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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 100% Acasa, My Home (2020) Ciorniciuc opens a non-didactic and non-judgmental window for audiences into an alternative world where parents both nurture their babies within the rules of the nature and also deprive them of their vital rights, like safety and education. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
100% 9to5: The Story of A Movement (2020) Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar engagingly look back into the '70s for the roots of the movement that inspired a Hollywood hit and the famous Dolly Parton song. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
29% The Stand In (2020) What's a bigger offense than a movie wasting away a committed Drew Barrymore performance? That would be a movie wasting away two committed Drew Barrymore performances. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3.5/4 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) A fresh noir-adjacent thriller that deals with womanhood, motherhood, and race with a gracious sense of honesty. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
1.5/4 83% Happiest Season (2020) Toppling a stereotypically straight and white genre does not make it beside the point whether her ensemble resembles people with recognizable human behavior. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
1.5/4 64% Girl (2020) A wobbly and desperately unimaginative mesh-up of contemporary noir and a Southern-fried tale of ancestral trouble. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 83% Freaky (2020) A fun, frisky, and nostalgic ride that delivers laughs, various inventively bloody kills, and on occasion, even some 21st-century-appropriate observations on gender norms and sexuality. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
1.5/4 47% Spell (2020) Spell effectively conjures up a pair of gross-out moments and consequent screams, but the angst it spreads throughout feels all too mild and forgettable to cast an unnerving curse. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2/4 69% The Sounding (2020) The Sounding impresses more with its majestic and ageless feel than its vague ideas around the human mind. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/4 96% Shithouse (2020) Through cinematographer Rachel Klein's intimate lens that values long takes and close-ups, Raiff on the whole transposes a youthful world on to the screen, adorned with profound existential worries of early adulthood. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
79% The Kid Detective (2020) Morgan brilliantly crafts a wild ride of seamless tonal shifts, elevated by polished production values, zippy editing and various narrative grace notes that honor his side characters... with both compassion and wit. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 81% Charm City Kings (2020) The spirit of old-fashioned coming-of-age fare roars in director Angel Manuel Soto's sun-dappled Charm City Kings. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B+ 73% French Exit (2021) Michelle Pfeiffer is a vision: chilly and distant at first, but deeply, even painfully relatable in the aftermath to anyone preoccupied with a future of unknowns, often asking themselves, "now what?" - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/4 60% Siempre, Luis (2020) It feels like two enormous but curiously unfinished movies are trapped inside Siempre, Luis, competing with each other for the audience's attention. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3.5/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) By the end, it all feels like life-affirming stuff. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
92% Wildfire (2020) Ultimately, none of it feels weighty enough to earn the viewer's patience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
97% Shiva Baby (2020) We love them for sure, but family can be scary stuff. By her film's satisfying close, Seligman proves she gets the profound universality of that notion. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
81% Violation (2020) Through her performance of stupendous physical and emotional strength and vulnerability, Sims-Fewer wears her trauma so convincingly that by the end of it all, her pain sneaks up on you as if it's your own. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
78% Enemies of the State (2020) While "Enemies of the State" does not necessarily provide all the answers, it sneakily sharpens your analytical radar by its haunting end. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
C 67% Ammonite (2020) "Ammonite" sadly feels too distant, underpowered and colorless for its own good, as if somewhere down the line, its heart had died and hardened like a fossil waiting to be discovered. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
64% Penguin Bloom (2021) It's thanks to Watts' measured performance that Glendyn Ivin's based-on-a-true-story film... mostly avoids the pitfalls of dated and offensive inspiration-porn movies of yore that supply nothing but uplifting fodder to the able-bodied. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/4 84% The Way I See It (2020) A time-stopping, nostalgia inducing, big-hearted documentary. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 65% The Owners (2020) An aptly gross-out, even amusing horror movie that comes with a satisfying (albeit a now-formulaic) twist. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/4 24% The Binge (2020) A tedious and only occasionally amusing comedic riff on The Purge franchise. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
B+ 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" is a weird, messy cacophony of reflections, somehow expansive in its narrowness and confrontational in its honesty. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
1/4 49% The Pale Door (2020) Koontz's command over the material is so absent that it is at times hard to distinguish his film from a spoofy Western-themed fair where a group of friends play dress-up for amusement. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
1/4 19% Endless (2020) Ultimately what this film proves is making a good romantic melodrama, however young-skewing, is no child's play. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
89% Sputnik (2020) Abramenko maintains the film's finite appeal throughout, mostly thanks to a familiar aura and a charismatic lead performance by Oksana Akinshina, a fine surrogate for the tough-as-nails heroine Ellen Ripley. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 66% The Secret Garden (2020) A slightly monotonous, but still wondrous reading of the source. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
49% Made in Italy (2020) A cringingly syrupy tale of overdue bonding between an estranged father and his only offspring... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) There is a rare, unrefined quality to Seimetz's film - a personal work of art that feels deeply honest throughout. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
2/4 70% Amulet (2020) Suffused with plenty of gross-out, phantasmagoric body horror but short on actual spine-tingling scares, the handsomely-produced Amulet asserts Garai more as a gifted genre stylist than a savvy storyteller. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/4 100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) [Costantini and Tabsch] celebrate and eulogize the late showman with disarming zest and respect. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
1/4 15% Desperados (2020) Among the most abysmal romantic comedies that came out of this century. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) [A] detailed yet paint-by-numbers study of the living legend who believes in the necessity of making good trouble as an instigator of societal change. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/4 84% Mr. Jones (2020) A compelling watch throughout in spite of its rambling feel. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/4 84% Aviva (2020) A shape-shifting, fluid film that is more a feat of dance and choreography than of cinematic storytelling. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
91% The Short History of the Long Road (2020) There is enough substance here to propel "The Short History of the Long Road" forward through its minor bends and speed-bumps. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
100% The Viewing Booth (2020) While these are hardly groundbreaking questions, asking and learning from them is perhaps more vital than it's ever been in today's exceedingly polarized world... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
2.5/4 83% The Collini Case (2020) It fails to rise above certain clichés, dulled further by stiff performances, and a clumsy handle on the movie's interwoven time periods. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/4 90% Papicha (2019) [Leaves] no room for doubt that Meddour is a cinematic talent to watch with urgent things to say on the toughened and resilient female spirit. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 97% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) While it's hard to do complete justice to their heartbreaking tale involving a dark, traumatic childhood, Perkins deserves all the credit for treating it with the respect and care that it deserves. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
100% Wake Up on Mars (Réveil sur Mars) (2020) There is a lot of delicately rendered sympathy here that makes "Wake Up on Mars" a more-than-worthwhile watch... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
2/4 66% Castle in the Ground (2019) Wolff gives the material his all. If only his efforts could compensate for the film's gradual descent into banality. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
96% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) Perhaps comparing it to a David Lynch film can come close to characterizing the experience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2/4 65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) The whole thing is only as original as a dull midlife crisis, retrofitted into a whimsical screwball mold that feels miscalculated. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/4 100% A Secret Love (2020) There is no crying in baseball, but you might just be reduced to a puddle of tears while watching Bolan's film, which finally brings the duo's love out of the shadows and gives it a long-overdue chance to shine freely. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
100% Stray (2021) Lo inspects both the faultlines and fringes of the Turkish society and ponders profound philosophical questions concerning humanity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
2.5/4 81% To the Stars (2020) There is ... an undeniable earnestness to this modest period effort that prioritizes misunderstood women and female friendships. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
2/4 70% Abe (2020) Abe could have been one unforgettable meal, but instead, its aftertaste is barely memorable. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020