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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 54% 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 66% 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 96% 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 71% 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 38% 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 83% 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 92% 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 87% 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 73% 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 48% Tomb Raider (2018) One can see the wheels turning, literally and figuratively...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2/4 39% 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 62% 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 83% 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 92% 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 73% 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 87% 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 77% 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 95% 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
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) A harmonious set of themes, about vocation and ambition...the role of family...and the meanings of life and death.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) These comic-book cinematic universes...train audiences to see the forest for the trees...Enjoy the trees. For the forest is a tad gnarly.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
1.5/4 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Only insurance premiums can say whether we're in for a Daddy's Home 3 that adds Dick Van Dyke as Lithgow's dad and Clint Eastwood as Gibson's dad.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) A rollicking comedy...Waititi revs up this vehicle for a wild ride...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3.5/4 98% Columbus (2017) Kogonada's cleverly integrated use of the architecture, beautifully framed from visual and narrative standpoints, lends his freshman feature a sense of modernist mastery...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 87% Only the Brave (2017) An old-fashioned action-adventure story with star performances, given a sacred tinge by its real-life roots.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A strange and beautiful beast indeed, Blade Runner 2049 is a science-fiction epic for adults, somehow released in 2017...Blade Runner 2049 dreams big.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/4 86% American Made (2017) Seal's story is a fascinating one worth investigating...As played by Cruise, he's like Maverick gone to seed.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/4 92% Stronger (2017) Catches one off guard with the characters' open-hearted gestures under duress...feels as if it single-handedly restores humanity to the movies.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
.5/4 34% American Assassin (2017) Trapped in the 1980s, when Chuck Norris ruled the roost of disposable shoot-em-ups. This repulsive macho fantasy seems expressly designed to appeal to the readers of Soldier of Fortune Magazine.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) Strong performances and production carry the day. This pop culture psychodrama still works, and linked up to its pending sequel should add up to a bit more than the sum of its parts.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 81% The Trip to Spain (2017) If the dish has lost its pizazz, it remains comfort food for comedy connoisseurs.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh's here to have fun, and his mood is contagious.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
2.5/4 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) On paper, Annabelle: Creation lays out lazy character development and logic, but on screen, it gets the job done more often than not as an unpretentious talk-back-to-the-screen audience picture.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
2.5/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Isn't about anything more than the spy game and how to make it to the end of the board...Then, too, there is Theron, whose kind of un-performance in repose keeps breaking out into ferocious fighting that suggests a feral Jackie Chan.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
3/4 74% Landline (2017) Slate cements her status as a kind of later-day Lucille Ball, gifted in physical comedy and possessed of a dithering combination of smarts and free-flowing emotion.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Rigorously staged and artfully photographed...Christopher Nolan applies his trademark ingenuity and clockwork precision to an otherwise straightforward story.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
3/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) evokes the sort of tough-minded historical war drama John Milius used to write, with an eye on what war can do to the individual.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) An action-packed, beat-the-heat distraction...Lands close enough to the summer-movie sweet spot that the quibbles feel a bit churlish.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) Functions...not only as a boilerplate rom-com that's consistently amusing and possessed with charming leads, but also as a heartwarming drama.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
.5/4 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Military-Industrial Uncomplicated...Despite the theme that "Magic does exist" ("It was found long ago. Inside a crashed alien ship"), The Last Knight is all mirthless jokes and thrill-less mayhem.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3.5/4 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) It's no great leap to see Strutt as Trumpian, but Beatriz at Dinner has bigger fish to fry than any one figure...make[s] our nation's political intractability the stuff of comedy and...dramatizes the spiritual exhaustion of our time.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017