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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% Zootopia (2016) It's a candy-coated film that doesn't sugar-coat the complexities of race relations. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3.5/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) Saul is no hero, and there's no victory to be won here against the grinding machine of genocide. There's only a small act of hope, a flame that hasn't yet been snuffed out. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Feb 29, 2016
3/4 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) It's a charming little movie about how, almost against their will, people can become better human beings to each other. It's easier that way. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Feb 13, 2016
3/4 69% Tumbledown (2016) "Tumbledown" is like listening to a favorite album on a cold winter's day. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Feb 13, 2016
3/4 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Instead of exposing what's wrong with America, Moore wants to show us what a wonderful place this could be. If only we could get over ourselves a little. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2.5/4 72% A Perfect Day (2016) We see lots of shots of the aid workers' two trucks hurtling back and forth across the landscape, and the movie often seems to be just as aimless. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Perhaps only the Coens, who have made some of the best movies of the last 30 years, would make a movie celebrating the value of mediocre Hollywood schlock. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Feb 5, 2016
3.5/4 97% 45 Years (2015) Haigh tells this story with devastating restraint, letting long close-ups of Kate's face tell the story rather than lines of dialogue. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Feb 5, 2016
3/4 93% 2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2016) Some of this year's offerings are quite good. But when so many inventive short films are being made and distributed, it's a little tiring to see the same conventional narratives repeating themselves. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) The movie is pure, satisfying old-school Hollywood melodrama; take out the thrilling CGI effects, and it could have been released in theaters on the exact same week that it's set. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3.5/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Watching "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is like taking a film class, albeit a film class with a master teacher and some of the brightest students you'll ever meet. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jan 22, 2016
1.5/4 31% Mojave (2016) a limp and pretentious thriller that plays like the "Entourage" guys tried to make a Hitchcock movie: The Brah Who Knew Too Much. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/4 83% Lamb (2016) The film's more difficult trick is to make us care for Lamb even as we recoil at how he near he gets to a moral precipice. The friendship between the two characters may be wildly inappropriate, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have value to them. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jan 15, 2016
3.5/4 81% The Revenant (2015) When Inarritu tries to sketch larger themes, the movie descends into what they called in "Blazing Saddles" "authentic frontier gibberish." But when it stays simple and elemental, it's an enthralling experience. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Jan 8, 2016
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino is a master of these kinds of suspenseful cat-and-mouse scenes, only this time there are only cats. There's a reason the movie isn't called "The Hateful Seven Plus One Guy Who's Not So Bad, Really." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/4 88% The Big Short (2015) Like its oxymoronic title, "The Big Short" is a very funny movie that's dead serious about credit-default swaps and subprime mortgages, a great time at the movies that's also profoundly depressing at the end. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/4 97% Blind (2015) "It's the dance between the two - the heady ideas and the depth of feeling - that make "Blind" such a joy to watch, keeping it from being either an exercise in meta in pathos." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Dec 22, 2015
1.5/4 71% Applesauce (2015) The fatal flaw is that they're all uninteresting, no matter how many fingers or toes they end up with. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/4 79% The Mend (2015) "It is a gloriously entertaining film that gives some terrific actors plenty to gnaw on. And they get unnervingly close to the bone." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The familiarity feels good, feels comfortable - "Chewie, we're home," as Han Solo says. But it also hems in the new film's ability to really be its own thing. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Dec 18, 2015
2/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The shadow of the whale and of the Great American Novel loom large over a weak screenplay and some stock seafaring characters. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 79% Racing Extinction (2015) This new wave of films wants to make environmental films that aren't just educational and enraging but poignant, exciting - and even beautiful. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 30, 2015
3/4 73% Trumbo (2015) "Trumbo" is surprisingly fun to watch, with Jay Roach's energetic direction paired with Bryan Cranston's showstopping performance as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3.5/4 95% Creed (2015) If you don't feel a thrill when, during that championship bout, the original "Rocky" theme suddenly kicks in, I can't help you. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 25, 2015
1/4 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) I expected the latest iteration of the Frankenstein franchise to be bad, but would it be enjoyably bad? Then, in the first scene, we see Daniel Radcliffe capering about as a hunchback in clown makeup, and I thought, "Go on . . . I'm listening." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 25, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) The film takes the dogged, persistent, mundane work of old school newspaper reporting - digging through records, interviewing people, connecting dots - and makes it the stuff of high drama, exciting and even heroic. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/4 94% Room (2015) Movie theaters keep adding new amenities, from recliner seats to fancy bars and restaurants. But where are the Sobbing Lounges for those of us who have just seen "Room"? ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/4 33% By The Sea (2015) It's tempting, of course, to speculate about how much of the Pitts' marriage is poured into that of the fictional couple. But if this was a French or Italian film starring a pair of unknown faces, I would still have been pulled in. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) The placid, normal-seeming exterior seems appropriate for a film that is about digging beneath the layers, digging to the past, digging to the subterranean heart of ourselves. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 18, 2015
3.5/4 95% The Wonders (2015) As Rohrwacher did with her previous film "Corpe Celeste," she sinks so deep into the life of a pre-teen girl and her flawed but loving family that we feel like we're immersed in a novel as much as a film. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 14, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Run Free: The True Story Of Caballo Blanco (2015) it just might propel you to get up the next morning and try to be "easy, light and smooth" - whether you go out running or not. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 14, 2015
2/4 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) It's just surprising that a film called "Labyrinth of Lies" would be so straightforward and predictable. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 14, 2015
3/4 97% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) This is Tower's story, and Hanks tells in a way that will resonate with both grizzled music veterans who have hung onto their physical collections, and millennials wondering what all the fuss was about. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 14, 2015
3/4 65% Spectre (2015) "Spectre" contains clever action sequences, spectacular locales, colorful baddies, and another assured performance by Craig in his fourth outing as 007. It's just that the suit fits him maybe a little too well this time. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 62% Truth (2015) it loses momentum when it tries to grapple with Big Issues, letting Mapes, Rather and Grace's character all stop the film to give speeches on the importance of good journalism. But was this good journalism? ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 30, 2015
2.5/4 60% In The Courtyard (2015) I enjoyed it, and I probably won't ever think of it again five minutes after I finish this review. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 28, 2015
3.5/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Instead of the traditional and-then-this-happened biopic, "Steve Jobs" is a bold, funny and poignant film - five bars, fully charged filmmaking. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Oct 23, 2015
3/4 85% Meet The Patels (2015) Rather than taking a firm position for or against arranged marriages, "Meet the Patels" is a big-hearted, poignant and truly funny documentary that shows people will try anything to find love - and sometimes "anything" works. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 16, 2015
3.5/4 100% Peace Officer (2015) Deftly weaving in Lawrence's crusade against the larger backdrop of recent changes in law enforcement philosophy, "Peace Officer" is as much on the side of cops as it is on the citizens. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/4 71% The Final Girls (2015) If you're enough of a horror fan to know what a "Final Girl" is, ironically, you might not be the right audience for it. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3.5/4 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) The first time you watch "Goodnight Mommy," you may spend the last half-hour watching the movie through your fingers. And then you'll immediately want to watch it again. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 9, 2015
3/4 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) "Taxi" is a brave and strange film from an essential filmmaker, a moving statement for artistic freedom. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Martian (2015) I'm going to be a sucker for any movie that includes a shoutout to '80s Infocom text adventures. But, "Leather Goddesses of Phobos" aside, "The Martian" is a terrific piece of entertainment. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3/4 72% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "Pawn Sacrifice" makes the safe and smart decision to spend as little time on the chess pieces as possible, instead focusing on the minds of the players. And, in the case of Bobby Fischer, there is plenty to focus on. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 26, 2015
3/4 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) It's a story that has the grandeur and the contours of Greek tragedy, but the beauty of "Listen to Me Marlon" is that the documentary presents him as an intensely human person, full of contradictions and inner pain. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/4 83% Uncle John (2015) For a first film, it's very assured filmmaking, and from here Piet and Crary could choose to go in either direction "Uncle John" points to - or any direction, really. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/4 92% Grandma (2015) Weitz isn't aiming for sweeping profundity, instead making a character study that's small, sour and sweet - like one of those hard candies your grandma had in a bowl by the front door. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/4 74% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "7 Chinese Brothers," modest and unassuming, wins us over too, even though I can't figure out what the R.E.M. song has to do with the movie. Plus, it looks like Byington could only afford 2 Chinese brothers at most. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3/4 68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) Gibran encouraged his readers to savor every drop of life, even the bitter ones, and viewers should relax and savor every panel of this film. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3.5/4 92% Queen of Earth (2015) It's that tension - will Catherine really go off the rails, and how far will she go when she does? - that makes "Queen of Earth" such a transfixing experience. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Sep 11, 2015