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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) Foxcatcher is a scary story told in a quietly disturbing way, with the tragic triangle of men a creepy battle between one warped individual with all the riches and two men who desire some of those resources.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1.5/4 44% The Gambler (2014) Wahlberg loses, and The Gambler craps out.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) Unbroken is competent at best, and we know that Zamperini was a great man. But he was more than the sum of this movie's parts.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) Adams is marvelous and with each film she shows how great an artist she has become.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 70% Into the Woods (2014) Although the comedy works, [its] detriments take away any heart that the film hoped to achieve, leading to an ending that finds the characters uniting out of exasperation, rather than any purpose.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 28% Annie (2014) Few will leave the theater exclaiming "Leapin' Lizards!" - but you can bet your bottom-dollar that there's a good time to be had here.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/4 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) The one thing that people approaching Exodus: Gods and Kings from either a religious or secular background will be able to agree upon is a lack of faith in Scott's devotion to making a good film.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/4 81% The Homesman (2014) The Homesman is a dark, complex story of gender issues and changing conventions on the frontier, and in an era that sees this genre fading, Jones has made a Western winner.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/4 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Horrible Bosses 2 is morons on parade.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2.5/4 59% Peter Rabbit (2018) The always delightful Rose Byrne and Gleeson are terrific together, and in their interaction with the animated creatures... this is enough to lightly recommend the film despite its turning Peter into a jerk before his comeuppance.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 73% Hostiles (2018) In some ways this is one of the best Westerns in years, both adventurous and tough-minded from writer-director Scott Cooper.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) When a film that plays like an adult romance switches gears and becomes a Grimm's fairy tale, it makes for a final half-hour that dragged on to an outrageous conclusion.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) A frequently hilarious pitch-black comedy about child abuse, domestic violence, athletic talent, bad decisions and whacking a skater on the knee.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/4 88% The Post (2018) Steven Spielberg's new film about how the Washington Post handled the publishing of the so-called "Pentagon papers" in 1971 is not only educational and informative but also entertaining and terribly timely.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game has a little bit of everything: high-stakes gambling, a killer Jessica Chastain performance, true-story celebrity naughtiness and a smart, witty script by Aaron Sorkin.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is one of the year's most gorgeous, romantic and unusual films, a fairy tale for troubled times that is full of imagination.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Darkest Hour is a fine film about Winston Churchill and his decision-making as Hitler swept through Europe that will ultimately be remembered for one thing: Gary Oldman is Churchill.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) If The Room is the "Citizen Kane of bad movies," as it has notoriously been tagged, then The Disaster Artist, the story of the making of that film, is the shaggy-dog redemption story that it deserves.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) This is bravura filmmaking, steeped in rich storytelling and tense moments that I will never forget.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) Coco is a bold and colorful animated dazzler of a movie with a story of family that goes straight to the heart of young and old alike, which means it's the kind of movie that Pixar used to make.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 85% Wonder (2017) If you don't feel more connected to your fellow man after Wonder, check your pulse.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 40% Justice League (2017) If Batman v. Superman was the DC Comics film equivalent of dread and darkness, then Justice League is a look into the light, and it's all the better for its story of hope.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder on the Orient Express is less "whodunit" than "whydunit."‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) [It's] so simplistic and repetitious that it could have easily summed up its story as a short film, especially a documentary. Which is to say that this could have been something special in that form, and that in this form, it needed serious editing.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... in the hands of indie director Taika Waititi, who made his bones on the HBO comedy "Flight of the Conchords," this is a Marvel movie as intent on busting our guts for two hours as it is on blowing stuff up.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
2.5/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Goodbye Christopher Robin has degrees of complexity that are admirable and doesn't shy away from hard truths.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 34% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt may have been The Man Who Brought Down the White House, but his film feels like a missed opportunity to tell the story behind the story.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 88% Only the Brave (2017) Only the Brave is the kind of movie that it is impossible to not like. I dare you to not fall for this tale of firefighter heroism and tragedy.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes serves up a history lesson and a message of equality that is as timely now as it was more than 40 years ago, but it's a bit too soft to call the film a grand-slam winner.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In the pantheon of classic science-fiction films, if Blade Runner is No. 1, as some would argue, there's an argument that Blade Runner 2049 just might be 1A.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/4 86% American Made (2017) The outrageous exploits make the presentation a natural for fast-paced energy and hijinks, and Cruise looks like he's having the time of his life hustling everyone, including himself at times.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) There's not much more disappointing than a fun, original film being followed by a "typical sequel," stuffed full of all of the disappointments that the term has come to imply. This defines Kingsman: The Golden Circle.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/4 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) It's so eager to please that it doesn't. It's so formulaic and predictable that there are no surprises.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) A graying [Ben] Stiller has aged nicely into these roles, displaying a sincerity that never goes over the top and using his comedic skills to deftly deflect pain when he puts his character in embarrassing situations.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
69% mother! (2017) Aronofsky wants, above all else, to make people think deeper than the film's surface plot and provoke discussions on everything from climate change to the power of creativity.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2.5/4 85% It (2017) Director Andy Muschietti delivers that kids-on-a-mission vibe well enough to recommend the first chapter of It.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 92% Good Time (2017) The good things about Good Time is the chaotic, gritty character study at its center and a breakout performance by Robert Pattinson that proves there is no "Twilight" to this actor's career.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Annabelle: Creation is a finely-tuned scare machine.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit is a well-crafted movie, but the filmmakers keep the characters at a distance from us, in a manner that is as detached as the film itself.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) If you can get past the cliches and corny characters, and if you want your MTV, some fun fashions and a lady who takes charge, you might fall hard for Theron as the positively nuclear Atomic Blonde.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
1.5/4 91% A Ghost Story (2017) There's supposed to be something there in A Ghost Story, but I can't see it. I see dread, people.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/4 90% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip is the funniest movie this summer, and Tiffany Haddish is the breakout here, inducing a riot of laughs in this ensemble comedy.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) The miracle of Dunkirk is that it's different from other war movies in the best ways, and it's exceptional in every technical sense, making it one of the most emotionally powerful films of 2017.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) High-concept and full of style, as well as brutal violence and hot cars, Baby Driver is the latest from writer-director Edgar Wright, and it's a welcome piece of original filmmaking in a summer of been-there, done-that franchises.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) I really like Holland's effort to mix true-blue "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man" heroism with a teen boy's natural immaturity and awkwardness, but he needs a better movie.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled is clever, surprising and less aggressive than your average wartime tale, and that seems appropriate for a story of survival told with a woman's touch.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
1.5/4 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The idea is interesting... But the execution is dreadful, unless you enjoy squirming in your seat and sighing loudly and blindly seeing your own beliefs either validated or attacked to a silly degree.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2/4 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) After having seen five of these films, which equates to close to a day of my life that I'll never get back, I can say that Transformers 5 is on a level with Transformers 1.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) If you saw this on PBS, you'd consider it second-rate stuff and change the channel.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) The film creates authentic tension out of unanswered questions, and that works until you realize that none of the questions will be answered, and that is a frustrating disappointment.‐ Tulsa World
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017