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T-Meter Title | Year
A 97% Knives Out (2019) He's not actively breaking the fourth wall, but he recognizes what's going on and just goes along for the ride, which isn't quite genre-breaking, although Johnson bends and reshapes things in an impressively sharp image. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
A 96% The Irishman (2019) In the way Scorsese handles Sheeran's story, he would likely be satisfied with this fate. It seems the same applies to the director. He's living by his own filmmaking code with honor and devotion to his craft. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
A 82% The Report (2019) As a writer-director working hand-in-hand with [Adam] Driver, [Scott Z.] Burns shows us how to remove the unnecessary in order to allow the narrative to speak its truth. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
A- 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) [I]n Motherless Brooklyn [Edward] Norton captures the sense of acceptance that those on the "lower frequencies" live with every day, something they've done for generations. It transcends place and time. It is just life. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
B+ 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo [is] such an adorable creation, perfectly embodied by Davis, who exudes so much child-actor charm. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B 69% Joker (2019) Phoenix's Joker fashions everything, all the pain and frustration, into a weapon, the tip of a spear that can rally others who are feeling the same. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
A 88% Hustlers (2019) When we watch Lopez saunter through the frames in Hustlers, we're cataloguing a career, a life in the public sphere that is a whole and living thing. She, like every one of her characters, is the result of hard work, beauty and a never-say-die spirit. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
77% A Hidden Life (2019) There is a subtlety to Malick's writing and execution that lets these arguments, largely spoken as direct dialogue rather than in voiceover, address our current political environment without capturing the sentiments and the parallels in bold highlights. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4.5/5 66% The Public (2019) There is something decidedly old-fashioned about the storytelling in The Public, but maybe there's truth to the idea that we need to understand and appreciate the past if we're ever going to be able to move forward together. - Orlando Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) [Crosby] is a difficult man to like, but there is a blunt honesty in his telling of his story that is both bracing and heartfelt. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
A 99% The Farewell (2019) It is truly hard to say goodbye, especially when you know the end is not some far-off point along the horizon, but close enough to cross in a step or two. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B+ 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) [Jesse] Eisenberg has learned the rules of acting... He appreciates the darkness in this art form and has been able to weaponize it, employing it to steal power. Casey, in The Art of Self-Defense, proves to be a quick study as well. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
A- 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) What I enjoy about Holland, as both Peter and Spider-Man, is his youthful naïveté and the sometimes little-boy-lost look that crosses his face in moments of crisis. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
B 90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir is a starkly frank portrait of a film student as a quiet young woman who doesn't know if she has what it takes to be an artist. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
A 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) At the heart of the movie is a lesson for Woody. In him, I see hints of myself as I prepare for my youngest daughter's current transition as a high school graduate heading off to college. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) The writing from Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman and Wilde's hyper-attentive direction reveals the hopeful promise awaiting these two protagonists. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B+ 83% High Life (2019) Pattinson is capable of pulling in all attention and light, which makes High Life, his latest film from director Claire Denis, yet another stellar addition to his filmography. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
A- 66% The Public (2019) Maybe there's truth to the idea that we need to understand and appreciate the past if we're ever going to be able to move forward together. I'm ready and willing to follow Estevez, every step of the way. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
D 44% Jennifer's Body (2009) Unfortunately, Jennifer's Body is a horror movie, and the inevitable girlfright devolves into senseless bloodbath, which doesn't suit the talents of either Cody or Kusama. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) With epic intimacy, the movie walks among American workers eager for a second chance at gainful employment and the enrichment that comes from sustained livelihood. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The great thing about this film is we get to focus on his face and we get to remember all of his moments. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
87% First Man (2018) A fascinating film, it's difficult to watch at times because there's so much loss and so much risk that we never really thought about that lead us getting there. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Elizabeth solander is a larger than life figure and she's grounded in something more meaningful, and you lose parts of that with this film. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
81% Overlord (2018) It escalates slowly, it builds, and then when you get to the final third of this film once the horror elements break out it's a thrill ride. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Unfortunately, it starts off like you're getting a sequel to Prometheus. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
99% Eighth Grade (2018) One of the things I think works really well is that they show not only her perspective but her single fathers perspective. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) This film doesn't quite come together like it should, it has all of the spy hijinks , and the action, and its a little over the top with the action in some scenes. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The contemporary elements don't necessarily trip you up too much, because you're in the middle of a period piece, and its a great balance that he strikes because we have been waiting for a return of Spike. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
46% The Meg (2018) There's some corniness that's apart of this film, there are some cheesy lines, but Statham sells it all. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
54% Book Club (2018) Hollywood could've done something different with the casting, we talk about inclusion and diversity but if there was a different way of casting, it wouldn't change the film at all but how we feel about it. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Everything that you got in the first film, you get times three. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
29% Venom (2018) There's a lot of fun to be had if you go in and turn your brain off and go with it. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) What really works about this version is the fact that Bradley Cooper co-wrote it, he produced it and stars in it, and put it together but he incorporates little elements of Lady Gaga's Story. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) I keep coming back to Patel, whose performance I enjoyed more than anything so far in this very new year. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
89% Whitney (2018) This is the definitive doc about Whitney that you need to see. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This feels like the movie Oceans 8 should've been. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
27% Mortal Engines (2018) it's sorta the young adult version of The Road Warrior and Mad Max. A world full of crazy engines and and stories and cities that are moving around. It feels very derivative. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
96% Roma (2018) It's beautiful story, he shot it himself along side writing and directing, at this stage we can see it in a bunch of different places, its on Netflix & in theaters, but go see it in theaters! - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A great story from top to bottom. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
80% Unsane (2018) Hopefully in the right hands, this is obviously an example of how technology can be used to make something bold and imaginative. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
95% A Quiet Place (2018) John Krasinski the writer, director, and star, has really found an interesting way to get at the problems around how to handle not having sound in a film. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
91% Widows (2018) A great ensemble cast, Steve McQueen lets loose on some of the formalism we've seen in some of his other films and, it moves really well. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) A bunch of building at this stage. At some point, I want to live in the world, not watch it being put together. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) There's an emptiness to this story, and it's a shame because Chalamet could've really given us the depths of what was going on in this kids life. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If you're looking to find our more about Freddie Mercury, his experiences, and his life, you might come away like you're missing a little something. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Benicio Del Toro is incredible, the story is gripping, it is different then the first film. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) I was really looking forward to the idea of it being one of those stories for young girls and kids, the STEM aspect of it, sci-fi... technology... but this is more of a fantasy. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
46% Second Act (2018) There are lots of very obvious plot points, that you know where everything is going to play out, but you kind of go along with it because we're comfortable seeing her in this role. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Nothing about this movie works. It is way too obvious, it's got cheesy special effects, it feels like a 1980's film with the jokes, and it's trying too hard. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) I'm usually not a big fan of Rob Marshall but everything about this is seamless. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019