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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 86% Disobedience (2018) It's impressive that [Rachel] McAdams, so charismatic in roles like "Game Night," can play such a seemingly colorless character so effectively.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Endless (2018) "The Endless" is more of a sci-fi thriller, but it is exquisitely tense at times as well as intellectually engaging. And, when you least expect it, it's funny and moving too.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3.5/4 91% Lean on Pete (2018) I can certainly imagine some well-meaning parent seeing the poster and thinking that the movie is suitable for their horse-loving child. It's not. The film's presentation of life on the margins is harsh and authentic.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3/4 68% The House of Tomorrow (2018) Futurism and punk rock share an idealism that the world really can be changed. In "House of Tomorrow," the two movements overlap in a small, rather sweet story of two teenage boys who help each other change theirs.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2/5 70% Finding Your Feet (2018) It's not a terrible time at the movies, especially when Staunton and Spall get a chance to shine, but it vanishes from your mind without a second thought.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
3/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) "Portrait" is that rare film about art that focuses more on the art rather than the personal life of the artist. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/4 86% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Writer-director Lynne Ramsay's masterful thriller turns the "hitman movie" genre on its ear with a fractured, impressionistic style that matches Joe's jumbled mind.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) I found 12 Days to be a powerful film, but I also felt uncomfortably complicit watching these people reveal the intimate details of their lives before the camera. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
90% Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) (2017) It is a home movie, but it is also a movie for an audience to embrace.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
87% Tully (2018) It's the mix of the mundane and the mystical in Tully that will likely divide audiences. I won't say it all fits together narratively. But I think it works thematically.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) There's real sorrow and anger underneath the laughs. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
93% RBG (2018) RBG doesn't break any new ground in terms of filmmaking style, and it gets a little distracted with trivia like her love of opera or her workout routine. But it's a good summation of a brilliant career.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) Legrand builds suspense without any soundtrack or clever camera tricks, instead shooting Custody with an almost merciless documentary-style flatness.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
83% First Match (2018) Elvyre Emanuelle has a breakout performance as Monique. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/4 71% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) How dark is too dark? Iceland's "Under the Tree" pushes the envelope with a pitch-black tale of a neighborly squabble that gets more and more violent. Problem is, it gets less and less funny, too.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/4 100% Hal (2018) The film is an affectionate ode to Ashby but isn't blind to his flaws, the sort of complex but forgiving treatment that I'm sure Ashby would have liked.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/4 100% Minding the Gap (2018) The film is ultimately a testament to the friendship that this skate crew manages to sustain, even when their lives get too busy and complicated for them to do much skating.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 77% Beirut (2018) "Beirut" is both an entertaining ride for grown-ups and a sobering history lesson.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/4 88% Saving Brinton (2018) In the end, Zahs' efforts and "Saving Brinton" aren't really about the past. They're about the future, and what things we will decide are worth preserving for future generations to enjoy and learn from.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) The parts of "Isle of Dogs" with the dogs are so wonderful that I still recommend the film. I just wish he had taken as much care and attention with his human puppets.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
3/4 35% The Leisure Seeker (2018) "If you've been through what John and Ella are going through with a family member of your own, "The Leisure Seeker" is true enough to that experience. And it's enough of a fantasy to make you wish for a Winnebago, an open road and a little more time."‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 68% Happy End (2017) [Michael] Haneke builds a sense of dread by relying on fixed shots, the camera locked in place as it observes this family.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Although it would be facile to compare modern politics to the horrors of Stalin's purge, there is something queasily resonant about a movie depicting a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
No Score Yet Virginia Minnesota (2018) But the chemistry between the female-led cast is so strong that it carries the film over any narrative bumps‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) There's still something a little icky about a movie that data-mines the pop culture past of middle-aged men so shamelessly. Instead of us having to put away childish things, they're starring in a movie.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
94% Zama (2018) The result is a dense, difficult but deeply rewarding film.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) You can't help but feel that the movies have shortchanged Grahame once again.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 86% Vazante (2018) It can test the patience of a viewer. But the beauty of the images and the underlying power of the story, especially when Beatriz begins to emerge as the focus of the film, make Vazante an immersive watch.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
3.5/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It's a testament to the twisted brilliance of Finley's film that a scumbag drug dealer becomes its moral center.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Hopefully there will be many more films to come featuring trans performers in leading roles, and "Woman" can be looked back on as a well-meaning but flawed effort that paved the way.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/4 81% The Party (2018) Potter's screenplay releases one bombshell revelation after another into the group like hand grenades rolling across the carpet.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/4 82% Game Night (2018) Bateman and McAdams have enormous chemistry in "Game Night"... That energy propels them into two of their funniest performances in a surprisingly clever comedy-thriller.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/4 35% Nostalgia (2018) "Nostalgia" is not the film you want to watch before cleaning out the basement, as it forces the viewer to reconsider the power of those things we've held onto for so long.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
82% Game Night (2018) It's like David Fincher's The Game as an R-rated comedy, a film that's playing games with its audience as much as its characters are playing games with each other. And, if you don't mind being messed with a little, that can be a lot of fun.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/4 90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The Insult has much to teach Western audiences about life in Lebanon.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/4 72% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) The whole thing is the sort of enjoyable high-class trash that only the French seem to be able to get away with. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films, Live Action with Select Animation (2018) It's a particularly strong collection of films this year.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) In almost every instance, the artists use their whimsy to celebrate and elevate the working class, the massive portraits suggesting that farmers and factory workers are as worthy of admiration as princes and politicians.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2.5/4 73% Hostiles (2018) "Hostiles" is a grim and thoughtful Western that evokes the spirit of the genre while having a modern conversation about the cost of brutalizing those not like us.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
59% The Polka King (2017) [Jenny] Slate, usually playing roles as sharp as a tack, revels in playing Lewan's clueless wife. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2.5/4 55% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) While "Bilal" is a noble effort, and quite involving if you sit back and drink in the visuals, there's a good story here that should have been told better.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/4 71% Permission (2018) [Brian] Crano's screenplay navigates these tricky waters with insight and empathy for everybody on screen, while refusing to offer anyone an easy out.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) "Phantom Thread" is filmmaking of the highest order, without a stitch out of place.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/4 86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) "Mary and the Witch's Flower" doesn't reach the heights of the best Studio Ghibli film, but it shows the studio's magical influence is alive and well. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Watching Luca Guadagnino's sumptuous 1983-set romance feels like you're living inside someone else's cherished memory, hazy but still vivid.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/4 87% The Post (2018) Even though the themes are weighty and the parallels are provocative, my takeaway resembled what Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) growls at one point in the newsroom: "My God, the fun."‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3.5/4 70% Suck It Up (2017) "Suck It Up" takes tragedy that seems insurmountable and builds something joyful out of it.‐ Madison Movie
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) While Robbie ("Suicide Squad") doesn't really resemble Harding physically, she embodies her scrappy, foul-mouthed spirit, and her sense of alienation. She may not look like Harding looks, but she looks like Harding felt.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
2.5/4 91% Elle (2016) It's that kinky ambiguity that gives "Elle" such a jolt, often a queasy one given the subject matter. ‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) By that standard, "The Eagle Huntress" is an enthralling and upbeat picture, especially for young girls. Adult viewers might wish for a separate version that captures more of the complexity and reality of this culture so far away from our own.‐ Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017