Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% Mank (2020) A film at war with itself-simultaneously heartfelt and chilly; ravishing and wooden; boisterous and airless. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
100% Songs of Repression (2020) Like the beatific landscapes that Hougen-Moraga and Wagner use as backdrops during title-card interludes that provide historical context for their tale, these ditties exude a sense of harmony, happiness, and contentment that's directly at odds... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
No Score Yet Kings of Capitol Hill (2020) ...the result is less a clinical analysis of the group's pros and cons, and the context in which it exists, than a polemic that initially feigns even-handedness before revealing its true colors. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
82% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) Nyholm shrewdly avoids providing concrete answers about the nature of this time-loop scenario, instead plunging deeper and deeper into recurring panoramas of suffering and hopelessness... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
81% Synchronic (2020) One mesmerizing drug trip of a movie... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
94% Rogue (2008) McLean's sophomore effort proves to be a taut and often terrifying creature feature, one that censures man's foolish belief that he can have dominion over nature while delivering shrewd, scary situational suspense. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
91% Road Games (1981) An Australian thriller that drums up suspense from its assured plotting and direction, and generates humor from its star's charismatic lead performance. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Sequels don't come more triumphant, or well-timed, than this. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
No Score Yet Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth (2020) Nonetheless, if far from hard-hitting sports journalism, Wild Card does impart lessons about the hazards of unchecked ego. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Possessor is Cronenberg's show, and he orchestrates it with demented and dynamic flair. The director's aesthetics exude volatile, venomous energy. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
85% American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) American Murder lays out its saga clearly and poignantly... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
87% Kingdom of Silence (2020) Aided by an impressive roster of participants, it provides a clear and enraging picture of the tangled geopolitical dynamics which Khashoggi helped define, and which ultimately ensnared him. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) A fine, frothy portrait of one woman's midlife crisis. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
No Score Yet On the Rocks (2017) Comedies of misery don't get much more uncomfortably hilarious than On the Rocks. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
100% City Hall (2020) City Hall proves a celebration of the power of storytelling to unite-and, also, a masterful example of it. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
86% Robin's Wish (2020) There's a frustrating lack of depth to the proceedings that undercuts its snapshot of how Lewy body dementia robbed Williams of himself. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
96% Class Action Park (2020) Scott and Porges' doc is a wild ride about a decade that prized freedom to an alternately enlivening and treacherous degree, and a once-in-a-lifetime spot where it was all fun and games even if you did lose an eye. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
83% Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) Unfortunately, so determined is Skin to be comprehensive that it invariably skims over every fascinating stop along its route. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
89% Sputnik (2020) Sputnik sets its scene with a modicum of fuss and a healthy dose of ominousness...Sputnik nonetheless has a concept ideal for follow-up installments. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
98% Red Penguins (2020) The incompatibility of Russian and American cultures-at least during this precarious period-is the backdrop for Red Penguins' raucous portrait of DIY capitalism... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
81% The Hater (Hejter) (2020) Shot with assured, clinical reserve, The Hater casts a pall of inexorable doom over its action, and then methodically proceeds toward it without tipping its hand... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
91% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Pays empathetic tribute to the motley fools who call their favorite bars home. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
25% Money Plane (2020) In the history of dumb ideas, few have been stupider than the Money Plane. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
91% Relic (2020) Delivers deep, gnawing dread that lingers long after its credits have rolled. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) In desperate need of ruthless incisiveness, it goes soft at every turn. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
9% Force of Nature (2020) The material's exploitation of a fictional Puerto Rican hurricane for cheap and contrived white-savior thrills pushes it into the realm of ugliness. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
90% Blessed Child (2019) Captures the corrosiveness of mass group-think movements, which are frequently as successful at tearing people apart as they are at bringing them together. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
No Score Yet Shadows & Lies (2010) A turgid experiment in elliptical lyricism, William Vincent plays like a hybrid of Pickpocket, In the City of Sylvia, and The Passenger, except far more pretentious than even that description suggests. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
100% Me and the Cult Leader (Aganai) (2020) As its subtitle makes plain, Me and the Cult Leader is a portrait of banal evil... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) Athlete A mixes familiar archival footage with new testimonials in a conventional manner, all while differentiating itself from its non-fiction predecessor in fundamental ways... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
83% Aviva (2020) A surreal, experimental odyssey exploring gender, romance, and sex through song and plenty of dance. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
95% Lucky Grandma (2020) Rarely turning her camera's gaze away from the formidable Wong, director Sealy situates her protagonist in a Chinatown brimming with inviting cultural and social details. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
90% Lance (2020) Any concern that Lance will be a four-hour apology tour designed to elicit sympathy for its disgraced subject is quickly squashed by its opening minutes. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) [The] film's funniest accounts come from its two now-deceased participants: Anthony Bourdain and Carrie Fisher. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
40% Capone (2020) A psychodrama of decay and death, it knocks the legendary icon down off his regal pedestal-albeit in an epically mad, magnificent manner that's also fit for a king. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
68% Liberté (2020) Though Serra certainly looks upon, and stages, their taboo-breaking with a droll sense of humor, there's plenty of grim transgression to be found here. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) Conveys an unforgettable sense of all that's stolen when children are abused-as well as the heroic bravery, compassion and togetherness required to combat such cruelty. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
74% The Wretched (2020) [It] contains plenty of bone-crunching scares. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
86% 1BR (2020) The new horror film 1BR uses the real-life experiences of Scientologists and those in NXIVM to paint a terrifying portrait of one woman's descent into cult madness. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
70% Butt Boy (2020) For better or worse, it's a one-of-a-kind experience. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) The burly, baritone-voiced action star's latest, Bloodshot, is a superhero rehash that epitomizes the 52-year-old's uninspired, risk-averse choices. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Those shortcomings are generally of little consequence, so enchanting is Bacurau's mix of the wild and the wacko. Don't worry about understanding its every pointed twist, it's a blast of beguiling mayhem. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
95% Goldie (2020) Heralds the arrival of both a distinctive new filmmaking voice and a leading lady with charisma to burn. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
81% VFW (2020) A throwback designed to satisfy those with an insatiable craving for a grindhouse cover version of John Carpenter's greatest hits. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
96% Feels Good Man (2020) "Feels Good Man" offers an inside peek at the internet's growing ability to affect and shape modern society, which often makes the film a nightmare about extremism and technology. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
59% The Last Full Measure (2020) No amount of marquee talent...can fully compensate for the inert melodrama peddled by this inspired-by-true-events film, which recounts the 1999 campaign to see Pitsenbarger properly feted. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) That self-awareness, coupled with lively humor and passable set pieces, make this long-delayed third franchise entry a modest surprise, suggesting there's still some life left in its '90s-era brand of goofy banter and chaotic gunfights. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Speaks to the various ways that individual and legal cowardice, misogyny and self-interest help perpetuate such misconduct; which, in the end, makes [it] not only an eye-opening account of Bikram's wretchedness, but a vital act of speaking truth to power. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) For better and worse, in a multiplex or on your television or tablet, it delivers pleasure through pain. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
No Score Yet Mob Town (2019) Clumsy in every respect, it's an offer even die-hard genre fans will find easy to refuse. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019