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T-Meter Title | Year
70% The Girl (2012) Despite warranting "a trigger warning" for anyone who has been the victim of sexual harassment, The Girl too often feels too small. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
86% Zombi Child (2020) Drawing visual inspiration from some of the great hysterical male auteurs of our time-David Lynch and Brian De Palma-Bonello deploys a loose structure to tell the stories... - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
68% Joker (2019) Joker doesn't understand its representation of violence because it doesn't know what to do with its politics, opting instead for a confused aestheticization of anarchy, all incendiary chants and masked malcontents thronging the streets. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) Harron's film is at its most thoughtful, and its most useful, in moments where it presents itself as an exploration of young women in thrall to a charismatic, deeply egotistical leader who thrives on their willing submission. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Writer/director Riley Stearns strives for dark comedy intoned in Yorgos Lanthimos deadpan, but instead of pushing the absurdity of his uncanny valley universe, he succumbs to its lack of specificity. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) It's rare for a film about a Mexican drug cartel and the impossibility of the American Dream to be either disarming or funny, but Clint Eastwood has blessedly delivered one that is consistently both. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) And just like the world we live in, where the inequalities between rich and poor and male and female only grow crueler and less escapable, the rage that undergirds Burning is instantly familiar. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4.7 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) There's something halting and overly cautious that prevents this bonkers kiddie fable from taking flight. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
85% The Square (2017) Ostlund uses his setting to explore hidden inequalities in supposedly liberal societies, particularly those concerning masculinity, race and class, playing with our expectations about what is supposed to happen versus the uncomfortable results. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
90% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973) Carefully constructed and a little sloppy, alluring and disturbing, this gem deserves a trigger warning, but also a chance. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
11% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Fifty Shades Freed is a totally selfish lover who will never give you what you want. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
97% Coco (2017) Its victorious denouement offers everyone a different way to think about what it means to live on, and how that starts by treating those dearest to us well. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
46% Downsizing (2017) Although not everything about Downsizing is perfect, it proves Alexander Payne's strengths as a visual storyteller and his commitment to social realities. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
99% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) While I Am Not Your Negro remains an astounding statement about race, a sequel that makes his queerness visible is sorely needed. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Comedic but pointed in outlook, I, Tonya portrays a woman who had endured constant abuse and dropped out of high school to pursue the only thing she was ever praised for. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
78% The Challenge (2017) The luxury of the content and form is intentionally overwhelming, and nearly every frame contains a perfect juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern, or of nature and technology. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Whether any of the film's moments are entirely true, totally fabricated, or representative of some larger, psychological truth doesn't matter when you're in the hands of this consummate visual artist. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Things come to a head more than once, and, like an argument in an online comments section, it's alternately satisfying and excruciating to witness. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
70% Contemporary Color (2017) The Rosses' film ambitiously attempts to bridge the gaps created by that act of borrowing, but gets stretched far too thin. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
92% Donald Cried (2017) A perfect illustration of Freud's links between jokes and the unconscious-or just why it sucks to go home-Kris Avedisian's debut feature is essential post-holiday viewing. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
80% The Founder (2017) Keaton perfectly channels his live-wire energy into Kroc, a man who could make the introduction of wax lining into paper cups sound revolutionary while operating on only four hours of sleep. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
95% The Love Witch (2016) Presided over by the angry spirit of Helen Gurley Brown, Anna Biller's The Love Witch is a sprawling, beguiling world unto itself. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
45% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Serious question: does what goes in front of the camera matter anymore if the right properties are all in order? - Brooklyn Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The love scenes between Sook-hee and Hideko are beautiful, explicit, and funny, displaying a candor about sexuality that's not intended to shock but to draw you in-it's the most normal thing about this flamboyant, acerbic film. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) Childhood is less a j'accuse than a bad, half-remembered dream about history. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Dramatizing the two boys' respective insecurities and strengths, Gondry has crafted a pair of loners who complement each other but aren't so outrageously different that their companionship feels forced. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
73% Suffragette (2015) Fusing the civil rights picture with British miserablism, Sarah Gavron's grinding Suffragette offers very little room to breathe. - Brooklyn Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
92% The Girl (Flickan) (2010) If nothing else, see The Girl to remember what a real cinematic visual sensibility can be. Bliss out, don't read the subtitles. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
56% Daniel & Ana (2010) Daniel & Ana may seem like a terrible choice for a first date, but if you're brave enough, the post-cinematic discussion will assuredly be more revealing of character than any online compatibility test. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
4/5 67% Bastards (2013) In a year where art-house releases and blockbusters were seemingly in competition for the longest running time, Claire Denis' Bastards is an exercise in pure economy. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
52% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) The most universally satisfying Hollywood films are usually predicated on a dialectical relationship... But Walter Mitty is too clumsy and afraid to offend to properly take that journey, not unlike its titular character. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
50% Beyond Outrage (2014) Another cash-grab that unfortunately wears its cheapness on its sleeve. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
90% Obvious Child (2014) The humor in Obvious Child never trivializes its characters' feelings, but instead provides a balance and the ability to explore more nuanced emotional situations. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
52% Miss Julie (2014) Miss Julie's acid dialogue and sardonic twists burn down to the bone of costume drama's fattened arm, its darkness closer to original-series Upstairs Downstairs than to polished one-percenter porno Downton Abbey. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
87% Whores' Glory (2012) For a film with such fraught subject matter, Whores' Glory feels ultimately empty. Whether or not that's the ultimate comment on these lives is unclear. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
99% Gloria (2014) What truly makes the film riveting is Paulina García's performance as the title character -- and she appears in nearly every shot. With a wide, truly contagious smile, García exudes a lived-in confidence and control with every movement. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
79% Don Jon (2013) In terms of disposable, enjoyable entertainment, you could do much worse than this. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
69% Rubber (2011) Rubber may not be everyone's comedic go-to, but certainly it's a sui generis indie that doesn't portend to be anything more than its 86 minutes. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
86% Viva Riva! (2011) One of the most vivid, ambitious cinematic offerings of 2011. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
93% United Red Army (2011) Neither glowing hagiography nor glowering condemnation, United Red Army is about the why of that failure -- in exacting detail, and with plenty of time to think it over. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
60% Saint Laurent (2015) Bertrand Bonello's film shares more DNA with Olivier Assayas's Carlos than the September Issue (magazine or documentary), and prioritizes action, energy, and form over lengthy explications of history or psychology. - The L Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
95% Tikkun (2016) With startling high-def black-and-white photography by Shai Goldman, the film draws on Dreyer's Ordet and Aronofsky's π in a portrayal of spiritual fallout with horror elements. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
82% Chevalier (2016) Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier breaks down that monolith of hetero manhood without devolving into cheap satire or fake profundity. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
2% Nina (2016) This abysmal piece of s*** deserves everything that's coming to it and more. - Brooklyn Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
88% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) With scalpel-like precision, Gabriel Mascaro's second narrative feature frankly yet effortlessly explores sexuality, environmental issues, and suffering both human and animal. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
5/5 81% The Assassin (2015) A breathtaking work of art which revolves around a haunting female lead. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Although the finale definitely walks a fine line between psychedelic theory of everything and ham-handed New Age trip, it's an all-around visual feast that's well worth the trek. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2016
79% Where to Invade Next (2016) Is this project fundamentally a disservice to all the liberal ideas Moore's championing? The short answer: yes. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road upends all expectations-about how action sequences are composed, what themes a blockbuster can contain, or who a film's actual protagonist can be-and puts most other filmmakers working on this scale to shame. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
82% Chi-Raq (2015) It's both outrageous and full of outrage, offering up cold hard facts about how the government has continued to ignore and disenfranchise urban communities... and lots of cock-teases in daisy dukes. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015