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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50%

Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016)

""Sky on Fire" is certainly an adrenaline dose, but hardly a remedy for the action blahs." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet

Behind 'The Cove' (2016)

"It's too scattershot to be persuasive, even if occasionally it sparks thought about issues of cultural tradition, unfair international agreements, and nationalistic defensiveness." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
100%

Finding Babel (2016)

"There's a more deeply involving structure to Novack's film than introducing the uninitiated to - or reminding the devotee of - Babel's convulsively poetic reportage from inside a revolution only beginning." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
77%

Evolution (2016)

"After only two features, Hadihalilović has proven decidedly adept at skeeving you out with painterly but menacing spaces, not to mention the upsetting proximity of guileless children to controlling grown-ups." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
95%

Seasons (Les saisons) (2016)

"Another testament to the breathtaking wonder of the natural world." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
83%

Fences (2016)

"Can you tell it's a play? Absolutely. Does that mean a damn thing? Not when the writing is this richly evocative, and the cast so often soars with it." ‐TheWrap
Posted Nov 22, 2016
60%

Allied (2016)

"Pitt seems wholly miscast, and Cotillard turns in an awkwardly pitched performance." ‐TheWrap
Posted Nov 21, 2016
91%

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016)

"Should be catnip for Sondheim aficionados, musical theater geeks, and anyone who loves a how-did-you-get-there-from-here story." ‐TheWrap
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100%

Peter and the Farm (2016)

"As character studies go, it has a peculiar pull as a reflective one-man show." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
88%

Blood On The Mountain (2016)

"The movie is practically a textbook about how ravenous corporations and feckless government can strip-mine the souls of workers, and replace them with a political narrative about their problems that keeps reality forever hidden behind a fine, dusty fog." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
40%

Ali and Nino (2016)

"Kapadia seems more enraptured by country-crossing movement and breathtaking locations than the details of two people in love." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"The result is a movie that, if never exactly a cathartic experience, carries you along in its clenched grip with an undeniable power. It's sad and funny and real. " ‐TheWrap
Posted Nov 16, 2016
95%

The Love Witch (2016)

"Mere seconds into Anna Biller's candy-colored retro-horror film, you realize this movie is an ornate portal with a beckoning, bejeweled finger, and you're as helpless as one of its titular seducer's hexed-and-sexed victims." ‐TheWrap
Posted Nov 10, 2016
No Score Yet

Iron Moon (2016)

"The brutally serene documentary "Iron Moon" from Qin Xiaoyu and Wu Feiyue spotlights a handful of bottom-rung workers who write achingly clear-eyed poetry that spotlights the contours of their lives." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
75%

Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016)

"It revs up, makes its spirited mess of issues, maintains its complicated humanity, then ends. That may not make it everybody's cup of tea, but hey, Muylaert seems to be saying, what movie or person is?" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2016
No Score Yet

CRD (2016)

"Though there's never a smooth path toward narrative or emotional enlightenment as you watch "CRD," Kanadé's willingness to explore the creative impulse through impish experimentation is amusing and infectious." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
43%

Dog Eat Dog (2016)

"Hardly the kind of prickly, illuminating male-pattern badness we've come to expect from Schrader." ‐TheWrap
Posted Nov 3, 2016
43%

King Cobra (2016)

"Slater has some effective moments and Franco excels at a certain kind of scary/funny psycho, but it doesn't ultimately add up to much as either pulpy trash or exposé." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
100%

The Ruins of Lifta (2016)

"Watching these sturdy carriers of suffering inevitably argue, your spirits may sink. But you also can't help but notice that the rocky terrain requires them at times to hold on to each other." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
No Score Yet

Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer - 30th Anniversary (2016)

"The overall tone of quotidian horror, despite the occasional dated stylistic touch, remains powerfully disturbing, a vision of evil that's man-sized, random and unexamined." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"Eschewing his usual modus operandi for the rollicking tension of active kink, Park finds a percolating balance between sensuality and sin, and it might just win him admirers beyond the usual bloodthirsty fanboys." ‐TheWrap
Posted Oct 20, 2016
70%

Before the Flood (2016)

""Before the Flood" is neither dull screed nor stat-heavy pamphlet, thanks largely to the questing intensity of its marquee guide." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
30%

The Whole Truth (2016)

"Instead of building tension, "The Whole Truth" lets it bleed out." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
38%

Is That You? (2016)

"It takes a while, but once the Israeli film "Is That You?" leaves a certain amateurishness behind, it finds a soft, welcoming space for melancholy and connection." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
100%

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)

"A documentary that begs to be seen in a theater, "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang" offers an inviting glimpse into the life of a truly international artist, one whose colorful fireworks displays literally paint the air." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
84%

Christine (2016)

"But while Christine the movie may leave you in a coldly analytical space about sad people -- even its dollops of humor have a chilliness -- Christine the woman stays with you, thanks to a career-best performance from Hall." ‐TheWrap
Posted Oct 12, 2016
100%

Tower (2016)

"A piece about adrenaline, bravery, grief and memory that stands as one of the year's crowning achievements in emotional, illuminative storytelling." ‐TheWrap
Posted Oct 11, 2016
No Score Yet

Green is Gold (2016)

"It draws out your affection and your concerns for its pot-growing brothers at different times, until they kind of build on each other. At the end, it sneaks up on you how invested you are." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
93%

Among the Believers (2016)

"There's little that's not dispiriting about "Among the Believers" and its measured, direct entrée into a closed world of hopeless boys and girls memorizing the Koran, but forbidden from learning its meanings." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
60%

The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

""The Siege of Jadotville" valiantly fights to reclaim pride in a slice of Irish military history, but it seems to have ignored who those Irish were fighting for." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
42%

London Town (2016)

""London Town," to borrow from a certain foursome, isn't "burning with boredom," but neither is it exactly "calling."" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The filmmaking has a certain paint-by-numbers frankness that works in some ways, not in others." ‐TheWrap
Posted Oct 5, 2016
44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"When you've been spoiled by the dark, meticulous David Fincher lending his artistry to paperback potboilers with "Girl" in the title -- even when they're not his best work -- Taylor's flat commercial instincts make for diminishing returns." ‐TheWrap
Posted Oct 3, 2016
No Score Yet

The Last Film Festival (2016)

"The late Dennis Hopper's IMDB acting credits are 200-strong, but any qualitative ranking of those titles would put his last completed movie, "The Last Film Festival," somewhere at the bottom." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
100%

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016)

"Tells a miscarriage of justice tale that practically bursts with societal issues to address: homophobia, socioeconomic inequality, child abuse, trial misconduct, tabloid hysteria, junk science and innocence advocacy." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
76%

The Apostate (El Apóstata) (2016)

"It's a movie that ultimately may mean more to those raised in heavily Catholic cultures, but it has an engaging prickliness as a satiric peek into the life of a brooding idealist." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
89%

Amanda Knox (2016)

"Blackhurst and McGinn do a vise-tightening job with the unpacking the facts as we now know them, as we never knew them (including rarely seen court documents and police video), and as they were originally distorted beyond all reason." ‐TheWrap
Posted Sep 28, 2016
83%

Girl Asleep (2016)

""Girl Asleep" thinks it's a stylishly resonant fairy tale about identity when the primary takeaway is an exquisitely curated slide show." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 21, 2016
85%

Audrie & Daisy (2016)

"The movie is a sobering look at the minefield teenage girls traverse when it comes to drinking, pressure from porn-addled boys and social media popularity." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 21, 2016
53%

The Dressmaker (2016)

"What starts as a cheeky lark about bad reputations and snazzy transformations never really gels into something truly funny or even appetizingly weird." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 21, 2016
90%

When Two Worlds Collide (2016)

""When Two Worlds Collide" has a breathless urgency to it, even if its structuring of events feels a bit ramshackle, and the directness of its environmental warnings feel no different than a thousand other message docs." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
89%

Miss Stevens (2016)

"Acknowledges that the boundary between instructor and charge is a necessary but complicated one, especially when messy, needy, well-meaning human beings are on both sides of that line." ‐TheWrap
Posted Sep 15, 2016
84%

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

""Kate Plays Christine" makes for a twisty, unsettling probe into our fascination with transforming lives, and deaths, into digestible storytelling." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
69%

Operation Avalanche (2016)

"It's as dizzying as it sounds, but more the fun-house version of disorienting." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
11%

The Good Neighbor (2016)

"The dreary lack of suspense in this tweaked "Rear Window" scenario, and our inability to care one whit for two cruel, arrogant bullies operating under a perceived notion that they're social scientists, makes this one tough going." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
100%

Tramps (2016)

"The echoes of fast-talking, flirty couples from screwball through French New Wave, from Woody Allen through every promising Woody wannabe, reverberate through this zippy, well-acted tale." ‐TheWrap
Posted Sep 11, 2016
0%

The Disappointments Room (2016)

"A litany of embarrassments best left shielded from audiences." ‐TheWrap
Posted Sep 9, 2016
100%

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)

"An incredible true story of sacrifice ..." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
83%

Kicks (2016)

""Kicks" is that kind of fascinatingly uneven indie only children of gritty urban life know how to make when they're ready to pick up a camera and engage with their past." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"There's certainly enough verve, and love for the genre, to help one get past its trouble spots, but you can't help feeling the mercenary thinking behind rehashing this mercenary yarn." ‐TheWrap
Posted Sep 8, 2016
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