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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 38% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Atkinson is amusing enough, and there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments and extended setpieces. However, it is tethered to the 1990's era of the 007 franchise‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 68% The Front Runner (2018) It's a solid political drama, but it's not quite willing to confront its protagonist for opening a Pandora's Box. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/10 31% Venom (2018) It's not "good," but it has a self-satirical edge, and Tom Hardy seems to be trying to be the first actor to win an Oscar and a Razzie for the same performance. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
7/10 88% First Man (2018) A small-scale and intimate biopic about a key participant in one of the most large-scale scientific accomplishments of our age. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Look, there is nothing wrong with a movie just being a movie. And the picture is worth your time and theatrical money for the acting alone.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
10/10 96% The Hate U Give (2018) This Oscar-worthy drama is a superhero origin story and YA fantasy flick stripped of metaphor and made bracingly real. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
7/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The first half is much better than the second half, but it still works as a compelling romantic tragedy. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
4/10 82% Halloween (2018) The acting and violence are appropriately impressive, but a choppy screenplay, a lack of real-world logic and mixed messages render this less of an update and more of a glorified fanfiction. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
8/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Eli Roth trades judgment and R-rated gore for empathy and kid-targeted chills in this delightful horror fantasy. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
5/10 33% The Predator (2018) It plays like a young filmmaker trying to approximate a stereotypical Shane Black movie. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
7/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Alfred Hitchcock would have rather enjoyed this one... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.0/10 10% Peppermint (2018) If you're going to make a movie this politically toxic in 2018, it darn-sure better be a lot better than 'Peppermint.'‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/10 26% The Nun (2018) Despite strong acting and some engaging visuals, The Nun is a glorified nothing-burger of a movie.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
7/10 44% Destination Wedding (2018) If you like the idea of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder insulting each other via unapologetically overwritten dialogue for around 90 minutes, this is a genuinely funny treat. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
9/10 93% Searching (2018) Whether you want to argue that its against-the-grain casting and its specific format are beside the point or entirely the point, it's a damn great thriller and one of the best studio releases of the year. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5.0/10 25% Mile 22 (2018) Considering the narrative rope-a-dope in the first act, including a confusing and needless framing device that makes the film feel like a victim of post-production tinkering, it is occasionally entertaining and occasionally engrossing despite itself. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5/10 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The best scenes in the movie highlight why the core couple won't be remotely happy together... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
9/10 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee's best movie since 'Inside Man'.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
7/10 45% The Meg (2018) Fun characters, cool actors, strong production values, punchy dialogue and plenty of shark action. What more do you want?‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/10 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Don't bother... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
6/10 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) As a franchise-starter for another YA fantasy series, it's likely doomed. But on its individual merits, it's a pretty good movie. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
6/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It will remind you a little of 'If Looks Could Kill,' and I mean that as a compliment. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
7/10 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) It's funniest superhero movie of the year. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
6/10 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) This joyful and splashy montage of music videos doubles as the 'Godfather Part II' of the 'Mamma Mia' series. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
8/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) As relentless and intense an action movie as you've seen since Mad Max: Fury Road. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
8/10 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A wildly inventive and righteously angry retelling of an oft-told morality tale. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
5/10 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Like too many animated threequels, it feels like a multi-part episode of the animated series. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
6/10 46% Skyscraper (2018) If you loved 'The Towering Inferno' and 'Die Hard,' then you will... tolerate 'Skyscraper.'‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
53% The First Purge (2018) It offers both an unexpected optimism and a grim acknowledgment in our current times while coating its fire-and-brimstone content within the protective cover of an established "general audiences" franchise.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
10% Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) I admit that Escape Plan 2 isn't very good. It's a much cheaper movie than the last installment, and the absence of the Stallone/Schwarzenegger chemistry denies is sole reason for existence.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
7/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's a lively, funny and unapologetically fantastical change-of-pace from the last few "gotta save the world" MCU epics. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
6/10 55% Tag (2018) It's at its best when it's creating breakneck action sequences out of a classic children's' chase game.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
9/10 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It is a funny, thoughtful, and thrilling adventure that artistically justifies itself without invalidating what came before. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
7/10 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) If you have a MoviePass, 'Hotel Artemis' is exactly the kind of star-driven, high-concept, old-school studio programmer that deserves your time amid the tentpoles. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
7/10 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) The cast (and the costumes) are worth the price of admission. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
6/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is a gorgeous, mostly enjoyable blockbuster that looked great in IMAX. That it doesn't cash all the checks it tries to write is why it's merely a good movie instead of a great one.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
6/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) For better or worse, this is the first STAR WARS movie that doesn't feel or play like an event. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) A fine, funny and filthy comic book superhero sequel that makes sure to be a coherent and entertaining movie first and a giant self-referential in-joke second. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
6.0/10 27% Breaking In (2018) The best reason to see 'Breaking In' is to watch Gabrielle Union embrace her inner John McClane. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/10 25% Overboard (2018) A harmless mediocrity is still a mediocrity. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
7/10 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The action is great and there is much good humor, but this is clearly the appetizer for next year's big finish. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
7/10 53% Rampage (2018) 'Rampage' is (by default, perhaps) the best video game movie ever made. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
6/10 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) 'Truth or Dare' isn't high art, but it's good fun.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
6/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) The action scenes are thrilling and there is just enough poignant self-critique and meta-commentary to make it more than just empty nostalgia. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
6/10 51% Tomb Raider (2018) It's a B- movie, shackled by being a feature-length origin story prologue, with an A- leading lady at its center. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
6/10 38% Gringo (2018) A terrific cast makes up for a pretty standard crime comedy.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
5/10 41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A heartbreaking miss, even if there is much to admire about its intent and social value. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
6/10 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It's a well-told version of an oft-told tale. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
6/10 47% Red Sparrow (2018) 'Red Sparrow' is a big, sprawling and unapologetically nasty spy drama, one more rooted in character, sex and violence than action beats. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
7/10 94% Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016) I wish the film dove a little deeper into its subtext (the film teases the notion of other variations of Batman side-by-side with the Adam West version but doesn't go in that direction), but what's there is enjoyable and entertaining. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018