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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Black is beautiful.‐ Action Figure Junkies
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
6/10 40% Justice League (2017) it makes for a reasonable amount of fun in its own right... enough to put a gentle smile on your face and look towards future movies with a little more hope. ‐ Action Figure Junkies
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
58% Please Stand By (2018) The journey itself matters less than the particular steps that this character needs to take.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4/5 83% Mayhem (2017) A strong script, a good sense of timing, and the kind of anarchic glee than more prestige projects can't manage.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Take away the arch tone and deadpan ridiculousness, and the scenario is all too real. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It arrives at a very dark moment indeed, and yet like the movies that preceded it, it speaks very powerfully to where we're at right now. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
76% Gladiator (2000) A movie initially intended as summer popcorn, but which somehow scored a Best Picture Oscar: the only one of Scott's lengthy and impressive canon to have done so.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
88% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995) Terry Gilliam always had a unique spin on dystopian fantasy‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
97% Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) The Pythons' instincts strike home, not only in Brian's miserable failure to imbue his followers with some basic decency, but in the self-apparent barbarism that he's fighting against.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
83% The Thing (1982) Carpenter uses Bottin's effects to release the tension... which lets them hit all that much harder. But he didn't need special effects to find the real horror in the scenario.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Good news everyone! That Hulk dick joke we ordered has arrived!‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
83% Denial (2016) Denial concerns itself more with the substance of how to fight such a man than the normal hammer-and-tongs courtroom stuff.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Having scored an unexpected success with the sheer audacity of the first film, director Matthew Vaughn delivers more of the same, with diminished (if still interesting) results.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 74% The Limehouse Golem (2017) If you accept that it won't break any new boundaries, the confidence with which it goes about its task is impressive.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) The film works more as a bittersweet coming-of-age story than the terrors for which we presumably paid to see.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
91% Network (1976) It was the height of satire in 1976: dark as hell, but patently absurd and surely nowhere close to objective reality. Objective reality surpassed it somewhere in the Jerry Springer era.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
3/5 56% Batman and Harley Quinn (2017) You can see the tone they're going for and when it hits, it's a riot. But it misses more than it should, and with risqué material, it becomes too crude for comfort.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
94% Richard III (1995) But when thoughts turn to the Bard, and his unique way of pinpointing the flaws in human nature that bite us again and again, they inevitably settle on Richard III.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
87% The Matrix (1999) The Matrix embedded itself in pop culture so thoroughly that it's easy to forget how different it was when it first arrived.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
95% Cabaret (1972) "The Nazi musical," as star Liza Minnelli glibly put it, has felt pertinent for a long time.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
66% The Devil's Advocate (1997) Critics called it out for its melodramatic tone, but the theatrics are far more feature than bug, and the participants seem just aware enough of the overheated material to wink without upending the whole apple cart.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
96% Apocalypse Now (1979) An indelible statement on the lunacy of war.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) If you can live on flashiness alone, it knows how to get the job done. Just don't expect much steak beneath the sizzle.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Soldier and civilian alike are left powerless in the face of a seemingly hidden enemy who can come from anywhere at any time. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The most powerful of an already strong trilogy, with a message that has never felt more timely and a gorgeous curtain call for a character who has quietly climbed into the realm of greatness.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The fifth-best superhero film so far this year... is still pretty darn good. ‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
3/5 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) The Despicable Me franchise always thrived on lowered expectations, and they serve Gru and his brood well enough here to make this last outing a pleasant one.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3.5/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) While you still need to get around those uncomfortable questions like "where do the car children come from?" and "how do they handle tools without thumbs?" this go 'round at least ensures a few tangible rewards if you do.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) The lurching undead may be necessary for this property, but the movie itself resembles them in all the wrong ways.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
5/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman gives this long-ignored heroine the coming-out party she truly deserves.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) It's not the best movie of the summer, but I guarantee we're going to see worse.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2.5/5 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) It never offends, but with the words "Ridley Scott" and "Alien movie" in close proximity, you expect a lot better.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
53% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The Purge becomes reality the same way any real-world horror does: by the consent of the governed‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) The questions beneath it linger longer than the slightly greasy joy of watching bad people pay for our collective sins.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
38% The Purge (2013) The interesting thing about The Purge series is how readily and easily the central premise develops into something with a little more bite. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
3/5 36% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) The movie does what the previous five have done with no apologies and no regrets.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
3/5 20% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Too trashy to be good, but as trash it's not too bad.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
74% Ghostbusters (2016) With these four performers in place, the movie finds some magic. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
4.5/5 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) This Guardians finally hits the gloriously ridiculous extremes that the first adventure never quite reached‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
3/5 44% Phoenix Forgotten (2017) Its real value lies in shaking up a moribund genre... if not to revitalize then at least to remind us how often it settled for less than it could have been.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
100% Citizen Kane (1941) Citizen Kane helped define the language of film, and the totality of its achievement provides no end of fascinating topics to discuss at length.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Vin Diesel is just fireproof, isn't he?‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
4/5 80% Colossal (2017) There's a method to the madness, and Colossal takes great joy in showing it to us with elegance and smarts.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
80% 1984 (1984) Like the book, 1984 understands that forgetting these lessons puts us a step closer to the unthinkable. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
94% Beauty and the Beast (1991) Songwriter Howard Ashman - a gay man dying from AIDS-related complications in Reagan's America - knew the real face of the mob all too well.‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
92% The Great Dictator (1940) The lessons remain, and the strength of his statement still inspires his descendants - professional or otherwise - to follow his example. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It emphasizes the necessity of sacrifice for victory, and celebrates the anonymous, forgotten fighters who put it all on the line before that Skywalker kid even got up to bat. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
4/5 72% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) Quiet and creepy, devoid of histrionics, and with a payoff that feels earned instead of crammed down our throats.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
2/5 22% Atomica (Deep Burial) (2017) [It's] undone less by a lack of ambition than an inability to make its core concept compelling enough.‐ Sci-Fi Movie Page
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
69% Les Misérables (2012) If we embrace our proximity instead of being shaken out of the characters' woes, then the film turns into a thing of beauty. ‐ Cinema-stache
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017