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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
14% Intrigo: Death of an Author (2020) This is a movie that really wants to be a film noir, but doesn't respect the conventions of that genre in order to make it a decent one. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
13% Disturbing the Peace (2020) There were problems with the script, the [editing], and the script supervising as well... But it kept me mostly engaged. Guy Pearce is always fun to watch. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
61% The Wave (2020) It feels like an accomplished film - it certainly doesn't feel like a first film. Justin Long is perfect for this part. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
70% Troop Zero (2020) I hated it. I did think it was slightly redeemed by Viola Davids and Allison Janney, but I think this was a ripoff of Little Miss Sunshine, [except] it wouldn't have even gotten into Sundance 10 years ago. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
19% Dolittle (2020) The story was completely nonsensical. It was utterly bizarre. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) In the tradition of best buddy movies, together they're better than they are separately. For me, this movie was better than it had any right to be.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
37% Seberg (2020) [Kristen Stewart] is well cast and the costumes are great. I just didn't think it was a particularly well-written film. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
81% A Hidden Life (2019) A beautiful, lyrical, expansive portrait of a man... It's quite beautiful. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
83% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) What I liked about this film is that it is not just all positive stuff. It does show the negatives. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
86% Cunningham (2019) I found it a worthy introduction to [Merce Cunningham's] style. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
74% Richard Jewell (2019) I didn't find it as multidimensional or complex... Other than the really strong individual performances. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) I mostly liked this film... To different degrees, it is very well-acted. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
91% Uncut Gems (2019) [The] use of Adam Sandler is just outstanding. I've never seen his tightly-coiled intensity worked to better effect than it does here. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
91% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) A really fascinating and well-made cinéma vérité documentary. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) It's really heavy going and hard to swallow, but worth seeing. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) It is a great cast, but mostly underutilized... It had a lot of interesting elements -- looking like an "Eye Spy" book come to life -- but it wasn't quite sharp enough, if you will. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) This made me feel hopeful and genuinely transformed at the possibility of goodness.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) As far as the story -- it did not move the franchise forward at all. In fact, it seemed to have a terrible case of sequel-itis. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
68% Adopt a Highway (2019) Hawke does an excellent job carrying it off. It could have been a stronger film, but I thought he was excellent. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
95% The Apollo (2019) This is one of the best docs I've seen this year.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) [Scorsese] does play with our expectations both stylistically and thematically... And I've got to give props to Scorsese for embracing new technology relatively late into his career. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This really is a return to form... It brings a liberal dose of humor, plenty of action, and a little bit of a Deadpool sensibility. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
60% Ask for Jane (2019) It felt almost like you're reading a sixth grade sex-ed primer in terms of the way it hit every conceivable cliché. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) It looks beautiful and is engaging... A clever reimagining.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) What a revelation... It's quite stunning. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A fresher, reinvigorated, [and] much more energetic Spider-Man than I've seen in a long time. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
33% Domino (2019) I was not a big fan of this movie... I thought it was narratively a disaster. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
75% Halston (2019) What struck me [about the film] that I didn't realize: Halston was the progenitor of so much of what we now associate with fashion. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) I love the way [director Denys] Arcand blends different genres. This is satire, a romance and also a thriller. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Sometimes it feels just a little contrived, but it has a freeness and a lightness and a sort of Bollywood-ness to it that is a lot of fun to watch.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Hard to watch, but important to see.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) It has everything you want in a romantic comedy and more. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
82% High Life (2019) There's some semblance of a plot, but it's style over substance. Too many bodily fluids and scatological instances for my taste. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
67% The Public (2019) Yes, it's earnest and it tries a little too hard, but it sucked me in. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) It never really comes alive. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) A sweet, family comedic drama. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) It lives up to its name... There is nothing more visceral, transporting, or transcendent than watching than watching Aretha Franklin. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) I thought this was a pretty charming, sort of French-Canadian take on 'Easy A', if you will. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
93% Diane (2019) It's a very slow burn... But by the end, I feel that she had revealed these different layers and I thought it worked. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
85% The Brink (2019) This is fascinating and horrifying at the same time. It leaves you kind of feeling sick. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) It's a beautiful and difficult film. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) It's a remarkable story... I just wish the movie had been a little more suspenseful. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) This movie is compulsory viewing for anyone who is interested in the space program or even just curious about what the moon landing was like. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
90% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) It felt incredibly alive... very tactile, and I loved the score. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It's difficult to walk [the] line of comedy and horror... It walks the line fairly well.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) If you like survival epics -- and I happen to love them -- this is one of the very, very best. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
37% Close (2019) This a straight-out action thriller and... I would say not one of the better ones. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
82% All These Small Moments (2019) A collection of small and wonderful moments that added up to a pretty decent film. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
22% I Hate Kids (2019) It's an uneven film, but there are some funny turns. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
79% Fyre Fraud (2019) A little more comedic, a little more about millennials. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019