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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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+ 69% 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
96% Gleason (2016) One of the most powerful, poignant documentaries of the past decade. ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 25, 2016
56% For the Plasma (2014) Only faintly touching upon notions of intuitive collaboration and inspiration, "For the Plasma" wanders about as if it's in a fog, ultimately to the point of pointlessness. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) Zero Days makes clear that we're already enmeshed in this terrifying new cyber-reality. And unfortunately for us all, we'll need more than John McClane to help avert forthcoming global disaster. ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Jul 15, 2016
14% Undrafted (2016) While it's touching that Mazzello has seen fit to celebrate his sibling's tenacious love of the national pastime, there's no escaping the fact that the dugout-and-diamond shenanigans are consistently tedious. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2016