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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93% Anomalisa (2015) The prevailing mood in Anomalisa is a surreal otherness, the result of the intricate stop-motion animation, which is beautiful but not so polished to pass for Pixar. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/4 81% The Revenant (2015) Words matter little in a movie that favors seeing and feeling above all else. It's a work of pure, furious sensation. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/4 74% Youth (2015) Age is more than just a number, Youth tells us. What really matters, though, is whether you're going to let that number define you. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3/4 88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Short is an angry, fiery movie disguised as a comedy. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight is a movie about the worst aspects of human nature, which is why the film can't be quite described as "fun," at least in the traditional sense. But Tarantino isn't glorifying the ugliness; he's condemning it. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) For the first hour or so of The Force Awakens, director J. J. Abrams gives you everything you hoped for, and even exceeds your expectations. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) In the Heart of the Sea is a savage story of survival encased in Ron Howard amber - the gooey, dull coating of self-importance and respectability that typifies most of the pictures he has directed. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Dec 10, 2015
1/4 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Although the mad doctor (played by James McAvoy) gets title billing, the star this time is his faithful assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), a circus sideshow freak whose hump turns out to have been a really big zit (no, seriously). ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3.5/4 95% Creed (2015) Creed is formulaic and predictable, but it's also joyful and wise and tinged with lament, and it lands on the sweet spot between heartfelt art and mainstream entertainment too many Hollywood studios don't even try to hit. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 40% Retour à Ithaque (Return to Ithaca) (2014) Return to Ithaca is a bracing and surprisingly vocal expression of angst and frustration by people torn between love for their country and the harsh letdown that resulted from their loyalty. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) Spotlight doesn't wallow in the glory of old-media ethics or lament the ongoing death of newspapers, but the movie quietly celebrates the rigorous standards of journalism that are dissipating in this era of click-baiting and Twitter outrage. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Grim, relentless and immensely satisfying, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 sends out the dystopian sci-fi franchise on a feel-bad high. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Nov 10, 2015
4/4 94% Carol (2015) This is a story about the most immutable force in nature and all the delirious highs and lows it imparts. Carol argues that yes, love hurts. But man, does it feel good. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 65% Spectre (2015) Familiarity is not without its pleasures. But Spectre is so confused and inert that Craig can't even sell the signature "Bond. James Bond" and "Shaken, not stirred" lines. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2/4 62% Truth (2015) An apologia for the critical errors made by Mary Mapes, an award-winning producer for CBS News and 60 Minutes, and her team of investigators. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) Watching The Clan, you have to keep reminding yourself this absolutely insane story really happened. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 84% Victoria (2015) Victoria is a stunt, but it's a neat stunt that shapes and informs the movie - an integral part of the story. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Bridge of Spies has been described as a minor work from a major filmmaker, but the film is too personal to dismiss as a curiosity, and its overall theme blends right in with many of Spielberg's previous pictures. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Sorkin's relentless chatter starts to weigh on you: Steve Jobs feels artificial and conceptualized when it should be building to a crescendo. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Oct 14, 2015
3/4 92% The Martian (2015) The Martian does look like it was shot on Mars, even though the film's tone is suspiciously light and cheerful for Scott, who tends to thrive on a chillier, more dour habitat. But who can bemoan this great filmmaker a crowd-pleaser? ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3.5/4 94% Sicario (2015) This is not the first movie about the war being waged across the U.S.-Mexico border over the drug trade, but it's the first film in which the aura of constant menace and threat lingers and follows you home. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/4 84% The Walk (2015) The Walk has been made with the same genial spirit a judge used when he sentenced Petit to perform a free show for children in Central Park for his crime. This is a love letter to lunacy that lets you feel what it's like to tread where only gods dare. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/4 93% Breathe (2015) Breathe is also about the great intimacy between girls that is an exclusively female domain (the closest boys can achieve is a bromance, but don't even think about cuddling and stuff, bro). ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2/4 74% Black Mass (2015) Black Mass struggles to find something new to say about organized crime and the loyalty between men. But the only thing the film manages to do is remind us we've seen all this stuff done before, and done better. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/4 92% Grandma (2015) The movie is slight and, at 75 minutes without end credits, barely qualifies as a feature-length film. But Tomlin is a wonder, the embodiment of a woman who isn't at all melancholy or remorseful as she slides into her golden years. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2015
1/4 64% The Visit (2015) Here is a movie in which old people are scary because they're senile and icky and incontinent and do baffling things. And they're, you know, so old and wrinkly. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/4 90% Marshland (La isla mínima) (2014) The elegant widescreen compositions and use of light and shadows are strongly reminiscent of Seven and Zodiac, and the film's eerie, disconcerting mood brings to mind HBO's True Detective. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) Despite moments of intense suspense and glints of bizarre horror, Tom at the Farm is ultimately a psychological thriller - a movie about the secrets we sometimes try to bury deep inside us in order to deceive ourselves. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/4 98% Phoenix (2015) The movie isn't a thriller, but it still generates a strange sort of emotional suspense - an incredibly intense drama that makes you hold your breath. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2015
1/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Fantastic Four is a synthetic bum-out, an assembly-line product, a movie a group of people made just because they could. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Aug 5, 2015
3.5/4 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) This iconoclastic filmmaker seduces you with ridiculous laughs, then sends you home contemplating your mortality and your place in the world. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) Taken on its own, as a stand-alone dark comedy about existential angst, Irrational Man is a wobbly enterprise. But view it in context, as a Woody Allen film, and the plot thickens. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jul 29, 2015
2.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) For about 90 minutes or so, Rogue Nation is grandly exciting. But in the final half-hour, McQuarrie makes a critical mistake: He starts taking this enjoyable nonsense seriously. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jul 29, 2015
2/4 35% Ardor (2015) Here is a movie that ends with a can't-miss scenario - a siege on a farmhouse in which the heroes are vastly outnumbered and outgunned - yet still fails to ever quicken your pulse. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) Sherlock Holmes may have never really walked the earth, but Mr. Holmes humanizes him to such a degree, you walk out of the theater practically convinced you've just watched a biopic. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/4 79% Flowers (Loreak) (2015) Directors Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga have said they were aiming for a cross between Hitchcock and Kieslowski, which is a perfect way to describe this lovely film's enthralling pull. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 85% The Wolfpack (2015) Whether they are dancing exuberantly to the cheesy 1980s pop hit Tarzan Boy or celebrating Halloween in their tiny living room, these kids figured out how to not only survive, but thrive. Sometimes, with a little luck and a lot of love, joy finds a way. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 89% Dope (2015) Here is the rare movie overstuffed with memorable moments that would have been better if there had been fewer of them. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Kids will be engaged, but it's the older viewers - people who have lived and felt a little longer than 11-year-olds - who will most appreciate this marvelous, ingenious work of art. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) There's something deeply wrong with a film that expects you to shed tears over digitally created prehistoric creatures and rubber brontosaurus heads instead of rooting for, you know, people. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 71% The Nightmare (2015) In the faces of these men and women, ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s and spread out everywhere from Los Angeles to Manchester, you can see the genuine terror they suffered - and, in some cases, continue to suffer. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Jun 10, 2015
2.5/4 19% Aloha (2015) This is the kind of film that is easier to mock than to grapple with on its own terms. It's littered with flaws, but sometimes those movies can be the most interesting ones. The Aloha cult fan club is officially open. I'll take one ticket, please. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 28, 2015
2/4 58% Saint Laurent (2015) A flamboyant but hollow exercise in glitz and pizzazz, Saint Laurent is a riot of colors, hedonism and nonsense. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Ilusión (2013) This is an often hilarious comedy about the fate of a man in love with art and its potential to change the world, but frustrated by his lack of resources to give voice to his ideas. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 28, 2015
1/4 48% San Andreas (2015) In San Andreas, The Big One finally hits California, and not even Dwayne Johnson's mutant biceps can keep those infamous tectonic plates from separating. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Tomorrowland is a crazy, disjointed mess. But it's the good sort of crazy, and it's the sort of mess you want to lose yourself in. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 100% Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015) The main thing writer-director Michele Jouse wanted to do was to give a voice to those who are still mourning Shepard and allow them to share their stories. Through them, we get to know the person behind the tragedy. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 14, 2015
4/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) This is a huge yet surprisingly fleet and brisk picture that celebrates the visceral, primal pleasures of movies. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 13, 2015
2/4 48% The D Train (2015) The movie flirts with a great darkness about disillusionment and self-loathing even as it races around spinning comedic plates. Too bad the filmmakers lose their nerve by film's end. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted May 8, 2015
3/4 59% My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (2015) You get the feeling there's much more to this relationship than we've been shown, but for fans of Refn's work, the documentary makes for a provocative portrait of an artist racked by angst. ‐ Miami Herald
Posted Apr 30, 2015