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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
22% Irreplaceable You (2018) "Irreplaceable You" uses an assortment of slight incidents to impart a lesson that, from the outset, is patently obvious to everyone except the too-dim-to-be-believed person for whom it's intended.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Boasting stunt casting, dull backstories, and blander-than-bland performances, Eastwood's dramatization of the real-life 2015 Thalys terrorist attack is a stunning misfire.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
59% Entanglement (2018) It's difficult for a film to be charming when it's so busy being preposterous - although in the case of "Entanglement," a distinct lack of energy and tonal control are also to blame.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Double Lover proves a flamboyant funhouse of schizophrenic sexual turmoil, its minds and bodies entangled in ways that are all the more entertaining for being so outrageous.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
67% Golden Exits (2018) Golden Exits makes one pine to escape the company of its second-rate Woody Allen characters.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Sorry on its own terms, The Cloverfield Paradox proves the limits of trying to salvage troubled movies via franchise-extending gimmickry.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
70% The Ritual (2017) The Ritual will feel like a trip to comfortably uncomfortable environs. And yet Bruckner's film has more meat on its bones than most, its mayhem splattered with not only blood but issues of guilt, regret and redemption.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
11% Scorched Earth (2018) Post-apocalyptic westerns don't come much more lethargic and unoriginal than this B-movie.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
No Score Yet Thank You for Your Service (2016) Eliciting outrage and shame in equal measure, Thank You for Your Service details the lack of mental-health support offered to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces-and the tragic consequence of that neglect. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
74% Like Me (2018) The film's lack of a traditional narrative will no doubt alienate many, but for the more adventurous, it offers a uniquely weird take on loneliness and lunacy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
No Score Yet Inventing Tomorrow (2018) Equally entertaining and inspiring.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
100% Bisbee '17 (2017) A bracing documentary that blends fiction and reality in ways that both complicate and enhance the material's core themes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
86% The Road Movie (2018) Dmitrii Kalashnikov's documentary is a uniquely amusing-and harrowing-snapshot of the lunacy that awaits people on modern thoroughfares and back streets. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) As it stands, it's an efficient, diverting new entry in Neeson's ongoing action canon, albeit one which suggests his He-Man career route has finally reached the end of the line.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
69% Happy End (2017) Happy End finds Haneke back in far more familiar terrain, operating in a wickedly disapproving vein.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
98% In Between (2018) It's an affecting work that refuses to shy away from the vileness of ingrained Islamic intolerance, all of which, in this case, is targeted at women-making the film something like a wrenching live-action companion piece to The Breadwinner.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
72% Mom and Dad (2018) It's an instantly classic moment of unhinged mania in the Oscar-winner Cage's career.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
100% Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017) Steinberger and Vetter create a haunting atmosphere of mania and madness, as when they transition to photos of Derek and Nancy during Elizabeth's cold, eerie testimony. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Daniel Day-Lewis performances are something to be richly savored-and that goes doubly for his turn in Phantom Thread.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
80% Sundowners (2017) The duo come across as abrasive and mirthless; for all their back-and-forths, they fail to land a single laugh-out-loud one-liner or comeback.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
65% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) Zaniness has rarely been this obnoxious.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
No Score Yet D-Love (2017) Only the most sentimental of sorts will be able to stomach the sappiness that ensues.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Even better than its offhand wittiness, its aesthetic splendor or its shrewd social commentary, however, is its headliner. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
26% The Room (2003) It is, in short, the ne plus ultra of crap. A trash masterpiece.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
94% The Breadwinner (2017) [The Breadwinner] is a harrowing-and spellbinding-exploration of life under Taliban rule.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
92% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman is mesmerizing thanks to Daniela Vega's powerful, award-worthy lead performance.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Atomic Homefront (2017) A compelling, infuriating documentary about the nuclear-waste crisis taking place in North St. Louis County, Missouri. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
92% Thelma (2017) Enriching Thelma's chaos is the director's refusal to outright censure any of his characters, no matter the sometimes awful choices they make.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
100% Destination Unknown (2017) An accomplished and heartrending documentary comprised of testimony from men and women who made it out of the Nazis' concentration camps, or avoided them altogether by hiding from capture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) It's thrilling and touching and absurd, sprawling and intimate and severe, and never less than uninhibited. In short: it's a mad Miike film through and through. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Director Taika Waititi has transformed Chris Hemsworth's buff, brooding superhero into a comedy god in this highly entertaining threequel.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
82% The Square (2017) Ruben Östlund's ('Force Majeure') latest feature is a blistering satire of the modern art world, and features a sequence that will make your jaw completely drop.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
34% Jigsaw (2017) Jigsaw continues that trend, afraid to reinvent the conventions that first turned the series into a reliable moneymaker.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% The Work (2017) Jairus McLeary's stirring documentary is a riveting account of Folsom Prison's unusual way of rehabilitating inmates: through a group therapy akin to an exorcism.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
95% One of Us (2017) The terror and trauma of fleeing fundamentalism is front and center in One of Us, a harrowing new documentary.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) The only truly amazing thing about Carol director Todd Haynes' children's fable is its wholesale lack of authentic humanity. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
70% The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) Unfortunately, the film has nothing much to say other than that the enterprise is inherently complicated - which isn't point enough for 111 minutes of screen time.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) By the time the mayhem truly transpires, Brawl in Cell Block 99 has so well-established Bradley's personality, motivations and rage that the barbarity lands with additional impact. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
63% Te Ata (2017) Lacking both fluidity and complexity, "Te Ata" is a functional but one-note tribute told through educational storytelling that, unlike its subject, doesn't manage to inspire.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) It's a sermonizing work as entertaining as it is informative.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
85% Sylvio (2017) This charming lo-fi indie from actor-director Kentucker Audley and director Albert Birney is attuned to its own eccentric wavelength, equal parts absurd and poignant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
92% Barracuda (2017) Though its slow-burn narrative doesn't pay off in a wholly satisfying manner, this offbeat nail-biter should nonetheless be welcomed by those eager for something off the beaten genre path.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
91% Gerald's Game (2017) Gerald's Game ultimately argues that monsters are real, and that they can only be defeated (or, at least, "minimized") through direct confrontation.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Surviving Peace (2017) As amateurish as its 1990-grade VHS title graphics, Surviving Peace is possibly the clunkiest - and most one-sided - film ever made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) Led by performances that channel, rather than imitate, their predecessors, Last Flag Flying embeds itself in the prickly emotions that come from facing one's own mortality, grief, regret and military service.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
No Score Yet Prosperity (2017) Little more than a soundbite-heavy platform for its host's pre-existing message.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Before We Vanish rejects pat happily-ever-after answers to its dramatic dilemmas. Instead, Kurosawa's alternately amusing, disquieting and moving film recognizes that, when something vital is gained, something else is often lost.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
92% Super Dark Times (2017) There are shades of not only Stephen King in Super Dark Times, but also Spielberg, River's Edge and Donnie Darko. Phillips filters his material through a disarming aesthetic.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
100% Boston (2017) Breaking little ground but functioning as a handy primer on the event's century-plus ups and downs, as well as its efforts to rebound from the tragedy that befell it four years earlier, Jon Dunham's documentary gracefully achieves its admirable ends.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
92% Rat Film (2017) [Rat Film] draws damning parallels between how a city handles its rodent problem and its history of racism.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017