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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Chhapaak (2020) Director Meghna Gulzar and Indian superstar Deepika Padukone are affecting without excess in this fact-based drama about the aftermath of a horrible crime.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
89% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) Time and again during "After Class," Schechter makes pinpoint-accurate choices that are even more impressive when, after it's done, you replay the movie in your mind, and you realize what an exceptional piece of work it is.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Swati Bhise's old-fashioned historical epic is sincere but unexciting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
68% Danger Close (2019) By turns viscerally exciting and predictably formulaic - and, quite often, both at once - "Danger Close" is an efficiently crafted and consistently involving old-school war movie propelled by matter-of-fact professionalism on both sides of the cameras.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
43% Badland (2019) Justin Lee's indie Western should satisfy genre enthusiasts with a strong cast and an entertaining spin on a familiar story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) Filmmaker Bill Haney takes an effectively straightforward approach to fashioning a respectful portrait of maverick cancer researcher James P. Allison.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
62% 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) (2019) Larry Clarke's debut effort as writer-director is an affecting dramedy about a family dealing with a fading paterfamilias.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
26% Killerman (2019) Writer-director Malik Bader recalls '70s crime dramas in his brutal thriller about a memory-impaired money launderer pursued by dirty cops. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
57% Mission Mangal (2019) Jagan Shakti's exhilaratingly schmaltzy fact-based drama about India's epochal launch of a Mars-bound satellite is a rousing crowd-pleaser.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
0% Dead Water (2019) A tepid VOD-ready melodrama that strikes faint echoes of Roman Polanski's "Knife in the Water" and Phillip Noyce's "Dead Calm" while ponderously padding 60 or so minutes of plot to feature length.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
69% Bottom of the 9th (2019) Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara are among the most valuable players in Raymond De Felitta's affecting and effective drama about an ex-con who returns to his field of dreams.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
71% The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith (2019) A blandly sincere and sluggishly paced drama about a Mormon missionary's return to the South Pacific. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Last Whistle (2019) Brad Leland scores as a Texas high school football coach who pushes his players too far in Rob Smat's indie drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
50% The Outsider (2019) Trace Adkins looms large in a dark and brooding sagebrush saga with a healthy dose of Spaghetti Western fatalism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
32% Being Frank (2019) Laughs are few and far between in this weak comedy about a bigamist whose son discovers the truth behind his "business trips."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) A richly evocative and entertainingly anecdotal overview of the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene and its influence on contemporary artists.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
32% The Intruder (2019) Even Dennis Quaid's eager scenery-chewing can't enliven this laughably contrived and thoroughly predictable thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Waiting for the Miracle to Come (2019) Rampling and Nelson are beautifully matched as they bring out the best in each other.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
94% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) Thom Zimny's stripped-to-essentials portrait of the legendary performer impresses with its honesty and artistry.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
38% Kalank (2019) A lavish but ponderous Bollywood extravaganza that springs to life during a few exuberantly over-the-top production numbers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Deftly employing the power of suggestion and an emotionally potent sound design, "Body at Brighton Rock" is a well-crafted thriller with some crafty tricks up its sleeve.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
71% Run This Town (2019) A wildly uneven but occasionally insightful drama about not-so-innocent bystanders in the orbit of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
75% Olympic Dreams (2020) Jeremy Teicher's offbeat charmer is an artful mix of documentary-style realism and wistful romanticism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
No Score Yet Tread (2019) An absorbing documentary about a real-life rampage that often plays like the dark side of '70s rural revenge thrillers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
80% Super Deluxe (2019) Thiagarajan Kumararaja's unstable mix of dark comedy, brutal thriller and Douglas Sirkian melodrama is shamelessly excessive but undeniably entertaining.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet Bluebird (2019) Established stars and eager hopefuls sing the praises of an iconic Nashville music venue in a lightly engaging documentary. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The predatory bogeywoman of Mexican legend haunts 1970s Los Angeles in Michael Chaves' efficiently formulaic shocker.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
44% Captive State (2019) An audacious and suspenseful thriller about resistance fighters waging an underdog campaign against occupying extraterrestrials.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
80% The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) The man behind *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys is revealed as a master fraudster in this absorbing documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Yes God Yes (2019) Karen Maine's naughty but nice coming-of-age story showcases an exceptional performance by Natalia Dyer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
86% I Am Richard Pryor (2019) Jesse James Miller's biographical documentary is a conventional but fascinating portrait of the self-destructive comic great.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Commands attention less as historical counterpoint than as a sturdy showcase for the neatly balanced lead performances of Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
45% The Kid (2019) Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan ride tall in Vincent D'Onofrio's fresh take on the saga of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
28% The Iron Orchard (2019) Lane Garrison propels the film with his vibrant performance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
No Score Yet Duke (2018) An uneven but arresting indie thriller about two siblings who are driven to heroic extremes by childhood traumas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
91% The Unicorn (2019) Robert Schwartzman's lightly amusing trifle plays like an updated version of a dinner theater staple.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
48% In Like Flynn (2019) Russell Mulcahy's seriocomic imagining of Errol Flynn's pre-stardom adventures is hugely satisfying old-fashioned fun.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
84% Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019) The final scenes are so obviously open-ended, and fraught with promises of things to come, that the filmmakers might as well have concluded with a title card: "Stay tuned for our next exciting episode."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
94% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) An artful and affecting mix of harshly defined specifics and impressionistic storytelling ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
9% Replicas (2019) Rampant silliness and gaping plot holes test audience patience in Jeffrey Nachmanoff's sci-fi thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
11% Backtrace (2018) Matthew Modine is outstanding as an amnesia-stricken bank robber in Brian A. Miller's VOD-centric thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
21% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Vijay Krishna Acharya's expensive and exuberant Bollywood masala delivers the goods as a satisfying popcorn epic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Divide (2018) An uncommonly compelling and emotionally rich drama.‐ The Moving Picture Show
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
72% Indivisible (2018) An arresting faith-based drama about a crisis of faith, set against the 2007 troop surge of the Iraq War.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
22% Big Kill (2018) Scott Martin's enjoyably retro Western should please genre fans eager for a wild ride.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
80% A Crooked Somebody (2018) A satisfyingly crafted entertainment that doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, but does take a few surprising detours from well-trodden genre paths‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
83% Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncqui√®res) (2019) "Mademoiselle de Joncquieres" takes a stealthy and slow-burn approach before fully revealing its true colors as a shrewdly choreographed roundelay of scheming, seduction and revenge in the spirit of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
94% Screwball (2019) An impudently entertaining documentary that suggests what might result if the Monty Python troupe were given carte blanche to produce an investigative report for "60 Minutes."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) Writer-director Vasan Bala's wild and wacky yet also warm and fuzzy fable about a resourceful young man who transcends ostensible physical limitations to become a two-fisted, swift-kicking hero likely will prove to be an irresistible crowd-pleaser.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
38% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) There is a happy ending to the story - but, unfortunately, it doesn't arrive nearly soon enough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018