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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A triumph of texture, a tender, deeply felt slice of Americana with the magnetic draw of a adroitly structured short story.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 86% Colette (2018) Colette's story teaches us that when it comes to guarding one's creative property, love means never having to say sorry for moving on to greener pastures. The film is dedicated to Glatzer, and it's a fittingly genial tribute for an eclectic body of work.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Bolstered by four strong central performances, the most surprising thing about "The Sisters Brothers" is how pleasant and raffishly likable it ultimately becomes.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) What prevails is a commitment to the material that goes well beyond vanity-project interests, as well as a dogged affection for these two flickering flames that burned more brightly as one.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
93% Mandy (2018) For all its spellbinding tableaux and accomplished production design, "Mandy's" most valuable asset is Cage, who spends half the movie with his face covered in blood that, appropriately enough, looks more like war paint.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 75% Smallfoot (2018) Even though not all of it works, and even though it takes too long to hit its stride, its call for bridge-building is a message one is never too old to take to heart.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
79% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) A sloppy stew of bullet points, a fatty alphabet soup that overwhelms when it ought to enlighten. It's an unfocused, undisciplined letdown from a bright voice that appears to have lost its way.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
90% We the Animals (2018) Ravishing yet malnourished, follows on Malick's footsteps, but it's too occupied Sundancing the viewer into submission to make you give a damn about these boys who are forced to grow up too quickly. It's smothered by its own beauty.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
No Score Yet My Best Friend (Mi mejor amigo) (2018) A moving chronicle of a tender but fraught friendship that never strikes a false note. It is all the more powerful for eschewing feel-good concepts about the way people come into our lives and how they're capable of changing us.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) An impish comedy that wants to poke fun at everything in sight, including but not limited to the thriller genre.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
1/4 44% Destination Wedding (2018) The charismatic stars struggle with earache-inducing dialogue that reduces their characters to bile-spouting losers.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/4 85% The Wife (2018) You'll want a divorce from this pedestrian adaptation of Meg Wolitzer's best-seller that missteps by nixing its protagonist's thorny inner monologue in favor of cinema-of-quality mediocrity.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) A feel-good comedy firmly rooted in the Darwinian realities of the service industry, but much like its stubbornly optimistic protagonist, it knows to prevent the characters' dilemmas from slipping into miserabilism.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It might not reinvent the wheel, but if there's a more satisfying studio release this summer, I've yet to see it. So what are you waiting for? Run, don't walk.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
90% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) What ultimately makes Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood such a treat is that Tyrnauer invites us to hang out with Bowers, walk a mile in his shoes.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/4 74% Margaret (2011) From its majestic slo-mo opening shots of New York City pedestrians to its devastating closing moments at the Met, "Margaret" enthralls like no other...This smart, literate urban opera is well deserving of a standing ovation.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 77% A Late Quartet (2012) Surrounded by the unraveling lives of his longtime musical partners, the understated gravity that Walken gives this fading arts patriarch is a gratifying reminder that it's the quieter notes that are often the most resonant, onstage and off.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) A buoyant sequel/prequel to the movie adaptation of the smash Broadway musical leans heavily on its stars' undeniable charisma and splashy, expertly choreographed numbers, especially when it runs out of steam story-wise.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
87% The Tribe (2015) The Tribe ultimately doesn't have all that much to say. For all the deafening mayhem on display, it all but loses its voice.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
92% Güeros (2015) Ruizpalacios is too busy indulging in stylistic flourishes for us to form much of an emotional bond with the characters, leading to a closing shot that would have been really powerful if he'd tightened the film's structure.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
72% Crimson Peak (2015) This poetic rendezvous with restless spirits ends up lifting our own.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
76% Rosewater (2014) Stewart seems to be declaring on every frame of Rosewater, but his knack for dealing with dry subject matter in all kinds of hilarious ways would have worked wonders. It's almost cruel how he turns the film into such a humorless bore.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
76% The Boxtrolls (2014) The film's idiosyncratic character design and veddy English quirks might not appeal to every moviegoer's palate, but its admirable refusal to beg for your sympathies, deftly executed by a game voice cast, brings out your inner Wild Thing.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Fifty Shades of Grey is that hot date you bring home to discover (s)he's a cold fish between the sheets. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) If my mind wanders toward television, that's because "Homecoming" often feels like a 'roided-up pilot for a season's worth of tidy small-screen fare.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
54% Jason Bourne (2016) The movie returns to its regularly scheduled programming: a rote summer bummer where, ironically enough, events feel more preordained the more Greengrass recycles his patented brand of faux-vérité realism. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
91% Birdman (2014) I did, indeed, hate Birdman in all kinds of expected ways, as stated above, I also despised it in ways that completely took me by surprise, and yes, this goes beyond the crashing cymbals in Antonio Sanchez's earache-inducing score.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
71% Interstellar (2014) I think the reason why I connected so deeply with it is the extent to which Nolan evokes iconic moments from silent films.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) Despite running just over two hours, the new "Papillon" doesn't overstay its welcome. If anything, it should have been longer, so viewers could truly feel the passage of time‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
67% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) File this well-intentioned disappointment under curiously uninvolving passion projects.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
93% Force Majeure (2014) Even though we've been down these slopes before, Östlund still delivers a tasty, surprisingly humane glimpse of a marriage put on ice.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
No Score Yet Stories Of Our Lives (2015) The narrative is little more than a point of departure to expose the persecution that members of the LGBT community face in Kenya on a daily basis.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
99% Song Of The Sea (2014) But even when he still needs to continue honing his storytelling chops, Moore has made a fully felt valentine to his Celtic roots. Call it an exquisite sophomore slump.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There is zero depth here. You keep hoping for a transgressive moment that will make the cringe-inducing dialogue and gratuitous fan service worthwhile, but it never comes.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) This latest onscreen venture is imperfect, but it still put a goofy grin on this grumpy critic's face. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
71% Jurassic World (2015) Trevorrow is too busy making a point about theme park culture and movie sequels to make us feel the slightest bit of suspense.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
94% Love Is Strange (2014) Lithgow and Molina convey the body language of a longtime couple to such a degree that they effortlessly become part of the film's fabric. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
98% The Cakemaker (2018) What may have initially come across as creepy and inappropriate now feels, with the passage of time, like the most romantic story I've seen at the movies this year.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
81% Tom of Finland (2017) As disappointments at the movies go, this one hurts more than most.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
87% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Its fly-on-the-wall depiction of power jostling and slowly escalating desperation in the face of the inevitable eschews heavy-handed symbolism at every turn. In semiotics terms, the film is pure signifier, and therein lies the source of its strength.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
79% Tom at the Farm (2015) The distance between Dolan and the source material works in the movie's favor, and the shrill histrionics that tend to hamper his more personal work are here tempered by formal rigor. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) A hell of a good time for those willing to settle into its easygoing vibe, especially during its climactic, impeccably choreographed showcase, which sent me home with a big, goofy grim plastered on my face.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
99% God's Own Country (2017) To see O'Connor and Secareanu breathe life into these guarded men who choose to drop their defenses, and bring out each other's best selves in the process, is to watch a barren field grow lush and green.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
94% Snowpiercer (2014) What truly bowled me over was the way the first-rate cast handles the film's cumulative metaphorical weight. Evans, in particular, displays a heretofore unseen level of nuance that should silence his naysayers.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
10% The Boy Next Door (2015) I kinda dug this movie, and I don't feel the least bit guilty about it. In a season filled with overpraised Oscar bait and genuinely wretched winter releases, such unfettered abandon is worth celebrating.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
86% The Empty Hours (2014) It stays with you in ways you'd hardly expect from a deceptively simple tale of a boy coming face-to-face with career-driven independence - and all the responsibilities that come with it.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
70% Café Society (2016) It's a stumbling block for Allen in this, his 47th theatrical outing behind the camera, but I'm happy to report it's not a deal breaker. Far from it.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) Despite Ronit and Shlomi's plight for social awareness, though, they never lose sight that Gett is first and foremost a domestic drama, and this is why it merits enduring their relentless pressure-cooker approach. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) A turgid melancholy that aims to tug on the heartstrings but instead lulls the viewer into indifference, if not slumber.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) By opting against a graphic depiction of the characters' carnal consummation, it causes that spark of first love Elio is coming to terms with to linger more pervasively. That warmth exuding from the screen is "Call Me by Your Name's" gift to you.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018