses more honesty than this cinematic misery. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ 100% Writing with Fire (2021) The result is profound: Thrown into the thick of it, we are keenly aware of what's on the line. It must be a bit like being a Khabar Lahariya journalist. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ 88% I Blame Society (2020) If this is do-it-yourself cinema, more filmmakers would benefit from being as laser-focused as Horvat is on making something that truly has something to say. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
B+ 84% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) By the film's end, "We're All Going to the World's Fair" proves its ASMR-like power: It's impossible to shake, even when it makes you want to do just that. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
A- 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Mostly, though, it's Kaluuya and Stanfield - two actors who seem destined to be hailed for career-best turns with every subsequent project - who make "Judas and the Black Messiah" such an incendiary watch. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B- 69% The Blazing World (2021) It's an imperfect debut, but it holds thrilling promise for what comes next. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
C+ 56% Mayday (2021) Despite a rigid, smart setup, "Mayday" sloughs off its sharper elements with increasing regularity. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
C+ 70% Land (2021) Mourning takes all shapes, grief has no timeline, and pain is as personal, but "Land" grapples so uneasily with such heady topics that the result is the total absence of new insights. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
C+ 52% R#J (2021) "R#J" certainly looks new, but flashy graphics can't detract from the problems that lurk inside its structure and its script... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
B+ 90% Cusp (2021) And while Bethencourt and Hill's documentary finds magic during the strange liminal space between childhood and adulthood, "Cusp" also makes the case for a continuing series focused on its compelling subjects. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
A- 85% Passing (2021) Larsen never set out to deliver answers; just rich, searching stories rounded in real experience - precisely what Hall has translated to the big screen for her formidable first outing. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
B+ 97% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) "Street Gang" may lightly gloss over some of the tougher elements of its genesis and legacy, but the staggering amount of material on offer makes the case that a good heart was always meant to be the best part of the show. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
C+ 81% Knocking (2021) Few contemporary horror films start this strong to end so poorly, and with such a lack of ease. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
B- 70% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) It's difficult to shake the sense that so much of Andresen's story has not yet been told, but this is indeed a start for a life that's still capable of much beauty. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B+ 69% How It Ends (2021) Lister-Jones has the precise bearing and tone to ground something this wacky and outsized, and she approaches the part with her usual blithe charm. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B- 100% The Pink Cloud (2021) Though Gerbase has conceived of a fascinating, timely inciting incident for her film, much of "The Pink Cloud" eventually melts into all the beats of a standard relationship drama. (And, yes, we mean all the beats.) - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B+ 95% CODA (2021) It may look recognizable, but Heder and her formidable cast and compelling emotion make sure it doesn't sound like anything else out there. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
B+ 100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) Magdalena is a woman driven by her need for answers, and while "Identifying Features" doesn't provide all of them, it offers a rich window into the search for the truth. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
D+ 43% Fatale (2020) An erotic thriller that's convoluted, boring, and maybe worst of all, hideously unsexy. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
B 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) [I]t's also brimming with the same wonder and joy as the first film, the rare movie - of any stripe - that doesn't just want to believe in the goodness of people, but is willing to make them truly work for it. That's superheroic. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
D 30% The Stand In (2020) One of the biggest disappointments of 2020, ... given the windfall of prime material and talent that went into the creation of such a messy, mirthless, and just plain mean final product, there's no other way to put it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
C- 70% Godmothered (2020) [Y]ou can almost believe in the power of wishes coming true, before "Godmothered" yanks that all way, revealing the hollowness at the center of, well, believing. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
C+ 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) On its own merits it's a charming throwback - not necessarily a "new age," but the remnants of a classic one. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
B- 48% Black Beauty (2020) As the wild horse and the heart-broken girl slowly bond, "Black Beauty" transforms into a heart-warming tale of the power of love. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
C+ 61% Girl (2020) Thorne, however, remains compelling throughout, and even when "Girl" struggles to zero in on what it's trying to say, its star stays grounded in the deeper meanings. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
D 39% Chick Fight (2020) Despite Akerman's consistent charm... "Chick Fight" never punches up, constantly churning out repetitive, cheap, and lazy narrative choices meant to propel it to an ostensibly happy ending. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
B 83% Proxima (2019) The result is an immersive, often ponderous exploration of what it means to become, as Sarah puts it, "a space person." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020