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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 46% Knight of Cups (2016) [Malick] seems to be working ever closer to some kind of ur-movie in his head - the film he has always wanted to see and maybe even be. But he's also in danger of working his way down to an audience of one. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) In its attentive and hushed way, the movie is about collision: between stubborn farmers and the government veterinary board, between ancient ways and modern times, between two old, hardheaded brothers. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) Garrel's gaze is cool and steady, and he's not interested in villains. He knows this is an old story and an eternal one, and that men and women are helpless to avoid repeating it. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 10, 2016
1.5/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) The movie plays like a global-political farce made by people who've never left the Upper West Side. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3.5/4 100% Only Yesterday (2016) The movie will probably go over the heads of little children, but it's certainly for thoughtful older kids and their parents. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3/4 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) The infectious "Eddie the Eagle" succeeds by mining both aspects of Edwards's story with an equally deft touch. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 25, 2016
1.5/4 53% Triple 9 (2016) Hillcoat brings stray moments of style and surprise to "Triple 9" but not nearly enough to save it; for every twist you don't see coming, there are five you probably will. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) Eggers doles out the horror sparingly and eerily: an image of blood in a milk pail, a moving shape in the shadow of a barn. The movie uses lamplight and hearth light to conceal as much as they reveal. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 61% Race (2016) "Race" wants so badly to get every last bit of the big picture that it dashes past the little details that actually tell a story. Like an over-trained athlete who pulls a hamstring in the big race, the movie tries to do it all and comes up short. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2.5/4 59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) The film's hyperactivity ultimately wears you down. Is it possible to give a movie Ritalin? "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" makes you want to try. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 18, 2016
1.5/4 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Zoolander 2" is just another lazy grab bag of sketch ideas acted out by "Saturday Night Live" cast members and alumni, each of whom comes up with a schtick and then beats it into the ground. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) In its occasionally over-gentle way, the documentary testifies to the ego necessary to be a great star and to live a great life. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3.5/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) There are the serious Coen brothers movies, like "No Country for Old Men" and, um, "A Serious Man," and there are the not-so-serious ones. "Hail, Caesar!" is the opposite of their serious ones, and it is delightful. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 75% Dreams Rewired (2015) "Dreams Rewired" is scattered by necessity and intent, and it throws off enough sparks to set your brain reeling. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/4 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) The film is based on actual events in the life of British writer-personality Alan Bennett that he turned into a book in 1989, a play in 1999, and now a film directed by Nicholas Hytner. You might call this beating a dead horse. The English call it thrift. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) It's a movie made for the kind of audiences who feel that movies aren't made for them anymore - you know who you are. If you go, you might want to bring a raincoat. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3.5/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) On the whole it's daring and committed, and in Röhrig's tremendously focused performance, it honors all the saints we'll never know. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) "45 Years" is a movie about intuition and inner lives, and you have to look fast to catch all its resonances. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) All the performances are solid and the facts as Zuckoff's evenhanded book lays them out are adhered to. It's the writing that clanks and, worse, Bay's continuing inability to stage action sequences so that a viewer has any idea who's doing what to whom. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/4 98% Mustang (2015) Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men - and on what they look like when no one's looking. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/4 81% The Revenant (2015) DiCaprio may get put through bloody hell, but on a big screen "The Revenant" is heaven, with Lubezki's camera painting the American West as a rapturous primeval proving ground. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 7, 2016
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Berg tells the story of Janis Joplin with sympathetic straightforwardness in "Janis: Little Girl Blue," and that's fine: Joplin herself provides all the excess. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 7, 2016
2.5/4 60% Joy (2015) The movie's a shambles, alternatingly agreeable and aggravating, held together by our interest in its heroine and by Lawrence's tremendously sympathetic performance. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 3, 2016
4/4 94% Carol (2015) Haynes maintains the film's temperature at a low simmer and expertly brings it to the boil, but while "Carol" builds to a scene of intense eroticism, it's mostly about all the things you can't reach out and touch. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 3, 2016
3/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) This is Tarantino. And it's very entertaining, even when it's entertainingly vile, which happens a lot in this overlong movie's extended third act. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2.5/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) I found myself relishing the skill of the cast and laughing at the sharply turned dialogue while wincing at the self-consciousness of the storytelling and the self-congratulatory pop-culture references. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 2015
2/4 60% Sisters (2015) "Sisters" is a reminder that we generally love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for everything except their movies. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The director, J.J. Abrams, recaptures the pop lightness that made the first Star Wars seem simultaneously eternal and effervescent. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 15, 2015
1.5/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) All the accents in this movie sound as if the actors had been coached to talk like Red Sox fans magically transported to the 1820s. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 74% Youth (2015) 'Tremendous effort with a modest result," says the old man to his old friend. He's talking about raising children to adulthood, but the sentiment could just as easily apply to "Youth," the ambitious but lackluster new film by Italy's Paolo Sorrentino. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) The meeting of the two men becomes increasingly fruitful, and there's the sense of a private genius finally allowing himself to tip his hand. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 10, 2015
69% The Danish Girl (2015) Hooper makes coffee-table cinema, and "The Danish Girl" is his latest volume. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 97% Theeb (2015) The further this strikingly assured debut feature by the British-born director Naji Abu Nowar goes along, the more it seems a metaphor for fierce self-determination - an origin story for Middle Eastern discontents. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 3, 2015
4/4 80% Chi-Raq (2015) "Chi-Raq" is a vibrant community mural of a movie, and it stretches to the horizon. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2.5/4 61% Legend (2015) The movie's a testament to the Krays' ability to get away with everything - for a while, anyway. But it's better evidence of Tom Hardy's ability to do just about anything. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 25, 2015
1.5/4 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "Victor Frankenstein" goes uphill ... for a bit before plummeting downhill fast. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 25, 2015
3/4 73% Trumbo (2015) Cranston's performance is the motor that runs "Trumbo," and that motor never idles, never flags in momentum or magnetism or idealistic scorn. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Katniss is a Joan of Arc for a generation of reluctant warriors, and "Mockingjay - Part 2" is a war movie for those distrustful of any and all leaders, especially the ones trying to sell you on a future. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) A cinematic snow-globe of nostalgia, a portrait of two worlds that aches with family lost and freedoms found. It is a beautiful film to experience. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 33% By The Sea (2015) "By the Sea" may simply exist as a movie for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to watch. It's two hours of vacation, voyeurism, and celebrity marriage therapy, and you and I aren't actually invited. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 65% Spectre (2015) "Spectre" is a movie that wants to have fun but simply doesn't know how. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 52% I Smile Back (2015) Silverman is far and away the best part of "I Smile Back," a strained entry in the Mad Housewife genre. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 5, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) Tom McCarthy's movie doesn't turn its journalists into heroes. It just lets them do their jobs, as tedious and critical as those are, with a realism that grips an audience almost in spite of itself. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 3, 2015
3/4 81% The Assassin (2015) It's not for everyone. But if you think it's for you - if you believe that beauty is its own reward - find the biggest canvas on which to behold this movie that you possibly can. It's IMAX for aesthetes. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) Those who've followed Panahi's career over the decades will catch echoes of and references to his earlier movies, and at times "Taxi" is as much a tour of his filmography as it is of Tehran. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) It riles you up and at times may move you to tears of rage. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 29, 2015
0.5/4 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) If it were any worse, they'd be screening it as evidence at The Hague. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 84% Victoria (2015) It's a showcase for an actress who wins us over by degrees and a reminder that there are no new stories - only fresh ways of telling them. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/4 94% Room (2015) "Room" could turn mawkish at any moment, or merely sentimental. That it stays honest and true is a tribute to its makers. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2.5/4 71% Crimson Peak (2015) Del Toro's creativity, the joy he finds in splicing together pieces of the movies and books and characters he loves, is hard to resist. This is a film that believes deeply in ghosts, and half of them are in its director's head. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 15, 2015