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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% The Friend (2020) It's a small-scale human story, precious few of which make it to film these days. It's also, if you're in the market for that kind of thing, an extremely effective tearjerker.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
83% How to Build a Girl (2020) WInning and funny, while also a bit surface-level and predictable, it is an excellent case for the twin powers of Feldstein and Caitlin Moran, the author who adapted her own autobiographical novel to the screen.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
95% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It's the sort of movie that gives nearly every character a thoughtful closeup before, somewhat fantastically, bringing most of them back together at the end for a tender sendoff.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
97% The Hate U Give (2018) The film, directed by George Tillman Jr. and adapted by Audrey Wells, smartly streamlines characters and plots from the book, while inevitably losing some of the neighborhood color that made the novel and its characters feel so rich.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) But while the film sometimes feels busy and scattered, Janney and Robbie are vivid anchors, diving into the kind of complicated, boundary-pushing characters that, let's face it, are usually the domain of men onscreen.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) The sorority sisters of this movie aren't fighting for the right to party, but to do it on their own terms; Stoller, Rogen, and company have infiltrated the studio system to make a comedy on their own uncompromising terms.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
92% Grease: Live! (2016) If you sensed a livelier energy while watching Grease: Live last night, a sense that there was something happening that people were excited to be part of, you weren't alone. FOX's first foray into the live TV musical genre scored huge ratings.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) The Wiz Live! was, wouldn't you know it, actually pretty good.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
68% The Night Before (2015) Seth Rogen may have grown up a lot since Knocked Up, but The Night Before still fits precisely into that wheelhouse of raunch comedy with heart. Thank goodness he hasn't grown up too much to make movies like this one.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) Idris Elba's ferocious performance alone should be enough to keep Beasts afloat... and the True Detective fans who fell for Fukunaga and his man-bun (now cut short, alas) can see this and know just what a tremendous, ambitious talent he is.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
35% Equals (2016) Equals and its recycled dystopian ideas may feel like nothing new, but that's not a problem for the romance at its center, as old-fashioned as Romeo and Juliet and nearly as satisfying.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
26% Colonia (2016) For anyone following Watson's slow and steady path toward becoming one of her generation's finest actresses, Colonia is more evidence of the exciting career she's building.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton earns its place in the pantheon of biopics that are good, just not as great as the artists who inspired them.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) In an age when more and more movies just feel like stepping-stones toward the next, bigger things, is it so much to ask that it be a good movie all on its own?‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
5/5 96% Argo (2012) The emotional catharsis of Argo isn't what happens onscreen, but the sheer knowledge that the creaky old moviemaking system has put together something this crowd-pleasing and great.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) It's not as lovely as Pixar's best, or remotely as complex in its storytelling, but it makes for a refreshingly simple intro course on modern superhero-movie tropes.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) It's one of the few movies based on a toy with no explicit story behind it. And it is, so far, the only one that's really good.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2015
87% The Orphanage (2007) Though The Orphanage sticks fairly closely to a genre fomat, and the plot twists become a little predictable, the film packs surprises all the way to the end.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2014
2.5/5 6% Who's Your Caddy? (2007) The lackadaiscal plot, cheesy jokes and lack of originality make Caddy nothing more than a trashy comedy, but at least it's occasionally an entertaining one.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2014
1.5/5 40% Oldboy (2013) As Oldboy moves on it feels more and more generic, as if a studio grabbed hold of the wheel and turned it into something more resembling a late-90s Ashley Judd thriller than either the original or any of Lee's films.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 90% Frozen (2013) This is rigorous Disney hit-making at its finest, but with enough charm to get away with it. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 71% The Best Man Holiday (2013) In its strongest moments, it's like spending a weekend with exasperating but beloved friends: full of jokes both witty and dirty, slap fights, heart-to-hearts, and an overwhelming good cheer that only occasionally teeters into sanctimony or sentiment.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2013
2/5 34% The Counselor (2013) With Fassbender a blank patsy in one corner, and Diaz and Bardem hot-blooded horror shows in another, none of the actors or characters of The Counselor ever seem to exist together ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 50% Carrie (2013) Peirce might have made a fantastic horror movie about horrible teenage girls, but she and the actors alike are trapped within a framework that nobody seems brave enough to break out of. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/5 50% Carrie (2013) Touches of wit and insight enliven the first half, but Carrie eventually devolves into lackluster modern horror cliches for a souped-up version of the famous finale.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 36% The Fifth Estate (2013) The Fifth Estate tries to ape its subject's bravado and innovation to near-disastrous results. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
4.5/5 94% All Is Lost (2013) It's nothing new to watch an impressive survival story onscreen, but rare to see it done this well.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
2/5 24% Romeo and Juliet (2013) Every generation gets their own Romeo and Juliet, but kids these days really didn't deserve this dull, cheapo attempt.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
2.5/5 69% About Time (2013) About Time is funny and charming as all get out, but its messy core keeps the many pieces of quirk, sentiment and romance from lining up into anything worthy of all the talent here. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) True stories this remarkable are rare, and movies about them that work this well are even rarer. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2013
4.5/5 96% Gravity (2013) Your mileage may vary on the film's more spiritual elements, but Gravity will make you believe in the higher power of movies.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 88% Rush (2013) Rush's greatest strength is the rivalry that drew Howard to tell this story to begin with, and the gifted actors who bring it to life. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2013
4/5 89% The World's End (2013) A bittersweet, marvelously effective end of a certain goofy era, when friends banding together were enough to save the world. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) A great film about the American civil rights movement is way overdue. The Butler, overwhelmed by flash and good intentions, doesn't even come close.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
2.5/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) A movie so lazy that it opens with clips from famous YouTube videos, just to prime the pump for laughs.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
91% The Spectacular Now (2013) At the very least, it proves that Woodley's vulnerable performance in The Descendants was no fluke, and sets up Teller as easily one of the best actors of his age.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
2/5 44% Red 2 (2013) It's not the summer's laziest sequel-- that's still Grown Ups 2 by a wide margin-- but it's a comfortable second place.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2013
1.5/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) Believe it or not, Grown Ups 2 is better than at least one other movie in existence, and that movie is Grown Ups. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/5 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Pacific Rim is shiny and big and eager to please, but its originality can't save it from feeling as derivative and empty as any cobbled-together remake.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
51% White House Down (2013) Really silly, but really fun.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2013
3/5 66% World War Z (2013) No movie this blatantly cobbled together ought to work nearly as well as World War Z does.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2013
3.5/5 70% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) If endless mumbled monologues from Vin Diesel are the price to pay for watching The Rock land a leaping punch to the face, it's worth it.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted May 20, 2013
3/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby makes enough inventive and fairly amazing choices to earn its outsize existence.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted May 9, 2013
3/5 53% Oblivion (2013) Large-scale, original sci-fi is a hard thing to come by these days, and despite its familiar story Oblivion does dream up some great ideas‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted May 7, 2013
4/5 79% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) Cianfrance creates a layered and moving portrait of working-class life, of people trying-- in many of the wrong ways-- to improve lives for themselves and the generations to come. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted May 7, 2013
4/5 84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Take-flight moments of blockbuster bliss are frequent and consistently spectacular, as Abrams continues to prove his rare gift of combining character, plot, comedy and action into setpiece after setpiece‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted May 7, 2013
50% Pain & Gain (2013) In walking the impossible tightrope of violent satire, Bay succeeds by calling up one of cinema's most powerful and least-understood languages: the relationship the audience has with the people onscreen before the film even begins. ‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2013
3.5/5 49% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Olympus Has Fallen takes a star performance and gallons of fake blood and stretches it into something both captivating and queasy.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
53% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) It's a strange hybrid, and not entirely a successful one, but hey, at least it's trying something different.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2013
3.5/5 47% Beautiful Creatures (2013) Like the Civil War re-enactments featured in the final action scene, it all looks insane on the surface, but has a mighty power to suck you in.‐ CinemaBlend
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2013