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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78/100 75%

The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

"Never has a 76-minute movie seemed so slow. And rarely has a promising young director seemed so compromised by a dull, smug script." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 2, 2016
98%

Moonlight (2016)

"There's not a false performance or detail in it." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 2, 2016
90/100 89%

Loving (2016)

"...[a] tender film about ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary moment of our revolving, repeating history." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 27, 2016
90/100 90%

Certain Women (2016)

"...a different kind of modern Western; one where confrontations are deflected and firearms feel impotent. What is most important about these stories is the Beckettian persistence of these women. They can't go on. They go on." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 27, 2016
88/100 94%

Command and Control (2016)

"The film uses a minute-by-minute account to the Damascus incident as the backbone of a story about what can happen when human beings are expected to perform even simple tasks perfectly 100 percent of the time." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 23, 2016
86/100 81%

Denial (2016)

"...a serious and well-intentioned movie that takes great pains to present things as they could have been." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 23, 2016
87/100 81%

Equity (2016)

"...a smart and stylish corporate thriller driven by a really terrific performance by Anna Gunn" ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 2, 2016
90/100 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"...a lyrical, plain-sung movie about people who are obliged to love one another. And do." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 2, 2016
86/100 91%

City Of Gold (2016)

"While the documentary occasionally verges on hagiography... it doesn't irritate... It's just a nice movie about a nice man " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
85/100 19%

The Adderall Diaries (2016)

"... feels a little self-impressed and student-filmy, yet it allows its cast a few highlight reel moments." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"...Cheadle hasn't made the definitive cinematic portrait of Davis, he has ...made a very entertaining, outrageous movie." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 91%

Green Room (2016)

"Tense, taut and brutal ..." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 71%

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"What Eggers took chapters to establish, Tykwer manages to subliminally install." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"...has about it something of the feel of a screwball comedy. There's a bit of Preston Sturges in the film, and while the dialogue is set in period vocabulary, it's delivered in a way that feels quite modern." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
90/100 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"Lanthimos is obviously after bigger game than a black relationship comedy, every detail (even the most horrifying) in the movie contributes to what is becoming Lanthimos' signature tone of heartbreaking hilarity." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
89/100 68%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"...a wonderfully heartfelt meditation on what it means to become human and how we ought to cherish our sentient moments. It becomes a movie about what it means to have free will. It becomes beautiful." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
82/100 62%

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

"... a formulaic Merchant-Ivory style soap opera that plays up the dramatic aspects of the subject's life while assuring us of his brilliance by having others marvel at theorems a mainstream audience couldn't be expected to understand." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
88/100 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"...an Animal Farm-type fable about racism and sexism -- a shrewd and timely critique of fear-based politics set in a remarkably detailed, endlessly fascinating alternate universe." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
66/100 4%

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)

" If you don't like Hillary Clinton, you'll find a lot here to give you comfort, but there's no way any intellectually honest critic could make the case that it's a good movie." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 92%

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

"...well stitched together, giving us the flavor of Zappa's times as well as his life. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
82/100 70%

Café Society (2016)

"highly representative Allen -- if you're playing Woodman bingo, you can immediate cross off "older man/younger woman romance," "Los Angeles depicted as a vacuous cultural wasteland" and "nostalgia for Hollywood's Golden Age" off your card. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"A sweet and minor bit of hagiography ..." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
86/100 62%

Greater (2016)

"... not a movie for people who look to movies for something more than uplift or assurance, but that's all right. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2016
82/100 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"... like a movie about the life of Christ that elides the miracles." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 1, 2016
90/100 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"Like that vintage Chevelle, it's a modest-looking machine, with a monster beneath its hood." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 1, 2016
78/100 9%

God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

"God's Not Dead 2 isn't a debate, it's a pep rally. Nobody rooting for the other team need pay attention." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 1, 2016
90/100 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"...a fascinating and moving piece of cinema. It's funny and sad and scarier than any of those movies where demons or monsters pop out at you." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 18, 2016
91/100 97%

45 Years (2015)

" Haigh has overseen a minor miracle of a film. Watch it while squeezing the hand of someone you love." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 26, 2016
79/100 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"There's nothing really wrong with it that a prayerful examination of conscience wouldn't cure." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 26, 2016
88/100 98%

Mustang (2015)

"...the best part is how Erguven watches these creatures, these lithe little animals who lounge and roughhouse with one another.... as they mourn the lost world beyond the gates, and real steel in their determination to get themselves free." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
86/100 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"...there's also a lot of Michael Moore, which a lot of people are going to count as a liability. But he's an effective storyteller and not a bad comedian. In many ways, this is his most optimistic and gentle film." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
89/100 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

" ...if the human brain is fooled by dreams, then surely making a movie like this one changes those involved. Nemes cannot take us to Auschwitz, but he has tapped into something powerfully frightening." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
85/100 52%

Risen (2016)

"...isn't the worst movie former Kevin Costner collaborator Kevin Reynolds has ever made. And I guarantee that Hollywood would love for you to see it." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
89/100 91%

The Witch (2016)

"It has a pace and an atmosphere and a sense of seriousness as it drags you into its world of shadows and faith. I" ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 19, 2016
79/100 69%

The Danish Girl (2015)

"...something one can cite to advertise one's taste." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 22, 2016
85/100 73%

Youth (2015)

"... little like thumbing through the pages of a high-end lifestyle magazine, perhaps something with Aficionado in its name. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 22, 2016
83/100 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"As a one-off, the movie might seem like a little miracle - a fresh take on nostalgia not too different in tone from last year's delightful Turbo Kid. But stretched out... a hard crust of cynicism is apparent just beneath the sugar-dusted surface." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2016
85/100 77%

Jimmy's Hall (2015)

"... a soft-focus, minor film. It's not bad, but it could have been better. Hence the heartbreak." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
82/100 65%

Learning To Drive (2015)

"...there is a sense of worn-out familiarity that attaches to this well-intended but ultimately featherweight indie drama about a privileged Manhattan lady and her relationship with her exotic, and presumably wise, driving instructor." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 92%

Grandma (2015)

"...a lot more conventional than it pretends. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
88/100 90%

Coming Home (2015)

"...a human-size epic, a modest story of ordinary people coping as they can with enormous pain. There's a gentleness to the production that belies the savage, mindless infliction of history on individual lives." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 0%

Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)

"It all adds up to a curiosity, which isn't likely to make much of an impact with an incurious public. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
89/100 63%

Sleeping with Other People (2015)

"...funny, sexy and wonderfully free of reflexive irony. It's exactly what a romantic comedy ought to be." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
88/100 80%

The New Girlfriend (2015)

"...an intelligent investigation of hearts that don't know quite what they want." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
86/100 73%

Suffragette (2015)

"An earnest, melodramatic and probably necessary history lesson..." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 94%

Creed (2015)

"To call Creed the best Rocky movie since the original might seem faint praise to those who reflexively deride the sequels; it is in many ways a better-made movie than the somewhat rough-hewn Rocky." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
85/100 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"...the sort of movie that any decent person ought to enjoy. It is full of heart and longing, and if it fails to stir something inside you perhaps you should consider that it is you, and not John Crowley's exquisitely crafted movie, that is at fault." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
78/100 43%

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"... a clumsy behemoth, inspiring a kind of dull awe at all the resources mounted for its realization." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
82/100 61%

Concussion (2015)

"It isn't a terrible movie, it's just exactly the sort of movie you'd expect from Hollywood, a platitudinous and reductive lesson that's too polite and simplistic to engage. But that's not Will Smith's fault." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
92/100 94%

Carol (2015)

"This remarkable, intelligent and beautifully humane film evokes the smoky, poisonous beauty of the time. Almost perfectly." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
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