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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade expertly captures those middle school growing pains every American kid for generations has endured.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
No Score Yet A.i. Tales (2018) Repeatedly in "A.I. Tales" big science-fiction ideas take a backseat to earnest, muted human drama.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
75% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) No matter how spare and arty "The Night Eats the World" is, there's nothing here that hasn't been done before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
70% The Devil's Doorway (2018) "The Devil's Doorway" can't overcome the clichés of either the found-footage format or the "Satan is real!" sub-genre.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
No Score Yet Sunset Society (2018) Devotees of Sunset Strip rock decadence may enjoy the general seediness. Horror hounds will likely feel bored, confused and more than a little ripped-off.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
33% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) Likable, thanks to the obvious affection and compassion that the filmmakers and their leading actor have for men like Buck.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
71% The Lighthouse (2018) Jones and Jibson (the latter of whom also worked on the script) play this material like an intimate theater piece, finding the finer nuances in their characters' simmering animosity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Icarus Line Must Die (2018) The movie's only intermittently successful at blurring the lines between art and life. But it's a sincerely felt experiment, and it has spirit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
14% Distorted (2018) Ricci is convincingly terrified in a film that's never scary enough to justify her performance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
No Score Yet The Accidental Detective 2: In Action (2018) For the most part... "The Accidental Detective 2" whooshes by, easily and forgettably.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
70% The Year of Spectacular Men (2018) Not everything works, but the Deutch sisters are a delight in every scene they share, and Madelyn has an unusual screen presence and a feel for the absurd that marks this 27-year-old as a talent to watch.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
7% China Salesman (2018) If you can't tolerate stinky cheese, leave this one on the shelf.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
No Score Yet Affairs of State (2018) In an era when so many indies are either genre exercises or quirky dramedies, a well-acted, ripped-from-the-headlines melodrama is a novelty.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet 2036 Origin Unknown (2018) The story's too elementary, but a strong lead performance and clever staging make "2036" something committed genre fans might appreciate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Aster's genius here is in the way he welds old-fashioned spook-show juju to disturbingly realistic domestic turmoil.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
73% Believer (2018) The action sequences are unspectacular but effective. "Believer" has a well-told, entertaining story...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
6% 211 (2018) Even the subset of Nicolas Cage fans who like it when the actor makes laughably terrible movies will have trouble sitting through "211"...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
A- 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) We tend to develop a thick, cold skin of cynicism over the years. Won't You Be My Neighbor? skillfully peels that away, so viewers can remember one of Mister Rogers' most important lessons: that it's okay to feel.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Debt Collector (2018) "The Debt Collector" isn't great, but it's an ideal vehicle for Adkins, who gets to spend almost the entire film cracking skulls or chatting with a mate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
94% Who We Are Now (2018) Every minute of this film is absolutely mesmerizing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
44% In Darkness (2018) While "In Darkness" doesn't exactly bring anything new to its genre, the star makes the most of a platform she's long deserved - and that she apparently had to build herself.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
38% Feral (2018) While the film features strong performances and good direction, it's still way too rote.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Champion (2018) Writer-director Kim Yong-wan delivers a palatable product, with leftover ingredients.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
No Score Yet Another Kind of Wedding (2018) At its best, "Another Kind of Wedding" understands how hard it can be for families to look past their own burdensome self-mythology, to see each other again as just people.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
22% Terminal (2018) Robbie is fascinating to watch, as always. But in this case, she's providing 100-watt star power to a tacky little table lamp.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
85% The 12th Man (2018) "The 12th Man" is a polished crowd-pleaser, with a timeless message: Nazis suck.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
33% Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016) The tedious, derivative supernatural thriller "Gehenna: Where Death Lives" gets off to such a strong start that it takes a while to grasp just how dire the movie actually is.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
20% The Escape of Prisoner 614 (2018) A handful of fine actors are wasted in the limp comedy "The Escape of Prisoner 614," a period picture that never figures out exactly what it's spoofing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
29% Modern Life Is Rubbish (2018) There's a depressingly predetermined quality to this story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
71% The Rachel Divide (2018) "The Rachel Divide" grapples with Dolezal's contradictions, as well as with the inherent problems of making a movie about her.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
82% Ghost Stories (2018) Like the films it pays homage to, "Ghost Stories" is more classy than chilling; but each of its dark, twisty tales is smartly staged.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Let's Kill Grandpa This Christmas (2018) Black comedies don't get much broader or more cheerless than "Let's Kill Grandpa This Christmas," a low-budget tale of malice and murder played out by six singularly unlikable people.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Edge of Isolation (2018) Ignore the nondescript title; writer-director Jeff Houkal's backwoods horror film "Edge of Isolation" has personality and just enough splatter to satisfy gore-hounds.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
A- 95% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) The question The Searcher asks is whether fans expected too much of Presley. As the documentary points out, there was no precedent for how an "aging rock star" behaved, pre-Elvis-because there'd never been a rock star like him before.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
71% Wildling (2018) At its best, "Wildling" is very smart about how we humans like to compare ourselves to animals - from the names of our sports teams to the way we describe the feeling of cutting loose.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
67% 10x10 (2018) "10x10" overcomes limited locations and a slight narrative thanks to a plot that keeps viewers guessing, all the way from its shocking opening act of violence to a bruising and morally hazy final fight.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
43% Baja (2018) The scenery's pleasant and the actors are mostly likable. If "Baja" had been made in the '60s, it would have some kitsch appeal. It's easy watching, for anyone who needs a little mind-vacation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
No Score Yet 20 Weeks (2018) Compelling if difficult viewing for anyone interested in seeing a variety of parental experiences on screen.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
97% The Endless (2018) Great use of an eerie Southern California landscape and some fine, naturalistic acting emphasizes how the ordinary can sometimes seem threatening - and vice-versa.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B+ 94% Andre the Giant (2018) It's primarily a celebration of a one-of-a-kind talent, intended to put him back into his proper context.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
No Score Yet Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) "Do You Trust This Computer?" covers the major talking points about the benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence, assembling them into something engaging and alarming - if not exactly in-depth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
No Score Yet Seven Years of Night (2018) "Seven Years of Night" is so oppressively somber that it's hard to handle at times - even when it's working. This is a long, miserable wallow, making audiences feel every dark minute of its title.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
88% Lowlife (2018) The tangled plot is ultimately too simple, and the film's sociopolitical commentary too paltry. But "Lowlife" does have a refreshingly varied and up-to-date cast of characters. With seedy B-movies, just a little bit of ambition elevates the generic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) But from the multicultural cast to its deconstruction of religious iconography, this Jesus Christ Superstar was as thoughtful and challenging as the show has ever been.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
13% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) Less strident than the two surprise hits that preceded it, but it still tells a programmatic story, rooted in presumptions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
67% Caught (2018) Shot to resemble a lost grindhouse relic, the freaky home-invasion thriller "Caught" overcomes the genre's clichés thanks to a retro style and sharp hook.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
82% Pyewacket (2018) As a psychodrama about a troubled mother and daughter, this movie is gripping from start to finish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
43% Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies (2017) Director Mark Newton has learned B-moviemaking's most important lesson: Personality doesn't cost a dime.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace (2018) "Triumph" suffers from some repetition of anecdotes and ideas. But the details of what Wallace went through are astonishing, and important to revisit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
83% Tilt (2017) There's a frankness to this picture that compensates for the overall slightness. It's the rare thriller that looks to combine "Five Easy Pieces" and "Taxi Driver."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018