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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D 40% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This dreary snooze-fest puckers up to give the once-beloved franchise the Dementor's Kiss.‐ Silver Screen Riot
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B 92% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is the cinematic equivalent of clickbait - you just can't help yourself but follow it down the rabbit hole.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B+ 91% Widows (2018) McQueen directs with a brutal ferocity, scenes often ending in ruthless bloodshed that's as well staged as it is chilling. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
C 71% Happy Death Day (2017) With a PG-13 rating, Happy Death Day... misses out on any semblance of gleeful violence. There's virtually no gore...and very little violence in general, especially for a movie about a girl repeatedly stabbed, shot, beat, and bludgeoned to death.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B 94% Time Share (Tiempo Compartido) (2018) Hofmann makes no attempt to hide the devil in the details.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
A 88% Don't Breathe (2016) White knuckle past the point of bursting a blood vessel, the basic premise of Don't Breathe flips the home invasion formula on its head, decapitates it, and ravages its lifeless corpse. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- 91% Southside With You (2016) First there was the rom-com. Then the zom-rom-com. Now we have the world's first obam-rom-com. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- 88% Morris from America (2016) When Morris finally takes up the mic and explodes onstage, even audience members will find themselves proud as a pickle.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
C 37% Morgan (2016) 'Morgan' carefully sets up a tricksy female-forward A.I. endeavor but abandons its intriguing cerebral exploration for humdrum action beats and a lame-brained, strung out third act. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
D+ 49% 31 (2016) There's a distinction between excitement and excess that Zombie fundamentally fails to process here.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B+ 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) With The Light Between Oceans, Cianfrance has completed his informal Sprawling Tragic Romance Trilogy that started with Blue Valentine in 2010. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
D+ 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "There's very little room to breathe in Synder's world, one that appears permanently stained with an oppressively ashen color palette."‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- 58% The Grinch (2018) This 2018 update to Dr. Seuss' holiday classic is more colorful and snappy than ever, losing a bit of The Grinch's evil edge and termite-filled smile to deliver a more playful and sympathetic - if toothless - rendition of the green, holiday-hating grouch.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C- 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Takes a character who was ahead of her time and walks her back, bland-washing a feminist icon into a pastiche of moodiness, afraid of giving her any real venom, unwilling to commit to the full avenging angel darkness of the character.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
C+ 50% Complete Unknown (2016) Like a meteor, Complete Unknown shines bright early on but fizzles out when its evolving tone takes one too many left turns. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
F 23% Yoga Hosers (2016) When an ancient army of foot-long Nazi sausage clones, called Bratzis, begins to attack their small Canadian town, two girls must put down their iPhones to save the day.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ 91% Transpecos (2016) A potent border fiction that matches high tension thrills with significant characters, played to perfection by Johnny Simmons, Clifton Collins Jr. and Gabriel Luna. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C 85% Other People (2016) At once the affair feels deeply personal - writer/director Chris Kelly adapts the story from events in his own life - and yet wildly broad.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 85% Sully (2016) In telling the story of the "Miracle on the Hudson", Eastwood examines the various repercussions and characters surrounding the event as if - to an admittedly mild degree - influenced by Rashōmon. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
D+ 60% Snowden (2016) A biopic about a man of great courage with none of its own.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 36% Blair Witch (2016) Just as making Blair Witch is a lateral move in Wingard's career, Blair Witch as a film is little more than a step sideways from the original picture which so terrified audiences in 1999. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) There's nothing on the screen to suggest that this remake of The Magnificent Seven actually needed making.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 78% Goat (2016) Goat harrowingly explores the hypocrisy of fraternal brotherhood, bearing witness to the ugly rights of passage that men must submit to into order to earn their badge of masculinity. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 81% My Blind Brother (2016) Nick Kroll sharpens his post-television presence as unambitious deadbeat Bill whose doomed purpose in life is to be a seeing-eye underdog for his egotistical handicapable brother Robbie.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton's keen eye for imaginative landscapes lends Peregrine some much-needed visual pop ...but some of the big set pieces remain inexplicably humdrum. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Cinematographer Enrique Chediak captures the inferno from every angle, assigning it a fearsome quality, with the towering conflagration almost emanating from the screen. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B 79% American Honey (2016) In the strange specificity of teenagers hanging out, Arnold's ability to interpret and represent the idiosyncrasies of these disenfranchised millennial is absolute. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) An urgent primal scream from American history's darkest hour.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 76% In a Valley of Violence (2016) A corn-fed, all-American, organically certified Western. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) An awesome rarity in that it's an excellent sequel to a truly horrible original.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Each frame a picture, the film-critic-turned-filmmaker has a stunning eye for specificity that is reflected in the urgent nuances of every camera movement, every prop, every look, every framing choice.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 87% Christine (2016) takes a look at infamous Sarasota reporter Christine Chubbuck and her struggle with depression in sad, sanguine, cinematic streaks.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) For its flaws, it's almost therapeutic. For Mel that is.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 89% Doctor Strange (2016) With Doctor Strange, Marvel pries open a doorway to a new realm, one filled with magic and mysticism, dark dimensions and malevolent deities.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
A 94% Arrival (2016) In part a response to Stanley Kubrick's heady masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey and equally a dissection of current world politics, Arrival is Villeneuve's most emotionally charged and visually curious film to date. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Stirring Johnny Depp into the mix is not the solution I would have hoped for and gives me legitimate cause for concern going forward.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 90% Loving (2016) For all the victories of Loving - all the tender, true moments and impressive, discreet thespian skill - it inspires one too many watch checks...Act structure crumbles under the relative dearth of material to translate and one year crawls by at a time.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
D+ 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) In essence, a failed experiment. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B 70% Bleed For This (2016) May not be one that goes down in history as a boxing great but with a knockout performance from star Miles Teller and plenty of heart and good humor, it's enough of a contender to warrant ringside seats.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B 95% Moana (2016) A different breed of classical animated film. She's a Disney princess...with some updates and some much-needed tweaks. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B 56% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Though Rules Don't Apply is undeniably Beatty's show, the true breakout is lead Alden Ehrenreich.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A drearily pitch-black and distinctly American psychosexual thriller that painfully explores the worst sides of humanity‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
A- 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) An emotionally resonant tearjerker/masterful character study with Casey Affleck stepping up to the plate to claim some majorly overdue attention.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Like a real Christmas office party, the film of the same name takes a while to warm up and regale itself to the audience. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) What Rogue One does differently than its predecessors is turn the black-and-white dichotomy of the Empire and the Rebellion on its axis. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ 87% Jackie (2016) As we dip in and out of the life of Jackie Onassis, Larraín maintains a fierce sense of focus. This is not Jackie's biography. It is a portrait of her grief. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
D+ 38% Why Him? (2016) Oh Bryan Cranston, how far the mighty can fall. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
A- 93% Fences (2016) As purely a thespian venture, the Denzel Washington starring and directed Fences is an applaudable homer. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 83% Silence (2017) Its complex message about faith and the faithful and Scorsese's powerful imagery sticks to your ribs but the actual watching of the thing is a notably dour and long-winded litmus test of disquieting (and often, yes, boring) cinema.‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 80% Patriots Day (2017) Berg, like Bay before him, uses patriotism as an easy crutch to heighten the emotionality of scenes. ‐ Silver Screen Riot
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018