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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 78% Split (2017) If anyone was hesitant to declare The Visit a sign that M. Night Shyamalan's pendulum career is back on the upswing, Split should do much to convince them. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 78% Patriots Day (2017) Through storytelling skill, attention to detail and narrative momentum, Berg again takes a story well all know and makes it compelling, engaging and downright riveting. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) It might not leave an award-season mark, but its blend of heart, humor and history should score where it counts the most: at the box office, and in the minds of young viewers. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/5 31% Passengers (2016) It feels a touch slight in the homestretch, but its appealing cast and stellar production design help make it a sci-fi journey worth taking. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 70% Sing (2016) The sum total is no more filling than the popcorn you'll overpay for upon entering the theater. But, like that popcorn, Sing has empty-calorie, crowd-pleasing appeal. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman is sensational in what ends up as a powerful, intimate and award-worthy portrait of a very public grief. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) A deft blend of long-gone filmmaking style with decidedly modern sensibilities, it's the kind of film you'll watch with a permanent smile plastered to your face. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 14, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Affleck's performance, equally haunting and electric, helps transform Lonergan's film from merely a dramatic showcase into an emotional powerhouse. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Visually and tonally, Miss Sloane -- like Chastain's one-note performance, in which she does little but bark and glower -- is slick but soulless. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Dec 6, 2016
2/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) It tells what many consider the greatest real-life boxing comebacks in history, but on-screen it rarely feels like anything but a run-of-the-mill fight picture. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 48% Almost Christmas (2016) For most of its two-hour running time, the predictable, unimaginative Almost Christmas is merely almost funny. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 11, 2016
2/5 43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) Even in its best moments, there's nothing flashy, nothing memorable and certainly nothing smart about this purely B-movie remake. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 8, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Aided by beautiful, stereotype-shattering performances and subtle but rich cinematography, it is something heartfelt, stirring and unforgettable. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) In his return to the big screen after a 10-year time out, Gibson gives us a slow-build to an extended rush of intensity, emotion and inspiration. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 31, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) Howard keeps the pedal pressed firmly to the metal. If only he had taken time to glance in his rearview mirror, he might have noticed he's left much of his audience behind. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 26, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) A well-executed but stubbornly formulaic crime thriller that telegraphs most of its major surprises long before they ever happen. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Not every joke hits the comedy sweet spot, but thanks to Hart's outsized personality, singular delivery and self-confident on-stage swagger, they all come reasonably close. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 79% American Honey (2016) An easy-going gem that is at times funny, at times heartbreaking, at times scary -- but always, unfailingly engaging. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg strikes an unlikely but impressively delicate balance in a film that honors the victims of the disaster while also functioning as a brisk and absorbing disaster drama. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) It might be short on revelations about the iconic band, but fans can expect a good laugh - and a good time - in a film that is, if nothing else, thoroughly entertaining. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As well made as it is, it's still got that title, which is both blessing and curse in this case, as it does too little to distinguish itself from the 1960 classic. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 19, 2016
3/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) An often funny and consistently endearing old-school romantic romp that serves up an unapologetically delightful bit of escapist distraction from reality. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 14, 2016
4/5 90% The Witness (2016) A heart-rending, intensely personal portrait of lingering grief and the way a crime - whether iconic or not - forever transforms the lives of those left behind. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/5 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) A diabolical little genre-defying tale that combines a dash of dark humor with a larger dose of just plain darkness. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 92% Munyurangabo (2009) The result is an achingly authentic film, as stirring as it is relevant. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 23, 2016
3/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Where the original was a goofy, campy bit of stylized storytelling, Lowery's becomes a nicely realized, feel-good love song to fantasy and magic. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Who's to say messy can't also be fun? ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) It boasts some nice cast additions (Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel), but everything else about this emotionally vacant installment feels recycled. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 27, 2016
5/5 96% Gleason (2016) A powerful and inspiring portrait of unbowed strength and courage in the face of great adversity. Must-see cinema for anyone in need of a psychic pick-me-up. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 26, 2016
1/5 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Die-hards might enjoy visiting with Edina and Patsy once more, but to everyone else, it won't quite live up to that title. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) From the very first scene, it is exactly what you'd expect, or want, a Ghostbusters movie to be: fun, scary and silly. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) It generates a reasonable smattering of off-color screwball laughs, but it is for the most part a conventional, surprise-free affair. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) It might be derivative -- sort of a Toy Story with fur -- but there's a lot to like here: the humor, the heart, the artistry, the mercifully brisk 90-minute run time. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) For a movie that makes the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles seem restrained, there's a surprising -- and satisfying -- level of emotion at work here. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 29, 2016
2/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Ross' well-intentioned film gets off to an intense and absorbing start, but halfway through he loses the grip on his story and it all becomes a unmoored, overreaching mess. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) With a great cast, a sense of fun and no small amount of skillful misdirection, Now You See Me 2 has just enough tricks up its sleeve to overcome its flaws. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 10, 2016
5/5 95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) An uplifting, modern-day musical fairy tale that -- in addition to telling a crowd-pleasing story -- proves that dreams really, truly can come true. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 1, 2016
4/5 89% The Lobster (2016) It is weird, but it is also meaningful, emotional and unexpectedly hilarious. Best of all, it's a strikingly original film, a precious thing in homogenous Hollywood. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Jun 1, 2016
1/5 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Hyperactive, insufferable, wonderless and -- oh, where's a good vorpal sword when you need one? ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 25, 2016
2/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) There's a really interesting, really fresh new Seth Rogen project arriving this week. It is not, however, titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 18, 2016
3/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Despite a dense first half that might confound newcomers, it delivers all the humor and action that fans have come to expect -- as well as the finest Avengers fight scene yet. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted May 4, 2016
3/5 90% Green Room (2016) Even if the foundation of Saulnier's film feels familiar and the plot trips itself up unecessarily, it is a thoroughly satisfying -- though thoroughly violent -- thrill ride. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 27, 2016
2/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) With this cast, it could have raised the bar on its messy predecessor. Instead, this unintentionally fractured fairy tale is a mess -- a pretty mess, but a mess all the same. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 20, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) It could have become, like so many other biopics, a narrative version of Davis' Wikipedia page. Instead, it becomes something striking and distinct -- and illuminating. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 20, 2016
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Favreau has crafted a movie that, contrary to the fears of Disney purists, in no way betrays Uncle Walt's vision. Rather, it honors it -- and even enhances it. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 13, 2016
3/5 52% Demolition (2016) It isn't a perfect movie, but it is a rewarding one, thanks largely to its superb cast and its willingness to stray into thought-provoking territory. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/5 20% I Saw the Light (2016) If only the rest of the movie was on the level of Hiddleston's performance. Instead, I Saw the Light often feels as if it is built more on oversight than insight. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Part sequel, part prequel, director Zack Snyder's film delivers on its titular promises -- eventually. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 23, 2016
2/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) In stressing the point that there are no easy answers in war, it scores. In trying to say something insightful, however, something we don't already know, then not so much. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 9, 2016
2/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) I would have said it was impossible to be both shameless and shameful at the same time. London Has Fallen proves me wrong. ‐ Times-Picayune
Posted Mar 3, 2016