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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 80% Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles (2013) Silverman is plenty smart, and has an enjoyably warped perspective that includes shrewdly observed, amusingly idiosyncratic takes on a wide variety of topics. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
B 80% Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (2014) "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time" may not be the best introduction to Oswalt for neophytes, but it connects strongly for those familiar with and appreciative of his well-defined sensibility.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
41% Scoop (2006) The big scoop on Scoop is that there really isn't one.‐ Shared Darkness
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
7/10 100% The Sunshine Makers (2017) Fiction and nonfiction film alike thrive on characters, and The Sunshine Makers has at least one truly mesmerizing figure -- arguably more. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2.7/10 43% Gurukulam (2016) Well-meaning but hopelessly meandering.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
3.1/10 No Score Yet Siren (2013) Siren is both thinly imagined and problematically executed.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
3.5/10 15% The Curse of Downers Grove (2015) The film sets up this curse hanging over the heads of its central characters, but doesn't plumb it for lingering tension, at least as far as it relates to the actual story.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
4.9/10 55% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) A Lego Brickumentary is pretty much Exhibit A in empty cinematic calories -- a peppy, eager-to-please offering whose primary audience should be self-selecting.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2015
7.7/10 82% Homme Less (2015) It benefits from having as its subject a figure who possesses the holy trinity of traits that most documentarians would desire in any interviewee: candor, introspectiveness and the ability to articulate their feelings and desires.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2015
4/10 36% Ardor (2015) There's only so much redolent framing one can appreciate in a movie so sluggishly paced and untethered to intrigue.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
8.1/10 83% Alleluia (2015) What mitigates this willful narrative vagueness are the performances.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
6.8/10 51% Boulevard (2015) Boulevard is nonetheless a fitting final film for Williams -- flawed but confirming of the breadth of his talents.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.3/10 No Score Yet The Algerian (2015) The Algerian plays out more like an exercise in cinematic Socratic method than anything resembling a cogent drama.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2015
3.1/10 0% United Passions (2015) Director Frédéric Auburtin's movie is a mushy, stakes-free drama that attempts to impress all the conventions of biographical cinema upon a self-impressed overview of business world maneuvering and horse-trading.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
5.5/10 45% The Film Critic (2015) Lacking more defined instincts for either comedy or drama, The Film Critic exists in a muddled, mushy middle ground.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
7.0/10 83% Our Man in Tehran (2015) Luxuriating in the sort of complexity that streamlined films have a difficult time fitting into the confines of a cathartic narrative, Our Man in Tehran is a worthwhile complementary piece to Argo.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2015
7.6/10 100% One Cut, One Life (2015) Who 'owns' a death? And what is owed to the dying, whether their exit is sudden or a slow and managed one? Those heavy questions hang over this engaging doc, which grapples with loss, love and the boundaries of intimacy.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2015
3.2/10 No Score Yet Private Number (2015) A neo-Hitchcockian turducken of slapdash, would-be intrigue, Private Number is the sort of film that would rather accept all manner of ridicule rather than be accused of being boring.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2015
4.1/10 50% The Living (2015) The Living could be something kind of interesting, if only it weren't trying so hard to emotionally goad its audience.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015
6.3/10 45% The Road Within (2015) What most recommends The Road Within, however, is its casting and performances.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015
5.8/10 57% The Girl Is In Trouble (2015) A well-executed crime drama that, on a narrative level, finds itself too bogged down in the familiar to achieve genuine lift-off -- let alone anything memorable.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
B- 71% Gone Doggy Gone (2015) What Gone Doggy Gone has going for it, though, is solid banter writing and some crisp, engaging characterizations and acting.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
97% Appropriate Behavior (2015) Sometimes a film need not totally work in order to win you over. Case in point: Appropriate Behavior, which heralds the arrival of a fresh talent in the form of multi-hyphenate Desiree Akhavan.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2015
42% Comet (2014) An engaging cinematic disquisition about the white-hot passion and toxic exasperation of young love, as well as a rather wonderful showcase for Justin Long and Emmy Rossum.‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 5, 2014
7.8/10 50% Young Ones (2014) A dusty, Old Testament tone poem of obsession, savagery and other darker human impulses, Young Ones grapples with the long shadows that sins of the past can cast, and the question as to whether they can be escaped.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
6.4/10 65% Laggies (2014) The characters in Laggies are interesting, but they feel caught between real behavior and cinematic contrivance.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014
8/10 98% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) This is a movie that one need not be a jazz fan at all to enjoy.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
10% The Best Of Me (2014) Sputters and struggles to find lift, relying almost entirely on the conviction and stand-alone innate goodwill of its performers before collapsing into an overly plotted heap.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 17, 2014
7% Addicted (2014) Part soapy melodrama, part steamy thriller of infidelity gone sideways, this film is wholly unconvincing as a study of sexual compulsion.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 13, 2014
61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) Arteta's adaptation indulges mildly anarchic hijinks while also managing to reliably touch upon something real about the feeling of familial solidarity.‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 11, 2014
9% Good People (2014) Mindless and mechanical until it suddenly decides to abandon any pretense of sense in a pulpy third act that hints in the faintest fashion at the deranged fun the film could have been ...‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 26, 2014
12% No Good Deed (2014) No Good Deed proves undone by a screenplay that is demonstrative even by genre standards, effectively wasting the talents of its two leads, Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba.‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 14, 2014
C- 79% Moebius (2014) A formalist slice of perversity that never coheres into anything more meaningful than a willful piece of cinematic provocation.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2014
19% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) When the Game Stands Tall achieves a functional dramatic hold in its peddled veneration of family, humility, devotion and other working-class values.‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 22, 2014
F 16% Septic Man (2014) A big, messy, arbitrary handful of stupidity and grossness, lacking any sort of unifying gonzo aesthetic or queasy moodiness.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2014
D- 10% Among Ravens (2014) A yawning, achingingly pretentious turd-burger, through and through.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
B 100% Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014) Reminiscent of Austin Lynch's short nonfiction series Interview Project and Chris Smith's American Movie. A lively portrait of outsider cinema and the defiant spirit of life as art.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
C+ 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) A warm-hearted documentary look at the man behind one of the most beloved and iconic Sesame Street characters of all time.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.0/10 8% After (2014) American tragedy serves as underfed underpinning for rote theatrics in After, an unpersuasive ensemble drama that settles into a self-serious glide-path of inanity early on, never to recover.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
7.6/10 91% The Dog (2014) A rich dessert served in a slightly too-hearty portion size, The Dog flirts with deeper truths about lives surrendered to the pursuit of fame but never totally punches through.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
4.7/10 19% Very Good Girls (2014) Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.2/10 57% Road to Paloma (2014) Less a failure of competing or conflicting visions and more just a buffet of poorly executed meanderings.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.9/10 20% Affluenza (2014) A stilted, utterly phony drama of rich-kid angst that thinks it's saying something about the hidden perils of privilege but is actually just an exercise in wheel-spinning inanity.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
6.8/10 90% The Kill Team (2014) A documentary that leans heavily on a viewer's innate interest in tangled philosophical questions of guilt and corrupted innocence.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2014
35% The Giver (2014) Possessing of a visually arresting palette but a narcoleptic narrative, this young-adult novel adaptation delivers mostly boredom.‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 42% Step Up: All In (2014) Much amazing dance talent is again given dazzling showcase, but the sporadic bursts of cathartic joyfulness herein are fewer and further between than in any movie in the series.‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 11, 2014
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Visually lush and all-around professionally mounted but dramatically inert.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 30, 2014
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) With more vividly drawn characters, this could still take flight. There's just not much of nuance or distinction here, however.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1.5/5 24% Tammy (2014) A tired, overwhelmingly lifeless and under-motivated comedy.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 2, 2014
8.4 54% Citizen Koch (2014) Separate and distinct from being utter catnip for politicos, the dark lessons this engrossing nonfiction film holds... are terribly important ones.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014