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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10/10 96% Groundhog Day (1993) The day is not a redo; it's a "one more."‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2015
10/10 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) A film so impeccably created it will will take your breath away. Not that you have much breath to spare, considering the state of sustained suspense that physically spell-binds you to your seat.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2012
10/10 91% The Sessions (2012) We love this hero for his indomitable spirit to take life head on, even given the ever-present shadow of death that mindfully holds him in a tight embrace ... much tighter than any lover could.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2012
10/10 97% Citizenfour (2014) Did the NSA have foreknowledge that Citizenfour was going to win the Oscar? Um, probably ...‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
9.75/10 95% The Artist (2011) The Artist is wordless. In a parallel mode, so are we, dumbstruck, at a loss for the superlatives that might match this cinematic wonder ... which very well may be the best film of the year.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2011
9.5/10 89% The Messenger (2009) The miracle of this film is in its insistence on finding a way back home -- to fragile new beginnings giving way to new friendship, perhaps even new love.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2009
9.5/10 91% Up in the Air (2009) A perfect end to the 1st decade of the 21st century. Tech advances have created hermits of us all, heads bent over smartphones and screens, blue-toothed in the face. We, too, are cushioned in clouds; all somewhat up in the air.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2009
9.5/10 68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) With the extraordinary Hoffman doing double duty as director, this film -- with its incisive look at the fragile women and benumbed men of NYC's lost army of loners -- is one of the best of 2010.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2010
9.5/10 93% 127 Hours (2010) Boyle gives us an unrelenting film, with pitch-perfect pacing and tension, never overstaying the story's welcome. Franco's portrayal is magnificent, reflecting more colors than a Utah sky at sunset.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2010
9.5/10 78% In A Better World (2011) A visual masterpiece, with robin's egg blue skies shot through with cotton candy clouds, heaven is beyond our reach while hell is the very ground below our feet. Bier suggests that only we can bring that heaven closer to ourselves.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2011
9.5/10 94% Win Win (2011) W/D McCarthy addresses the everyday issues with such humanity and natural humor, intermingling the comedy and drama into a perfectly-hued shade of heightened reality ... that WIN WIN is about as good as it gets.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2011
9.5/10 92% American Hustle (2013) Think 'Casino' meets 'The Grifters,' shot through with a hefty dose of the off-kilter ... and that's 'American Hustle.'‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2013
9.5/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) With visuals offering unique worlds that somehow weave into a fantastical whole, this film makes for one extraordinary water ballet.‐ Richmond Times-Dispatch
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
9.5/10 89% I, Tonya (2018) With its black comedy/raw drama blend, Robbie's gritty, stellar performance plus Janney's Medea of a mom, I, TONYA proves to be one hellava holiday on ice.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
9.25/10 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) After 7 previous films, Bigelow has finally found a screenwriter in Mark Boal who not only matches her intensity, but is able to maximize her visual artistry in drawing a fully realized story.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2009
9.25/10 90% Waiting for Superman (2010) Given that this is his third first-rate documentary in a mere four years, Guggenheim may very well be in contention for his own title of "Superman" of the 21st Century Documentary. No cape required.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2010
9/10 99% Finding Nemo (2003) Sea-worthy w/enhanced visual lure and rich, humorous characters set in a double narrative; this 3D revisit allows us to fall overboard all over again.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
9/10 68% The Brothers Bloom (2009) Johnson's script virtually floats, the sparkling words bubbling out at us with such frequency that we yearn to put the film on pause -- just to snatch an extra second in order to appreciate it all.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
9/10 82% Avatar (2009) By definitively blending animation and live action, Cameron has broken the CG barrier, presenting us with a film that easily travels from the human world to the fantastical and back.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2009
9/10 96% WALL-E (2008) A spectacular testament to the life force that beats within us all, WALL - E puts the "extra" back in terrestrial.‐ LivePDX
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2008
9/10 90% The Fighter (2010) The script is never heavy-handed, adeptly mingling humor with drama, with a tone so authentic that we feel we could easily share a beer with these folks. Even better ... we'd want to.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2010
9/10 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) The film serves up revenge with a whopping side of 'merry.' Looking at the sunny side of the strasse, Christoph Waltz' giddy Col. Landa throws 1 hell of a Nazi party, practically skipping in his jackboots.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2009
9/10 94% Star Trek (2009) With a warp-speed 'Wow!', Abrams&Co. has taken a spent franchise and, unlike a heavy-handed plastic surgeon, has reinvigorated it without destroying the original look. Leonard Nimoy might want to see what they can do for him.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
9/10 98% The Wrestler (2008) Out of the fake world of theatrical wrestling comes one of the most real performances of the year. Rourke seizes on to this role from the first frame forward, never letting up until the screen fades to black.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2008
9/10 93% Frost/Nixon (2008) From an opening montage of news clips, popping out on a black screen like an animated gameboard, the filmmakers have structured a match that crackles with professionalism from the opening bell to the final KO.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2008
9/10 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) There are certain cine-marriages that generate an indelible spark all their own. Tracy & Hepburn, Bogie & Bacall -- and now we get Tim Burton & 3D, creating the world we hoped for, and so much more.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2010
9/10 91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) A kaleidoscope of multiplicity -- romance, memoir, coming-of-age, sibling rivalry, gangsterism -- accompanied by trains, always trains, carrying us in, around and through this masterpiece.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
9/10 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Do we really need another Spider-Man? If, rather than some dreary talking animal fest or any of a gazillion Bruckheimer/Bay detonation derbies, we get a dazzling IMAX-ian redboot reboot? Then yes, yes, we do.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2012
9/10 91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Whedon slays again with a triple onslaught of horror, humor & sci-fi. Forget about staying away from the cabin; rather, stay away from all the spoilers. Just go and see for yourself.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
9/10 89% A Serious Man (2009) The Coens nip at fundamental questions: how we conduct ourselves now, and how such conduct might resonate in an unknowable afterlife. Consider this film as a Rorschach for the soul.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2009
9/10 95% An Education (2009) This film is carried on the slender shoulders of Mulligan, a 22-year-old actress who captures both the child and the woman, creating an indelible performance we can't easily forget.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2009
9/10 95% The Cove (2009) Then there's the redemptive human drama. O'Barry, acting like a modern-day Ahab after a spiritual awakening, the self-realized incriminations etched into his face, is the driving force of this film.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2010
9/10 88% Rango (2011) No tightly-plotted Pixar masterpiece, Rango is its own insane expression, a nervy bundle of outrageous daring, jangled and tangled to a free-wheeling fare-thee-well. Green hasn't been this much fun since early Shrek.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2011
9/10 87% Rabbit Hole (2010) It's an understated, superbly-written drama that is extraordinarily ordinary, deeply moving in its slow, purposeful exploration of human behavior that is so recognizable, it takes our breath away.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2011
9/10 91% The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010) A stunning film that even in its bleakest moments, reminds us that second acts, even 25 years later, can be more than just an illusion. As long as we keep our eyes wide open‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted May 7, 2010
9/10 95% Animal Kingdom (2010) A corrupted coming-of-age tale, the characters populating this gangland opera are striking -- e.g., the grandmother, a cinematic blend of Ma Barker and Livia Soprano, with a bit of Barbara Bush on the side.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2010
9/10 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) The subtle intelligence of this film is reflective in the title itself. By employing the words 'all right,' we are alerted to the fact that this film, however unique, addresses a sense of normalcy.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2010
9/10 48% Love and Other Drugs (2010) While the film zips along at a smart pace, balancing between humor and heart, it's the stunning work from the actors that turns what could have been a slightly-maudlin exercise into an arresting piece of work.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2010
9/10 100% Waste Land (2010) A fascinating film, offering a glimpse of a world we've never seen before ... allowing us to savor the unexpected power in the phrase, 'Recycle yourself.'‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2011
9/10 93% The Tillman Story (2010) This beautifully-constructed film is made even sharper by the contributions of the Tillmans themselves, a highly-intelligent family united in their common goal to seek out and tell the truth.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2010
9/10 93% Hugo (2011) Scorsese and his team have now set the 3D bar so high that filmmakers will have to create a whole other dimension ... just to keep up.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2011
9/10 69% Never Let Me Go (2010) Nothing about this movie is casual. Perhaps the most impeccably-shot film of the year, every quiet word, every move, every unspoken desire leads us, if we so choose, to reflect on our own paths. ‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2010
9/10 92% Source Code (2011) Jones' brilliant visuals work perfectly with Ripley's story, the scenes playing out like musical variations of an underlying theme. In the land of the one-trick pony, Jones is a rare exception.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2011
9/10 93% Looper (2012) It's official: Looper closes the loop on any doubt that writer/director Rian Johnson is one of the most fascinating filmmakers to appear on the doorstep of the 21st century.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2012
9/10 94% Moneyball (2011) While the screen tells us it's 2002, the struggle to define ourselves within an economic chokehold couldn't be more on the money right now.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2011
9/10 93% Incendies (2011) It is the very fact that the hatred is blind, one group attacking each other just because it's ingrained to do so, that is at the heart of this sad, magnificent film.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2011
9/10 97% Project Nim (2011) We are uncomfortably reminded throughout the film that all living creatures have worth. Including man-made hybrids. Correction: especially man-made hybrids.‐ Indie Movies Online
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2011
9/10 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Bigelow and Boal are rare filmmakers in that they don't underestimate the intelligence of their audience. In the case of this extraordinary docudrama, we are allowed to make up our own minds.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2012
9/10 90% Death of a Superhero (2012) "A synchronous coming-of-age/coming-of-death story, the teen's complex mindset comes at us by way of an inventive live-action/graphics mix. Like the boy, the film steadfastly steers clear of the mawkish."‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2012
9/10 82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) Suggestive of a blisteringly good-humored Quentin Tarantino (sans the uber gore), McDonagh possesses a rare talent for ushering black comedy to a bleak end, luring his audience into laughter all along its shootapalooza way.‐ Doddle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2012