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Sam Adams
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
72% Alien: Covenant (2017) Even as a cog in a machine, Covenant isn't a very important one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) The movie's characterizations are broad and bland, and the haphazard editing leaves apparently major figures stranded for long stretches of the story ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It feels like the movies have gotten as big as they can get, and the gleeful absurdity that drove them is losing ground to the specter of obligation.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
45% Song to Song (2017) Even at his most indulgent, Malick brings something to the movies that no one else ever has, a way of looking at the world that is easily imitated but has never been equaled.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
3/5 72% Manifesto (2017) Manifesto's visual inventiveness and Blanchett's multifarious performances make the movie consistently engrossing.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
5/5 100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) It's hard to think of many movies that have so successfully appealed to both the intellectual and the erotic since the heydays of Patrice Chéreau and André Téchiné.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 92% A Ghost Story (2017) A Ghost Story is a deliberate abstraction, and as such, it's easy to appreciate its conceptual audacity and its visual beauty.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 43% The Discovery (2017) The movie it suggests is fascinating enough to make up for some of the shortcomings of the movie it is.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 72% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) An Inconvenient Sequel comes close to sanctifying Gore; while he says he sometimes views the lack of global progress on climate change as "a personal failure," the film never encourages us to agree with him. ‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
95% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Like Ghibli's classic films, especially Hayao Miyazaki's, it lavishes as much attention on the natural world as the creatures who inhabit it.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 85% Silence (2017) Scorsese has been etching his beliefs onto celluloid for almost 50 years, and their meanings remain as evanescent, as mysterious, as ever. Silence is not a film to be solved, or resolved, but pondered. It's not a parable. It's a koan.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Its characters are largely new, which means the movie can do with them as it wants. It isn't hemmed in the way most prequels are.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 60% Allied (2016) Allied is technically immaculate from stem to stern. Every shot framed by Don Burgess feels purposeful, every one of Mick Audsley and Jeremiah O'Driscoll's cuts precise.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
86% Lion (2016) The movie could have examined the limitations of white liberalism, the damage that well-meaning people can do if they don't educate themselves along the way. Instead, it embodies that well-meaning approach, and all the harm it can do.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 93% Arrival (2016) With Arrival, Villeneuve finally finds a subject, and a script, whose magnitude matches the weight he assigns to it. All it took was an alien species' appearance on Earth.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
23% American Pastoral (2016) The performances are so deliberate and overworked they might as well have the script tattooed on their faces.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) Proceeds like a real-life thriller, one with striking parallels to its narrative contemporary Deepwater Horizon.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) The work of a major film-maker and not just a promising one.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) It's an intellectual experience rather than an emotional one, but the ideas in play are so heady they're enough to sweep you away on their own. ‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
1/5 31% The Assignment (2017) For the work of a 74-year-old veteran director, the movie feels dispiritingly juvenile, more like the fantasy of a frightened boy than a film-making great.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) It's pleasant and honourable, and it makes a worthwhile point. But it's strangely lacking in urgency, a period piece that never breaks out of its period.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) This film glosses over the thorniest issues in play -- both in terms of the US government's actions and the unintended consequences of Snowden's disclosures -- and settles for a safe, familiar account of one man standing up against the system.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 79% Colossal (2017) Notwithstanding its oddball premise, Colossal feels far too familiar, one more foot-dragging drama about a 30-something screwup wrestling with her darker impulses.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 90% Elle (2016) Directors in their later years often settle comfortably into their preoccupations, doodling happily around the edges of their previous careers. Verhoeven is still trying to make masterpieces, and with Elle, he comes awfully close.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
71% White Girl (2016) Woods can't even bring herself to make Leah any worse than naive, if sometimes dangerously so, which makes White Girl less complex and sophisticated than an average episode of Girls. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
80% The Intervention (2016) It's more engrossing to just hang out with the characters in all their damaged glory, before the plot marches through the room with its clunkiest boots on.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) One might question why a simple first-date story needs to involve the future president and first lady, but its near-total lack of precursors suggest that if it weren't about one of the most famous black couples, it would likely not have been made at all.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
B- 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) If it had half the segments, and they were twice as long, the movie might be able to get beneath the surface and find the monomaniacal characters Herzog is often so great at exploring.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The impetus to tune out the movie's words only makes it easier to feast your eyes on its breathtaking images, which after a summer of underlit glop feel like a tall glass of cool water.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) "Hillary's America" isn't designed to stand up to skepticism. It's not intended to convince or to provoke thought, but to confirm the biases its intended audience already holds.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
B 91% Zero Days (2016) Gibney's movies are professional and solidly executed, informative if you go in underinformed but rarely surprising or aesthetically noteworthy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
2/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) It might be time to let Tarzan vanish back into the jungle.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
56% Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016) Mother's great feat is that it's a movie that manages to be both exploitative and progressive. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) We cry not because the movie has tapped into our deepest hopes and fears, but because this is the part where we're supposed to. Dory's catchphrase is "Just keep swimming," but the movie feels like it's just paddling in circles.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
C+ 86% Time To Choose (2016) Perhaps the scariest thing about it is the realization that if the fate of the world depends on well-meaning issue docs, then we really are doomed.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
B 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) As winsome, Sundance-ready rom-coms go, "Maggie's Plan" is a pretty winning one. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
B 89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) Not surprisingly, the movie lives and dies on Steen's performance; not only is she in almost every frame, but at times, the camera is in so close that nothing is visible but her pitted, ravaged face.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
87% Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will) (1935) Leni Riefenstahl's infamous masterwork sits with The Birth of a Nation in the pantheon's "outcast unclean" section.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
86% X2: X-Men United (2003) X2 still feels like a prologue. No matter how much goes on, you feel like nothing has happened.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
6% Gigli (2003) Gigli won't be the worst movie to come out of Hollywood all year, but it's sure to be one of the most forgettable.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
86% Chicago (2002) Chicago may not rank with the classics, but it's the best traditional movie musical in many a moon.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
B 89% Obvious Child (2014) Slate, who had a brief and unremarkable tenure on Saturday Night Live, proves a winning companion; it's a hang-out movie, and she's fun to hang out with.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
A- 96% Citizenfour (2014) The scariest thing you'll see this Halloween is Edward Snowden swearing in disbelief at the end of Laura Poitras' gripping, disturbing documentary.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
B- 90% The Guest (2014) Shot in lurid colors and drizzled with a squelchy synthesizer score, Adam Wingard's bloody thriller is so enamored of John Carpenter it might as well be passing him mash notes in social studies.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
78% Bad Santa (2003) If Bad Santa does well at the box office, Zwigoff will get credit for being a savvy player. That Bad Santa is as vile and stupid as Ghost World was insightful and touching is something Hollywood has no interest in measuring.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) Miyazaki isn't interested in the jolts of surrealism so much as imbuing his audience with the idea that reality can change at any moment, and change back just as quickly.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
97% Spirited Away (2002) Chihiro's escapades don't always proceed one from the other, but let yourself go and you'll be swept away as well.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2014
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Columbus' pacing is still murderously slow, his ideas as pedestrian as the worst TV.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2014
91% The Joy of Life (2005) The Joy of Life combines intriguing but incompatible parts.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Party (1968) The film makes a strong argument for the liberating joys of disorder.‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014