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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) By the end of the film, the audience feels like it knows his heroine at almost precisely the same time she has gotten to know herself. It's a minor kind of magic.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
54% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room is a throwback without the bite, a bloodless PG-13 thriller that recalls the mechanized horror trend while sanding off its serrated edges.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
92% Stan & Ollie (2019) It strives for a middlebrow respectability that it's doomed to achieve, a platform for actors who deserve better.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) With her stylish and bloody rape-revenge thriller, French first-timer Coralie Fargeat turns a disputable subgenre upside down.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
92% Bumblebee (2018) Mankind has split the atom, sent a man to the moon, and now, in arguably its most unlikely achievement, it has produced a watchable Transformers movie.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
57% I, Robot (2004) The result is a cluttered, awkward blockbuster that's just smart enough to get itself into trouble.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
29% Dreamcatcher (2003) Perhaps due to the talent of everyone involved, Dreamcatcher moves with an oddly exhilarating awfulness that sets it apart from more run-of-the-mill horror films, which lack the imagination and budget to be so thoroughly misconceived.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
79% Ben is Back (2018) It's like watching You Can Count On Me spliced together with the last two reels of In the Bedroom.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Conspicuously short of the mark.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The opposing trajectories of Ralph and Vanellope's friendship, fueled by their mutual insecurities and hurt, gives Ralph Breaks the Internet the little bit of heart it needs to keep from becoming mere product.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The issue of how men in power treat women brings the film into the here and now all the more robustly, but the tone is hectoring and opportunistic, with none of the true pop of American politics.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet Family First (Chien de garde) (2018) Dupuis isn't exactly the first to tackle a "just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in" gangland scenario, and the no-frills storytelling mostly works against her, rendering the film's Verdun, Montreal, underworld disappointingly nondescript.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
88% Bodied (2018) It's juvenile. It's irritating. Yet it's also fiendishly clever in the way it anticipates and dismantles every argument that could be made against it, and how it sneakily affirms the power of the words it slings around so freely.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
55% Martyrs (2008) Martyrs is something of a horror milestone-a dire one to some, but a movie to be reckoned with all the same.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
56% Uzumaki (2002) Uzumaki progresses like the life cycle of a butterfly, only the subjects begin as human beings and contort into giant snails, powerless to stop their bodies from betraying them.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) The best period pieces, like Dazed and Confused or American Graffiti or Diner - to name three... influences on Mid90s - address the past with an eye toward an uncertain and troubling future. Hill cares merely to memorialize it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
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
66% 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
89% 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
43% 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
23% 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
43% 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
60% 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
56% 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
70% 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
28% 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
56% 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
50% 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