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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 69% 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 11% Winchester (2018) What Winchester lacks in originality its creators amply make up for in execution.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/4 70% 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 91% 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
3/4 100% 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 72% 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
71% 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 26% 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 33% 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
57% 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 34% 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
1/4 32% 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 62% 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 92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) A grade-A piece of meathead cinema.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
1/4 88% 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 86% 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 74% 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 83% 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 95% 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 87% 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 77% 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 40% 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 76% 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 93% Our Time Will Come (2017) A surprisingly affecting call to arms.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017