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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 94% Matinee (1992) One of director Joe Dante's finest achievements.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
2.5/4 57% The Commuter (2018) The identity of the "surprise" villain was obvious before the script was even written. But Liam Neeson's committed performance provides a strong center to an increasingly outlandish storyline.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
3.5/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The final stretch relies on too many coincidences, and Sam Rockwell's character remains problematic throughout -- even so, the first two-thirds are pitch-perfect.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/4 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A lovely film that works on various levels, not least being its insistence on lush visual cues.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) Old-school filmmaking at its most robust and rousing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) The best film of 2017.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Casting Gary Oldman as Churchill seems like a risky gamble, given that both are known commodities. But Oldman, who has already portrayed such disparate figures as Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald and Ludwig van Beethoven, proves to be up to the task.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/4 54% The Greatest Showman (2017) Hugh Jackman is asked to merely coast in a splashy but shallow picture that might as well have been called American Idle.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2.5/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The story takes some fanciful turns (particularly during the third act) that would have made more sense on a vintage episode of Walker: Texas Ranger. But Christopher Plummer delivers a superb performance.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/4 92% Stronger (2017) Director David Gordon Green foregoes any pumped-up melodramatics and simply allows Gyllenhaal and Maslany to provide the story with the honest emotion it requires.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3.5/4 69% mother! (2017) The film is ugly, disturbing, and not for everyone -- it's also fascinating, thought-provoking, and rich with religious allegories.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3/4 50% Downsizing (2017) Hong Chau's performance is superb, and she roots the movie in emotions that heretofore had largely been missing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3/4 81% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain delivers a typically brainy and impassioned performance.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Enjoyable and undemanding entertainment.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3/4 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's a bold and challenging work -- exactly what we would expect from the auteur of Brick and Looper. In the debit column, it's also a tad bloated.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
3/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) If The Shape of Water never quite breaks out of the confines of what's basically a tale as old as time, it's still an artfully executed diversion further strengthened by an excellent central performance by Hawkins.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The spiritual companion piece to Ed Wood, The Disaster Artist is another cheerful Hollywood-insider piece about a man whose ambitions far outweigh his expertise.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) The story's metaphysical slant lends the proceedings a haunting and ruminative air.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3/4 74% Last Flag Flying (2017) Last Flag Flying will certainly stir memories of the 1973 Jack Nicholson vehicle The Last Detail, and that's no accident.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) What can pass as a standard murder-mystery instead becomes a remarkably complex exploration of various malaises, including the agony of familial loss, the systematic disenfranchisement of Native Americans, and the ever-present evil of toxic masculinity.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Coming-of-age movies can often feel as ubiquitous as superhero films, yet Lady Bird turns out to be one of those special efforts that manages to leapfrog over the competition with a single bound.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
2/4 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League defaults to the problems that have plagued all the pre-Wonder Woman DCEU films, and while it offers more pleasures than its detractors would ever admit, it still qualifies as another disappointment from The House That Clark Built.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
2/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The changes that Branagh and Green make to the novel and the remarkably faithful 1974 version are baffling, leading to a film that feels as if it's just skimming the surface of a compelling murder-mystery.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3/4 78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The Killing of a Sacred Deer should serve as the perfect antidote for those annoyed that the seasonal cheer is already being foisted upon us.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) This is Asgard by way of The Comedy Store, an approach inspired not so much by previous Avengers-related entries but by Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
2.5/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart's subdued turn nicely dovetails with the story's ethereal elements, but the inclusion of an obvious murder-mystery works against the film's eerie appeal.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Old Dark House (1932) Grandly entertaining.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) There's an awful lot of weight for one movie to carry, but the strain really only becomes apparent during the latter passages.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
1/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) Given the ghastly result, perhaps the Coens should sue, since it's almost inconceivable that their original idea bore much resemblance to a debacle that unexpectedly has emerged as one of the year's worst films.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2017
1.5/4 17% Queen of the Desert (2017) With so many classics to his name, the legendary Werner Herzog need not apologize for helming Queen of the Desert -- it's just shocking that his name is attached to something as arid and uninspired as this stillborn drama.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
1/4 18% The House (2017) Even movies like Requiem for a Dream and Midnight Express contain more laughs than The House.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
3/4 87% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) For those seeking something different in their cinematic diet, look no further than this one-of-a-kind oddity.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
3.5/4 100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) Enormously entertaining, enormously educational, and enormously moving.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
1.5/4 7% The Snowman (2017) A muddled thriller that appears to have been edited by a blind man wildly swinging an ax. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
2.5/4 88% Only the Brave (2017) A competent if conventional drama. But who gets the blame for that wince-inducing CGI bear hurtling through the woods like an ursine Human Torch?‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
2.5/4 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Derives a fair amount of mileage out of its canny premise.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2.5/4 63% The Foreigner (2017) Chan often feels like a visitor in his own film, and the script attempts some plot pirouettes that don't always flow gracefully. Yet overall, The Foreigner proves to be a respectable example of a thinking person's action flick.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Is Blade Runner 2049 a masterpiece like its predecessor? Definitely not. It's not even a match for 2016's superb Arrival, the previous film from director Denis Villeneuve. Yet on its own terms, it's a dazzling achievement.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
2.5/4 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Elba and Winslet are both excellent, and when the saga continues beyond where most other movies would have it end, they provide the glue that holds the increasingly diffuse project together.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) Just when it seemed as if we had lost Tom Cruise to the ranks of paycheck-cashing automatons no longer interested in applying themselves on screen, along comes American Made to show there's still some life left in the maverick actor.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
3/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) A highly engaging film that frequently keeps a light touch even as it tackles weighty subjects.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
3.5/4 100% Quest (2017) Filmed over the course of approximately a decade, this powerful and poignant picture moves well beyond its original niche.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
1.5/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If Kingsman: The Secret Service turned out to be the biggest cinematic surprise of 2015, then Kingsman: The Golden Circle might turn out to be the biggest celluloid disappointment of 2017. It's certainly the most depressing.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) A respectable addition to the King cinematic canon.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
1/4 68% Free Fire (2017) What was apparently meant to be an exercise in style instead becomes an endurance test for audiences.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Like many other anime features, this one isn't exactly for the kids. Then again, it can't be any more detrimental to young minds than something like The Emoji Movie.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3/4 91% Good Time (2017) What follows is one of those all-night-long odysseys that's taxing for the characters but weirdly fascinating for the viewer (think Martin Scorsese's After Hours or even Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle).‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
2.5/4 92% Logan Lucky (2017) There are precious few characters who don't look and sound like they just got back from molesting Ned Beatty alongside the Georgia river. But the movie somewhat works thanks to a solid second half and some sharp performances.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
2.5/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard features at least one tiresome car chase too many, and the final half-hour feels as if it's going to stretch into next week. But even these debits can't completely diminish the bullseye turns by the winsome protagonists.‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2017
1/4 4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Even the gang from Mystery Science Theater 3000 would have trouble finding much to riff off in this turkey, which is unremittingly dull more than anything else. ‐ Creative Loafing
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017