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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) a profoundly female-centric action film, one that is committed to flipping the script on action-movie gender politics in almost every way possible, but without doing so in a way that feels forced or didactic‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 77% A Bucket of Blood (1959) What better way to undercut the worst of artistic pretensions than to do it with a slapdash movie produced in five days called A Bucket of Blood?‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 98% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) a fascinating, engrossing, and deeply informative experience‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 96% The Circus (1928) while it is hardly Chaplin's best film, The Circus is packed with enough memorable moments, a few of which rank among Chaplin's greatest comic achievements, to stand firmly on its own‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 69% Joker (2019) it is over before it begins because there is no other possible outcome than what we eventually arrive at, and Phillips and Silver don't give us an interesting enough trajectory to make up for that loss‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 64% The Addams Family (1991) captures the family's droll humor with just the right mixture of morbidity and genuine care‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 76% Addams Family Values (1993) lives up to and even surpasses its predecessor in conveying the titular family's wonderful weirdness‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo did such a fine job of rescuing the character from simplistic jingoism that it is almost painful to watch Stallone going back to the well one more time, especially when the narrative justification is simultaneously so weak and so exploitative.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/4 100% Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987) like the neorealist works from which it descends, deceptively simple and utterly profound‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 100% And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More) (1996) a self-conscious deconstruction of the cinema itself, uncovering in ways both subtle and overt how movies are fictions that nevertheless help us recognize fundamental truths‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 80% Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994) On a purely intellectual level, it is fascinating film in relation to the others in the trilogy, but viewed on its own, it doesn't have much to offer.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) It is that most intriguing of science fiction epics, the kind that uses the vast reaches of space to turn us inward and remind us that what really matters is often what is right in front of us.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 62% It Chapter Two (2019) has enough going for it that it doesn't quite feel like a disappointment, but neither does it fully recreate the first film's gripping action and rich emotional texture‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Much blood is spilt and many quips are made as the absurdities pile up, although it never really adds up to all that much.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ochazuke no aji (Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice) (1964) a drama about coming to terms with and accepting difference in the ones you love, and the manner in which it ends makes it one of the most hopeful of Ozu's late dramas‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 100% Seven Chances (1925) despite the problems with the film's earlier sequences, as a whole it is completely and utterly redeemed in the last 15 minutes, where Keaton stages a fantastically hilarious trajectory gag‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 78% Battling Butler (1926) The fight sequence is a curious anomaly in Keaton's career, which typically found him escaping violence through pluck and creativity and sheer luck, rather than aggression and violence.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 99% Honeyland (2019) As Honeyland makes clear in a gentle, subtle way, the relationship between humanity and the world in which we live must be handled with care.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/4 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) Lee is using violence to provoke discussion in his viewers, to drive at controversial issues that don't have simple, neat, or clean answers‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/4 95% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton's masterpiece and one of the greatest silent-era comedies-a clockwork marvel of visual invention and meta-cinematic reflection‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 100% The Navigator (1924) an amusing Buster Keaton comedy-hardly one of his best, but one that certainly has more than its share of pleasures‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) any movie called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark lives and dies by its goosey thrills, of which there are plenty here‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 94% Klute (1971) While the plot mechanics work along the well-worn gears of any number of mystery-thrillers, the film catches and holds us because Bree is such a fascinating, enigmatic character.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) not just a biographical documentary, but a compelling drama about how history is written and how easily its major players can be erased when they don't fit into the convenient, dominant narrative‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/4 88% The Silence (1963) an important and compelling film in its own right, but what is arguably most fascinating about it is the way it points to a new and even more challenging era of Bergman's career ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/4 70% Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) (1962) feels too much like it is wallowing in its despair, rather than grappling with it, which is what Bergman's best films do‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 100% Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly) (1961) a spare, intense, introspective look at the interpersonal dynamics of a quartet of family members struggling with their own identities and their understanding of each other‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 79% 1984 (1984) Radford's visualization of Orwell's vision in 1984 is all the more powerful and disconcerting today for how frighteningly prescient it was‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino builds the suspense and tension of looming violence, but regularly punctuates it with bits of pitch-perfect black comedy‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 83% Crawl (2019) not quite a masterpiece of B-movie thrills, but it is a very good one-simple, direct, and efficient in what it's doing‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) It doesn't so much turn the tables on a traditional male-centric genre as it simply appropriates its characteristics and gives them a modern female spin.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) stretched pretty thin in justifying its existence‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/4 92% The General (1927) features gags that are as much artful exercises in stuntwork and timing as they are orchestrated attempts at humor, and the fact that they work so well as both is testament to Keaton's brilliance as a filmmaker and performer‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 100% Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) the story is just a set-up for the comedy, which Keaton executes with his trademark combination of perfectly timed derring-do and taciturn nonchalance‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) All biopics are fantasies of one kind or another; Rocketman has the daring to wear it on its cinematic sleeve.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) it works on its own terms and deserves neither the critical scorn nor audience apathy it has received‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 100% Swing Time (1936) features some of the most transcendent, memorable choreography in all of Astaire and Rogers' films‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/4 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jarmusch lands some good jokes and the film as a whole is laced with an absurd sense of detached humor, but there is literally nothing about the film that someone else hasn't already done better.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) has an almost effortless buoyancy that is fueled by humor, action, and romanticism, often all at the same time‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/4 100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) (1968) filled from end to end with stunning set-pieces and painterly images, exquisite camera movements and elaborate set design‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/4 35% The Believers (1987) a solid piece of genre work that manipulates its familiar material in interesting ways‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/4 83% Midsommar (2019) Aster's ability to get under the viewer's skin is testament to his grasp of the genre and how it can work in so many different ways‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/4 67% Funny Games (1998) a viciously effective polemic against the placid acceptance of film violence, a perverse experiment in audience manipulation that lures us into watching what should be unwatchable and then draws our attention to our unexamined desires‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/4 100% The Heiress (1950) The film works so well because those surging emotional currents, although often pushed just below the surface, give it a constant tension that draws you in like a thriller. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) what I found most impressive about Endgame is how is just as often strikes notes of grace as it does moments of hectic violence‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron uses his flinty blue eyes primarily to turn on the charm, but there are a few moments, especially near the end, when they go dark and glowering, indicating not the monster inside, but the utter emptiness-the void into which his victims fell prey.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/4 92% Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force) (1985) a goofy action comedy that redefined the boundaries of the martial arts film by incorporating kung-fu theatrics into a modern police procedural‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 88% Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II) (1988) the dexterity of not just Chan's physicality, but his balancing of comedy and suspense and violence and intrigue is what makes his films so consistently enjoyable‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Hamer and Gault make for a duo almost as intriguing as Bonnie and Clyde, which is what makes the film work as more than just gimmicky cinematic revisionism.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3.5/4 90% Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) (1964) largely eschews a traditional cinematic approach to the subject and instead dramatizes the action through a fractured subjectivity that renders the entire experience dreamlike and fleeting‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019