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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 53% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The action sequences are among the best of the series. Particularly stunning is a pitched battle at sea, with Rey and Kylo Ren trading blows atop floating bits of wreckage as towering waves crash all around -- this entire sequence is instantly iconic.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
6/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) While Jumanji: The Next Level mostly adheres to the same elements that turned the previous film into such a hit, it also remixes a few of those components to freshen things up a bit. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
9/10 97% Knives Out (2019) With a huge ensemble of A-list talent, a razor-sharp screenplay and a head-spinning number of shocks and surprises, Johnson adheres to genre conventions while simultaneously spinning them into something more complex, more devious, and more hilarious. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
10/10 96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman will no doubt be revered as one of the greatest films ever produced about organized crime, and might very well be the definitive statement on the genre, because it's difficult to imagine anyone eclipsing what Scorsese has done here.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
8/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Having already portrayed Walt Disney, another figure instrumental in the shaping of so many childhoods, it only makes sense that Hanks would be tapped for this role, and let's be honest: who else could have pulled it off with such aplomb?‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
8/10 77% Frozen II (2019) Returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have done an outstanding job with this follow-up, giving fans more of the things they loved in the original film while expanding the world and exploring the characters in spellbinding new ways.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
8/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Although Ford v Ferrari slots neatly into the biopic formula, that's not necessarily a bad thing, as Mangold wisely chooses to focus not on the titular rivalry, but on legendary racing personalities Carroll Shelby (Damon) and Ken Miles (Bale). ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
10/10 82% The Report (2019) That Burns was able to distill 6700 pages of information into a two-hour film is an impressive feat on its own, but it's the dynamite ensemble cast that elevates The Report from rote investigative drama to nail-biting political thriller.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
8/10 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The film shouldn't work nearly as well as it does, and it's almost baffling how neatly it all comes together. It's a cinematic magic trick of sorts, and Flanagan pulls it off with the confidence of someone performing an illusion for the thousandth time. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
7/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) As the de factor third chapter in the story of Sarah Connor, this is a very worthy continuation of her journey. Thanks to its surprisingly smart script and a captivating turn from Hamilton, Dark Fate puts the series on the road to redemption.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
8/10 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite is My Name provides Murphy with his best material in years, and the actor rises to the occasion, embracing his R-rated roots with aplomb and firing off jokes with a ferocity we haven't seen in far too long. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
9/10 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Even with a finale as rocky as the shoreline on which Thomas and Ephraim are stranded, the film is an absolute must-see, a brilliant shining beacon in a sea of stagnant cinema, guiding viewers through the storm toward salvation. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
9/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The film's ambition is admirable, and it's hard to imagine anyone more capable of wringing so many laughs from such a peculiar premise. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
7/10 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The brisk 99-minute runtime is a welcome respite from comedies that overstay their welcome, and offers more than enough laughs to delight fans of the original.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil may have the dubious honor of becoming the Disney film with the highest body count, but that's about the only distinction worth bestowing upon it.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) Ultimately, the film makes for an impressive coming-out party for an exciting piece of tech, one that could have fascinating applications in the coming years, but offers precious little else. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
6/10 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Here's hoping the inevitable third installment brings Emily Blunt back into the fold, so we can at least look forward to a character whose moral compass is still in working order.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/10 69% Joker (2019) It's as if Phillips had a burning desire to create his own version of Taxi Driver, but wasn't sure audiences would show up, so he slapped a coat of green hair dye and greasepaint onto the screenplay to guarantee plenty of asses in seats.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
7/10 84% Villains (2019) Directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen have crafted a ferociously funny comedy-thriller, thumbing their nose at convention and frequently pulling the rug out from under the characters and the audience in equal measure.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
8/10 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers may be a sexy crime thriller, but it's also a film about women banding together to take on a system that frequently treats them as "less than," turning the tables on those who hold all the cards, and having a damn good time doing it.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
7/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Less engaging and less scary than its predecessor, with a daunting runtime that nevertheless remains a must-see for any horror fan. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
6/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A goofy, light-hearted riff on the Indiana Jones films that never shies away from poking fun at cinematic cliches -- or itself. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
8/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs and Shaw is so irrational and illogical that it's basically a cartoon, a machismo-laden thrill ride that borders on parody and is, at times, unspeakably dumb, but in the best possible way. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
8/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Despite being inspired by and connected to a particular event, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is less about telling a specific story of the era, and more about capturing its emotion and spirit. In that regard, Tarantino knocks it out of the park. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
8/10 71% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) In many respects, the film serves as a cautionary tale -- not of a dark future, but of a time that's already upon us, which makes Salim's debut feature all the more terrifying and affecting.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
7/10 53% The Lion King (2019) There's no denying that Favreau and his team have crafted a brilliant technological achievement, but whether The Lion King is a great film on its own merits is a subject that will likely inspire a fair amount of debate.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
6/10 41% Stuber (2019) It's a bit slow out of the gate, but once Bautista and Nanjiani finally connect, it makes up for lost time with an overload of laughs and a healthy dose of bloody, cartoonish violence.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
8/10 83% Midsommar (2019) For decades, horror films have conditioned us to believe that bad things only happen in the shadows, but that's not the case here, and the knowledge that daylight is no longer a safe space makes Midsommar even more disturbing. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
8/10 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) While the action in Spider-Man: Far From Home is much larger in scope than its predecessor, the film nevertheless feels considerably smaller and more self-contained than most MCU entries, especially in the wake of Endgame's enormous finale.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
7/10 100% 5B (2019) Directors Paul Haggis and Dan Krauss deserve commendations of their own for ensuring this tale of unprecedented kindness in the face of unspeakable tragedy doesn't fade away into history.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
8/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Like its predecessors, Toy Story 4 understands the significance of the bond between a child and their favorite toy, and more importantly, the undeniable magic of childhood.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) Overlong and mostly unfunny, Men in Black International offers precious little of the recipe which made the previous films -- particularly the original -- so endearing.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
7/10 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is at its best when Thompson leans into Katherine's caustic and abrasive personality, which plays well against Kaling's earnestness, and the film's best moments arrive whenever these two comedic powerhouses share the screen.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix sends the X-Men out not with a bang, but with a roll of the eyes and a somewhat exasperated sigh. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
8/10 89% Rocketman (2019) Thanks to imaginative musical numbers that aren't always bound by the limits of reality and the irrefutable charisma of its leading man, Rocketman manages to break the mold just enough to stand tall above many of the genre's other offerings.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/10 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) On the rare occasion the camera pans out enough to showcase its creatures, they're truly awe-inspiring. But these moments of gratification are unable to counterbalance the film's laundry list of defects and misfires.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
9/10 98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) While it may not be a perfect substitute for the fourth season that Milch had originally envisioned, Deadwood: The Movie nevertheless feels like a natural evolution for the characters that we fell in love with more than a decade ago.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
7/10 57% Aladdin (2019) Massoud's carefree demeanor and world-class grin are a perfect match for the "street rat" who dreams of bigger things, and the fierce determination Scott brings to the role of Jasmine is a welcome change from the usual damsel in distress archetype.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
9/10 97% Booksmart (2019) With its razor sharp script and electric lead performances, it could very well unseat the likes of Superbad and Mean Girls as the funniest high school comedy of the 21st century. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
8/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The marriage of brutal hand-to-hand combat and impossibly precise gunplay have been franchise staples, and John Wick: Chapter 3 takes these elements to incredible heights with some of the most flat-out insane action choreography ever seen. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's family-friendly, for the most part, but there are a few cases of double entrende that will sail right over the heads of the little ones, while giving mom and dad an extra chuckle or two. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
5/10 51% Tolkien (2019) If you're looking for subtlety in David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford's screenplay, expect to come up short.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/10 30% Red Joan (2019) Dench is criminally underutilized here, resigned to a handful of scenes. Most of her limited screen time is spent feigning bewilderment at questions from MI5, as if the mountain of evidence piled on the table before her doesn't exist.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
10/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If Avengers Endgame -- with its carefully crafted emotional beats, thrilling action sequences and heartbreaking farewells to some of our most beloved heroes -- isn't the perfect final chapter, I can't imagine what perfection might look like. ‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
6/10 90% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) Some stones are left unturned, and it would have made for a compelling addition to explore the conflict between the teachings of Answers in Genesis and their actions, but the existing material is certainly captivating and disquieting enough.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/10 52% Stuck (2019) As for the music, it's mostly fine, but catchy tunes can't distract from Stuck's narrative failures, nor its inability to craft a single moment that doesn't feel contrived.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/10 44% The Chaperone (2019) Norma's journey of self-fulfillment might have been more enjoyable as its own tale, but when married to the early days of Louise's career we can't escape the feeling that something more interesting is happening offscreen while we're stuck with Norma.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
6/10 96% Little Woods (2019) Thompson has been a fascinating actress to watch over the past few years as her filmography has become more and more diverse, and she once again proves herself adept at disappearing almost completely into a role.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
6/10 72% All Is True (2019) Whether thundering at his family in a grief-fueled outburst or conversing quietly with the Earl of Southampton in a fireside chat, Branagh's performance carries exactly the sort of weight you would expect when a lifelong devotee embodies his idol.‐ The Lamplight Review
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
9/10 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post asks a lot from its star, and Moretz is more than up to the task, showcasing a heartbreaking amount of vulnerability in a performance that is not only her best work in years, but possibly her best work, period.‐ Spoiler TV
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019