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T-Meter Title | Year
100% Werewolves Within (2021) Unafraid to sink its teeth into current affairs, "Werewolves Within"... has the kind of sharp bite that feels fresh, even fearless. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
83% Roaring 20's (2021) Elisabeth Vogler's experimental movie with a committed ensemble cast joyously honors the spontaneity of human connection in troubled times, even when it drags in parts. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
No Score Yet India Sweets and Spices (2021) Everything starts and ends with tradition in "India Sweets and Spices," an inviting intergenerational dramedy of comforting flavors, both witty and familiar. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
92% Poser (2021) The whole thing is oddly beautiful, absurdly compelling and even freakishly watchable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
4/4 96% In the Heights (2021) What a magnificent sight to behold. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
No Score Yet Grace and Grit (2021) For a metaphysical love-conquers-all tale, "Grace and Grit" offers very little substance around such lofty concepts as existence, spirituality and romantic harmony. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/4 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Our goodwill and sense of nostalgia for the Warrens goes only so far in this third film. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
3/4 96% Plan B (2021) While Plan B is not a perfect teen movie, it's one with a defiantly good heart and a vibrant, colorful atmosphere crafted by a talented director. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
1.5/4 67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) The problem with New Order isn't so much its decisive sense of objectivity or amorality, but rather, its stubbornness to pursue the perspective of the oppressor, while carelessly implying, 'there are good and bad people on both sides.' - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2.5/4 92% The Perfect Candidate (2020) The Perfect Candidate lacks a distinct visual grammar ... but as a film that recognizes the giant strides small wins can make for women, it feels significant. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
C- 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) Joe Wright's visually stylish, but ultimately sluggish thriller commits perhaps the most cardinal genre sin of them all: it gives us no reasons to care for its characters. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
No Score Yet Equal Standard (2020) "Equal Standard" sadly exhibits a consistent lack of restraint while the story widens its scope and stakes, falling notably short of its well-intentioned ambitions to honor multiple viewpoints amid rising racial tensions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3.5/4 92% Limbo (2021) Sharrock's tale feels almost like a small miracle with its defiant stance against exploitative hopelessness. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
1/4 67% Honeydew (2021) This listless genre exercise mostly plays like a film-school-spun tribute to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with some Hansel and Gretel clumsily mixed in, but without a political or philosophical foundation to stand on. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
3.5/4 100% Slalom (2021) By telling a story we've all heard a million times before (and perhaps even experienced first-hand to some degree) plainly and bravely, Charlène Favier reaches something urgent and devastating with her feature debut. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
2.5/4 92% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) While it hardly breaks new ground, The Man Who Sold His Skin still manages to be a breezy watch, with an assured filmmaker gently steering it through a rough-around-the-edges tale. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
14% Roe v. Wade (2021) Amounts to a sometimes sexist smear campaign, executed with roughly the competence of a cheaply assembled infomercial as it exploits religious guilt to disgrace a legal medical procedure. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
2.5/4 97% Slaxx (2020) There's some blood-spattered pleasure to be had with Slaxx and its amusing twist on a survive-the-night slasher. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
81% Offseason (2021) Though thinly conceived overall with not much philosophy to back its daunting visuals, "Offseason" still offers some genuinely spine-tingling images and sounds that will keep midnight audiences on their toes until the end. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
100% Perfumes (Les Parfums) (2020) An enchanting journey into life's assorted aromas. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
68% Women is Losers (2021) [An] over-enthusiastic yet frustratingly clumsy feminist film... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
2.5/4 86% Come True (2021) Stone is completely game for the wild ride, putting forth a sturdy yet manic presence with startling authority, even when the brooding aura that surrounds her begs for adequate substance. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
2.5/4 72% My Salinger Year (2021) My Salinger Year miraculously maintains a certain appeal, thanks in large part to Margaret Qualley. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) A welcome entry into a familiar genre that will resonate with young audiences burdened by the unwritten rules of their respective educational institutions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
2/4 66% Crisis (2021) A classic example of a movie that wants to be a little bit of everything, only to add up to a much lesser version of something you keep waiting to see. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1.5/4 92% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2021) [It's] often too ironically close to being the kind of bore its central character Daniel's accidental summer in the English suburbs threatens to be. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
2/4 74% The World to Come (2020) You long for something evocative and warm throughout The World to Come only to leave it with a minor shiver. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
94% Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words (2019) It's curiously difficult to stay engaged with Mock's film that merely puts forth a paint-by-numbers assembly of the wealth of material it has at its disposal. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
90% Cusp (2021) Imagine Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides or Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang in documentary form, and you will get a sensory taste of this near-surreal, sun-dappled, angst-ridden gem. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
54% John and the Hole (2021) A critique of affluent boredom, an exploration of adolescent anguish, a parenting lesson by way of Yorgos Lanthimos-designed with a disquieting sense of minimalism, John and the Hole is all of these things. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) Casts an oddly therapeutic spell through its ominous perceptiveness of a worldwide health crisis, with thoughtful camerawork and surreal production design elements propelling its observations into spine-tingling familiarity. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
85% On the Count of Three (2021) With queries about trauma, loyalty, and race on its mind, On the Count of Three achieves something near impossible in its conclusion, distilling its themes into something both heartbreaking and disarmingly hopeful. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
82% Wild Indian (2021) Wild Indian pulsates with well-calibrated tension and a rare kind of vitality in its shrewd examination of today through the eyes of history. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
93% Captains of Za'atari (2021) A coming-of-age tale, an underdog story and an urgent humanitarian statement rolled into one, "Captains of Zaatari" claims a special place among all the recent documentaries about the Syrian crisis, with a melancholic final shot to soothe the soul. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) This sizzling concert film is a resurrected piece of power-to-the-people art, featuring dizzyingly rich footage from 1969's Harlem Cultural Festival. [It] reclaims a forgotten piece of Black culture with aching timeliness. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
93% Jockey (2021) An evocative study of American life on the fringes that unfolds alongside the grand mysticism of stallions. Clifton Collins Jr. delivers a haunting, profoundly poignant performance. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
100% Flee (2020) A feat of humanistic filmmaking, this is a movie we will be celebrating all through next year's awards season and talking about long after. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Both an acting showcase from some of the finest actors working today and a necessary reckoning with the past, Judas and the Black Messiah is what we mean when we say timely and urgent. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
85% Passing (2021) Passing is among the most major films that came out of this year's Sundance with its incisive lens focused on a gray area of racial identity rarely spelled out in contemporary cinema. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
95% CODA (2021) CODA tenderly captures the unique beats of familial love with startling specificity and, ultimately, universality. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
100% Fire in the Mountains (2021) "Fire in the Mountains" is a conventional tale that pits progressive ideals against tradition. But what makes it work is Singh's resolve to avoid miserablism and remain nonjudgmental throughout... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
91% Together Together (2021) Despite all the predictable flaws of "Together Together" and an array of side characters... that begs to be better developed, Beckwith puts forth something rare and full of feeling. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
85% At the Ready (2021) An unsettling, often tender and thoroughly well-timed film... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
52% R#J (2021) What we get sadly feels closer to a half-realized concept stifled by its own gimmick. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) If only the film on the whole had as cavernous a bite as any one of its frightening brutes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
69% How It Ends (2021) If you ever found yourself staring at an old childhood photograph, scrutinizing what your younger self was thinking in that moment, the idiosyncratically existential comedy "How It Ends" will leave a bittersweet aftertaste. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 76% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) Holland's cinematic mastery ... charges every frame of her misty, mud-ridden and chilly-to-the-touch film with the grandeur and ominous aliveness of the nature that surrounds Duszejko's world. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
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
30% 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