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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Atrocities and showmanship are queasy bedfellows when making movies of this ilk.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
92% Araby (Arábia) (2018) A beautifully turned Brazilian movie that carries on as if a social-cause documentary and a folk song confessional had entered into a poignant embrace.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
45% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Gutierrez is ultimately too enamored of his quasi-feminist, visually convulsive upending of damsel myths to let his actors enjoy themselves the way De Palma or Dario Argento would.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
59% Dog Days (2018) Director Ken Marino's ensemble romantic comedy, mixing adorable canines and humans who need as much rescuing as the animals they adopt, is something of a shaggy charmer itself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
No Score Yet Flavors of Youth (Si shi qing chun) (2018) A sensitively handled triptych exploring the bittersweet understanding adulthood necessitates when confronting the fragility of childhood affections.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
18% The Darkest Minds (2018) You've seen this future before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
69% Never Goin' Back (2018) Has something many comedies simply fail to care about: a spark-filled joie de vivre about the stupidity of youth that lifts it above many more cynically crass (and typically male) examples of the genre.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
44% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The world as it exists definitely needs more movies with engaging women like Kunis and McKinnon showing the boys a thing or two about pals-in-peril laughs and thrills. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) Combined with the forces of anti-regulation in government and profit-driven companies who know how to market to doctors and cover up their mistakes, the movie lays bare a blueprint for countless suffering.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
No Score Yet Killer Bees (2018) [A] modest, appealing sports documentary...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
94% Dark Money (2018) Activist in tone, and paced like a thriller, Reed's movie painstakingly details how an election can be brusquely seized and swayed by unseen forces.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
100% Strong Island (2017) Ford's building blocks are familiar, but this is no call-to-action film or how-to guide for getting answers and moving on.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
42% Hot Summer Nights (2018) A sizzle reel of romantic vice and nostalgia that wears out its welcome fairly fast, leaving a magazine spread of flash, color, and play-acted anguished youth that you can tap your toes to. But jukeboxes aren't movies.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
83% Path of Blood (2018) An archival documentary with the pounding, intimate heart of a Michael Mann thriller...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) "Generation Wealth" is indeed an achievement - a messy, conspicuous and sporadically absorbing one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise is back to the chase, a star on a mission, and summer suddenly feels fun again.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity (2018) Awkwardly assembled but compelling...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
100% Les Parents Terribles (The Storm Within) (1948) Cocteau's fluid mastery of the material brings aesthetic sanity to the psychological conflicts.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
90% Eating Animals (2018) The message is clear, and memorably rendered: Care about where your meat comes from, because then you might eat less of it, feel better when you do eat it, and cause a little less suffering in the world.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
51% Boundaries (2018) One wishes Feste had checked to see if there was any gas left in the tank of the road-trip genre before committing to its well-worn byways.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
94% Sunday's Illness (La enfermedad del domingo) (2018) Salazar's deliberateness of image and tone can sometimes feel like its own archly overemphasized meaning, but it's never less than an artfully sincere companion to the drama ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A similarly rousing and savvy adventure that energetically serves up more of what we love and yet wisely, wittily, reverses the first film's accommodating traditionalism to make for an even richer, funnier portrait of its tight and in-tights family.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
76% The Workers Cup (2018) Not an exposé, and hardly a case of sports-as-uplift, "The Workers Cup" feels like a toe dip when the topic calls for at least a deep wade.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
74% Breath (2018) Baker keenly captures the beckoning magnetism of active waters, not to mention the searching souls - young and experienced - who gravitate toward its dangers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
73% Adrift (2018) There's a choppiness in the overall dramatic pull that - despite the surface appeal of the stars and Kormákur's and cinematographer Robert Richardson's visuals - keeps Adrift from making true waves.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
86% American Animals (2018) Writer-director Bart Layton's slick, music-fueled assemblage of recreated narrative and documentary manages to be as deftly comic and suspenseful as the bank job movies from which Layton, and the incident's perpetrators, took inspiration. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
23% Rodin (2018) It's a movie that already seems like a dust-gathered statue, rather than something vividly, imaginatively crafted to reflect the burning intensity of so passionate and forward-minded an artist.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
No Score Yet All Summers End (2018) Writer-director Kyle Wilamowski smothers his bid for nuanced emotion in the cardboard mechanics of bad-decision drama.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
86% Sollers Point (2018) With "Sollers Point," [Porterfield has] added just enough narrative momentum to make that well-trod subset of crime sagas - the struggle to go straight - feel fresh again.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
91% The Most Unknown (2018) "The Most Unknown" feels like a science documentary cross-fertilized with that sentimental old Coke commercial - the smartest among us holding hands across the globe, charting our universe in happy harmony.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Rather than adopt an excuse to turn this hardship material into easy sentiment, Simón treats this very personal matter with a focused, unhurried wisdom for the ways even a left-turn girlhood can still be a celebration of being young, alive, and open.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
17% Show Dogs (2018) A panting, poorly trained entry in the live-action/talking animal genre that for once makes viewers long for the candy-colored, half-witted professionalism of third-tier Pixar-knockoff animation.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
78% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) Amusingly bittersweet yet quietly resplendent...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
92% Angels Wear White (2018) In its perceptions and mood, "Angels Wear White" plays like acutely serious female noir.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
88% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) What's refreshing about Sara Driver's look-back documentary...is the frisky, contemplative, ground-level angle it takes on its hype-magnet of a subject.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Falcone clearly adores his wife but thinks just turning on the camera is all his genius, wind-up spouse needs.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
84% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) "The Desert Bride" is nothing complicated, but in its unforced humanity, visually poetic landscapes and agreeably metaphoric storytelling suggests the intimate pleasures of a well-turned short story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
100% The Test & The Art of Thinking (2018) Most sobering in Davis' film is the assembled confab of prep tutors sharing their unvarnished thoughts about the College Board's pointless, periodical test fixes, practically cackling at how easily the board's self-importance has kept them in business.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
82% In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2018) The air is thick with tension, regret, and promise in the Cairo of "In the Last Days of the City," the plaintive, remarkably self-assured debut feature from Egyptian director Tamer El Said.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
76% The House of Tomorrow (2018) A sweet, tart, and intelligently life-affirming story of teenage friendship and outsider spirit with a supremely light touch, and a winning collection of performances.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) The kind of curiously inconsequential homage that neither stokes your interest in cinema/Godard nor illuminates a turbulent love story between artists.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
100% Lives Well Lived (2018) "Lives Well Lived" isn't exactly artful moviemaking, but it's a heartfelt reminder that for many, age is just a number.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
92% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) The combination of archival bounty with Salles' touching analysis has a hypnotic effect, serving up the past plus reflection, garnished with a resonant melancholy about the ebb and flow of uprisings.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) A neo-Western about rodeo riding, hobbled masculinity and reflective grace that feels unlike anything else out there.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
37% An Ordinary Man (2018) Kingsley is certainly committed to the arc of tough guy stripped bare, but his gifts aren't served well by an artificially studious attempt at applying Understanding 101 logic to a perpetrator of atrocities.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
60% Flock of Four (2018) Though every location is photographed with an almost stately reverence, it is, yes, another mini-odyssey of black history through white eyes ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
80% This is Home: A Refugee Story (2018) [A] heartwarming if conventional portrait of four refugee Syrian families navigating new lives in Baltimore.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
90% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) Chinese animation makes a confident play for art and relevance with this swell of myth, nature, adolescent turbulence and fantasy intrigue that impresses more often than it organically dazzles, and yet succeeds mostly because of its beating heart.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
87% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) The leads are excellent...anchoring Cantet's sincere, complex mixture of discourse and voyeurism, as if the undiluted teacher/student naturalism of his 2008 film "The Class" had fermented into something more volatile.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
40% Shelter (2018) What might have been a tight two-hander steeped in grief-driven suspicion is, in the hands of director Eran Riklis, regrettably a slick, low-wattage affair.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018