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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) It may be impossible to turn off your brain while watching "The Wailing," but that makes the film's visceral charms that much more admirably vexing. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Jun 3, 2016
71% The Final Master (2016) Panoramic wide-angle photography makes even the most claustrophobic side-street-set brawls look inviting, while crystal-clear extreme close-ups drive intimate parries and thrusts home. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016
3.5/4 100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) If you like action films, you need to see "Kill Zone 2." ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted May 13, 2016
0/4 No Score Yet The Asian Connection (2016) If you watch this film knowing that it is Steven-Seagal-wearing-a-du-rag-and-glowering-impassively-at-attractive-young-women bad, you will get what you pay for. That's both an endorsement and a warning. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted May 13, 2016
4/4 100% Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966) Violence in "Dragon Inn" is exciting not just because it's choreographed exceptionally well, but because there's a genuine sense of danger and excitement in each fight scenes. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted May 6, 2016
83% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973) You can fully enjoy Belladonna of Sadness if you either overlook or participate in the objectification of a gorgeous victim. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016
2/4 52% Holidays (2016) "Holidays" is frustrating because its creators all have something good going for them, but almost consistently have no ideas of what to do. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3.5/4 88% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) I laughed a lot at My Big Night and can't recommend it highly enough. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2.5/4 90% Green Room (2016) "Green Room" may be too schematic to fully capture the essence of its characters' groddy milieu, but it's also economically paced, and gorgeous. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3/4 67% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016) Skolimowski ties these characters' stories so close together that you're never really sure who they are. And that's OK. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2.5/4 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) "Hardcore Henry" is like a good roller-coaster in that it does not require a complex reason to be: it's there, it's fun, you ride it, and that's about it. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 7, 2016
67% Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame (2016) The film ... makes Marinoni sound generically obsessive and maddeningly inaccessible. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2016
15% The Girl In The Photographs (2016) The makers of the grim, film-school-sloppy horror-thriller The Girl in the Photographs never flesh out their provocative thesis: that photography is a predatory act that allows photographers to control their subjects. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 76% Baskin (2016) "Baskin" is a perfectly imbalanced mix of chilly atmosphere, heavy-handed symbolism, and familiar horror-movie tropes. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/4 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) "My Golden Days" exists simultaneously within and outside of its characters' headspace, a testament to Deplechin's powers of imaginative sensitivity. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 18, 2016
89% Thank You For Playing (2016) Grieving father Ryan Green may be aware that he's performing for the cameras in the moving documentary/character study Thank You for Playing, but his self-conscious behavior never cancels out his apparent sincerity. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 15, 2016
No Score Yet The Birth of Saké (2016) Shirai doesn't answer a major question that viewers of his impressionistic slice of work-life doc The Birth of Saké are bound to wonder: Why does the Tedorigawa Brewery's arduous, old-fashioned fermentation process make its sake superior? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 15, 2016
0% Backgammon (2016) The creators of the lame psychological thriller Backgammon try and fail to nail twentysomething bourgeois-bohemians by treating them like human dartboards. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 9, 2016
100% A Brighter Summer Day (2011) You won't relish the thought of spending four hours with Si'r, but A Brighter Summer Day will leave you wanting even more. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/4 90% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) What sets this film apart from its generic predecessors is writer/director Hosoda's knack for playful set pieces, and unsentimental love of surrogate familial communities. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2.5/4 82% Road Games (2016) Yes, you can enjoy Road Games even if you aren't a gorehound. I wish I could recommend Road Games beyond that though, since all roads lead to a twist ending that you can kinda-sorta make out from a mile off. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/4 43% Tricked (Steekspel) (2016) A light but satisfying appetizer, one that will, for better and worse, leave viewers hungry for more. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 26, 2016
96% Ran (1985) Ran remains gripping because it depicts not only the long-ago past, but also our hellish present. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 23, 2016
3.5/4 93% The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) (2016) It doesn't matter if you don't like subtitles. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of the director. It doesn't matter if you've never seen a Chinese movie in your life. It will make you laugh. Guaranteed. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 21, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) "The Witch" draws you in so well that you won't realize its creators have been broadcasting exactly where they're taking you. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 18, 2016
0% Cabin Fever (2016) Zariwny lacks Roth's love for peeling flesh and tar-colored blood-geysers, making this all feel weirdly pointless. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 9, 2016
2.5/4 61% Monster Hunt (2016) This film is pleasantly cheesy, and probably more interesting than anything that's currently being marketed to your not-so-picky kids. Try it, they'll like it. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 22, 2016
79% Ip Man 3 (2016) Stone-faced martial-arts star Donnie Yen does a lot with a little in wuxia weepy Ip Man 3, the rare kung fu film whose sentimental dialogue scenes are just as good as its stripped-down action sequences. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 19, 2016
2.5/4 29% Anesthesia (2016) I want to recommend Nelson's film in spite of how misconceived it is simply because it asks interesting questions, albeit in some of the most banal ways imaginable. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 8, 2016
No Score Yet Unlucky Plaza (2016) Singaporean writer-director Ken Kwek defies expectations with the pulpy thriller Unlucky Plaza, his feature debut. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2016
3/4 87% He Never Died (2015) You don't need to know anything about Henry Rollins to appreciate his tongue-noticeably-in-cheek action hero performance in horror/superhero genre hybrid "He Never Died." ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 18, 2015
1.5/4 57% The Emperor's New Clothes (2015) It too often feels like "Button-Pushing Encounters with Russell Brand." ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 18, 2015
6% Extraction (2015) Extraction constantly tries to score a flashy TKO - but never lands a decent body blow. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 15, 2015
80% The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (La dame dans l'auto avec un fusil et des lunettes) (2015) The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun is like a movie-shaped sudoku puzzle: an irresistible time-suck that's more fun to puzzle over than it is to solve. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 15, 2015
3.5/4 43% Body (2015) "Body" may not be the kind of modern-day B-movie that wins awards, but it does exactly what it sets out to, and that's a fair amount. So go ahead: see this film for yourself. You won't know what hit you. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 74% Youth (2015) Each imagistic sequence in "Youth" is like an island that happens to be united to other free-standing islands. Each scene has a life of its own. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 4, 2015
72% The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) (2015) Yakusho's breathless, riveting performance grounds The World of Kanako even as it threatens to devolve into an unbearable series of nihilistic plot twists and gory set pieces. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
88% I Am Thor (2015) A charming subject goes a long way in character-study doc I Am Thor, an imperfect but energizing portrait of self-styled metal god Jon Mikl Thor. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
26% Heist (2015) You've seen neo-noirs like this before, but you probably haven't had this much fun with a modern B movie in a while. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 10, 2015
50% Funny Bunny (2015) We watch three emotionally stunted strangers act out like spoiled, overgrown adolescents, forming a love triangle that's not bizarre so much as obnoxious. But we never learn what draws these inarticulate characters together beyond mutual estrangement. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 10, 2015
64% The Funhouse Massacre (2015) Amateurish direction and generic characterization make a light premise - serial killers slaughter a rural carnival's haunted-house patrons while pretending to be carnies - feel like a slog. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 10, 2015
2.5/4 71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) High on atmosphere and chills, but only passable when it comes to anything beyond surface-deep emotional content. It's almost there, but just shy of greatness. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/4 41% Love (2015) "Love" may not always be enjoyable, but it leaves an abiding mark. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 30, 2015
3/4 52% Tokyo Tribe (2015) It's an infectiously over-the-top and unquestionably idiosyncratic mess, but it only holds together for as long as you're impressed by its commitment to an admittedly novel premise. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 23, 2015
3/4 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) There are very few action stars who can convincingly mansplain their way through a scene where mystic rune stones that control the elements are used to stop and start a thunderstorm, and Diesel is on that very short list. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 22, 2015
92% Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971) Amorphous, shadow-cloaked exterior shots and border-free wide-angle panoramas set a uniquely cinematic stage for riveting 1963 melodrama An Actor's Revenge. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015
3/4 61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) A very good film, but only if you're willing to inevitably submit to its anarchic sensibility. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 9, 2015
29% The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers (2015) The film's incessant voiceover narration does often feel like an interminable suppertime history lesson delivered by your favorite poli-sci-obsessed granduncle. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2015
4% Shanghai (2015) The film often feels like a drab collection of scenes where John Cusack disinterestedly questions attractive, elusive Asian cast members. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 29, 2015
62% This Changes Everything (2015) This Changes Everything isn't a game-changer, but it is jarring enough to be scary. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 29, 2015