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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90/100 85% Boy Erased (2018) I can't think of a better ensemble in a recent film than the impeccable Kidman, Crowe, Hedges and Edgerton; the movie is extraordinarily well-cast, down to musician Flea's menacing sketch of an old convict-come-to-Jesus.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
89/100 99% The Tale (2018) While The Tale is a fictionalized version of Fox's story, it's not hard to believe a lot of conversations are recounted verbatim. Some things are unforgettable.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87/100 87% Colette (2018) Colette was, as they say, a pistol. Westmoreland and company do fine by her, as far as they go. It's not a knock to say this Colette feels like a prequel.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
91/100 97% Blaze (2018) While it's easy to be cynical about things like this, Blaze seems to genuinely come from a place of love. It doesn't presume to know the answer to its central question: Do you have to blow off everything to not be a hack?‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
89/100 84% The Wife (2018) While the whole production is intelligent and sparkly, the plot creaks a bit beneath the weight of its hardly original conceit. But guessing it doesn't spoil the fun.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
83/100 59% Operation Finale (2018) Operation Finale hits all the usual beats, and will therefore reassure a lot of moviegoers, but it avoids every opportunity to delve beneath the surface. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
87/100 76% Never Goin' Back (2018) You don't often see these characters on screen -- young, financially embarrassed but unashamed women determined to seek their hedonistic bliss while taking neither guff nor notes from the menfolk.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
85/100 82% Puzzle (2018) There is sadness in it, but not tragedy, and uplift, but not exactly triumph. Some people will find it underwhelming. But it is tender and humane and offers a couple of fine, quiet performances.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
86/100 91% Eating Animals (2018) Anyone who has ever had a relationship with an animal will be given pause by the film, and it might lead more of us to consider the moral cost of our supper.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
67/100 0% Death of a Nation (2018) There's a shamelessness at work here that's frightening, and one can't help but wonder if D'Souza believes some of the nonsense he's retailing or if he's just discovered a lucrative revenue stream. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
90/100 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik is generous but unsentimental; allowing every character, no matter how minor or briefly glimpsed, a measure of dignity. No one -- not even a leotarded Christian dance troupe called For Your Glory -- is made to seem ridiculous.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
87/100 88% American Animals (2018) It doesn't quite work all the time, but give Layton credit for understanding the essential selfishness of his characters' actions and for crediting the real terror and damage they dealt out.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 22, 2018
87/100 69% The Seagull (2018) This Seagull might be best enjoyed by audiences blissfully ignorant of the play, its freighted history and undeniable significance.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
87/100 No Score Yet The Organizer (2017) If the documentary occasionally veers close to hagiography, even staunch opponents of Rathke's politics are likely to concede his authentic concern for the poor. It's an impressive testament to an impressive figure.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
88/100 94% RBG (2018) Even if you disagree with Ginsburg's politics, the film suggests, you're likely to find her gracious, intelligent and difficult to dislike.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
88/100 84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Wenders is obviously deeply impressed with Francis' integrity and warmth of spirit. It's difficult to see how anyone who watches this film won't be too.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
89/100 81% Beirut (2018) This is a smart and substantive film, well worth the attention of fans of John le Carre and Graham Greene.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
79/100 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The Leisure Seeker is not particular satisfying or entertaining.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
89/100 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) [Steve] Buscemi is just brilliant as pragmatic Khrushchev. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 30, 2018
83/100 79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) [Paul] McGuigan allows his characters their dignity, and his actors the opportunity to suggest rich inner lives for their creations.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
85/100 71% Hostiles (2018) Sure, it's a bit ponderous and obvious. It curiously avoids giving Yellow Hawk and his people human traits. But I'm not sure it doesn't give audiences hungry for a Western exactly what they think they want. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
89/100 89% I, Tonya (2018) A surreal and sympathetic portrait of the Olympian skater.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
89/100 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Anyone who has had -- or has imagined -- a doomed youthful fling might be susceptible to this charming, bittersweet film.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
89/100 88% The Post (2018) The Post lacks the mythic poetry of Lincoln or the freightedness of Munich,and it won't wear as well as Spielberg's absolute best work, but it's supremely entertaining and well-realized.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
88/100 85% Loving Vincent (2017) Deeply interesting as a visual experience, Loving Vincent is a movie that deserves to be seen.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
88/100 49% Downsizing (2017) Less isn't really more, but there's an intriguing premise at the heart of Alexander Payne's affecting and surprisingly sweet Downsizing.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
88/100 87% Only the Brave (2017) While we might quibble here and there with the choices made by director Joseph Kosinski, the greater point is that the movie will connect on a deeper level than almost any other movie we might see this year.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
86/100 81% Marshall (2017) Marshall is hip and glib, sharp in its pinstripes, a high shine on its shoes. It might feel a tad irreverent to anyone who goes in looking for a sermon.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
69% mother! (2017) It's good to see someone risk a lot, even if the result is as problematic as Mother! I'm glad I didn't wait for the screener.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
88/100 81% Brad's Status (2017) A kind of plausible horror film, a monster movie where Brad is a wounded soul trapped by his own materialism, narcissistic insecurities, envy and shame. White is a humanist who locates comedy in social anxiety; he likes to make his audience squirm.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
88/100 79% The Little Hours (2017) If you're a fan of HBO's Veep or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you'll probably appreciate this curious little gem.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
91/100 100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) If you haven't seen it, you should. And if you've seen it 100 times, once more wouldn't hurt.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
98% Whose Streets? (2017) This is a message movie, powerful and compelling.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ is not a bad film, only a mildly disappointing one.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
83/100 41% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) There's a lot of fun to be had if you don't think too hard about things.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
83/100 74% Landline (2017) Robespierre has produced a milder, more episodic movie that retains Obvious Child's commitment to the way real people talk and behave while lacking its dramatic and emotional thrust.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
85/100 89% Maudie (2017) As impressive as Hawkins is, the usually delicate, restlessly intelligent Hawke equals her performance.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 21, 2017
83/100 No Score Yet It Knows (2017) While the film is a little short on intentional humor, it's not unlikable, and it doesn't exactly revel in its gore. And it has an elegant little twist.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
87/100 77% The Hero (2017) It's easy to enjoy a Sam Elliott performance.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
78/100 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) It is with genuine sadness to report that Paris Can Wait is a snore.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
87/10 85% Megan Leavey (2017) It's hard not to like a good old-fashioned, drawn from life, girl-and-her-dog story.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
86/100 80% Chuck (2017) Yet you root for this movie the same way you might have rooted for Wepner. It's not a contender by any stretch of the imagination, but it has a certain tough, hard-earned nobility.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
87/100 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) While the subtitle says it all - there's no way Norman can actually get over in a ruthless world he only thinks he understands - Cedar has crafted a bright and modest movie about ordinary people running up against their limitations.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
85/100 44% The Dinner (2017) Whether or not you appreciate the film will largely depend on what you make of Coogan's performance-some are likely to perceive it as grating and over the top, while others might see it as a natural reaction to the tailored smoothness of his big brother.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
87/100 88% Super Dark Times (2017) Super Dark Times is a gripping, visceral movie that those of us who grew up in suburbs similar to the one depicted here might experience as deja vu. This is how it feels to finally recognize the off-ness of someone you've always taken for granted.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
85/100 37% The Last Word (2017) While it's tempting to dismiss the project as a cutesy cookie-cutter showcase designed to capitalize on the good will of a grand star, MacLaine is brilliant, even when the material isn't quite worthy of her. Or her director.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
87/100 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) Despite the disingenuous premise, the movie stands as an entertaining and alarming companion to Gibney's more comprehensive Going Clear (which was in production about the same time).‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
85/100 71% XX (2017) All these films are glued together by creepy stop-motion animation interstitial sequences by Mexican stop-motion animator Sofia Carrillo, which might be the element most likely to induce nightmares.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
90/100 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Fascinating and revelatory, I Am Not Your Negro serves as a vital introduction to one of the most important essayists and a prescient critique of our ongoing condition.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) It's a sweet memory of a movie. It's just a little too pretty.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017