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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 95% Isle of Dogs (2018) Wes Anderson crafts a stop-motion fable blending delightful fantasy, visual wonder and timely political parable. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
6/10 11% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) It's a campy mix of wealth porn and affirmative consent fantasy. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
7/10 59% Peter Rabbit (2018) It's essentially 'Rushmore' for kids. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
7/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Ryan Coogler's superhero adventure is a crowd-pleasing spectacle and an introspective examination of the moral duty of those who avoided the scars of oppression. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
9/10 100% Paddington 2 (2018) 'Paddington 2' is so good that, yes, I would compare it to 'Babe'.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
6/10 57% The Commuter (2018) Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra again team up for another stylish and pulpy Hitchcock homage. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
2/10 27% Bright (2017) This would-be streaming blockbuster comes off as a pale, almost Asylum-like imitation of big-scale Hollywood product.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 77% All the Money in the World (2017) Ridley Scott's new thriller is exactly the kind of "one for me" offering you want from a big-name director after a big commercial hit.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
6/10 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) It has plenty of enjoyable musical numbers and absolutely nothing else. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3/10 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) 'Pitch Perfect 3' is a sequel that hates its franchise, hates its characters and thus hates itself. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
8/10 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) 'The Last Jedi' is not a great movie because it's a 'Star Wars' film. It reasserts 'Star Wars' as a top-tier blockbuster franchise by being a great movie.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
6/10 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Not a great time to be releasing a "He's an abusive jerk, but it's okay because he's a genius!" movie, but 'The Phantom Thread' does have a little fun with the genre. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
6.0/10 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It works on its terms and succeeds as a clever and witty kid-friendly adventure without relying on nostalgia or IP awareness. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
8/10 88% The Post (2018) 'The Post' is another great Steven Spielberg movie, but is it fighting a battle that America has already forfeited?‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017) It didn't belong in theaters, but it's amusing and enjoyable.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
8/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) 'Shape of Water' is Del Toro's best American movie yet.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
8/10 97% Coco (2017) One of Pixar's best movies. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
9/10 90% I, Tonya (2018) One of the best movies of the Oscar season... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
7/10 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Roman J. Israel, Esq. is an acting treat and a thoughtful bit of old-school character study. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
6.0/10 40% Justice League (2017) Works best when it's just letting this surrogate family bond over their mutual guilt and fears. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
6/10 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) It works as old-school entertainment with just enough melodrama and visual splendor to earn its keep. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
8/10 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Francis McDormand anchors an excellent drama about flawed folks dealing in futile ways good and bad with understandable anger. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/10 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) There is something depressing about how scenes of adult women merely having fun with each other in public is seen as almost taboo and/or hilarious.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/10 34% Jigsaw (2017) It doesn't justify a seven-years-later return of a once novel/unique horror franchise. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/10 28% Suburbicon (2017) It wants to be both a cynical reimagining of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and a Coen Bros' black comedy. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
6.0/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Strong visuals, gonzo action and a high comedy compensate for generic plotting, a padded midsection and a lack of drama.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
7.0/10 62% The Foreigner (2017) It's at its best when Jackie Chan's revenge thriller is mucking up Pierce Brosnan's political drama. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
7/10 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Live.Die.Enjoy‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
5/10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It looks great and boasts solid performances from an underused cast, but (like the original) it's a triumph of style over substance. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
7.0/10 86% American Made (2017) A terrific Tom Cruise performance anchors a dark, cynical dive into Reagan's America that serves as a counterpoint to 'Top Gun'. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
5.0/10 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Spends too much time undoing the plot beats of the first film, while oddly kid-friendly in tone (if not content). ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
9.0/10 69% mother! (2017) It's a terrific horror movie and the most twisted improv game you've ever seen. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3.0/10 34% American Assassin (2017) It's a bad movie, which means its toxic politics have no plausible defense. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
5.0/10 85% It (2017) This is less an adaptation of the book and more a Cliff Notes version of the TV mini-series. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
6.0/10 70% Wolf Warrior II (2017) A Chinese variation on the white savior myth, but also a slam-bang action spectacular. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
6/10 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) A classic star+concept studio programmer, one that works thanks to strong chemistry and just enough clever action to justify itself. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
6.19/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The second half is better than the first half, but this isn't remotely the sprawling epic that fans arguably deserved. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
8.0/10 84% Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelow's latest is another demystification of genre, this time detailing an act of historical evil as a grindhouse snuff film. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
5.0/10 9% The Emoji Movie (2017) It's not the worst thing ever made, but it is seemingly afraid to commit to being a coming-out parable.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
7.0/10 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron has a new action franchise for the taking if she wants it. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
8.0/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's the most essential "see it on the big screen or else" experience since 'The Walk'.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Descendants 2 (2017) 'Descendants 2' has a better villain, some fun action beats, and a willingness to dive deeper into its subtext. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
7/10 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It stumbles in the middle and runs out of narrative gas, but the first act is awesome and, my god, it is a beautiful motion picture. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
5/10 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) This is a de-facto origin story, one that makes us wait for the sequel for a Spider-Man who isn't a menace to society.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
6.0/10 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It's thin, but it's witty and constantly entertaining. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
6.0/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) I will not penalize a good movie for merely being good. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
7.0/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Andy Serkis may actually get that Oscar nomination this time out... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.0/10 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) It tones down the insanity and the spectacle but leaves little of value in its place. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
6.0/10 45% Rough Night (2017) It's a good time spent with good company... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
7.0/10 68% Cars 3 (2017) A self-critical subversion of the conventional comeback narrative which also operates as a metaphorical defense of the CARS franchise.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017