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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Finds Lee in that vintage mode; it's a period piece, infused with anger and sarcasm, that tells a stranger-than-fiction true story, but one that is animated by the tumultuous American present.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 45% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) A gleefully dopey action-comedy with a nonsense plot and the expected high jinks that nonetheless consistently entertains.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2.5/4 83% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Akhavan takes a restrained approach to chronicling Cameron's journey and Moretz is never up to the task of conveying any sense of inner struggle. The character is too static and feels too sure of herself for the movie to deliver the gut punch it should.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/4 94% Blindspotting (2018) That it feels as authentic and well-honed as it does is a testament to its creative talent's innate familiarity and love for this city, and deeper understanding of the degree to which the Oakland experience is the American one.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's simply not what we need right now, or ever.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
73% The King (2018) [The film is] a biographical study that achieves the noteworthy result of contextualizing one of the most famous and well-documented American lives in an entirely new and relevant way.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2.5/4 74% Damsel (2018) The world needs more offbeat comic Westerns like "Damsel," which fearlessly takes up space in subgenre terrain that's rarely occupied these days.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
0.5/4 0% Gotti (2018) Even the most liberally tempered expectations cannot explain the extent and scope of the disaster here, the sheer lack of basic cinematic competence.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Here is a film that evokes the ugliest and darkest corners of our most fundamental selves, viewing our genetic identity as a maximum-security prison of sorts.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2/4 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) There's no effectively captured emotional underpinning shaping the film, and no tangible larger motivating factor.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2/4 39% Mary Shelley (2018) It's undercut by the hazy, magical realist aesthetic, the general insufferable nature of the men and the fact that a work that strives to be a serious, feminist piece too often feels like gothic romantic fiction.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/4 94% First Reformed (2018) Hawke offers one of his best performances, a masterful blending of outward stoicism and strong and challenging emotions.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 94% RBG (2018) It endeavors to offer a heavy dose of comfort food to its audience, which is sure to comprise exclusively of viewers who have a lot invested in the iconic dissenter remaining on the job for a long while.‐ Newsday
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3.5/4 85% Disobedience (2018) "Disobedience" is so exacting in the ways it conveys its protagonists' inner conflicts and the larger social pressures exacerbating them, that it's simultaneously a heart-wrenching experience and a taut, gripping one.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2.5/4 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Chappaquiddick is at its best when it is underpinned by a somber orchestral score, focusing closely on the personal anguish of its protagonist.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Joaquin Phoenix has found the perfect filmmaker for his talents in Lynne Ramsay, an impressionistic master.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) It is extraordinary to behold, to be sure, with images of waste and decay that are immense in their grandeur.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 80% Unsane (2018) You could summarize "Unsane" as Steven Soderbergh screwing around, and you wouldn't be wrong.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2.5/4 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) The instinct to explore the complex realities that created this harrowing situation is the right one. It's simply not realized sharply enough.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) When it comes to contemporary crafters of political satire, Armando Iannucci exists in an exalted realm all his own.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3.5/4 96% Foxtrot (2018) It captures a sense of ennui that's a familiar presence in Israeli cinema about the military, a sense of a mission lost in a morass, and shades it with a touch of surrealism and a great sweeping dose of tragedy.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/4 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) It is unabashedly strange in the ways it assembles seemingly disparate elements, and it's unafraid to bring its character toward an unlikable place in the service of its broader truths. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2.5/4 80% The Party (2018) You simply wish there were more of this. It's not something that comes around every day. Shot in evocative black and white, The Party resurrects a classic screwball form.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
1/4 14% Winchester (2018) Everything about the movie is flat - the cinematography presents the house as an abundantly ordinary collection of rooms, rather than a maze-like window into a haunted mind. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/4 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) It's a fascinating sociological document disguised as narrative cinema...‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
56% The Commuter (2018) The movie isn't silly enough to be enjoyed as schlock and it's not smart enough to be taken seriously. It's just sort of there and then it ends, a missed opportunity soon to be forgotten.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
4/4 87% The Post (2018) [Spielberg] conjures up his masterful gift for generating suspense and high drama around the inexorable pull of the deadline, the thrill of a meaningful lead and the collective sense of applying truth to power on a grand scale.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
1.5/4 50% Downsizing (2017) The movie's heart is in a socially-conscious place when the high concept demands something fundamentally different.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) This is a romantic drama with a notable undercurrent of comedy and it's inherently relatable, even when it goes to an off-kilter place.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 72% Hostiles (2018) ... within the tradition of revisionist Westerns, in which a generation of movies have effectively apologized for the casual racism and tremendous oversimplifications of the genre in its classic form, "Hostiles" finds a worthy place in the canon.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) It's a true balancing act, a tragic comedy in every sense of the term, and it only works as well as it does because Robbie seems possessed with the sort of deep, emphatic connection with the real-life Harding that allows actors to disappear into a role.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Hawkins sells it without a single line of spoken dialogue to rely upon, capturing the scope of Elisa's epic journey within from lonely despair to hope and purpose, and filling every scene she's in with the joy of loving, of feeling, for the first time.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) There's an ethereal quality to Guadagnino's work that shapes its every moment. The story unfolds as if in a dream, a memory of a sun-swept time when the promise of love emerged and brought with it all that's terrible and wonderful in the world.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) The movie has sweeping cinematic texture, expressed in Wright's affinity for long takes.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Even though he's one of the best-known and most honored actors in the history of the movie business, Denzel Washington finds an entirely new register in Roman J. Israel, Esq.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The filmmaker and his cast masterfully capture... the unspoken thoughts and feelings that complicate our understanding of why they carry themselves the way that they do.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2/4 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) The haphazard nature of the production undercuts any major dramatic thrust to the point where it muddles whatever it is Linklater's trying to achieve.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
2.5/4 56% LBJ (2017) ... the movie's too conventional and too scattered to add anything of substance or interest to the Johnson story.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Greta Gerwig, the accomplished actress and writer, crafts a suburban coming-of-age story in "Lady Bird," her directorial debut... ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 84% The Square (2017) ... the movie effectively eviscerates the recognizably high-minded aloofness that defines them.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/4 67% Wonderstruck (2017) It's the work of a filmmaker who understands how to convey the magical possibilities of this art form - the rich interplay of light and shadows, the metaphysical nature of the world of dreams and cosmic connections.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Sandler, in particular, is a revelation.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Few movies about children capture the very essence of youth, the precious intersection of innocence and wonder that so often co-exists along the margins of a darker reality.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3/4 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Anglophiles will find a lot to love in Victoria & Abdul, a pleasant time that stands out thanks to Judi Dench in a return as Queen Victoria and a screenplay that delves into royal parlor games with glee.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/4 92% Stronger (2017) Gyllenhaal offers further evidence that he's one of the finest actors working today... ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2/4 34% American Assassin (2017) American Assassin jarringly interposes scenes of hyper-realistic violence with the sort of half-hearted storytelling one expects out of a movie of the genre with minimal ambitions.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) With Brad's Status, writer-director Mike White finds a smart way to evoke a central feature of contemporary life, in a movie best understood as an extended riff on the way social media has exacerbated one of the more confounding aspects of human nature.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
.5/4 11% 9/11 (2017) Spectacularly misconceived, in which the optics of a substandard disaster movie are discomfortingly applied to this unfathomable tragedy.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3/4 85% Beach Rats (2017) [Harris] Dickinson, in his debut, achieves an almost unfathomably rich reservoir of feeling.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) This is a perfect part for [Aubrey] Plaza's particular brand of intensity and the star, along with director/co-writer Matt Spicer, navigates difficult terrain in crafting a tone that's both comic and deeply unsettling.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017