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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Love & Mercy (2015)

"All involved are cast in the shadow of Dano's wide-ranging performance, capturing Wilson at his most ecstatic and his most hopeless." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 3, 2015

Poltergeist (2015)

"...makes largely cosmetic changes to the material without offering much in the way of distinctive frights." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 27, 2015

Slow West (2015)

"That melancholic undercurrent of an era nearly bygone is what holds Slow West together in spite of seeming a shaggy assembly of matter-of-fact executions and stuff-of-legend yarns." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 20, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

"The narrative stalling tactics do tire as they accumulate, but the chuckles come often enough..." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted May 13, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"It is the product of a machine perfectly evolved for the sole purpose of annihilating boredom." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 29, 2015

Unfriended (2015)

"A series of disappointingly tame confrontations involving a lot of video interference and shrieking." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2015

The Age of Adaline (2015)

"A low-stakes, high-concept romance, gifted with warm cinematography and lush period trappings." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2015

Adult Beginners (2015)

"There's never any doubt on the audience's part to rival that felt by the characters in their own lives." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2015

The DUFF (2015)

"Even if The DUFF doesn't raise the bar for recent teen romps, it allows Whitman and Amell to show off their considerable charms." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2015

While We're Young (2015)

"The result isn't entirely riotous, yet Baumbach weaves in plenty of droll observations about the bittersweet burden of middle age." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 8, 2015

Merchants Of Doubt (2015)

"...largely preaches to the left-leaning choir with plenty of hissable sound bites and a generally glib tone that undercuts an otherwise understandable sense of righteous indignation." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 8, 2015

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

"Pink and company double down on half-hearted culture clash moments, red herrings galore, extra-gratuitous incidents of testicular trauma, and Lou's downright toxic personality." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015

Insurgent (2015)

"A more efficient indifference generator than its predecessor." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 25, 2015

The Wedding Ringer (2015)

"It's a ridiculous premise exploited poorly, settling instead for plenty of athlete cameos and countless astonished reaction shots. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2015

Seventh Son (2015)

"The world's least impressive Big Lebowski reunion." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2015

Spring (2015)

"A genre-tinged affair abroad that proves as alluring and elusive as, well, love itself." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2015

Run All Night (2015)

"...often calls to mind the stripped-down machismo of Walter Hill's earlier films, full of growling men and growing menace." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2015

Chappie (2015)

"An uneven showcase of impeccable visual effects and lackluster emotional affect." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 11, 2015

Unfinished Business (2015)

"The crude humor and cloying sentiment mix about as well as motor oil and vinegar..." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 11, 2015

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

"...settles into a ho-hum slasher groove, offering up with Pavlovian regularity epileptic freak-outs and shadowy figures." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 4, 2015

Kill the Messenger (2014)

"...the type of well-intentioned docudrama more likely to leave your head shaking than your pulse pounding. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2015

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

"It's tough to hold a lack of narrative ambition against any 'toon so eager to lob bit after bit of psychedelic surrealism at its audience, be they wee tykes or stoned adults." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 11, 2015

Project Almanac (2015)

"...transparently hopes to do for the time-travel movie what Chronicle did for teen superheroes and basically succeeds." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2015

The Interview (2014)

"No matter how old-hat or gross-out the gags get, the two leads still get a fair amount of mileage out of their own reliably irreverent chemistry." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2015

The Loft (2015)

"...offers so many shifty glances and shifting allegiances that it nearly qualifies as a tongue-in-cheek parody of the modern erotic thriller." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2015

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2015)

"Much of The Phone Call's drama plays purely and remarkably on Hawkins' increasingly desperate face, which in turn makes the upbeat coda feel jarringly disingenuous..." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2015

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (2015)

"Patrick Osborne's wordless Feast doesn't skimp on charm or style, even if it feels like Disney is still chasing after the decades-spanning emotional weight of Up's opening sequence several years later..." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2015

Black or White (2015)

"Willing to acknowledge a thorny middle ground without ever finding a satisfying path through it, Black or White is a film all about matters of race that hardly matters at all." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2015

Cake (2015)

"...turns a potentially resonant exploration of loss into a hollow game of hide-the-trauma." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 21, 2015

Taken 3 (2015)

"...wheezes by with an inescapable sense of fatigue." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2015

The Pyramid (2014)

"The real pyramids have been remembered for millennia. This one will be lucky if it lasts a week." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 10, 2014

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

"...revels in crass slapstick and innuendo rather than foisting any measure of moral queasiness upon its audience, but when it comes to base-level laughs, the sequel delivers enough." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 25, 2014

Beyond the Lights (2014)

"After an onslaught of overly moralistic, melodramatic love stories from the likes of Nicholas Sparks and Tyler Perry, the relative restraint of Beyond the Lights is practically a godsend." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 19, 2014
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Wayward: The Prodigal Son (2014)

"The best that can be said for this one is that we've seen plenty worse of its kind." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 12, 2014

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"Disney Animation's first foray into Marvel territory hits all the requisite beats of hardship and teamwork while playing in a more family-friendly key." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 5, 2014

ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

"This follow-up stands as a marked improvement." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 29, 2014

Nightcrawler (2014)

"Lou epitomizes all-American ambition left to curdle in the media spotlight, the extent to which he is willing to endanger others coming to a head in a nerve-wracking finale." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 29, 2014

John Wick (2014)

"The man known to most for the utterance of a single exclamation asserts his place as an action star two decades after Point Break and Speed convinced audiences that he might just have the chops." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2014

Art and Craft (2014)

"Much like the experts drawn to Landis' paintings, Art and Craft effectively invites viewers to question the honesty of what's been placed inside the frame." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 15, 2014

Pride (2014)

"If Pride manages to be somewhat reductive in its depiction of equal rights activism, at least it's reductive in the right direction." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 8, 2014

Left Behind (2014)

"...may be one of the most inept films to ever see a wide theatrical release." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 8, 2014
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Más Negro Qué La Noche (Darker than Night) (2014)

"A regrettably routine catalog of dusty haunted-house tropes." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 1, 2014

The Look of Silence (2015)

"Crafted with no small amount of grace or gravity, The Look of Silence is the story of one individual staring repeatedly into the abyss, just waiting for it to flinch." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Blind (2015)

"The film has a welcome sensation of continual reinvention while remaining grounded in relatable relationship concerns." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 21, 2014

The Maze Runner (2014)

"It's the best of the Hunger Games wannabes we've seen so far." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 17, 2014

Tusk (2014)

"As if at the flip of a switch, the tone swerves from bearably irreverent to exhaustively indulgent." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 17, 2014

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

"...proves to be remarkably joyless when compared to the corny but effective charms of its predecessor." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2014

The Identical (2014)

"Evidently made with deep pockets but muddled intentions, The Identical is a folly largely unworthy of its hidden idol." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 3, 2014

As Above, So Below (2014)

"It's tough to get too worked up, as head-mounted cameras whip between fleeting figures and panicked faces with all the tension of a jittery recording of a trip through your local haunted house." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 3, 2014

If I Stay (2014)

"We're spared the otherworldly garishness and tonal whiplash of Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, but this fusion of milquetoast romance and maudlin handwringing remains beholden to a questionable degree of wish fulfillment." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2014
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