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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85/100 73% 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 96% 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 84% 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 51% 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 88% 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 83% 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 82% 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 78% 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
97% Whose Streets? (2017) This is a message movie, powerful and compelling.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
81% 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 40% 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 78% 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 84% 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 46% 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 92% 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 73% 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
88% 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
89/100 88% Jackie (2016) Working from a nuanced script by Noah Oppenheim, Larrain has fashioned a solemn film that mourns what never came to be more than what was lost.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
88/100 86% A Monster Calls (2017) It's sentimental but informed by a surprisingly adult sensibility: There is no magic that can save us, there is sometimes catharsis in destruction, sometimes the guilty go unpunished.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
83/100 93% Hidden Figures (2017) It's a good family film in the sense that it probably won't upset anyone, but it's hard to escape the suspicion the real people on whose stories it is based deserve a more nuanced treatment.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
88/100 94% Fences (2016) This is remarkable, powerful stuff that's only somewhat diluted by the necessary compromises movies demand of plays.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
91/100 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Delicately acted [and] superbly realized.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
87/100 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) British documentarian Otto Bell misses no opportunity to remind of the life lessons and girl power politics implicit in his feel-good documentary The Eagle Huntress.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
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
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) There's not a false performance or detail in it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
90/100 90% Loving (2016) ...[a] tender film about ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary moment of our revolving, repeating history.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
90/100 92% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2016
88/100 95% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
86/100 83% Denial (2016) ...a serious and well-intentioned movie that takes great pains to present things as they could have been.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
87/100 82% Equity (2016) ...a smart and stylish corporate thriller driven by a really terrific performance by Anna Gunn‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
85/100 21% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 74% Miles Ahead (2016) ...Cheadle hasn't made the definitive cinematic portrait of Davis, he has ...made a very entertaining, outrageous movie.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 90% Green Room (2016) Tense, taut and brutal ...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 73% A Hologram for the King (2016) What Eggers took chapters to establish, Tykwer manages to subliminally install.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
87/100 97% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016