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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The story is quite simple, but it brims with desire. Sciamma could have relied on the strength of that alone.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
74% White Snake (2019) The film's landscape shots look breathtakingly real, but animated figures, especially during fight scenes, are tripped up by a dimension-flattening veneer that makes "White Snake" look more like an iPhone game.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
91% Ernie & Joe (2019) Yet the film... fails to address the implications of the racial relations between the white officers and the black citizens they often police.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
93% Light from Light (2019) Sure, Sheila has some "ghosts," and her large eyes carry the weariness of her past, but don't worry about getting struck with that metaphor: Harrill is a far more skilled and subtle director than that.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Awkwafina finds her footing as a first-time leading lady, excelling with her emotionally nuanced and vibrant performance in a story about familial love and the gray area one cultivates from straddling different homelands.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Even though her legacy has been deeply embedded within pop culture, this is a new side of her that the film lets us witness.‐ Vice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman grows exhausting by the end...‐ Pitchfork
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Mostly, The Sound of My Voice is a welcome reminder of Ronstadt's can-do-anything spirit.‐ Pitchfork
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Devil's Pie - D'Angelo (2019) It is sympathetic of a man who was not emotionally equipped for the kind of spotlight he was thrown into. As a documentary, it's fairly standard.‐ Pitchfork
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) Her Smell is perhaps more of an uncomfortable watch than an enjoyable one, giving the viewer a front row seat to Becky's destructive behavior. But it's impossible to turn away from Moss, especially when she's flashing that maniacal smile.‐ Pitchfork
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
100% The Juniper Tree (1990) The subtle subversion on the story makes it a worthy watch, and not least for Björk's presence as the affectional center of a stone-cold world.‐ Pitchfork
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) While provocation done with a purpose can reveal big truths, I question whether Vox Lux pushes past the shock value. What point is the film grappling to make about this kind of senseless bloodshed and the role of pop music in times of trauma?‐ Pitchfork
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) What sets apart The Favourite most from Lanthimos's previous features is not so much the time period, but its softer treatment of the human body and its many desires.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) "This is no bedtime story," the narrator insists early on, in an attempt to incite excitement, but the story immediately becomes a snooze.‐ Miami New Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is not so much a film as it is a dramatization of a Wikipedia entry, watered down and overedited.‐ Pitchfork
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
65% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino is a captivating and stylish filmmaker: Suspiria's cavalcade of grotesquery is expertly shot (the notable exception being its ugly, chaotic climax), and the sullen atmosphere of its world is richly rendered.‐ The Nation
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) It's a shame we never get to know Andrew as well as Regina... but it's even more affecting when Andrew's initially passive existence escalates due to white fear, and his mother is left to fight for his chance at life.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
73% The Children Act (2018) Thompson goes along with it as best as she can, but it's hard to watch this shift when we haven't been given any believable reason why Maye would fall for Adam's adolescent courtship and love poems. ‐ Miami New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
42% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) There's a grating fairy tale vibe to the film, especially when Ollie and Nikolai's motivations are narrated through an almost "once upon a time" tone.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
86% All About Nina (2018) Always a likable actor, here Winstead is at a charismatic high, carrying a mediocre film, making it impossible to turn off through her star power alone.‐ Miami New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s, for all its darkness, is uplifted by its hilarious moments and joyous skating shots - filmed on Super 16, set to the golden Californian soundtrack of The Mamas & the Papas.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
22% An L.A. Minute (2018) The stars seem out of place with each other and in this movie, with creators who have no idea what they want to say.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
76% The Ranger (2018) Couldn't be more insipid.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
53% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) There's a good way of doing a modern retelling of Bluebeard (see: Ex Machina), but Elizabeth Harvest is not it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
90% Peppermint Soda (1977) Peppermint Soda feels timeless and relatable while also specific to its era - Kurys herself was between Anne's and Frédérique's ages in the years the film takes place.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) Bynum's messy debut film is only bearable thanks to Chalamet's charisma.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) If there's one thing that Van Sant does very well here, it's creating a humanizing anchor at the center of the story.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
11% Siberia (2018) Oh, no.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
88% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) An intriguingly elusive hybrid.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
92% Set It Up (2018) While so many recent renditions of the rom-com have tried to upgrade the genre - usually by going the raunchy route - Set It Up feels so purposefully classic and familiar that it plays right into that nostalgic feel-good spot.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Berg was an enigmatic and underappreciated Renaissance Man, and we leave the film not especially enlightened.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) This family drama often feels like a therapy session, perhaps because Parsons plays a therapist; the talky nature of the film lends itself to too much idle pondering and meandering side plots.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
57% Duck Butter (2018) The frustrations of the characters sadly don't amount to much of a movie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
71% Kodachrome (2018) Kodachrome is good fall-asleep-with-the-TV-on fare, and I mean you should snooze out immediately unless you want to be subjected to a criminally mediocre family drama.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
12% Aardvark (2018) Meandering in message or plot, the film proves to be not just incoherent but excruciatingly boring ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
76% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) Jeannette succeeds in its earnestness, adapting its words from Charles Peguy's works, but countering it with the pure, joyous silliness of its presentation.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) Blockers, on the surface, sticks very much to the formula - even the prom setting is very been there, done that. But it's subversive in these little details, and the resolution is genuinely touching.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
18% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) By the time you watch them have their big first kiss, then break up, then get back together again, it plays less like a real movie and instead one of those memory slideshows your iPhone photo album generates for you.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
67% Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2018) Beauty and the Dogs plays like an actual, unending nightmare.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
70% Roxanne Roxanne (2018) In attempting a gritty portrayal of Shanté's little-known private life, Roxanne Roxanne forgets her genius, as so many other people did back in the day.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet No Light and No Land Anywhere (2018) There are some nicely shot moments throughout, but they feel empty - slow montages that mostly just fill out the film's thin plot and already slim runtime.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
100% Keep the Change (2018) Romantic comedies are always looking to reinvent themselves, and Rachel Israel's debut feature, Keep the Change, arrives as a fresh iteration that still calls back to the genre's Nora Ephron-wave classics.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Homeless Chorus Speaks (2018) Even when most of the subjects have yet to find their happy ending, it's still an uplifting film, and hearing them sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," you know that they're still holding out for something better, too.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler and his team have conjured a universe and fleshed out its players, one existing (honestly, thriving) in the even bigger cinematic universe that is Marvel.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Despite its serious subject - the refugee crisis hitting Europe - The Other Side of Hope is also very funny, never losing sight of the droll, comic upside to life, but never making light of tragedy, either.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
58% Elizabeth Blue (2017) Elizabeth inspires empathy, but it often feels like we're being told to feel a certain way by being shown so much rather than being allowed to naturally warm up to her.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
79% Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) (2017) Moments are rousing - especially as Manaury starts to suspect their affair - but we're not given quite enough (particularly from the aloof Julián) for a memorable romance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
92% Motherland (Bayang ina mo) (2017) Though there's always a sense of chaos, with women giving birth and breastfeeding at every turn, Diaz never loses sight of the truth that these are all individuals, not just statistics.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
93% Clash (Eshtebak) (2017) A film like this needs its people to underline what it means to be human during times of political strife, but with so many bodies shoved inside the van, it's difficult to keep track of who's who and why they're mad.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
57% Tales Of An Immoral Couple (La Vida Inmoral De La Pareja Ideal) (2017) The film fails to sustain the exhilaration of its initial buildup.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017