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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) "I Am Not Your Negro" is essential, uncomfortable, perspective-altering viewing.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Somehow along the way, it ends up being one of the better Batman movies, whether made of flesh or plastic.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) Paterson's life sounds like it would be pretty dull to live through, let alone watch in a movie. But in writer-director Jim Jarmusch's hands, "Paterson" becomes a fascinating and enthralling film that finds magic in the mundane.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2.5/4 41% Gold (2017) It's not boring. But it doesn't shine, either.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The film provides that rush of pleasure and sadness that can come from pulling a favorite album out of the basement and putting it on the turntable. The moment in your life the music connects to is long gone. But it still makes you dance.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
3.5/4 82% The Founder (2017) "It rather unsettlingly makes us wonder if, in an age where America consumes a lot and doesn't make all that much, Kroc is right when he calls McDonald's "the new American church. And it ain't just open on Sunday, boys.""‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/4 35% Live By Night (2017) It feels like it's the first movie Affleck has ever made, not the fourth.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3.5/4 84% Silence (2017) It's the middle ground that may be the holiest ground, where one grapples with both faith and human nature, our responsibility to God and to our fellow humans. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) In 2017, when the country feels as angry and divided as ever, "Hidden Figures" becomes more than just a well-made, inspiring and rousing piece of entertainment. It becomes vital.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2/4 39% Why Him? (2016) All I want for Christmas is a good mainstream Hollywood comedy, but I guess I'll have to be gracious and accept "Why Him?" It's passable - not a lump of coal in the stocking, but a pair of cheap socks that don't quite fit.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/4 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) For a while, the balance between the lean, even elegant action and laborious backstory is pretty fun; the fact that the film takes itself so seriously, having these great actors earnestly sell such nonsense, is paradoxically kind of hilarious.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 79% Barry (2016) Overall, I prefer "Southside with You," which seemed smarter and subtler about the complexities of race and class that Obama has had to navigate. "Barry" is less graceful dealing with those same themes.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/4 93% La La Land (2016) The musical romance from writer-director Damien Chazelle is packed with "movie magic," big, un-self-conscious moments where the characters burst off the screen in song and dance. This is a movie in love with movies.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Maybe its modesty is the key to the success of "Rogue One," that it doesn't seek to build on the mythology of the other seven films, but simply fill in a gap.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
3/4 78% The Monster (2016) We're coming up to the end of a year full of great horror movies. "The Monster" may have more modest goals than some of the others, but it deserves a place on that list.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
2/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) "Nocturnal Animals" keeps us at arm's length, as if it was behind a glass case in a museum, demanding that the viewer admire the craftsmanship rather than truly feel it in our bones.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) "Miss Sloane" is basically the "I'm the motherf---er who found this place" scene from "ZD30" stretched to two hours. That is not a bad thing. Sloane is in love with the game and her mastery of it, and there's a ferocious joy to Chastain's performance.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The film is deeply sad at times, but leavened with dry humor and the fragile hope that some people can suffer tragedy and survive. Life goes on, even when you think it shouldn't.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
1/4 27% Nerdland (2016) It's hard not to get your hopes up while seeing the names in the credits, including Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress and Kate Micucci. But those hopes get dashed, fast and hard.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/4 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) A movie about an erratic billionaire might not be everybody's idea of escapism these days. But Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply," in which Beatty plays the legendary eccentric Howard Hughes, is a real kick.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/4 61% Allied (2016) The film's focus on character development and tone makes it feel, satisfyingly, like a movie we'd watch late at night on Turner Classic Movies.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/4 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Jarmusch doesn't exactly reinvent the rock documentary with "Gimme Danger," but he has a lot of fun with it and his scruffy, untamed subject. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/4 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Lee wants us to experience what it's like to be Billy. But he never makes us feel it.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) In a genre that too often runs on formula, "The Edge of Seventeen" harkens back to the affecting films of John Hughes. And in a genre that too often focuses on boys, Craig insightfully shows us the same angst from a 21st-century girl's perspective.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 90% Certain Women (2016) "Certain Women" differs in structure from some of Reichardt's past masterpieces like "Old Joy" and "Wendy & Lucy." But it has the same quiet, beating heart.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) The film left me tremendously sad at the near hopelessness of these lives, but also invigorated by the power of Jenkins' storytelling, at once achingly specific and utterly universal.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Just when we figure out where it's going, it goes somewhere else. Just when we think it won't dare go somewhere, it does.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 95% Little Sister (2016) Clark's film uses its 2008 setting as a backdrop for a funny, wistful little comedy-drama about family members learning to overcome themselves and reconnect with each other. Can we reconcile with those who know us only too well? Yes, we can.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
3.5/4 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) The brothers are unabashedly cocky and often very funny. They may be jerks, but they certainly are entertaining jerks. And the most enduring testament to Oasis is that its success, however short-lived, seems to humble even them.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
2/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) "Never Go Back" feels like a sequel done on the cheap, clumsily adapted and indifferently executed.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/4 82% Denial (2016) In the heat of this election season, where so many substitute conspiracy theories for facts and prejudice for reason - including candidates - the film suddenly feels urgent and necessary. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/4 92% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Ove is a human Volvo. You wouldn't think such an ordinary man could carry his own movie, but the Swedish comedy-drama "A Man Called Ove" is a delight, balancing flinty Scandinavian wit with dry-your-eyes sentimentality.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/4 53% The Dressmaker (2016) The oddball characters, the black humor, the sudden bursts of violence - it all seems to be going well, until the film veers into gooey melodrama. It's like a perfectly-tailored suit that unexpectedly starts fraying at the seams.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 82% Girl Asleep (2016) If Napoleon Dynamite was cast as the lead in "Where the Wild Things Are" - and if he was a 14-year-old Australian girl, the result might be something like the inventive coming-of-age comedy "Girl Asleep."‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/4 51% The Accountant (2016) At its best, "The Accountant" reads like a gloriously loopy unpublished novel that some daydreaming CPA wrote on his coffee breaks. But in the end, the numbers don't add up.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) Like the films of Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul ("Cemetery of Splendour,") "Kaili Blues" is a poetic, offbeat film that's of the sort that adventurous filmgoers dream about.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/4 99% Cameraperson (2016) This is autobiography in its truest form, a visual document of choices made and chances taken, and missed. It's wonderful.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Almost Sunrise (2016) The film provides a valuable chance to walk in the shoes of men we might not otherwise get to know.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3.5/4 89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) The film is clear that no struggle is small to those who engage in it, be they people or nations, and the repercussions of careless decisions can be catastrophic.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
2/4 43% The Hollars (2016) Maybe there's a longer, more graceful earlier version out there. Maybe there's an earlier version of the screenplay that emphasizes authenticity over punchlines. But what's on screen feels like an overly cautious, watered-down final draft.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 94% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) A film that makes us feel like we're eavesdropping on this family and their struggles, the dramatic arc of the story only gradually becoming clear.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
2/4 77% Goat (2016) Neel and co-writer David Gordon Green make an ungainly attempt to wrap its unsavory subject matter in a melodrama that's just not convincing, despite some strong performances.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 63% Storks (2016) "Storks" doesn't talk down to its younger audience, but more importantly it doesn't "joke down" either - the film is packed with rapid-fire dialogue, well-developed goofy comic ideas and terrific voice casting.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 94% Starving The Beast (2016) Mims doesn't shy away from the complexity of the issue, and tries to maintain an even hand in interviewing all sides of the debate. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) It's guilty of Hollywood-izing Snowden's story to some degree, but it also humanizes him. It's certainly Oliver Stone's best film in at least 20 years.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3.5/4 88% Other People (2016) I feel I need to add the "It's also very funny" to the end of every paragraph of this review so as not to scare anybody away from this wonderful little movie.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 81% Equity (2016) It's tempting to praise "Equity" simply because it was made by women. But this is a strong, resonant film on its own terms - and I hope it makes all these women a pile of money.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/4 89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Her future is uncertain. But "Miss Sharon Jones!" shows that she will fight, and sing, and live, as much as she can as long as she can.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3.5/4 96% De Palma (2016) DePalma repeating himself is better than most filmmakers saying something for the first time.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) In trying to encompass so much of Duran's life without taking us deep into what made him tick, yet expecting us to empathize with him, "Hands of Stone" ends up having feet of clay.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016