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Peter Travers
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 42% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Action-movie franchise returns with more extreme-sports stunts, lunk-headed espionage and Vin Diesel selling stupid to audiences who are inexplicably eager to gobble it up. Damn shame. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 76% Split (2017) M. Night Shyamalan's story of a kidnapper with serious identity issues is an acting showcase for James McAvoy - and first-rate creepfest. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 82% The Founder (2017) How is Michael Keaton's performance as McDonald's self-proclaimed founder Ray Kroc? I gotta say, I'm lovin' it. Keaton makes this electrifying take on the godfather of fast-food resonate for the scary here and now. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3.5/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Following her triumph in Elle, French screen legend Isabelle Huppert scores another bullseye with this delicate tale of philosophy professor starting over ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 13, 2017
1/4 33% Monster Trucks (2017) Monster Trucks is a wreck, fueled by the crazy belief that noise and repetition can disguise the lack of credible writing, directing, acting and FX. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 13, 2017
3.5/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) This new Ken Loach landmark sums up everything that has kept his muckraking motor running for decades. An old-school social realist, the 80-year-old filmmaker again speaks up for the exploited lower classes, ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 6, 2017
0.5/4 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Like the four franchise fillers that preceded it, Underworld: Blood Wars is undoubtedly impervious to bad reviews. What it needs is a stake through the heart. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 6, 2017
3.5/4 90% 20th Century Women (2017) A simply glorious Annette Bening (the Academy needs to that Best Actress nomination happen) leads a stellar cast in Mike Mills' semiautobiographical story about a bohemian women raising a teen in the age of 1970's feminism and punk rock. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/4 34% Live By Night (2017) The feeling persists that the material would have cut deeper as a miniseries. Still, Affleck shines as a director of actors and action. The man knows how to create a haunting gangster noir worth getting lost in. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3.5/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) If you're looking for the best and most beguiling foreign-language film of the year, you'll find it in Maren Ade's German father-daughter story that will leave you laughing and choking back tears, often simultaneously. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) This untold story of African-American females who helped NASA conquer the cosmos features three incredible performances. Corny at times, sure, but you'll still want to stand up and cheer. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3.5/4 96% Paterson (2016) Adam Driver gives his loveliest, most lyrical performance in this Jim Jarmusch film-one of the year's best-that takes its good, sweet time working its way into your mind and heart. But when it does, you're a goner. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 28, 2016
2.5/4 70% Sing (2016) Sing doesn't have the grit or the grace notes of Zootopia.. No potent metaphors here about predators and victims - the film slides by simply by shaking its sillies out. You could do worse. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) So what if philosophical depths are out of the film's reach, there's a seed of ambition in this one that suggests the transfer of a video game to the screen doesn't always have to be a suicide mission. And that's something. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Evocative, mysterious and shot through with bruising humor and heartbreak, A Monster Calls-with a deeply-felt performance from Felicity Jones- gets you where you live. There's real magic in it. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 83% Julieta (2016) Almodóvar's admiration for the Alice Munro short stories he is adapting is not misplaced. Despite rough patches, Julieta morphs into a haunting and hypnotic tribute to both their talents. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 79% Patriots Day (2017) Berg's unquestioning faith in law and order could have used, well, a little questioning. But this is a a raw, riveting, emotionally wrenching docudrama from Peter Berg and producer-star Mark Wahlberg. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 21, 2016
1.5/4 31% Passengers (2016) The spectacle feels lifeless and what could have been a challenging moral provocation dissolves into sappy, feel-good pandering. Lawrence and Pratt deserve better. So do audiences. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 83% Silence (2017) No one with a genuine belief in the possibilities and mysteries of cinema would think of missing Silence. It's essential filmmaking from the church of Scorsese, a modern master who lives and breathes in the images he puts on screen. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 21, 2016
0/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) It's near impossible to make a movie with no redeeming features - but this tearjerker hits the zero-stars jackpot, taking an all-star cast on a journey from absurd to zombified with frequent stops at pretentious. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 95% Fences (2016) In bringing August Wilson to the screen for the first time, director-star Washington does the playwright proud by refusing to slice Fences into small pieces and serve it to short attention spans ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) This spin-off/prequel has the same primitive, lived-in, emotional, loopy, let's-put-on-a-show spirit that made us fall in love with the original trilogy. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 13, 2016
1/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Talk about holiday buzzkill. This pooped party brings you down from all the jokes that don't land and the flop sweat pouring off good actors whose forced cheer is exhausting. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 84% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) Iconic shutterbug Benson is captured in all his funny, feisty, gritty and graceful complexity in this spellbinder of a doc from Justin Bare and Matthew Miele with images that take the breath away. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/4 94% Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016) The story of a legendary, rare theatrical failure from Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince doubles as an inspiring tale of ambition, youth and why we make art ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 6, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) La La does nothing less than jolt the movie musical to life for the 21st century. You leave exhilarated by Damien Chazelle's nonstop inventiveness, dazzled by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and thrilled how they made movies magic again. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 6, 2016
2/4 27% The Comedian (2017) De Niro gives it his all, but The Comedian is down for the count. It plays like an opportunity missed. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) A potent cinematic provocation. Powered by a transfixing Portman as Jackie, Larrain's film - one of the year's best - is appropriately hard to pin down and impossible to forget. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes with seductive charm, sneaky intelligence and buggy eccentricity. Sadly, Beatty as writer and director has chosen to make Hughes a supporting role, teasing a much deeper portrait.. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 25, 2016
3/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain draws us in, making us see what her lobbyist character keeps inside by the sheer force of her fireball performance. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 25, 2016
3/4 87% Lion (2016) Kudos to Kidman, whose unglam, unguarded take on the role is emotionally powerful and true; her scenes with Patel provide just the right blend of grit and grace. Lion is one from the heart. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 25, 2016
2/4 61% Allied (2016) What a handsome empty shell of a movie Allied is. Despite the star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, their scenes together fail to ignite even a glimmer of a spark. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 25, 2016
3.5/4 95% Moana (2016) Story of Pacific Islander girl on a quest benefits from Dwayne Johnson's comic timing and a Lin-Manuel Miranda soundtrack ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 25, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) No film this year has moved me more with its humor, heart and humanity. Engrave the name Casey Affleck on the Oscar for Best Actor right now, so extraordinary and engulfing is his performance. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford hits it out of the park with a stunning film noir that resonates with ghostly, poetic terror. Don't overthink what Ford has so cunningly crafted. Surrender to it. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them... is best at capturing a world out of balance and an unease that's as timely as today's tweets. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2.5/4 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ang Lee's technical artistry is indisputable, but his experiment with visual hyperclarity comes off as artificial when we most need it to be natural, organic and whisper-close. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5/4 88% Elle (2016) Verhoeven creates a bonfire of a movie that scrutinizes and satirizes the unholy alliance between sex and violence. You can't take your eyes off the fearless Isabelle Huppert. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5/4 94% Arrival (2016) Amy Adams is a miracle worker-she makes us believe in this mesmerizing mindbender about alien communication, directed with searching mind and heart by Denis Villeneuve. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) There's a spirit that soars in this nature doc about a 13-year-old who becomes Mongolia's first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. You'll be hooked. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) The stabbing simplicity of Negga's acting is breathtaking. Jeff Nichols has given us a quietly devastating film that resonates for the here and now and marches to the cadences of history and the heart. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge is being touted as Gibson's comeback. Is it also an atonement? What's clear is that Gibson has made a film about family, faith, love and forgiveness all put to the test in an arena of violent conflict - a movie you don't want to miss. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) See it in 3-D IMAX, people, and you're in for the hallucinatory headtrip of the year. And having Cumberbatch around really raises the bar on what's possible in comic-book fantasy. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 3, 2016
1.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) Hanks is one of the most likable actors on the planet. But Inferno just lays there onscreen, pancake-flat and with no animating spark to make us give a damn. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Critics were snotty in 2012 when Cruise first played Reacher, because the 5'7" actor is not the six-five, 250-pound bruiser of Lee Child's novels. Get over it. The admirably defiant star brings his own agility and quick wit to the role. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Oct 20, 2016
1/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) The better the book, the worse the movie is a sad-but-true rule of thumb. And first-time director Ewan McGregor's calamitous take on Phillip Roth's Pulitzer-winning 1997 novel is awful enough to cement the rule in stone. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins' game-changer about growing up black, gay and alienated in the Miami projects is both intimate and epic. It gets inside your head, makes you see the world with new eyes- and then it owns you. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 95% Little Sister (2016) Zach Clark goes down dark-comic alleys, but he's made a transfixing film about a dysfunctional family that looks touchingly and unnervingly like yours and mine. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Oct 15, 2016
3.5/4 90% Certain Women (2016) The cumulative power of Reichardt's film, beautifully acted by Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Lily Gladstone, is undeniable and quietly devastating. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Oct 15, 2016
1/4 51% The Accountant (2016) Affleck plays a math wiz whose position on the autism spectrum allegedly makes him a perfect assassin. That notion is offensive on so many levels, especially in the service of such low-grade crime fiction, that it's painful to watch. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Oct 15, 2016