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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% 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 95% 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 61% 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 50% 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
13% 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 86% 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 54% 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 58% 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 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) The cast (and the costumes) are worth the price of admission. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
51% 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 71% 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 24% 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 26% Overboard (2018) A harmless mediocrity is still a mediocrity. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
6/10 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 52% 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 73% 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 49% 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 40% Gringo (2018) A terrific cast makes up for a pretty standard crime comedy.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
5/10 40% 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
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
87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is a terrific piece of big-studio sci-fi. It's superbly acted by its refreshingly female-ensemble cast, it's well-written and its staged as both a deeply introspective journey and an unapologetic horror show.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
7/10 83% Game Night (2018) It's about as funny as an above-average episode of an above-average sitcom episode. ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
8/10 90% 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 13% 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 63% 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 26% 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 56% 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 87% 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 89% I, Tonya (2018) One of the best movies of the Oscar season... ‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
7/10 52% 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 92% 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