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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% 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
50% 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
88% 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
13% 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
63% 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
0% 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
68% 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
94% 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
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
56% 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
31% 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
100% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
40% Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2017) Umezawa's feats of stop-motion are undermined by his incoherent staging and editing, which substitute manic energy for the nuts-and-bolts of building tension and clarifying action.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
91% Stronger (2017) Nothing comes easy in the film - even its generic title must be earned.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
50% Razzia (2017) "Razzia" is fatally crippled by a conceit that flattens the characters to serve an argument, like bullet points in a sweeping editorial about the current state of Morocco.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
No Score Yet Catch the Wind (Prendre le large) (2017) The film undergoes a surprising evolution from righteous exposé to picture-postcard travelogue, losing much of its potency in the process.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
86% Who We Are Now (2017) Newton has made a beautiful little film about sacrifice and redemption, and he earns it one tiny brushstroke at a time.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
40% Diving (Plonger) (2017) Laurent returns to the theme of an intimate relationship gone sour, but the slight, repetitive scenario stretches the limits of her considerable visual imagination.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
No Score Yet The China Hustle (2018) Rothstein's irreverent, can-you-believe-this sense of humor makes the anti-capitalist message go down even easier.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
84% The Final Year (2018) "The Final Year" clings to a precooked thesis about the Obama Doctrine that misses the behind-the-scenes drama and candor of superior political documentaries like "The War Room" or "Weiner."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
55% The Upside (2018) So little has been done to update or refresh "The Intouchables" for American culture or a new audience that "The Upside" has no integrity as a separate piece of work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
No Score Yet The Hungry (2017) The conceit is narrow and banal, losing not only the poetry of Shakespeare's work but its populist charge, too, which is weakened by yawning gaps in the storytelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
85% It (2017) [It's] themes survive the mayhem that pops up with metronomic regularity, but just barely.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
85% Beach Rats (2017) What's special about the film is how much we come to know Frankie, perhaps more than he knows himself.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
50% The Glass Castle (2017) From the title down, it arrives prepackaged and closed to interpretation, which doesn't do justice to lives defined by instability and a legacy of abuse that spans at least three generations.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
72% 68 Kill (2017) Nearly a de facto remake of After Hours, writer-director Trent Haaga's lively trailer-park thriller 68 Kill keeps the hostility and loses the self-deprecation, which turns it into an example of misogyny rather than an examination of it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde may be high in empty calories, but craftsmanship of this level is rare and exhilarating, and worth surviving some muddled plotting to appreciate.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
90% Girls Trip (2017) Haddish is so incandescently filthy that a new ratings system should be developed to accommodate her.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017