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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 88% Mid90s (2018) Jonah Hill's directorial debut, from a script he wrote himself, rewinds back to Clinton-era L.A., where a young kid gets an education in sex, drugs and skaterat culture. The result feels rough-hewn, hands-on and totally irresistible.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 86% Halloween (2018) This slasher movie reboot for the #MeToo Era is the trick-or-treat frightfest you've been waiting for, highlighted by Jamie Lee Cuirtis in a savage roar of a performance in the role that made her a star. You'll scream bloody murder!‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3.5/5 64% Beautiful Boy (2018) Hard to take and impossible to forget.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) It's hard not to think "WTF?!" in this story of a teacher who discovers a child prodigy and becomes obsessed. But Gyllenhaal is a sorceress of an actress worthy of following through the film's twisty paths of light and dark. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 73% The Happy Prince (2018) Director-actor Rupert Everett tackles Oscar Wilde in his later years, and proves this was the role he was born to play. Get ready to marvel at an award-caliber performance.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Set in a 1969 Vegas hotel, Drew Goddard's retro whatzit could have been creepier, wittier, sharper and had a payoff that actually paid off, but there are enough twisted delights (yay, Cynthia Erivo!) to make you consider checking in.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 79% 22 July (2018) Director Paul Greengrass' latest docudrama re-enacts the 2011 massacre in Norway with chilling accuracy - but stumbles when revisiting the details of the aftermath.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 88% First Man (2018) Unmissable and unforgettable.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) An emotional powerhouse about a police shooting of an unarmed black man. Topped by an incandescent Amandla Stenberg, whose performance grows like a gathering storm, Tillman's film snaps like a livewire. It means to shake you - and does.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 31% Venom (2018) Even the great Tom Hardy is defeated by this tone-deaf Marvel botch job, which delivers a puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel instead of the scary, dark-night-of-the-soul thunderbolt fans had every right to expect.. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) By dumping the usual Hollywood bull for something that feels raw, scrappy and lived in, Cooper and Gaga knock it out of the park. Their movie, one of the year's very best, is a modern musical classic. The Oscar race is officially on.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
4/5 84% Monsters and Men (2018) John David Washington is at his forceful best in this racially-charged drama from debuting filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green that uses the perspective of three persons of color to examine the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop,‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 100% Free Solo (2018) If mountain-climbing docs make you puke-dizzy, this one is is probably not a good idea. But as Alex Honnold climbs El Capitan solo and without a net, you feel every adrenaline-pumping moment.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
1/5 28% Night School (2018) Only a fool would say that Hart and Haddish aren't hilarious. But only a dumbass would argue that their new comedy isn't the worst kind of lazy, laughless, paycheck-begging twaddle. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4.5/5 89% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford robs banks and steals your heart. And whether David Lowery's exuberant gift of a film reps his final bow or not, Redford gives a virtuoso performance that feels like a valedictory. You want to salute him.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) A conversational feast with four acting Dames-Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright-who are not above profane fun and confessions that make them human. Don't miss the chance to bask in the pleasure of their company. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 86% Colette (2018) A radiant, riveting Keira Knightley meets every challenge the title role of French novelist Colette throws at her and turns this tale of a pioneering feminist into an exhilarating kick.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
0/5 11% Life Itself (2018) Dan Fogelman's blithering botch job doesn't rate a single star. Try five eyerolls. A talented cast goes up in a hellish blaze of leaden dialogue that lands like a blunt force trauma. But the real tragedy strikes when you buy a ticket.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A knockout, one-of-a-kind western from French director Jacques Audiard in which odd-bird frontier hitmen are played by Joaquin Phoenix and a hot-damn he's great John C. Reilly. Saddle up. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4.5/5 78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) One of Michael l Moore's best and most incisively funny films, this unmissable doc comes out swinging at Trump and how we ever let him happen. Moore is mad as hell and doesn't want a single one of us to take it anymore. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/5 63% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning bravely face the end of the world, but they can't overcome a barrage of clichés in a plot that ties up loose ends without a single surprise or a scintilla of genuine emotion.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 69% The Children Act (2018) This film adaptation never reaches the intimate heights of Ian McEwan's novel, but Emma Thompson's portrait of a family court judge who lets the world in at the cost of losing her own judgment is acting of the highest order.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Until an ending that flies ruinously off the rails, Paul Feig's bouncy comedy-thriller brings out the scrappy best in Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and offers an unexpected take on the twists and turns of female friendship. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
1/5 10% Peppermint (2018) Anything Liam Neeson can do, Jennifer Garner can do better. Ha! Not in this hilariously awful, insanely hard-to-swallow action thriller from Taken director Pierre Morel. No one gets taken here, except audiences.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 99% Blaze (2018) Director Ethan Hawke turns the story of hard-livin' troubadour Blaze Foley into a tribute to artistic integrity - and the best music biopic of the year‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) A hypnotic and haunting tale of how the past can grab hold of the flesh-and-blood present and squeeze. Don't let this mesmerizing mystery slip between the cracks of studio neglect and marketing indifference. It's spellbinding.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 43% Destination Wedding (2018) Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are natural charmers, challenged here to bury any trace of their star shine. Mission accomplished.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
0/5 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) A few critics are calling it the worst movie of the year. Unfair! This R-rated look at a serial killer running wild in a puppet-populated L.A., has what it takes to be a contender for worst of the decade.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/5 53% Papillon (2018) Though Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek give everything they've got to this true-life prison escape, they're denied the chance to make their characters as indelible as Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman did in the 1973 original.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) Director Aneesh Chaganty builds a high-voltage thriller told through smartphones, laptop screens, browser windows and surveillance footage. The film is a technical marvel with a beating heart, which makes all the difference.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Nick Hornby's 2009 novel about rock fandom run amuck is annoyingly hit-and-miss on screen, but partly saved by the vibrant acting of Chris O'Dowd, Ethan Hawke and the glorious Rose Byrne. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4.5/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) First-time filmmaker Bing Liu chronicles his (and his best friends') life on a skateboard in an unforgettable doc that takes on the joys and perils of young manhood in no-bull ways that will knock the wind out of you. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) You can't take your eyes off Glenn Close. Her tour-de-force as a long-suffering spouse who hits her breaking point might just get her the Oscar that has unfairly eluded her so far.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) In the guise of a bouncy romcom about insanely gorgeous rich kids, the pointedly entertaining Crazy Rich Asians is making history as the first Hollywood film in 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast. It's also "the" comedy to see this summer.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4.5/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee's hellraiser about a black cop who infiltrated the KKK in the 1970s is also an incendiary indictment of our current Trump moment and one of the best films of the year. A cinema giant has found his voice again and the power to make it heard.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) What a shame that this well-meaning and timely look at the absurdity of gay conversion camps - it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year - lacks the teeth to make its points stick. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The dead weight that Kate McKinnon has to lift in this lumbering spy farce would sink a lesser talent. Not McKinnon. She's a livewire. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
90% A Soldier's Story (1984) Fuller's writing and Caesar's performance, the power of this Soldier's Story is impressive.‐ People Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Denzel returns to lay on rough, R-rated justice. Yeah, the two-time Oscar winner is punching below his weight in a vigilante movie. But nothing dims his star power. Nothing.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
4.5/5 100% McQueen (2018) This doc on the late designer Alexander McQueen is a ravishing, haunting portrait of a fashion-shock genius. , haunting and a must-see‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Thanks heaven for Cher since Streep is barely in it and the Abba songs are from their B-side, leftovers collection. Like Trump voters, fans of this jukebox-musical franchise see only the good in it, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) Two Oakland homies, 'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs and poet Rafael Casal, create an intensely personal story about life on the edge in a rapidly changing city. Even when the plot fires off in too many directions, Diggs and Casal will keep you riveted.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant turn a biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan into something tender, unique.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A dream come true for action junkies. At 56, and so not looking it, Tom Cruise is in the running, jumping, climbing, diving, flipping, fighting shape of his life. Off-the-charts spectacular.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) First-time director Bo Burnham's tender take on teen angst, starring an incandescent Elsie Fisher, is a flat-out triumph-a film that is both indelibly of the moment and achingly timeless.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/5 88% Whitney (2018) Kevin Macdonald's electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Rapper Boots Riley scores a knockout directing debut with this no-mercy satire, starring a breakout Lakeith Stanfield, that gets all up in your face about race and the media. Summer has found its real fireworks right here.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/4 53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) As a New York widow who travels to South Dakota in 1889 to paint Sitting Bull, the stellar Jessica Chastain can't save this Hollywoodized frontier biopic from grave historical inaccuracy. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Debra Granik's drama about a damaged war vet (Ben Foster) living off the grid with his teen daughter, brilliantly played by breakout star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, is hypnotic, haunting and one of the year's best‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
2.5/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The follow-up to the 2016 feds-versus-cartels thriller is not in the same league as the Denis Villeneuve original. But Brolin and Del Toro keep the action strong and stinging until the sequel crosses the line into Trump-style fearmongering. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018