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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
96% 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
0% Against The Night (2017) Ranks right up there with the very worst of 2017. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet One of Us (2017) Employing intimate, evocative aesthetics to amplify their material's heart-wrenching power, the filmmakers craft a harrowing portrait of trauma, bravery and insular societal oppression.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
57% Man in Red Bandana (2017) Despite its frustratingly crude formal construction proves an equally sorrowful and stirring portrait of selflessness in the face of tragedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
43% Elizabeth Blue (2017) Empathetic and yet ultimately too draggy to elicit much engagement with its paper-thin story, "Elizabeth Blue" proves at once well-intentioned and inert.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Twenty-six years later, T2 has lost none of its thrilling power, feminist ferocity, and ominous foreboding-and seen on a big screen, it still puts most of its modern Hollywood progeny to shame.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
84% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Consider the action-movie escalation bar raised.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) . . .this Friday brings with it Logan Lucky, a southern-fried caper of virtuosic showmanship that, beneath its easygoing exterior, also succeeds at tapping into larger s...[ END HERE ]ocioeconomic concerns‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
61% Lemon (2017) Beyond deadpan, beyond drollness, beyond absurdity, lies Lemon, a "comedy" so uniquely off-kilter that it's never exactly clear when, or why, one should laugh-and when one does, it often occurs long after a given gag.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
100% The Farthest (2017) It's rare for a film to make one swell with pride about something he or she had no direct hand in, but "The Farthest" accomplishes that feat with aplomb.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower feels as if it's playing by a tired fantasy-movie playbook, right down to its chaotic skirmishes full of anonymous villains and slow-motion acts of badassery.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
68% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Horror doesn't get much more paint-by-numbers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
0% Armed Response (2017) "Armed Response" has less story than your average first-person shooter video game - and far fewer moments of exciting action or nerve-wracking suspense as well.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
91% Icarus (2017) For those who cherish honesty, fair play, and upright athletic competition, the film is a must-see exposé about systematic corruption and failure on both sides of the doping issue.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) A formally daring convention-defier that, in ways both bold and subtle, puts most of its genre brethren to shame.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
78% Brigsby Bear (2017) Plays like a misbegotten validation of James', and its own target audience's, Peter Pan complex.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
78% Killing Ground (2017) It works one's nerves over with skill, jumbling up its story's chronology in disorienting ways, and delivering a survivalist saga whose unnerving impact stems in large part from its refusal to shy away from the suddenness -- and ugliness -- of violence.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman's doc is a stirring testament to valor and resolve in the face of tragedy and menace, and a case study in how wars are also fought, and sometimes won, on the battlefields of ideology and images.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Harrelson stares and sneers with fanatical relish, but War is ultimately a two-man show, with Reeves giving the material an aesthetic polish and pulse-pounding energy ... and Andy Serkis again bringing commanding complexity and grace to Caesar.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) At the center of this tranquil nightmare stands Pugh, whose central performance is a thing of beautiful monstrousness.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) It's a film about the universal desire for greater understanding (of ourselves, and the world around us) that itself is, in a sense, incomprehensible. Intrepid moviegoers would be wise to fall under its spell.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
75% Good Fortune (2017) Too bad, then, that Good Fortune is such a doggedly hagiographic nonfiction portrait, reducing his entire saga and ethos to PR-style slogans.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
77% The Little Hours (2017) Delivers enough obscene unholy absurdity to consistently amuse.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The pinnacle of blockbuster gigantism, Bay's latest is a chore except when its madness becomes so sensorially all-consuming -- blinding the eyes, deafening the ears, befuddling the mind -- that it achieves a sort of terrible abstract grandeur.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
No Score Yet Princess Cyd (2017) Cone's film has little more than its heart in the right place.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
No Score Yet Lucky (2017) Compounding the action's lack of originality are both the amateurishness of every performance and the wobbly-camera aesthetics.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
68% The Journey (2017) The film is buoyed by its sharp, witty lead performances, with Spall's holier-than-thou imperiousness clashing suitably with Meaney's more affable obstinacy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
89% It Comes At Night (2017) Home is where good health isn't in It Comes at Night, a terrifying saga about the corruption of a clan's safe haven by both external and internal forces.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
84% Megan Leavey (2017) Often too clunky for its own good, and (ahem) doggedly apolitical throughout, this earnest feel-good tale nonetheless manages to pull on the heartstrings with sufficient gentleness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
73% 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
75% 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
81% Risk (2017) For all its proximity, Poitras' film never gets beneath [Assange's] exterior.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
89% 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
73% 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
79% 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
92% 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
50% 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
81% 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
68% Take Me (2017) Exploits its screwy premise for both unnerving laughs and volatile thrills.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
88% 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