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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 67% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) This dark-and-dour installment suffers from saga sag, which is the effort of the Hollywood studios to stretch a stirring girl power series with a monster fan-base beyond reasonable limits for the sake of lucre.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
4/4 81% The Homesman (2014) Director/Star Tommy Lee Jones confounds, making brilliant American cinema on the back of the blockbuster dime from Men in Black, the Fugitive -- and Ameriprise ads. Hilary Swank goes spare and true paired with Rodrigo Prieto's restrained camerawork.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/4 66% Laggies (2014) In her finest movie to date, Lynn Sheltonhas hit her stride and reached out beyond her niche audience, with a breezy modern comedy hooked on a heroine that flirts with disaster and finds unexpected romance while lagging in her neighbor's backyard.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/4 92% Birdman (2014) While I love all the smoke and mirrors, and Keaton's herculean Oscar-bait comeback beside Norton's ripping supporting performance, by the third act, I lost traction. I began to wonder: what was the there there?‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
3/4 87% Gone Girl (2014) There hasn't been a soignée blonde so flat-out hate-able since Gwyneth bitched about the burdens of motherhood. Welcome to the A-list, Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike! ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
3.4 65% August: Osage County (2013) Nothing makes you feel better about your dysfunctional family at the holidays than watching a messed-up clan unravel on screen, only armed with better zingers and prettier faces. That describes this adaptation of Tracy Letts's star-studded drama. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/4 57% At Middleton (2014) The college visit is a day trip fraught with tension and expectations played out by parents and children across America. In Adam Rodgers' comedy "At Middleton," unexpected love blossoms between the parental units in a single day on a verdant campus. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 94% Whiplash (2014) When an ambitious young musician (Miles Teller) strives to be a Buddy Rich class drummer, he nearly dies trying in a charged battle of wills with his thorny professor (J. K. Simmons). The buzzy Sundance hit vibrates with life lived at fever pitch.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) In director Dan Gilroy's sleek crime-thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal has found a role in which he can act against his good looks and buff bod. He throws himself out there and falls - until something darker and deeper kicks in.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Timothy Spall grunts, gurgles and sputters playing J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh's visually stunning biopic. The round-faced British character actor took Best Actor at Cannes for his crass-yet-compelling portrait of an artist as a wheezy old lout.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/4 42% Tusk (2014) A revolting, creepy, and enthralling metamorphosis movie that toys with the audience's ideas of horror and retribution, while presenting a stream of verbal and visual jokes with a great turn by Michael Parks. Kevin Smith is back!‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Naturalistic and probing, in Two Days, One Night, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne tell an apparently simple, linear story with astonishing depth bolstered by another Oscar-worthy turn from Marion Cotillard.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/4 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Cumberbatch bristles with brilliance in this handsome biopics the British do so well about the fascinating, tragic story of mathematician Alan Turing.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
60% The Equalizer (2014) For sheer balletic violence -- and a rousing, climactic High Noon-like face-off finale -- The Equalizer delivers on what Washington and Fuqua promise.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014
4/4 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Anderson has conquered scale and story, balancing humor and deep emotion. His antic period piece about a "liberally perfumed" concierge of a once-grand Eastern European resort (Ralph Fiennes), is charming, wondrous, nostalgic and dazzlingly original.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2014
91% Nebraska (2013) In iconic black and white, the brilliant, empathetic Payne ("Sideways") delivers another fully realized road movie - and Oscar contender. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
76% Lone Survivor (2014) Given the title, clearly this drama won't end well. Dir. Peter Berg showcases the talents of a bearded band of actors: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch & Ben Foster. No peacenik critique, "Survivor" could inspire grunted praise from John Wayne. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2013
91% Philomena (2013) Dench and Coogan could easily do an odd couple comedy. That's one of the peculiar revelations of Stephen Frears' dry, amusing and deeply moving ripped-from-the-headlines road movie. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Quality stuff, an entertaining package. For those that retained their skepticism last time, this may even appear to be a better film. But HG has become a victim of its own success, co-opted by Hollywood, a rebel not without a cause, a money minter. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) While "Captain Phillips," to its credit, honors the pirates with more back-story, and they evolve as characters ...the end still lands squarely in a Hollywood space. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
96% Gravity (2013) Can one smell bull**** in space?‐
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) Just when I thought I could never, would never weep at another Holocaust film, along comes the screen adaptation of "The Book Thief." Kleenex, stat!‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) To criticize that the script doesn't go deep enough is to get the point: with all that swag out there for repeat-offenders like Lohan, why shouldn't a girl walk up to an empty house and liberate its contents for the sheer joy of material possession? ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2013
85% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) More familiar than fresh, but no less amusing. Whedon uses Shakespeare to remind audiences that the problems that existed in the seventeenth century remain relevant and embedded in the human heart.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) Hawke and Delpy emerge multi-dimensional and riddled with flaws. In a long-term relationship, you may think you know what the other is thinking, but do you ever really know?‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2013
92% Frances Ha (2013) Bolstered by a shrewd script and meticulous director, Gerwig shines. By turn screwball heroine and ungainly in character, she emerges as her generation's finest comic actress.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) While the drama functions with a thriller's intensity, a cat-and-mouse game played with dollars and automatic weapons, it's really a study in contrasts. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
47% I'm So Excited! (2013) "I'm so Excited" shows Pedro Almodovar at his frothiest: shaking sex and death into a humorous cocktail aboard a plane in peril.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) If you're first act was writing the Oscar winning screenplay for "The Descendants," looking for an encore can be tough. But Nat Faxon and Jim Rash leveraged that win and made the leap to directing their own small-budget, bighearted coming of age comedy.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
94% The Hunt (Jagten) (2013) Vinterberg uses a sharp cinematic knife to cut to the core of the matter: that the human heart can never be entirely civilized and, ultimately, each man is alone with his fate.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) Those who are less judgmental, or less enamored of the sentimentality of "Drive" -- and "Bronson" die-hards -- will know to lower their expectations and see what strange, stylized crime drama the Danish director is serving up this time.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) The film succeeds by its simple storytelling technique - no explosions, no sweeping music signaling emotional peaks, no big reveals. It's just unsuperhumans...hoping to scratch out some joy and ward off the shadow of loneliness.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) Like a bastard love child of Terrence Malick and Robert Altman, David Lowery's crime drama shuffles to its own drummer. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
53% Lovelace (2013) Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman corralled a stellar cast that piles on great performances.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
74% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) Maybe it's me, but after all the bloated, clanging, FX-driven summer tent poles, I'm partial to a gentle genre horror comedy that has gooey guts - but doesn't throw the heart out with the steaming entrails.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
98% Blackfish (2013) Gabriela Cowperthwaite's eye-opening, edge-of-your-seat feature "Blackfish" has it all: an oversized villain, chilling attack footage, corporate malfeasance, and girls in bikinis. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
94% All Is Lost (2013) As a solo sailor on a hostile sea, Robert Redford doesn't so much play to the camera, as tolerate it, showing that, even at 77, he's so much more than a pretty face, a buttery voice and an athletic physique. ‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2013
74% The East (2013) What makes The East a necessary destination is that it explores the personal why's behind these homegrown terrorists, and discovers each individual's mixed motives for taking the law into their own hands.‐ Yahoo! Movies
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2013
3.5/4 95% The King's Speech (2010) A charming, personal period drama.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/4 23% Conan the Barbarian (2011) Though the adventure gushes with blood (there's an amateur C-section on the battlefield), it's also packed with thrills and sexy romance.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2011
3/4 44% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) [A] zany, irreverent comedy.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2011
3/4 74% The Whistleblower (2011) Rachel Weisz is tremendously moving in this fact-based story.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2011
2/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) Only the youngest audience members will be amused (if a bit squirmy); older kids and parents will find their patience tested. At least Pixar's peerless animation remains a treat.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2011
1.5/4 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) While Roberts glows, she deserves more than this flimsy, underwritten part. The humdrum romance flunks out.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2011
2/4 26% Green Lantern (2011) Green Lantern fails to shine.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2011
3/4 82% Super 8 (2011) A strong Kyle Chandler enforces order as Joe's lawman dad, while Elle Fanning catapults from child star to romantic heroine as a troubled teen.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2011
2/4 19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) [This] high-pitched, candy-colored comedy tries too hard to be fun.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2011
3/4 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) With fluid action sequences and luminous 3-D visuals, the film will tickle kids and engage their parents.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted May 25, 2011
3/4 75% Everything Must Go (2011) Though the actor is famous for his outrageous roles, he delves deep into this troubled character and nails the quieter moments.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted May 11, 2011
2.5/4 36% Prom (2011) It can't decide if it's a snarky look at the rite of passage or an earnest story about being true to oneself.‐ Us Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2011