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T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 65% The Devil All the Time (2020) [W]hat's haunting about The Devil All The Time-and, ultimately even a little hopeful-is this idea that there's a world beyond this world, where perhaps not everyone is so cruel or intense. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
B- 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) All In is still plenty effective, but it lags behind the likes of social media and late-night comedy shows, which have presented a lot of this same information in packages that are more emotional and entertaining. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
71% Cut Throat City (2020) "Cut Throat City" is a more thoughtful and personal film, concerned with how systemic racism - and zoning ordinances - can kill more people than a gun. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) [I]t's hard to overstate the relevance of what A Thousand Cuts reveals about a democracy sliding into authoritarianism-and what Ressa has to say about the proper ways to push back. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
97% The Go-Go's (2020) This film isn't always "upbeat," but it is honest. It's the story of a still underrated, pioneering rock band - who, like a lot of pioneers, sometimes got a little lost. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
A- 100% Temple Grandin (2010) The conventional biopic beats all get hit here. But Danes' performance is far from conventional. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
75% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The best scenes in "The Wizard of Lies" just put Mr. De Niro in a room opposite his co-stars, and let him go to work. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
94% Dads (2020) Nothing here is especially revealing or deep; but the doc is pleasantly positive, and it does have something to say about how the expectations for dads today are higher than ever. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Meeropol - a granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed for espionage largely because of Cohn's efforts - exposes her subject's lifelong hypocrisy throughout her engaging and infuriating film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) A useful way to consider both the brilliance of Sellers and the damage he wrought, as well as demonstrating the ludicrous leeway granted to celebrities and the ways that obvious warning signs of possible mental illness often went unheeded. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) Like a lot of recent documentaries about the overdue reckoning for sexual predators in positions of power, "Athlete A" is a reminder that the rot is sometimes within the system itself, not just within the criminals it benefits. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
95% My Darling Vivian (2020) But the whole point of this illuminating and often moving film is that all of these people have a tale to tell - and one that's not as simple as Hollywood would have it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
89% You Don't Nomi (2020) It's a keen essay about the deeper meanings of cinema, in the form of a fun, "Hey, remember the '90s?" nostalgia-piece. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
A- 100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) What's perhaps most remarkable about Welcome To Chechnya is the level-headed perspective many of these subjects have about what's happening to them. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Assassin's Code (2018) "The Assassin's Code" has an appealingly warm look, making good use of its Cleveland locations. But the pro forma story of powerful crooks and corrupt cops never generates any heat. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
A- 100% Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977) The specificity of Word Is Out works wonders. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
B+ 99% On the Record (2020) Perhaps the most chilling point On The Record makes is that it doesn't always take legal exoneration to restore a scandal-plagued person's reputation. Sometimes, the culture naturally gravitates back to a story that's easier to tell. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
B+ 100% Be Like Others: Transsexuals in Iran (2008) Eshaghian's brief-but-thorough film captures the ambivalence of the patients' families and the well-meaning arrogance of their doctors, but its real coup is in catching up with a few of its subjects one year later. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
B- 47% Arkansas (2020) While Arkansas is a promising and often very entertaining first feature, Duke doesn't combine these borrowed ingredients-excellent though they are-into a fully realized original story, with its own personality. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
90% Bull (2020) This movie has a rare sense of place. It preserves an entire world and the fragile people within it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) "Why Don't You Just Die!" is too cartoonish and glib to have much to say about Russia or about genre films in general. But it is stylish and snazzy - a confident throwback to the knowing exploitation pictures of yesteryear. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
17% Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact has Begun (2020) Both factions though ought to agree that this "Close Encounters" is overlong and rambling - more concerned with disconnected anecdotes than making a compelling case or telling an interesting story. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
55% The Lost Husband (2020) Yet while nearly everything about "The Lost Husband" is pat and predictable, the movie's easy to watch. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
69% We Summon the Darkness (2020) "We Summon the Darkness" is fine throughout... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
71% Stray Dolls (2020) "Stray Dolls" lacks some narrative momentum, as the characters drift from petty crime to petty crime and party to party. But the film has a remarkable sense of place... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
86% Sea Fever (2020) Nowadays, the lessons in this imaginative and gripping film seem to have multiple applications. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
B+ 86% Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae) (2000) Barking Dogs Never Bite is uneven, unnecessarily provocative, and exhausts its central premise long before the closing credits, but it's invigorating to watch regardless. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
26% The Story of Us (1999) One of the year's most excruciating, shallow films. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
28% Clover (2020) From the occasional flashy camera angles to a soundtrack peppered with deep-cut R&B songs, this movie slots right into some well-worn grooves. And yet it mostly works, thanks to an ace cast and a story that springs a few surprises. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
67% Human Capital (2020) Frankly, the payoff to the movie's mystery is unsatisfying after all the buildup. None of these three stories really works as a short film on its own. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Mostly, the movie is memorable because of Davidson, who with his impish smirk, buggy eyes and short-sighted YOLO philosophy brings a rakish charm to the role of the sketchy high school friend so many people - if they're lucky - eventually outgrow. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
24% The Postcard Killings (2020) "The Postcard Killings" - awkwardly pitched between serious art and pulp trash - doesn't do nearly enough. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
B- 42% The Tracey Fragments (2008) Bruce McDonald's adaptation of Maureen Medved's stream-of-consciousness teen novel The Tracey Fragments turns the screen into an ever-shifting mosaic, with anywhere from two to 20 separate images appearing at the same time. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
96% Blood on Her Name (2020) "Blood on Her Name" runs out of juice "So now what's" by its final stretch. But Lind is terrific throughout; and it's a welcome change of pace to see a story about lawbreakers where no one involved is any kind of psychopath or super-crook. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
73% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) The plot of "Disappearance at Clifton Hill" is convoluted, but in a good way. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
B No Score Yet Kobe Bryant's Muse (2016) Kobe Bryant's Muse proceeds from a similar spirit of inquiry, looking to get into the head of one of this era's greatest-yet least-loved-basketball players. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
9% Brahms: The Boy II (2020) Like its predecessor, "The Boy II" is a fairly corny and stodgy spook-show, with a few good jolts and one genuinely creepy killer toy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
88% After Midnight (Something Else) (2020) By the end of "After Midnight," he and the audience both may wonder whether the bogeyman and true love are equally mythical. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
57% Camp Cold Brook (2020) Very little about this movie feels fresh or original; but a talented cast, a solid Alex Carl script, and director Andy Palmer's energetic pace and playful tone do make "Camp Cold Brook" unusually fun. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B+ 100% After Parkland (2019) In a subtle but insistent way, After Parkland suggests that this simple act of changing the narrative around an appalling act of violence-rather than just learning to live with it-could be the way to prevent it from happening again. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
89% No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010) A lot of 30 for 30 episodes deal with the uncomfortable realities of the racial conflicts and biases that run beneath organized sports, but No Crossover is the bluntest about how often the cheers for black athletes stop when they leave the court. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
87% Come to Daddy (2020) "Come to Daddy..." does deliver a good, sick twist; and sometimes that's enough. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
81% VHYes (2020) Throughout, "VHYes" laces its nostalgia with bitter poison, reminding its audience that even in the carefree couch potato days of 1987, the end-times always loomed. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
No Score Yet Get Gone (2020) There's nothing notably new - or especially scary - about any of it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Plenty of filmmakers have put Lovecraft's many-tentacled extraterrestrial creatures onto the screen, but "Color Out of Space" illustrates a hue - and a mood - that's much more abstract. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
65% Feedback (2020) [T]his movie is gripping from start to finish, largely because of Marsan, who makes Jarvis both charismatic and complex. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
25% The Host (2020) Director Andy Newbery - working from a script credited to four writers - makes the story look classy but can't find its beating heart. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
20% Disturbing the Peace (2020) Alas, one cool horse does not a movie make. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
B+ 91% Weathering with You (2020) By the end of Weathering With You, this has become a story about two people with their whole lives ahead of them, navigating their way through a future where they pine for things we all take for granted. Like, say, the simple pleasure of a sunny day. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
45% Inherit the Viper (2020) This is a film that calls attention to a struggling region's problems in a general way, rather than telling in detail the true stories of the people who keep hanging on there. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020