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T-Meter Title | Year
89% 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
94% 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
95% 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
90% 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
45% 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
38% 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 67% 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
69% 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
92% 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
51% 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
89% 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
80% 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
29% Venom (2018) One assumes that the second or third homes Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams purchased with their paychecks was worth the experience of making this misguided, gobsmacking mess. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) A muddled effort that never hits the highs of the (admittedly perfect) original film, though a terrific cast and more than a few clever surprises are sure to keep audiences on their toes (and on the edge of their seats). - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) A remarkable, addictive piece of Hollywood myth-making that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen and in the loudest theater possible. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
67% American Chaos (2018) Basically serves as a chronicle of one liberal's disbelief and disillusionment as election night dashes all of his ideals about the progress he thought our country had made. Almost two years later, though, who needs or wants to see that? - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) A frequently indelible cinematic experience, charged with unique energy and impact even when its premise is overly familiar. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
13% Peppermint (2018) "Peppermint" ultimately possesses the stale predictability of an unwrapped candy discovered at the bottom of a purse. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
31% Kin (2018) Probably could have worked as a straightforward drama about two troubled brothers, or as a road trip that slowly takes on mythic sci-fi proportions, but its chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination of the two feels disjointed and unsatisfying. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) A lot of the stuff that is funny works a lot better than it probably should, because it's based upon the premise that puppets are, well, puppets. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
75% The Last American Virgin (1982) One of the things the movie gets especially right is the way in which teenagers are so desperate for grown-up experiences, but their emotions are too volatile to process them. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
47% Skyscraper (2018) Johnson's sheer force of will makes it a goofy, briskly entertaining experience that combines precipitous heights, claustrophobic environments and lots of fire at the expense of physics, logic or good old fashioned common sense. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
1.5/5 54% The First Purge (2018) The fourth installment, a prequel designed to explain the series' origins, feels like a culmination of its consistently undercooked social commentary, somehow serving as an equal-opportunity offender without managing to entertain anyone. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Scruffy, understated and fun, the sequel sidesteps just about all of the gravitas left hanging after the events of April's highly-anticipated superhero crossover. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018