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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 52% Scoob! (2020) The Mystery Inc. gang is back in this animated reboot that tries too hard at being contemporary but it's still great family fun.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) If you love science fiction and The Twilight Zone you'll enjoy this edge of your seat sci-fi thriller. Impressive. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
1/4 42% Capone (2020) Josh Trank's bizarre biopic fails miserably. A hot mess. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3/4 44% Robert the Bruce (2019) Light on action, but strong performances throughout in this relaxed historical biopic.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3.5/4 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) The film is violent, absorbing, and a must for any western fan. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Ari Wegner. The cast is first-rate. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3/4 85% The Booksellers (2020) Even if you're not an avid reader, you'll enjoy this engaging documentary that takes a look at the last of a dying breed, the antiquarian bookseller.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3.5/4 48% Arkansas (2020) The dark comedy provides plenty of laughs and a stellar cast. Plus The Flaming Lips covering country classics, a big thumbs up. An impressive directorial debut by Duke. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3.5/4 73% The Wretched (2020) A fun throwback to 80s horror films with plenty of thrills and chills reminiscent of Fright Night. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3.5/4 61% Hope Gap (2020) It can be frustrating to watch at times, but Nicholson's layered and complex screenplay along with Bening's superb performance make this a rewarding experience.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3.5/4 97% The Painter and the Thief (2020) The art theft becomes the background setting as the journey to self-development for the painter and the thief develops into the documentary's prime focus. Fascinating. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3/4 100% Pahokee (2020) An immersive documentary that captures the essence of a rite of passage that to most high school seniors represents the pinnacle of their lives. You are left caring for these teens and community. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
3/4 84% Deerskin (2020) Jean Dujardin is fascinated with his suede jacket in this rousing tale of madness that marks a change for Dupieux who shifts the lunacy from the situation that most of his previous characters have found themselves in, to the actual characters themselves.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
3/4 81% Porno (2020) A fright fest of fun with more gore than scares, although there are a few tense scenes, that's balanced by a healthy dose of comedy. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3.5/4 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) An impressive film that will be lauded for its visual style but there is much more at play here including well-written characters, multi-layers, and signs of filmmaker that doesn't play by the rules.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3.5/4 83% The Whistlers (2020) The latest entry in the Romanian New Wave heads towards Hollywood neo-noir territory. Compelling, funny, and another great performance by Vlad Ivanov. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
4/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hittman's drama churns away in repress mode, led by a brilliant Sidney Flanigan who keeps you captivated as she navigates through unknown territory in her quest to get an abortion. Talia Ryder is equally impressive. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3/4 65% Tape (2020) A powerful casting-couch drama based on a true story. Good performances and a nail-biting third act drive the film. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/4 88% The Dog Doc (2020) An eye-opening documentary that should be required viewing for all pet owners. Do you believe in miracles? ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3.5/4 77% The Banker (2020) Mackie and Jackson together with Nicholas Hoult are a terrific trio that entertains and educates with an inspirational story that's been given the Hollywood treatment.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
3/4 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Davidson proves he can handle a lead role and deliver the laughs in a groundbreaking performance.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3.5/4 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) It's the kind of film you come across while channel surfing on a lazy Saturday afternoon and suddenly it's one of your favorites. High Plains Drifter meets Tarantino. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
4/4 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Ken Loach returns with another story focused on the struggles of the working class in the poignant drama with memorable performances. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3/4 96% Saint Frances (2020) Writer-actor Kelly O'Sullivan drives the fresh film that tackles hot topics without fuss. Brimming with terrific performances. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3.5/4 86% Emma. (2020) Autumn de Wilde's new adaptation of Jane Austen's misguided matchmaker is a wicked delight.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
3.5/4 89% Swallow (2020) he psychological thriller can be hard to ingest but Haley Bennett's mesmerizing performance helps it go down easy. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
3.5/4 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) The horror rom-com is over-the-top zany as The Exorcist meets Spinal Tap with a delightful cast. It's a riot. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
3/4 34% Seberg (2020) Another superb performance by Kristen Stewart who brings her own interpretation of the Jean Seberg to the screen. The film is a pseudo-biopic that scampers through the facts but is still compelling to watch. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 98% Come As You Are (2020) Based on a true story, the film starts out crass but makes way for laughter and tender moments balanced nicely by director Richard Wong. A terrific cast and good script make this road trip enjoyable.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
2.5/4 22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) Those expecting a traditional sequel to the Coen Brothers film will be perplexed as Turturro comes up with the most creative way to resurrect Jesus, put him in a 1974 sex romp comedy. The approach is always more fun to watch than the actual strike. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/4 48% Greed (2020) Michael Winterbottom once again reteams with the king of dry wit, Steve Coogan. The shift from comedy to gravity can be a bit jarring but when the film works it's very entertaining.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Merlant and Haenel sizzle in the intoxicating 18th-century love story. The period drama soars to new heights only to deliver a downpour of unbridled passion.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/4 98% The Garden Left Behind (2019) The struggles of the trans community are featured in the film by Flavio Alves that manages to deliver a powerful message without breaking new ground. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/4 91% The Assistant (2020) The Harvey Weinstein-inspired drama delivers a powerful message with no resolution in sight. Julia Garner's nuanced performance drives the powerful film. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 74% The Lodge (2020) A brooding chiller with a first-rate Riley Keough from the Austrian filmmakers behind 'Goodnight Mommy.' ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 92% Miss Americana (2020) Lana Wilson's documentary humanizes Taylor Swift who like all of us just wants to be loved. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
3.5/4 86% Zombi Child (2020) Bertrand Bonello's excellent supernatural thriller blends Haitian folklore previously covered by Wes Craven with girls at a Parisian prep school. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
2.5/4 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Blake Lively is so good that I'm willing to give the unlikely assassin a second shot. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
2/4 12% The Turning (2020) Mackenzie Davis makes the film watchable while Floria Sigismondi creates the perfect goth setting but it lacks scares and an ending. The soundtrack transcends the film. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Nicolas Cage and H.P. Lovecraft, a match made in heaven! Prepare yourself for trippy cosmic carnage that captures the spirit of the gothic author.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/4 80% VHYes (2020) A hilarious spoof of '80s late-night television that would fit right at home on Adult Swim. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/4 99% Midnight Family (2019) Ambulance crews become ambulance chasers as the documentary begins to resemble Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler. A fascinating nocturnal thrill ride. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
3.5/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) Fantastic performances from Jordan and Foxx while shedding light on the trailblazing work accomplished by Stevenson, Ansley and the Equal Justice Initiative.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/4 89% 1917 (2020) Sam Mendes' thrilling WWI drama is an immersive experience leaving the viewer breathless. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 91% Clemency (2019) Empathy is at the heart of Chinonye Chukwu's Sundance winner with a superb Alfre Woodard who can command a scene by just using her facial expressions. Riveting. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
4/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Brimming with unbridled energy, the Safdie brothers wield the pulse of New York City and use it to drive their unorthodox method of storytelling. Sandler is out of his element and phenomenal. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig's version was conceived out of affection for Louisa May Alcott's novel. It's contemporary with a message of female empowerment and the cast is terrific especially Ronan and Pugh.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
3/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) A gracious exit to the sags George Lucas unveiled 42 years ago. The nostalgic and sentimental film isn't concerned with breaking new ground as it is with bidding farewell.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 87% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Nadav Lapid's unpredictable third feature recalls the Portland Trilogy by Gus Van Sant as the film thrives on isolated characters, unscrupulous situations, and the temerity of youth.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood is at his best with another compelling story about a real-life American hero. Hauser excels as the film's unlikely leading man while Bates and Rockwell deliver strong supporting performances.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) Todd Haynes opts for a good old-fashioned corporate thriller with investigative goto actor Mark Ruffalo delivering another solid performance. Riveting. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019