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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
90% 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
73% 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
71% 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
96% 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
57% 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
74% 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
80% 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
73% 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
13% Birthmarked (2018) There are a few droll moments sprinkled throughout "Birthmarked," which merely highlight the dreariness of the many, many others that are not.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is a masterpiece of monstrous beauty and grief-stricken rage that burrows under your skin and into your head, and refuses to leave.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
No Score Yet March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (L'empereur) (2018) Once again boasting narration from Morgan Freeman, the doc has a gracefulness and understated profundity that'll naturally appeal to those who loved the first film ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Paint-by-numbers approach to franchise construction, replete with a formulaic promise of future installments that, on the basis of this entry, feels mostly like wishful thinking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
20% Furlough (2018) Collyer's film assumes the racially-mismatched-buddy form of "48 Hrs." and the contentious central dynamic of "Midnight Run," except that its first draft-grade script lacks the absurdity necessary to elicit laughs, or the depth that might make it moving.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
14% Josie (2018) Spends so much time trying to resemble a film noir that its refusal to engage in actual film noir business proves downright exasperating, a situation compounded by the eventual revelations it has in store.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Happys (2018) "The Happys" is a film about self-definition that itself doesn't know what it wants to be - a situation that renders directors Tom Gould and Jon Serpe's indie effort a tonally confused slog.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
45% The Hurricane Heist (2018) Like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, The Hurricane Heist is two great cinematic tastes that taste great together...Rob Cohen's film ably lives up to its preposterous premise.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Score Yet Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? (2018) The doc is all talk and little action, with most of the first hour of this 75-minute pic focused on DiMaggio chatting about the good old days ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
18% Death Wish (2018) As in the Bronson series, the new Death Wish is devoid of nuance, feigning "debate" (via talk radio sound bites) while depicting everything in figurative, and often literal, black and white terms.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
80% Goldstone (2018) An Outback crime thriller whose derivativeness is matched by its obviousness.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
84% Mohawk (2018) A period-piece action-horror effort with relevant sociopolitical thoughts on its bloodthirsty mind.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
75% Don't Talk to Irene (2018) Even when the film's eccentricities feel too choreographed, it manages to deliver its preordained uplift with good-humored charm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
95% November (2018) November is all-caps CRAZY in the best, funniest, most exhilarating way possible. A mere description cannot, I recognize, do its out-there-ness true justice. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Big-budget sci-fi doesn't come much more incisive, exhilarating and mind-blowing than this.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
33% 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
25% 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
60% 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
71% 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
69% 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
72% 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
20% 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
71% 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