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Will Leitch
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) By hewing so closely to the original, the film does itself no favors. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
C+ 78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) It's no surprise that Kong: Skull Island has such dull, rote human characters (with one notable, delightful exception). But it is a shock that the ape himself is so distant and sullen.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
C+ 92% Logan (2017) After a while, with all that relentless drudgery and all the maimings, it becomes a bit much. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
B+ 99% Get Out (2017) Get Out has its surface scares, but it's what's lingering beneath that's most frightening: the sense that no matter where you turn, no matter how many people claim they're on your side ... they're out to get you. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
B- 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The thing about a sequel or a spinoff, even a mostly fun one like The LEGO Batman Movie, is that it's hard to recreate enthusiasm and inventiveness. What was once new is now, already, routine.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
C 42% Gold (2017) The movie is a mess, but it's also an oddly amoral mess.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
A- 96% Paterson (2016) The film is about the act of creation and the art of observation, and it couldn't embody both more perfectly.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
B+ 87% A Monster Calls (2017) The film is a bit emotionally manipulative-it sure can wring the tears out of you-but you still probably won't be able to resist it.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
B 93% Fences (2016) Based on the 1983 August Wilson play, Fences is little more than a filmed version of the 2010 Broadway revival. It all but throws up house lights during intermission.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
C 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The Star Wars franchise has built up a massive amount of cachet over the last several decades; Rogue One is going to need every bit of it.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
A- 89% Jackie (2016) We all know the Kennedy story by heart, but you'll still never look at Jackie the same way again.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
C+ 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The film strains considerably under the weight of all its plot lines-it's never fun to be the movie with the origin story.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
C+ 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) There are points where the film is satirical, then sad, then outrageous, but it just never quite fits of a piece. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
B+ 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival plays with your head as gently as any sci-fi thriller I can remember.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
B 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange is about as weird as any Marvel movie is going to get these days, which is not particularly weird. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
C 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The film has the empty sheen of a quick in-and-out cash grab, a movie insisting that it's a franchise while the audience yawns indifferently.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
A 97% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is a film so measured, so delicate and powerful, that it proves to be sensitive in ways most movies aren't, even in ways most of life isn't.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
C 51% The Accountant (2016) The Accountant should be a straight-ahead thriller, but the film keeps tripping over its own incompetent feet. Maybe it was made for adults, but it sure doesn't feel like it was made by them.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
C- 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train plods along, playing like a lifeless wax museum version of a real thriller.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
B 93% Newtown (2016) The movie is so understated that it's almost barely there.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
B 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is powerful but limited-but there are worse crimes.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
C- 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The Magnificent Seven is a cast and a title in search of a movie. Not only did they not find one, I'm not certain they even looked.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
C 35% Blair Witch (2016) Blair Witch nods to the first film but never rediscovers its power.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
C 61% Snowden (2016) Snowden should be frothing at the mouth. Instead, the best it can work up is a weary sigh. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
B 85% Sully (2016) The only real reason we care about Sully is what happened in that plane. In that regard, and only that regard, Sully absolutely delivers. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
C+ 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) It's increasingly possible that the meme of Werner Herzog is surpassing the man. I found myself spending much of Lo and Behold hoping Herzog would get out of the way.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
B 83% Sausage Party (2016) One of the more clever conceits is how it plays with the central conundrum of Pixar: How do you connect all these animals or toys or robots-beings that, to humans, have no emotions or thoughts or even faces-to the human world that they walk around in?‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2016
C+ 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) The movie feels like a rock coated in cotton candy, a shiny object that simulates human-type emotions but never truly earns them.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
D+ 25% Suicide Squad (2016) Everyone started making a movie before they really knew what they were doing. You need adults in charge, and there are no adults in charge here. The result is, yet again, a total sh-tshow.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
C 56% Jason Bourne (2016) The biggest disappointment, among many, for Greengrass's reboot of the franchise he and Damon had abandoned for a decade is how divorced Bourne is from his original species.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
B 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) There's a generosity of to spirit that the film that seems to draw directly from improv, with everybody getting a turn in the spotlight. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
B- 70% Café Society (2016) Replacement Level Allen. There are pleasures to be found. But you have to look a little harder than usual.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
C- 75% The BFG (2016) The film is so sluggishly paced that even its pleasures are overtaken by the boredom creeping in from all corners. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
D+ 57% The Neon Demon (2016) A deadly combination of self-seriousness and self-indulgence that's more about the obnoxious petulance of its director than anything else. This is a movie you want to pick up and throw across the room.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
B 94% Finding Dory (2016) It's a sequel that's a continuation of the original film rather than an expansion of it, and it is still a success, though not a triumph.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
B 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Made with good cheer, it's consistently funny and never overstays its welcome.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2016
D 28% Warcraft (2016) Warcraft is a language you don't speak, a code you can't crack, a party you weren't invited to.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
A 100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) Massive but never sprawling, passionate but never unfair, informative but never anything but compulsively entertaining. ‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
D 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) I don't remember the last time I saw actors more dispirited and bored than in Alice Through the Looking Glass.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
B 46% Knight of Cups (2016) More of the same from Malick, but as thin as it is, this is a trick that still hasn't run its course.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
C 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) A couple of funny scenes, but it's amazing how quickly Sasha Baron Cohen's comedy has grown safe and stale.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
D+ 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) A movie that beats you into submission and makes you wonder if the sun will ever come out again.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
C+ 77% Keanu (2016) A lot less inspired that you'd think it would be, though, yes, the cat is cute.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
C- 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) There's a lot of empty improv in this Neighbors 2, scenes that have no real direction and no drive; the movie is all digression and shouted exposition.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
B+ 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The best thing The Nice Guys has going for it are two laid-back, easygoing, deeply likable performances by its stars.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
A- 97% Weiner (2016) You can watch years of political documentaries and never see a moments nearly as intimate and wrenching as the ones you see here.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
A- 89% The Lobster (2016) This movie is crazypants, but, man, it is my kind of crazy.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
B 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War is both a Captain America sequel and a third Avengers movie, and that's more than any movie could possibly pull off. It does the best it can, though.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
B- 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Elvis & Nixon is a perfectly pleasant minor little comedy that flies by quickly and passes the time easily, and I can't figure out if I should be disappointed by that fact, or relieved by it.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
B 95% The Jungle Book (2016) The movie is an odd beast: A powerful exploration of the cruelty of nature in which the animals occasionally break into song.‐ The New Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016