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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 57% Outlaw King (2018) Even if you've seen all of this before, the film offers plenty of authentic Scottish atmosphere: The sweeping landscape shots highlight the diverse beauty of the land and you can practically feel the cold, gray chill pouring out from the screen.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) ...a propagandistic cop-out and simply too wrong for this moment to ignore.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's the sort of impressionistic pastiche, the tweaking of iconic Americana, that defines so much of the Coens' best work. The other chapters have their moments‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
62% Suspiria (2018) It is primarily a visceral, unsettling experience, one that remains somewhere out of total grasp but nonetheless clear in the notion that a strange, terrifying and altogether meaningful awakening is occurring inside Susie within the Markos walls.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/4 87% What They Had (2018) These actors convey every inch of this layered emotional terrain. Swank puts her aptitude for externalizing inner desperation to great use, while Shannon's wild-card sensibility intriguingly congeals with his regular guy bar owner character.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) This is a true vintage New York writer's movie in the best sense.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 76% Mid90s (2018) An authentically naturalistic depiction of rebellious youth culture on the city's gritty, wayward streets. But other impulses lessen the dramatic impact and suggest that Hill could have used some more time with his screenplay.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle brings the movie a keen eye for immersive action, including a multitude of point-of-view shots and other techniques that aim to put the audience squarely into Armstrong's perspective.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) "A Star is Born" never sacrifices the conviction of its earliest moments, which so smartly connect these characters as artists and humans while also upholding the sanctity of their individual journeys. ‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 99% Free Solo (2018) It is an amazing cinematographic achievement, filled with breathtakingly intricate camerawork that gives such a tangible sense of the extraordinary dangers facing this man.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Reilly carries the movie with a performance rife with melancholy and weariness.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The Flint scenes are the movie's best and most affecting. Moore frames his hometown as a representation of America as a whole: exploited, stricken by chaos and despair and on the brink of collapse, but filled with people who simply won't stop trying...‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2.5/4 64% Lizzie (2018) Straightforwardness, really driven home by the romance, robs these events of their most haunting, opaque quality. There should be a degree of ambiguity here in terms of the character that's missing.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 92% Mandy (2018) Mandy is the real deal. It's a disturbing, expressionist horror picture.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 92% Support the Girls (2018) It's an experience that's relatable in some fashion to anyone who has worked for minimal wages at a service job, and the film derives its sly and unexpected power in the naturalistic way its presented.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
0.5/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It sinks to depths far below even the most liberal and relaxed of expectations.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) It remains relentlessly soft around the edges, committed to a glossy romantic comedy aesthetic that underplays the inherent weirdness of this cosmically unlikely scenario.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 91% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is a coming-of-age movie in which the formative experiences at hand are defined by intense primal sensations rather than specific waypoints in a predetermined narrative.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/4 95% 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 49% 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 86% 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 93% 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 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's simply not what we need right now, or ever.‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
77% 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 71% 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 57% 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 40% 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 93% 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 82% 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 89% 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 95% 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 88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) It's a fascinating sociological document disguised as narrative cinema...‐ amNewYork
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
57% 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 88% 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 49% 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 71% 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 91% 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