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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) There is a beguiling delicacy and precision about López's work that hits you almost immediately.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
2.5/5 75% Military Wives (2020) ... the entire film feels like something is missing, some piece that pulls it all together. Perhaps, what it needed, was a bit more truth.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
3.5/5 67% The Lovebirds (2020) It seems obvious to put the pair [Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae] together and new Netflix action-comedy The Lovebirds is evidence that they work incredible well together, even when the script is mostly by the numbers.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
2/5 26% The Postcard Killings (2020) There is a certain simplicity to The Postcard Killings that is inarguably ruined as more and more answers come to light, only to be saved by a measured performance from Morgan and some lovely cinematography. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
4.5/5 86% Emma. (2020) Through a delightful combination of sight, sound, and performance, de Wilde's EMMA. is a premier scruples comedy of the highest order and is available now on home video for endless enjoyment.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
4/5 52% Scoob! (2020) Not so much a continuation of the stories audiences have seen, but a soft-reboot that opens the door for an entire Hanna-Barbera universe of adventures, Scoob! is a fun tale of loving friendship ...‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
3.5/5 75% Samurai Marathon (2019) So while the film itself is the "lively action flick with a samurai twist" experience as promised, it doesn't evoke the kind of munificence it wants to bestow upon the proceedings.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4/5 100% Better Days (2019) ... Better Days is best understood as a contemplation on our own role in society, that it's not enough to want us to be better, but to create the version of the world we long for. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
3.5/5 48% Arkansas (2020) Mixed with a cast that's ready to play, this feature length directorial debut from Clark Duke, who also acts in the film opposite Hemsworth, is a slow burn neo-western that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 88% Ne Zha (2019) Ne Zha ... is adapted in such a way that it takes advantage of animation to create action sequences that not only serve to communicate character conflict and growth, but look incredible at the same time. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
4/5 75% Tammy's Always Dying (2019) Paired with superb direction from second-time feature director Amy Jo Johnson, familial drama Tammy's Always Dying is a painful reminder that we can't always save the ones we love, and that the ones we love can't be saved.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Morano's direction does an incredible job of putting the audience into [action], yet there's something in the pacing, narrative structure, and eventual conclusion that leaves the audience cold.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/5 100% Queen of Paradis (2020) The finished documentary, titled Queen of Paradis, does more than present how Paradis creates the photo series, it demonstrates how each piece is profoundly personal in its conception.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
4.5/5 68% Extraction (2020) If you love hard-hitting films like Atomic Blonde, The Raid 2: Berandal, and any of the John Wick films, which have that put-you-in-the-action feel, cue up Extraction and scratch that itch.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
3.5/5 93% Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Volume 1: Midnight Madness (2020) It may be unfair to ask a documentary about midnight movies to be perfect, and the issues present are largely quibbles, but Time Warp, Vol 1 is certainly going to either invite new members into the fold or strengthen old fans' long-held love.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
4/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) ... that's why the utterly mayhem-filled WDYJD! Is simultaneously absolutely irreverent and dead serious, the end result being a darkly hilarious trip through family and greed.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2020
3.5/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) ... frankly, it's a mixed bag. The Current War manages to be both energetic and poignant, while somehow undeniably shallow. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
4.5/5 87% The Witch: Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) ... [writer/director Hoon-jung] Park masterfully weaves each [narrative aspect] into and out of each other until the audience is on the edge of their seat for a ride filled with countless surprises.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2020
4/5 88% Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020) ... the R-rated Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge offers a perspective previously unexamined in Mortal Kombat lore and all the bloody mayhem that will delight old fans, yet is approachable enough to lure in new ones.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
4/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) These are meaty topics that make Just Mercy a frequently hard watch ... but because where Just Mercy leaves its audience emotionally is very much relevant today.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3.5/5 58% The Lost Husband (2020) ... for almost every time audiences expect The Lost Husband to run straight toward one of those genre clichés, it pivots, making for a frequently surprising and tender experience.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
3.5/5 90% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) As a final film, Ip Man 4: The Finale is exactly that, a closing tale that solidifies this series as one of the more innovative and emotionally compelling martial arts sagas in recent memory.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3.5/5 100% Stray (2018) Thanks to mesmerizing performances and intimate direction, Stray encourages the audience to lean in as [writer/director Dustin] Feneley presents a slice of life dramatic tale of loss and healing.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
3.5/5 72% Vivarium (2020) While it may not be the first thing you'll want to watch while social distancing, there's no denying Vivarium's ability to crawl under your skin.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/5 51% Bamboozled (2000) Believe it or not, Bamboozled is a comedy, even if a dark one. Lee makes sure that there are plenty of laughs, even if he's poking the audience at the same time to wonder why they are laughing. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
4.5/5 99% Blow the Man Down (2020) We often think we know what kind of world we live in until something shakes the veil loose and reality comes crashing in. The question this modern day Agatha Christie tale asks isn't what would you do, but what are you willing to do?‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3.5/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) There's no question that the facts were ignored in the pursuit of a public win. That's the luxury of time and distance not afforded in the thick of any crisis.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Out on home video now is his 103rd film First Love, which utilizes the backdrop of a crime-filled Japanese city to explore how selfishness destroys and a pure heart extends your life.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) Though loss is a central feature of Onward, there's a pervasive hopefulness that brings a great deal of joy, even if it also elicits tears.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
4/5 90% My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2020) Time and again, My Hero Academia finds clever and surprising ways to raise the stakes in every story, all in the pursuit of its grand theme: what does it take to be a hero?‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 53% Guns Akimbo (2020) It's a particularly sadomasochistic experience as Guns Akimbo breaks down society's desire for violence and their fetishization of mental health stereotypes while serving up exactly what the audience craves.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 75% The Misogynists (2020) At first, one might expect a film portraying several hours after Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016 as either leaning strongly in one political direction or another, but Tukel wisely takes aim at everyone ...‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3.5/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) This thought permeates throughout director Richard Stanley's (The Otherworld) adaptation of Lovecraft's 1927 short story The Colour Out of Space, a film that is as wildly intense and unsettling as it is beautiful and confusing.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) As far as adaptations go, The Call of the Wild does an excellent job of tweaking the source material for a modern age without losing any emotional heft. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
4/5 74% The Photograph (2020) ... Meghie's tale which examines not just love, but the words not spoken and a life-lived privately in public, and is performed by outstanding performers who make you feel their truths as much as believe them.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 77% A Simple Wedding (2020) Though the story ... doesn't dig into the patriarchal aspects of marriage, the romantic comedy A Simple Wedding does explore the conflict between cultural perceptions of love and the greater significance of philautia ...‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) At its core, Birds of Prey is not just a film to wipe the slate clean for the Crown Princess of Crime, but to establish that the toxicity present, the male-domination that creeps through [Suicide] Squad, is a thing of the past.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
4.5/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Unequivocally, the director's cut is a riveting piece of cinema which should be the version audiences see from here moving forward. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Loud, violent, and just ridiculous enough to warrant a return to Skull Island as soon as the credits finish rolling, ladies and gentlemen, for your utter delight and pleasure, Vogt-Roberts presents: Kong: Skull Island.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
2/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) ... [I]t's visually beautiful and successful recreates many of the iconic scenes from the Japanese anime film (itself an adaptation of a manga); yet it fails to capture the central essence of the story.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
4.5/5 93% Logan (2017) Logan elevates itself beyond superhero tropes by examining the man well known for his healing ability, sharp claws, and short temper through themes of finality and family.‐ CLTure
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
3.5/5 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) Audiences will absolutely delight in the carnage, yet find themselves longing for a stronger payoff by the end.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
2.5/5 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Unfortunately, what's advertised as high-octane rock n' roll is more of an uneven pop song.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
4.5/5 40% The Song of Names (2019) Ordinarily these stories focus on the ones in the ghettos or camps, but Lebrecht's tale is of a survivor and the weighted responsibility that surviving bears. It is ... a beautiful, poignant expression of faith, family, and the persistence of a people.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) ... [Ritchie's] latest effort, The Gentlemen, gives off a sense of Ritchie breaking free from whatever he was trying to conform too in the latter pictures, using the polish as a beautiful veneer for some truly nasty mayhem.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3.5/5 23% Yoga Hosers (2016) Fans of Smith's prior work will have a blast, eagerly awaiting the chance to show Yoga Hosers to their kids, while the average filmgoer will likely pass on what is one of Smith's more uneven stories. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 66% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Smith's latest film, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, brings together just about every familiar face audiences have met and loved in a story that's hilariously familiar and with a heart bigger than Jay's junk. BONG.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's with great pleasure that I proclaim the Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah-directed Bad Boys for Life is the best Bad Boys since the original. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Forget any notion you might hear that Like A Boss is a girls' night out film or a date night film. It's a friend film. New friends, old friends, casual friends, longtime friends, you will see yourself ... represented in the characters or the narrative. ‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) [S]o much of The Rise of Skywalker appears impossible, even likely improbable, until it happens and then, once more, we are returned to a childlike state, in awe of the mysteries of the Force.‐ Elements of Madness
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019