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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 70% Mosul (2020) Matthew Michael Carnahan freshens up some familiar clichés about teamwork, sacrifice and wartime valor by recontextualizing them in a unit whose perspective audiences seldom see. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2/5 15% Stardust (2020) Johnny Flynn (Song One) does his best to fill Bowie's high-heeled mary janes, even if director and co-writer Gabriel Range (Death of a President) doesn't do much but meander as the rock star teeters on the precipice of superstardom. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4.5/5 79% Uncle Frank (2020) Without flinching from the anxiety and agony that the title character experiences, Ball's latest confronts a legacy of shame and self-hatred that shouldn't be carried by people who already spent too much time seeking approval they did not need. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4.5/5 100% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Ma Rainey's Black Bottom offers an incredibly powerful referendum on the identity and autonomy of black men and women, and their ongoing struggle to endure in a system too preoccupied with what they accomplish to recognize exactly what they are. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4.5/5 96% Sound of Metal (2020) Bolstered by an amazing, understated performance by Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal skillfully avoids phony melodrama in order to tap into some essential human truths, and is one of the year's very best films. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
1.5/5 33% Jiu Jitsu (2020) A science fiction-themed action film combining elements of Predator and Mortal Kombat- without the budget or imagination of either- into a wooden, inert, nonsensical slog that not even a spirited check-cashing performance by Nicolas Cage can redeem. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
2/5 68% Dreamland (2019) Even Robbie's complex performance can't hold together Joris-Petrafitte's shaggy, Depression-era drama as it wildly overplays the emotional depth of the time in which events are supposed to take place, feeling overlong and underwhelming as a result. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
4.5/5 88% The Nest (2020) Durkin's overdue second feature keenly observes the small moments that forge connections, as well as those that break them, with only the truth in between - that is, what we tell to our partners, but more importantly, to ourselves. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 77% I Am Greta (2020) Am Greta reiterates the importance and urgency of climate change awareness voiced with merciless accuracy through her impassioned pleas, even as it hints that her motivations may be as self-serving as they are altruistic. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4.5/5 89% Mank (2020) Built on Fincher's peerless craftsmanship, Mank sizzles most when it marries the rhythms of quick-witted screwball comedies with a keen and merciless eye for social commentary. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/5 62% The Informer (2020) Joel Kinnaman deftly leads a cast of heavy hitters that includes Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen and Ana de Armas, even in what quickly becomes an overly aggressive game of cat and mouse that conjures the spectre of similar, better films like The Departed. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 45% Holidate (2020) A good premise for a romantic comedy well-versed in observing the genre's tropes, but less compelling when it's unwilling, or uninterested in subverting them. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4.5.5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Cohen pulls off a unique and triumphant feat by adding new dimensions to a character whose instant recognizability made him a one-dimensional cipher as much as a bona fide cultural phenomenon. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
4.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) Terrific performances by Jones and Murray fill in a complicated back story that informs her character's choices in the present, even if Coppola doesn't quite lend the same dimensionality to the relationship that she's desperately trying to protect. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
4/5 99% Totally Under Control (2020) Totally Under Control has a firm grasp of its subject matter to the absolute last and latest minute, but there's only so much perspective to bring until we're looking back at all of this instead of going through it as we're watching. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2/5 51% Hubie Halloween (2020) Steve Brill seems perfectly content to revisit bits that Sandler did decades ago in the service of a bland, noisy comedy about a 54-year-old virgin who's obsessed with Halloween but terrified by absolutely everything he encounters. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) The War with Grandpa embodies and deftly earns the description "pleasantly diverting," a featherweight comedy with a cast of heavy hitters who make the best of material they easily outclass, even if it's not quite beneath their dignity. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4.5/5 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) As much an effort of activism as documentation, Liz Garber and Lisa Cortes' film looks at America's ugly history of voter disenfranchisement - past, present and imminent future. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 83% Stockton on My Mind (2020) Michael Tubbs cuts an undeniably inspiring figure as a young, inventive politician, but this documentary elides the nuts and bolts of whether his policies have lasting, measurable effects. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Despite some thoughtful updates to the series' airheaded comedy, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves deliver a third chapter that sadly falls short of excellent. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4.5/5 96% Showbiz Kids (2020) Showbiz Kids explores its handful of interview subjects with patience and sensitivity, offering a more intimate look at what has sadly become a familiar story. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4.5/5 100% Other Music (2020) The elegiac Other Music pays tribute to a shuttered record store whose 20-year history captures an industry, a community, and culture in upheaval. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3.5/5 72% Cut Throat City (2020) An impeccable ensemble cast elevates and enhances a potentially familiar movie scenario with a razor-sharp cultural perspective and deeply lived-in sense of the history of the city and its people. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2.5/5 60% Project Power (2020) Even solid performances by Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and up-and-comer Dominique Fishback can't quite wrangle unwieldy mess of ideas in Mattson Tomlin's script into a more coherent and satisfying trip. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 85% Work It (2020) Any movie in 2020 that features a dance-off where a young man with pink hair defeats his opponent by voguing absolutely earns its place in the culture. - What to Watch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
73% Haunters (2010) Writer-director Min-suk Kim creates vivid and complex characters that complement one another not just narratively but tonally. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
72% Lost Girls (2020) A story that works much better if you do a Google search before watching it, not after, since it offers a lot of convenient human truths, but not enough hard facts. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
83% The Way Back (2020) A rich character drama about loss, addiction and self-destruction that only incidentally focuses on the business of life lessons and whipping a ragtag team of misfits into a winning ball club. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
86% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Funny and honest in equal measures, like a good stand-up routine, Standing Up, Falling Down uses a light touch to teach us there's always more to learn. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
87% Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations (2020) As a topic of tremendous ongoing importance with roots that desperately need exploration, anti-Semitism deserves, and needs, a look into its global impact and perpetuation that makes a deeper dive than this documentary provides. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
93% Ordinary Love (2020) A beautifully understated look at intimacy and devotion in the face of potentially devastating loss; stars Leslie Manville and Liam Neeson tap effortlessly into the relatable routines, rhythms and nuances of a lived-in, long term relationship. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
97% The Go-Go's (2020) Tackles the seminal all-female '80s rock band with such honesty and effervescence that it not only rises above that clichéd, almost telegraphed arc but transcends the ranks of other music documentaries. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Working from a script by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig, and one-time director Joe Carnahan, the Belgian duo behind the camera fails to connect the sublime and mundane in Mike and Marcus' (and the rest of the characters') lives. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) Unfortunately, the set of cultural myths that drove Shimizu's 2004 remake of his earlier work to more than $187 million at the box office has not only long since fallen out of commercial vogue but also seemingly exhausted its own mysteries. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 72% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The end result feels more like a re-upped franchise than a proper video game sequel, overpowering the cast's natural appeal with set pieces engineered more for a bigger scale than a better story. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) Captures the danger and beauty of James Glaisher's real-life 1862 balloon flight, but the script by Jack Thorne weighs down Redmayne and Jones with too many fictionalized elements for the film's sense of inspiration and empowerment to get off the ground. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) Not only reframes an outlaws-on-the-run story in thrillingly contemporary, culturally relevant terms, but also finds a way to do so that combines bracing honesty about a hostile world with lyrical beauty about the relationships that make it endurable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) Where Klayman's film was anecdotal, letting Bannon hang himself with his arrogant disingenuousness, Morris' feels more intellectually rigorous - an interrogation that, by comparison, may not come across strongly enough to some as an indictment. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman offers another vivid, indelible portrait of humanity...while forging ahead with a style and creativity that feels invigorating, vital and timeless. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
83% Jesus is King (2019) At once too long for a promotional music video and too short for a proper exploration of Kanye's last year of creative exploration. But with the same earnestness as everything he's ever done, it also evidences his musical (and, daresay, spiritual) growth - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 88% You Don't Nomi (2020) McHale skillfully assembles a portrait of the film's shifting reception in popular culture both by its makers and the audiences - both for the unique space it occupies in cinema, and for what some seem eager to project upon it. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Even if Tim Miller isn't quite as far along in terms of voice and maturity as Cameron was when he tackled Terminator and Aliens, Terminator: Dark Fate showcases his considerable skill even as it marks Cameron's proper return to the world he created. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) An extraordinary narrative tapestry, aiming towards a distinct and unique finish line that aficionados of racing may be familiar with, but most audiences won't see coming. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
95% Sweetheart (2019) Not only fully delivers the conventions of genre and storytelling that audiences expect from the film's premise, but it also elevates and refines them to a sharp point. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) A mixed bag of nuts-and-bolts making-of footage, film school deconstruction, and literary analysis and theory that doesn't quite cohere. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
36% In the Tall Grass (2019) A thriller that's gorgeous and intermittently compelling but just doesn't make a whole lot of sense by the time the last secret has been unearthed. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) The way that these characters' paths intersect may involve some three-dimensional chess by screenwriter Masaru Nakamura, but Miike makes it all feel natural and look effortless... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) The Death of Dick Long is the type of film a director makes when he or she wants to paint themselves into a corner and convinces themselves they can find a way out, but just didn't. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is so thoughtful, compassionate, and just plain sweet about chronicling their pursuit of success. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit tells a story that's both pointedly contemporaneous and fundamentally timeless... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019