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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% Halloween (2018) This sequel can't compare to John Carpenter's ingenious 1978 original, but director David Gordon Green delivers a crowd-pleasing chiller that doubles as an existential commentary on horror itself, both on the screen and in our lives.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Like its young heroine, The Hate U Give is earnest, impassioned and spoiling to be heard.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7.6/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is a good show. But it's not blazingly original or truly transcendent. We hear the echoes of what came before.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
31% Venom (2018) Like his hungry alien latching onto Eddie, Fleischer cunningly fastens a malicious irreverence onto an otherwise lackluster superhero movie. But the symbiosis doesn't quite take.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) An absorbing, thought-provoking exploration of how individuals and a society try to rebuild in the wake of terrorism, "22 July" shuns sensationalism in its portrait of Norway's devastating 2011 attacks.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) What at first appears to be a solid, albeit conventional, rise-then-fall story of a cocky young FBI informant soon morphs into something far more moving and thoughtful.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
68% Hold the Dark (2018) Anger, violence and surrealism pervade the engrossing new thriller from "Blue Ruin" director Jeremy Saulnier.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
84% Destroyer (2018) Kidman brings such compelling conviction to her role as a tormented detective that she single handedly imbues the film with urgency and authenticity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
76% Suspiria (2018) The passion of Guadagnino's messy vision -- the swirl of emotions he conjures on this grand canvas -- has a forcefulness that mostly transcends its sizable flaws.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
100% The Spy Gone North (2018) One of Spy's unanticipated pleasures is its ability to wring drama out of the minutia involved in what might seem like an esoteric business deal.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) The 72-minute special boasts an off-the-cuff nonchalance that emphasizes coziness over bite.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
8.8/10 88% Makala (2018) Makala depicts a harsh reality, but its unexpected beauty comes from the nonchalance of its portrayal.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) While the technical aspects are faultless, Happytime's mystery isn't very arresting...This world's authenticity is so complete that you're left mostly slogging through how inanimate most everything else about the movie is.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
25% Mile 22 (2018) The adrenaline never stops pumping in "Mile 22," a superficially kinetic thriller that simultaneously attempts to be politically savvy and an ultra-macho shoot-'em-up. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) There are meaningful observations about the ways that money warps relationships and how children struggle with their heritage. But by trying so hard to concoct a blowout party, the film exhausts and frustrates as much as it enlightens and delights.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5.5/10 45% The Meg (2018) The Meg is junk made with just enough conviction and craft to convince you that it's better than it is -- or, at the very least, better than it needs to be. But don't let lowered expectations overcome your faculties.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Mutant powers, a post-apocalyptic setting, a main character whose coming of age coincides with her becoming a hero: "The Darkest Minds" recycles many popular cinematic tropes, resulting in a familiar young-adult drama that struggles to find its voice.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
5/10 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Sentimentality as thick and sticky-sweet as Winnie the Pooh's beloved honey coats Christopher Robin, a paean to your inner child that's so cloying it may tempt you to strangle yours.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
90% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) "Scotty" is more than just a portrait of the man, also serving as a history lesson on how the film industry once tried to project a repressive, clean-cut image to satisfy moral watchdogs.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) No amount of Denzel Washington's weary authority is enough to distract from the fact that this overstuffed, ultimately unsatisfying potboiler merely dresses up its cliches in strained gravitas.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Ageless, riveting and seemingly unstoppable, Tom Cruise remains a force of nature. "Fallout" delivers a near-exhausting amount of stupendous action sequences paired with deft character drama and the requisite life-or-death stakes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) Anyone expecting a shred of originality from "Skyscraper" will be disappointed, but Thurber tries his best to compensate by amping up the over-the-top spectacle, hoping sheer gusto will keep viewers from minding his film's shaky foundation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
86% La familia (2018) Making his feature debut, writer-director Gustavo Rondón Córdova emphasizes an understated, realistic style and lets the silences speak volumes - an apt metaphor for how a lack of connection can bring down families and communities in equal measure.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
No Score Yet Murer: Anatomie eines Prozesses (2018) The character's enigmatic, unknowable nature seems entirely intentional, letting Murer's blustery, proud demeanour serve as his shield for whatever crimes he committed.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Improving on the lackluster 2015 original, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is winningly modest, no small feat for a film which is part of the gargantuan Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Like its violent antiheroes, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" is ruthlessly efficient but also morally conflicted. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Boys will be boys, even when they're grownups: that's the lesson learned in "Tag," a draggy comedy that lazily leans on familiar themes of arrested adolescence and male bonding rituals. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
60% The Unicorn Store (2017) Both skewering and celebrating its adult protagonist's childlike wonder, "Unicorn Store" runs the risk of excessive whimsy at every turn. But Larson navigates through a cute story's clear limitations to deliver a film that's often quite funny.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Amidst a Hollywood landscape cluttered with superhero movies, Incredibles 2's greatest power may be its ability to re-establish its own witty, whiz-bang niche. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
6.4/10 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) "Ocean's 8" introduces us to a new team, and while other key components for a great heist movie are a little shaky, what holds this comedy-thriller together is the radiance of its ensemble. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
5/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The evil masterminds behind the creatures' abduction just want to make a buck, and so does everybody responsible for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Such financial expediency isn't going to go extinct anytime soon.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
71% Adrift (2018) Director Baltasar Kormakur makes good use of location filming on the open waters, giving this melodramatic tale a dose of realism, but "Adrift" is never as harrowing as the subject matter would suggest.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
7.5/10 61% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Amidst a superb cast, Bardem and Cruz are both strong playing characters who haven't let go of the past -- a familiar affliction in Farhadi's films.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
57% Under the Silver Lake (2018) If the destination ultimately proves a little less satisfying than the trip, Mitchell and his collaborators fill us with so many moody reveries that we succumb to its warped logic and indelible vividness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman... [has] a blunt power that's terribly, painfully persuasive.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 86% Tully (2018) Tully is at its best when it's simply moving intuitively from one negotiated respite to the next.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) In a cinematic world stuffed with big-budget movies, Infinity War is a genuine blockbuster.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) Like its appealing main character, "I Feel Pretty" is a smart, funny comedy that isn't always confident enough in its potential greatness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
63% Come Sunday (2018) The burden, beauty and mystery of faith are explored movingly, if not always rivetingly. "Come Sunday" may play a little flatly, but its sincerity of purpose remains affecting throughout.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) Lean on Pete flows with such gentle beauty that it may be hard to grasp precisely what it's about or where it's going. But the power of this sublime drama is that it can support myriad interpretations while remaining teasingly mysterious.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
7.7/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Fear can sharpen the senses. In "A Quiet Place," it also helps Krasinski fine-tune his filmmaking.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Led by Jason Clarke's expertly shallow performance, this stodgy but effective character study is powered by its dispirited mood and dryly critical tone.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Here is a $150 million sequel in which bigness reigns supreme, and the characters are subservient to the tech. Watching this movie is to see a cinematic future in which the flesh and blood of human drama means very little.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
8/10 80% Unsane (2018) Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus and supplemented by drone cameras, this psychological thriller brandishes its slightly warped, fisheye-lensed aesthetic, plunging the viewer into a queasy, disorienting mindset from the start.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) No matter the gargantuan CGI obstacles thrown her way, Lara Croft reveals a steeliness tempered by the acknowledgement of the pain and terror she's feeling at every moment. It's the movie's sole concession to the limits of physics and the human body.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
38% Gringo (2018) David Oyelowo has fun playing against type as a hapless patsy trapped in an elaborate drug scheme in "Gringo," a snide crime comedy with a few mildly clever genre riffs surrounded by a lot of strained irreverence and posturing.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A story about the power of goodness that's bolstered by the sincerity of its optimism, "A Wrinkle in Time" is a fantasy to believe in.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
69% Newness (2017) "Newness" skillfully portrays modern courtship in all its buzzy, fleeting electricity, which helps mitigate the fact that filmmaker Drake Doremus is merely adding a fresh coat of paint to an old romantic dilemma.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Able to generate dread and awe with equal skill, "Annihilation" is an absorbing amalgam of genres and influences. This is a film of ambition and ideas, and part of the exhilaration comes from watching Garland and his cast risk so boldly.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) "Early Man" is a sly, unexpectedly emotional comedy with lots of goofy laughs and the occasionally inspired bit of business. But fair or not, it's hard not to compare this prehistoric laugher to Aardman's (and Park's) brilliant past.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018