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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) Highlighting the inexplicable beauty in nature while presenting his young characters with ravaging existentialism makes for an alluring, tense, beautiful experience‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2014
A 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) It merits being counted as one of the decade's best and most wildly original animated triumphs.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
A 90% The Souvenir (2019) An exquisitely personal drama‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
3/4 60% Saint Laurent (2015) Saint Laurent understands that the surface is the substance here...‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
B 81% In Fear (2014) Despite falling into a couple inevitable conventions of the genre... In Fear's deranged ambiguity and quiet madness make for a terrifying viewing experience.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2014
B 91% Burning Cane (2019) The strengths of "Burning Cane" are often also its weaknesses, but it would be an impressive debut at any age.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
C 50% The Pretty One (2014) Outright ridiculous and utterly farfetched.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
C 75% Judy & Punch (2019) Ultimately, Judy & Punch doesn't hit squarely in the target, but hints at interesting conversations on prejudice, domestic abuse, and powerful individuals lacking integrity. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) Finding an enthralling equilibrium between hard numerical data and heartrending testimonials, Dick masterfully weaves together both the expert statements you'd expect in a documentary like this and first-hand accounts from victims.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) A master class in endless narrative inventiveness and an ode to the resourceful and collaborative spirit of hands-on filmmaking, "One Cut of the Dead" amounts to an explosively hilarious rarity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) An eternal nurturer, the black mother whom Allah dissects and praises in this transfixing hymn of a movie about the place where the woman that gave him life was born is far more than just a homeland but a direct link to the answers about existence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Measured in its pacing but never stagnant, The Chambermaid quietly fleshes out Eve's subconscious with actions rather than words.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) The 2D animated rendering of the master filmmaker is more graphic interpretation than faithful portrait, perfect to cruise between reality and the anxiety-fueled nightmares that besiege his sleep.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
100% Gift (2019) Ideal as follow-up to a meditation session, McKenna's feature turns less gratifying as the sharp light of reality trickles into its philosophical cracks.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) What's indelible in this visceral chronicle is that more than profiting from human suffering, the Ochoas fill the gaps of economic inequality while doing good without reservation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
100% The Projectionist (El proyeccionista) (2019) There's a lot to love about The Projectionist, above all the way it celebrates the medium as a function of its characters rather than just writing a love letter to a dying craft.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
100% The Burial of Kojo (2019) Wonderfully atmospheric and culturally enriching, "The Burial of Kojo" truly qualifies as a spellbinding experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% Spider (Araña) (2019) Polished in a serviceable manner, Spider has a studio feel.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
100% Colewell (2019) Occasionally a tad too reflective, Quinn's pacing and controlled conflict requires an adjustment for viewers, but as "Colewell" sinks in, it reveals itself as the cinematic equivalent of a deep exhale after having attained peace within.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
100% On the President's Orders (2019) A shockingly alarming investigation produced with the sensibilities of a social realist drama, Sarbil and Jones' nonfiction warning should petrify U.S. viewers immeasurably.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
100% Straight Up (2020) It's the battle between what they feel for each other and what they believe their relationship should amount to that gives Straight Up its most memorable qualities.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
100% De Lo Mio (2019) A delicate drama that wears its heart on its sleeve, with subtle outbursts of nostalgic joy.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
100% La Llorona (2019) A purposefully somber cry for amends and acknowledgement permeated in phantasmagoric allure.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) "Rojo" is a sophisticatedly entertaining reminder of our propensity for malevolent apathy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Issa López's poetically haunting fairy-tale Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) addresses Mexico's ongoing drug-related violence with an unblinking brand of social realism.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Though earnest in its full embrace of whodunit tropes and unabashed tonal excesses, the hilarious ensemble piece capitalizes on its many qualities that will garner mass appeal.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Effectively captures a powerful snapshot of American society today from the point of view of men and women who've aligned with the ultimate misfit. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) One of Ozon's finest efforts to date and one of 2019's must-see releases.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
96% End of the Century (2019) The gay equivalent of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy, distilled into a single film.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
96% Promare (2019) This visual potion spiced with fiery duels and supernatural machinery is at its most potent when taken without much concern for its bewildering mechanics.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) His latest lavish feature sees the visionary storyteller operating in a slightly subtler mode, with fewer flying bodies and more philosophical concerns.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
95% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) In the superbly calibrated new feature from Austrian writer-director Marie Kreutzer, the clash between these opposite approaches to life and work is interpreted as an ambivalent psychological thriller enriched with searing social commentary.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
94% Weathering with You (2020) As irresistibly romantic as it is awe-inspiringly gorgeous.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Fragility remains taboo for men particularly around other men, but Talbot's movie warns about the destructive consequences of labels that restrict people from being fully themselves.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
93% Monos (2019) A towering filmic achievement, "Monos" pulsates like an inescapable vivid trance, cosmic and terrestrial at once, fantastical and violently stark, about victims and victimizers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92% Searching (2018) With the exception of visually artificial broadcast news videos in the third act, the execution in Searching is an anomaly in its inventiveness to find solutions that can keep us engaged in spite of the claustrophobic set-up.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Ultimately, Crazy Rich Asians doesn't need to subvert all its predictable elements, because even if we know where it's going, we've never seen that story told this way.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
91% Mirai (2018) Merits comparison to works of similar relevance and poetic ambitions, like Shoplifters and Roma, masterworks that share its inquiries about familial ties, parental insecurities, and the inescapable pull of the past.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
90% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) A shrewd response to bigotry, packaged as a spooky adventure achieved through the integration of artisanal and digital techniques.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
89% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) Like a humble gift, "In the Aisles" makes up for its lack of opulence with quotidian magic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
89% A Private War (2018) A stunningly moving, yet never mawkish, dissection of Marie Colvin's self-aware motivations, irrevocable positions, flawed interpersonal skills, and narrative ability to make people stop and care about whatever story was compelling her to risk her life.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
89% The Raft (2019) Favored with copious amounts of footage shot during the voyage, as well as Genovés' collected data and writings, Lindeen forged a riveting and illuminating study of the unscrupulous endeavor.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) A prodigiously gut-wrenching demand for change; the film isn't kindly asking for tolerance but bluntly exposing the torment inflicted in the name of a prejudiced God.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
88% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) [A] meditative banquet of ideas that's distinctly one part ensemble millennial drama and one part agricultural documentary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
88% The Sharks (Los tiburones) (2019) Extremely subdued on all fronts, Garibaldi's The Sharks subverts the exuberance associated with coming-of-age storylines. ‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) In answering the call, the film proposes that only concrete actions make a dent in apathy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% Las Sandinistas! (2018) An enthralling and imperative ode to forgotten heroines for whom monuments haven't been erected, "Las Sandinistas!" is simultaneously a wake-up call for Americans to confront their country's responsibility in the instability across Latin America.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% Luz (2019) It'll render you unexpectedly rattled.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
83% Socrates (2019) [T]he blistering sincerity in "Socrates" is not fabricated but channeled from its authentic source. Sugarcoating was not allowed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
83% This is not Berlin (2019) Not surprisingly, by delving into his intimate recollections, Sama, a director with several features to his name, has assembled his most laudable movie yet.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019