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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D+ 75% The Photograph (2020) The Photograph is a film without a focal point. There are several seeds of good ideas throughout, but they need room to grow. Jammed together in such a relatively brief span, the stories and characters can't connect the way they need to.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
A 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The softness and balance in every single frame of Sciamma's observant love story achieve what a great classical painting does, making the viewer consider the subject's unspoken emotions through expression, position and movement.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B- 88% Come to Daddy (2020) As a first outing from Timpson, it's a good start, and certainly remains true to his tastes. Whether those particular tastes align with yours, you'll have to decide for yourself. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
D 15% Dolittle (2020) Perhaps the most infuriating thing about Dolittle is that somewhere beneath its inappropriate jokes, poorly developed characters and Robert Downey Jr.'s bizarre acting choices, there's a whiff of a good movie that could have been.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
68/100 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The movie is so determined to be all things to all people that it overstuffs itself, becoming more of a Star Wars fan collage than a movie on its own terms. ‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
A- 89% 1917 (2020) Mendes, Deakins and Smith's visual experimentation hits a couple of hurdles, but for the most part, it helps achieve that vision beautifully.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
C 20% Cats (2019) Years from now, there will be late-night screenings of Cats, with pleasantly drunk moviegoers bellowing for milk alongside Jason Derulo's Rum Tum Tugger and imitating Hudson's melodramatic stylings.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C 70% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell wants to be sharp-edged commentary, but also doesn't want to turn off audiences on either side of the political divide. The movie is so concerned with having it both ways that it ends up unsure of how to proceed.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
A- 96% The Irishman (2019) Primarily, the film is an actor's showcase, with meaty arcs for De Niro, Pesci, Pacino, and others, with reigned-in direction that results in some surprisingly restrained performances. Pesci, in particular, is a revelation.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
C+ 46% Last Christmas (2019) It's fairly silly and predictable... However, this Christmas-themed rom-com also contains a legitimately touching message of goodwill and self betterment.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B- 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II still feels like the market-demanded sequel we know it to be. However, it's worth noting that despite the parts of it that were more than likely the result of studio notes, there's still an emotional core worth appreciating.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
A 97% Knives Out (2019) It's one of this year's most entertaining examples of art as a reflection of the time and culture that produced it. Its Agatha Christie-inspired story, characters and aesthetic are what make it fun. Its politics are what make it valuable.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B+ 94% In Fabric (2019) In Fabric isn't for everyone, and it's that way by design... For those attuned to its sensibilities, however, it's a delightfully creepy world to get lost in for a couple of hours.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
80/100 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) If you let it take you along on an entertaining, semi-predictable ride with interesting characters and style to spare, you'll have a good time. Certainly, the movie is worth appreciating for its performances and craft, if nothing else. ‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
B- 73% Harriet (2019) Harriet may not be challenging, and it may not be great art, but it's hard to fault the film for how much it wants its audience to respect its subject.‐ Crooked Marquee
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
62/100 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) By trying to hold back for so long, Lucy in the Sky fails to prepare itself for the tone change it knows is coming, and burns up spectacularly upon impact.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
46/100 74% The Death of Dick Long (2019) It might have worked as a short film -- in fact, it could have made a great one -- but as a feature film, it feels like it's stretched way too thin. The movie is not as funny as it thinks it is, though it is perhaps a good deal meaner.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
92/100 87% Hustlers (2019) Anchored by Lopez's magnetic performance, it ends up being one of this year's most entertaining films.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
88% Bad Education (2019) Finley and Makowsky tell a story that twists and turns in some pretty odd ways, but always grounds its characters' decisions in real emotions and desires.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a gentle film that avoids a lot of biopic clichés by doing something more films of its type should try: exploring a public figure not through the details of their life, but how they made us feel. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
85% Synchronic (2019) Artistically there are some very interesting ideas presented here, and the filmmakers' imagination, both visually and in the script, is well worth noting.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
95% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A work of generous spirit and gentle, whimsical humor.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
6/10 83% Just Mercy (2020) While Just Mercy likely won't make much of a splash beyond this year's fall film season, and ends up being a fairly shallow portrayal of a real-life individual whose public persona is anything but that, it's heart is still in the right place. ‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
83/100 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The movie occasionally falls prey to early filmmaker mistakes, but its winning performances and its delightful star are more than enough to buoy it along.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
42/100 23% The Kitchen (2019) It's frustratingly easy to see the ways in which The Kitchen could have been a better film. The pieces are all there. Unfortunately, the film is willing to settle for the very easiest way forward, which does a huge disservice to all involved. ‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
80/100 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The goofy performances, excellent stunts, and assured directing from Leitch make this film a success in that sense, even if you're left with the impression that the director would rather have had the freedom to really make this movie his own.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Rogert Ebert once described the movies as "a machine that generates empathy." The Farewell lovingly lives into that metaphor.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
90/100 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home is refreshing, irreverent and sweet. ‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
83/100 83% Midsommar (2019) It may not be entertainment per se, but as a work of art, and as a second step forward in a promising career, it's absolutely cinema that's worth engaging with.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
45/100 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix was made with the absolute minimum of care, from the bored performances to the lazily applied subtext to the movie's total lack of fun. It is less a whimper, and more of a death rattle. ‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
93/100 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The new movie matches elements of David Lynch aesthetics, R.L. Stine-inflected villainy, and Pixar's trademark heartstring-pulling. It pays off to incredible results.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
98/100 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart, the stunning directorial debut of Olivia Wilde, is Gen-Z's high school graduation movie, and may very well rank among the best of the genre. ‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90/100 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) What it lacks in character beats, it makes up for in worldbuilding and stunning examples of well-executed action. It is gloriously fun performance art, with gun-fu and katanas.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
77/100 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) If you aren't at least a little familiar with the characters, you'll be lost for most of the movie. For Pokémon lovers, though, the movie is mostly a clever, creative experience. The third act is wobbly, but the journey there, at least, is fun.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
92/100 81% Long Shot (2019) It plays with the formula just enough to create something really special, and gives audiences nuanced romantic leads in a relationship that's easy to root for... It's fluff, with substance.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
78/100 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Despite a few shortcomings, Avengers: Endgame is still an affectionate, enjoyable closing chapter for a long-standing series. ‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
93/100 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link continues to prove not only Laika's visual mastery, but also the studio's commitment to telling emotionally resonant stories.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
87/100 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! has a smart mouth and a heart of pure gold. ‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
6/10 47% Dumbo (2019) For Burton superfans, it's an interesting addition to his later-period work. However, for most of the rest of us, there's not a lot to get excited about.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
8/10 93% Us (2019) Comparisons to Get Out, while inevitable, are ultimately unfair, since Us isn't trying to hit that point. It's just a very entertaining horror movie with some interesting ideas under the hood, and that still counts for a lot.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
84% Villains (2019) Villains isn't the most consistent movie out there, but it's still a fully entertaining ride, and a great-looking deconstruction of the stylized movies it's aping.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
90/100 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Being open-hearted means that sometimes things may not go well... What's truly impressive is that the movie gives that message to young audiences first through its rollicking Lego-based adventure, but also through a relatable, real-world example.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
85/100 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Bolstered by winning performances from its young cast. As Merlin, Imrie is the standout performer, bringing goofy gravitas and gawky, committed physicality to the role.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
62/100 37% Glass (2019) Any suggestion that M. Night Shyamalan is experiencing a career renaissance can be put aside halfway through the movie, when his worst tendencies begin to show through.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
65/100 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex doesn't do Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reputation any harm, but that's only because the film doesn't really do anything with her at all.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
85/100 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It functions as both a sweet nostalgia trip and a fun film that works quite well on its own merits. Whatever its flaws, the film presents a world audiences will be happy to get lost in.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
68/100 81% Boy Erased (2018) The film's attempt to humanize all parties lessens the power of the statement it's trying to make. It avoids the deeper implications of the abusive practice it's addressing.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
70/100 65% Suspiria (2018) A stylish, original take on its 1977 progenitor. It's an atmospheric piece of arthouse horror that's full of curious details, as well as some timely feminist elements.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
76/100 81% Mid90s (2018) Occasionally, it seems like Hill is trying a little too hard to be taken seriously. But even the movie's pitfalls open up possibilities for conversation, and Hill authentically captures the complexity, tribalism, and insecurity of teenage boys.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
73/10 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man and the Gun isn't here to rock the boat, but to give you a mug of something warm to drink by a fire. It may not be great, but good, in this case, is just fine.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019