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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Most of all, Lewkowicz shows how even though "Fiddler" - both the original musical and the 1971 Norman Jewison-directed movie - is primarily a Jewish story, it still manages to speak to audiences across both generations and national boundaries.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
81% A Hidden Life (2019) But Malick's style... doesn't always fit the narratives he pursues. And it isn't quite appropriate enough for the story he tries to tell in "A Hidden Life."‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) The effect is sometimes confusing... But when the movie finds its rhythm, it blossoms into an authentic and moving portrayal of Alcott's world, smoothly melding traditional themes with contemporary attitudes.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) There is value to this, of course. The problem is that it all feels a bit too calculated, as if Abrams were merely ticking off boxes instead of portraying a "Star Wars" world in which such attitudes are intrinsic. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
82% The Report (2019) It's [Adam] Driver's very uniqueness, his odd leading man's physicality, not to mention his skill at conveying a range of emotions - much of it with just a slight change of expression - that fuels the film's narration.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) So while, similar to the real-life human being it portrays, the movie "Harriet" might have its flaws, it is an important depiction for our time: at least as important as a future president's supposed chopping down of a cherry tree.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Fueled by 11-year-old Davis' powerful performance, the film's message is that simple human kindness is the greatest strength of all.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
82% Judy (2019) The result is a moving study of a talented performer who never found the love she so clearly craved.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) But the film, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Paul Downs Colaizzo - and inspired by the real-life experience of Colaizzo's roommate Brittany O'Neill - is far more complicated than any simple formulaic manipulation.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) Yet in his "Downton Abbey" movie, Fellows adds in a few contemporary issues - among them women's rights and the plight of gay men. And though welcome, neither changes the overall template. Which is just what the series fans ordered.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Like Scorsese, Scafaria employs a number of skillful directorial touches, including beginning her film with a single-take look at Destiny entering a strip club as if she were a commodity on display - which, in effect, she is. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) As Dolly Parton tells the filmmakers, "Linda could literally sing anything." ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
89% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) If only peace in the Middle East were as easy to achieve as the laughs in Zorabi's satire.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's whole movie is based on a weak premise. And instead of giving us any reason to accept that premise... she merely indulges in a kind of artistic fancy that might make even Jackson Pollock smirk.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Wang is able to make her own personal culture clash, complex as it is, relatable to American moviegoers - especially to those who still believe in the notion of America being a multicultural melting pot.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Maron, in particular, is so natural as Mel that it's hard to believe he's acting.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/4 88% To Die For (1995) To Die For is a slickly savage look at contemporary life and the power of the media manipulators all around us.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) As efficient a filmmaker as Berlinger is, his coup was in casting the former teen heartthrob Efron.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) It's enough to say that [director Nahnatchka Khan]... manages to weave everything into an enjoyable example of the neo-rom-com - even if her roots in television production occasionally show through (where is that laugh-track, anyway?).‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Pleasant and timely summer comedy.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) While that tone certainly doesn't fit a traditional view of Dickinson, it just might be closer to reality than we've always been led to believe.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) Depending on your attitude toward religion, then, you may find much of "Hail Satan?" funny, despite the uncompromising intentions of its protagonists. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's not hard to see the disaffection of Lee's characters, caught up in a culture - not to mention a country - that is divided both in geography and in its societal soul.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Jones is less interested in narrative than he is in mood and tone. Many of the scenes in "Diane" are set-pieces, all featuring Diane doing her daily rounds... And in all this, actress Place is perfect.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1/4 11% Street Fighter (1994) It's too bad that the late Raul Julia had to finish his career with this dreck.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) Yet Kusama does film a couple of stirring bank robberies, and she gets solid performances from a cast that includes Sebastian Stan, Tatania Maslany and Bradley Whitford‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) In the end, Qiao may not experience either purity or happiness. But she proves better equipped than Bin to bridge old-world codes with those that are new.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) What lingers most, though, are the closeups of Holmes herself, her unblinking gaze staring back at us, as if even now, and despite all the evidence, she still can't tell the difference between a bona-fide dream and the peril of self-delusion.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
70% Climax (2019) At the 50-minute mark, though, Noé heads into an aesthetic netherworld, the point of which only he is capable of seeing.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Throughout all this, Moore is perfectly believable as Gloria. Turturro, not a natural choice for Arnold, proves to be her match as a needy man who can't find the strength needed to break with his past.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/4 94% Ulee's Gold (1997) Writer/director Nunez holds the threat of danger over all that happens, but the film is less a study of violence than it is a look at how one makes hard decisions in the face of harsh circumstances.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/4 42% I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Scream and the even better Scream 2 have intelligence, humor and an undercurrent of self-knowing satire that shows I Know What You Did... to be a passe bit of Hollywood formula. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Even the way the movie is filmed, with its editing providing the narrative a freer flow, is different - though this may be merely a sign of Farhadi's new-found artistic freedom.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Ross' film is merely an artistic glimpse of a life, and a community, that most of us will never see firsthand, but a life put in a perspective that we can all understand: sometimes joyous, sometimes mundane and sometimes utterly, utterly sad.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) Given everything else, Soderbergh's use of an iPhone may be the least surprising aspect of his whole movie.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski renders all this in the same kind of gorgeous black and white that he used in his 2013 film "Ida." ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
31% Io (2019) Even if the manner in which it unfolds is, in the end, fairly pedestrian, the message it strives to make definitely is not.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) That the compassion comes from characters who exist on the fringes of accepted society only emphasizes the heartbreaking irony of Koreeda's message.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Throughout all this strife, though, the main feeling that Jenkins conveys is one of hope. Not the sappy kind of hope that tells us love will conquer all, but a more realistic one about a love that, despite everything, endures.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The result is powerful, almost as if we are looking directly into the past, making it feel vibrant and real instead of merely a dated vision of the distant past.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rourke takes a fascinating, if familiar story, and makes a movie that leeches away most everything that is interesting and replaces it with brooding imagery involving characters almost impossible to like.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
80% 22 July (2018) Greengrass focuses on hope, on the message that a united front against hate is, in the end, the best way to fight back. And that's a message that needs to be stated clearly - now more than ever.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
72% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett captures much of this, if necessarily in cinematic shorthand... Yet it's exactly Wilde's penchant for self-destruction that Everett doesn't pursue enough.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The blame rests with Lagercrantz and with the producers who clearly thought that we wouldn't notice that a script boasting cheap thrills can't help but result in an even cheaper-feeling film.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Regardless, the actors... make them feel true. Which is precisely what a film needs to elevate it from mere melodrama to something closer to actual art. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Well-acted, sumptuously produced yet always challenging - especially to viewers sensitive to overt images of violence - "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is classic Coen, if not classic Western.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) Weisz is splendidly imperious and Stone more than holds her own among the British cast, though the lesser-known Colman is what truly binds "The Favourite" to history. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
66% Vice (2018) All this amounts to McKay's version of truth. And as busy and overstuffed as that truth may be, it's certainly plausible. ‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/4 49% The First Wives Club (1996) And as just this, a simple vehicle for feminist rage, "The First Wives Club" is effective. The trouble is that the opportunity was here to say so much more.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/4 53% Mars Attacks! (1996) [Mars Attacks!] works well enough, though never well enough to make up for the fact that Burton ultimately settles for less.‐ Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018