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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 93% Wildlife (2018) It is fair to say that audiences will know early on where this story is headed, but Dano's expert execution makes the journey a diverting (and at times disturbing) experience.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
A 97% Blaze (2018) Foley tells us early on that he has no interest in being a star, because they shine brightly and burn out. He wants to be a legend and live on forever. That may be true, but Hawke's film shines anyway, like a big beautiful crazy diamond in the sky. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
B+ 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) Byrne and O'Dowd prove to be reliable as ever, managing the delicate balance between the laughs-both at and with their characters-and the dramatic elements that have a sneakily relatable power.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A 93% Searching (2018) David is achingly human, eager and desperate, then driven to explosiveness, before bottoming out in his guilt. It is through David that we understand just how little we know the people we are supposedly close to.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
A 90% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) Thankfully, In the Realm of Perfection provides greater insight into the mind and motivation of an athlete engaged in a larger struggle.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
A 100% Leave No Trace (2018) The film captures the universal dynamic between teens and their parents, but the stakes are unfamiliar. Yet, Foster and McKenzie present a level of humanity that is timelessly authentic.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B+ 88% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) There's a clear objectivity in his moral code, the kind of openness that society preaches, but rarely lives up to, in everyday life.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
A 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee refuses to let us close our eyes or fake blindness. Even more so, he's using the period setting as an obvious reflection on the current state of race relations, which is not all that different today than it was in the 1970s.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
A 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The easy cliché states that bad things happen to good people, but usually those bad things occur, as if from the unseen hands of fate.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) I would argue that as this current version of Ethan Hunt, Cruise maintains that strong sense of right and wrong, but his aging fallibility matters far more.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade captures the palpable fears of kids like Kayla in the face of the oppressive indifference from her peers and her failing attempts to achieve the recognition she earnestly strives for.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
A 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) We find ourselves wanting to call out the outlandish bullshit, but the more crazy and frazzled the story becomes, the more it feels like a sad and all-too accurate reflection of our current reality.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
A 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) As parents, our souls live in those moments, and what a wonderful thing it is that Haley, Offerman, and Clemons have been able to bring that to life onscreen. That's real magic.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
B+ 88% Whitney (2018) Here, in this revelation, is a possible explanation for a lifetime of confusion and drug use that shaped this great voice and led to the untimely snuffing out of an eternal flame.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
A 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) A look at what lies ahead for a killer like Alejandro who hasn't completely renounced his affiliation with the human race.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
A- 88% American Animals (2018) Storytellers, at the end of the day, are the greatest con artists, because the best of them know which strings to pull to make us believe.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
A- 88% American Animals (2018) More than mere truth or fiction, fact or fakery; American Animals is a repackaging of modern cultural mythology.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
A 93% First Reformed (2018) "First Reformed," is the face of Hawke, which miraculously never gets consumed by the hellfire all around. ‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Rogers was a man of great faith, yes. But truth be told, his faith was rooted in the inherent humanity of his audience.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
B 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Despite essentially being a carbon copy, the sequel cranks out more than a few surprises involving the Parrs.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's funny watching the elements come together in this complicated scam. On one hand, the set-up isn't quite as complex as it seems, but there's an easy sense of fun in every exchange.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
C+ 71% Adrift (2018) Woodley held my sympathy during much of the aimlessness.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) By refusing to judge, Pope Francis takes us all by the hand and leads us towards a vision of humanity that earns and deserves our pride. This could be the first meaningful step towards what we might dream we could be.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson presents the primal animal pack as a project management team of sorts. We see the unity of purpose, but also understand that it is not always cohesive from the onset.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
C 26% Breaking In (2018) Union proves that she's a fighter and a survivor above all else, and that she can look damned good while doing it. She can save the motherly stuff for another time.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B 37% Life of the Party (2018) No matter how outrageous the circumstances get, McCarthy always works best when her natural love and goodwill leads the way. She's a comedic mama bear at heart.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
A 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary turns up the heat incrementally, but even when the frames erupt in flames, the hellfire cools as if waiting for an additional opportunity to scorch yet another layer of flesh.‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
No Score Yet An Outrage (2017) Only by directly confronting our own terrible past can we, as a nation, truly fight the ongoing acts of terrorism in the world today. ‐ Cincinnati CityBeat
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
C 86% Tully (2018) The real twist would have been if we had been able to watch and appreciate how Marlo had to actually earn her ever-after the old-fashioned way.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
B- 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Almost 20 movies in, maybe someone should have realized that it wasn't going to be possible to continue topping the previous installments. ‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
B+ 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) Thankfully, Kohn and Silverstein know that they've got Williams as an ace in the hole here, guaranteeing that I Feel Pretty has a real shot at winding up a winning hand.‐ Dayton CityPaper
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
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 19% 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+ 89% 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 51% 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 80% 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 88% 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 97% 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 12% 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 94% 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 95% 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 71% 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- 88% 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 94% 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