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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Private Life (2018) Jenkins has made a film about marriage and family and personhood, catching Rachel and Richard at a time in their lives where something is missing, and a child just seems like that crucial piece of the puzzle.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
53% The Notebook (2004) In a romance where paradise is a duck-filled pond, it helps to be mild-mannered.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
60% The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) The whole thing is played too broadly, but home-improvement victims will appreciate the unending weeks it takes for a simple bathroom to be converted into a piece of avant-garde sculpture.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet Divine Wind (2018) There are limits to Allouache's approach. Aside from one heavily telegraphed twist, "Divine Wind" unfolds exactly as expected, beat-for-beat, as certain in its mission as its suicide bombers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The short-term excitement of jump-scares and readily accessible spells are a poor trade-off for the steadily deepening mysteries and fears that have made Bellairs' book such an enduring classic.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Elephant Queen (2018) There's a gap between the story Stone and Deeble want to tell about love and family, and the much grimmer story nature itself is telling, in unsentimental terms. In the end, it's hard to reconcile the two.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
92% Maria By Callas (2018) What the film loses in dimensionality it gains in intimacy and focus, because only one voice is deemed necessary for us to hear.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
46% Where Hands Touch (2018) Stenberg carries the magnetism she brought to her breakthrough role in the YA romance "Everything, Everything," but she's betrayed by a stilted rendering of a rarely illuminated piece of history.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
78% Mouthpiece (2018) A thoughtful interrogation of modern womanhood, leavened by gallows humor.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
60% A Paris Education (Mes provinciales) (2018) Honest, reflective, a little pretentious, and completely at peace with its own modesty. It may be a very French film, but it's not a whiny one.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) When it becomes obvious that the film is merely interested in being naughty for the sake of it, the pace sags like Kermit's limbs.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
60% Dog Days (2018) Whenever Dog Days lags, Marino's connections to the weird-comedy world help resuscitate it with random, minor flickers of inspiration.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
44% Hot Summer Nights (2018) Bynum has excellent taste, but his debut feature suffers from a crisis of identity that mirrors that of his hero, a confused teenager who ambles his way into serious trouble.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
B+ 95% Kuroneko (1968) With Kuroneko, Shindô obscures the thin line separating the dead from the living-through which spirits, sin, and passion move freely.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) Greenfield inevitably sacrifices observational detail for a grim diagnosis of society in decline. The trade-off isn't worth it...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Tartakovsky's instincts are to keep the action moving quickly and let one piece of kid-friendly slapstick tumble into the next, but when the jokes are this consistently uninspired, it doesn't matter how fast they're dispensed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Under the Tree may be a demonstration of Sayre's law, but Sigurðsson doesn't reduce his characters to faceless suburbanites, ripe for the skewering. Their misdeeds are chillingly relatable.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) Without taking an partisan position on what happened... Too Big To Fail simply and clearly explicates a chilling moment in recent history. And for that, it has value. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
34% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) We want a catcher, not a belly scratcher. And there's an abundance of belly scratching going on in this film.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Mostly, Tag delights in the utter shamelessness of the game writ large, which finds Hoagie and his buddies willing to ambush an AA meeting or waterboard a gym flunky to get some information.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B+ 77% Recount (2008) Recount is nonetheless accomplished and useful in piecing together a sequence of events that seemed confusing and chaotic from the outside. The effect is like watching a freeway pile-up in slow motion.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Bird seizes on a key insight: healthy families can reconstitute themselves and come out better for it. Healthy sequels can, too.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
71% Adrift (2018) What might have been a typical disaster movie about perfunctorily established characters heading into peril together...instead becomes a love story that keeps asserting and reinforcing itself as the film goes along. It's elegant in the cutting.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) It's a pleasant, no-stakes affair, as numbing as a two-glass buzz.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
27% Breaking In (2018) Breaking In mirrors the incompetence of its crooks, in the sense that it doesn't feel like much thought went into plotting it out.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
25% Overboard (2018) Out of these conceptual lemons, the new Overboard makes an improbably decent batch of lemonade, albeit one with an extra scoop of sugar.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
55% Duck Butter (2018) Duck Butter is a chance to witness the entire arc of a troubled relationship play out in 24 hours, but much like the endeavor itself, it sounds more appealing than it turns out to be.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Fiennes does achieve a level of intimacy and candor with Jones that's uncommon for documentaries about figures who control their images this closely.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski lands on a loud-quiet-loud formula akin to '90s alternative rock: When the chorus kicks in, the jump-scares really pop.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
50% The Last Movie Star (2018) Another example of Reynolds accepting the wrong invitation and winding up in a role unworthy of his stature.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
No Score Yet Los Angeles Overnight (2018) There's something doggedly amateurish about "Los Angeles Overnight" that sullies its contribution to the L.A. noir tradition, like the film is a conspicuous dress-up version of the real thing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
48% Flower (2018) A film that's fake-transgressive: eager to shock, but never to the point where it causes any lasting discomfort or makes any disquieting insight.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander's Lara is all business, streamlined and efficient, and the film follows dutifully in kind.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
80% Our Blood Is Wine (2018) Oenophiles may swoon over the delicious native varietals that tease Quinn's palate, but Railsback's thin and disorganized documentary doesn't go down so smoothly.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
50% 1:54 (2018) "1:54" intends to be a straight-shooting social drama about the multifaceted problem of bullying in the digital age, but it's out of touch with how real teenagers think and act and communicate. It's a modern film that feels like a relic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) The viewer, more than the filmmaker herself, may lament where Tan's career might have gone. But she seems intent on moving forward - and this project may well be the vehicle for it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
89% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2018) Through this personal journey, Wilkerson accesses America's heart of darkness.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
100% Rogers Park (2018) Though it may not travel far out of its North Side neighborhood, it's an ideal showcase for the four leads, who are given the latitude to create fully human characters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
15% Mute (2018) Mute may be a bigger vision than Moon and Source Code, but it's narrower where it counts.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
67% The Housemaid (Cô Hâu Gái) (2018) A tonally calamitous mélange that's nonetheless compelling for its absence of caution.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
43% Curvature (2018) "Curvature" wants to get the heart racing and the mind bending simultaneously, but flatlines in both departments.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
67% Golden Exits (2018) The steadfast refusal to follow through on the premise condemns the film to a state of dramatic constipation.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
96% 24 Frames (2018) In the seconds and minutes around the taking of a photograph, Kiarostami reminds us, the world changes, but mostly in increments.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
63% Driving While Black (2018) That Sapiano and Purdy juxtapose the misadventures of a black delivery man with the nuanced conflict within a Seal Beach police department is ... unexpected, though it sets the film on a collision course it doesn't survive.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The Maze Runner is the rare series that has improved with each installment, expanding beyond the organic pen of the first film into a bigger and more thrillingly realized science fiction sandbox.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
51% Freak Show (2018) There are times when Freak Show seems like a high school film repurposed from other high school films, rather than an authentic vision of life outside Chloë Sevigny's hometown.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Four films into the series, the layout of the spirit realm has become too familiar, a soundstage of fog machines and grotesquerie that Robitel and Whannell haven't populated with any fresh shocks.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's a rare combination of audacity and precision, impeccably tailored yet full of mystery and magic, like an essential part of it is beyond Anderson's control. Just defining what the film is presents an formidable set of obstacles.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
71% Ferdinand (2017) The lurching rhythms of Ferdinand make a clean story feel ungainly and episodic ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
98% Quest (2017) Christopher, Christine'a, and P.J. are beautiful to watch together, and there's hope in witnessing them persevere - in an underserved neighborhood, against shifting political tides, beset by the random cruelties of fate.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017