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Leigh Monson

Leigh Monson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Dark Waters (2019) It's so intensely personal of a film that it's easy to forgive the moments that adhere to the investigative formula.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
50% 21 Bridges (2019) 21 Bridges is so close to being a good movie that it is actively frustrating how wholly it misses the mark.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
64% The Good Liar (2019) It's what is done with that twist that matters most, which is ultimately what makes The Good Liar work as a film.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's fabulously directed, charmingly written, and compellingly acted.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
25% Countdown (2019) If you're looking for a time killer, Countdown barely lives up to the term in even the most literal sense.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) Films are rarely so purely autobiographical as Honey Boy...It can be hard to watch when James is at his worst, but the power behind the performance is undeniable.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is persistently intense, emotionally nerve-wracking, unnervingly horny, and surprisingly funny at times.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
No Score Yet Climate of the Hunter (2019) It's a film dripping in sensuously mysterious atmosphere, but instead of drowning its characters in absurdity like an overdressed salad, it uses its director's bizarre proclivities as a garnish to a relatable, more readily consumable story.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
68% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) It's absolutely worth it to spend a little time with the mind of a man who scares children for a living, if only to gain a better understanding of why we collectively mythologize a man in a mask.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
88% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) It succeeds in providing a lovely narrative appropriate for kids that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the dark realities that outsiders face.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
73% Knives and Skin (2019) A wildly ambitious film that works not because of the art it cribs from, but almost in spite of it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) I may be the wrong person to speak of the true meaning under the layers of allegory, but I can certainly tell you that regardless of the understanding you bring to it, The Wolf House makes for a greatly troubling time.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
No Score Yet Cosmic Candy (2019) It's actually pretty solid.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
100% The Pool (2019) The Pool is something special: it is one of the most mean-spirited films this critic has ever seen, to the point where it becomes farcical and downright hilarious.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
95% Come to Daddy (2019) Come to Daddy is a blast, a fever dream to enjoy for its twisty chicanery, but it's also a smart and thoughtful film...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
100% Feral (2018) What Kaiser seeks to demonstrate about humanity is no less powerful for his narrative's fabrication.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) It ranks among the most important...‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Rarely does a film inspire such introspection while maintaining mainstream appeal, but Brittany Runs a Marathon threads that needle remarkably well, especially for a freshman feature.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The absolute definition of a feel-good movie.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Not without a few growing pains, mind you, but it's still amazing how much the film turned out to be exactly what I wanted from the book.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's that adolescent understanding that transforms a somewhat rote, slightly bloated feel-good movie into a piece of inspiration in and of itself.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) Unfortunately, either because of issues with the screenplay or at the editing stage, The Kitchen cooks up an inferior dish.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) This isn't a revolutionary film or an elevation of the documentary form, but it is an empowering message of perseverance for women and their allies in the fight against male hegemony.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) While it manages to be a bit more thoughtful and charming than one might expect from something so narrowly driven, it also can't help but remind you just how obnoxious Beatles diehards can be.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
No Score Yet Stay Out Stay Alive (2019) A very solid genre exercise that competently uses the tropes and tools of psychological horror to remind us to be careful of what we wish for.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Even when Late Night wasn't making me laugh, it never stopped charming me, which is certainly worthwhile in its own right.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
73% The Bastards' Fig Tree (La higuera de los bastardos) (2019) For as slight as The Bastards' Fig Tree is, I can't say I didn't have a good time watching it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin is definitely cheesy and messy, as cynically produced as the other live-action fare...but where that cheese is allowed to manifest into a distinct work of art driven by a great collection of performances, it's actually a pretty fun time.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) As the premier Shakespearean auteur of our time, Branagh's love letter to his idol is worthy of that love even as it suffers from some of the typical excesses of its genre.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
32% The Intruder (2019) I was expecting The Intruder to be a good enough film based on the trailer, but boy was I not expecting it to be so damn good at just being what it is.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
89% Bliss (2019) There's a good movie buried somewhere in Bliss, but at the end of the day it seems like the filmmakers were trying way too hard to bring artificial edge to a story wielded too bluntly to be cutting.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) Thankfully, not only is the romance and social commentary beautiful, but the film itself is shot gorgeously.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit is a remarkably solid film that sets itself apart with so much style and effortless prestige that it's difficult not to appreciate the efforts to elevate this story past its formula.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy is some very ill-advised cinema, and those who enjoy the prospect of cinematic trainwrecks are likely to get some joy out of this. Everyone else... well, you all know where to find the better version.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
55% The Best of Enemies (2019) The highest praise I can offer The Best of Enemies is at least it isn't as bad as Green Book.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo might just be the most conventionally drab Burton has ever been.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore is simply fantastic in the lead role, often communicating more in a look than in a line of dialogue.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier feels like a film without an audience, attempting a heady bit of sleight of hand without fully grasping what makes the trick work.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) What makes The Hidden World stand out from its predecessors, though, is how wholeheartedly it commits to giving these characters and this franchise a proper send-off.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The film's writing is stuck in an ever-tightening spiral of repetition and redundancy before finally stripping away the irony altogether to embrace an understanding of romantic comedy that's about two decades out of date.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) There's something more to this story than redundant sequelizing.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It is a decidedly goofier movie, and it plays that to its benefit.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
43% What Men Want (2019) What does save it is some fantastic direction by Adam Shankman and a pretty great performance from Taraji P. Henson.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
84% Rust Creek (2019) What a great example of the power of independent cinema.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Miss Bala exists in this weird middle ground between heightened action and grounded realism, and it's clear that the film should have leaned into its more exaggerated moments to achieve its desired effect.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
87% The Vast of Night (2019) The climax is beautiful, to be sure, and the effects work is excellent given the budget on which this film was produced, but it doesn't have much more meaning than is presented on its face.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) How did multiple people look at the screenplay of Serenity and think "Yes, this is a good idea!"?‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
97% The Hate U Give (2018) An important artifact of our time that I consider it one of the best films of 2018.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
31% Io (2019) If you're looking for science fiction that makes manifest the anxieties of a dying world, our dying world, then Io is a good place to start.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Cornish has built a loving testament to the power of legends to build a better future.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019