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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% A Quiet Place (2018) But there are moments when the movie takes us firmly by the hand and escorts us down a darkened path, and they lead to one of the most profound of communal pleasures: the sound of a movie audience screaming as one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) But the movie denies her any subtext, any personality beyond the boundaries of her trauma. She's a rat in a maze, and while we're rooting for her to escape, we don't have any idea what's outside it. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Task (2018) Watching The Task is an exercise in frustration, as exhaustive dissections of process turn inward and eventually feast on themselves...But eventually you realize the movie is studying you as well, or allowing you to study yourself.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
37% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The movie's biggest mistake is indulging conventional horror-movie reality, where characters live or die according to their fortitude and our sense of the world's rightness is conservatively reaffirmed.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
82% Game Night (2018) The back and forth between McAdams and Bateman is what makes Game Night sing (which is not to slight Horgan's dry wit or Magnussen's elegant idiocy or Morris' magnificent Denzel Washington impression).‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
15% Mute (2018) It's like watching a magician spend several minutes on elaborate flourishes and then drawing your card from a deck of one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) If you've already devoured the Wallace and Gromit canon, as well as Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep, Early Man is a wonderful way of extending their giddy glow, even if it feels like a small step backward.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Whatever its obvious limitations, the gambit of casting nonactors in the lead roles at least brings the movie a certain authenticity, but it's torpedoed by the tin-eared backstory laid out by Dorothy Blyskal's script.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
C+ 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) It's a horror movie one moment, a comedy the next, as if Netflix were streaming several different titles at once.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) It's a reminder that as much as a film can open doors, there are places we're allowed into only by the grace of our hosts, and that permission can be withdrawn at any moment.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
85% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) The world is not so full of beauty that one can wave away Mary's visual majesty, especially now that its hand-drawn style is nearly a thing of the past. But the flaws in its writing are harder to overlook. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) [Liam] Neeson lands plenty of punches, but the movie works best when he's fighting shadows or fighting himself.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's a film of genuine beauty, one where you come away as eager to talk about the set design and the choreography as you do the fate of the galaxy or what might happen next.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) The movie doesn't quite extract blood, sweat, or tears, even if it does toil.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
97% Coco (2017) The movie slips into a familiar rut and the scenery fades into the background.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Myths grow out of a need to understand the world, and to pass on an understanding of how to make our way through it, but Lanthimos just teaches you to be more cautious about his next film. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
86% American Made (2017) Barry is the closest thing Tom Cruise has played to a regular Joe in more than a decade, and the part isn't a snug fit. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) [Matthew] Vaughn hasn't only run out of things to say but people to hate, and without that underlying aggression, the movie feels like it's just going through the motions. Better luck next time, bruv.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) It gets where it's going fast enough, but you don't feel like you've traveled anywhere at all.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Besson's trying to cram in as much as he possibly can, but the more he overstuffs the movie, the emptier it feels.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) In Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, even the machine guns fire in time with the beat.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) Universal might have found more tonal consistency if it just straight-up remade Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
67% Alien: Covenant (2017) Even as a cog in a machine, Covenant isn't a very important one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
16% 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
43% 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 78% Manifesto (2017) Manifesto's visual inventiveness and Blanchett's multifarious performances make the movie consistently engrossing.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 91% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 46% The Discovery (2017) The movie it suggests is fascinating enough to make up for some of the shortcomings of the movie it is.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 80% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
94% 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 84% 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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 59% 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.‐
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 94% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
22% 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
95% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 88% 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. ‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/5 84% 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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 80% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 91% 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.‐
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
81% 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
92% 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- 94% 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