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T-Meter Title | Year
B 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) ...a love story of aching delicacy... - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
C 39% Downhill (2020) The result is a squirm worthy film that mostly fails to deliver either laughs or drama. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B+ 84% Les Misérables (2020) Les Miserables has been extremely well acted, but top honors go to Manentix... - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
C- 43% Three Christs (2020) The three Christs themselves remain ciphers. We should be feeling for these seemingly hopeless cases, but while the players are occasionally amusing, they never really engage our emotions. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
C- 17% Disturbing the Peace (2020) Laughably inept. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
A- 98% 63 Up (2019) The 7 Up series is uplifting, devastating, profound...and it will leave viewers filled with admiration and awe for these creatures we call human beings. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
B 97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) ...a little bit of everything: history, aesthetic exploration, technological geek out. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
C+ 83% Just Mercy (2020) In Just Mercy an A-list cast does its best with movie-of-the-week execution; the results are simultaneously inspiring and off-putting. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
B+ 89% 1917 (2020) Both epically sprawling and remarkably intimate, 1917 instantly establishes itself as one of the great war films. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
C+ 92% Uncut Gems (2019) [Sandler is] really, really effective as a Diamond District hustler...That said, the latest from the writing/directing Safdie Brothers (Benny and Josh) is like having an irate New Yawk cabbie screaming nonstop in your ear for two-plus hours. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
B+ 95% Little Women (2019) Each generation, apparently, gets its own cinematic Little Women. Count Greta Gerwig's new version among the best. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
B+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) At its best The Two Popes is a monumental acting duel that'll leave viewers in open-mouthed amazement. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
B+ 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Quietly heartbreaking and matter-of-factly subversive (how many of us today have what it takes to stand up to evil?), A Hidden Life submerses us in one man's life, death, and personal triumph. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C+ 20% Cats (2019) It's taken the musical Cats nearly 40 years to make its way from the stage to the big screen. Now we know why. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B 70% Bombshell (2019) Yeah, it tells an important story. Just wish it told it in a more gripping fashion. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B 72% The Aeronauts (2019) An aerial thriller packed with gobsmacking visual splendors, The Aeronauts is also historically based... though not so much as to let facts muck up our enjoyment. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood's direction is impersonal but hugely effective; he rarely wastes a moment and is a master at building suspense. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B+ 95% Marriage Story (2019) Despite the flashes of mordant humor, Marriage Story is essentially realistic. The performances, particularly by Driver and Johanssen, are not flashy or overtly comic... - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B+ 83% Waves (2019) Waves is almost unclassifiable; nevertheless, it delivers an emotional gut punch that aches -- in a good way -- for days after viewing. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B+ 89% Dark Waters (2019) Keeping audience interest in a knotty legal matter that stretches out over many years is no easy matter; Haynes pulls it off by establishing a growing sense of dread which comes to a head in a chilling postscript. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B 94% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy is the feature debut of director Alma Har'el, a veteran of music videos and documentaries. She brings to the proceedings an ultra-realistic, pseudo-documentary look graced with moments of surreal beauty. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Given the dire predicament of Queen and Slim, there's a surprising amount of humor on display. Not everything here works, but mostly it does. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
B 44% The Professor and the Madman (2019) Penn is extraordinary in his depiction of insanity interrupted by spells of rational thought that lead only to crushing guilt. The film's underlying theme is the search for redemption, and Penn fearlessly plumbs those depths. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
B+ 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Sidesteps virtually all the landmines in its path and delivers a funny, touching and uplifting story about a man who was too good to be true. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is too long and some of the characters get lost along the way, but overall it's good nasty fun, clever enough that you cannot call it mindless but so accessible that just about everyone can enjoy the ride. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
C 51% 21 Bridges (2019) 21 Bridges has been well made. The acting is OK. The shots of NYC at night are sometimes eerily atmospheric. On the whole, though, the film is more blah than bad. Instantly forgettable. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
C+ 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is one of those movies more satisfying in principle than in practice. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B 96% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese's much-anticipated The Irishman is a good movie. Not a great one. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B+ 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) As an emotional narrative it is a spectacularly engaging work, an evocation of one man's life so rich and moving that it burrows deep and will not be dislodged. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
C- 46% Last Christmas (2019) [Last Christmas] is an unbearable mess, too dour to be truly funny and too silly to work dramatically. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
A- 94% Western Stars (2019) Boss, I never should have doubted you. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
C+ 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) These are a lot a characters, ideas and plot points to keep effortlessly in the air; small wonder the film only intermittently comes to life. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
B- 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name reminds us of why Eddie Murphy remains one of our comedy treasures. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B 78% Loro (2019) Loro is one of the most devastatingly beautiful films of recent years. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- 84% Villains (2019) The runaway stars here are Sedgwick and Donovan, who chew scenery, spit out big pieces, and encourage us to feed them more. Their demented parody of domestic bliss is reason enough to see Villains. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ 68% Joker (2019) Forget escapism. Joker rubs our faces in angst, yet it is brilliant in its ugliness. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B- 83% Before You Know It (2019) The end results aren't earth-shaking, but there's a good deal of talent on display. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 84% Ad Astra (2019) The film is drop-dead beautiful and features a contemplative performance from Brad Pitt which is among his finest; best of all, one leaves it feeling we've truly been on an intergalactic journey. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B+ 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The new Downton Abbey movie is an astonishingly effective piece of work, one that hits all the notes that made the TV show so successful and then adds a couple of new ones. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B 82% Judy (2019) Zellweger's recreation of Judy's act sends us off with admiration for a unique talent and a trouper who at her best left daily misery behind and took her audience over the rainbow. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B+ 96% Love, Antosha (2019) One leaves Love, Antosha with both a profound sense of loss and boundless admiration for a young man determined to cram as much life as possible into however many years he was granted. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
87% Aquarela (2019) Some of this is spectacular, some beautiful. But isn't this lazy documentary-making? How about some insight, some perspective? - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
C+ 65% The Sound of Silence (2019) For two thirds of its running time The Sound of Silence tracks pretty well. But then the whole thing goes haywire, dipping into material that makes no sense thematically, emotionally or intellectually. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Her voice has lost its soul-clanging power, but she can still deliver some pretty solid harmony...this is the story of an immensely talented woman who often doubted her own abilities. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 83% Official Secrets (2019) [Sometimes] the dialogue sounds more like speechifying than regular conversation.Still, there's something so vital about the material it covers that Gavin Hood's fact-based docudrama demands to be seen. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
C+ 87% Hustlers (2019) Despite its welcome depiction of mutually supportive sisterhood, Scafaria's film becomes bogged down in sticky moral entanglements. Even more problematic, this is an emotionally chilly yarn exhibiting little warmth or open compassion for its characters. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) [It] is not only dark thematically, it's dark visually, thanks to Juan Jose Saravia's evocative handheld cinematography. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) The film has a solid first hour, then loses focus and sort of drifts off in its final 30 minutes. Still, there is much to admire here, for this is no warm dip into fuzzy nostalgia. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) All this may sound like a tall order, but despite a few missteps Brittany Runs a Marathon delivers the uplifting goods. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ 98% One Child Nation (2019) Amazingly, given the incendiary subject matter, One Child Nation avoids sensationalism. The overall tone is less outrage than one of sober melancholy. - Butler's Cinema Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019