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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- No Score Yet Long Gone Summer (2020) "Long Gone Summer" offers little more than a barrage of shallow pop flies to convince me I should.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
B- 90% Lance (2020) Anyone interested enough in Armstrong to watch three hours of "Lance" will be entertained and informed, perhaps they'll even form fresh opinions on the figure, but he's still just a guy.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
A- 96% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) It's an inventive, exciting, and very funny homage.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C+ 74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) It doesn't revolutionize or reinvigorate the web series, so much as it draws on nostalgia from when the idea still seemed fresh.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
No Score Yet Joe Mande's Award-winning Comedy Special (2017) Netflix is flooded with comedy specials, including the "series" mentioned next on this list, but Mande is one to make sure you don't miss.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- 100% Michael Che Matters (2016) While not consistently fresh (bits on giving money to the homeless and Jesus being white feel familiar) or laugh-a-minute hysterical, the special is intriguing in its demand for more honesty. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
B 84% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Framed by a sincere pseudo-apology and an earnest thank you, Ansari's not interested in going for the joke at all costs, so much as he wants to engage again with the audience he almost lost.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
A- 98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) The closing line of David Milch's "Deadwood" movie is one of the greatest ever written.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 89% O.G. (2018) Can be a tad slow, a touch too simple, and even a little distracted from making a larger, more declarative point about modern incarceration. But by carving its own path through's nothing short of original.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) There were moments, songs, and even stretches of "Rent Live" that worked as an engrossing musical experience, but the whole thing did not gel.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- 83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) What's left are two dudes with varying degrees of moral disrepair shouting at each other across the Hollywood Hills. That's not enough to hold up an entire feature, or even a good dinner conversation.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
C+ 33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Unfortunately, Fahrenheit 451 isn't hard-hitting enough as a film to be a proper motivating factor on its own.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
A- 70% Paterno (2018) It speaks to viewers with disparate reactions, but it also speaks to anyone who didn't dig into the scandal at the time by outlining what happens when we are too quick to defend the famous faces instead of those claiming to be victimized by them.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Well, it's safe to say that was the best live musical since Grease. From a production standpoint, I'm glad to see they tried to raise the bar creatively instead of just copying what was done before.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
B 92% Spielberg (2017) Spielberg still feels like a respectful appreciation of a beloved figure more than an insightful study. There's nothing wrong with that, but ... it's also OK to ask for more.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
A 100% Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn! (2017) Blatant and unflinching, the documentary depicts a world that is neither well-balanced nor fair.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
B+ 84% Hermia & Helena (2017) By positioning Shakespeare within a chatty tale of young adulthood - and giving it a feminist slant - Piñeiro proves the vitality of the material without becoming subservient to it.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B+ 74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The Wizard of Lies isn't interested in gray areas. It wants you to see what the victims saw, and from a similarly pained perspective.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
C+ 69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Byrne is as solid as ever, and House of Cards favorite Reg E. Cathey stops by to provide additional gravitas, but the cast can't quite make up for the idea that Henrietta Lacks feels like a misplaced movie.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
B+ 95% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) If Louis CK 2017 is what we get in exchange for his work in so many other venues, than that's an excellent trade-off. There's more magic in that mic than we realize.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
B+ 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist largely works because it brings us closer to Tommy while reveling in the same ingredients that have turned him into an icon.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
B 96% Oklahoma City (2017) A blunt reminder of what has happened, and could happen again, when misinformation is spread to dangerous, angry, homegrown radicals.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
D 24% The Comedian (2017) Robert De Niro's eight-years-in-the-making passion project is a baffling mess loaded with outdated and unfunny jokes.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
B 37% Blair Witch (2016) Compared to the ill-fated "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 -- the first follow-up which was rushed to market for financial reasons -- this new iteration still comes across as downright inspiring.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
C+ 40% Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Batman: The Killing Joke is borderline unsettling - and not in a good way.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
B+ 88% All the Way (2016) All the Way should be admired for going the distance, and Cranston rewarded for holding it all together.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
C+ 83% Confirmation (2016) What's most admirable about the film is the person who's been pushing for its creation the longest. Kerry Washington brings a beautifully reserved presence to Hill without stripping her of any bravery.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
B+ 68% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) A Very Murray Christmas is ultimately just that: an honest attempt to be merry and an even more direct explanation of what it's like to be Murray.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
B 71% Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) When treated as light, easy entertainment, Ferrell Takes the Field goes down just fine. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
B 90% Bessie (2015) Despite its complicated central figure, Rees' film feels all too typical in the end. The small moments are there for anyone who wants to find them, but they're not enough to make "Bessie" as great as the woman herself.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
B 82% Nightingale (2015) "Nightingale" is overshot to appear more cinematic and underwritten to avoid pomposity, and that's okay. Both decisions are just that: choices to serve the character. Peter would be pleased with how his little film turned out.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2015
B 82% The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013) The singular focus is not a fatal flaw. Not at all, really. It's merely a question haunting The Good Son even when its concentration steers the viewer away from it.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2014