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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 36% Leatherface (2017) Sadly, the makers of Leatherface didn't put enough thought into a sleepy story that could easily be titled 'I Was a Teenage Leatherface.'‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
1/4 59% The Foreigner (2017) Chan may still be figuring out what he can and can't do in his old age. But dreck like The Foreigner should be swiftly crossed off his bucket list, and never revisited.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/4 95% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) A grade-A piece of meathead cinema.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
1/4 90% Better Watch Out (2017) Starts out as one kind of unpleasant, then switches gears to a higher level of unearned nastiness.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
2/4 0% Don't Sleep (2017) Don't Sleep could have been a great horror movie. Too bad a great topic does not necessarily make a great film.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/4 87% American Made (2017) American Made sells a toxic, shallow, anti-American Dream bill of goods for anybody looking to shake their head about exceptionalism without seriously considering what conditions enable that mentality.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/4 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) Adequate as comfort food, but fails as anything else.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2/4 22% Rememory (2017) A maddening experience, watching a film with a great kernel of an idea fail to grow into something equally impressive.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
0/4 13% Temple (2017) There is no monster at the end of this story, only boundless regret, and tedium.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/4 82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) There's a lot of cool knives on display here, but the people doing the stabbing don't really matter.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
2/4 17% The Adventurers (2017) A sleepy globe-trotting adventure.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/4 94% A Taxi Driver (2017) Song's performance makes me wish the rest of A Taxi Driver was as thoughtful.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/4 85% Nocturama (2017) You may not think that a movie that asks you to understand terrorists is for you, but if you give Bonello 130 minutes of your time, he'll make you a believer.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
1/4 70% Wolf Warrior II (2017) Wolf Warrior 2 lectures you, pummels you, and then expects you to cheer.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
3/4 55% The Battleship Island (2017) While Battleship Island is sometimes unpleasant to watch, it is a consistently involving, atypically thoughtful crowd-pleaser.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron's commanding performance is remarkable because she gives to her character, through her take-no-bull body language and calculating stare, an intelligence that proves she's the right person for the job.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Munna Michael (2017) Noisy, silly, and sometimes rather fun. I just wish it weren't such a hot mess.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
1/4 77% Killing Ground (2017) Once the novelty of the film's non-linear plot wears off, Killing Ground is mercilessly rote.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/4 35% Kuso (2017) Kuso may often feel unproductively loud, and monotonous, but it is a head-scratcher worth contending with.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/4 94% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Endless Poetry feels like the product of a revitalized old master. There's a generosity of spirit, and clarity of intent that gives shape to the the film's rambling narrative, and broad-brushstrokes characterizations.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/4 91% Our Time Will Come (2017) A surprisingly affecting call to arms.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
2.5/4 88% Paulina (La patota) (2017) Worth seeing, even if its basic plot repeatedly stalls. It is a thoughtful movie, but not necessarily a fulfilling one.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2/4 11% Kill Switch (2017) The worst kind of science-fiction film: the kind that coasts on a central gimmick instead of delivering either visceral or intellectual thrills.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) If you treat Harmonium like a mood piece, and respond to it on that level, you'll find yourself thinking about it long after you watch it.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/4 29% Camera Obscura (2017) None of this makes sense.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
4/4 100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) You will walk away from Matsumoto's film with a newfound appreciation of what movies can be.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1/4 88% God of War (2017) A spectacularly miscalculated historical epic.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Sofia Coppola has made a modern feminist horror film about the dangers of not allowing your social conditioning to talk louder than your personal feelings. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
75% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) A blackly comic performance by Colin Farrell provides the emotional anchor for Yorgos Lanthimos's film.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) It feels lived-in despite its glaringly mannered dialogue and charmingly eccentric characterizations.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
2/5 72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) We may be wrong to look for scapegoats for the 2008 global financial criss, but by normalizing Madoff's behavior, The Wizard of Lies thoughtlessly asks us to sympathize with a devil we don't want to know.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
1.5/4 89% Hounds of Love (2017) An ugly film whose ambitions are never matched by its creators' limited abilities.‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1/4 50% The Drowning (2017) An obnoxious story about revenge and self-destruction that throws together a bunch of hackneyed observations about humanity.‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/4 100% Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) The action choreography is exciting, the operatic plot is compelling, and there's a genuine sense of optimism that undercuts the gouts of blood and thunderous sound effects.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/4 71% Another Evil (2017) Even the movie's refreshingly atypical focus on character-driven neuroses over pat post-Poltergeist-style jump-scares can't save Another Evil from its creators' lack of ideas.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/4 83% Disneynature Born In China (2017) The film doesn't offer anything new, and doesn't stop pushing 'Family' until even the cutest animal seems to be lecturing you to listen to your parents.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) The film's charms are substantial, but what makes Slack Bay so original and enticing is also what makes it fairly alienating.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 41% Aftermath (2017) Unfortunately, the film's commendably atypical focus on characters, mood, and psychological realism does not make Schwarzenegger's latest necessarily good.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1.5/4 73% The Void (2017) People live, people die, monsters creep out of the shadows, but it's all a little too formulaic, cynical, and ... well, boring.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
.5/4 15% CHIPS (2017) A buddy film about overcompensating characters that seems to have also been made by overcompensating comedians.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
1.5/4 95% Prevenge (2017) A gonzo idea in search of better execution.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Devil's Candy (2017) With The Devil's Candy, Byrne confirms his status as a filmmaker to watch.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1.5/4 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) Gunn's biggest conceptual failure is that his scenario is thoughtlessly cruel.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
73% The Other Half (2017) Maslany and Cullen's characters seem intended to be psychologically realistic, but they're only as complex as The Other Half's surface-deep style.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/4 60% Rangoon (2017) Rangoon somehow manages to be emotionally resonant despite being overstuffed. This is no small feat given how many different genres, tones, and characters this film juggles.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
2.5/4 74% Headshot (2017) Headshot is rarely as good as Uwais, but he makes the bloody beat-em-up worth a look.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 33% VooDoo (2017) You really must see this film, if only to sate your morbid curiosity. It's not exactly good, but it is pretty inspired in a very unclean, very unsound way.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
3/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall is unlike any American blockbuster you've seen, a conservative movie with action set pieces that are actually inventive and thrilling enough to be worthwhile.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1.5/4 28% Don't Knock Twice (2017) The makers of Don't Knock Twice never successfully flesh out their characters as people, leaving viewers to roll their eyes whenever characters open the wrong door.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
50% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) A rare character-driven big-budget action-adventure - the kind of thing Americans might love if they knew it existed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017