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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks brings peaceful energy to Mr. Rogers, leaving a desire for more of him and less of the underdeveloped journalist at the center of the film. Creative cinematography and directing add to Hanks' performance, shining in spite of a flawed script.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
9 96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese at his peak blending his controlled, moving camera seamlessly with subtle, nuanced character moments reminiscent of his earlier films. Everyone deserves an Oscar -- except those responsible for the distracting, failed de-aging technology. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
9 69% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Snuck in a review at the end of my segment of a film not in theaters but deserving of being seen on a big screen. Unstoppable's Director Aaron Lieber creates a visually stunning, inspiring portrait sure to energize you to tackle your own dreams. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
7 47% Last Christmas (2019) Uplifting, quirky film full of sweet surprises. This holiday themed romantic comedy uses singing, humor and mystery to remind us all to appreciate the foibles that make us different and the humanity within us all.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
10 94% Sea of Shadows (2019) This international political environmental thriller will have you telling everyone to be quiet so you can see and hear every moment. After it ends you want to talk about it with everyone and convince them to watch it. Now. Go watch it now! ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
7 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) I want more Linda Hamilton! She's becoming a more intense, vulnerable and intriguing actor. The fight scenes didn't flow with the character scenes, but Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis and even Arnold, filled the screen with heart, soul and power. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
4/10 83% Judy (2019) Renee Zellweger's performance was more caricature than acting throughout most of this slight film. The script and director rarely dig below the surface and Zellweger's few subtle moments were not enough to save this film. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
10/10 80% Abominable (2019) Writer/ Director Jill Culton, has crafted a magical, awe inspiring experience. The warm, touching film will fill your heart, soul and mind with inspiration as you, along with characters, rediscover your own power and the power of family and friendship. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
8 88% Hustlers (2019) Based on a true story, this film follows strippers entirely from the women's point of view. The sparkling cast along with director Scafaria deliver a world where women with few options and no power struggle to take some of the money and power back. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) This story of a man with Downs Syndrome going after his dream of being a wrestler was inspired by the main actor's dream to star in a film. The mess of a script failed to maintain momentum but the actors managed to deliver some feel good moments. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The main character was completely inauthentic which made it hard to care about her. It's never a good sign when every time a side character comes on screen you wish you could follow them into a different film. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It's a wild, fun ride with a great cast. Even the weak script can't stop this old fashioned popcorn action film from sparking with energy. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
9 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) In Richard Linklater's latest film Cate Blanchett gives one of the most honest and vulnerable portrayals of motherhood recently seen on screen. It's funny, crazy, emotional -- but finally and most importantly, inspiring. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3 22% The Kitchen (2019) The film felt like studio executives decided to make a stereotypical mob film just replacing the men with women. The characters' motivations and actions were unearned and unreal. And each scene had a different tone. The actors seemed lost.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
9 99% The Farewell (2019) Lulu Wang is a new force in filmmaking and I can't wait to see what she does next. She knows how to elicit laughter and tears through revealing human truths and is not afraid to dig into controversial issues. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
6 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Less violence than usual for Tarantino, but the same tendency for the camera to creepily sexualize all the women. Brad Pitt gave a layered, funny, heartfelt performance that saved the scattered script and directorial self-indulgent style. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4 53% The Lion King (2019) Beautiful but disappointing. The images feel very real at times, but they lack the character and heart of both truly real animals and traditional animation. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2 42% Stuber (2019) The actors who star in this film are lost in a poorly written, lazily directed film which is being sold as a comedy when it is actually an extremely violent film. Not worth the price of admission or even your precious time later on streaming.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
7 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Just like the first one, this teen love story/ super hero mashup was sweet and fun. It was a bit too repetitive in relation to the first one, but Zendaya is so charming and the fight scenes so creative, it's still worth the price of admission.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
7 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Although it lacks the humor of earlier Toy Story films, this sequel is chock full of heart and emotion. Great for younger audiences. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
7 89% Rocketman (2019) Elton's classic hits are used in a traditional musical way where the characters sing the words to tell the emotional story of how he got to rehab. I was singing but not jumping out of my seat since the actor doesn't have the vocal charisma of Elton.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
6 97% Booksmart (2019) Fun ride from first time director Olivia Wilde -- but why do comedy movies about women so often fall into the gross out humor mode? Newsflash -- many women don't respond as much to gross out humor as to character based and situation based humor. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
7 51% Tolkien (2019) Beautiful, dreamlike vision of how writers find their voices told through the early life of Tolkein. Very inspirational for young artists to see how to take their pain and turn it into art.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
6 47% Little (2019) The strong casting and smart writing sweep you into a world of laughter and heart that mirror real life. The pacing was wonky at times but director Tina Gordon is definitely one to watch.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3 17% After (2019) Where are the real teen romances? This gives us a hint, but the script is so flawed that it's hard to buy anything the characters do. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4 81% Long Shot (2019) Does Seth Rogan ever read over what he writes? This feels like a quick first draft of a comedy film that needed a second read to make the story work, add some layers and stronger jokes. All the voices sound the same, and all like a tired Rogan. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
8 76% Family (2019) I laughed real, deep, unable to stop myself laughs. This sweet script is funny, fresh and moving. But... it's set in the oddly dark world of Juggalos which it made it struggle with marketing. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
6 94% Transit (2019) A tale about power and immigration told in a timeless era, mixing European present and Nazi past. Acting first class -- but every female character feels squeezed through an intensely sexual male gaze and comes out soulless and riddled with cliches. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3 91% Gloria Bell (2019) This remake doesn't fit it's place or time, and even Julianne Moore can't save it. Older women in America now have an independence and inner strength that didn't jibe with this portrayal -- the character looked 50 but played a sad, desperate 85. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
8 90% Shazam! (2019) Sweet, fun, heartfelt experience. Not the dark depths of evil we are used to in superhero films lately. But why does the pretty teenage girl need to be so useless in a fight and why did a family film have to have a strip club? ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A young robot girl discovers the power in her body, mind and spirit. Awesome special effects, but Cameron and Rodriguez failed when it came to the female characters.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
10 100% Butterflies (Kelebekler) (2018) Moving, funny and so real it will make you want to reach out to your own family, Butterflies is a film that makes you feel, think and laugh until you cry. Go see this movie.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
7 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Sprouse proves he's more than a child star while Baldoni, the novice director, rushed the emotional scenes but still displayed a rare ability to be sweet without being syrupy.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
6 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Rebel Wilson is so likable onscreen that it was fun to watch her trip over all of the romantic comedy cliches thrown her way in this parody. Unfortunately, the director didn't seem to be in on the jokes, as the timing was often way off. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
10 96% Roma (2018) The director, Alfonso Cuaron, brings the audience into the world of his childhood in Mexico City's Roma neighborhood through masterful blending of the intricacies of power dynamics in class, ethnicity, politics, family and gender.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A mesmerizing performance from Joanna Kulig and beautiful cinematography by Lukasz Zal could not overcome the repugnant nature of a love story centered on a young girl, abused by her father, then controlled and sexualized by her teacher. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
9 88% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) As we peek into the day to day existence of a family stuck in an apartment in the middle of war torn Syria, we see how communities come together, fall apart and witness the resilience of the human spirit.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
10 90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) This intense drama is tough to watch but the masterful script and soulful performances make this dark film into an ultimately uplifting experience.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
9 89% I, Tonya (2018) Allison Janney and Margot Robbie shine in this kinetic retelling of the Tonya Harding story that comments on the media's biases when it comes to gender, class and ultimately, ratings. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
6 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsburg shines through and overpowers the passionless script and weak performance of the lead actress. Justin Theroux owns the screen working again with director Mimi Leder - a groundbreaking force in her own right.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3 70% The Mule (2018) Although it's wonderful to see Clint Eastwood, now 88, on screen, as the director, he fell short. Each character was acting in a different tone/genre and there was no unifying directorial vision. The script's thinly sketched characters didn't help.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Try to see this amazingly visual and immersive film on the largest screen possible. And yes, it will help to see the original first. The world is beautiful, layered and fascinating and the characters keep you caring every one of its 164 minutes. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
6 85% Game Night (2018) This thriller/comedy combination is no masterpiece, especially given it's weak script and off the rails third act, but it is a light fun movie. Jason Bateman's charismatic performance carries the film over the rough spots. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3 66% Vice (2018) What a waste of talented actors and makeup artists. Yes, Bale physically transformed himself, but his Cheney had no passion and could not glue the various bits and pieces of the script together. A definite fail for writer/director Adam McKay. ‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
10 97% The Rider (2018) This true story hauntingly explores masculinity in the American Western tradition. A real family plays themselves in this fictionalized version of their lives. I suspect we will see many brilliant films from the director, Chloe Zhao.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
6 45% Everything, Everything (2017) This plays more like theater than film as the story is mostly contained in one room, but the actors bring such vulnerability and hopefulness that is hard not to get swept away by their romance. I can't wait to see what director Meghie does next.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
6 92% Love, Simon (2018) The first studio wide release gay coming of age film tries so hard to get audiences to identify with the main character that he ends up being too ordinary. However, the characters around him are fully developed and help us grow to care about him.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
8 91% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) This film noir, set in Cairo as the Arab Spring erupts, is a fabulous example of how have different layers of storytelling that will appeal to a variety of audiences. There is a murder mystery, a political statement and social allegory all in one.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
7 84% Detroit (2017) A gut wrenching film by a masterful director set in Detroit's 1967 Riot/Uprising. The script follows too many characters, sacrificing emotional connection, but Bigelow pulls deep performances from her cast with breathtakingly powerful results.‐ My Champlain Valley
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019