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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
98% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
31% Venom (2018) Despite a cartoonishly entertaining performance from the great Tom Hardy, this superhero film is a total mess.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
68% Hold the Dark (2018) Wright's disturbed visage conveys his character's torn-between-two-worlds distress, with the actor using darting looks and burdened body language to beautifully articulate the war raging within.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
48% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) A clunky, lurching affair populated by barely sketched individuals who seem to be competing for a most-intolerable prize...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
70% Assassination Nation (2018) This wannabe-satire about high-school girls coping with a hometown devolving into hacker-created chaos is possibly the year's most obnoxious release.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) In a subtly expressive performance, newcomer Mulubwa employs a stoic, morose countenance to convey Shula's bottomless well of hurt, loneliness, shame and fear.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) What never appears is an original idea, or even an effective jolt to rattle one's nerves and break up the monotony. In the end, it's just The Exorcist embellished with a monstrous religious grandma.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2018) Life strives to grow, and flourish, amid catastrophic ruins in "Angels Are Made of Light," James Longley's stirring and gorgeous documentary about young students and teachers trying to maintain hope in Kabul.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) It's perverse and putrid, titillating and terrifying-isolating everything that's unforgettable and irresistible about traditional heist and gunslinger material so it can then splash and smear it in one's face with sensationalistic avant-garde glee.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
80% A Whale of a Tale (2018) An illuminating examination of [a] still-ongoing conflict, albeit one unlikely to sway those who've already chosen a side in this polarizing debate.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Conveying the various destructive forces and patterns that plagued their childhood and threaten to derail their journey to adulthood, it's a raw portrait of trauma and catharsis.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
79% Cielo (2017) Buoyed by conversations with a variety of people closely associated with this particularly luminous region, "Cielo" should entrance all those who enter its unique atmosphere.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
91% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Such whiplash-inducing confusion and bedlam is central to A Prayer Before Dawn, which at every turn is about conveying the runaway-train condition and circumstances of its protagonist.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
77% Cocote (2018) Cocote is as clear as day and as bewildering as a nightmare, as chaotic as a whirlwind and as calm as the Caribbean Sea.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
55% Step Brothers (2008) Part imbecilic-Peter-Pan fantasy, part empty-nester nightmare, and all riotous ridiculousness, it's a masterpiece of morons being morons.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
No Score Yet Broken Star (2018) A low-rent effort that's equal parts tawdry and tedious... from start to finish, it makes little lucid sense.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
78% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) The Night Eats the World occasionally concocts moments of peril to keep the material from devolving into torpor. But by and large, torpor is its main subject - as is the discontent it breeds.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Determined to perpetually raise the bar for both the series and himself, Cruise again proves, with his latest, that both of those seemingly impossible feats is possible.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) The most authentic portrait of budding teenagerdom you're likely to see in theaters anytime soon.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet 7 Splinters in Time (2018) Judet-Weinshel's feature wears numerous influences on its sleeve, yet derivation isn't the problem here; rather, it's a scattershot structure that undercuts the cohesiveness (and effectiveness) of its story...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
54% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge is preachy in both dialogue and plotting, and devoid of the ludicrous extremeness that might energize-or complicate-its politics. Just as frustratingly, it lacks any hint of suspense.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet Feast of the Epiphany (2018) Those interested in experimental works that incite contemplation and debate will find much to chew on throughout the course of this concise, canny effort...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Stefano Sollima's superior follow-up is a horror story posing as a tactical military thriller, all callous political maneuvering, senseless bloodshed and unachieved ambitions, set to bass-heavy braying and industrial noise.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
60% Straight Into a Storm (2018) A superficial documentary about rock group Deer Tick that will only appeal to the most devoted die-hards.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's as accurate and nuanced a portrait of parenthood and childhood that one's apt to see in a mainstream blockbuster.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) ...A case study in both the perils of delayed gratification, and of prizing ominous aesthetics above genuine scares. Let's hope its own progeny don't follow in its footsteps.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
75% The Misandrists (2018) In its gleeful distaste for conformity, it's a paragon of modern punk-rock moviemaking.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
17% Show Dogs (2018) The film's lack of inspiration at every level - technical, narrative and comedic - is so crushing that, save for pre-adolescents, most will consider this a top contender for worst of breed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Operating in a middle-ground register that's defined by its bland safeness, he sturdily shoulders the weight of the chaotic material...in a role that demands greatness, he is, in a word, okay.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) That said, as someone who remains fond of its predecessor, the Merc with a Mouth's eagerly anticipated sequel... is a superior sort of tongue-in-cheek men-in-tights work.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% What Haunts Us (2018) This gripping documentary, flaws and all, is not just an exposé of unimaginable wrongdoing-it's a testament to the power, and necessity, of vocally confronting long-buried sins.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Fargeat's feature debut provides a down-and-dirty jolt of feminist rage and retribution that gets one's pulse pounding-and which feels especially potent at this particular sociocultural moment in time.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
94% Beast (2018) Despite starting strong, this psychosexual thriller is at once ham-fisted, obvious and all-too-frequently preposterous. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Shot in 1.37:1 aspect ratio, and devoid of a conventional musical score, it's an austere examination of devotion, grief, self-loathing and the desperate madness those emotions can inspire in an alienated individual's heart. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
75% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) The outlandishness proffered by this comedy is of such a strident sort that any possible laughs quickly turn to eye-rolling groans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
81% Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) "Tiny Shoulders" captures, per its title, the immense burden Barbie has had to bear as the nexus for all sorts of prickly debates - about body-shaming, stereotyping and workplace/domestic roles - that, to this day, have yet to be fully resolved.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
80% State Like Sleep (2018) This consistently surprising film slinks along with melancholic dreaminess, matching the fugue state that plagues its grief-stricken protagonist.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Part of what makes Infinity War thrilling is the way it weaves its various narrative strands into a seamless whole-or, at least, as close to seamless as one might reasonably hope.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
100% Call Her Ganda (2018) With access to only one side of its central conflict, and a scattershot approach that skims over key details and points of interest, this well-intentioned documentary leaves audiences feeling like they're only getting part of a much larger story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
85% Cargo (2018) This familiar saga eschews jolting scares for survival-esque (and dark-heart-of-man) thrills, relying largely on Freeman's compelling lead turn to set it apart from the genre.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
71% The Rachel Divide (2018) Far from simply a snapshot of a discussion about race, Brownson's documentary is a riveting account of self-sabotage, misplaced priorities, and obstinacy run amok.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
60% Anything (2018) A romance between a recent widower and a transgender woman that, at nearly every turn, operates in schematic fashion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) The faithful will be placated by such recycling, and to be sure, the guys do their best to revisit jokes in semi-novel ways...Yet those moments are ultimately the film's weakest link, reminders that the troupe hasn't gone far in the past two decade.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) One of the year's most arresting and unforgettable films.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Devoid of revelations, the film instead focuses on the creation and delivery of the narrative that Kennedy used to survive this calamity...It allows Chappaquiddick to become an example of the very thing it portrays.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
100% Operation Odessa (2018) Operation Odessa is such an unbelievably wild, entertaining documentary that the dullness of its title is a borderline crime against itself.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) It's all blind, superficial adoration devoid of the very sort of adult perspective it so desperately requires.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018