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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 96% Ida (2014) Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's film is a beautiful and remarkable piece of cinema which features a superb performance by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska in the title role.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy gives the performance of her career and Richard E. Grant is terrific. Director Marielle Heller has a keen eye for detail from the bookshops to the bars, the film is bathed in authenticity. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
4/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Russo brothers switch from defense to offense for a satisfying conclusion to the series worthy of respect from Marvel fans. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradly Cooper and Lady Gaga electrify the screen. Backed by a first-rate supporting cast and well-written songs, this is by far the best version of the timeless classic.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt is magical as the umbrella-toting nanny in Rob Marshall's sequel to the 1964 classic. Catchy songs, beautiful 2D animation, and the golden voice of Lin-Manuel Miranda make for great entertainment. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/4 91% Lean on Pete (2018) The shots of Charley and Pete in the desert searching for his aunt recall Wim Wenders Paris, Texas. Plummer's performance is of the finest caliber and the driving force behind the film.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 94% Wildlife (2018) Carey Mulligan delivers another outstanding performance in Paul Dano's directorial debut. "Wildlife" is a must-see!‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/4 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) LaBeouf and Gudnason are electrifying in the best on-screen rivalry since Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl battled it out in Ron Howard's Rush.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) In one form or another, we can all relate to some childhood experience shared by the film's two young protagonists. An ingenious portrait of family, heartbreak, and belonging.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Foster and McKenzie are fantastic. The authentic performances drive this beautiful story filled with hope and heartbreak. The audience is rooting for these two in a world that can be very harsh.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) The film approaches Mary Magdalene with sensitivity at Terrence Malick speed giving the audience plenty of time to absorb Garth Davis' eye-opening film about the often misunderstood disciple of Christ. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
4/4 97% The Rider (2018) Occasionally a film comes along that captures an honest slice of American life with performances so authentic that you forget you're watching a movie. Writer-director Chloé Zhao is responsible for one of the best films of the year. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Joel Edgerton tackles gay conversion therapy with the powerful film. One of the best movies you'll see this year.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Just as redemption plays a role in most of Schrader's work, First Reformed offers self-redemption for a master craftsman who delivers on the best films of 2018.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 96% Zama (2018) An elaborate piece of cinema suffused with so many details, both visual and audible, that it's impossible to absorb everything happening behind-the-scenes. The vivid portrait of colonialism marks a magnificent return for Martel after a nine-year absence. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
4/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Reeves and Stahelski reunite for the most violent film in the franchise filled with breathtaking fight sequences that will leave you craving more. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Elements of horror and fantasy permeate the gritty drama that leaves the audience spellbound. This is powerful filmmaking at its best. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) A refreshing documentary that comes at just the right time. Morgan Neville delivers a fitting tribute to the man who devoted his entire life to the well being of children. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 95% Blaze (2018) Ethan Hawke brings the life of underrated musician Blaze 'Deputy Dog'Foley to the big screen with Arkansas native Benjamin Dickey in the lead role. The result is one of the most authentic films about Texas that flawlessly captures the Austin music scene.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 93% We the Animals (2018) Not everyone can relate to the childhood exhibited in Jeremiah Zagar's We the Animals but to those who can the film is one of the most authentic coming-of-age depictions to grace the screen. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 87% Colette (2018) Colette's fight for independence becomes the driving force for the period piece which is even more relevant today as women continue to fight for their rights in the #MeToo era.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) An instant horror classic joining the ranks of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is Tarantino's love letter to the end of an era. The filmmaker's alternate timeline makes you wish for a way to swap it with reality. A killer cast, lots of laughs, and a finale that unleashes the director's fury one more time. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins' bittersweet story about young Harlem couple Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) basks in a passionate glow of love accented by Nicholas Britell's evocative score. One of 2018's best films. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It takes a filmmaker like Spike Lee to continually remind us how little we've progressed in 242 years. BlacKkKlansman is the ultimate form of entertainment, funny, emotional, and timely.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 65% Suspiria (2018) Blood and gore flow freely especially in the finale which will go down as one of the most unforgettable moments of any horror film in a macabre dance of the flesh that resembles a collaboration between Andy Warhol and David Cronenberg.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/4 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Lightning strikes twice for Embrace of the Serpent filmmakers Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra. Their sophomore epic will leave you breathless. A masterpiece. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawel Pawlikowski's timeless love story seduces the viewer with the perfect blend of romance, tragedy, and music. Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot are fantastic. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/4 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Jia Zhang-Ke's mobster love story is one of the best films you'll see this year. Zhao Tao delivers one of her best performances whileEric Gautier's cinematography is absolutely stunning. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Hirokazu Kore-eda's new film is the sleeper hit of 2018. The Japanese filmmaker has become a master of humanity, his films are true reflections of how we as flawed individuals are embraced by those closest to us, family.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
4/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi Gan's mesmerizing film-noir plays like a fascinating dream that you hope won't end. The writer-director uses color and the shroud of nightfall to guide the audience down a path filled with mystery and romance. Dazzling.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
4/4 84% Dogman (2019) Matteo Garrone returns to the criminal underworld decade after mobster film Gomorrah. There's plenty of bite in this canine tale filled with drugs, thugs and a remarkable performance by Marcello Fonte. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde's directorial debut is a refreshing coming-of-age comedy that goes against stereotypes thanks to the multi-layered characters. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein get my vote for the best onscreen duo of 2019!‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Devilish fun as Colman, Stone, and Weisz take the British monarchy for a rollicking jaunt. One of 2018's best films. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
4/4 68% Joker (2019) The gritty look and dark tone of Todd Phillips' origins story is exactly the treatment needed for the sinister supervillain. With Scorsese overtones and Phoenix in one of his best performances classify this under Masterpiece. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 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
4/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe delivers a masterful performance while Schnabel creates the most revealing portrait of Van Gogh placing the audience in the troubled mind of the accomplished painter. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece oscillates between the intimacy of the director's Y Tu Mamá También and the grandeur of a Cecil B. Demille epic. It's an exquisite work of art filled with compassion and beauty‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
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 97% Free Solo (2018) Watching the 33-year old cling to the side of a 3,000 ft wall of granite without a harness is nerve-racking. A stunning achievement.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Julianne Moore is marvelous as a free-spirited divorcee looking for companionship underneath the pulsating lights of L.A.'s club scene in Oscar-winning Sebastián Lelio's remake of his 2013 Chilean film.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/4 98% Working Woman (2019) The tense Israeli psychological thriller covers sexual harassment in a realistic manner. Liron Ben Shlush and Menashe Noy deliver two of the finest performances of the year. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The con is on in this masterful tale from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. Filled with twists and turns executed to a tee by the superb cast. Bong and co-writer Han Jin-won easily deliver the best original screenplay of the year. Flawless. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) A pure gem. Shot by Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack, the Queen of Soul is captured delivering an unforgettable and inspirational performance that became the best-selling Gospel album of all time. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/4 72% All Is True (2019) After devoting forty years of his life interpreting Shakespeare's work, Kenneth Branagh plays The Bard in the gracious biopic that features wonderful performances by Branagh, Dench, McKellen, and especially Kathryn Wilder. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/4 94% The Mustang (2019) Matthias Schoenarts delivers a superb performance in Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's directorial debut, a beautiful film about redemption and reform. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/4 98% The Farewell (2019) Lulu Wang's semi-autobiographical film will make you laugh and cry. Awkwafina's natural intensity is a dynamic match for Shuzhen Zhao's energetic performance. The best film of 2019.‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/4 93% Honey Boy (2019) Shia LaBeouf's semi-autobiographical film is superb as the actor bares his soul. One of the best films of 2019. ‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) I felt like I was watching a mesmerizing play as the characters, dialogue, and plot complemented each other forming a visual poem. Joe Talbot's debut feature had the same effect on me as Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You."‐ The Victoria Advocate
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
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