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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 89% 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+ 31% 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+ 81% 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
43% 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 46% 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 92% 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- 92% 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 49% 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 93% 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 83% 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 69% 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+ 34% Jigsaw (2017) [Jigsaw] seems like a necessary reaction to the everyday madness of our newsfeeds.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
B+ 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Teller finds the strength of his characters by slowing things down and staring straight into the dangerous void. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
D 28% Suburbicon (2017) George Clooney stirs up a hornet's nest of racial animus for no good reason.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
C+ 34% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Landesman doesn't give audiences enough detail to piece together how Felt could have brought down even a White House so crippled by its own ego-driven ineptitude. ‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
A 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) The newcomers on hand, including the Rap-singing lover-boy Andre and Rome, the new sultry mistress of ceremonies with complicated romantic ties to Magic Mike, go a long way toward making us forget that we ever bought into Dallas' club.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
B 80% Z For Zachariah (2015) The film version of Z for Zachariah feels like a psychological reworking of Genesis, infused with vitality thanks to a pitch-perfect cast that makes the heart beat faster.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
A- 82% Mistress America (2015) Mistress America is definitely larger than life. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
A 86% Trainwreck (2015) Schumer shows a willingness to fearlessly venture beyond the comfort of easy laughs into real emotional territory.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
B 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Vikander, last seen in Ex Machina, perfectly embodies all of these complex traits without allowing the performance to disintegrate into mere histrionics. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
A- 82% Ant-Man (2015) Every detail, both big (Michael Douglas) and small (Peña), works to alter our perceptions of we mean when we talk about this genre and those crazy expectations.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
B+ 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) It is the fact that Infinitely Polar Bear provides an opportunity for audiences to engage in these considerations, effortlessly, that the film will win over hearts and minds.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
B 17% Pixels (2015) Pixels is a simple story about video game nerds who get a chance to save the day.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
D 26% Vacation (2015) We've seen it all before and, to be honest, the Vacation package had already lost its ability to elicit even faint smiles and chuckles toward the end of its run. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
B+ 46% Irrational Man (2015) Irrational Man, upon closer inspection, feels like a minor reinvention.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
B+ 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Kids will certainly love the hijinks, but parents, especially members of Generation X, might want to join in for a movie that subtly and shrewdly revisits the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
D+ 66% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Too bad that U.N.C.L.E. can't even muster enough thrills for a final life-jolting pop. Instead, Ritchie and the movie strike a pose and leave us waiting and wanting.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
D- 45% No Escape (2015) No Escape plays into the worst fears of Americans abroad, where danger lurks around every corner for U.S. nationals, and compounds this jingoistic sense by fostering the notion that no other lives matter more than those of this one American family.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
B 83% Marshall (2017) The true revolutionary stroke of genius here is the decision by screenwriters Jacob and Michael Koskoff to set their story during something other than Brown v. Board of Education. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
A 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) By picking up the narrative baton that original Blade Runner director Scott carried for so long, Villeneuve immerses us in the hopeful reawakening to a future that beckons us to rush forward without fear.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
A- 20% Woodshock (2017) Woodshock takes viewers on a dreamy trip.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017