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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 95% A Quiet Place (2018) What happens on the screen isn't as important as what goes on in the hearts, minds, and ears of those of us who surrender to the powerful allure of this not so quiet place. Listen to the lesson.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
F 24% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) A little less Acrimony and a lot more time away from Perry might do us all a world of good.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
B+ 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is earthy and elemental in its depiction of human qualities, and it's a blueprint that hopefully the writer-director will learn to apply to his future live-action films.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
A 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin manages to capture and contain a multitude of perspectives and players, both large and small, in its frames, while never losing sight of the very serious historic notes.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
B 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander holds the center quite nicely, maintaining an even flow between the outrageous action sequences and the personal interplay Lara has with a host of characters. And every performer displays just the right lived-in quality when paired with her.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
B 92% Love, Simon (2018) Fortunately, characters like Simon have "the character" to make the right choices.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
A 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) All of us deal with this very existential crisis, but in Marina's case, it is obviously compounded by social mores, which varying degrees of privilege allow most of us to ignore.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B 81% The Party (2018) Potter lets her talented cast cut loose in this chamber affair where wine and whining (in equal measure) spotlights every single microscopic fissure in the delicate façade these characters believe they have constructed.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
A 95% The Artist (2011) The Artist makes a strong argument for film as an escape from the modern escapist fantasies. It doesn't mean anything - that's what some critics are crying now - but since when did we decide that movies always have to have meaning? ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
A 96% Argo (2012) Affleck...takes on what amounts to a historic period thriller with humorous elements and a hero in Mendez, and he does so like he's the second coming of Robert Redford and George Clooney.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
A 87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation titillates the eyes of adrenaline junkies while also appealing to the flawed hearts of lovers.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
A 96% Black Panther (2018) This version of Black Panther weaves a seemingly disparate set of strands together rather seamlessly, presenting more than enough comic book acrobatics and mayhem to satisfy the core fan base while also speaking a necessary degree of truth to power.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
D 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Just know your rules and their limits and stick to them. That's better than any half-hearted compromise or tepid sex play. Now that's what it means to be "Freed."‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
A 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) This Best Picture nominee is a beautifully filmed coming-of-age and coming-out story.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
A 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a rich and distinctly faithful adaptation of Northup's experiences, begs us to continue this conversation by offering an artful and critical reflection on our past, present and future as a nation.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
B 73% Hostiles (2018) What truly results, in a meaningful way, is an understanding that neither side can claim to be morally absolute. There is no right or wrong, no sense of things being purely black or white. ‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
B- 41% Den of Thieves (2018) I suppose Gudegast seeks to give credence to the notion that there's no honor among thieves, but if that's truly the case and point he wants to make, he could have done so with a bit more efficiency. ‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
B- 87% The Post (2018) Despite it all, Streep and Hanks soldier on, as only they can, and they do convince us that this fight matters. But The Post feels like old news.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
A 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) You purchase the ticket for the sensual slow-burn love story that develops between Elio and Oliver, captured against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy, but you might find yourself moved to tears by the genuine appeal Stuhlbarg makes to his son.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
B+ 90% I, Tonya (2018) Gillespie and Rogers have crafted a funhouse mirror of America - the film works as contemporary allegory. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B+ 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) The Last Key is not actively seeking to venture into political territory. The movie simply functions this way due to the accident of its release during this particular moment, but this reading affords the film a strong second life for curious audiences.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
B+ 82% Molly's Game (2018) You've got Chastain, Elba, and Sorkin betting on themselves and each other. A big win is always a game changer.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
B 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) As long as the focus is on Weisz, "My Cousin Rachel" is real and satisfying curiosity on today's film landscape, a performance-fueled work anchored by a strong female lead who knows and remains true to herself.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
D- 46% Everything, Everything (2017) "Everything, Everything" doesn't even set up a bar for Maddy and Olly to overcome, instead insisting on the idea that we should just make believe like mindless children.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
42% Gold (2017) But "Gold" proves that you need more than a thinning hairline and a bulging waistline.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
83% The Founder (2017) Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as Dick and Mac McDonald never stood a chance, and it could be argued that, despite Keaton's cunning performance, neither did the movie.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
A 88% Jackie (2016) "Jackie" shows us how Kennedy gave birth to the legend of the modern-day Camelot, but it also captures the ongoing evolution of a star, right before our eyes.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Rather than merely retreading the well-worn and bloody path of the first film, "Chapter 2" opens with a mythos, showcasing an international realm of intrigue.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
D+ 63% Before I Fall (2017) There's much to ponder in the premise, but films rise and fall on the rapport we have with either the characters or the performers, and with "Before I Fall," try as I might, I never fell under the sway of Samantha or Deutch.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
A 98% Kedi (2017) Focusing on the seemingly unknowable perspectives of the cats, [Ceyda Torun] makes a case for the innate goodness of the human spirit.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B+ 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) Whenever choices become binary-black or white, kill or be killed-that's the sign of the apocalypse, and "The Belko Experiment" captures just one instance in what probably feels like a worldwide tournament of murderous madness.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B- 37% The Last Word (2017) Rather than spend undue attention on these elements, Pellington works his magic by tapping into the talents of his leads. Both MacLaine and Seyfried use their eyes and the act of watching to reveal who these women truly are. ‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 80% Colossal (2017) But "Colossal" succeeds because [Anne] Hathaway provides a solid and engaging emotional anchor.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 90% Their Finest (2017) It is a simple tale of war and love, with teasing strands of feminism and sexual orientation woven into the mix, writ in small human terms.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 45% The Dinner (2017) "The Dinner" sets up a long and winding road that, at times, twists unnecessarily back on itself, seeking to create complexity while forcing us to question our own moral compasses.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
C- 50% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing becomes yet another story about a white male protagonist who gets redeemed through his interactions with a person of color who guides him along the way, opening his eyes to the real world. Oh, please.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
A 92% The Shape of Water (2017) I love how del Toro trusts his audience, which means he's willing and daringly able to offer us a dizzying marriage of the sensual and also possible salvation.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
A 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Franco leaves flattery behind and finds the authenticity of this man, pointing the way to a real shot at critical redemption for Wiseau and The Room.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Stevens, in The Man Who Invented Christmas, is cementing another monumental stepping stone in his path, bridging the divide between characters and audiences. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
A- 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Being able to avert disasters along the way in the service of capturing the nuances of interpersonal relationships is their artistic calling. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
B 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) It goes without saying that Washington, once again, proves to be the undisputed winner of this morality play.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
A 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The film presents justice as a moving target and dares us to actively pursue it en route to a greater good.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
A 96% Mudbound (2017) What this film says about race cannot be confined to one character or perspective. It seems to adhere to a novelistic approach, speaking through a collection of voices gleaned from two families' viewpoints in a larger diagram.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
A 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird, in a year without a clear front-runner, could take flight and usher in the kind of impactful changes in the film industry we've been dreaming of and whispering about for the last decade.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
A 84% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent" is an emotional and spiritual mystery of sorts, an existential examination into a life and the art that sprang from a truly tragic figure.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
A- 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) "Thor: Ragnarok" reimagines Thor as a devilishly dim hero in love with the idea of his own power until a crisis forces him to confront the notion that he's not as strong as he always figured.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A 67% Wonderstruck (2017) There is a gentleness that permeates the film, which keeps Wonderstruck from sliding into sentimentality; all of the young actors handle the responsibility of grounding the narrative admirably.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
A 96% The Florida Project (2017) There is something real and pressing in this vision that requires us to remain attuned to the plights of people like Moonee and Halley.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
B- 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) What emerges, from a contemporary perspective, is a critical debate involving the use of children to sell books and products.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
C+ 35% Jigsaw (2017) [Jigsaw] seems like a necessary reaction to the everyday madness of our newsfeeds.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017