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T-Meter Title | Year
91% I Am Mother (2019) Green's plot is occasionally predicated on too-convenient plot point...but no amount of narrative corner-cutting can undermine the aesthetic beauty of this impressive calling-card film, which suggests bigger things to come from its promising director. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
100% The Cold Blue (2019) The Cold Blue's imagery is its nominal calling card, and its sights are apt to send shivers down one's spine-including, most poignantly, its portraits of youthful faces. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Child-in-peril scenarios and noble martyrdom inevitably play a role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Along the way, many fine actors are forced to navigate nonsensical situations and spout cornball dialogue. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) At once accessible and formally daring, echoing its subject's style while simultaneously celebrating her radical achievements. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
69% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) The Spy Behind Home Plate is assembled with the same deftness that Kempner brought to her prior The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Ritchie failed to bring his signature style to this forgettable Disney reboot. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
94% See You Yesterday (2019) Eden-Smith makes the film her own, right up to the surprising, challenging and altogether sharp final note. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Waldo On Weed (2019) Avallone's portrait of whatever-it-takes parental risk and sacrifice... will help it resonate with audiences no matter their views on marijuana. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% General Magic (2019) As a literal origin story about how we live today, it's a captivating history lesson with global appeal. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Neel plays it straight aesthetically, marrying archival footage with newly recorded commentary, and it's the latter that gives "At the Heart of Gold" its gut-punching potency. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
No Score Yet Lost Bayou (2019) Those with a fondness for Louisiana's sultry, swampy backwoods will no doubt take to the movie's pitch-perfect regional atmosphere, but that can't compensate for a narrative that's too predictable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% The Kill Team (2019) Atrocities don't exist in a vacuum, and "The Kill Team" is most valuable - and chillingly effective - as an exposé of the means by which honorable young military men grow comfortable with perpetrating heinous crimes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019) Duplicating many of Chatwin's most notable journeys, Herzog evokes the late English wanderer's restless soul and curious fascination with profound issues that have long captivated the director. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
75% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) The central question raised by "A Woman's Work" is articulated, simply, by Pinzone: "Why would a billion-dollar industry do this?" The callous answer, per Yu's persuasive film: because it can. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
86% Plus One (2019) Erskine has a force of personality - and whip-crack comedic timing - that energizes this superior brand of amorous adventure. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Plucked (2019) At a fleet 84 minutes, Plucked maintains suspense about the ultimate fate of the Lipinski Strad. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
93% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) It's a celebration that, if not quite definitive, proves a stirring work of nonfiction assembly. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Hitting its every note with expert precision, it's a triumph of humorous, action-packed, poignant blockbuster filmmaking. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Colewell (2019) The film's finely crafted serenity is in keeping with its main character's secluded state of affairs, and mind. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) This tale of a KKK president seeing the error of his ways-and bonding with a civil-right activist-feels all kinds of wrong. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
93% Screwball (2019) The saddest thing about Screwball isn't that it's eye-opening and infuriating; it's that its duplicity and villainy feel commonplace, if not inevitable. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
100% Blowin' Up (2018) With intimate access and a sharp eye for small details and big ideas, it's an eye-opening documentary that deserves an audience... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is a shaggy-dog story in the truest sense of the term, with Korine crafting it as a series of rambling episodes that echo the swirling, heady, digressive nature of a marathon bender. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
82% The Brink (2019) The Brink isn't just about how close we are to a right-wing revolution; it's about our frightening proximity to outright conflict, courtesy of Bannon and his ilk, who want to "fight the establishment" by stoking mankind's ugliest impulses. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% American Relapse (2019) Captures the recurring nightmare of substance abuse, which makes enduring the unthinkable (homelessness, prostitution, crime, death) an inevitable facet of one's day-to-day. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
78% The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018) There's no moralizing to be found in White Tide, as director Love revels in Rodney's misbehavior with unbridled, amused relish. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
13% No Manches Frida 2 (2019) Higareda and Chaparro smile and scowl with relish, but all the wide-eyed mugging in the world can't enliven this hyperactive grab bag of romantic clichés and penis jokes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Bruce!!!! (2019) The protagonist of the emphatically punctuated "Bruce!!!!"... [comes] across as a grating boor who cares only about himself and never manages to say or do anything the least bit funny. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
64% Porno (2019) Porno's playfully amusing critique is woven into the fabric of its plot, although just as integral to the saga's charms is Racela's fondness for rubbing his audience's noses in the shocking, the lurid and the grotesque. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Isabelle Huppert turns in a tour-de-force performance... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
58% Saint Judy (2019) Wood's achievement deserves to be celebrated. The issue is that Hanish's film never misses an opportunity to make its saga as corny as possible... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
80% The Maestro (2019) A respectable low-key tribute to the talented composer... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
75% Pledge (2019) [Pledge's] main goal is to create a sense of dawning terror from the lengths to which these wealthy kids plan to push their charges, and the amount of misery those younger teens are willing to endure for the reward of being inducted... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Although he wastes Dern in a role that's too slight to warrant her participation in the first place, the director exhibits a knack for storytelling efficiency. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) A plea for transparency and conservation whose gorgeous 4K cinematography should make it an enticing proposition for nonfiction cinephiles and activists alike. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Enlivened both by its own storytelling dexterity and by the participation of its subject, who at 87 years old remains as warm, vibrant and insightful as ever. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) Portraits of institutional dysfunction don't come much more urgent, and quietly bleak, than this... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
92% Paddleton (2019) A movie about cancer has no right to be as consistently amusing as "Paddleton" - a triumph for which credit should be spread around, even if it most deservedly goes to Ray Romano. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
75% Untouchable (2019) With a clarity and broad-mindedness that's not always present in conversations regarding the matter, it seeks to open up a dialogue about a hot-button subject that, it contends, is far less open-and-shut than most assume. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
100% Untouchable (2016) From victims and perpetrators, to activists who want to throw the convicted away and lose the key, it's an eye-opening look at a thorny topic that, on the face of it, probably doesn't strike many as very complex or controversial at all. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
No Score Yet Gotti (2018) 'Listen to me, and listen to me good. You never gonna see another guy like me if you live to be five thousand,' Travolta's Teflon Don boasts in the final scene. With any luck, we'll never see another mob-movie misfire like this either. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
77% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) An excellent McDermott embodies Don with just enough strangeness to keep audiences from knowing precisely where The Clovehitch Killer is heading. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
No Score Yet The First Patient (2018) There's little lurking beneath the gruesome exterior of Chip Duncan's documentary about human anatomy dissection. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/5 59% Face (2002) The director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos - Filmcritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
80% Mid90s (2018) Incessant '90s shout-outs weigh down Jonah Hill's empathetic drama about skateboarding teens. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
100% Restoring Tomorrow (2018) Even non-believers will be hard-pressed to remain unmoved by its depiction of the many benefits - both present and future - derived from staying in touch with the past. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
93% Force Majeure (2014) Rarely has a film taken men to the woodshed for their failings with such a mix of disgust, pity, and wit, the last of which is the key ingredient that helps make Force Majeure such a unique high-wire balancing act. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
No Score Yet Bikini Moon (2018) A patchy, intermittently captivating hodgepodge that begins promisingly before losing its narrative thread... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Revealing this delicate story's surprises would not only be unkind but would also misleadingly suggest that the director's intentions are of a shock-and-awe-ish variety. Kore-eda is interested, first and foremost, in the definition of family. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Despite a cartoonishly entertaining performance from the great Tom Hardy, this superhero film is a total mess. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018