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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) Despite its mixed message, the Amy Schumer vehicle has some laughs and charm...The truth is, there is something refreshing about a rom-com that stars a woman who feels relatable.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2.5/4 82% Blockers (2018) Blockers may not be the most evolved film out there, but it has a sneaky streak of feminism.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) It's gorgeous-filled with so many bits of visual whimsy and imaginative detail that it would take several viewings to fully catch them all. And it's idiosyncratic and witty and dark.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon has a few sad moments as Simon's mistakes come crashing down around him, but mostly it's a sweet, funny, warm-hearted film.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) I would argue there's some humanity creeping around the edges of Thoroughbreds-and even a screwed up love story of sorts. You just have to remind yourself that all narrators aren't reliable.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) It's impossible to not cheer for the message of A Wrinkle in Time-But those messages should be conveyed organically, through plot and character. Here, they have all the subtlety of a promoted tweet.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3.5/4 96% Black Panther (2018) I loved spending a couple of hours in the Black Panther's magical, transformative world. Mark me down as someone who wants Wakanda to stay isolated.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
1.5/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Finally, we are freed of this franchise.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2.5/4 73% Hostiles (2018) Cooper is something of a master of macho poetry-he makes films about taciturn, often violent men who can't fully express the depths of their feelings.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's almost impossible to describe Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread without using words like "sublime" and "ravishing" and "rapturous."‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) [I, Tonya] wants to show the abuse, but suggest that it maaaybe didn't happen that way. To have fun with Tonya and her grotesque mother and her husband's dim-witted friends and then judge us for judging them.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) All in all, I was seduced by this film. It's a gripping suspense thriller and a fabulous portrait of the bottomless nature of greed. ‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Despite all its pain, love is always worth it, the film argues-and makes you believe.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is whimsical, boldly original, defiantly weird, occasionally grotesque, and beautifully shot...yet, despite all of that, the film didn't quite work for me.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) If you're still open to [Woodie Allen] as an important American artist, this is definitely one to put on your list.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist should definitely first be seen in the theater, with a raucous crowd roaring with laughter. But later it should be seen at home where you can also observe the film's sneaky empathy and grace.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2.5/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Despite my reservations, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is certainly memorably clever and boldly conceived. And any film that allows McDormand to strut her to stuff to this degree can't be all bad.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/4 96% Mudbound (2017) Exploring the resilient spirit and dark underbelly of the Jim Crow South, Dee Rees has created a new American classic.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) If Gerwig's cinematic brand is going to be tenderness, feminism, spiky humor, and empathy, count me in.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) The whole cast is great. When you have Idris Elba in a relatively minor role of the all-seeing protector Heimdall, you know your ensemble is stacked. ‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Quite simply, one of the best films about childhood ever made.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 87% Only the Brave (2017) Only the Brave is essentially a war film, with brave commanders and earnest (and not so earnest) young men who love each other fighting a menacing and relentless enemy. ‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2.5/4 83% Marshall (2017) Marshall isn't particularly interested in going deep on Thurgood Marshall the man-it's more about the Marshall, the myth. That said, what it is is just fine.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) On its own merits, Blade Runner 2049 is a very strong film; as a sequel, it's nothing short of brilliant.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) It's hard not to like Victoria & Abdul-but it's all shiny surfaces. I can't help but to wonder how much deeper Frears might've dug into this rich material had he directed it 20 years ago.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3.5/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) With its genius cast, wonderfully calibrated emotional and comic beats, and brilliant 70s mimesis, Battle of the Sexes is slick, commercial filmmaking at its best.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/4 69% mother! (2017) mother! is a film that demands to be seen and reckoned with.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1/5 34% American Assassin (2017) I can't conceive of a more boring character to revolve your franchise around than Mitch Rapp.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
85% It (2017) But while It is a good film that is skilled at recreating its milieu, it also made me a little sad. Boys get all the good nostalgia pieces. ‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The cast is stellar-Ingrid is, objectively, a horrible person, but we feel for her anyway.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3.5/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Remember how panicked we all were when Soderbergh said he was retiring a few years back? Thank the film gods, there's always one last heist.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 92% Good Time (2017) With Good Time, the Safdie brothers have flaunted their gritty bona fides.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2/4 84% Detroit (2017) Bigelow is too talented a director to make a film this unsubtle. Detroit is a classic of example of: Just because you can do something, that doesn't mean you should.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 74% Landline (2017) Landline is warm and observant, gently funny and moving. And sometimes, as the film argues, cozy and familiar is exactly what you need. ‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/4 95% Step (2017) The sneaky genius of Amanda Lipitz's documentary Step is how it manages to tell an important story-in the form of a triumphant "Big Game" narrative.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is less a movie than a mood. But if you're in the mood for what it has on offer, you'll emerge one happy camper.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3/4 90% Girls Trip (2017) The movie is about a group of old college friends who take off for a long overdue girls' weekend in New Orleans, but, thanks to the smart script and Lee's slick direction, we're emotionally invested in each of their journeys.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 91% A Ghost Story (2017) It's hard to quantify the audacity it took for David Lowery to make this film. It's a ghost story, a haunting meditation on life, loss, and mankind's place in the universe, that features a man under a sheet with the eye holes poked out.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian is frenetic, trippy, ludicrous fun. Except for when it's not fun. But then it's fun again! And then not fun! Well...you get the picture.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/4 68% To the Bone (2017) A fitfully successful exploration of anorexia that plays like a slightly above-average TV movie.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) In a time when prestige TV is hogging lots of attention (and deservedly so!), Christopher Nolan's stunning WWII saga makes a pretty strong case for the continued sustenance of film.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) So yeah, I liked Spider-Man: Homecoming. I laughed during the funny parts, felt moved during the moving parts, and got excited during the exciting parts. And that Tom Holland -- he seems like a good kid.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) All the characters are flawed but sympathetic-the film has a true generosity of spirit.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 86% Okja (2017) It may not end up being my favorite film of the year, but I can easily see it being someone's favorite-hell, I can see it being someone's favorite film of all time. It's that special.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) It's a wild ride, a highly caffeinated tour de force filled with great action, lots of deadpan humor, and the kind of prevailing coolness that makes you want to drink espresso, troll vintage record stores, and watch old Steve McQueen films when it's over.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2.5/4 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) I can't quite say I enjoyed it, but I'm not going to forget it that easily, either.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) It's clear that [Sofia Coppola] has been itching to make a gothic film and she luxuriates in the genre.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/4 78% The Hero (2017) Haley gave Elliott the gift of this career-defining role and Elliott returns the favor by giving a career-best performance.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
1/4 20% The Book of Henry (2017) I didn't believe a single moment of The Book of Henry. Despite the best efforts of the cast, I laughed when I was supposed to cry and resented the hell out of the film's force fed "life lessons." It's just a good old fashioned stinker.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Suffice it so say that director Roger Michall keeps us guessing the whole time. See the film in a crowded theater and enjoy not just the gorgeous settings but the shared fun of delighting in Philip's folly.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017