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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
No Score Yet 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
30% 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
100% 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
82% The Children Act (2017) The two central performances could hardly be better. Thompson works here with remarkable subtlety.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
No Score Yet Eating Animals (2017) Passionate if incomplete protest of the American feeding frenzy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
67% Love, Cecil (2017) 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
89% 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
No Score Yet Submission (2018) Despite many script problems, Levine has kept the film tightly coiled and engrossing throughout.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
93% Becks (2018) Certainly this appealing character-driven musical deserves to find an audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
67% 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
63% 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
75% Filmworker (2017) 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
86% 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
50% 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
78% 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
No Score Yet Grass Stains (2017) While Sheridan is inherently appealing, he bravely renders Conrad's cowardice at key moments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
No Score Yet Little Pink House (2016) Little Pink House brings urgency to a fascinating, underexplored theme.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
No Score Yet Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017) Charged never simplifies Eduardo's nature or the key relationships in his life. We end up appreciating his charisma and marveling at his resilience without ever seeing him as a paragon.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
96% Oklahoma City (2017) This comprehensive look at the terrorist bombing of 1995 and the anti-government rage that fueled it deserves the attention it will surely receive.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
84% The King's Choice (2017) Handsomely mounted and well acted, the film breaks no new ground but remains engrossing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
No Score Yet Breakable You (2018) Boasts a top-notch cast and acclaimed filmmakers. Yet this film about family dysfunction and ethical crises never reaches a fully satisfying conclusion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
81% They Call Us Monsters (2017) Powerful and eye-opening.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
71% Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu) (2016) This coming-of-age story is a winner.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
93% Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) Doesn't break any new ground thematically but still manages to make an appealing addition to the rom-com genre.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
24% The Comedian (2017) Fine acting can't quite redeem a sleazy central character.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
33% The Pickle Recipe (2016) Ethnic comedies have their limitations, and a sharper script would have helped this one to stand out from the pack. Nevertheless, audiences in a forgiving mood will enjoy the byplay among an appealing bunch of desperate characters.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
80% The Ivory Game (2016) What is admirable about Ivory Game is that it recognizes the complexity of the issues.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone's direction is measured, methodical, and totally lacking in the fire and flamboyance that sometimes electrified and sometimes ruined his earlier films. The story moves along without any real sense of urgency or suspense.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
0% The Disappointments Room (2016) There simply isn't enough freshness in the script to warrant another journey inside a dark old house.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
91% Into the Inferno (2016) Herzog has always shown a gift for immersing us in the startling extremes of the natural world, and his images here do not disappoint.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
91% Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) We come away more aware of escalating global tragedies, and that alone validates this imperfect film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
86% The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins (2008) Art Star is a provocative undertaking with a fascinating cast of characters, but it leaves us seeking answers that the filmmaker refuses to provide.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
86% Rezeta (2012) Even though the film runs under 90 minutes, it drags because it's basically just a series of loose episodes without much tension.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
No Score Yet Aram, Aram (2015) First-time writer-director Christopher Chambers has crafted a potent, lovingly detailed evocation of an unfamiliar California subculture. Given the novelty of the setting and the recent reminders of the Armenian genocide, the film deserves to be seen‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) Oscar winning director Charles Ferguson treads some familiar ground but also offers new insights that make the sometimes pedantic Time to Choose worth seeing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
71% Coming Through The Rye (2016) Sadwith works expertly with all of the castmembers, and he also brings visual flair to the pastoral scenes in New Hampshire.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
81% Viva (2016) Director Paddy Breathnach reveals a sensitive touch with the material.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) At least the film allows viewers to come to their own conclusions on these aesthetic questions; the subtitle "Look at the Pictures," does not tell us what to think.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) [Miss Stevens] works some intriguing variations on this slightly queasy theme.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
67% Frank & Lola (2016) A haunting dissection of male jealousy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016