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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) A thoroughly disarming fairy tale, one that initially appears familiar, but eventually reveals itself to be something new, and altogether unexpected. ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Bird On A Wire (1974) Bird on a Wire is a time capsule of a specific period in Cohen's career. But it also neatly illustrates the singer's personality in an accessible and compelling way. ‐
Posted Jan 18, 2017
57% Worlds Apart (Enas Allos Kosmos) (2017) Papakaliatis eventually shows an affinity for filming two people in love, but his actors often lack the chemistry to make us believe that their bond transcends all socioeconomic boundaries. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 11, 2017
1/4 5% Arsenal (2017) The rest of Arsenal is dull, so why wouldn't Nicolas Cage be, too? Arsenal will make you see red, but never intentionally. ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2017
No Score Yet German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (Memory of the Camps) (2017) This is Allied propaganda, of course, but these attacks, which might seem blunt or ineffective to us today, cannot dilute the visceral impact of the footage, such as the montage overviews of camp living conditions and gas chamber protocol. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 4, 2017
1.5/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Unlike the actual video game, Assassin's Creed isn't ridiculous and fun, but rather ridiculous and turgid. ‐
Posted Dec 21, 2016
0% Contract to Kill (2016) Seagal doesn't even look good when he breaks arms or chucks heavies down flights of stairs. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Pesce and I obviously don't agree on what constitutes effective (or maybe just productive) ambiguity. It's not a bad film ... it just isn't all there. ‐
Posted Dec 2, 2016
1/4 50% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) The worst kind of bad action movie: the kind that half-assedly purports to be uplifting, but is actually only convincing when it's about explosions, car chases, and amorally spectacular violence. ‐
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4/4 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) A beautifully unhinged snapshot of Cave just after he experiences a major personal loss and a minor creative epiphany. ‐
Posted Dec 1, 2016
46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) Eye for detail makes The Duelist's protagonists just as compelling as their setting. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/4 78% Evolution (2016) Do not miss this film. ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2016
1/4 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Elba's magnetic physical presence delivers so much without doing much of anything. But his fans deserve so much better than a couple of dumb quips and a little ultra-violence. ‐
Posted Nov 18, 2016
92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle will make you want to ... discover your own private island paradise. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/4 67% Come And Find Me (2016) There's nothing to Come and Find Me beyond a superficial investment in its central characters' romantic relationship. ‐
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Awesome? Maybe not. But intriguing? Oh my yes. ‐
Posted Nov 7, 2016
2/4 43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Dog Eat Dog may be successfully alienating, but that doesn't mean it's entertaining, thoughtful or even successfully provocative. ‐
Posted Nov 4, 2016
79% We Are X (2016) A maddeningly vague primer. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 50% 31 (2016) Zombie may not be working outside of his comfort zone, but 31 is one of his most impressive films to date. ‐
Posted Oct 21, 2016
75% Asura: The City of Madness (2016) Winningly over-the-top Korean gangster drama Asura: The City of Madness is what you'd get if you combined The Wire with a really good soap opera. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
60% Desierto (2016) Sam's racist behavior may be intended to make him a menacing sign of our times, but such unbelievable mustache-twirling makes him as threatening as a C-grade Freddy Krueger knockoff. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 88% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Anno & Higuchi's vision of the character is thoughtful and clever without straying too far from the Godzilla formula established in films like the original 1954 Gojira. ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
2.5/4 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) Is any of this funny? Sometimes, though not often. Is that intentional? Well, that's debatable. Is it worth seeing? Yes, but only if you enjoy being grossed out. ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2016
2.5/4 50% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Phantasm: Ravager only works when it's a piece of straight-up fan service. ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2016
40% Flock Of Dudes (2016) Lifeless bromantic comedy Flock of Dudes has all the celebrity cameos and latent sexism of Judd Apatow's adult coming-of-age stories but none of the lowbrow wit and sensitivity. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2016
96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) Kim Jee-woon's gripping 1920s period piece isn't just an homage to older movies, even if it never goes anywhere you don't expect it to. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 69% Operation Avalanche (2016) You can only coast so far on a novel idea's fumes, and Operation Avalanche doesn't go far enough. ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2016
65% The Vessel (2016) Quintana's emphasis on Jungian dream logic gives his otherwise spartan parable a compelling mythic dimension. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016
38% Cardboard Boxer (2016) By emphasizing the uglier aspects of his most complex character, Lee turns an otherwise down-to-earth slice-of-life drama into an unconvincing morality play. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 92% Demon (2016) Demon ranks up there with The Witch and The Babadook as one of the best recent horror films. ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% Chan Is Missing (1982) A classic, albeit unsolvable, brainteaser. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3.5/4 64% Antibirth (2016) It's very easy to be turned off by Perez's feature debut, but if you can get on its wavelength, you'll find yourself drawn in by one of the year's most original horror films. ‐
Posted Sep 2, 2016
1.5/4 20% Yoga Hosers (2016) If the creators of South Park had made it, Yoga Hosers might have been hysterical. ‐
Posted Sep 2, 2016
No Score Yet Summer of 8 (2016) Summer of 8 may be as sincere as a Hughes movie, but it's as shallow as a kiddy pool. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016
33% Skiptrace (2016) Action hero Jackie Chan rises above uninspired sex jokes and a weak co-star in martial arts/road movie hybrid Skiptrace, a Midnight Run-style buddy comedy that shackles Chan to Jackass star Johnny Knoxville. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016
1/4 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) The arbitrary value of life in I Am Not a Serial Killer makes its nature as an ostensibly character-driven mystery that much harder to swallow. ‐
Posted Aug 26, 2016
3.5/4 87% Mia Madre (2016) Italian drama Mia Madre is an either/or film, a humorous and poignant character study that frequently becomes an ensemble piece. ‐
Posted Aug 26, 2016
38% Kampai! For the Love of Sake (2016) A trio of naturally compelling working-class success stories is inadvertently diluted by inferior talking-head interview footage in sake documentary Kampai! For the Love of Sake. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016
1/4 59% The Mind's Eye (2016) The Mind's Eye is the kind of childish genre movie that gives genre movies a bad reputation. ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/4 85% Sun Choke (2016) Come for the abidingly mysterious plot, stay for Hagan's bewitching performance. ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2016
22% Let's Be Evil (2016) Let's Be Evil's vision of the future is ... tantalizing but shortsighted. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/4 45% The Blackout Experiments (2016) There's something here, but it's darker, and more elusive, than perhaps Fox even knows. ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Japanese melodrama Our Little Sister is the rare film that captures the everyday pleasures and anguishes of family life. ‐
Posted Jul 8, 2016
1/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) A fetid slice of US exploitation cinema that chides audience members while ineffectively whipping them into a frenzy. ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 91% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) To trusts his actors, and uses them so well that you often forget that we don't know much about them beyond the worried look in their eyes, the smirk on their lips and the arch of their brows. ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) "The Neon Demon" is often productively brash, even if it is ultimately more preposterous than it is satisfying. ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2016
1/4 0% The Last Heist (2016) The film rarely comes to life because Rollins, the only compelling actor in the otherwise amateurish cast, is underutilized, and virtually everything else underdeveloped. ‐
Posted Jun 17, 2016
94% Parched (2016) You can see flashes of bawdy comedic brilliance sprinkled throughout Parched, an otherwise grim Indian drama about four women living in a male-dominated village. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 15, 2016
86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) Not bad as an introduction to a group, but it makes for a lousy portrait of its members. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2016
1/4 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) This is the kind of movie that leaves you with the impression that more thought was put into catchphrases and fan service than into a compelling plot, thoughtful characterizations or imaginative action choreography. ‐
Posted Jun 3, 2016