Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 80% RK/RKAY (2021) A mawkish, inert fantasy about a filmmaker whose protagonist escapes his movie within the movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
1/4 87% The Djinn (2021) The Djinn is often as plodding as it is impersonal. This movie crawls whenever it needs to sprint. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/4 100% The Paper Tigers (2021) The Paper Tigers isn't exactly the most challenging action movie, but it is comforting whenever it most needs to be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/4 80% Cliff Walkers (2021) In many ways, Zhang's latest is the coldest film that he's made in a while, though it might also be his most alluring. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/4 86% Bloodthirsty (2021) While psychological horror may be a fine way to dig into complex personal traumas, Bloodthirsty barely gets inside its antiheroine's head. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
2.5/4 78% For the Sake of Vicious (2021) You might enjoy yourself if you don't expect much character development, but do look forward to some creative uses of improvised weapons, like a hammer and a septic tank lid. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
2/4 81% The Power (2021) Most of the items on [its] formulaic checklist are used well enough, but none of them are surprising or so well-realized that they're still compelling. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
2/4 79% Funny Face (2021) The director's gifted collaborators sometimes perk up this listless parable, but never enough to sell its second-hand fatalism. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
1.5/4 72% Enforcement (Shorta) (2021) Hviid and Olholm spend a lot of time wringing their hands about the future of race relations, but always in flat, heavily filtered images. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
1/4 71% Son (2021) You cannot watch Son without feeling a little sick to your stomach. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/4 98% The Truffle Hunters (2020) Despite its creators' general fussiness, The Truffle Hunters is good enough, if only because guys like Carlo and Angelo are more charming than they are eccentric. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
1.5/4 90% The Vigil (2021) This sort of paint-by-numbers horror narrative barely scratches the surface of the heavy issues it alludes to. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/4 83% Truth to Power (2021) Hovannisian's documentary would be much more convincing if he picked a single aspect of Tankian's activism -- or composing, or personality -- and considered it in greater detail. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
1/4 21% The Reckoning (2021) A well-meaning, but consistently staid horror movie about institutionalized misogyny, and the women who have to survive it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/4 31% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Earwig and the Witch isn't visually dynamic enough to be more than a lumpy cover version of Hayao's greatest hits. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 91% The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu ilmu hitam) (2019) A better-than-average throwback, especially during its table-setting opening scenes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/4 43% Caged (2021) Caged is most effective when it's focused on Harlow's paranoiac certainty that nobody on the outside of his cell cares for, or even really sees what he's going through. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
1.5/4 91% PG: Psycho Goreman (2021) Psycho Goreman isn't clever or lively enough to be more than fitfully fun, especially given how much time is spent mocking generic, but painstakingly recreated plot contrivances - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 69% Don't Tell a Soul (2021) A funny mean streak runs through the promising coming-of-age thriller Don't Tell a Soul. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/4 98% The Reason I Jump (2021) The movie version of The Reason I Jump does not successfully illustrate what its title promises, but rather generalizes about a sensitive topic to the point of inadvertently making it seem more unapproachable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 84% Climate of the Hunter (2019) Climate of the Hunter is for anybody who, when dining out, feels compelled to try (and hopes to love) the weirdest item on the menu. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3.5/4 95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) A movie where gorgeously lit and framed exterior photography, as well as consummately precise body-language-centric performances, often convey more than most dialogue could. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/4 60% Girl With No Mouth (2019) The sort of half-baked postmodern fantasy where child actors meander around a few dilapidated interiors and sunny exteriors, and only talk vaguely about their character-defining traumas. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
2/4 53% What Lies Below (2020) What Lies Below mostly coasts on its never-fully exploited main scenario: what would you do if an attractive eccentric tried to be your stepfather? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
0/4 17% Buddy Games (2019) A tortured, dim, and unbearably neurotic comedy about five self-styled alpha males. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
1.5/4 27% Jiu Jitsu (2020) The makers of Jiu Jitsu should have gone full-Sharknado and admitted that they're banking hard on Cage's anything-goes image. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/4 29% Vanguard (2020) Chan's latest star vehicle didn't need to be anything more than a good work of propaganda, but it's not even compelling on those terms. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
72% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) A studiously inoffensive mess, being both self-conscious and desperate-to-please, but also unfocused and un-funny. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
0/4 50% Sleepless Beauty (2020) The Russian torture porn throwback Sleepless Beauty is a nasty endurance test. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
2/4 70% Kindred (2020) The most frustrating thing about the British prenatal horror movie Kindred is not that it's impersonal, but rather that it's not personal enough. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/4 93% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) Amador's story is unfortunately never as emotionally arresting or complex as the film's opening scene. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/4 38% Cadaver (Kadaver) (2020) A little too monotonous and uninvolving to be of great solace right now. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/4 62% Bad Hair (2020) The film has an exciting, lived-in quality that elevates what are otherwise some markedly unsteady attempts at horror. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
2/4 26% The Doorman (2020) A movie that's well-versed in clichés and basically watchable, but never really good. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
56% Mary & Martha (2013) While Curtis makes a point of making characters show their grief by gingerly stepping on each other's toes, Mary And Martha is more of a product of unwitting creative insensitivity than an apt reflection of it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
1.5/4 78% 12 Hour Shift (2020) If you don't like the premise of 12 Hour Shift, you're not left with much to hold onto. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
1/4 59% Shortcut (2020) Both an amateurish production and a mindless genre exercise. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2.5/4 67% Teenage Badass (2020) There's enough affection and charm in the movie's first half to keep Teenage Badass running on fumes most of the way home. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
2/4 77% Spiral (2019) This movie is progressive intentionally, but not formally, and the difference between its creators' themes and consideration is unfortunately glaring. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
2.5/4 62% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no Kodomo) (2020) The universe may in fact be held together by dueling perspectives, but the only thing consistent about Children of the Sea is its inconstancy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
2.5/4 87% Get Duked! (2020) Get Duked! is most charming as a teen hangout comedy, but it's not so memorable as a superficially topical anti-Brexit riff on The Most Dangerous Game. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
1/4 33% One Night In Bangkok (2020) One Night in Bangkok fatally stalls whenever Kaosayananda has to develop his hitman drama beyond place-holding cliches. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
1/4 67% Emperor (2020) [Emperor] re-presents a dark period in American history without being inspired or insightful enough to be worth your curiosity or emotional investment. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/4 77% Psychomagic, a Healing Art (Psychomagie, un art pour guérir) (2019) It's indulgent, absurd, frustrating, and more than a little gross. It's also idiosyncratic and funny enough, and in ways that Jodo's fans will probably love. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
2/4 74% Out Stealing Horses (Ut og Stjæle Hester) (2020) There's some appreciable serenity and a lot of personal grief on display in Out Stealing Horses, but it's only visible in fits and starts. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
2.5/4 100% Host (2020) Savage and co-writers Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd do a fine enough job setting up their movie's better set pieces, but it's hard to overlook some obvious foreshadowing here, and some ham-fisted symbolism there. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
0/4 76% Retaliation (Romans) (2020) Retaliation may be effectively provocative, but only because its creators put more effort into upsetting viewers than converting us. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
.5/4 57% Game of Death (2020) A killing spree ensues, though 'spree' makes it sounds a lot more fun than Game of Death ever really gets. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
1/4 88% Volition (2020) The plot twists in this movie are so obvious and unappetizing that you couldn't miss them if you tried. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/4 93% We Are Little Zombies (2020) A relentless, but emotionally well-balanced character study. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020