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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 9% Shutter (2008) The very Thai-specific charms that made the original such an unforeseen, unpredictable delight when I first saw it are almost entirely absent here.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 66% The Oath (2018) For a first-time director like Barinholtz, The Oath is more than impressive. Tonally, it goes all over the place, but that only serves to keep the audience as off-balance as the characters onscreen.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/5 57% Quarantine (2008) Quarantine is a one-note nightmare.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 96% The Hate U Give (2018) he Hate U Give is a devastating triumph and powerful emotional critique of the current racial zeitgeist in America today and deserves to be seen by everyone, no matter which side of the color barrier you're on.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 43% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween knows what its target demographic wants but also resonates with adult audiences, thanks to the zippy plot and across-the-board excellent performances from the totally game cast.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
0/5 28% Night School (2018) It's more than enough to say that hijinks ensue, precious few of them eliciting even the grimmest chuckle.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
1/5 11% Life Itself (2018) Much like life itself, This Is Us creator Fogelman's decades-spanning, multigenerational mashup of intertwined, tragic romances is, in the end, much ado about nothing much at all.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4.5/5 93% Mandy (2018) There's gore galore, but even, or maybe especially, at its most pitch-black, nightmare moments, Mandy beats with a heart of genuine love, the only emotion that can make a human being hate so very terribly much.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) Operation Finale has the too-slow-burn of Argo-lite. Best intentions aside, director Weitz simply can't seem to master the high-stakes gambit of what is essentially an international kidnapping.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/5 93% Searching (2018) Searching may strike older viewers as a novel experimental film, but more importantly it's a genuine white-knuckling exploration of our relationship with disruptive technology and how that impacts one average American family's daily life.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) Nina Moran is a standout as the queer Skate Kitchen badass: With her backward b-ball cap, loud surfer shirts, and long blond hair, she could've kickflipped into Moselle's movie directly from Stacy Peralta's four-wheeled, SoCal history lesson Dogtown.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.5/5 45% The Meg (2018) Yes, the CGI Meg is reasonably horrifying, but then so was Charlie the Tuna and, come to think of it, Flipper...The Meg is simply mediocre, PG-13 monster-moviemaking at its mind-numbing kinda/sorta best-ish.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) Some musicals are guaranteed audience-pleasers. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is an audience-divider if ever there was one.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4.5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed hums disquietingly along at Schrader's own clockwork pace which, like Hawke's mesmerizing performance, is austere, stoic, and ultimately self-destructive. It's a glorious piece of filmmaking...‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/5 76% The House of Tomorrow (2018) It's so amiably predictable that you end up wanting to throw some Motörhead at it, just to see what happens.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 92% Revenge (2018) Equal parts feminist empowerment manifesto and raging red Grand Guignol heart-stopper, Revenge is, in the end, a dish best served up with cold blue steel and righteous rivers of sauce au sang.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) If you desire a female empowering musical manifesto with both claws and kisses, here it is.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1.5/5 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Super Troopers 2 is a movie out of time and out of sync with comedy in 2018. It might have managed the success of its precursor, if only it had been released in 2002.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1.5/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) I didn't glance at my watch even once, but only because my eyes were glued to the screen in bemused bafflement as I waited for something - anything - new and terrifying to happen to the usual bevy of interchangeable doomed teens.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 21% Submergence (2018) Submergence - despite much lovesick gravitas from its two leads - never quite coalesces into the epic romance that it should. It fizzles when it should ignite, leaving the viewer with a palpable yearning for something other than a shrug.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 76% Gemini (2018) [Aaron] Katz's longtime cinematographer Andrew Reed renders the L.A. nightscape in forbidding blues, purples, and shades of crimson that visually, at least, recall early Italian maestros Bava and Argento.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) All three leads give subtly wrenching performances that wouldn't have been out of place in Ingmar Bergman's oeuvre.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
1.5/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Boyega and newcomer Spaeny give it their all; but let's just face the fact that, just like porn, giant monster movies are all about the climax. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider unapologetically wears its Thirties-era B-movie antecedents on its sleeve while maintaining a very 21st century attitude toward its whip-smart and realistically tough (yet vulnerable) protagonist. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet Rush Hour (2018) Luciana Kaplan's documentary triptych on planetwide, perpetual gridlock is nearly as exhausting as finding oneself ensnarled in an actual traffic jam. Which is exactly the point of this calculatedly fly-on-the-windscreen film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 92% Lean on Pete (2018) [Charlie Plummer's] character takes your breath away, he's so cowed by the world of the working poor, yet so clearly a potential heroic archetype that his character, Charley, silts itself in your mind long after the final images fade off the screen.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
2.5/5 88% The Road Movie (2018) A relatively fun - if scattershot - commentary on how Russia's new middle class meets the older, tractor-driving traditionalists who refuse to give way to newcomers no matter where they're from.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) What makes this agitated update ultimately watchable is the obvious chemistry between Byrne and Gleeson and the honestly excellent CGI animation of Peter and company. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1.5/5 14% Winchester (2018) But the most disconcerting thing about Winchester is how grindingly tedious it is.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/5 75% Mom and Dad (2018) Only Christopher Walken comes close in terms of sheer, genius weird, but here it's hardly even a near miss, not even with a Louisville Slugger. [Nicholas] Cage owns this film, dead babies, ruinous chaos, and all.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1.5/5 28% Proud Mary (2018) Kudos, though, to [Taraji P] Henson, who's mesmerizing to behold even in this drearily predictable bit of throwback blowback.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Mainly, though, Paddington 2 is a comic triumph chock-full of slapstick, heart, and hope. Well done, Mr. Paddington Brown, well done.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2.5/5 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) That's not to say that this newest bit of Blumhouse cinematic deviltry is a masterful, or even borderline competent, shock show. It is, however, by turns entertaining, incomprehensible, goofy, and even on occasion unnerving.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
98% The Loved Ones (2012) Headed by [Jessica] McNamee as the spurned prom-bomb, [Sean] Byrne's debut feature defines "sick and wrong" in all the right ways.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
3/5 64% The Foreigner (2017) The Foreigner could've used less of Brosnan's bombast, frankly, and more of the mysterious Mr. Quan, but this dark-edged little razor blade of a film is ultimately a satisfying comeback for Chan. More, please.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) A surface viewing of the film makes it feel like this is one of Scott's lesser magnum opuses but on closer inspection this is a story that's all but contemporaneous given its through-line of amoral acquisitiveness. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
0.5/5 5% Just Getting Started (2017) If this is what the "golden years" are going to be like, count me out. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 72% Ferdinand (2017) Ferdinand doesn't really do justice to its evergreen and far less cluttered source material.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is a heartfelt and moving mash note to outsiders, misfits, and the creatures (or so says the status quo) walking among us.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) One of the best performances of Washington's career. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 97% Coco (2017) Forgiveness and love are but two sides of the same peso.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/5 87% Novitiate (2017) Leo owns the film. Even when she's not onscreen, the character's heavy, leaden love for her God by all means necessary hovers, wraithlike, over novitiates and viewers alike.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/5 84% Wonder (2017) It's more than a tad manipulative, but there's also a moral sweetness at the heart of the film that acts as a solid takeaway for kid viewers.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 100% The Work (2017) True, these hardest of the hard men are killers, kidnappers, and gangbangers, but watching them collapsing into shrieking and sobbing piles of fear, shame, and regret humanizes them, startlingly so.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/5 74% Una (2017) [Rooney Mara's] completely compelling.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/5 36% Jigsaw (2017) A marginally better entry into the franchise.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) You may want to bring a handkerchief, so boldly manipulative the movie ends up being, but for fans of Pooh and the power of art as therapy during times of existential crises, the story is never less than interesting and melodramatically well-done.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1/5 8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is a slog.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/5 36% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is a frantic, over-detailed yawn.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) As Marston once put it, 'Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.' This reviewer concurs.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017