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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Rat Film (2016) 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 79% 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 64% 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 58% 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 80% 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 68% 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 66% 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 77% 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 91% 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 9% 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
3.5/4 85% Silence (2017) Not all so-called passion projects are able to convey actual passion on screen. This one does. Silence feels like both an ardent reaffirmation of faith and a lonely cry out to God in the dark.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is a fairytale about the bogusness of fairytales -- about the reality of unhappy endings and the darkness and light that lives within us all. Guess your kid has to learn about existentialism eventually, right?‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/4 89% Do Not Resist (2016) Chilling and essential.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/4 98% The Fits (2016) Slow-paced and methodical, filled with arresting long shots.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3.5/4 96% Nuts! (2016) Lane's loose, playful, collage-like treatment of the story sets just the right tone.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/4 98% Little Men (2016) Ira Sachs is a director of uncommon empathy and insight. His latest explores the perils of gentrification and the wisdom of the young.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) I enjoyed this scrappy little movie, the second consecutive one to feature a female heroine.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) La La Land is hopeful, even giddy. And Chazelle directs with heaps of style and charm.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/4 71% Miss Sloane (2016) The creators of Miss Sloane probably never imagined that their cynical film would seem downright quaint. Life comes at you fast.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By the Sea is the best film I've seen in 2016. But I'm honestly not sure I can watch it again.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) In the hands director Taika Waititi, who mixes sentimentality with spiky, even absurdist humor, it's a remarkable treat.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The performances here are stellar.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) It's easy to say that Denis Villeneuve's tingly sci-fi Arrival is a whole lot of Spielberg with a little bit of Tarkovsky thrown in, but what's remarkable is how much it actually defies the conventions of its genre.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins' Moonlight is a deeply personal, deeply expressive film, unlike anything I've ever seen before.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/4 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Man, I thought most of this film was a load of hooey -- right down to Garfield's tremulous, moist-eyed performance and that sing-songy cornpoke accent of his.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) Is McGregor a bad director? Lord knows he's not the first to swing and whiff at Roth. I'll give him a mulligan here.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 52% The Accountant (2016) As Christian, Affleck is a mixed bag. Sometimes he plays him with an appropriately affectless and reticent quality. Other times, he can't resist letting loose a bit of his Affleck charm.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The rebellion itself is brutally violent, cathartic, and terrifying. In the end, it becomes clear that this is not one of Tarantino's florid revenge fantasies, but a true story of the men and women who were willing to pay the ultimate price for freedom.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) It's a grown-up thriller that convincingly makes the case that true patriots hold their government to a higher standard.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
2.5/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) In short, Bridget Jones's Baby is not a great Bridget Jones movie, but it is a Bridget Jones movie, and maybe that's all people need.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) [Hanks] is predictably great, especially in a scene where he's informed that all his passengers survived, but it's a quiet, dignified performance, the kind that has lately become his stock-in-trade.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) In the end, I think this film would've worked better with B-list actors and a director who fully embraced the melodrama. As it is, The Light Between Oceans feels like a film between genres.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 82% Indignation (2016) Indignation may indeed be the best of the Roth adaptations, but it also illustrates just how difficult adapting Roth can be.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Mackenzie happens to be Scottish, but he's made the best American Western in years.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/4 60% War Dogs (2016) Everything in this film, from the voiceover narration, to the familiar rock 'n' roll and Sinatra musical cues, to the freeze frames, to the tale of reckless and ambitious young men behaving badly, seems lifted directly from the Scorsese playbook.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) One more thing about Pete's Dragon: You will cry. A lot.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Against the odds, Florence Foster Jenkins manages to be a funny and even endearing film. But I kept asking myself, what's it really about?‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Don't Think Twice is about the creeping realization that you might not live up to that dreaded thing called potential or that the mythical big break might never come your way. It's also about learning to be okay with that.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
1/4 25% Suicide Squad (2016) It gives me no pleasure to trash this film. I want D.C. Comics fans to have nice things, too. On the bright side, there are, like, a gajillion more D.C. Comics films coming down the pike. At least one of them has to be good, right? Right? ‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/4 70% Café Society (2016) Like the wine Bobby opens on his first real date with Vonnie, it just needed some time to breathe.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
2.5/4 58% Bad Moms (2016) On its own terms, Bad Moms is also pretty good. But its view of motherhood feels downright retro.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) If you're buying what these filmmakers are selling, you'll be all in. Suffice it to say, I wasn't buying it.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
3.5/4 89% The Invitation (2016) Is this a film about grief masquerading as a horror film -- or vice versa?‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
3/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) The new Ghostbusters is a blast, certainly as much fun and funny as the original.‐ Baltimore Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016