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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Berlin Syndrome (2017) A thriller whose genre moves are as precise as its underlying swirl of emotions are enigmatic.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
No Score Yet They (2017) Featuring a doggedly pretentious style, "They" also includes clunky scripting, with every conversational exchange coming across as a didactic information dump recited by actors rather than a natural chat between actual people.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
71% A Suitable Girl (2017) A Suitable Girl proves a somber lament for a part of the world still clinging to its restrictive past, at great cost to (particularly) its female population.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
84% Risk (2017) For all its proximity, Poitras' film never gets beneath [Assange's] exterior.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
92% Hounds of Love (2017) Hounds of Love is a sinister, psychologically screwy thriller that stands on its own merits, radiating a dreamy, deviant vision of female subjugation, and empowerment.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
33% The Last Shaman (2017) At once superficial and overblown, this documentary also often feels downright phony ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
71% Manifesto (2017) A tapestry of masterful performances that [...] push[es] past traditional boundaries in order to locate deeper, more authentic truths.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
78% Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2017) Grace's easygoing indie delivers a somewhat more melancholy performance than its droll exterior initially suggests.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
93% Obit (2017) A fascinating look at the way in which these memorials function as not only tributes to fascinating, influential, idiosyncratic lives, but also as crucial records about our society and culture.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
No Score Yet PACmen (2017) Even without direct access to Carson, Walker's film solidifies the impression that he was out of his depth and thus, that his crash-and-burn in the primaries was an inevitability.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
No Score Yet Son of Sofia (2017) The director's approach casts a strange, despondent spell.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
100% The Reagan Show (2017) Velez and Pettengill's film is a work of found-footage commentary about the nature of our modern political paradigm.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
43% Mr. Chibbs (2017) A sobering, if less than comprehensive, portrait of a would-be NBA legend's rocky post-basketball life.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Keep the Change (2017) An ode to self-discovery and acceptance that's as funny as it is sweet.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) A Gray State slowly peels back the curtain on David's private life to reveal an increasingly unstable individual, one whose suspicions about institutional systems quickly blossomed into distrust of everything and everyone around him.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
63% Take Me (2017) Exploits its screwy premise for both unnerving laughs and volatile thrills.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
87% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2017) Rambling in the best manner imaginable, it's an amusingly heartbreaking (and hopeful) portrait of misery's messiness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
0% Psychopaths (2017) There's so little substance or originality to this lurid, abstract affair that it comes off as simply a faded grindhouse collage.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
No Score Yet One Percent More Humid (2017) From the outset, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's indie drama plays like a tag sale of cinematic clichés, each one piled haphazardly atop another.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
No Score Yet Love After Love (2017) Andie MacDowell and Chris O'Dowd are superb as a mother and son coping with grief in Russell Harbaugh's intimate, insightful indie drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
No Score Yet House of Z (2017) "House of Z" captures the way in which direct hands-on engagement is vital to an artist's continued relevance, and vitality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
74% Sleight (2017) Like the best illusionists, it knows that mystery is the key to its magic.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
No Score Yet A River Below (2017) "A River Below" details the good and bad of modern media activism, with answers about the best way forward as scarce as the disappearing pink river dolphin itself.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
100% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) A celebration of the courage shown by many in the LGBT community in the face of calamitous oppression and neglect, as well as a memorial for those who were lost in those fights for equality and basic human decency.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
No Score Yet Somewhere Beautiful (2017) A conceptual exercise about the parallels between a director's life and his work that's as pretentious as it is turgid.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
89% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) At once sorrowful and optimistic, Heal the Living captures the terrifying fragility of life, even as it also recognizes the strength derived from the many connections - organic, emotional, and associative - that bind and define us.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
79% Colossal (2017) Anne Hathaway's alcoholic mess discovers she's linked to a giant South Korean monster in this fascinatingly uneven misfire. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
100% American Jihad (2017) It's a fascinating investigation into the burgeoning threat our (and all Western) nations face from radical Islamic belief. Because as it argues, our true enemies aren't just the messengers of hate - it's their message itself.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) There was no escaping the profound loss experienced on that evening, turning I Called Him Morgan into a musical story of sorrow and regret that plays as if its abrupt, agonizing outcome blindsided everyone, even if it was never really in doubt.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
10% Despite The Falling Snow (2017) So tasteful it's torturous, Despite the Falling Snow is a Cold War espionage thriller for those who like their period-piece action airless and derivative.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
93% All This Panic (2017) There's no judgment to be found here, only an unvarnished look at its subjects struggling to figure out who they are, what they want, and how they might achieve their goals.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
36% Live Cargo (2017) "Live Cargo" is one of the most evocatively shot debut films in recent memory, which is why its shabby storytelling is such a crushing disappointment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
95% Prevenge (2017) Lowe's film crazily reimagines the abortion debate as one that's out of both men and women's hands; rather, it's the prenatal tyke itself that's both in charge, and has a fondness for bloody butchery. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
88% My Scientology Movie (2017) Heavy on gimmicks, light on revelations.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
85% Burning Sands (2017) The message Burning Sands imparts about hazing's solidarity-through-sadism ethos is slyly multifaceted.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
100% The Last Laugh (2017) [An] insightfully open-ended inquiry into the role of humor as it relates to unspeakable tragedy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
90% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) Lynskey delivers a charming, captivating turn that roots the proceedings in everyday feelings of powerlessness, hopelessness, frustration and fury.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
88% Apprentice (2017) Drenched in darkness and routinely visualizing its characters behind bars and alone in the frame, Apprentice teases a climax of bloody revenge, only to take a far more somber, complex turn.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
50% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) A fill-in-the-blanks effort that goes out of its way to repel at every winding turn.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) Setting aside so much zombie fiction's dull repetitiveness (I'm looking at you, The Walking Dead), it charts a new course for the genre by miring itself in questions with only difficult answers.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
75% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) A romantic drama that goes heavy on the cacophonous commotion and light on the romance or drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
65% 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
85% 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
84% 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