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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep could probably never fully stand on its own, and perhaps it's not meant to. It's a horror film with messy pleasures if you're able to meet it on its own level.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) Harriet never feels like a fully formed human being with all the doubts and desires that come with that distinction.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) A haphazard mess on nearly every level, only able to work in fits and starts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) The various ghouls that besiege the grown-up Loser's Club, all visions of Pennywise, are silly, textureless creations. With them, suspense is in short supply.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Don't Let Go is a slog.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) At its best, the movie is a vicious, richly funny, and artfully brutal tale that places Weaving's performance as its gravitational center.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) I half-expected every scene to end with a freeze-frame high five or the women yelling "girl power."‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
78% Skin (2019) The failure of the film to fully grapple with how Babs's anger pulses through the lives of the women in his orbit undercuts the tremendous work that Bell accomplishes onscreen.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
83% Crawl (2019) Crawl is a great example of a simple story exceedingly well-told. It's a bloody adventure full of teeth-gnawing turns of fortune, mordant wit, vicious gator kills, and surprising tenderness - that clocks in at a blessedly fleet 87 minutes. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) There was space in this film for a rich weaving together of ambition, anxiety, and humor, but it never came to be.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
54% Ma (2019) The true horror of the film should be in its racial landscape, but Taylor doesn't paint a clear enough picture.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
71% Nappily Ever After (2018) Unfortunately, instead of coming across as a warm throwback, Nappily Ever After is a romantic comedy saddled with a reductive understanding of black womanhood without enough cast chemistry or beauty to distract us.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) [Margot] Robbie's screen presence makes her seem, at first blush, more suited to play Kerrigan. But just a few minutes into I, Tonya, I found myself captivated by the anger and blunt physicality that define Robbie's performance.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
80% Marshall (2017) In ignoring the lived reality of colorism, Marshall creates a circumscribed version of blackness that's easy for white audiences to consume, lacks any sort of challenging narrative, and bypasses the more fascinating wrinkles in its characters' lives.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Watching Ford and Gosling onscreen together suggests an evolution of masculinity within the films, one that exists along a continuum of noir leading men, from those failing to hide their tenderhearted nature to the solemn figures who make stoicism an art.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/4 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit was directed, written, produced, shot, and edited by white creatives who do not understand the weight of the images they hone in on with an unflinching gaze.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
1/4 47% The Bad Batch (2017) A film with neither engaging emotional threads nor the kind of panache that makes such cinematic mayhem worth it.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) A Wonder Woman film that is inspiring, hopeful, blistering, and compassionate, in ways that honor what has made this character an icon.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1/4 18% Queen of the Desert (2017) An emotionally empty, thematically ill-defined, and listless affair. It is never able to communicate the complexity of the woman at its center.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/4 36% Live Cargo (2017) A film that confuses silence with great insight, beautiful imagery with emotion and the empty with the profound.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/4 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) At times, Ghost in the Shell is beautiful, even stunning. But these visual pleasures can't mask the narrative emptiness.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3.5/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick: Chapter Two demonstrates what film as an art form is all about: it awes and delights, challenges and provokes.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2.5/4 89% Doctor Strange (2016) For all of its wondrous world-building and trippy effects, Doctor Strange isn't the evolutionary step forward for Marvel that it needs to be storytelling-wise.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 88% Morris from America (2016) The palpable yearning of its characters and the strength of the lead performances find grace and power where the rest of the film can't. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/4 38% How He Fell in Love (2016) Despite how much these characters go on and on about their lives and loves, the film itself has nothing to say. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/4 78% Keanu (2016) "Keanu" is a pure pop confection that delights even as it proves to be wildly uneven.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Ultimately Kawase is more interested in charting emotional and sensory landscapes than in thinking through any narrative thread, yet there's something to be said for the movie's sincerity and simple beauty.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle's performance is pure elegant vulgarity. He curses as if he is speaking poetry. He carries himself like a man who has lived a thousand lives.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016