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T-Meter Title | Year
31% Shaft (2019) A reboot that conspicuously has all of the ingredients it needs to succeed, yet somehow manages to misuse every single one of them. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Cooley's well-told, exquisitely beautiful finale is perhaps only "very good" in comparison to the Toy stories that came before it, but a victory lap feels like more than enough... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
100% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Doesn't have enough time to account for this one label's full history, but until someone else comes along and creates the great, encyclopedic story of Blue Note, it will unfortunately have to suffice. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) What makes it all so extraordinarily frustrating is that there actually is a concept buried deep inside this disaster that reimagines the dynamic of the original film's two leads in a clever and meaningful way... - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) But as with so many aspects of the life of Bob Dylan, the myth and mystery of Rolling Thunder Revue seem to add up to more than the likely real story. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Kinberg obviously knows these characters well, and he's spent more than thirteen years bringing them to life on the screen; so why don't we actively care more about them? - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) A sharp reminder not just of the distinctive patois of Milch's work...but the intelligence and above all else sensitivity of his storytelling, filtered once again through a phenomenally rich ensemble of characters it feels deeply satisfying to revisit... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
88% Pavarotti (2019) Howard's film is a love letter to the icon, but ultimately "Pavarotti" is a more of a celebration of the individual behind that façade and a reminder that it's as much his humanity as his talent that made him a star. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman feels slightly like a missed opportunity to dig a little deeper into the life and humanity of a person who has earned his place in the pop cultural firmament. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
96% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Slightly wastes an opportunity to showcase the multigenerational reverberations of that movement because it never settles on a strong voice and specific vision to tie together their recollections into a cohesive story. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Ultimately, Aladdin transcends the limitations of its source material, creates some truly unique and memorable characterizations, and proves far more successful and sophisticated than everybody expected, or probably anybody really needed... - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
44% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Makes some astute observations about the coping mechanisms we use to protect ourselves from the world, with Jones eliciting solid performances from John Lithgow and Blythe Danner as two troubled senior citizens embarking on a tenuous courtship. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Kolstad and his collaborators have created a phenomenal ensemble of actors to populate this stylish, intriguing criminal underworld... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) The filmmaker's sense of drama, imagery and choreography - always paired with meticulous plotting and deeply absorbing emotion - is as explicit, and vibrant, as ever. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) This revelatory, incredible, inspiring documentary gives you both a front-row pass to watch every hit song and backstage access to see how its musical, logistical and philosophical foundations all came together in perfect harmony. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi Gan's languid thriller owes a tremendous debt to the likes of Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai even as it forges its own indelible, impressionistic path. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
97% Some Like It Hot (1959) Ultimately, it's the whole cast and crew's commitment to an idea that on its face seem so damn silly that makes it work so well. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The movie hustles from one scene to the next with such speed that we never really get to spend time with these characters, especially Dumbo. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Ultimately, Shazam! is probably a little too mature for actual children and too childish for adults, but it's serviceable enough to warrant a sequel that explores the good, clear ideas introduced in this one. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler's filmmaking feels like the cinematic equivalent of "I'm not racist - my black friend says so," filling in supporting roles with black and Latino actors who are either reduced to stereotypes or just plain mistreated. Sometimes both. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
46% The Kid (2019) Simultaneously wants to humanize and mythologize its cowboys - and neither effort works. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have managed to create a rousing, fun superhero saga that earns the right to be viewed without needing conditions, asterisks or equivocation to evaluate its artistic worthiness - both alone and as a part of the MCU. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) DeBlois could have really maximized the film's emotional power if he'd actually made the meditative Terrence Malick movie that he tried to sneak into Toothless' mating ritual or any of its multiple, beautiful wordless sequences. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) "What Men Want" showcases the kind of mainstream, multiracial comedies that audiences seem to want, but as a vehicle for a talented, hard-working performer like Henson to lead, it's less than she deserves. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 44% The Prodigy (2019) [I]n a genre full of exceptional children, The Prodigy feels painfully average. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A smart, rousing adventure that resonates unlike almost anything else being made right now, utilizing incredible technology to enhance amazing performances, and eclectic, compelling and sympathetic characters who embody imagination and inspire hope. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Neeson's acknowledgment of - and possible own fatigue with - portraying characters like these gives the latest iteration of an increasingly familiar story surprising emotionality, without depriving audiences of the expected brutality and body count. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) "Lego Movie 2" exudes a certain sort of overpowering, sensory-overload charm to muscle its way into audiences' hearts even if afterward their minds may remain a bit discombobulated by the experience. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Not only does Shyamalan seem to have forgotten what made its two predecessors work so well, but he fails to realize that it's his lack of imagination, not audiences', that keeps them from believing in superheroes. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
90% The Apostle (1998) Duvall is effortlessly mesmerizing in the lead role... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
80% The Thin Red Line (1998) The Thin Red Line remains a breathtakingly beautiful, meditative and mesmerizingly formless account of pain inflicted, and in a few lucky instances, survived. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
37% Every Which Way But Loose (1978) The chemistry between Eastwood and Lewis is dynamite - perfectly sibling-like - as they look out for one another and yet are equally susceptible to playing the fool. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 66% Vice (2018) McKay proves himself to be a funny, adventuresome truth-teller, crafting a biography that's less interested in demystifying the Republican manipulator and demagogue than showcasing his ruthless, amoral ambition. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) The filmmaker's reliable professionalism fails to transform one-dimensional characterizations and racial stereotypes into more than a showcase of the filmmaker's own cultural blind spots. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mileage may vary on how deeply its story resonates about the beleaguered next generation of Banks children, but buoyant songs and terrific performances from Emily Blunt and others make for an enchanting homage/follow up to the 1964 original. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Like with so many movies tasked with introducing unseen worlds and great reams of brand-new mythology, Wan's contribution to the DCEU offers a busy, overpowering deluge of information even if he conjures some stunning, operatic imagery along the way. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) But Travis Knight's spin-off/ prequel shrewdly -- and successfully -- sidelines the mechanics and mythology of its predecessors to focus on the changing emotional conditions of its characters. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) It, like the many movies before it about the black-white relations of generations past, will not likely solve the problems of modern racism, but it's still an important reminder that we can always learn new things about and from one another. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Bolstered by voice performances from a uniquely eclectic cast against a backdrop that defies description, "Spider-Verse" offers a welcome new chapter that intersects and beautifully expands the cinematic mythology of existing Spider-films. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Shot in black and white, starring a nonprofessional actress, and set in a time and place seldom explored in mainstream cinema, "Roma" tells a deeply humane, enchanting story that easily ranks among the best and most indelible of 2018. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) "Beale Street" is a story of resilience, and perseverance about black people, the ordinary and average, as they try to navigate their way through a society that is -- at best -- indifferent to their place within it. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Andy Serkis opts for an unnecessarily "gritty" adaptation that showcases the actor-director's CGI-enhanced performances, but otherwise fails to make Mowgli's coming of age meaningful or unique. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" elevates the literal and metaphorical challenges of following up improbable success to something meaningful and eventually transcendent of the formulas that it relies upon. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) For such a vivid and energetic look inside the internet, directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston offer a shrewd and surprisingly unsentimental look at the dangers of focusing on just one thing in a world full of endless opportunities to connect. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) "Widows" brings to irresistible life the determination, and desperation, of four women struggling to control their own fate within a system built upon, and preoccupied by, its own greed, corruption, and indifference. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Extraordinary, nuanced performances from Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Edgerton, and especially Lucas Hedges elevates this potential issue-movie melodrama to something much more broadly relevant, humanistic, and -- most of all -- hopeful. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) A film so committed to accurately portraying the lifestyle and community that it depicts that you wouldn't be surprised if the crew skinned their knees in solidarity with the cast, "Mid90s" oozes not just with period accuracy, but authenticity. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Chazelle's follow-up to "La La Land" is like its predecessor more than the sum of its parts - in this case, ta celebration of the ambition and unity of mankind built on a foundation of individual sacrifice, and in recovery from unimaginable loss. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Ari Sandel's follow-up delivers plenty of startling surprises for family-friendly audiences but seems peculiarly disinterested in the events of the first Goosebumps film, making it a fascinating curio as the franchise evolves. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) David Gordon Green has not only pulled off the unique feat of making a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original, but in making that sense of legacy its thematic cornerstone. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018