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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) The brilliant, unconventional structure adds to the immersive nature of "Dunkirk," reinforcing the sense that the war is everywhere, that characters who haven't even met make decisions with life-or-death consequences for each other.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/4 90% Maudie (2017) "Maudie" shouldn't sugarcoat those hardships by presenting Everett as anything better than he was. In a way, the film acts much as her brush did, bringing color to parts of Maudie's life where it may not have actually existed.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 77% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) It's that terrible knowledge, that we possess but the characters don't, that adds a tension elevating "The Exception" beyond the conventional World War II thriller.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
3.5/4 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Well, humanity, we've had a great run. We put men on the moon, invented the "frork," and, once in a while, we can make a summer blockbuster movie that's as thoughtful as it is exciting. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Big Sick (2017) We know where things are going. But frankly, we know where most movies are going. It's how it gets there, and the company we get to keep along the way, that makes "The Big Sick" such a winner.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/4 78% The Hero (2017) Elliott follows up a string of strong supporting work in recent indie films like "I'll See You in My Dreams," and "Grandma" with a layered central performance, one of his best in years.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2/4 48% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Even though there's some great scenery and tremendous dishes of French cuisine to drool over, the viewer feels a little restless, eager for the movie to get where it's going.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
3/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) Perhaps no two film genres are more susceptible to clichés than movies about animals and movies about war. "Megan Leavey" is both. And yet it's a very moving film that doesn't slip into melodrama or sentimentality, earning its tears from viewers honestly.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
3.5/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) These big, dark gaps in the film, like the darkness around that small lantern's glow, invite us to project our worst fears into them.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
3/4 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) How "The Wedding Plan" ends I won't spoil, but it is that rare romantic comedy that manages to be satisfyingly familiar and bracingly different.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) It's a great superhero movie by any yardstick. But, more significantly, it's a great Wonder Woman movie, capturing the compassion and optimism that sets her apart from her brooding fellow SuperFriends.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/4 86% The Lovers (2017) Azazel Jacobs' observant comedy-drama "The Lovers" digs into the messiness of a long-time marriage that is teetering on the edge of oblivion. And yet "Lovers" is a film that's light on its feet, wry and even affectionate.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
3.5/4 100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) What, did you expect a short documentary about the Grateful Dead?‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Instead of building up to big moments, Hansen-Love seasons her film with perceptive little ones, an approach that perfectly suits Huppert's incisive, luminous performance.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/4 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) "A Quiet Passion" presents Dickinson as a figure both heroic and tragic, determined to live her life her way, despite the great cost.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 79% Chuck (2017) Watching "Chuck" is like striking up a conversation with a stranger on the barstool next to you, and discovering that your new drinking buddy is a far more interesting fellow than he first appeared.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 68% Take Me (2017) The movie moves briskly along at just 85 minutes, balancing laughs and cringe-worthy violence. A sequence involving a set of car keys will not be soon forgotten.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3.5/4 80% Colossal (2017) It's very funny, but it's also kind of scary, and not in the way one would expect a movie featuring monsters flattening a city to be scary.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) It's rare that one walks out of a 144-minute movie wishing it had been a lot longer. But "The Lost City of Z" is just that kind of movie, a rich adventure story brimming with both visual splendor and psychological depth. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 67% Free Fire (2017) "Free Fire" is just an action movie stripped down to the bone and pushed to the edge. There's no need to pretend it's more than that.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 83% Julieta (2016) "Julieta" may not be top-tier Almodovar, but a collaboration between him and Munro, two artists who have spent their lives going deep into the interior lives of women, shouldn't be overlooked.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3/4 63% Tommy's Honour (2017) With Father's Day around the corner and the professional golf season about to start, adult sons and their fathers will enjoy watching it together. Whether they've ever hit a bucket of balls together turns out to be not that important.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3.5/4 98% Kedi (2017) "Kedi" makes a persuasive case that the cats are a civic virtue, representing the unpredictability, even the nuisance, that is an essential part of living in a city.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3/4 69% Gifted (2017) In the midst of turbulent times and fast and furious movies, the genial and good-hearted "Gifted" feels like a bit of a vacation at the theater.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/4 92% Win It All (2017) "Win It All" is an agreeable little gambling film in the vein of "Mississippi Grind" or "Rounders," but with an emphasis on characters rather than plot.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1/4 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Last year's "Trolls" was dissed as a cheap "Smurfs" knockoff, but, honestly, the trolls had rich inner lives compared to these little blue guys. And the Trolls come in different colors, too.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3.5/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) It's the rough edges, the dark corners of the movie, that make "Personal Shopper" such a strange and intoxicating experience.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/4 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) If "Trainspotting" was about young men running from consequences, "T2" is about middle-aged men finally facing them.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Ultimately, 26 years after the animated movie and 262 years after the story was first written, "Beauty and the Beast" still has the ability to whisk us away for a couple of hours. Bon voyage.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/4 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) What carries us through the unconventional structure are Batra's empathetic direction and strong performances, especially Broadbent. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's that kind of movie, meant for the biggest screen, the loudest sound system and the slouchiest recliner you can find. The fact that it also features good actors acting? An unexpected big bonus.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) As Yoshiko, Kiki brings warmth and wisdom to this troubled estranged family.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
3/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) For such a nutty, funny film, "Toni Erdmann" is painfully wise about the generation gap between parents and children, and how hard it is to bridge for very long. Dad jokes can only take you so far.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
2/4 20% Collide (2017) "Collide" has a few good car chases. But it's a fairly empty and humorless exercise that falls apart whenever cars aren't doing somersaults on the Autobahn, or Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins aren't hamming it up shamelessly.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
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 90% 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 43% 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 84% 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 34% 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 85% 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 40% 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 80% 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 92% 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 74% 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