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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Dark Night (2017) Dark Night is fascinated by the phenomena of domestic mass shootings, but it's less an act of investigation than one of imagination.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
100% Dream Big: Engineering Our World (2017) The film proves a rousing, and ravishing, call-to-engineering-arms for future generations, and should receive a welcome reception from its young target audience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
No Score Yet On The Rocks (2017) Comedies of misery don't get much more uncomfortably hilarious than On the Rocks.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
83% Chapter & Verse (2017) Despite its familiarity, "Chapter & Verse" manages to make its material both fresh and authentic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick 2 continues to prove that Stahelski's series is a superior big-screen killing machine. Bring on Chapter 3.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
86% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) Smoczynska's film swings and sways to its own eccentric beat, eventually branching out to also present portraits of adult longing and go-for-broke rebellion.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
90% A Good American (2017) A cautionary tale of a man who sought to protect the world with an ingenious creation that could be used for ill as well as good.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
57% War on Everyone (2017) Even when it strains too hard to be offensive, this buddy-cop comedy delivers its fair share of pitch-black laughs.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
40% The Trouble with Terkel (2017) The Trouble with Terkel is not only destined to be 2017's worst film, but it also stands as one of the most singularly awful and incompetent productions in cinema history. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
88% Beware the Slenderman (2016) What emerges is a portrait of the internet as the birthplace of contemporary folklore -- a virtual campfire in which disparate users come together to channel, and distill, their fears, anxieties, and dreams into fanciful tales, à la the Brothers Grimm.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) Goodman's gripping documentary ultimately comes across as a history lesson with all-too-relevant insights to impart -- and warnings to scream -- about our forthcoming Trumpian America.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
67% My Father, Die (2017) My Father Die may boast a bizarrely graceless title, but that's the least of this revenge saga's shortcomings, which number in the dozens and conspire to make it an early contender for worst of 2017.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
No Score Yet The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) A paranoid portrait of individual and systemic corruption that leaves none of its characters unscarred.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
60% Give Me Future: Major Lazer in Cuba (2017) A cursory affair that skimps on depth in favor of uplifting soundbites and chopped-up snippets of performance footage.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Trophy (2017) A multifaceted look at the intersection of big business and animal-rights protection.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
82% They Call Us Monsters (2017) While Ben Lear's documentary is reasonably clear about its own position on the issue, the film's material is so thin that it provides few reasons to believe the conclusion it's selling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
100% The Sunshine Makers (2017) An ode to the counterculture's well-intentioned ethos and the dubious conduct it spawned, Mellen's film is the rare documentary to function as time capsule, philosophical inquiry, and rollicking thriller all at once‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
No Score Yet Go North (2017) A suspense-free stroll through rural landscapes where rarely-seen-onscreen dogs are the only real danger.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
No Score Yet A Different American Dream (2017) A shallow, context-free documentary about the effects of North Dakota oil drilling on Native American communities.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
100% The Bad Kids (2016) Bolstered by a confident fly-on-the-wall aesthetic and a suitably somber score by Michael Jacaszek, Fulton and Pepe locate both heartbreak and hope in their intertwined tales of people fighting to gain control of their (and others') lives.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Even more than its fanciful flourishes, however, The Brand New Testament is elevated by its consistent sense of humor.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
0% Anonymous (Hacker) (2016) Anonymous is riddled with shortcomings, but none is greater than its inability to provide a single reason to care about the plight of its protagonist.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
No Score Yet Po (2016) Well-meaning but, on the whole, intensely inert ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) His was a career full of performances that combined stoic stillness and fiery animalistic expressiveness, and come next Friday, it'll receive a fitting tribute from a compelling new documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
No Score Yet Apparition Hill (2016) A hopelessly narrow and one-dimensional religious doc.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Headlining the sort of pulse-pounding adult thriller that studios rarely produce anymore, Jessica Chastain is a one-woman force of nature as a dominant D.C. lobbyist mired in a fierce political battle with her former firm.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
B- 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) If one ignores all the blather about "family" that vainly strives to imbue this corrosive sequel with some holiday-theme heft, there's quite a bit of pure, putrid nastiness to enjoy throughout this second go-round.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
46% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Unimaginative, retrograde pulp fit for the bargain bin.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is the latest in a long line of "first contact" sci-fi stories, and yet regardless of its familiar premise, its achievements are unique.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
9% USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) Nicolas Cage headlines this lethargic, chintzy retelling of the tragedy that befell the USS Indianapolis during World War II.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
67% Come And Find Me (2016) Most likeminded films spend approximately 20 minutes on the same material covered by the entirety of Come and Find Me - a fact that leaves this mystery from writer/director Zack Whedon (brother of Joss) feeling insufferably drawn out.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Assured and understated even when going through its familiar teen-horror motions, it's the rare big-studio scary movie that doesn't seem to have been made by a committee.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
76% In a Valley of Violence (2016) A loving and slightly off-kilter homage that hits its genre-essential notes with aplomb.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
0% The River Thief (2016) An awkward hodgepodge of crime thriller, young-adult romance and religious sermon that [...] proves an ungainly mess of disparate tones.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
71% Coming Through The Rye (2016) Coming Through the Rye comes across as a cute conceit incapable of sustaining a substantial feature.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
C- 51% The Accountant (2016) Goes about its noble-killer business with all the excitement of an IRS audit.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
43% Ovation! (2016) Plays like an actors' workshop exercise that doesn't know when to quit ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
C 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) A by-the-books YA affair that resembles X-Men: First Class retrofitted for the tween Hot Topic set.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
32% Masterminds (2016) Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig's absurd lead turns help carry this uneven but amusing bank-robbery comedy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) Law-enforcement militarization is haphazardly addressed in this skimpy hot-button doc.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
No Score Yet Dick and Jack (2016) Even for a small-scale indie, the amateur-hour quality is enervating; if it were debuting onstage, Dick and Jack wouldn't make it to its second night.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
92% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A Man Called Ove - preaching tolerant togetherness as the key to happiness - earns its sentimentality by striking a delicate balance between barking-mad comedy and syrupy melodrama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
77% Goat (2016) Director Andrew Neel's astute portrait of masculine insecurity, rage and desire for strength and security.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
50% The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016) Proof that "the sky is falling" hyperbole exists on both sides of the political aisle.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2016
18% The Good Neighbor (2016) A film that - from its basic set-up to its dearth of tension - plays like the tedious inverse of Don't Breathe.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
86% Tanna (2016) Dean and Butler breathe new life into their premise - based on real-life circumstances that plagued Tanna's tribes in the '80s - through loving attentiveness to their setting's verdant colors and bustling sounds.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
65% The Vessel (2016) This muted, moving small-scale tale of sorrow and faith will strike a chord with both the churchgoing crowd and aficionados of Malick's contemplative, theologically predisposed cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
14% The People Garden (2016) Merely a collection of ominously framed images devoid of purpose.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet The Giant (Jätten) (2016) While unique, this lumbering crossbreed never truly gains melodramatic traction ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
38% Come What May (2016) French townsfolk flee invading Nazis, and a father aims to reunite with his son, in Christian Carion's mawkish, one-dimensional WWII drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016