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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) The dog almost looks like he could be a Solondz character, waddling along on ridiculous little legs with a strangely dignified expression on his face. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 82% Indignation (2016) "Indignation" starts off quiet and staid. But there are forces gathering under the surface, ready to capsize Marcus' carefully-laid plans, and the film ends with the weight of classical tragedy. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3.5/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) "Kubo and the Two Strings" may be the most beautiful movie the folks at Laika have done yet, and the one that's closest to their hearts. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) There are layers in what seems initially like a broad, hooting comic performance from Streep. We get glimpses of the real Florence, who seems too smart with her money not to be able to read the people who ask her for it. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) In the film, as was probably true in life, Zappa gets the first and last word. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 66% Anthropoid (2016) Ellis has decided that the best way to honor the exploits of these heroes is to not sugarcoat them or the evil they faced, and "Anthropoid" is a darker and more interesting film for it. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 77% Into The Forest (2016) "Into the Forest" is a post-apocalyptic disaster movie without a single visual effect. No explosions, no zombies, no mobs rioting in the streets. There's just quiet, and dark. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/4 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Viggo Mortensen may be the only Hollywood actor who you can plausibly imagine catching and killing a deer with his bare hands. As such, he's perfectly cast. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) As a three-dimensional character, it's hard to say that it's good to see him again. But as an action hero driving a Dodge Charger off a ramp and onto a speeding SWAT truck? Welcome back, old friend. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/4 66% Nerve (2016) The freshest thing about "Nerve" is that there's no big bad guy controlling the strings of the game, just a mob of anonymous "watchers" who bring out the worst in people - it's like the villain of the movie is a comments section come to life. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/4 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) While some installments have been better than others (I thought 2012's "Ice Age: Continental Drift" was a pretty good time), with every new entry the series struggles to justify its existence. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) Farhadi refined his vision and technique in later films like "A Separation," but "Fireworks Wednesday" is a strong and resonant early work, and it's gratifying that it's finally seeing the light of day in the West. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 15, 2016
4/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "Wilderpeople" is one of those rare movies that works for almost any generation, silly and sweet and big-hearted. To quote Hec, it's a majestical piece of filmmaking. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) In a summer movie season where many movies seem to go on and on, this one feels over much too fast. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 15, 2016
2.5/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) One of the most iconic scenes in "Scarface" is set in a nightclub in Miami. The opening scene in "The Infiltrator" is set in a bowling alley in Tampa. That sums up the gulf between the movies that "Infiltrator" seeks to emulate and what it is. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3.5/4 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) In a day where middle-aged fans rant on Twitter that "Batman vs. Superman," "Ghostbusters" or some other piece of pop culture "ruined their childhood," we see how loving "Raiders" not only saved these boys' childhoods. It saved their adulthoods, too. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 8, 2016
2/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "The Secret Life of Pets" hopes that if it's loud, frenetic and derivative enough, audiences won't notice there's little in the way of plot, characterizations or, most fatally, emotion. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 75% The BFG (2016) "The BFG" reminded me of a gift that a grandfather might give, a little out of step with what the kids are into these days. But it's made with such great care that it could endure while other more disposable gifts are forgotten. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/4 77% The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) I don't know if Netflix got the best Sundance movie with "Caring." But it may have gotten the most Sundance movie. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jun 27, 2016
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) The closing credits feature Sia singing Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" - it's a good gag, but I wouldn't go quite that far in describing "Finding Dory." Still, it's a delightful film that families will want to remember from time to time. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
4/4 98% The Player (1992) In "The Player," Altman creates a scathing satire of Hollywood - and then lets his satire itself gets seduced by Hollywood schmaltz. Because what better way to show how seductive it is? ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) The setting and tone of "Maggie's Plan" will remind a lot of viewers of the movies of Woody Allen, or of Gerwig's recent collaborator Noah Baumbach. But Miller's generous vision is her own original thing, and "Maggie's Plan" is worth sticking to. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Witness (2016) The film ends with two of the most extraordinary scenes I expect to see in a documentary this year. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2/4 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) This film has more shots of characters reacting to pieces of paper than any movie I can think of, and that includes "The Paper." If only those pieces of paper could talk back, "Infinity" might end up being gripping drama. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) As the father of two daughters, I've probably been exposed to more Top 40 music in the past two years than I was in the previous 25. But even if I had been allowed to wallow in dad-rock oblivion, I still would have found "Popstar" to be very, very funny. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jun 3, 2016
4/4 89% The Lobster (2016) "The Lobster" is a wild, fun, occasionally mean-spirited satire of the rituals and humiliations of modern dating. But it asks uncomfortable questions of us. It's the best movie I've seen so far this year. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted May 27, 2016
3/4 84% The Meddler (2016) "The Meddler" plays like a sunnier version of "I'll See You in My Dreams." That film was all silences and stillness, while "The Meddler" is full of noise and motion, reflecting how cluttered Marnie has made her life. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted May 20, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The plot doesn't and doesn't have to make much sense, as the whole point is just to watch Gosling and Crowe tool around a long-lost L.A. in a convertible, trade quips and insults, and occasionally shoot people. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted May 20, 2016
3/4 100% Song Of Lahore (2015) Like a Pakistani "Buena Vista Social Club," "Song of Lahore" pays tribute to some great, unsung musicians and their perseverance in tough times. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/4 57% Money Monster (2016) Clooney's character swaggers about the studio, using macho catchphrases like "Let's throw some punches," or "Get some b----." If only the movie he was in would heed his advice. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 80% The Family Fang (2016) "Every piece has its own complications," Caleb tells the family at one point in the film, after a prank goes awry. "The Family Fang" eloquently shows that every family does too. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted May 7, 2016
3/4 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) Rams is a very strange film, but it's one that takes us to the top of the world to find people that, sure enough, we recognize as ourselves. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 6, 2016
3/4 76% Keanu (2016) The second best thing about "Keanu" is that it brings their partnership to the big screen more or less intact. The best thing, of course, is that kitten. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3.5/4 72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) What could be a more tired cliche for an indie drama than a family struggling to grieve the loss of a parent? And yet you'd think Joachim Trier's "Louder than Bombs" was the first film to ever explore this emotional territory. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3/4 72% Valley Of Love (2016) "Valley of Love" is a deliberately elliptical, at times frustrating film. And yet there's something mysterious about the film that has a pull, something about memory and the dead's hold on the living. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3.5/4 81% Sunset Song (2016) "Sunset Song" is lovely, but it holds no illusions about how harsh that life was, how many sparks like Chris' were snuffed out before their time. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3.5/4 96% Sing Street (2016) "Sing Street" is hardly original. It's not even original for Carney. But, like a great old song that comes on the radio, just because you've heard it a thousand times before doesn't mean you won't crank it up. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3.5/4 98% Love & Friendship (2016) The stuffiness of the environment, with the beautiful mansions and elegant gowns, seems to have prodded Stillman to be even more playful than usual here. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3.5/4 90% Green Room (2016) Punk rock is all about catharsis, but "Green Room" is a masterpiece of sustained tension, keeping viewers twisting in their seats as they wonder where the next threat will come from and how the Ain't Rights will survive. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3.5/4 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) "April" is an imaginative, gorgeously animated sci-fi steampunk adventure with an endless number of cool things to look at and to think about. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2.5/4 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) The performances by Michael Shannon as The King and Kevin Spacey as Nixon go a long way towards making a film that's fitfully entertaining, if not exactly essential. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
1.5/4 18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) "The Adderall Diaries" never commits to any of these paths in a convincing way - the true-crime saga in particular feels bizarrely tacked-on, as if Elliott was taking a break in the middle of his emotional turmoil to watch an episode of "Law & Order." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/4 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) Does anybody know the cheat code that turns "Hardcore Henry" into a good movie? ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2/4 20% I Saw the Light (2016) It's a movie as sincere as an all-star tribute concert, and with about as much narrative coherence. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3/4 71% Remember (2016) I don't know if it was Canadian director Atom Egoyan's first decision or last decision to cast Christopher Plummer in the lead role in "Remember," but it was unquestionably his best decision. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) There's a subtle, disquieting reminder that there's one more link in the chain that extends from a control panel in Nevada to a target in the Third World - us. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3/4 91% The Confirmation (2016) Although they're separated by some 40 years in age, Owen and Lieberher are very similar actors. They have an unforced and intimate rapport together that fits Nelson's eloquent, no-nonsense writing and direction. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Mar 19, 2016
3.5/4 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "Embrace of the Serpent" takes a journey into the heart of darkness, but it takes a journey into the heart of light as well. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
3/4 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) I hope Showalter never abandons the caustic, absurdist satire he's known for, but "Hello My Name is Doris" is an empathetic and satisfying step in a new direction for him. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/4 33% The Bronze (2016) "The Bronze" wants to be an all-arounder and medal in crass comedy, romantic comedy, celebrity satire and sports movie. It probably should have picked one and specialized. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Mar 18, 2016