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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92/100 81%

The Revenant (2015)

"... a movie people are going to write books about." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 9, 2016
94%

Room (2015)

"This movie is a wonder in several ways. The casting is sharp and the performances of such a caliber that awards talk is unavoidable." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Dec 30, 2015
93%

Skyfall (2012)

"Expertly shot by the unlikely genius Roger Deakins -- who does spectacular work in the film's Shanghai chapter -- Skyfall is one of those movie movies that manages to impress you with its heft." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 4, 2015
88/100 93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"...an audacious, winning debut -- for the director and the star ..." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 4, 2015
87/100 94%

Best Of Enemies (2015)

"... more measured and less fun than the encounters between Buckley and Vidal. That's not the film's fault -- the live events were charged with a suspenseful energy, the sense that real violence could break out at any moment ..." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 4, 2015
88/100 83%

Mistress America (2015)

"Part of me believes that Baumbach is relying too heavily on his dual muses -- Gerwig and Manhattan -- and that he might have made more of this idea had he and his co-writer (Gerwig) taken another pass at the script." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Sep 4, 2015
87/100 88%

Mr. Holmes (2015)

"...really, the philosophical implications are pretty slight; the best reason to see the film is McKellen's finely calibrated evocation of a soul in revolt against a failing mind and body." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
83/100 16%

Aloft (2015)

"... a beautiful slog, a needlessly complicated allegory that supplies us with some fraught falcon imagery and a couple of affecting moments before evaporating before our eyes, leaving us with the vague suspicion that we've missed some larger point." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
85/100 79%

Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

"Infinitely Polar Bear might be called an impressive debut, a slice of life that indicates a sensitive and empathetic presence behind the camera. This might have been a movie Forbes had to make, but it's unlikely to be her best one." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
83/100 44%

Irrational Man (2015)

"I go to his movies ... expecting to be disappointed. I usually am, although there are flashes of insight that signal Allen is a probing artist, albeit one afflicted with a strange incuriousness about people much different from himself." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
79/100 67%

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"...bland enough to be received by a global audience, but probably a touch too slick to gain any real purchase on the collective imagination." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
91/100 91%

The End Of The Tour (2015)

" I don't know precisely how accurate The End of the Tour is, I only know how true it feels." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 20, 2015
86/100 82%

The Overnight (2015)

"At times it feels naturalistic, but it occasionally veers into surreal territories. It is likely to discomfit and disturb some moviegoers ... but the overall effect is surprisingly sweet and assuring." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 10, 2015
83/100 45%

A Little Chaos (2015)

"... not a terrible period romance, just an ordinary one. It's all very pretty, with some startling images of the mucky natural world as well as the king's geometrically tamed gardens. Still, it squanders the talents of its key players." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 10, 2015
88/100 75%

Good Kill (2015)

"... more a psychological drama than a war movie, and its limited scale serves the film well. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 24, 2015
88/100 87%

Lambert & Stamp (2015)

"I did not think a documentary about The Who could possibly surprise me." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
87/100 100%

Seymour: An Introduction (2015)

"...a gentle yet insistent interrogation of a monkish master, an 88-year-old piano teacher named Seymour Bernstein who, in the grip of terrible stage fright compounded by existential dread, gave up a promising concert career ... " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
88/100 100%

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

"...a perfect symbol for the nihilistic hardcore punk rock that developed in Los Angeles - an angry and unwholesome scene that grew parallel to the more intellectual New York scene " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
91/100 91%

Love & Mercy (2015)

" a sweet and beautiful film, as effervescent and deceptively sophisticated as "God Only Knows."" ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 21, 2015
86/100 54%

Woman in Gold (2015)

"... simply a forgettable, pretty gloss on a subject that deserves a deeper and less heavy-handed treatment than Hollywood products are equipped to give." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
91/100 87%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

"... a rigorous if miniature work of art, a movie that betrays tremendous discipline in every aspect, from its traditional, almost formal, visual approach to the eerie score ..." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
89/100 97%

An Honest Liar (2015)

"...a truly revelatory and touching endeavor. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
87/100 94%

The Wrecking Crew (2015)

"... an enjoyable labor of love" ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
89/100 95%

Wild Tales (2015)

"Wild Tales is the uneven product of pure talent, all snapping curve balls and 100 mph fastballs buzzing at your ear. Szifron keeps us off-balance and unsettled; somehow his lack of control makes him more effective." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
73/100 0%

Any Day (2015)

"An earnest, utterly predictable indie that wastes a couple of decent performances in service of a hackneyed and weak script ... " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
87/100 85%

Merchants Of Doubt (2015)

" As a political propaganda film about the dangers of political propaganda, it's difficult to imagine Merchants of Doubt having any effect beyond the cold comfort it might bring the choir." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
89/100 89%

Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

"...a challenging and deeply engaging film that's remarkably beautiful and grounded in universal experience." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
85/100 48%

The D Train (2015)

"Before it inevitably runs out of nerve, for a while it presents as a well-observed rumination on the pathetic dynamics of male egoism and the caste-setting function of high school." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
87/100 82%

Dior and I (2015)

"this Mission: Impossible aspect ... provides ... a sense of palpable tension, and which might make it palatable for viewers who give not a whit for haute couture. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
86/100 95%

The Salt of the Earth (2015)

"..., professionally realized and appreciative, a humanist gloss on a major talent. It's a good film, not a great one, that might have benefited from a little more distance from its admittedly charming subject." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
82/100 51%

5 Flights Up (2015)

"...there's room for modest mainstream movies that present us with a romanticized view of our daily existence. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
82/100 25%

Beyond The Mask (2015)

"Much more dire crimes have been committed against cinema. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
88/100 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"...has a lot more to do with the architecture of the frame and Miller's delight in throwing things right at the face of the audience than any sneaky feminism. There's a kind of kinetic genius to the movie, which is essentially one long chase." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 8, 2015
89/100 97%

Red Army (2015)

"...an absorbing and incisive study of the bonds of nation and teams, of individual dreams sublimated for a greater good. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 3, 2015
91/100 98%

Mr. Turner (2014)

"...a tremendous and problematic movie that ultimately rings with intelligence, sadness and a kind of validating generosity toward human foible. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2015
83/100 63%

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

"...a sweet and often funny movie populated by likable actors who know their business." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2015
90/100 99%

Timbuktu (2015)

"... a better distillation of the struggle between freedom of expression and the urge to repress than any documentary collage of talking heads and archival footage could ever be ... a song of fury, a lyrical and forceful indictment of the enemies of joy." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2015
91/100 99%

Leviathan (2014)

"...starts out on a reasonably human scale, as a domestic drama about an ordinary man trying to hold on to what his luck has brought him. It ends up an epic, a movie with biblical ambitions, a haunting story about a modern Job." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 20, 2015
91/100 97%

Two Days, One Night (2014)

"...the Dardennes have fashioned their most accessible and relatable drama yet, one that works as a suspense thriller even as it exposes some miserable Machiavellian truths and Darwinian terrors. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 14, 2015
71/100 20%

Old Fashioned (2015)

"Even if you agree with Clay's rigid moral stance, you'll probably be put off by this remarkably dull, tone-deaf argument for chastity." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 14, 2015
88/100 88%

Still Alice (2015)

"There's a directness to the production that might feel blunt were it not elevated by Moore and Baldwin's heartbreaking duet performance ...." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 14, 2015
86/100 48%

Cake (2015)

"...a starkly unsentimental portrait of a damaged woman weighing the pain of living in the world against the unknowable alternative." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 30, 2015
91/100 89%

A Most Violent Year (2015)

"Multilayered and morally nuanced ... a crime drama about the sort of character who is a peripheral figure in most crime dramas. Abel is neither cop nor crook; he's just a compromised man with problems to solve." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 30, 2015
90/100 99%

Selma (2015)

"...in many ways remarkable, one of the best conventional Hollywood movies to ever engage the seemingly intractable American problem of racial injustice." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 25, 2015
89/100 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"...about the ways men without women accommodate one another -- the way they literally lean on one another and the way alliances shift and dissipate as favors are proffered and withheld. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 16, 2015
88/100 72%

American Sniper (2015)

"Eastwood takes on the story in a straightforward, apparently conventional Hollywood fashion that camouflages his deeper intention -- the exploration, if not explosion, of masculine myth." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 16, 2015
78/100 No Score Yet

The Skin (La Pelle) (1981)

"...not entirely successful at depicting Malaparte's infernal Naples... and while the book leaves you with a sense of the... the unkillable commercial opportunism of mankind, the film comes across as shrill and obvious." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2015
85/100 46%

The Gambler (2014)

"It's better than it has to be, and director Rupert Wyatt ...handles the story with economy and intelligence. " ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2015
90/100 74%

Inherent Vice (2015)

"...a dreamy movie that's all about the textures, the flat valley light glancing off the David Hockney planes. It's a movie that revels in its moviedom even as it replicates, in a very naturalistic way, a particular time and place." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 10, 2015
92/100 97%

The Long Goodbye (1973)

"... one of those movies that always flits through my mind when someone asks me to name my favorite movies of all time. I usually don't mention it, but it's always there, on the periphery. It's at least one of my two or three favorite Altmans." ‐Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 4, 2015
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