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T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 44% 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
26% 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
68% 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
44% 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
47% What Men Want (2019) Taraji really invests in this film, just puts up a lot of energy for it, and it's worth watching. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) This is a different look for him, and I'm fine with what he does, stepping in to a dramatic role. I have issues with this film because it wants to play off that "inspired by a true film" a bit too much. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It suffers because like most of the Cameron stories, its not a deep story and unfortunately the special effects are really strong, but they are not revolutionary. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) A weird meta take on romantic comedy. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Jessica Rothe handles all of these transitions well, the horror, the action heroey stuff, they sentimental stuff, she's great. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
37% Glass (2019) It's good to have him back. It's a great looking film, it's great storytelling, and again he really takes his time. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
A 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) But with The Hidden World, How to Train Your Dragon turns the neat trick of telling a story for adults in a way that kids can enjoy too. That is what a coming-of-age story looks like. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) Is this what Soderbergh has been practicing? His own version of the Prince retreat? If so, he's showing us how retirement might actually be a creative second coming. Hallelujah! - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
57% Tag (2018) It really works out, it's a lot of fun, and stay through the credits. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) With all the behinds-the-scene stuff, you get lost. You just want to see dinosaurs trample stuff...still, the kind of summer film that you want. - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) From the animation style they're rendered in to the subtle yet key twists of their backstories, what emerges is the realization that Spider-Man is the quintessential everyday person; every universe needs an example of what the best of us looks like. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
D 78% Green Book (2018) It seems this old-timey salve remains effective with audiences and among the critical set, despite talk of an assumed progressive cultural shift. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
A 91% Widows (2018) A jagged-edged thriller with sharp cuts on politics, class, glass ceilings and race. In these layers, everyone recognizes just how rigged the system is, so there's no use in fighting fair. - Cincinnati CityBeat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
A 94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
A 95% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
B+ 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A 92% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
A 91% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
B+ 89% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
A 96% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
B+ 89% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
98% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018