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T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla and Kong's brawls have the ennui-inducing feel of a child arbitrarily smashing action figures together. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
76% Kid 90 (2021) Breezy on the surface, brutal underneath. - (All (Parentheses)) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Let's not forget that the Snyder Cut was in part willed into being by a toxic social media campaign, mob rule begetting a mystical monocultural object that is finally much bigger than its ostensible creator. - (All (Parentheses)) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Home (2009) Terrific performances and superb cinematography lift cowriter-director Ursula Meier's feature debut above its thuddingly metaphorical premise. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Scream of Fear (1961) Susan Strasberg's doe-eyed dedication to her role and Douglas Slocombe's brilliant black-and-white cinematography counterbalance the film's increasingly ridiculous plot turns, which nonetheless have a crude, jaw-dropper effectiveness. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
47% The Brown Bunny (2004) What was missed amid all the Ecclesiastical accusations of vanity was Gallo's bold exploration of a damaged male psyche. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
2/5 26% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) It's basically Saw with Gerard Butler as Jigsaw, which means he's as righteous of body as he is of mind. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
83% Mank (2020) Mank is a love letter and a poison pen, though like much of its meticulous director's output, this film (that's not a film, though it's often made to look like one) is weighed down by the burden of time. - (All (Parentheses)) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
74% 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain) (2010) The film [has] about it an air of summation, or at least of farewell, as if it were the bittersweet encore at a closing night performance. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
No Score Yet Min Ye (2009) An astonishing Scenes From a Marriage-esque parable anchored by Sokona Gakou's force-of-nature performance. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
3/5 76% The Horse Boy (2009) Comes off as both an edifying work of advocacy and an invasive home movie. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
No Score Yet Independencia (2009) Like Josef von Sternberg's island adventure Anatahan (1953), Raya Martin's weather-beaten melodrama is a hallucinatory emotional hothouse. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
100% Ghost Town (2010) A rewarding portrait of the rundown Southwest Chinese town of Zhiziluo. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
60% Malmkrog (2020) Puiu makes hilarious comedies at which I never once laugh, and this is among his bleakest and blackest farces. - (All (Parentheses)) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) The film takes place in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. But it might as well be in an alternate universe where no one speaks above a whisper and "America" remains a vaguely benign abstraction. - (All (Parentheses)) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet Atarrabi & Mikelats (2020) A challenge inherent to a parable of this sort is that evil, being so seductive, can make good seem dull or prissy by comparison. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
89% Married to the Mob (1988) Demme sees corruption-the potential for it and the indulgence of it-in everyone. Yet he doesn't neglect the humanity of the people in thrall to or trapped within those systems. - (All (Parentheses)) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/4 100% City Hall (2020) Its provocations can seem savage at a glance, but they emerge from an observational tranquility that is uniquely Frederick Wiseman's own. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
5/5 31% Lookin' to Get Out (1982) Despite its overall lightheartedness, it now seems like one of [Hal Ashby]'s major works. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
5/6 87% Wise Blood (1979) Flannery O'Connor's incisive sense of person and place is brilliantly captured in this 1979 film adaptation of her highly regarded first novel, which plays out as a broad comedy set within a timeless purgatory. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
4/6 100% General della Rovere (Il generale Della Rovere) (1959) [T]his Golden Lion-winning feature-one of [Roberto] Rossellini's few popular successes-is more than a mere curiosity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
3/6 90% Hunger (2008) McQueen seems too enamored of his shorthand art-house symbolism for [the film] to truly resonate. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
No Score Yet Climate Of Change (2010) An environmental documentary about mankind's corruption of Earth narrated in verse by Tilda Swinton? Score! - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
75% Socks on Fire (2020) A beguiling paean to a family undone by dysfunction... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
No Score Yet So Late So Soon (2020) Hymanson embedded himself with the Seidens, on and off, for about five years, and the intimacy and trust he attained shines through. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
90% Exile (Exil) (2020) Matičević is sensational as the lead, keeping his ruggedly handsome features death-mask stoic throughout. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) The truth hides somewhere in [the] collision of being and non-being, always just out of reach. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Marielle Heller takes a script that many filmmakers would turn into cringe-inducing treacle and interrogates the sentimental trappings. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/4 82% The Report (2019) In the end, it can't help but sentimentalize the better angels that supposedly reside in the land of liberty's flawed human fabric. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 96% First Cow (2020) The sense of a nascent community rising up out of the primordial muck is palpable, so it's unfortunate that John Magaro and Orion Lee's characters ultimately feel outside it all. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
1/4 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Noah Hawley treats his protagonist's story as a somber tragedy that at times stoops to trashiness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Irishman (2019) The film feels composed of burnished, often blackly funny, fragments of erratic memory. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
52% Black and Blue (2019) Too often, the suspense dissipates between action scenes when it should be consistent and relentless, even in the quietest moments. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) The Looney Tunes nature of Rambo's murder spree tempers much of the script's ideological offense. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/4 81% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger can reach all the notes and hit all the marks, but Garland's high-tension-wire emoting eludes her. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
1.5/4 41% The Laundromat (2019) Steven Soderbergh takes a macro approach to the scandal, though the results, with rare exception, are vexingly micro. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
60% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) Yet the images, and the actions within them, lack the acerbic edge that would really drive the knife in. Much like Brause himself, the film tends toward the handsome, yet hollow. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/4 68% Joker (2019) The film is one that might have been dreamed up by one of the cynical bros from the Hangover during a blacked-out stupor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
0/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi is incapable of dealing with the twin horrors of oppression and indoctrination beyond cheap-seats sentimentality and joke-making. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) The dramatic stakes feel rather low, and play out, particularly via the blood-soaked road-to-redemption climax, in the droningly soporific ways of many an indie. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It's not hard to parallel David/Dickens's head-spinningly intricate descriptors with Iannucci's own prodding, poetically vulgar rhetoric. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Heimat Is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2020) German filmmaker Thomas Heise delves into his family's (and country's) tortured past in this transfixing documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Maternal (Hogar) (2019) Delpero shows a sure hand with her performers, especially Malale, a nonprofessional quite evidently drawing on her own experiences in a real-life hogar... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Terrifyingly mediocre. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet Chris Tucker Live (2015) It's a glimpse of unguarded genius from a performer who too often treads cautiously. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
88% Joan the Maid 2: The Prisons (Jeanne la Pucelle II - Les prisons) (1994) Trying to describe the profound effect of [the film] is akin to concretely clarifying the potency and the impact of Henry James' prose. It can't be done; you just know when you're in it and when you're with it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
86% Joan the Maid 1: The Battles (Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles) (1994) Joan the Maid, like many Rivette films, can be intimidating. Get past the length, and you may still need to acclimate to the movie's vision of a thoroughly mortal Joan, in addition to an aesthetic that is wholly presentational. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) [Schumer] quickly segues into the clueless-gal-of-privilege mode that's earned her both praise and scorn. It's an interesting, frequently very funny line to watch her walk. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
100% Pier Kids (2019) The subjects of Pier Kids live in a perpetual state of precariousness. In calling attention to their struggles, Bratton honors their endurance and celebrates their existence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
93% Straight Up (2020) We often make our own psychological prisons, and Straight Up is a droll embodiment of its protagonist's (and perhaps its maker's?) inner turmoil. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019