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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet (In)Visible Portraits (2020) The documentary's emotional generosity and mindful elegance impress.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
100% Shakedown (2018) Performance is at the heart of "Shakedown," one of the reasons it's rich fodder for brainy considerations of LGBTQ identity and gender.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) A female-forward work with three generously drawn roles for Asian women actors.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2020
95% Spelling the Dream (2020) "Spelling the Dream" provides a great opening for talking to young people about the vital minuet of mindset and skill set.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
45% Body Cam (2020) "Body Cam" has a star and director who bring nuance to the work, injecting understated gravity into an entertaining, unsettling movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
67% Clementine (2019) Like an evocative short story, "Clementine" distills its themes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
67% Almost Love (2020) With "Almost Love," Doyle proves he has an eye, a sense of pacing and a thoughtful touch with actors.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
32% Hooking Up (2020) Director Nico Raineau and co-writer Lauren Schacher hug the familiar beats of the form while rubbing up against its conventions with some naughty, sometimes endearing tweaks.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
39% Only (2020) A dramatic quietude lifts this indie above the tumult of many exploitative, apocalyptic thrillers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
36% The Night Clerk (2020) The police procedural aspects of "The Night Clerk" are as second-rate as the detective's investigation. But the movie's more emotional quandaries compel...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
86% José (2020) "José" brings to light the promise of a director as compassionate as he is observant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
86% 37 Seconds (2019) "37 Seconds" is deceptively delicate and quietly tough. Not unlike its protagonist.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
0% John Henry (2020) Flashes of craft can't make up for the director's easy default to gore over story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
17% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) The writer-director-actor's first made-for-Netflix feature hits trademark beats that might satisfy loyalists but are sure to make others wince or opt out. As is his intriguing way, however, Perry delivers some grace notes with the casting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
89% Jezebel (2019) Tiffany's journey has its ascents and plunges. Perrier and her star keep us caring where it will end: peak or valley?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
21% Like a Boss (2020) Haddish's well-honed brashness, Byrne's depiction of self-doubt, and Arteta's skill at getting the best from his cast conceal the blemishes and give "Like a Boss" a nice shine.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 68% Joker (2019) As well made as Joker is, there is little here to delight in beyond Phoenix's performance.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) For grownups - as opposed to the happy cubs who will adore them for taking them to The Lion King - this remake doesn't feel like visionary storytelling so much as a proving ground for newer technologies: virtual reality and other immersive techniques.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 42% What Men Want (2019) Doesn't quite evade the by-the-numbers rhythms reboots so often have. Yet Henson and her castmates have the chemistry to make it, if not riotous, definitely amusing and more than a little heartfelt.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
98% Moonlight (2016) "Moonlight" arrives as a gift, one worth keeping - and regifting. ‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 91% Girls Trip (2017) Haddish's energy leaves a lasting impression. She makes Dina's outrageousness infectious. Although in keeping with the movie's humor, we may have to add infectious like a bad rash. The pleasures of Girls Trip aren't quite worth it.‐ AARP Movies for Grownups
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
96% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) And Still I Rise is a portrait of an artist who was well aware of the spell she could cast with that voice, that towering height, that gaze. It is also a film mindful of the deep truths -- the desires and wounds -- buttressing that persona.‐ Essence
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 62% Dark Night (2017) Dark Night is an atmospheric, anxiety-tweaking outing. But cinematic elegance is not enough when the stakes are so very high.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) The Secrets belongs in a mini-tradition of involving films that limn the border where spiritual and sexual awakenings collide and entwine.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/4 17% Pixels (2015) Nostalgia is a wonder and a cheat. The right touchstone can make the most discerning movie-goer forgive a film as lazy as Pixels. Almost.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) As for the in-the-ring bob, weave, clash, clutch? Well, those disappointed by May's impossibly hyped Mayweather-Pacquiao bout should enjoy the care director Fuqua takes in delivering the sweet science to the big screen.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/4 83% Ant-Man (2015) The cast is better than solid. Directed by Peyton Reed, the action is a zippy pleasure. The more Scott shrinks, the bigger the fun. The visual effects are witty, especially when he begins making allies of various ant colonies.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 82% Batkid Begins (2015) Batkid Begins has the feel of a barn-raising gone global.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 95% Amy (2015) One thing is for certain: It will be much harder to hear that handful of powerful, lush, carnal songs on Back to Black without the wallop of melancholy.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Not since Up, has the studio taken on the gnarliness of being human and made it so visually delightful and emotionally resonant.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 70% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World is ersatz Spielberg. It's a knock-off that, even with the brand tag of the filmmaking titan as executive producer, makes the credit feel faux.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) Unnerving as it is thrilling, as visually and aurally vivid as it is emotionally harrowing.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 20% Aloha (2015) This is a romantic comedy that has more than hearts on its mind. In addition to teasing the uneasy and complicated partnership of the military and the private sector, Crowe takes on issues integral to Hawaii.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 29, 2015
2.5/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) If only all of director Brad Bird's fantasy adventure had lived up to its promise.‐ Denver Post
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) There's enough horror remixed here -- of the Heart of Darkness version -- to engage our current moment. That should be one of the obligations of a reboot.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Whedon & Co. provide more than enough glib jokes, FX spectacles and sweet human insights to make Age of Ultron a popcorn must for the rest of us in need of a little comic-book wisdom right about now. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) [A] methodically absorbing sci-fi drama.‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3.5/4 45% True Story (2015) True Story digs deeper into the cultural fascination with killers and attempts a potent corrective along the way, reminding us who's been lost but also how justice isn't just another gripping procedural.‐ Denver Post
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/4 84% While We're Young (2015) The wonderful thing about While We're Young and the relationship that develops between Josh and Cornelia and Jamie and Darby is that it's less about resentment than it is a celebration of romantic love. At least initially.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
1.5/4 28% Get Hard (2015) It trucks in stereotypes (black, white, Latino, female -- the list is long) and plays clumsily with sexuality. Still, the movie's greatest and altogether familiar sin is that it's stupid.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 77% Danny Collins (2015) What Fogelman doesn't quite achieve as screenwriter at the start of the film he makes up for in his directorial debut. He supports wonderfully the affable allure of his attuned cast.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 98% Timbuktu (2015) The performances are hushed and memorable. Cinematographer Sofian El Fanicaptures the beauty of this desert land. Amine Bouhafa's score is its own act of gorgeous grace and defiance.‐ Denver Post
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 65% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Sure, it has the comfy vibe of the familiar, but it's all in feel-good fun.‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 56% Focus (2015) It's a shiny, diverting ride. (And right about now, that's OK.)‐ Denver Post
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) Consider Marion Cotillard's Oscar-nominated performance in Two Days, One Night a tour de nuance. ‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) Irish director Tomm Moore's animated beauty Song of the Sea tells the sort of story that makes you crave the flickering of firelight or wish for the warmth of a blanket pulled up to your chin while mom or dad reads a bedtime tale.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 81% McFarland USA (2015) It took a village of fine performers to depict this close-knit town. And the list is too long to give a shoutout to everyone.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1.5/4 27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) This sci-fi-inflected fantasy has many a wince-worthy romantic exchange between stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.‐ Denver Post
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/4 39% Black or White (2015) It may be helpful - or vexing - to think of "Black or White" as the great grandchild of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3.5/4 85% Still Alice (2015) Sorrow-laden and moving, Still Alice isn't gratuitously grim nor is it easily sentimental. There's humor here -- vaguely gallows-like, perhaps but also earned.‐ Denver Post
Posted Jan 23, 2015