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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Made in cooperation with Eurovision, it's the rare work of movie branding that manages to both mock and honor its subject.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
72% The King of Staten Island (2020) In the latter half of the film, Apatow finally starts to home in on the point of his tale, and that's when The King of Staten Island becomes compelling and moving. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Lee, in his inimitable way, is prodding his audience to pay attention and realize that, even as history marches on, the same battles are still being fought.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
88% Shirley (2020) Decker's filmmaking is often dreamlike, but her storytelling has a cruel bite of reality to it-just as Jackson's writing did decades before.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Impressively, the quietest moments in The Vast of Night are as creepy and effective as the loudest.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
75% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) So much of 23 Hours to Kill could be pulled right out of the interstitial comedy-club scenes on his 30-year-old sitcom, and there's joy in seeing an older pro still earning big laughs.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
37% Wendy (2020) The effort it must have taken to create this movie is apparent in every frame, but that doesn't mean it's watchable.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) The small scale of Whannell's film makes its bloodiest flourishes and nastiest jumps hit harder.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
88% Onward (2020) A warm, gentle film that doesn't try to merely dazzle the audience with wild fantasy visuals.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) A rather routine translation of Austen's work, told with just enough flair and attention to detail to make it stand out.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) When all its ominous frights flame out in narrative chaos, The Lodge becomes a bore, more invested in the ghoulishness of its final reveal.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) I cannot in good conscience recommend buying a ticket to see it when Force Majeure is easily available to rent.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) It's not the cavalcade of horror promised by that first trailer, but rather the kind of bad movie one forgets instantly upon leaving the theater.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) For all its energy and vulgarity, The Gentlemen is a slog, a tedious and unnecessarily unpleasant tour of ground that Ritchie's already covered.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A mostly satisfactory amusement-park ride.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
91% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant is like a horror movie with a dose of Kafkaesque surrealism: A series of menial chores in service of a person so monstrous the camera literally cannot face him.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
91% Weathering with You (2020) Vividly contemporary-not an archetypal fable, but rather a compelling yarn about young people trying to live and love in an often hostile world of grown-ups‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) One of the worst cinematic fiascos I've seen in years.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) The film's power lies in the brutality of its true story, and yet that narrative stays within fairly conventional bounds precisely because of Cretton's commitment to telling it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
48% Underwater (2020) If not for the unusual setting and Stewart's unique star presence, Underwater might feel completely anonymous. Fortunately, all that H2O suffices to give this goofy trifle a memorable sense of atmosphere.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
20% Cats (2019) Whether you think the imagery is beautiful or nightmarish, this is a film that demands to be looked at.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
94% Little Women (2019) Gerwig manages to honor both the letter and the spirit of Alcott's tale; Little Women is stuffed with trials and tribulations, yet overflowing with goodwill.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker is a fitting epitaph for the thrills and limits of repetition; may it be the last episode of a saga that should've ended long ago.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) It's a decision Malick memorializes beautifully, in a film that is his most affecting effort in almost a decade.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdies have a magic touch with unpleasantness. They can find pure human tragedy in the most baroque modern horrors, buried like diamonds within the rock.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell works because, decades after the incident, it's skeptical of the spotlight.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) Yes, women belong in balloons. They also belong in good movies, and it's a shame this isn't one.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) In a film told with sweeping visual scope, Sciamma plunges the viewer into a story and setting of the deepest intimacy.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) The chemistry between the two leads is enough to recommend the film, but don't go into the theater expecting real historical insights.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) In the hands of Craig at his most gleeful, de Armas at her career best, and Johnson oozing love for the genre, Knives Out rises splendidly to the task.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) Haynes also provides a sense of crushing dread-the kind of unsolvable paranoia these procedure-bound movies usually work to counter.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It's a sincere, measured, and clever homage to its subject, a work of storytelling that would have made Mister Rogers proud.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari takes the straightforward ethos of car racing-where the winner is whoever is the fastest-and lays bare the egotism and greed required for such a triumph.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II sometimes gets impressionistic enough to reach the heights of its forebear.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is wonderfully reverent when it comes to Kubrick's film, but that means it can't escape The Shining's shadow, no matter how much King might have wanted it to.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Both halves of Marriage Story involve laughter and tears, but Baumbach concentrates on making each character feel distinct rather than syncing up their plot arcs.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) One's tolerance may vary when it comes to live singalongs of George Michael songs and tender family reconciliations, but I found myself won over.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is a work of real retrospection. It's a stunning achievement, worthy of a great director's twilight years.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) At best, the socio-historical drama version of Motherless Brooklyn is an interesting idea for a movie-one that should have stayed on the page.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) A lovely if muted experience, in which moments of silence and tranquility communicate as much as the naturalistic dialogue.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) What distinguishes the latest effort, however, is the return of Hamilton-an actor whom each reboot ignored and undervalued.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi is trying to strike an impossible balance here, and while he wins a few big battles, he ends up losing the war.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) It's funny, high-spirited, and giddily loopy, a descent into madness told with the energy of a sea shanty. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's not a film that quite rises to the level of "good," but it is transfixing-a dizzying hodgepodge of ideas powered by the welcome return of Jolie to the big screen.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
72% The King (2019) To quote another of the Bard's royal characters, it ends up feeling like a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) All the viewer knows is that Bong is telling a story about humans, which means it can be a perfect comedy until it becomes a tragedy.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Lee is innovating and looking backwards at the same time, and the viewing experience is as bewildering as that sounds.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy seems revitalized, and he gives this pleasant recounting of life on the Hollywood margins a jolt of energy anytime the camera is pointed his way.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
68% Joker (2019) As Joker gets grimmer and descends further into bloody violence, it becomes little more than a horror show, bludgeoning its viewers out of any chance at insight.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) The lesson of the film is a straightforward one-that in the future, people will still need to rely on one another-but Ad Astra communicates it with staggering profundity.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019