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T-Meter Title | Year
C- 46% Captive State (2019) The central plot development...is galvanizing in theory but mostly just confusing in practice. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- 53% The Beach Bum (2019) Like Moondog, Korine finds a vulgar poetry in his own self-indulgence. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B 71% Lords of Chaos (2019) Frequently unpleasant but oddly compelling - not least because Åkerlund ensures that the film never takes itself as seriously as its subjects did. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B+ 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) This film is quiet in more ways than one, drawing viewers in but compelling them to hang on every word. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A sci-fi epic that does something rare in an age of endless adaptations and reboots: lives up to its potential while leaving you wanting more. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) "The Hidden World" strikes a bittersweet chord in reminding its young audience that all good things - including the age of dragons - must come to an end. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
B 63% Bird Box (2018) Bier's direction is coolly efficient, which fits the material to a t - anything more ostentatious would just feel wasteful. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
C+ 55% Caniba (2018) Caniba features no explanatory text or outside voices of any kind. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B 29% Venom (2018) This radically different approach will surely be jarring to some, but the fact that this movie could never exist in the same world as "Captain America: Civil War" despite hailing from the same brand of comics is part of its charm. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
D+ 39% Hell Fest (2018) If it were any good, it could have been the movie of the moment. Instead, it'll have been forgotten by Halloween. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
A- 57% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Sunset exposes that horror while also finding great beauty in it - it might not be infinitely pretty, but it's worth remembering and preserving nevertheless. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B+ 88% The Nightingale (2019) [Director Jennifer Kent] charts her own path in The Nightingale, a savage journey that might not have been worth the trip were its guide not so adept at navigating the darkness. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B 80% 22 July (2018) Greengrass' docu-real aesthetic doesn't allow for grandiosity even when he gives in to more heavy-handed impulses. He's on a soapbox at times, but his message is worth hearing. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C- 60% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) There's wondrous imagery, as there always is... But the filmmaker's navel-gazing tendencies slowly take over, making it clear that this is a movie by Reygadas, for Reygadas, and exists to please an audience of one. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C 60% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) Even when it inspires laughter it doesn't inspire much else. It isn't involving enough for you to ever truly care about how these many, many problems will resolve themselves, and not funny enough for the experience to be more enjoyable. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Few filmmakers come to mind who could orchestrate these slow-burning set pieces with such precision; it's like watching a chess game in which everyone thinks they're a king but most of them are pawns - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
C 44% Charlie Says (2019) Matt Smith is miscast in the crucial role of Manson, failing to summon the cult leader's manic energy or make us understand just how it was that he had so many under his thrall. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 60% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is so grandly ambitious, so unabashedly its own experience, that it's impossible to dismiss despite its flaws. You may not want to play it on repeat, but this is a song that demands to be heard at full volume. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
A- 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe is inspired in the kind of performance that makes an actor being cast as a famous figure seem inevitable in hindsight. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
B 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Credit to Cooper for delivering his best, most soulful performance while pulling double duty behind the camera, but it's his co-star whose magnetism most draws you into their world - and keeps you there even when the film hits the occasional wrong note. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
A- 93% The Favourite (2018) All three members of the main trio are at their best, but it's Colman who most deserves a coronation. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Pearl (2018) This is lean, muscular filmmaking that often manages to be sensual and gruff in the span of a single scene. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B- 92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Provides more than a CliffsNotes version on its subject. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 87% First Man (2018) A powerful experience that will inspire renewed awe of what Armstrong and his ilk did. It may not be a giant leap for filmmaking, but it's another small step for this filmmaker. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Less nuanced than some of its predecessors but far more stressful, it isn't an easy watch -- nor is it meant to be. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B+ 93% Angels Wear White (2018) [Qu] handles difficult subject matter with heft and grace in equal measure, giving voice to her film's victims without defining them as mere damsels. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C+ 51% 12 Strong (2018) Fuglsig's feature debut is ultimately less an action movie and more a procedural, one in which incremental gains and minimal casualties are as much as can be hoped for. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
B 81% Early Man (2018) It is a worthy thematic bedrock. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Beyond the Hills is gorgeously austere and often exhilarating in its its slow-burning atmosphere of dread and sorrow. It - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
B+ 72% Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) (2017) "Kill Me Please" oozes style even as it betrays its influences... with a wonderfully strange ending that feels inevitable even if it doesn't make immediate logical sense - which is to say, it's a lot like so many other key moments of growing up. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
C- 47% Red Christmas (2017) Craig Anderson's Red Christmas isn't exactly a lump of coal in your stocking, but neither is it worth waking up early for on the big day. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B 91% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Little that happens in Creepy is surprising, but even less is unsatisfying. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
B+ 100% Mister Universo (2016) Not since Big Fish have we seen this world onscreen in such vivid detail, though Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's scope isn't as grandiose or fantastical as Tim Burton's. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B+ 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Once it wraps its tentacles around you, The Untamed doesn't let go -- and you might not want it to. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B 90% Pop Aye (2017) They say the journey is often more meaningful than the destination, but both prove moving in "Pop Aye" - you don't always have to know where you're going for a trip to be worth taking. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
D 20% The House (2017) You both feel bad for the actors and wonder how it is that they never banded together to mutiny on set and demand a better script - unless, like their characters, they simply laughed all the way to the bank. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B 91% And Then I Go (2018) Grashaw keeps us guessing... By the time the end arrives, we're as surprised as Edwin and Flake want their classmates to be. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B- 91% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) A film about the vital importance of speaking truth to power needn't be so concerned with dressing up its own frightful truths, but Nobody Speak still compels as an opening statement on journalism's dubious future. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
C 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) 47 Meters Down sinks rather than swims, even if there are a few buoyant moments along the way. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
A- 100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) Describing this transgressive take on Oedipus Rex purely in terms of plot would be as limiting as calling the King of Thebes slightly confused. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
C 29% Camera Obscura (2017) Though born of an inventive idea, "Camera Obscura" comes out underdeveloped. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B- 96% Filmworker (2018) Zierra has found a truly unsung hero here. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B- 88% Makala (2018) One of those sly, low-key films whose early scenes will leave you unsure whether you're watching a documentary or a drama marked by a docu-real aesthetic, Makala's depiction of back-breaking labor is as no-frills as the work itself. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B- 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Maybe it's nostalgia or the fact that nautical adventures remain far less common in the multiplex than superhero fare, but the series' central charm is precious cargo whose returns have yet to entirely diminish. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B 93% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) A rare example of a biopic that gives the sense of a life lived while also bucking some of the genre's more stifling trends. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
B- 80% Blame (2018) The result, though under-realized, shows great promise from a filmmaker who's clearly just getting started. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
96% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Olli Mäki isn't a knockout, but it does go the distance. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
87% Finding Oscar (2017) Suffern strikes a respectful, not entirely hopeless tone throughout, allowing those affected by the civil war in general and the Dos Erres massacre in particular to speak at length about their experiences. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) Nacho Vigalondo absorbs the best qualities of both kaiju-inflected creature features and romantic recovery dramas, resulting in a strange hybrid that's very much its own beast. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
84% Beach Rats (2017) With just two films, Eliza Hittman has established herself as one of the premier chroniclers of wayward youth. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017