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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 64% Beyond the Clouds (2018) A conflicted tribute to a cruel and bewitching slum.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/4 35% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3.5/4 78% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2017) A challenging arthouse drama that has a slippery sense of humor and a whole lot of chutzpah.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/4 15% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
17% 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 No Score Yet The Humanity Bureau (2018) Oh, The Humanity Bureau!‐
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
89% 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 15% Dear Dictator (2018) [A] just-shy-of-great teen comedy.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
0/4 52% The Forgiven (2018) [The Forgiven] only succeeds as an ugly, empty-headed provocation.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2.5/4 88% 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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
1.5/4 52% 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.‐
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 67% Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo Yao Ji 2) (2018) Monster Hunt 2 is equally charming, sweet, slight, and unmemorable.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
2/4 70% The Ritual (2017) The most disappointing kind of bad horror movie: the kind that's too smart to be this dumb.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/4 76% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/4 14% Winchester (2018) What Winchester lacks in originality its creators amply make up for in execution.‐
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. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
100% Legend of the Mountain (1979) 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 81% 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.‐
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.‐
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 73% 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.‐
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 67% 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.‐
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
2.5/4 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) This one is almost good.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/4 67% Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) Exceptionally good comfort food cinema.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
2/4 33% The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017) A lot of things transpire in any given scene, but none of them will make you care what happens next.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
2/4 85% Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) It will probably break your heart in all the wrong ways.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
56% Bullet Head (2017) Brody and co-stars John Malkovich and Rory Culkin laboriously establish their dull stock characters through tenuously related flashbacks about closely guarded truffles, deadbeat dads and stolen goldfish.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
1/4 40% The Swindlers (2017) Every potential source for good popcorn entertainment is thrice warmed-over, and poorly executed.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
1.5/4 60% Another WolfCop (2017) The kind of bad movie that sounds amazing on paper, but is excruciating to watch, even at a brisk 82 minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
93% Women in Love (1969) Bates and Reed's homoerotic sparring would be sexy and shocking in any context. But Women in Love's talkier scenes are more exciting than any screen nudity could be.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
2/4 94% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) On the Beach at Night Alone" exemplifies all of the worst tendencies of Hong's films without many of his better qualities.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
70% Angelica (2017) Even Angelica's most juvenile gags are a perfect synthesis of gross-out silliness and atmospheric scares.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/4 57% A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (Rippu van winkuru no hanayome) (2017) The experience of watching this anti-climactic three-hour drama is unproductively depressing, and upsetting.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
75% No Stone Unturned (2017) An irresponsible and potentially dangerous postmortem of the still-unsolved 1994 pub shooting in Northern Ireland that left six Loughinisland residents dead.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
2.5/4 94% Most Beautiful Island (2017) Most Beautiful Island may take a while to get going, but once it does, you'll be eager to see what Asensio does next.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Come for the gory swordplay, stay for the half-serious melodrama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2.5/4 35% Jigsaw (2017) It's fun to watch. I just don't think it's the kind of fun the filmmakers' planned.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017