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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
35% 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
77% 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
20% 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
86% 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
17% 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
29% 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
16% 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
70% 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
11% 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
100% Bisbee '17 (2017) A bracing documentary that blends fiction and reality in ways that both complicate and enhance the material's core themes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
87% The Road Movie (2018) Dmitrii Kalashnikov's documentary is a uniquely amusing-and harrowing-snapshot of the lunacy that awaits people on modern thoroughfares and back streets. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) As it stands, it's an efficient, diverting new entry in Neeson's ongoing action canon, albeit one which suggests his He-Man career route has finally reached the end of the line.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
67% Happy End (2017) Happy End finds Haneke back in far more familiar terrain, operating in a wickedly disapproving vein.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
98% In Between (2018) It's an affecting work that refuses to shy away from the vileness of ingrained Islamic intolerance, all of which, in this case, is targeted at women-making the film something like a wrenching live-action companion piece to The Breadwinner.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
73% Mom and Dad (2018) It's an instantly classic moment of unhinged mania in the Oscar-winner Cage's career.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
100% Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017) Steinberger and Vetter create a haunting atmosphere of mania and madness, as when they transition to photos of Derek and Nancy during Elizabeth's cold, eerie testimony. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Daniel Day-Lewis performances are something to be richly savored-and that goes doubly for his turn in Phantom Thread.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
80% Sundowners (2017) The duo come across as abrasive and mirthless; for all their back-and-forths, they fail to land a single laugh-out-loud one-liner or comeback.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
67% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) Zaniness has rarely been this obnoxious.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
No Score Yet D-Love (2017) Only the most sentimental of sorts will be able to stomach the sappiness that ensues.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Even better than its offhand wittiness, its aesthetic splendor or its shrewd social commentary, however, is its headliner. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
26% The Room (2003) It is, in short, the ne plus ultra of crap. A trash masterpiece.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
94% The Breadwinner (2017) [The Breadwinner] is a harrowing-and spellbinding-exploration of life under Taliban rule.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman is mesmerizing thanks to Daniela Vega's powerful, award-worthy lead performance.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Atomic Homefront (2017) A compelling, infuriating documentary about the nuclear-waste crisis taking place in North St. Louis County, Missouri. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017