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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 23% Proud Mary (2018) This dipshit drivel guns down Taraji P. Henson's bid for action-hero glory - and it should be ashamed of itself for wasting such talent.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
2.5/4 55% The Commuter (2018) Jaume Collet-Serra's gleefully absurd thriller gives star Liam Neeson a chance to play 'Taken' on a Train and the tension flames on such a high burner that you won't realize the whole thing doesn't add up until after you leave the theater. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/4 67% Happy End (2017) Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke has made many a masterpiece. Sadly, his latest isn't one of them. Yet this cinematic poke in the eye about an upper class family imploding still exerts a perverse fascination.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) What an astounding actress Annette Bening is. And she's at her very best playing Gloria Grahame, a screen siren of the 1940s and 1950s, who faced a health crisis in her final days with the help of a new love (a terrific Jamie Bell). ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
3/4 81% Molly's Game (2018) Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut gives "poker queen" Molly Bloom the royal treatment she deserves. Star Jessica Chastain proves as eloquent in silence as she does in speech and deals audiences a winning hand.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
3.5/4 74% Hostiles (2018) The continuously astounding Christian Bale is one of our best film actors, and he's at his peak in Hostiles, a powderkeg of a western, written and directed in a soulful fever by Scott Cooper.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
3.5/4 92% Phantom Thread (2018) Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis, both in peak form, use the fashion world to tackle the agony and euphoria of creation. Taking full measure of Phantom Thread may require more than one viewing. Our advice for now: just sit back and behold. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) At the 11th-hour, Ridley Scott worked magic to replace scandal-plagued Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, who plays John Paul Getty with "magisterial skill" in this fact-based kidnap thriller. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Amazingly, a virtuoso Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, spare-no-expense production values and a score by Oscar (La La Land) and Tony (Dear Evan Hansen) winners Ben Pasek and Justin Paul add up to a shrill blast of nothing ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/4 50% Downsizing (2017) With deeply felt performances from Matt Damon and Hong Chau and startling special effects in miniature, Alexander Payne's sci-fi satire brims over with the pleasures of the unexpected.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
2.5/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) This updated Jumanji can't outrun the clichés on its tail, but its puppy-eagerness to please is hard to resist. And Jack Black steals every scene he's in. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) Steven Spielberg's tense, terrific new drama, with Streep and Hanks at their finest, celebrates the passionate bond between a free press and every thinking human being, however diminished the species in Trump's America. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson's middle chapter in the current Star Wars trilogy is the epic you've been looking for. Capped by Mark Hamill in the performance of his career, it points the way ahead to a next generation of skywalkers - and, thrillingly, to a new hope.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) A never-better Robbie and Janney hold up a mirror to the tabloid America most of us ignore or dismiss - and make us see ourselves reflected in it, too. I, Tonya is funny as hell, but the pain is just as real. You'll laugh till it hurts. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/4 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Woody's Allen's period drama feels more like a stage play than a film - its claustrophobic atmosphere can be stifling. But Kate Winslet is a bonfire that burns through every scene.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro is a world-class film artist and he proves it in this Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins, unforgettable) who falls for an amphibious creature. Don't t analyze how del Toro does it. Just dive in. There's magic in it.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco is firing on all his creative cylinders in this comic bonanza about Tommy Wiseau, the worst filmmaker of the 21st century. Franco hits a new career peak by making sure his film is as heartfelt as it is hilarious.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead gem pays loving tribute to Mexican culture with animation that brims over with visual pleasures, comic energy and emotional wallop. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Hello, Oscar! Gary Oldman gives the performance of the year as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/4 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) One of the very best films of the year. Guadagnino, a master cinema sensualist, and his award-caliber actors Chalamet, Hammer and Stuhlbarg create a love story for the ages and a new film classic. Let it in.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
81% The Best Intentions (1992) August keeps a discreet distance from the harsher realities, making The Best Intentions must viewing only if you find diluted Bergman better than no Bergman at all.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2.5/4 85% Wonder (2017) Starring a terrific Jacob Tremblay as a bullied boy with facial deformities and Julia Roberts as his mom, this drama based on the R. J. Palacio book that nearly everyone has read and wept over has surprising dimension and delicacy.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
3/4 49% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Whatever faults you find in Roman J. Israel, Esq as a movie - it tends to meander - there is no disputing the start-to-finish excellence of Denzel Washington in the title role. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ezra Miller as Flash are bright spots in this fractured coming together of DC's heavy hitters, but the film takes so many happy pills it almost overdoses on them. Sometimes shadows need to fall to show us what to be scared of. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/4 96% Mudbound (2017) Dee Rees's story of one black and one white family struggling in the WW II-era South is a fiercely intimate epic that couldn't be more timely. Mary J. Blige should be on every Oscar list for best supporting actress.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh is upstaged by his moustache as master detective Hercule Poirot. His retro mystery offers a deluxe journey to the past, but this pokey train goes off the rails about the time all the characters, except for Poirot, cease to matter. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Frances McDormand is phenomenal in this surefire awards contender from Martin McDonagh-it's a renegade masterpiece that will get you good. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3/4 82% My Friend Dahmer (2017) A warped wonder of a movie about a cannibalistic serial killer's awkward teenage years-it takes twisted to areas few have investigated. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
3/4 74% Last Flag Flying (2017) Richard Linklater's intimate drama about three old friends and military funeral gives the A-list trio of Cranston, Carell and Fishburne a chance to shine.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) One of the best films of the year. In telling her own coming of age story, Gerwig proves herself a blazing talent and Ronan and Metcalf should have Oscar calling. Totally irresistible. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2.5/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney is too talented a filmmaker not to get in his licks. But this alternately comic and deadly earnest satire of the dark underbelly of 1950s suburbia -the Coen brothers had a hand in the script-is a movie that feels tonally at war with itself.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/4 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Despite passionate performances from a Miles Teller-led cast, this well-intentioned drama about Iraq War vets who go begging for treatment for PTSD is crucially lacking in the outrage that should be its core value.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 81% The Square (2017) Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's art-world satire is frustratingly hit-and-miss. But when it hits, this slapstick tragedy will knock the wind out of you. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3.5/4 87% Novitiate (2017) A stirring, soulful convent drama from first-time director Maggie Betts features Melissa Leo in an Oscar-worthy performance as Mother Superior. The film is a potent provocation shot through with grit and grace. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Granted, there are probably more monsters and CGI battles and explosions than the movie needs. But director Waititi and star Hemsworth keep this Thor party hopping like it's 1999 and Ragnarok will never come. Good times.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) A wrenching love story, set in Paris in the early 1990s, told against the background of ACT-UP AIDS activists fighting for their lives. Ron Campillo's raw and riveting film musters the emotional power to floor you.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/4 69% Wonderstruck (2017) Perhaps out of excessive loyalty to author Brian Selznick instead of his own creative instincts, director Todd Haynes creates an extraordinary film that adds up to less than the sum of its parts. But, oh, it gives a lovely light.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman find themselves trapped in a domestic nightmare in Yorgos Lanthimos' stunning, cerebral revenge story that plays like a biblical "Sophie's Choice." ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/4 66% Breathe (2017) Andy Serkis directs a brilliant Andrew Garfield in a flawed but moving take on the true story of Robin Cavendish, who defied polio to make a better life for himself and others like him.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/4 83% Marshall (2017) Charged by Boseman's dramatic lightning, Marshall gives us an electrifying glimpse of a great man in the making.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/4 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) The story of the polyamorous trio who created D.C.'s iconic Amazonian hero doesn't skimp on the kinky sex - or the sense of female empowerment. You'll never look at Wonder Woman in the same way again. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Noah Baumbach makes family movies that feel lived in - the kind that banter, bristle and sometimes bleed. Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and a never-better Adam Sandler help make this dramedy one of the unalloyed pleasures of the fall movie season.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 62% The Foreigner (2017) This is the most dramatic role Jackie Chan has ever tackled, and he plays it with raw emotional power. And, at 63, he's still doing his own killer stunts. Chan is The Man-now and forever.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Director Sean Baker crafts one of the best and toughest films about childhood ever and gives a never-better Willem Dafoe a clear shot at an Oscar.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
1.5/4 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Kate Winslet and Idris Elba survive a plane crash but not this slush pile of chick-flick cliches. It's an epic all right - an epic waste of talent and your time.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/4 100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Sheer perfection. French New Wave veteran Agnes Varda and the young photographer JR leap fearlessly into the art of making art in the year's best and most beguiling doc. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
1/4 5% Flatliners (2017) A fright-free fiasco. This update of a silly 1990 Julia Roberts thriller is even more witless and stupefyingly dull than the original.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
2.5/4 34% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Liam Neeson is quietly devastating in a sluggish biopic of Watergate's Deep Throat that is eerily relevant if you wonder if they'll be a modern-day Felt to bring down the White House.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Villeneuve's dazzling sequel is on its own march to screen legend. Gosling and Ford are double dynamite in a mesmerizing mindbender that asks new questions meant to tantalize, provoke and keep us up nights. Would you have it any other way?‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3.5/4 98% Lucky (2017) The late, great Stanton gets the perfect send-off playing an atheist loner kicking his own mortality down the road like a tin can that got in his way. His character may not believe in God. But what kind of fool doesn't believe in Harry Dean Stanton? ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017