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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67%

The Almost Man (2014)

"While the movie's theme is familiar, even a little stale, the vivid details help to freshen the story, and the actors sock the movie home. Rafaelsen gives a marvelously subtle performance." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 30, 2014
60%

Hercules (2014)

"There's just enough plot to keep the movie lurching forward, and there are plenty of battle scenes to delight connoisseurs of carnage." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 24, 2014
19%

And So It Goes (2014)

"Despite the utter predictability of the plot, the picture wins you over. It starts off clumsily but grows more engaging as it continues." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 14, 2014
89%

Test (2014)

"The film is an appealing variation on a popular genre, and if it's a little too low-key to attract a mainstream audience, it marks a promising step forward for the writer-director, Chris Mason Johnson." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2014
82%

Redwood Highway (2014)

"While this road movie may not have great originality or huge box-office potential, it's a low-key charmer with a large-souled performance at its center." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2014
47%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Unlikely to convert any skeptics, but if they wander into the multiplex, they'll find that that the prettily photographed sermon goes down easily." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2014
24%

Goodbye World (2014)

"Think The Big Chill crossed with World War Z, an odd combo that never jells successfully." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2014
15%

God's Not Dead (2014)

"The film is slickly produced, with a competent cast, and although it sometimes stacks the deck shamelessly in defense of its credo, it does allow a few dissenting voices to slip into the debate." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2014
59%

At Middleton (2014)

"Modern-day Brief Encounter benefits from sparkling dialogue and splendid acting." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
49%

Black Nativity (2013)

"A first-rate cast enlivens this ambitious but syrupy holiday musical." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 26, 2013
69%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

" All in all, this long-delayed sequel is a very mixed bag, with just enough laughter and tears to squeak by as holiday entertainment." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 13, 2013
46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"There is much to admire in Percival's film version, but you may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 6, 2013
36%

Salinger (2013)

"The cult of J.D. Salinger will be burnished by this lively but superficial doc." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2013
50%

Parkland (2013)

"The film is otherwise engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2013
81%

Prisoners (2013)

"Viewers who see the movie will find it absolutely riveting, and this is a tribute to the filmmaker's skill and to the excellent cast that brings the story to life." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2013
43%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"Well-acted British courtroom drama never really delivers the necessary thrills." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 26, 2013
69%

The Happy Sad (2013)

"Evans directs energetically, and the personable actors help to keep us involved, but the picture skims stubbornly along the surface." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 19, 2013
6%

Paranoia (2013)

"Slick but muddled thriller about corporate espionage never gets our pulse pounding." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2013
80%

Europa Report (2013)

"Some viewers might have preferred a stronger finale, but the movie manages to raise provocative scientific questions about our place in the universe while also delivering some neat, understated thrills." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 29, 2013
35%

The Internship (2013)

"A good premise and a good cast flounder in search of a wittier script." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 5, 2013
20%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Young viewers looking for unbridled raunch will be sadly disappointed, and so will other moviegoers expecting more than a few wan chuckles." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 22, 2013
57%

The Power Of Few (2013)

"The picture... can't be said to break any new ground in the gritty, mean-streets genre. But it has a better-than-average cast and a few clever plot twists, and it ends up being an occasionally amusing time-killer." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 8, 2013
41%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"The film is ambitious and often sumptuous to watch but not always dramatically satisfying." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 22, 2013
71%

Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

"An offbeat slice of Americana will intrigue thoughtful moviegoers." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 22, 2013
33%

Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

"Passable animated entertainment is stronger on humor than adventure." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 15, 2013
12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"Routine romantic thriller lacks acting and directing flair." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2013
15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"Lots of anachronisms and tongue-in-cheek dialogue establish the spoofy nature of this violent venture. All that's missing is a genuine sense of wit." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2013
3%

Playing for Keeps (2012)

"Attractive actors can't redeem a sodden script." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 5, 2012
No Score Yet

Me and Me Dad (2012)

"A director's daughter probes her family's turbulent history in this elegant doc." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2012
25%

2016: Obama's America (2012)

"No one doubts that the country faces major challenges in the next four years, but there is one safe bet: The future is unlikely to be affected by this simplistic documentary." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2012
97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Canada's foreign-language submission is a searing classroom drama about grief that should be an Oscar front-runner." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 13, 2012
93%

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011)

"A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2011
88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 11, 2011
71%

Dzi Croquettes (2009)

"Although the film recounts an intriguing slice of social history, it is too haphazard and repetitive to be truly memorable." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 10, 2011
89%

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)

"Dori Berinstein's tender but sharp portrait finds a lot of depths in the woman whom many see as a camp figure." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 17, 2011
95%

Weekend (2011)

"The two leading actors give deft, expressive performances that have us rooting for both of them. Cullen has a broodingly sensual presence, while the impish New makes a charmingly prickly foil." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 11, 2011
64%

Unraveled (2012)

"The fascinating human portrait that emerges should draw appreciative if limited audiences." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2011
No Score Yet

The Student (El estudiante) (2009)

"A dynamic piece of filmmaking that promises a bright future for Santiago Mitre." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 21, 2011
99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"Fascinating doc about a photographer surveying the highs and lows of New York society." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2011
88%

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"A splendid film about a movie crew blindsided by the real world." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 9, 2011
71%

The Nine Muses (2011)

"Nine Muses is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, and there are many moments to beguile the ears as well as the eyes. Yet it's a long slog through a few thousand years of myth and history, and most viewers are likely to grow impatient." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
95%

Knuckle (2011)

"The fighters hit hard, and so does the movie." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
100%

We Were Here (2011)

"Deeply affecting doc revisits the AIDS epidemic without any grandstanding." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
40%

Granito (2011)

"The film tracks the history of the country, but viewers may feel the documentarian inserts herself too much into the story." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 8, 2011
33%

Lula, the Son of Brazil (2012)

"Barreto's direction doesn't avoid the flatness of many TV biographies, and the film drags on too long to captivate audiences who do not revere Lula as their national hero." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 13, 2011
50%

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

"Classy cast and stunning visuals compensate for a pedestrian script." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2010
86%

Chico & Rita (2012)

"A visually hypnotic, musically electric film." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2010
92%

Incendies (2011)

"At every film festival, there's at least one movie that slips in under the radar and ends up taking the crowds by surprise." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2010
100%

Precious Life (2011)

"It focuses on people trying to make a positive difference in societies dominated by chaos and destruction." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2010
91%

Tabloid (2011)

"Morris clearly invested so much time and energy in McKinney's story because he saw her as emblematic of our crazed times. Others might wonder whether the sad saga deserves quite this much attention, but there's no denying the film's morbid fascination." ‐Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2010
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