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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 48% Greed (2020) We should feel complicit in this mess, but Winterbottom shields us from all culpability by nailing McCreadie to the cross of popular resentment.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3.5/5 91% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant is not a feel-good movie. It's not even a rage-inspiring indictment of systemic sexism. It's an ode to millennial depression, brought on by the ambient pathogen of denial, and the collective will to keep swimming in an effluent of lies‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 94% Little Women (2019) Gerwig shows us the dazzling confusion of youth, meted out in measured doses of mature reverie. She fully absorbs the material as her own, manipulating the timelines ... to evoke a sense of memory and a continuous stream of thought and theme.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.5/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The passing of time puts some gas into the film's tired engine, with Marcus now looking to retire ...while Mike still pull donuts in his Porsche and pins villains... but the buddy dilemma, the whole film's raison d'être, gets pushed into the background.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/5 14% Dolittle (2020) The animals... feel like hammy clutter who literally chew the scenery... They're scripted the way you'd script a person, which defeats the conceit of talking to animals in the first place.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 42% Midway (2019) Soaking his frames in a yellow, incandescent tint that evokes the warm sun of the Pacific and the passage of time, the director nails the necessary nostalgia to take us on a voyage that feels sincere, even as it lists hard into swirling seas of sentiment.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's a pile of sizzling schmaltz by the final frames, but how better to defeat a black blob of evil? Dark Fate doesn't reinvent the war, but by inflecting the film with a feminine world view, it exploits a new power surge coursing through the body politic‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 94% Western Stars (2019) We can stare at his iconic Boss pose - sturdy, bent-kneed, poised like a hood ornament into the wind... but like the music itself, it feels a little too smooth, a little too contrived and just a teensy bit cheesy to embrace on a deeply personal level.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5/5 83% Before You Know It (2019) The script captures the edges of the internal drama within each character without asking them to say everything out loud... It's such a female way of communicating that it gives the film a whole other facet, adding depth to a tub of predictable...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) A weak assembly of Terminator parts and I, Robot code strings, Gemini Man runs its program without major glitches, but you can always feel the ghost in the machine.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3/5 68% Joker (2019) The movie tells its story without apology, and Phoenix plays it to the serrated edge, conjuring a modern take on Milton's Paradise Lost, where we're asked to find sympathy for the devil after being cast out of heaven...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5/5 82% Judy (2019) Hail Mary. Full of grace. And now, Hail Judy. Full of pharmaceuticals. Propelled by perpetual sorrow, the archetype carries on in Rupert Goold's lavish take on Judy Garland's finale‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
2.5/5 81% Abominable (2019) There's something about the character design chosen by director and writer Jill Culton that doesn't really serve the story. They've made the young yeti into a cross between a slobbering St. Bernard, an albino pug, and polyvinyl chew toy. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) When this two-hour sci-fi art film was all over, the only thing it addressed on an emotional level - at least, in my eyes - was the abstract idea of masculinity... and frankly, it feels like a very lonely place. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The writing reflects a larger, social whole because as much as we get lost in individual storylines, we feel the immoveable anchor of place. The sprawling elegance of the house keeps its inhabitants contained -- together but dramatically apart...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 87% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria's long lens stands in awe of these women as they twist around the pole, shake their booty and manipulate the male ego like so much silly putty. The movie looks like a coke-fuelled night out, but Hustlers is more than a formula quickie.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Crowley's yellow-cast frames soaked in incandescent light capture the hue of the painting, the glow of an ancient veneer, and the warmth of a love-filled memory. Things degrade when we hit the harsh sun of the Las Vegas suburbs...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) There's a dark sense of humour that fuses with astute human observation, which means the actors have to find the magic friction point between camp and the last act of a Tennessee Williams play.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin is everything it had to be, and yet, like our conflicted hero, we'll no doubt wish it could have been more.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) There's a lot to process. Yet, Wilde's ride wouldn't be complete without the full roller coaster of emotions, and to her credit, she doesn't pander.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The vocal talents are so good, the only things you really wish for through The Secret Life of Pets 2 are better lines, a few more sight gags featuring cats and laser pointers - and maybe a little less Hart.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's an uncomfortable place to be, because we crave easy judgments fuelled by emotional certainty. Yet, if there's one thing living in the Jean Grey zone for two hours accomplishes, it's holding up the looking glass to our splintered moment in time...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jim Jarmusch's latest film doesn't end well at all. In fact, the white-haired hipster has created something close to a painfully self-aware groaner that stumbles in a semi-conscious daze from start to finish.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 33% Shaft (2019) For those of us weaned on 1970s and '80s television, Shaft feels like dozing off on a shag rug - an unconscious nod into a long, open loop of nostalgia that conjures an entire, and unique, set of sounds and textures.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 87% Pavarotti (2019) Pavarotti was the Babe Ruth of tenors, and with Opie behind the wheel, there's an element of fandom that creeps into the mix - by keeping things out of the mix. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) ...Because Late Night featured such a complex character in Katherine, and such a capable actor in Emma Thompson, the movie probably could have gone a few floors deeper into the dungeons of our dated ideas.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Stearns's broad-strokes spreadsheet bares all in time, but it's only when you start to audit the details that you fully appreciate the film, and its well-disguised emotional embezzlement. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's clever, but like all things branded Tarantino, it's also purely exploitative. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 24% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen has so many male constructs sewn into its inseam, Berloff doesn't have a lot of room to move. It's a man's cut, yet she makes it comfortable by wearing it all a size too large, boyfriend style.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) When the running joke all about "the Peter tingle" - and whether Peter feels his "Peter tingle" - you know you're scraping the great barrier reef of frat-boy lazy, where many a good idea has been grounded by an urge to go low for an easy laugh.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman isn't just another biopic about a rock star whose music formed the soundtrack of a generation, it's an affirmation of the human endeavour - for all its good, and all its bad.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3.5/5 55% J.T. LeRoy (2019) JT Leroy unveils all the lies to show us a shared sense of desperation, as well as a deep need to invest in any fiction if it appeals to, and heroically reaffirms, our personal version of truth.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Sure, there's a howling gale of action sequences and an acrobatic collage of mind-bending stunt work.. but really John Wick is about Keanu's chemistry with canines. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) The directing team of Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kolsch are so fluent in their chosen genre, the movie feels slick and seamless even when the story stops making sense. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai is not documentary, yet it feels like we've borne witness to something undeniably real by the time it's over. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) ...Think of Shazam! as D.C. comics' DUPLO - a simplified and safe take on what could be seen as the Marvel Comic Universe's LEGO, a well-designed, scalable and interlocked structure of franchise success.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Kim Nguyen's ambitious attempt at an artsy thriller headlined by Hollywood talent drills itself into the ground by betting on big equipment, instead of empathetic characters, to do the heavy lifting.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 53% Five Feet Apart (2019) The contrast between human love and the hospital environment is what seduced me most of all. For those people who know what it's like- as a patient or visitor -Five Feet Apart does a tender job of articulating the unique experience of long term ward life.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 76% Wonders of the Sea (2019) The Cousteau family returns to the big screen for a three-dimensional dive that goes deep to reveal the ocean's mind-bending beauty in minute detail, yet comes up a little shallow when it comes to addressing the human flaws that now define the landscape.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 87% Miss Bala (2012) Hardwicke loads the barrel with everything any feminist action fan could hope for, but Miss Bala splatters shotgun-style, with fragments of narrative shrapnel piercing every scene, without hitting any specific dramatic targets.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) ...We're scratching at aortal scabs. And like all itches, there's something super-satisfying about nailing the right spot with a good dose of digital friction - even if the results leave a mess.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The absurd, existential, creative edge that really defined the first film has been replaced by something a little more ordinary, and far more predictable.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 62% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Cameron's noble edge defines the mood of the film.. And most notably, erases the cold technological edge that generally suggests machines are evil and humans are good. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 76% Never Look Away (2019) A cold sense of recognition coiled around a constant hope for redemption, Never Look Away sketches the essence of the human spirit in its own blood. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 60% Greta (2019) Because Jordan's style brings emotional and psychological depth to every scene, there's a creepy joy in just watching it all unfold - especially because Huppert is so gleefully eerie, and pushes the whole cinematic wheelchair to the edge of the stairs.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Though steeped in a deep knowledge of art history, and brimming with visual references to the so-called masters, Milorad Krstic's animated heist movie is undeniably 'arty,' but it doesn't feel like 'art.'‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson has such a command over our empathy, she redeems the awkwardly written moments of emotional poignancy, as well as the comic-book, time-space mumbo-jumbo that tends to make my eyes glaze over and my ears shut down.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 74% Destroyer (2018) This is where the fun stuff usually resides in noir: In lapel-grabbing close-ups punctuated by dark aphorism delivered with a Bogart accent. Destroyer gives us the scenes... Yet, has no fun with the added contrast of an altered, gendered landscape.‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 37% Glass (2019) The faux-intellectual clutter contaminates the whole experience. It's where you feel Shymalan's gnawing presence. His need to feel smart. His utter conceit in every overly written scene. It would all be forgivable if it weren't so condescending...‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 41% The Upside (2019) The Upside goes light and hopeful, in the way Hollywood usually chooses to go, but it doesn't feel entirely real, despite the brilliant performances from the entire cast. Including Kevin Hart. ‐ Ex-Press.com
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019