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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Frank and Ava (2018) Bargain basement treatment of Hollywood royalty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
No Score Yet Ashes in the Snow (2018) The film is heartfelt and often powerful but sometimes too sluggish to carry maximum impact.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
No Score Yet Saint Judy (2018) The film, directed by Sean Hanish, sometimes turns didactic, but it benefits from the efforts of an exceptional cast; their work deserves to be seen.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
33% Ride (2018) Tapping cleverly into one of the newest perils in urban living, Ride will please most audiences looking for a Friday night thrill ride.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
No Score Yet Brian Banks (2018) Hodge's performance is what keeps the film on track. He is powerful in scenes of anger, but he may be even better in purely silent moments where his unspoken reactions are eloquent.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
61% Bel Canto (2018) The film benefits from the fine cast and from many sharp and poignant moments. It's an impressive achievement technically as well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
65% American Chaos (2018) Despite... frustrating omissions, American Chaos is a well made film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog's film may not be the final word on Gorbachev, but it is affectionate and candid and leaves audiences in a melancholy mood about the sometimes short-lived nature of reform.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Fistful of Dirt (2018) Silva discovered Ramos in Puerto Rico, and this utterly honest and engaging young actor holds the entire movie on his shoulders.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Despite impressive performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the film fails to engage or enlighten.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy's performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) [A] heart-rending drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) Given the limitations of the role, Jackman delivers one of his finest performances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) Beyond celebrating the music, 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie has something to say about the compromises and reconciliations that are a part of aging, and it turns out to make for a stirring and healing reunion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
No Score Yet Room to Grow (2018) Docs about LGBTQ kids are nothing new, and yet directors Matt Alber and Jon Garcia have managed to find fresh, compelling stories to tell in this rousing and eye-opening film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
No Score Yet Tucked (2018) Patterson's film works some fresh variations on a familiar theme and benefits from two splendid performances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
No Score Yet Piano to Zanskar (2018) The characters keep us engaged, and Sulima, who doubled as cinematographer, achieves startling and frightening sequences throughout the journey.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Parting Glass (2017) A tender, searing story of death and dying.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
100% Two for Joy (2018) Beard expects us to learn about the characters through their physical interactions as well as their facial expressions, and we end up caring deeply about these people even without conventional movie storytelling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet Welcome to the Men's Group (2018) The film is overlong and wildly uneven, but it benefits from a strong cast making the most of some sharp moments exposing the underside of male privilege and domination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) It is a pleasure to watch the present-day Francis interact with people all over the world and articulate his hopes for improving the lot of the poor.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Rescue List (2017) Stirring tale of children rescued from modern-day slavery.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
100% Mercury 13 (2018) A soaring tribute to some aviation pioneers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Tre Maison Das (2018) A gripping look at children wounded by their parents' crimes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
No Score Yet A Sniper's War (2018) ... A Sniper's War is a powerful and disturbing doc from a perspective we don't often see.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
No Score Yet The Independents (2018) The songs are smoothly integrated into the story, but the film's main virtue is the warmth it shows toward the three main characters and their sometimes desperate dreams.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
No Score Yet The White Orchid (2018) All in all, it's a mixed bag with limited box office potential, but it has some rewards for fans of the genre.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
82% The Oslo Diaries (2018) The main virtue of the film lies in the thoughtful interviews given by the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, both the accompanying voice-over commentaries and their later on-camera appearances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time (Shabab Sheyab) (2018) A tender, humane comedy that might have been set in any country where a group of aging citizens struggle to retain their dignity and their vitality.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
37% Nostalgia (2018) An ambitious movie from some well-regarded filmmakers and actors, but it just doesn't jell.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
5% Just Getting Started (2017) The film is ingratiating enough, but its main value is to make us eager for another, more substantial Shelton movie long before another decade has slipped by.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
40% So B. It (2017) The plot of So B. It isn't always easy to swallow, but the depth of emotion generated by the actors helps to compensate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
91% Rift (Rökkur) (2017) Tighter editing would have enhanced the film's effectiveness. But the cinematography is striking, sound and music are superb and the two leading actors - who carry much of the movie by themselves - both give telling performances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
73% The Children Act (2018) The two central performances could hardly be better. Thompson works here with remarkable subtlety.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
91% Eating Animals (2018) Passionate if incomplete protest of the American feeding frenzy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
79% Love, Cecil (2018) Vreeland's willingness to include painful as well as flattering details is what gives Love, Cecil its punch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) What the film doesn't have is the visceral impact that would take it from a well intentioned treatise to a searing work of art.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Despite a few quibbles that viewers may have, there is no denying the emotional force that this film develops, and for that, we can credit talented filmmakers and two stars working at the height of their powers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
100% California Typewriter (2017) [Doug] Nichol has created a loving valentine to all the iconoclasts who resist what the rest of the world defines as progress.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017) This affectionate portrayal of an unpretentious journeyman director will engage his detractors as well as his admirers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) This film will convince you that she definitely deserves a higher position in the pantheon.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
51% Submission (2018) Despite many script problems, Levine has kept the film tightly coiled and engrossing throughout.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
95% Becks (2018) Certainly this appealing character-driven musical deserves to find an audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
71% Humor Me (2018) Performances are this movie's strong suit. Gould could use some better material, but he sketches his character deftly and demonstrates his professional savvy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
65% Shot Caller (2017) Coster-Waldau ... conveys a strong masculine presence in both sections of the film, and it is fascinating to watch his transformation from privileged family man to hardened con.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
96% Filmworker (2018) The film honors the hard-working, often unacknowledged craftsmen in the film industry and stirs provocative questions about the fine line between legitimate devotion to an artist and dangerous hero worship.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
87% Paint It Black (2017) It stays in the memory and promises an intriguing future for Tamblyn.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
100% Signature Move (2017) Vivid details can animate almost any old chestnut, and many of the variations on this timeworn tale help to give the film its appeal.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
48% Porto (2017) The film is not a perfect undertaking, but it confirms Yelchin's unique talent and underscores the sadness of his untimely death.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
79% American Folk (2018) Only a few films over the years have tried to dramatize events leading up to or following 9/11. September 12th takes a modest but effective approach to that national tragedy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017