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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% Phoenix (2015) "Phoenix" is a film that starts slow, gathers momentum and hits you with the force of an express train at the end. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) Although Heller's debut does have some stylistic flourishes, this is not an exercise in style, but a refreshingly honest film, both funny and sad, about growing up female in all its messy complexity and wonder. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 28, 2015
2.5/4 45% No Escape (2015) "No Escape" is really a horror film at heart, the Dowdles effectively using the tricks of the trade to build dread in the viewer. It's just that, instead of a serial killer or a demon, the boogeyman this time is an entire country. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/4 72% The Salvation (2015) Writer-director Kristian Levring says there are 62 different references to classic Westerns in his own oater "The Salvation." Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay his film is that I never looked for them. I was too busy enjoying the film. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 25, 2015
2/4 16% Aloft (2015) For much of the film, the audience is busy connecting dots between the two storylines to figure out what happened between mother and son. But the lines that get drawn are unsatisfying. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 24, 2015
3/4 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "A fresh and invigorating film that avoids many of the clichés of the 'rockumentary.'" ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 21, 2015
2/4 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) To call this comedy featherweight would be an insult to the substantiveness of feathers. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 21, 2015
2.5/4 58% Saint Laurent (2015) "Saint Laurent' is a fascinating tour of the man's life and times, but too often we feel like it's a portrait that's not even skin-deep, but fabric-deep. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2.5/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) There's a rather witty scene with the two heroes arguing over which purse their female accomplice should wear with each outfit, and you think yeah, this could be the entire movie: "The Spy Who Loved To Tell Me What Not To Wear." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/4 72% I Am Chris Farley (2015) For an officially-sanctioned documentary , the film does go deeper than I expected into the insecurities and self-loathing that underpinned both his comic genius and his vices. It's Midwestern polite, but also Midwestern honest. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 11, 2015
2.5/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) "Beautifully shot and more narratively disciplined than some of Allen's later films, it shows there's life in the old dog yet." ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2/4 26% Dark Places (2015) When one character implores, "I know this is a lot to take," I had to agree. It's like Flynn couldn't settle on one solution to her mystery, so decided to check "all of the above." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/4 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "Shaun' isn't quite as magical as "Chicken Run" or "Curse of the Were-Rabbit," not amounting to much more than a series of gags. But they are brilliant gags, and come forth in giddy waves that easily sustain a feature-length film. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Aug 5, 2015
2/4 61% Southpaw (2015) A lot of blood, sweat and tears was obviously poured into "Southpaw." But very little sense. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) I liked "Trainwreck" just fine, but can't help wondering what a romantic comedy made by the Amy Schumer behind "Last F---able Day" would look like. Hopefully "Trainwreck" does well enough that she'll get the freedom to make it. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 81% Ant-Man (2015) If you're worn out by superhero movies featuring apocalyptic battles in which cities are leveled, may I present "Ant-Man," in which the climactic showdown takes place aboard a Thomas the Tank Engine train set. And not even the deluxe version. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 84% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) As a filmmaker, Thorpe is merely serviceable, and "Do I Sound Gay?" has trouble keeping all its different strands - political, cultural, personal - from tangling on screen. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2.5/4 56% Minions (2015) Little. Yellow. Not that different. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/4 97% Tangerine (2015) Don't judge an L.A. trans prostitute unless you've walked a mile (or 50 yards) in her high heels. That's the message of writer-director Sean Baker's enormously entertaining and empathetic feature. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) I've never seen a movie so carefully engineered to be an indie hit. It's like it was created in an underground lab by corduroy-wearing scientists listening to Sufjan Stevens playing over the loudspeakers. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 3, 2015
4/4 94% Hard to be a God (2015) It's the sort of masterpiece that's worth suffering through. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/4 82% The Overnight (2015) In the morning Brice finds an ending for his film that's rather sweet and wise. Certainly sweeter and wiser than you'd expect from a movie with this many prosthetic penises. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/4 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) There's a strange, almost perverse lesson here about a well-lived life, how Allan manages to move through life without regret or fear. He's crossed every item off his bucket list - and then blown up the bucket. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/4 85% The Wolfpack (2015) The film has a collage-like mix of fly-on-the-wall footage, on-camera interviews and old home movies, past and present swirling together within the same four walls. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/4 75% Camp X-Ray (2014) Writer-director Sattler keeps the drama small and intimate, between two people, focusing on the minutiae of daily life inside the prison and letting us draw the moral implications. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 89% Dope (2015) Who could have imagined that a movie that so boldly challenges perceptions about race and class in America could also be so much fun? ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/4 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Dealing with mental illness is a matter of managing, day by day, and that knowledge and compassion imbues every frame of the film. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) In a summer full of superheroes and dinosaurs, "Inside Out" shows that living an ordinary life is the greatest adventure of all. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/4 93% Slow West (2015) Writer-director John Maclean salts his tale with quick violence, memorable characters and a beautiful fatalism that lingers after its rather brief 84-minute running time. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3.5/4 91% Love & Mercy (2015) I think Dano does the better job of inhabiting the Wilson we know, the baby face and the soft voice. But Cusack's unguarded performance is what really gives the film its emotional power. Both performances are essential. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 82% Dior and I (2015) "Dior & I" is just good drama, quite moving and suspenseful as it shows talented and creative people pushing themselves to the edge. No matter how nice our clothes are, we're all human underneath. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 22, 2015
2/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) When a film that's supposed to be trying to do something different ends with yet another climax featuring a hero and a villain fighting as a doomsday machine clicks down to zero, it's kind of depressing. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 22, 2015
3/4 98% Iris (2015) "Iris" could be seen as a primer on how to grow old gracefully, how to hold onto what matters and jettison what you have no use for. And to look damn good doing it. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted May 15, 2015
4/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Miller's ferocious, grotesque, beautiful film is every bit the equal of its original trilogy from the '80s, and throws down the gauntlet for every action film made since. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 15, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Surface (2015) "The Surface" has such fine performances in it from Mulkey and Astin that you wish the filmmakers had trusted them more, letting them bring the film back to shore on their own. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) Movies have already been made about the science of climate change, from "An Inconvenient Truth" to "Chasing Ice." Robert Kenner ("Food Inc.") has made a movie about the anti-science. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 9, 2015
3/4 48% Ride (2015) "Ride" gratifyingly follows the currents of the story where they go, leading to something more organic and satisfying than we might expect. I hope it's not another eight years until Hunt's next film. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted May 8, 2015
4/4 73% Welcome to Me (2015) Every generation gets the "Network" it deserves. For ours, obsessed with self-actualization, fame and personal branding, we get the disturbingly funny satire "Welcome To Me." ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 8, 2015
2.5/4 48% The D Train (2015) This is a much weirder and darker comedy that one might expect, like "The King of Comedy" as played out on the parquet floor of a high school gymnasium. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted May 8, 2015
3.5/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) The clouds could be seen as writer-director Oliver Assayas' metaphor for time, a relentless present that rolls in and wipes away any trace of what was there before. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/4 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Harrison Ford rescues this movie like it was a stranded hiker. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/4 93% Ex Machina (2015) Garland's commitment to his weird, edgy material, and his unhurried and thoughtful execution of it, makes "Ex Machina" something special. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3.5/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "GETT" shows that sexism is not an aberration, but baked in by design into some of our deepest institutions, and fighting it is a long journey down a hard road. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/4 94% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) At times, "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" seems like a checklist of all the things women had to fight for. But it's a long list, and one that still faces women today. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3.5/4 84% While We're Young (2015) "While We're Young" is clever and sharp, but it's also uncommonly generous for a Baumbach film towards all its characters. That kindness must be a byproduct of getting older. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 43% Effie Gray (2015) Listless and airless, and we yearn for Effie's emancipation largely so we can escape ourselves. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) What it is is a lot of fun, pulling a steady stream of I-can't-believe-I'm-laughing-at-that laughs out of the viewer. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) While the story and animation are a bit more straightforward this time, the movie still contains an ocean of enchantment. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 97% It Follows (2015) Remember, kids, when you have sex, you're having sex with every person they've ever had sex with. And also with a demon stalking all of you. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/4 17% The Gunman (2015) Apparently, if you're a veteran Hollywood actor, you get your AARP card at 50 and your action movie franchise at 55. ‐ Madison Movie
Posted Mar 20, 2015