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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 84% Killing Ground (2017) Once the novelty of the film's non-linear plot wears off, Killing Ground is mercilessly rote.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/4 54% Kuso (2017) Kuso may often feel unproductively loud, and monotonous, but it is a head-scratcher worth contending with.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/4 97% 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/4 91% Our Time Will Come (2017) A surprisingly affecting call to arms.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2/4 13% 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/4 29% Camera Obscura (2017) None of this makes sense.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1/4 88% God of War (2017) A spectacularly miscalculated historical epic.‐ RogerEbert.com
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
74% 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
88% 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 92% Hounds of Love (2017) An ugly film whose ambitions are never matched by its creators' limited abilities.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/4 85% 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/4 39% Aftermath (2017) Unfortunately, the film's commendably atypical focus on characters, mood, and psychological realism does not make Schwarzenegger's latest necessarily good.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
.5/4 16% CHIPS (2017) A buddy film about overcompensating characters that seems to have also been made by overcompensating comedians.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
1.5/4 95% Prevenge (2017) A gonzo idea in search of better execution.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
1.5/4 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) Gunn's biggest conceptual failure is that his scenario is thoughtlessly cruel.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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.‐ RogerEbert.com
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
85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Mr. Gaga consequently never coheres into a meaningful commentary on Maharin, an artist whose vital work defies easy categorization.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The Lure deserves to be seen, though it's sadly not as joyfully deranged as it could be.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
1/4 50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) So miscalculated that it briefly made me forget why I love Jackie Chan films.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 94% 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
63% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
1/4 4% 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
1.5/4 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Unlike the actual video game, Assassin's Creed isn't ridiculous and fun, but rather ridiculous and turgid.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 75% 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/4 79% Evolution (2016) Do not miss this film.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
1/4 46% 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.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle will make you want to ... discover your own private island paradise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016