Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) Ultimately, this film lacks a bewitching quality. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
78% Radium Girls (2020) Directors Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler reveal a little-known part of history with a loudly beating feminist heart and a narrative grounded in reality. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
85% Yellow Rose (2020) Writer-director Diane Paragas spins a story that is both politically timely and personal. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
88% Save Yourselves! (2020) The humor may be predictably mined from perpetually-made-fun-of millennials, but the charming leads turn self-aware jabs into endearing confessions. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
100% Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987) Four Adventures is considered neither part of the female friendship canon nor a major Rohmer, but it should be included in both. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
100% Sunless Shadows (2020) A startling, raw confrontation with Iran's patriarchy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
100% A Most Beautiful Thing (2020) The film's fast-paced editing makes it difficult to get to know individual members, but the men register powerfully as a collective, just like a real rowing team. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
No Score Yet City Dreamers (Rêveuses de villes) (2018) A perfectly pleasant, educational movie that is not as riveting as it should be. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
80% Tito (2020) The sheer strangeness of the film may be mesmerizing at first, but even the slim 70-minute run time eventually feels tedious when so little happens. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
49% Four Kids and It (2020) Many adults watching along with their children may wish for a channel switch. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) Though it focuses on one main perpetrator, the film adeptly juggles various moving parts, such as the ruthless nature of training and the aftermath of speaking out. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
71% Picture of His Life (2020) Nachoum remains so reticent about his true motivations that by the time he achieves his life goal, one aches for greater catharsis. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
95% My Darling Vivian (2020) This may be the most comprehensive film portrait of Liberto yet, but the absence of her own voice is still achingly felt. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
100% Losing Ground (1982) The camerawork is as dynamic as the characters: A tracking shot is used for Sara's outdoor walking scene alongside Duke; for Victor, it's a loose, handheld camera. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) The friendship may initially seem preposterous, but the more time you spend with the pair, the clearer their mutual attraction becomes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
No Score Yet Intrigo: Samaria (2020) Fox is riveting as a stubborn go-getter who often employs morally questionable methods for the sake of truth and art. But her screen presence isn't enough to fill out this lean thriller, which hits so many cliché beats along the way. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
40% Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2020) Through flashbacks, the film traces the falling out that led to the women's current iciness. Their own connections, revealed bit by bit, make their plan even more ludicrous. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
67% 15 Years (2020) Yoav becomes such an oppressive presence that it is difficult to empathize with him. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
81% Tigertail (2020) "Tigertail" goes back and forth in time, tracing the events that allowed Pin-Jui to achieve his American dream yet made him so aloof to his loved ones. It does this to mixed results. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
26% Hooking Up (2020) Raineau flips gender stereotypes, giving Darla more sexually aggressive traits and Bailey more timid ones. But even that feels trite... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) "Big Time Adolescence" doesn't have enough heart or humor to save it from becoming just another movie about white dudes bro-ing out. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
88% Swallow (2020) Neither the payoff nor the psychology behind her actions makes "Swallow" an illuminating enough addition to the woman-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown genre. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
No Score Yet Cabaret Maxime (2020) A Lynchian enigma lurks about de Almeida's film, and there is a romantic pulse reminiscent of the work of Jacques Demy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
80% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) A less than illuminating documentary. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
86% José (2020) The film delicately depicts the hardship of being gay in a Catholic culture and the pressure for machismo in a crime-ridden country. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The story is quite simple, but it brims with desire. Sciamma could have relied on the strength of that alone. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
68% White Snake (2019) The film's landscape shots look breathtakingly real, but animated figures, especially during fight scenes, are tripped up by a dimension-flattening veneer that makes "White Snake" look more like an iPhone game. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
92% Ernie & Joe (2019) Yet the film... fails to address the implications of the racial relations between the white officers and the black citizens they often police. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
93% Light from Light (2019) Sure, Sheila has some "ghosts," and her large eyes carry the weariness of her past, but don't worry about getting struck with that metaphor: Harrill is a far more skilled and subtle director than that. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Awkwafina finds her footing as a first-time leading lady, excelling with her emotionally nuanced and vibrant performance in a story about familial love and the gray area one cultivates from straddling different homelands. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Even though her legacy has been deeply embedded within pop culture, this is a new side of her that the film lets us witness. - Vice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman grows exhausting by the end... - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Mostly, The Sound of My Voice is a welcome reminder of Ronstadt's can-do-anything spirit. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% Devil's Pie - D'Angelo (2019) It is sympathetic of a man who was not emotionally equipped for the kind of spotlight he was thrown into. As a documentary, it's fairly standard. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
84% Her Smell (2019) Her Smell is perhaps more of an uncomfortable watch than an enjoyable one, giving the viewer a front row seat to Becky's destructive behavior. But it's impossible to turn away from Moss, especially when she's flashing that maniacal smile. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
100% The Juniper Tree (1990) The subtle subversion on the story makes it a worthy watch, and not least for Björk's presence as the affectional center of a stone-cold world. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) While provocation done with a purpose can reveal big truths, I question whether Vox Lux pushes past the shock value. What point is the film grappling to make about this kind of senseless bloodshed and the role of pop music in times of trauma? - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) What sets apart The Favourite most from Lanthimos's previous features is not so much the time period, but its softer treatment of the human body and its many desires. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) "This is no bedtime story," the narrator insists early on, in an attempt to incite excitement, but the story immediately becomes a snooze. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is not so much a film as it is a dramatization of a Wikipedia entry, watered down and overedited. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
65% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino is a captivating and stylish filmmaker: Suspiria's cavalcade of grotesquery is expertly shot (the notable exception being its ugly, chaotic climax), and the sullen atmosphere of its world is richly rendered. - The Nation EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
93% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) It's a shame we never get to know Andrew as well as Regina... but it's even more affecting when Andrew's initially passive existence escalates due to white fear, and his mother is left to fight for his chance at life. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
74% The Children Act (2018) Thompson goes along with it as best as she can, but it's hard to watch this shift when we haven't been given any believable reason why Maye would fall for Adam's adolescent courtship and love poems. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
42% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) There's a grating fairy tale vibe to the film, especially when Ollie and Nikolai's motivations are narrated through an almost "once upon a time" tone. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
86% All About Nina (2018) Always a likable actor, here Winstead is at a charismatic high, carrying a mediocre film, making it impossible to turn off through her star power alone. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
80% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s, for all its darkness, is uplifted by its hilarious moments and joyous skating shots - filmed on Super 16, set to the golden Californian soundtrack of The Mamas & the Papas. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
22% An L.A. Minute (2018) The stars seem out of place with each other and in this movie, with creators who have no idea what they want to say. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
77% The Ranger (2018) Couldn't be more insipid. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
52% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) There's a good way of doing a modern retelling of Bluebeard (see: Ex Machina), but Elizabeth Harvest is not it. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
90% Peppermint Soda (1977) Peppermint Soda feels timeless and relatable while also specific to its era - Kurys herself was between Anne's and Frédérique's ages in the years the film takes place. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018