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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 89% 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 84% 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 88% 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 68% 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 84% 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 33% 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
86% 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 89% 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 82% 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 76% 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 89% 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 67% 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 77% 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 77% 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 21% 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
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Unlike lots of comic book movies, it feels like a work of passion and vision. I sense a filmmaker behind it, not a focus group.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
1/4 19% Baywatch (2017) Most of the "jokes," such as they were, have a mean-spirited edge and virtually none of them made me laugh.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/4 93% All This Panic (2017) On top of being entertaining, illuminating, and affecting, the film is beautifully shot -- with gorgeous, hazy light and painterly framing -- it looks like a narrative feature.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/4 36% Snatched (2017) Snatched definitely has its fair share of laughs, but it could've been so much more.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Watching it is akin to the experience of being trapped in a room with a Golden Retriever that is repeatedly licking you in the face. You'll emerge slightly happy, somewhat dazed, and covered in slobber.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 93% Rat Film (2017) I can't say that Rat Film is a cheery experience, but it's certainly an indelible one.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) With a few false moves, the film could've been an embarrassment. Instead, it's nothing short of a triumph for all involved.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/4 71% Gifted (2017) Gifted may not have anything particularly enlightening to say about raising a precocious child, but as a tear jerker/crowd pleaser, it more than gets the job done.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
1.5/4 25% Unforgettable (2017) The film is so inept, it starts with a teaser of sorts that basically spoils the whole film.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The action sequences are not among the series' best -- Fast Five remains the gold standard across the board -- but there are a few gems.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Despite its flaws, The Zookeeper's Wife is the kind of handsomely-mounted melodrama that will inspire many to bemoan the fact that they don't make them like this anymore.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/4 79% Personal Shopper (2017) The beauty of Kristen Stewart -- well, aside from her literal beauty, that is -- is that she can do almost nothing on camera and still be arresting.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 67% Life (2017) The film is taut and scary; all the spaceship bells and whistles convinced this Luddite, and it contains a couple of the gnarliest death scenes I've seen on film in a while.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The film is certainly a spectacle -- so congratulations, Disney CGI wizards! And there's enough talent involved -- not to mention the good bones of the original story and music -- to make it more than watchable‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 64% Before I Fall (2017) Before I Fall is one of the more pleasant surprises of the year.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) You come to Kong: Skull Island to see Kong and the film delivers. He is massive and fierce and formidable, but those moist eyes of his reveal his true sensitivity.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) Get Out finds that sweet spot of laughs, chills, and social commentary. It's so flat-out entertaining, you might not even notice how scathing it really is.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The funny thing about John Wick: Chapter 2 is that it's the exact same movie as John Wick: Chapter 1-- and yet somehow manages to work almost as well.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2/4 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) They should've called this one The Fifty Times I Yawned.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) While I appreciate that the film contains multitudes -- and, yes, maybe even the spark of genius -- I must confess that I'm not fully down with the hype.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3.5/4 88% 20th Century Women (2017) There's that old expression-may you live in interesting times. Mills' addendum to that is: And may you be raised by interesting women.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017