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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Older Than Ireland (2016) Fegan treats his venerable subjects with care. If he doesn't seem to push them hard (we never hear him guiding the questioning), he clearly finds a place of rapport with them.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This reviewer is here to tell you the romantic dramedy's runaway success is no fluke, and more than warranted. It delivers a splendid time at the movies the likes of which is all too rare from a studio release.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
55% The Bookshop (2018) Ultimately, The Bookshop dramatizes a kind of very British, quiet, polite asphyxiation.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
98% The Cakemaker (2018) A delicate character study about grief and recovery.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) I recommend it as much for what it doesn't do as for what it does. It's a gentle, troubling drama that contributes to the sort of questions many of us have these days: Who are we now? Who are we really?‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Highly recommended, but fair warning: it's not just funny. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
71% Damsel (2018) Damsel is often too quirky for its own good, but the cast is committed...More interesting than Damsel's middling whimsy is the handful of narrative surprises it springs.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
83% Nancy (2018) The movie is heartfelt and always interesting, if never really convincing.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Like I said, I enjoyed watching Hearts. It's just so intent in coloring within the lines, it never once springs any sort of surprise or observation you don't see coming.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
67% The Seagull (2018) Like much of Chekhov's work, The Seagull is about missed opportunities, and the film version is one itself. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Summer 1993 is a film that reminds me why I love the medium. By the final scene, it's both a love letter and a gut punch, and it's a tiny, enormous wonder.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
95% The Endless (2018) The Endless is a kind of sci-fi, Lovecraftian puzzle box. The pleasure of watching it is probably like what people feel when they sign up for one of those escape room adventures. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
95% Beast (2018) While not gratuitous or gory, Beast won't be everyone's cuppa. But it's a really memorable debut by Pearce - and maybe even more so for Buckley.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Any cinematic immersion in that city has its pleasures, but by the time Gérard Depardieu shows up as some sort of relationship guru, launching into a tedious monologue like most of the other characters, it's time to return home.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
60% Anything (2018) Bomer is fine, for the record, though the character is a little overly refined and well-put-together to feel completely plausible.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
92% Logan Lucky (2017) It's a guilty pleasure, but it's definitely a pleasure.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
No Score Yet Secret Smile (2005) Though the drama is over 10 years old, it's pretty relevant for our #MeToo era.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
88% Ravenous (Les affamés) (2018) The movie isn't entirely effective. The rhythm it sets - long, poetic shots of greenery, interrupted by a sudden, bloody scare - gets repetitive quickly. But give it credit for trying something new.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
88% 6 Balloons (2018) The movie is modest and honestly scaled - adult in the best sense.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
70% Kodachrome (2018) Ultimately, it's not a very good flick. But it features a splendidly nasty performance by Ed Harris.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) The Rider is slow going in spots, but it will surprise you with moments of great, simple beauty. Climb onboard, and you're not likely to forget it. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
82% Ghost Stories (2018) A dramatic and visual sleight-of-hand that works in the moment but may leave you feeling a bit cheated once the credits roll.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) The movie gives us glimmers of trauma from Joe's childhood life, but they're never explained, simply served up as fractured psychological backstory. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
74% Little Pink House (2018) Watching the tension between both [Catherine] Keener and [Jeanne] Tripplehorn's characters and the women's acting styles is one of House's pleasures. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
57% Crooked House (2017) It's not great, but it's a fun, old-fashioned mystery.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
97% 1945 (2017) It's a fine addition to post-war films, just not one of the great ones.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
93% Journey's End (2018) It's like a handsomely constructed, old-fashioned item of furniture, the sort of well-crafted drama that's fallen out of favor but still captures your admiration.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) By the documentary's end, the artist and the filmmaker have drawn you into their own meditative rhythms and philosophy.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) It's a rigorous, fascinating deep dive into the immediate, numbed aftermath of sudden loss, injected with very dry comedy as the military reps try to be helpful. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Death is the liveliest movie about brutal oppression I've seen in a while (since 1995's Underground, anyway); it's funny as hell - then suddenly chilling - and it's more audacious than just about anything else playing now.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) But despite director Zvyagintsev's reliably sinuous, controlled filmmaking, Loveless too often comes off as just a relentless bummer.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) I can't honesty explain why the movie works. Seen in broad outline, it shouldn't. But director Hirayanagi manages to steer a middle ground between silliness and depth.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
51% Submission (2018) [Addison] Timlin, to her credit, is very good in a role that requires her to range from dithering insecurity to steely opportunist. Likewise, Sedgwick is forced to play an implausibly twinkly, loving spouse, only to turn gorgon in her last scene.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
65% The Cured (2018) It can't quite decide which of those two it wants to be. Still, it's smart and ambitious and pursues ideas in a way that other brain-eating flicks (with the exception of Romero's original Dawn of the Dead) rarely attempt.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
37% Nostalgia (2018) As terribly earnest as it is terribly written and directed, Nostalgia at least features some really good actors - though their talents are wasted, just like a family heirloom tossed in the trash.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
70% Happy End (2017) Still, overall Happy End plays like a Haneke homage, made by a filmmaker without Haneke's chilly mastery. It feels off-brand.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A Fantastic Woman ultimately succeeds on the strength of [Daniela] Vega's sympathetic performance.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
100% Garden Party (2017) Garden Party is a gorgeous, morbid piece of photo-realistic CG animation. ‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
80% Lou (2017) The short film is a bright, forgettable throwaway, even though its anti-bullying message is timely.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
100% Negative Space (2018) In barely more than five minutes, Space beautifully delineates a father-son relationship, and ends with a perfect, smile-through-tears final line.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
85% Revolting Rhymes (2016) Revolting Rhymes Part One (UK) is based on a Roald Dahl book, and has plenty of the subversive, wry humor you'd expect from the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
92% DeKalb Elementary (2017) A filmmaking lesson in knowing how to get the utmost dramatic power by keeping things simple.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) Unfortunately, The Final Year never really coheres or finds focus. It meanders and can feel self-congratulatory. It's probably best seen by political wonks, or by anyone who wants to wallow in a bad kind of nostalgia.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
81% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Regardless how shaky the movie around her is, Bening is always worth watching.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
87% 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
93% 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
90% 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
94% Donald Cried (2017) The movie constantly makes us shift perspectives as it lurches from comedy to psychodrama.‐ ArtsATL
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017