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T-Meter Title | Year
39% Halloween Kills (2021) A repetitive, blood-soaked slog, Halloween Kills offers a few ingeniously gross moments but otherwise is more mind-numbing than hair-raising. - Fox 10 Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2021
B+ 86% Bergman Island (2021) In its strongest, most evocative scenes, Bergman Island feels like peering in someone else's window, sensing an echo of your own experiences, and marveling at all the ways a stranger could remind you of yourself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
3/4 No Score Yet Found (2021) Found does an effective job planting us in the shoes of these three young women and documenting their transforming senses of self. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
48% There's Someone Inside Your House (2021) There's Someone Inside Your House is intermittently effective, but ultimately unremarkable, and it feels like a product of its time in disappointing ways. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2021
50% Mayday (2021) Filmmaker Karen Cinorre's initially provocative vision of misandrist vengeance at least makes Mayday worth a look. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2021
84% Lamb (2021) Lamb struggles to make clear how much sincerity or acceptance we should apply to what is happening on screen, and the result is both narrative and emotional murkiness. - Fox 10 Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2021
2.5/4 97% The Rescue (2021) Between Vasarhelyi and Chin's inability to speak with the boys or their families, and the documentary's initially languid pacing, The Rescue feels like half a story told fairly well, but still, half a story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
95% Ascension (2021) Through her unfussy direction and sly editing, Kingdon's collection of vignettes is a reminder that the destructively frenzied cycle of consumption and waste always trickles down. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
No Score Yet Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam (2021) "Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam" serves as an introduction to her work for a broader audience, but the film aggravates with its refusal to interrogate its titular subject. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2021
2.5/4 70% Falling for Figaro (2021) The performances are what make Falling for Figaro an entertaining distraction, even as the film plays out exactly as you would expect. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Earwig and the Witch never finds the right tone, never really develops its characters, and never reaches the high standard of a Studio Ghibli production. It's profoundly skippable. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
90/100 96% I'm Your Man (2021) I'm Your Man offers a perspective on humanity that's equally whimsical and melancholy, and its intimacy is a welcome change of pace in science fiction. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
66% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Prestige biopics have a certain formula, and The Eyes of Tammy Faye follows it - to blandly redemptive results. - Fox 10 Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
No Score Yet Habit (2021) Habit feels like an array of "bad taste" choices made simply because they are "in bad taste." All of this offensiveness falls flat when the movie has so little to say about any of it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
94% The Year of the Everlasting Storm (2021) The film's poignancy comes from its confirmation that even in tumultuous times, our senses of wonder, love and loyalty remain integral to the human experience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
3/4 96% Language Lessons (2021) Language Lessons is an alternately comforting and challenging watch ... making plain the winsome appeal of films about platonic love. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
60/100 44% Kate (2021) The violence isn't quite ultra, but at least it adds some excitement to the otherwise lackluster script. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a legit action star wasted by Netflix's Kate. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
93% Mogul Mowgli (2021) Wrapped around the transforming Riz Ahmed like a cocoon, Mogul Mowgli comes to vibrant, poignant life. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
86% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2021) Vacillates between high-minded and tawdry and results in an engaging mashup of psychological drama and social media thriller. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
42% Cinderella (2021) Unwilling to deviate from its narrow lens of girl-boss feminism, this Cinderella, arriving courtesy of Amazon Studios, feels like an algorithm rather than entertainment. - Fox 10 Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
C 62% The Protégé (2021) The Protégé presents itself as a racially diverse film, and in broad strokes, that holds up. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2021
87% The Night House (2021) Rebecca Hall grounds the ever-shifting film as it transforms from what seems like a straightforward ghost story into something murkier, more troubling and thoroughly unshakeable. - Fox 10 Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
21% Sweet Girl (2021) Momoa can believably howl in anguish and throw a devastating punch, but he can't carry a script this muddled. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
2.5/4 85% The Meaning of Hitler (2021) The Meaning of Hitler never quite reconciles its central concern of whether continuing to talk about Hitler is an inherently compromised pursuit. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
C+ 46% Beckett (2021) A by-the-numbers narrative and a third act that mistakes cynicism for paranoia land Beckett in the company of other initially suspenseful, ultimately forgettable Netflix thrillers... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
54% Settlers (2021) Settlers is so bare in world-building details that its characters float untethered, and a major mid-film reveal seems like a narrative shortcut. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
41% Jolt (2021) Jolt is unabashedly silly, sloppily written, and overly reliant on the likability of Kate Beckinsale, Stanley Tucci, and Jai Courtney. But it's also breezily entertaining. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
90% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) 1666 concludes with a solid starring turn from Kiana Madeira, whose most consistent mode over this trilogy has been very pissed off. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
88% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Compared with 1994, in 1978, the kills were more shocking, the atmosphere more tense, the characters more believable and well-rounded, and the world-building more thoughtful. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
83% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) 1994 leans very much on recognizable nostalgia to build a sense of place-hell, the movie opens at a mall!-before getting into the bloody business at hand. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
85% Werewolves Within (2021) Starring a delightful Sam Richardson, at its best Werewolves Within feels like a cross between the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys and the 2002 and 2004 live-action Scooby-Doo films. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
52% The Tomorrow War (2021) Narratively padded and visually overstuffed with CGI, The Tomorrow War plays out like Starship Troopers drained of Paul Verhoeven's subversive satire. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
58% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) The simplicity (and arguably superficiality) of a certain kind of girl-power-rah-rah energy is the fuel of Netflix's unnuanced, ungraceful, often uninteresting Gunpowder Milkshake. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
3/4 No Score Yet Platform (2021) [A] revealing, intimate documentary. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
C 27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard relies on racially themed humor that's mostly self aware but ultimately unfunny. - Mediaversity Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
2.5/4 100% Sisters On Track (2021) The inspirational and illuminating moments of Sisters on Track land well enough, even if what surrounds them isn't as comprehensive as a full portrait requires. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
A- 95% Sun Children (Khorshid) (2021) Legendary filmmaker Majid Majidi's latest, Sun Children, is a tidal wave of compassion and empathy that crests into rage and sorrow. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Living under capitalism means you always have bills to pay. I do not know how else to explain the mundane and generic The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
85/100 83% Untitled Horror Movie (2021) A finely tuned horror-comedy exercise that benefits from the chemistry of its cast and the managed-expectations feel of its storytelling. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
88% Skater Girl (2021) Skater Girl might be a push toward following your dreams, but the end result is a movie that feels more driven by delivering good intentions than telling a fully realized story. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
40/100 16% Infinite (2021) Perhaps no director could breathe life into a film with such an absolutely dire script, and with such a sloppily superficial sense of its own worldbuilding and interior mythology. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
76% Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2021) But through the alien beauty of its visuals, Andrewin's hidden-waters-run-deep performance, and its increasingly tense atmosphere, Tragic Jungle casts an unsettling spell. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
B- 88% Souad (2020) "Souad" is more along the lines of "Eighth Grade" or "Ingrid Goes West," crossed with "The Virgin Suicides"-films about a specific form of feminine fragility and the unique ways it is affected by the duplicity of social media. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
89% Undine (2020) Petzold asks what love is, and offers surrender as an answer; he asks what surrender is, and offers violence as an answer. Undine drenches you in the force of its romance and its dread. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2021
75% Oslo (2021) Oslo provides a sense of grim irony. The side with which it aligns our perspective tip its hand toward a certain version of history that feels jarringly out of step with our current reality. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) It all collapses into a messy swamp of content, which is exactly the capitalist nuclear soup that gives rise to a movie like Cruella. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
2.5/4 89% High Ground (2021) Between its evocative ensemble, fluid editing, and interest in Aboriginal culture, High Ground is worth a watch, even if it ultimately feels overshadowed by the message it's trying to send rather than being defined by the story it actually tells. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
A- 98% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) The film's as compassionate as it is unsettling, and as provocative as it is poignant. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man is all body count, and its self-seriousness is exhausting. This isn't Ritchie's Heat; it's his The Tax Collector. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Go-for-broke violence has always been a core component of Mortal Kombat, and this reboot succeeds because McQuoid and his team remember that, and have the self-awareness to acknowledge it. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2021