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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) A paranoid portrait of individual and systemic corruption that leaves none of its characters unscarred. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2017
No Score Yet 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
Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Trophy (2017) A multifaceted look at the intersection of big business and animal-rights protection. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2017
92% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 30, 2016
No Score Yet Po (2016) Well-meaning but, on the whole, intensely inert ... ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 25, 2016
83% 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
Posted Nov 23, 2016
No Score Yet Apparition Hill (2016) A hopelessly narrow and one-dimensional religious doc. ‐ Film Journal International
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
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
Posted Nov 22, 2016
47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Unimaginative, retrograde pulp fit for the bargain bin. ‐ Film Journal International
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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 18, 2016
77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) A loving and slightly off-kilter homage that hits its genre-essential notes with aplomb. ‐ Film Journal International
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
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
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
Posted Oct 12, 2016
43% Ovation! (2016) Plays like an actors' workshop exercise that doesn't know when to quit ... ‐ Village Voice
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
Posted Oct 3, 2016
31% Masterminds (2016) Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig's absurd lead turns help carry this uneven but amusing bank-robbery comedy. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 29, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) Law-enforcement militarization is haphazardly addressed in this skimpy hot-button doc. ‐ Film Journal International
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
Posted Sep 28, 2016
91% 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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 16, 2016
82% 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
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
Posted Sep 15, 2016
14% The People Garden (2016) Merely a collection of ominously framed images devoid of purpose. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet The Giant (Jätten) (2016) While unique, this lumbering crossbreed never truly gains melodramatic traction ... ‐ Variety
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
Posted Sep 9, 2016
13% Ithaca (2016) [An] egregiously clunky and phony coming-of-age story based on William Saroyan's 1943 novel The Human Comedy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016
87% Other People (2016) Despite a strong sense of its characters ... Kelly rarely generates much melodramatic or amusing momentum. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016
54% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) Something of a tease, raising intriguing topics and insights before turning frustratingly cursory and skimpy. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2016
47% Complete Unknown (2016) Rachel Weisz is magnetic in this dreamy drama about an identity-shifting chameleon reuniting with a former flame. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 25, 2016
12% The Sea of Trees (2016) Plodding, pretentious and painfully obvious at every turn. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 25, 2016
64% Greater (2016) The life and untimely death of Arkansas football player Brandon Burlsworth is turned into a one-note sermon in David Hunt's leaden biopic. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 24, 2016
No Score Yet Never (2016) "Never" may take place in the present, but its mopey low-fi indie character drama - set to earnest singer-songwriter tunes - feels as if it's been transported from the early '90s. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) It allows Jeff Bridges to deliver what may be one of the most colorful, and yet nuanced, performances of his career. ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 11, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) [D]oesn't amount to more than its central conceit and the incessant cultural gags and profanities it uses as tiresome embellishments. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 9, 2016
No Score Yet Bazodee (2016) Fails to capture either the freewheeling, joyous spirit of the Caribbean or the heady euphoria of blossoming romance. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2016
18% Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016) The Fourth Awakens proves merely another piece of dreary detritus to take up residence at the bottom of the pop-culture barrel. ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Aug 4, 2016
65% The Land (2016) A heartfelt, if familiar, portrait of four teenage friends mired in both poverty and criminal trouble. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 27, 2016