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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% Damsel (2018) Pattinson and Wasikowska deserve better material than the Zellners' head-scratchingly lazy jokes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet Spiral (2018) Fairrie's unfocused examination of anti-Semitism illuminates little.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
0/4 9% China Salesman (2018) Hammy and painfully incompetent: yup, this is a film co-starring Steven Seagal.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
60% Straight Into a Storm (2018) Straight Into a Storm comes alive whenever McCauley and his bandmates reminisce about their old habit of getting wasted and playing guitar while rewatching La Bamba.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2/4 73% Believer (2018) Believer doesn't add up to much because Lee and Chung essentially tried to improve something that was already perfectly unsettling.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 85% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade, an irresistibly gory science-fiction melodrama, is B-movie schlock done right.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
73% Breath (2018) Loses its potency whenever it's not focused on the sounds and textures that define Pikelet and Loonie's world outside of surfing...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
98% A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) (1964) Every genre-loving moviegoer should see at least once projected on a theater screen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/4 76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) I can't lie: I was bored throughout the 112 minutes I spent watching Lu Over the Wall.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2/4 78% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) [An] uninspired pity party comedy.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
56% Always at the Carlyle (2018) A tone-deaf celebration of Manhattan's ritzy Carlyle Hotel.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
2.5/4 71% 102 Not Out (2018) This chintzy portion of screenwriter Saumya Joshi's consistently sentimental narrative is mostly bearable thanks to Kapoor's comic timing and Bachchan's seemingly boundless energy.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
3/4 64% Manhunt (2017) Manhunt generally holds together rather well and is bound to keep Woo's most faithful fans happy.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/4 52% Bad Samaritan (2018) While Bad Samaritan isn't exactly a good film, it is weirdly charming, thanks to its creators' exuberant commitment to unabashedly tacky ideas.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
93% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Unassumingly powerful details make The Guardians one of the year's most affecting love stories.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2/4 63% Beyond the Clouds (2018) A conflicted tribute to a cruel and bewitching slum.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/4 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) This sequel isn't just more of the same from Broken Lizard-it's a lot more, and for no good reason.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3.5/4 72% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) A challenging arthouse drama that has a slippery sense of humor and a whole lot of chutzpah.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/4 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The Showgirls of post-Scream slasher movies: it's not campy nor emotionally involving enough to be more than the sum of its ungainly parts.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
18% Submergence (2018) You'll have nobody to blame but yourself - or the filmmakers - if you keep watching after the sixty-minute mark.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
1/4 33% The Humanity Bureau (2018) Oh, The Humanity Bureau!‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
96% The Endless (2018) Felker and Benson's fast-slow-fast pacing not only gives psychological weight to Benson's unabashedly pulpy scenario but also constantly keeps viewers on their toes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
100% Pandas (2018) So visually dynamic that even the most pedantic (think Neil deGrasse Tyson level) skeptics will probably not mind listening to narrator Kristen Bell - speaking for writer-co-director Drew Fellman - rattle off 43 minutes' worth of cutesy panda trivia.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
86% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) Busy but uninspired...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
100% The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968) Corbucci constantly subverts the generic tropes that he dabbled with two years earlier in Django, that blood-soaked and oft-imitated riff on A Fistful of Dollars.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
71% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Viewers may need a drink once they realize how fully Jean and his family members are defined by shopworn tropes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) In real life, Joseph may have made soothing lemonade out of traumatically sour lemons. But this fictionalization just adds sugar.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
3/4 14% Dear Dictator (2018) [A] just-shy-of-great teen comedy.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
0/4 55% The Forgiven (2018) [The Forgiven] only succeeds as an ugly, empty-headed provocation.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/4 89% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) Claire's Camera is, like many of Hong's best comedies before it, amusing without necessarily being laugh-out-loud funny.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
89% Itzhak (2018) Think of Itzhak as a revealing scrapbook of Perlman's favorite stories.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
87% Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force) (1985) Chan seems to do everything he can think of to ingratiate himself with viewers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
100% Mind Game (2004) Just relax, and let Yuasa take you wherever the hell he wants.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/4 84% Mohawk (2018) Has the same political urgency as Wes Craven's now-classic, but rough-around-the-edges early films, like Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
1.5/4 54% The Lodgers (2018) The Lodgers disappoints on a number of levels, many of which have more to do with the limitations of its creators' imagination than the apparently minuscule budget.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) Cooke crams in so much persuasively appalling information ... that it's easy to forgive him for seemingly trying to push all viewers' proverbial buttons at once.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/4 56% Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo Yao Ji 2) (2018) Monster Hunt 2 is equally charming, sweet, slight, and unmemorable.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
2/4 71% The Ritual (2017) The most disappointing kind of bad horror movie: the kind that's too smart to be this dumb.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/4 77% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) An unsettling, and sometimes high-concept doodle, but it's awfully hard to resist a film that marries Atomic Age paranoia and optimism with Kurosawa's signature post-modern, atmosphere-intensive style.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/4 14% Winchester (2018) What Winchester lacks in originality its creators amply make up for in execution.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/4 71% Padmaavat (2018) "Padmaavat" is a rare work of pop art that is both powerful and repugnant. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
100% Legend of the Mountain (2001) Legends of the Mountain's narrative fuse may be long, but Hu knows exactly when to light it and when to snuff it out.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/4 82% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) The stylistic quirks that define the bitterly funny Chinese animated neo-noir Have a Nice Day are thrillingly original.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/4 91% Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) A very dumb, and very satisfying throwback to a simpler time when American action films were as predictable as they were formulaic.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
71% West of the Jordan River (2018) The maddeningly unfocused Israeli documentary West of the Jordan River doesn't reveal anything insightful about Gaza settlers' reasons for either supporting or rejecting a two-state solution.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/4 74% Mom and Dad (2018) I'm sure you think you already know how you're going to feel about Mom and Dad. But it's better than that, and in ways that you really must experience for yourself.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
69% Beuys (2018) Veiel's refreshingly open-ended approach invites you to find your own answers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
1.5/4 69% Humor Me (2018) The kind of lame, unimaginative comedy that constantly takes cheap shots at elderly characters, and then turns on a dime and begs you to see the humanity in them.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
2/5 28% Proud Mary (2018) But the mood is ruined by sloppy direction and an offbeat rhythm. You can't help but feel like you're watching a parody rather than a sincere tribute to female-led blaxploitation films like Foxy Brown, Cleopatra Jones or Coffy.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
80% My Coffee with Jewish Friends (2018) Political head-butting and crabby bon mots energize a series of wide-ranging conversations about the nature of secular Judaism in the consistently entertaining documentary My Coffee With Jewish Friends.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018