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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 87% The Lovers (2017) As much as anything, it's propelled by unflinching honesty, which helps it become a smart, surprising and funny study in grown-up emotion.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3/5 77% Chuck (2017) Without that backstory, it would be a fairly unremarkable, fairly familiar ride. But with it, and with a fine turn from Liev Schreiber, it scraps its way to respectability.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
4/5 83% God Knows Where I Am (2017) Above all, it's a very human story and a very well-told one -- which, in the end, makes it very hard to forget.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
4/5 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) A tale of corruption and decay that thrums with an undercurrent of discomforting familiarity.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2/5 87% Their Finest (2017) The wholesomeness and embraceable spirit will strike a chord with the sort of moviegoer drawn to such a film. But that doesn't mean it's as good as it could have been.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) It moves along nicely, but it never feels rushed. Rather, it slows just enough for audiences to become seduced by the perilous beauty of the jungle -- just as Fawcett did.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3/5 67% Free Fire (2017) As far as Tarantino facsimiles go, it's a solid one, blending violence, humor and style to good effect.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
1/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) This is not a very good movie. In fact, it is a bad movie -- a very expensive, very highly produced and very predictable cinematic skid mark. ‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 65% Gifted (2017) Evans and company inject a dose of charm that saves Gifted from its formulaic underpinnings. The results are enjoyable and, when it matters most, emotionally rewarding.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
2/5 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) If The Lost Village were a Smurf, it wouldn't be Brainy. It would be Jokey, the one who gets his jollies with the same exploding-present prank over and over and over.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) It zeroes in on a little-known chapter from the post-war era to spin an engaging and emotionally resonant story that, even after 70-plus years of WWII movies, feels fresh.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
3/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) It shamelessly co-opts the Pixar aesthetic, but at least its working to imitate the best in the biz. The result: a sweet film with a reasonably satisfying emotional element.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
2/5 34% The Last Word (2017) Thank goodness for Shirley MacLaine. With anyone else in the lead role, this sweet but uneven indie would have likely buckled under the weight of its mounting contrivances.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 42% Wilson (2017) Wilson is about a man desperate to connect with people emotionally. It's ironic then, that director Craig Johnson's often amusing movie fails to do just that.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's got a great ensemble cast. It's got eye-popping visual effects. It's got a blend of non-stop action and well-timed humor. In short, it's just plain fun.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) A sturdy historical drama that doubles as a love story and a surprisingly timely appeal for tolerance and understanding.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) Easily the best entry in the sprawling X-Men franchise, and arguably the best superhero film since The Dark Knight offered a similar sense of refreshing thoughtfulness.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
4/5 95% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Without a word of dialog, it says more than most animated films could ever hope to.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall? The Totally Ridiculous Wall is more like it.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) It's an exceedingly dumb film, with its high body count, shockingly bloody violence and comic-book carnage. Still, there are guilty pleasures to be had. ‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
1/5 25% The Comedian (2017) You'll keep thinking, hoping even, that the sheer talent of the cast will take over and elevate things. But the joke's on you.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) It is at once sobering and thoughtful - and, yes, uncomfortable, at times. But it's a necessary uncomfortable, the kind of uncomfortable we could use more of right now.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
2/5 42% Gold (2017) You know that adage about all that glitters? Consider "Gold" supporting evidence that it's true.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
3/5 75% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 80% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/5 93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 72% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/5 74% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 49% Almost Christmas (2016) For most of its two-hour running time, the predictable, unimaginative Almost Christmas is merely almost funny. ‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
3/5 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
4/5 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 92% Munyurangabo (2009) The result is an achingly authentic film, as stirring as it is relevant.‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
3/5 87% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/5 25% Suicide Squad (2016) Who's to say messy can't also be fun?‐ Times-Picayune
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016