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Leigh Monson

Leigh Monson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Diverge (2016) The resulting film feels almost entirely divorced from notions of entertainment or thematic exploration, instead relying on final moments of emotional investment that the film never expends the effort to develop or earn.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) Slut In A Good Way is a slight, feel-good story that still manages to slip in important perspectives on the double standards inherent in modern interactions between genders.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
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
100% The Blood of Wolves (Korou no chi) (2018) You may approach The Blood of Wolves with a sense of nostalgia for yakuza films, but you'll leave with a sense that this pulpy genre has been injected with new life.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
100% Chained for Life (2019) This vicious satire of Hollywood disability representation forces you to differentiate empathy and pity.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
100% Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart (2018) Your tolerance for such egotism is likely the measuring stick by which you will enjoy it.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
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
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
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Lingers in a murky area between cynicism and hope that makes its final moments a wrenching punch to the gut.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
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
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
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Perhaps the best film to ever encapsulate the essence of a comic book to the big screen, and not just because the fancy new animation style.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
96% Ran (1985) Ran isn't the first film many think of when they consider Kurosawa's extensive filmography, but I would posit that it is among his best.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Veep creator Armando Iannucci directs this bumbling display with consistently biting wit that doesn't venture too far into farce to be taken credibly.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The absolute definition of a feel-good movie.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin are a match made in heaven.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
95% Shadow (2019) Beautiful to look at, with amazing stuntwork, complicated characters, and a story that constantly twists and turns, this is a film that hopefully signals that Zhang Yimou is back to making films of layered complexity and visual splendor.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A powerful, heartbreaking, empowering experience.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
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
94% In Fabric (2019) Part giallo, part horror-comedy, part anti-consumerist diatribe, In Fabric at once feels alien in its conception and entirely hypnotic in its execution.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
94% 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
93% CAM (2018) Don't sleep on Cam. It will give you a whole new appreciation for the people on the other side of your screen.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) A bit on the predictable and clichéd side, but it's also immensely entertaining to watch Coogan and Reilly perform classic bits.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
92% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee feels like the Transformers movie we should have gotten in the first place: a slice of family-friendly fun.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) An unapologetically joyous experience, rich with dramatic stakes, but also wickedly funny and intently designed to leave the audience with great feelings leaving the theater.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It's fabulously directed, charmingly written, and compellingly acted.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
92% 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
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
91% Werewolf (2018) Emotionally disturbing and authentic, this is a film that exemplifies the potential of the woman behind the camera by showing the potential of a woman in a harrowing circumstance taking the first steps toward recovery.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
91% Eating Animals (2018) The best of intentions are buried in blatantly manipulative appeals to tradition.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The adaptation of Kevin Kwan's glamour novel is a glitzy spectacle with a ton of heart.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is first and foremost concerned with making DC superheroes fun again.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
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
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) There's a lot here to potentially enjoy but only if the culture clash is something you can put in the back of your mind.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
90% 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
90% In Search of Greatness (2018) As frustratingly distracting as the actual filmmaking is, In Search of Greatness isn't without its value.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) This is a level of insight that is, if nothing else, cathartic.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
89% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973) A landmark in animation and a bold statement on sexual autonomy and liberation.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 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
89% Far From the Tree (2018) An emotionally gripping examination of the diversity of human life, particularly in how even families are not homogenized in their life experiences.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) Bart Layton's tentative foray into fictional narrative is a success in melding the best personal aspects of documentary journalism with the emotional impact of cinematic performance. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) This is a horror film for the ages, a slowly unraveling puzzle of psychological torment that promises an amazing career from freshman feature writer-director Ari Aster.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) Pike's stellar work speaks for itself, and thankfully it also speaks on behalf of the film and on behalf of Marie Colvin.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
89% 1917 (2020) It's not really the characters or story that make the film special: it's the technical presentation.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 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
89% 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
89% 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
88% 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
88% The Vast of Night (2020) 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
88% Come to Daddy (2020) 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