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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 79% Instant Family (2018) Humor is subjective, of course, but the film offers this litmus test: do you laugh when a sane adult finally slaps Ellie ('You listen to me, you crazy woman!') and when another slaps cuffs on Pete? Or do you cheer?‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/4 85% Boy Erased (2018) On the side of truth, social justice, and human dignity...despite all that, Boy Erased never quite coalesces into the deeply moving and insightful film its pedigree seems to promise.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 93% Wildlife (2018) First-time director Dano, who co-scripted with partner Zoe Kazan, has a knack for capturing quotidian daily struggles as well as moments of discovery that hearten or, more often, horrify.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Makes a good case for itself as the addiction movie America needs right now...[offers] a primal 'you are not alone' catharsis for sufferers under the powerful grip of addiction or with a front-row seat to it.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 80% Fail State (2018) Takes a cogent look at the issues, making comprehensible the complex history of American higher education, the government's shifting role in supporting it, and the increasingly corporate exploitation of the American-Dreaming underclass.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) Because Green loves the material enough to have some good, old-fashioned fun in this playground, he's able to bring the audience along with him.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 88% First Man (2018) By focusing on Armstrong's human perspective, First Man gives us a new window into the costs and benefits of taking 'one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.'‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Unabashed melodrama...the film's strongest moments are acoustic, not plugged-in...intimate, truth-telling exchanges between lovers who want the best for each other. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) [A] dire accounting of the corruption of the Republican Party, the sell-out centrism of the Democratic Party, and the victimization of working-class Americans...[and] an urgent call to action.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
2/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Bland... something of a thinker, even a subversive one, but it's dubious that kids will pick up on the provocation between the pratfalls and the pop songs.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3.5/4 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) Informs and entertains in equal measure...not only proves thoroughly family friendly, but it's that rare moviegoing option likely to please everyone in any group.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 59% Operation Finale (2018) A functional spy thriller and, more importantly, an intriguing character study of two men shaped by hatred.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2.5/4 93% Searching (2018) Twisty thrills also result in a climactic pileup, a resolution that strains credibility...with a dynamic leading performance by Cho, Chaganty manages an engaging popcorn suspense picture that also speaks to technology enabling and frustrating...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/4 84% The Wife (2018) The ultimate secret of the Castlemans' marriage isn't entirely convincing in Joan's every rationale, but Close's sheer force of acting makes it possible to believe in the character, at minimum in the emotional broad strokes.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2.5/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) By the film's climax, a $40 million wedding, conspicuous consumerism has been glamorized beyond the point of no return, and the difference between romance and showmanship becomes, at least momentarily, irrelevant.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Can be overtly funny in its absurdity. For the most part, however, BlacKkKlansman isn't a comedy at all, but an earnest, vintage Spike Lee joint recounting history and projecting it onto our present.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) With Fisher's endearingly open face projecting every insecurity along the way, Kayla's journey of baby-steps self-empowerment resonates.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout proves deliberately dizzying, not just with its oft-vertiginous action, but in its outrageous plotting, its deliriously absurd entanglements of double agents, double crosses, and just plain doubles...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Suggests intriguing questions about the moral and ethical imperatives of justice...answers these questions with an Old Testament zeal: evil must be smitten by self-appointed good men.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 58% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) This is the kind of lackluster animated movie at which you'll lose count of how many times the characters randomly break into dance--and that's in addition to the...not one but two dance parties incorporated into the plot.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A good time at the movies... If the first film felt more carefully laid out, the sequel succeeds in stoking some Pixar-style emotion in its family dynamics...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) A straight procedural, consumed by its plot at the expense of thematic nuance. Nevertheless...a darkly compelling reminder of the multifaceted folly of our War on Drugs.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) In what starts to feel like a 'meta' running joke (or admission of creative exhaustion), the characters keep stumbling upon the leftovers of the earlier films...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Plays it safe...another issue of the Incredibles comic book, another big-scale adventure with full-throttle action sequences, a bit of mystery, and career complications testing the structural integrity of this nuclear family of superheroes.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
2.5/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ross brings a reasonably sure hand and plenty of eye candy to this slick, glitzy fantasy, which is no more or less than an amiable, star-powered trifle.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) It's Schrader's on-point filmmaking--a nouveau spin on the spiritual films, character studies, and transcendental style of cinematic Old Masters like Bergman and Bresson--that functions as what Toller calls 'another form of prayer.'‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Like estimations of how many parsecs it takes to make the Kessel Run, your mileage may vary when it comes to Solo: A Star Wars Story.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
1/4 37% Life of the Party (2018) Since Life of the Party shows little interest in investigating the satiric possibilities of the two-decade cultural gap in play, or a weirdly one-sided May-December romance, the movie wafts into disposable irrelevance long before the credits roll.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) [Spoiler-free review:] Marvel's superhero movies may not run the risk of being called 'elegant,' but they're sure as hell sturdy, well-built popcorn flicks that send audiences out unequivocally satisfied.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/4 90% Lean on Pete (2018) The animal holds a mirror up to the human protagonist...how prone youth can be on the cusp of adulthood, how reckless when desperate or threatened, how vulnerably pure of heart.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3.5/4 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsay's limber direction and another phenomenal leading performance by Joaquin Phoenix lend the material an aching sensitivity and an arrhythmic but persistent heartbeat.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) There’s plenty...that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny and even more that feels conspicuously derivative. But tell that to your pants as you pee them.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Tales of the venal, the selfish, and the desperate, lurking--when not preening--in the halls of power.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2.5/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Conjures plenty of empty spectacle...but doesn't underpin it with characters that move beyond the generic or, more crucially, the productively sharp satire that just maybe could have saved this ain't-it-cool story from itself. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/4 51% Tomb Raider (2018) One can see the wheels turning, literally and figuratively...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Galumphing narrative and flatfooted whimsy...a downright awkward kiddie blockbuster. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) A guy's fantasy of an empowered woman's story. She's smart! She's capable! She's sexy! She's nude! She's degraded! Wait...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2.5/4 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) This Peter is...the Ferris Bueller of rabbits. As such, many will love him, and many will find his zany wisecracks, blatant selfishness, and borderline amorality repulsive.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
2.5/4 84% Game Night (2018) Just manages to sustain its 'is it real or is it a game?' tension through to its climactic twists.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3.5/4 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh's admirable shading of ostensible heroes and villains backfires as character inconsistency...Nevertheless, Three Billboards wickedly entertains and provokes...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) Boilerplate Marvel, with a sleek, colorful look, cheeky humor, and familiar action beats...But Coogler brings enough to the table for a fresh vision, broadly appealing as well as inspirational in its representation for black audiences and women.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2.5/4 71% Hostiles (2018) Works as a contrived but effective parable of the American West, its painful legacy, and small measures of redemption...But our focus frustratingly remains on the white people and Blocker's struggle to reach empathy...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
3.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) grotesque personality, and the shock and awe attendant to the select few who can see through genius and, for better or for worse, cut to the quick.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2.5/4 88% The Post (2018) The heroic journalism depicted in The Post could hardly be more timely, it's true, but Spielberg's take rarely achieves dramatic traction.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) Sorkin's flair for whip-crack dialogue, structural shenanigans, and character chemistry remains a winningly shameless three-ring circus for the screen, and his thoroughly excellent ensemble help to distract from his infamous artifice.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
2.5/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Much in it is invented or misrepresented...more easily forgiveable if the film had any subtlety or depth, but this ain't that kind of party: it's a wannabe thriller that unnecessarily stretches its running time along with the truth.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/4 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Guadagnino has coaxed from his cast a film unmatched this year for lifelike rhythms and attention to human behavior.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] Johnson sticks with the Star Wars house style and seems pleased to have the opportunity to inspire children with this story of overcoming inner conflict to become one's best self, the key ingredient being hope.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Like the hilariously inept melodrama of The Room itself, Tommy Wiseau offers Franco a gold mine of oddities.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird's unvarnished, unglamorized high-school drama has the quirky humor one expects from Gerwig...Ultimately, it's a mother-daughter love story, replete with the tribulations of painful individuation.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017