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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 82% Wonders of the Sea 3D (2019) The Cousteau family returns to the big screen for a three-dimensional dive that goes deep to reveal the ocean's mind-bending beauty in minute detail, yet comes up a little shallow when it comes to addressing the human flaws that now define the landscape. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 87% Miss Bala (2012) Hardwicke loads the barrel with everything any feminist action fan could hope for, but Miss Bala splatters shotgun-style, with fragments of narrative shrapnel piercing every scene, without hitting any specific dramatic targets. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) ...We're scratching at aortal scabs. And like all itches, there's something super-satisfying about nailing the right spot with a good dose of digital friction - even if the results leave a mess. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The absurd, existential, creative edge that really defined the first film has been replaced by something a little more ordinary, and far more predictable. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Cameron's noble edge defines the mood of the film.. And most notably, erases the cold technological edge that generally suggests machines are evil and humans are good. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 76% Never Look Away (2019) A cold sense of recognition coiled around a constant hope for redemption, Never Look Away sketches the essence of the human spirit in its own blood. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 54% Greta (2019) Because Jordan's style brings emotional and psychological depth to every scene, there's a creepy joy in just watching it all unfold - especially because Huppert is so gleefully eerie, and pushes the whole cinematic wheelchair to the edge of the stairs. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Though steeped in a deep knowledge of art history, and brimming with visual references to the so-called masters, Milorad Krstic's animated heist movie is undeniably 'arty,' but it doesn't feel like 'art.' - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson has such a command over our empathy, she redeems the awkwardly written moments of emotional poignancy, as well as the comic-book, time-space mumbo-jumbo that tends to make my eyes glaze over and my ears shut down. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 72% Destroyer (2018) This is where the fun stuff usually resides in noir: In lapel-grabbing close-ups punctuated by dark aphorism delivered with a Bogart accent. Destroyer gives us the scenes... Yet, has no fun with the added contrast of an altered, gendered landscape. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 37% Glass (2019) The faux-intellectual clutter contaminates the whole experience. It's where you feel Shymalan's gnawing presence. His need to feel smart. His utter conceit in every overly written scene. It would all be forgivable if it weren't so condescending... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside goes light and hopeful, in the way Hollywood usually chooses to go, but it doesn't feel entirely real, despite the brilliant performances from the entire cast. Including Kevin Hart. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 91% Widows (2018) Somersaulting over crowd-pleasing heist bits to explore character is a dicey move, but McQueen and Flynn manage to accommodate our desire for a good yarn as well as manage genre expectations... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) There's a perverse pleasure in seeing our ancient tribal history reanimated and re-imagined, especially for a cable audience. The insinuation of moral purity can be cast aside, replaced by a House of Cards understanding of political strategy... and sex... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Mercury was making love to the audience with every bone in his body. Malek never seems like he's in his body at all. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Lee would do just about anything to help her cat. So if you're hooked by this one single thread of connection, you're committed to processing the fur ball that follows. Is it tragedy or comedy? ... both thanks to McCarthy and Grant's grinning demons... - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It's not an argument about Biblical interpretation. This is a movie about how we choose to treat each other, and how we choose to solve problems. Edgerton and the talented cast create a brilliant rainbow of emotion through a single source of light: Love. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3.5/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) ...If you're wondering where the sober Republic turned into all-American spectacle, check out Jason Reitman's The Front Runner, a somewhat surgical dissection of Gary Hart's downfall, and a gentle probe into the modern media's frontal lobe. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
5/5 99% Free Solo (2018) Honnold's whole being is an existential equation. His only means of survival is to remain completely dedicated to each single nanosecond, and his exact place in the universe. He must Be. Or not Be. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 36% Hunter Killer (2018) The title fits what Butler serves up on a silver platter... Hunter Killer still isn't a great movie, but it puts the world order back in place for the better part of two hours as it re-establishes the Russian threat to the American Way. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) Jamie Lee Curtis is the one who brings it all back into focus with her stark portrayal of Laurie, a woman chiselled to the sinews by stress. Laurie rises the from the ashes of the ingenue and finds power in a post-sexual state, becoming the ultimate foil. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 80% 22 July (2018) Greengrass captures it all with very little. Like the wool sweaters on the members of Viljar's family, he hand knits a story that shows us how small, human connections...can change the fabric of society and keep the chill of fear at bay. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 87% First Man (2018) With so much to process, First Man fragments into a loose stream of dramatic particles that orbit around the central star, Ryan Gosling. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 29% Venom (2018) The movie doesn't really capitalize on the inherent novelty of a villain in the title role. It's where you can feel the conflict in the movie itself. Like Eddie, our hero-villain, the film resists a new shape, a new manifestation of a changing inner core. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
3/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Everything feels comfortably familiar, yet halfway through this plate of pleasing nostalgia and orchestrated pathos, you realize there's not much substance between the focaccia. We may love our two leads but their characters never feel entirely developed. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 32% Kin (2018) The idea of superior firepower and how it changes one's place in the world is what this movie seems to be about, yet it never actually addresses it... It's as if we're just supposed to think the ray-gun is cool, and wait for Eli to use it. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Both O'Dowd and Hawke are given license to man-spread through every scene. They suck up all the air in the room, and that's the point. Men are always performing... The fact that Annie just seems weary and somewhat invisible is the movie's biggest victory. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 80% Alpha (2018) ...When you're starting from scratch, claw and bite, there's a lot of trust-building that has to happen. Not just between the animal and the human, but between film and the audience. For recreating the boy and his dog story... Alpha gets a cookie. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) In short, all of us are in familiar territory as we walk down the road of Mile 22. And it's a good thing, too, because this movie has no map. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The central irony in Crazy Rich Asians isn't that it's so much about Asians, it's more about crazy rich people - at which point ethnicity is really just a sub-category, an identifying accessory, a marketing niche. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) Things look darker, the palette is muted and the horrors become an ambient track in this trance dance of death. The drama, however, feels a lot lighter. Not in terms of tone, but in substance. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) The plot... a wire hanger for the imagery, really isn't the point of this movie. Feeling the wheel freedom of skating, and the ability to redefine the architectural reality around you with a purposefully warped plywood board, is what this movie is about. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/5 83% Puzzle (2018) If anything captures the very essence of the human comedy, it's a jigsaw puzzle in a box - a seemingly random collection of abstract shapes and designs that fit together, providing you have the patience... and the delusion that somehow it means something. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) There's an early mention of Babel, and endless social implications in the idea of a vertical city (for more on that see High Rise), but Skyscraper doesn't beg for a deep analysis. It doesn't even give you time to really think. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) We become the mute voice of society, quietly judging, urging for conformity so that all feels right in the world. Yet, that's the very thing this movie refuses to reconcile. Nothing is "right in the world." - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
2/5 45% The Meg (2018) It's a watery circus floating on Hollywood's rubber carcass, and various other bits of plastic plot debris that keep washing up. We've built an industry from fun trash. The Meg is our legacy - and our reckoning: a meh outing that will still make millions. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) ...This movie is a turd - a cute little girl poop that makes a squeak before it appears and falls silently into criss-crossed kitten-soft tissue. Predictably offensive but innately apologetic, it's almost funny, until you realize it stinks. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) [The movie] makes us feel small and gives us the thrill of what it would feel like to be that tiny. It's a cartoon take on Gulliver's Travels - which is the delicious gimmick at the heart of the Ant-Man franchise... and impossible to resist. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3.5/5 52% Boundaries (2018) ...As much as you may spar with every moment of cliche in this oddly familiar family yarn, the struggle is futile. The movie simply has too much humanity, and too much charm, to pass it off as a Little Miss Sunshine with shelter animals. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2.5/5 63% Uncle Drew (2018) Selling personality can be an honest endeavour, and there's no doubt Kyrie Irving has plenty. He's got enough charisma to penetrate several layers of prosthetics ... but not PepsiCo's marketing mission. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
4/5 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) What makes Neville's film so successful is how he shows us the very things we mocked Fred Rogers for were the very things that made him such a hero. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
3.5/5 93% Beast (2018) Definitely a dangerous bone for a date movie, but a good gnaw for those who seek a dark theatre and a cloudy sky in summer. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
3/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) For some reason, we can't crawl through the cartoon door and into this universe the same way we used to. We've grown, either too jaded by experience or too overwhelmed by the images, to fit into this reduction. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
3.5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) It's a very heady movie. There isn't much to speak of in terms of action. It's Taxi Driver without the taxi: A long ride inside the mind of a man beginning to see the world around him in a whole new and increasingly hostile way. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Combine the moral edge of the guests with the soft skin of the Nurse, and you've got plenty of suspense from all sides, but Pearce never seems to have a narrative destination in mind. As a result, the denouement begins to feel a little random. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
4/5 70% Adrift (2018) Woodley's hazel gaze is unique. There are flecks of stubborn determination that blur into adolescent doubt, but it always comes across as honest and quietly inquisitive. She's processing, and to play Tami ... that's the most important part of the role. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 54% Book Club (2018) It's a little surreal, but that's just the beginning of this scenic tour of classic monuments that takes us from the Grand Canyon of aging vagina cliches to the Mount Rushmore of plastic facial re-sculpting. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ehrenreich never seems to linger in a moment, find the right timing, or scratch a sniff of sincerity. For the most part, he's trapped somewhere between frat boy and fake soldier - which really isn't all that attractive. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) We feel the dreamy border, because the movie - and the story - plays like one of those chronic loops of regret: A defining moment in a relationship played out over and over again, as clear as the day it happened, and entirely unchangeable. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) ...Just about every single scene includes an aside, a wink, a direct address to the vested audience. It's like going to a party where everyone is taking selfies. It starts to feel like narcissism. It's also a significant distraction. - Ex-Press.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018