Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
57% American Woman (2019) The movie unfolds in a quiet parade of deft dialogue and slowly deepening characters... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% All I Can Say (2019) It's guaranteed to become a must-see for fans of the band, or anyone interested in '90s music, and would make a fine addition to any boxed set of the group's work. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Blow the Man Down (2019) It should appeal strongly to younger audiences interested in risky filmmaking, and to sophisticated older ones who'll appreciate a movie where the AARP generation takes the lead. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% 17 Blocks (2019) The filmmaker refuses to judge, or get involved, and that insistence on pure, objective observation is both crucial and sure to inspire debate. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
67% Swallow (2019) As Hunter, Bennett - who also served as an executive producer - holds it all together, creating a character out of a syndrome, and refusing to ask for sympathy or pity or, really, anything but our understanding. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) This is a small, carefully crafted film that tries hard to pierce the protective armor of a recluse known to be difficult and domineering. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Burning Cane (2019) If this is what its young director can do with a tiny budget, what will he do with a larger one? - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% The Kill Team (2019) It's well worth watching, and thinking on. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
90% Come to Daddy (2019) Featuring some literally toxic masculinity, Come to Daddy starts out like a nasty drama, ends up as a gruesomely gory, coldly comic revenge thriller - and desperately loses its way somewhere in-between. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
No Score Yet Watergate (2019) Watergate is a fascinating film that both draws disturbing parallels and offers the opposition encouragement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% Driveways (2019) It's pleasantly comforting, and goes down easily - but afterwards, you have to work hard to remember if you even had it at all. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
94% Luce (2019) It's a strong indie film about race, family and trust that should connect with fans of smart, provocative cinema. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
78% The Wolf Hour (2019) A claustrophobic film that demands - and receives - the gift of a powerful, practically one-woman show from Watts. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
80% Always In Season (2019) Olive, who stays offscreen and mostly unheard, has an impressive talent for drawing out her emotionally raw subjects, with editor Don Bernier wisely letting the scenes run long, as people try, not always successfully, to hold back tears. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) A peculiar hybrid that feels too strange for multiplex audiences and too schmaltzy for the arthouse crowd. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
No Score Yet Silvia (2018) With Esteve handling production, direction, writing and editing, it's obviously the work of a still deeply devoted daughter. Unfortunately, she also remains its best audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is determined to make us see. To really see. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) Rocky and Adonis are back for a return match and a solid sequel. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The smartest kind of sequel. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) It's no fun picking on a movie that was obviously made for so many good reasons. But it's even less fun sitting through it. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Whatever your views [...], expect to see The Front Runner thoroughly respect and challenge them. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
90% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) An accomplished director pens a love letter to one of cinema's greatest. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) That girl with the dragon tattoo is back and badder than ever, in a secret-agent story that's part Bond, part bondage. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Rowan Atkinson returns as a clueless spy in a mostly mirthless comedy. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
11% Change in the Air (2018) A quiet drama about an inspiring visitor never takes wing. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
18% I Still See You (2018) There's too much science, not enough fiction, in this sci-fi spook-show. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
65% Stella's Last Weekend (2018) Real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff are squabbling siblings in this weak rom-com. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
32% Loving Pablo (2018) Even Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz can't enliven this drug lord's love story. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Even when he's shouting, he's saying things everyone ought to hear. Even the people he doesn't like. Even the people who don't like him. - NJ Next EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
78% Black '47 (2018) The level on which it works is primal-and frighteningly effective. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
76% Bad Reputation (2018) An admiring documentary gives rocker Joan Jett her due. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Eli Roth knows what he's doing-and that means carefully mixing the scares and stillness for a horror comedy that's made-to-order for certain monster-loving 10-year-olds. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Even if you disagree with Moore, it's hard not to admire his bravura filmmaking. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
40% Where Hands Touch (2018) Where Hands Touch, for all its weaknesses, does boast two strong performances by its actresses. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
48% Bel Canto (2018) Feels a little cheap and shortchanged. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
33% The Innocent (Der Unschuldige) (2018) It's often a perplexing film... mixing one part First Reformed to two parts The Killing of a Sacred Deer while, unfortunately, failing to provide the cogent themes or philosophy of either. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
88% The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) The Good Girls is a nice piece of social and cultural criticism, and Salas makes for a formidably icy matron. It's a cool, contained effort. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
95% In Fabric (2019) This is a film with the logic of a dream, which is to say, no logic at all. But it also has the power of a nightmare. And, like some of them, it lingers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
71% Kursk (2019) Stoic endurance doesn't always make for excitement, and cramped interiors tend to constrain chances for great visuals. After the first hour, the film begins to take on water, too. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
No Score Yet If Life Gives You Lemons (Un giorno all'improvviso) (2018) Landi's cinematography is appropriately unsentimental, filling the wide screen with dark pavements and chipped concrete buildings. But D'Emilo finds colors in the character's emotions... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% The Accused (Acusada) (2018) A quietly engrossing drama... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
52% Destination Wedding (2018) This Wedding should be annulled. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
38% Blue Iguana (2018) It's not a great movie, but it's a good reminder of why Rockwell's admirers have happily stuck with him for decades. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
79% Alpha (2018) If you don't tear up just a little bit at the end [...] clearly there's only one explanation. You're just a cat person. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It emerges as one of the best films of the summer, and an essential look at race in America. - NJ Next EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It has a solid grounding in the series, and a respect for the people who made and love it. - NJ Next EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Although this is very much Schumer's picture - and she has several scenes which show what a surprisingly touching actress she can be - it has lots of other delights, too. - NJ Next EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Despite its fine acting and intellectual ambitions, "Annihilation" still delivers its genre thrills. - NJ Next EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon have fun on the run in this spy-movie farce. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
80% Killer Bees (2018) While it has heartwarming moments, it's not a predictable, eager-to-please entertainment. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018