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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 69% The Dogs of War (1980) Walken has rarely delivered such an earthy, physical performance, and his character gives as well as he takes.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
3/4 41% Up in Smoke (1978) Cheech Marin and Thomas Chong prove to be irresistible anti-establishment figures in this consistently amusing dum-dum comedy.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
2.5/4 67% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) The dynamics at play are genuine, even if the movie does take at least one melodramatic turn too many.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
1.5/4 19% Father Figures (2017) It's difficult to ascertain what's harder to take in this laugh-free comedy: the sentimental bits or the expected dashes of witless crudity.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
3.5/4 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Canines will understandably object to the phrase, but Isle of Dogs is clearly the cat's meow.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
2/4 51% Rampage (2018) Every which way but satisfying.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet The King of Jazz (1930) A musical revue shot in early Technicolor and filled with eye-popping numbers, brief comedy sketches, and even a cartoon.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/4 97% Stop Making Sense (1984) A rock orgy of volcanic power, and arguably the greatest concert film ever made.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/4 93% Women in Love (1969) The story occasionally grows choppy and diffuse, yet the visual splendors never fail to take command.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Twilight People (1972) That bat-man is pretty cool, though.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2.5/4 56% The Sandlot (1993) Here's another '90s movie that was beloved by boys ... yet it probably won't hold the same charge for viewers not privy to that nostalgic vibe.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2.5/4 82% Blockers (2018) It all starts going downhill around the time Jon Cena drinks beer through his butt. Until then, Blockers is a rather savvy and -- if you squint really hard -- even subversive comedy.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) In space, no one can hear you scream, but in an auditorium showing A Quiet Place, everyone can see you flinch.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2.5/4 60% The Black Scorpion (1957) It isn't on par with such gems as Them! and Tarantula but is a far better bet than The Giant Claw.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) If the book is basically Fifty Shades of Grey for guys who have yet to discover their peckers, the film is a diverting slice of entertainment, offering enough surface thrills to justify its existence in a world already overloading on nostalgic feints.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) A Jaeger bomb, but no worse than its humdrum predecessor.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
4/4 98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) The film makes for an intimately unsettling watch, as Dreyer's style of shooting (harsh angles to go along with all those up-close-and-personal visages) traps the viewer as much as the players.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/4 91% The Lion in Winter (1968) Plenty of swords and knives make appearances in The Lion in Winter, but none can possibly cut as deep as the caustic dialogue.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 100% Don't Bother to Knock (1952) A brisk 76-minute running time is all that's required for this nifty thriller to take the stage, impress the audience, and exit with style.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/4 47% The 'Burbs (1989) It benefits from Dante's inventive direction, but it's hampered by an insufferable character in Ducommun's Art as well as an unfortunate (if predictable) denouement that totally upends the sturdy theme and edgy moralizing that would have made this unique.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Dakota Skye (2009) Dakota Skye layers a pleasing fantasy element onto a thoughtful study of teen alienation and angst.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/4 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The strain is showing in this third entry, with too many of the characters placed in developmental holding patterns and too much of the storyline given over to daft contrivances.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/4 71% Ferdinand (2017) Frequently buries the lovely tale under the hyperactive excesses required to stretch this to feature length.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 90% Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Ellen Greene shows off her formidable singing ability, while Steve Martin is hilarious as the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3/4 90% Duck, You Sucker (Giù la testa) (1972) As with most Leone works, A Fistful of Dynamite (which also made the rounds under the monikers Duck, You Sucker and Once Upon a Time ... the Revolution) is full of sly humor and startling camerawork.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya adopts the right tone to relate the factual tale of the whacked kneecap, spinning it in a darkly comedic direction.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3/4 94% The Breadwinner (2017) Unlike the dismal box office hit The Boss Baby, here's a toon flick that fully deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3.5/4 81% The Age of Innocence (1993) An exquisite and absorbing drama that's the cinematic equivalent of a good read.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
2.5/4 22% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) 7 Days in Entebbe is absorbing for much of its running time, maintaining interest as it cuts back and forth between the terrorists, the hostages, and the government suits. It's only during the home stretch that the picture largely falls apart.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
2.5/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) If a sequel to Tomb Raider gets greenlit, let's hope the focus is on crafting a better storyline. Because Lara Croft herself needs no upgrade.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
3/4 84% Tom Jones (1963) Decades of art-house imitators and Benny Hill reruns may have removed some of the luster, but there's still plenty to admire and enjoy in this bawdy British effort.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) A warm PG-rated feature for families with older kids who won't grow restless with its adult preoccupations and leisurely pace.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
1.5/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) A thinly plotted misfire that gets on the nerves rather than under the skin.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
3/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) It's a movie of the moment, pleading for hope and change against formidable, unfortunate odds.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
2.5/4 40% Gringo (2018) A-list actors cutting loose is the prime draw of this hot mess of a movie.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
2/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time is recommended for children, but for the adults who accompany them, their only interest in Time will be in determining how much of it remains before the closing credits begin their crawl.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
1.5/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Atomic Blonde chose to wear its danger on its sleeve -- Red Sparrow, on the other hand, is content to merely shove it into its jockstrap. The entire endeavor plays out with even less believability than any given Spy vs. Spy cartoon from MAD's golden age.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2/4 45% The Star (2017) Neither the humor nor the animation ever rises above humdrum.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
2.5/4 82% Game Night (2018) Game Night works best when it focuses on the personalities of its characters and meanders when it pays too much attention to the particulars of the plots-within-the-plot.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
3/4 87% Annihilation (2018) A metaphoric mind-bender that will find favor with select moviegoers while absolutely alienating everyone else.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
3/4 85% Wonder (2017) For a picture that begs to be drowned in sentimental syrup, Wonder feels emotionally honest rather than willfully manipulative.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
4/4 95% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) One of the all-time great thrillers. Demme directs this for maximum suspense, yet the film also works as a multilayered feminist tale, with Foster's resourceful agent emerging as a beautifully conceived character.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
4/4 97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) A landmark of American cinema. Intentional or not, the film's sociopolitical content remains as potent as ever.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
2.5/4 78% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) The scrappy first half eventually gives way to a second hour that grows increasingly routine with its newfound emphasis on personal betrayal and political corruption. But it's nice to see Pullman handed a plum leading role.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
3/4 93% L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) (1970) Argento's scripting isn't always fluid, but he nevertheless manages to create a mystery that's genuinely compelling.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
3/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) A love story that's told with respect and restraint.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
3.5/4 96% Black Panther (2018) I'm sure there's a petition circulating to have Rob Schneider or Scott Baio replace Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in the sequel, but that's fortunately not the way the world works. This exciting and pensive drama is a welcome addition to the Marvel canon.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
1.5/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) The best film in the trilogy. Yet considering the general awfulness of this franchise, this is the equivalent of saying it's better to lose only one finger rather than three in an industrial accident.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Ashanti (1979) A glossy guilty pleasure.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3.5/4 67% The Wild Geese (1978) For fans of such men-on-a-mission flicks like The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare, this is a gripping piece of entertainment.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018