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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% The Post (2018) ... the leanest, swiftest film in years from director Steven Spielberg, and one of the best recent performances by Meryl Streep.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
96% Mudbound (2017) In its split focus, the movie sometimes feels uncertain whose story it's telling. But the acting is strong.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
91% The Witch (2016) Robert Eggers's thriller about the supernatural in Puritan New England will get under your skin.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) There's emotional heft here, too. And the movie is a reminder that Adam Sandler, as he was in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love back in 2002, is a really compelling dramatic actor.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
91% Gerald's Game (2017) Nimbly directed by Mike Flanagan, Gerald's Game is notable for a tight screenplay and a watch-it-through-your-fingers scene of Jessie figuring out a bloody way to get out of those handcuffs.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
93% Donald Cried (2017) The movie constantly makes us shift perspectives as it lurches from comedy to psychodrama.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The movie is dark, but in a nurturing way, if that makes sense. It's suitable for kids because Zucchini is largely about healing - not in a sticky-sweet way, but by small, slow increments.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann is a peculiar, engaging hybrid of a film. Part of its acclaim may stem from the juxtaposition of two adjectives that don't typically go together: "funny" and "German."‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) As in his other films, Farhadi presents a very realistic-seeming scenario that's threaded throughout with quiet, masterful details that lead to almost unbearable moral suspense. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
97% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) As the storm winds down and dawn approaches, you deeply care - because you can't predict, and neither can they - whether these family members will learn to grow up, let go and move on.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) The biopic is focused on mortality, but it hardly has a pulse.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
98% Truman (2017) It can move you by its decision not to punch emotional buttons as forcefully as a Hollywood film with the same plotline would.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) It's no Raging Bull. It doesn't want to be. If director Martin Scorsese was aiming for grand opera in his 1980 classic, Happiest Day is more like a breezy jazz riff.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) The movie pulls off an almost documentary, social-realist feel, but it includes hints of the menacing, the unknown.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) The skill of Guadagnino's film is the time it takes to tease out Elio and Oliver's attraction, and to deepen our investment in how it plays out.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
98% Columbus (2017) As much as anything, the movie is about the zen-like stillness and symmetry of the mid-century architecture that serves as the film's backdrop.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
94% Human Flow (2017) Ai fills his film with impressive, elegant aerial drone shots of the numberless refugee encampments around the world. He truly shows the enormity of the migrant crisis, which is both a strength and a weakness for Human Flow. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
98% Dina (2017) Dina is a reminder that those of us who consider ourselves "normal" go through life in constant performance mode, play-acting our ideal version of ourselves from moment to moment. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) The movie is less about sexual awakening than Gheorghe's civilizing influence on Johnny. But it's also sometimes hot and violent, in a good way.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) The movie recreates the exhilarating-yet-exhausting feeling of those years. And it summons up the mundane awfulness of an early demise. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) I wish Lucky were a little better, but it's good enough. When Stanton begins to sing, a cappella, the Mexican ballad "Volver, Volver" - it's hard not to feel your own heart break.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
B 79% 1408 (2007) Based on a Stephen King story, 1408 takes the simplest plot and turns it into an enjoyably surreal, unnerving creepfest.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jun 21, 2007
A- 88% Red Road (2007) A must for movie lovers who want to see how so much drama, mystery and emotion can be created from so little.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jun 16, 2007
B+ 71% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) Bloodier and more action-filled than the original, Weeks nevertheless stays faithful to the grim, grimy tone director Danny Boyle established in his 2002 film with its haunting shots of a metropolis turned into a tomb.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 10, 2007
B 69% Disturbia (2007) A lot of the movie works because LaBeouf is becoming a soulful, intelligent presence on-screen.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Apr 12, 2007
B 74% Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) A deconstructionist horror comedy that owes a debt to Scream and the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog, Mask nevertheless has enough pitch-perfect wit to lay claim to its own patch of postmodern, movie-loving snarkiness.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 22, 2007
B 84% Old Joy (2006) Old Joy may be built around a road trip, but it's also a movie about two roads -- and two souls -- diverging.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 15, 2007
C 70% Backstage (2006) Backstage doesn't really tell us much about the world of rock musicians, or the mental workings of their scariest fans.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 8, 2007
B- 100% Premium (2007) In gasoline terms, Premium isn't. But the romantic dramedy has some high-octane emotional moments, thanks to writer-director Pete Chatmon's wise dissection of the games one-time lovers play.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 1, 2007
C+ 51% Puccini for Beginners (2007) The movie offers a charming view of a small-town Manhattan where strangers constantly give Allegra romantic advice. Though that device is a little too indebted to Woody Allen, at least Maggenti does Allen a lot better than Ed Burns.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Mar 1, 2007
C- 72% Inland Empire (2006) With Inland Empire, the whole thing feels stuck in Lynch's noggin.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Feb 8, 2007
B- 79% Charlotte's Web (2006) Some pig, in a so-so but lovingly made movie.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Dec 14, 2006
B- 65% Apocalypto (2006) There's no denying Gibson's talent behind the camera. He knows what he's doing, and does it with tremendous skill and conviction.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Dec 7, 2006
C+ 63% 10 Items or Less (2006) It's a shame that at the final checkout, the movie wants to choose paper, but instead goes for plastic.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 30, 2006
C- 55% Déjà Vu (2006) Déjà Vu gives you the feeling that you've seen parts of this movie before. Only, the parts were all from better films.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 21, 2006
C+ 48% Harsh Times (2006) The film is basically a two-hour countdown to a predictable explosion. You may enjoy the ride, but you won't remember a whole lot about it farther down the road.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Nov 9, 2006
B+ 75% The Prestige (2006) The movie is a mind-tickler that makes the viewer actively engage with the story and try to penetrate its elegant sleight-of-hand.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 19, 2006
B- 67% Shortbus (2006) Yes, Shortbus is all about hooking up, but in emotional as much as sexual ways. That's what makes the movie engaging, and sometimes even moving.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 12, 2006
B+ 95% 49 Up (2006) The films have taken on an autumnal shade as we revisit people who seem quietly aware that the years behind them are more than those ahead.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Oct 5, 2006
B- 70% Heading South (2006) Exploring female desire in a way films rarely do, Heading South is a film of sometimes subtle, sometimes blunt metaphors for the interaction of rich and pauperized countries.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 23, 2006
B+ 79% House of Sand (2006) Rigorously structured, but with the power to shake you to the heart.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 7, 2006
B+ 54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) This guilty-pleasure adrenaline rush has one goal in mind: to be an airtight action machine that leaves you dizzy from the crunchety-crunch-crunch of Tony Jaa as he proves himself a contender with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Sep 7, 2006
C+ 86% Quinceañera (2006) You realize that, while pretending to break ground, Quinceañera is ultimately stuck in familiar Hollywood formulas.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Aug 31, 2006
B+ 85% The Descent (2006) Marshall understands that sometimes there's nothing quite as oddly exhilarating as the bleakest, no-way-out kind of horror.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Aug 3, 2006
C 18% Shadowboxer (2005) One of the campiest, most lushly ludicrous movies to come out in a while.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jul 27, 2006
C 40% Nacho Libre (2006) Sometimes it looks like a movie that was more fun to make than it is to watch.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted Jun 15, 2006
B- 73% Clean (2005) Assayas' tale of the difficult search for redemption is less a standard road-to-sobriety story than a chance to marvel, close-up, at Cheung.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 25, 2006
C 83% Somersault (2004) Heavy on atmosphere but very light on plot.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 18, 2006
D 57% Kinky Boots (2006) Oh, do come in, love -- welcome to the Twee Brit Comedy Factory.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 13, 2006
C- 36% Art School Confidential (2006) It's often as naive as it is knowing and can feel as unfocused and sketchy as a film one of Strathmore's students might make.‐ Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted May 11, 2006