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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
13% Ithaca (2016) [An] egregiously clunky and phony coming-of-age story based on William Saroyan's 1943 novel The Human Comedy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
88% Other People (2016) Despite a strong sense of its characters ... Kelly rarely generates much melodramatic or amusing momentum.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
57% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
12% The Sea of Trees (2016) Plodding, pretentious and painfully obvious at every turn.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
17% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
96% Gleason (2016) One of the most powerful, poignant documentaries of the past decade.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
No Score Yet Chasing Niagara (2015) A repetitive, trivial compendium of extreme-sports feats.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
85% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) It's a unique, associative blend of sounds and images that aims to convey details as well as underlying truths about Frank's life. Unfortunately, it also often leaves one feeling aesthetically pummeled to the point of exhaustion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
38% How He Fell in Love (2016) A young man and an older married woman enter into an enlivening, then problematic, affair in Marc Meyers' incisive indie relationship drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
68% Men Go To Battle (2016) Striking in its evocation of a demanding time and place, this intimate drama about individual and national transformation heralds the arrival of an arresting new filmmaking voice ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) This isn't to object to The Purge: Election Year's specific politics; rather, it's to balk at its simplistic monotony.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) A consistently amusing, if slapdash, wedding comedy buoyed by raunchy star turns from Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) A dog wanders through a quartet of miserable tales in this monotonous black comedy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) A scathing, highly stylized thriller of fashion-world monstrousness.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
100% Germans & Jews (2016) It proves a level-headed, borderline-detached stab at understanding how Germans, and by extension Germany as a whole, dealt with a still-fresh history of mass extermination and attempted world conquest. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
C- 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) A feature-length endurance test for anyone who's outgrown a nostalgic appetite for this particular blend of cheeseball comedy and spastic action.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
90% Art Bastard (2016) Manages to be as cursory as it is intimate, skimming over so much of Cenedella's life and career that it imparts only a hazy impression of who he is and what he believes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
87% All the Way (2016) One can rarely sense that Cranston is acting, so fully does he inhabit his exceedingly well-written role.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
D 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) A pitiful sequel that decisively sullies any goodwill one might have felt for these Disney-fied versions of Lewis Carroll's famed characters.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
94% Parched (2016) Thanks to attentive writing and sturdy performances, the director's characters are so compellingly realized that it's easy to succumb to the film's hopefulness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
33% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016) Manhattan Night's pedestrian style and affected atmosphere ... make it a routine descent into the black heart of a city and its shady inhabitants.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) A doctor travels to his hometown to rescue his nephew, in the process confronting his traumatic past, in Chinese director Bi Gan's aesthetically remarkable debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) Hoover's style seems equally fit for a bleak documentary, suspenseful thriller, black comedy, dystopian sci-fi nightmare and grisly horror film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) Three Indian men involved with their country's traveling-movie industry face an uncertain digital future in this mournful, moving doc.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
0% Sundown (2016) A ribald south-of-the-border teen fantasy that's drunk on stale clichés.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
0% The Offering (2016) Exorcisms, séances, scurrying phantoms, slamming doors, blood rituals, possessed children, upside-down crosses - The Offering leaves few horror devices unused.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
89% Bridgend (2016) While [director Jeppe Rønde's] preference for mood over plot occasionally results in repetition, the film [...] casts an eerie, increasingly nightmarish spell.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) The most hardcore film of the year, Green Room, is 95 minutes of pure, unbridled Mosh Pit Cinema.‐ Esquire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
No Score Yet Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016) A highly personal portrait of the importance of embracing who you have while you still can.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
No Score Yet Houston, We Have a Problem! (2016) No matter how valid [its] theory might be, there are surely more compelling ways to offer it than via a one-note, 88-minute-long joke.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
No Score Yet Shadow World (2016) Shadow World sells its argument about the West's criminality not with reporting but through paranoid propaganda.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
15% Mr. Church (2016) This mirthless Eddie Murphy vehicle from the director of 'Driving Miss Daisy' is rife with hoary 'magical negro' stereotypes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
13% Special Correspondents (2016) Gervais' script mistakenly assumes that its ever-more-troublesome plot twists are alone enough to prop up the proceedings. With each new development, though, the film becomes slightly creakier ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2016
80% Adult Life Skills (2016) A cheesy rehash of numerous stunted-adolescent dramedies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
38% A Kind of Murder (2016) While thrills are mitigated by convoluted plotting and suspect character behavior, the film's uniquely bleak twist on classic noir conventions is enlivening.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
No Score Yet Bad Rap (2016) Newcomer Salima Koroma takes a good look at a handful of Asian-American talents trying to break into the hip-hop scene.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
82% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) Mads Mikkelsen's weirdo performance helps prop up this Danish black comedy about the reunion of long-lost mutant brothers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Neil proves compellingly gruff as a reluctant father figure, though it's the trash-talking, family-craving ten-year-old Dennison who steals the show, exuding a wacko, wounded attitude rooted in Ricky's backwoods Rambo-Scarface-Mad Max reveries.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
No Score Yet Rebirth (2016) The pitfall of a tantalizing set-up is that it requires a sterling payoff to match - a recipe for disappointment born out by "Rebirth," whose premise-establishing early passages lead only to underwhelming revelations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
20% Wolves (2017) It's a showcase for some fine acting and even finer basketball action, but neither are enough to cover for this story's enervating formulaic construction.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016