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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
84% 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
33% 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
54% 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
72% 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
24% 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
26% 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
86% 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
48% 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
51% 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
49% 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
40% 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
30% 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
95% 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
57% 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
41% 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
53% 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
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Franco follows the model of Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood, approaching Wiseau with a delicate balance of affectionate mockery and a heartfelt appreciation for his creative passion.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Hidden behind resplendent latex jowls, Gary Oldman plays Churchill as a stout-hearted but deliberative man who's willing to paddle against the political tide, but doesn't arrive at his confidence easily.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
97% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Jim & Andy makes the persuasive argument that Carrey's commitment to the role allowed everyone else in the production to understand and appreciate Kaufman better than they might have otherwise.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) It may be about the selfishness and growing pains of its confused and embattled heroine, but it's made from the perspective of an artist who sees the world more clearly now than she did then.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
No Score Yet Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (2017) The primary color palette and a light, crowd-pleasing tone wins "Tulipani" some initial good will, but as the story lurches from random wackiness to dark melodrama, Van Diem quickly loses his grip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) Its lapses would be more forgivable if the plotting served some larger purpose, like exposing municipal corruption in Oslo's government, but Chinatown this is not.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
66% Breathe (2017) A period art-house romance that's drunk on sentimentality and sun-touched panoramas of the countryside ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
98% Dina (2017) What redeems Dina is the fullness of the woman herself, who's managed her disability and survived a mortal threat in order to open up to the possibility of a long-term relationship.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% Super Dark Times (2017) For a first-time director, [Kevin] Phillips has an unusually strong handle on the finer arts of setting a mood and evoking time and place.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall gives one of the world's great visual filmmakers $150 million and an army of extras at his disposal, and he turns a monument into a playground.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
70% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) Adios feels both disorganized and unnecessary, like an encore staged after the house lights have gone up and most of the audience has exited the building.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
42% The Bad Batch (2017) The Bad Batch never organizes itself around a coherent idea or works up the urgency to pay off its premise.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
86% American Made (2017) American Made delivers so much as rambunctious entertainment that it's easy to miss the film's withering assessment of American foreign policy during the Reagan years. ‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
20% The Price of Success (Le Prix du succès) (2017) Rahim remains a magnetic leading man, but original insights into fame, family and ethnic identity are few and far between.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
40% Good Favour (2017) Daly succeeds at imagining the hardship and tarnished idealism of a religious community, but the film can't survive on ambience alone. It's missing answers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017