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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 93% Clemency (2019) It's a remarkably controlled performance that the script never quite lets explode, to both its strength and its detriment. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
B 95% Little Women (2019) As undercooked as Little Women can occasionally feel, it's always enjoyable, with some great shots made for the canvas and other small charms throughout. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
D+ 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker is a pitiful attempt to wrap up all nine films, an experience so whittled down by the corporate process that it falls completely flat.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4.5/10 20% Cats (2019) Cat-astrophic special effects ruin Tom Hooper's adaptation of the infamous stage musical Cats.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B 68% Bombshell (2019) But even with varying depth, Bombshell's ensemble is its greatest strength.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
B 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Terrence Malick's style is so distinct in what works and what doesn't. Just like the rest of his films, A Hidden Life is resplendent in natural imagery, and also just like the rest, it's criminally self-indulgent. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 94% In Fabric (2019) Had the pacing issues been worked out, or the message populate some of the boringly handled transition sequences, In Fabric might have been something really special.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
9.3/10 91% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie brothers continue their winning streak of making harshly real films about everyday New Yorkers with fatal flaws. But this time, they've also given Adam Sandler a platform to show just how good he is with the right collaborators.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B- 89% The Two Popes (2019) ...this is a film about the state of the Catholic Church made in 2019 that doesn't want to rustle any feathers. Some will take issue with that, and others won't. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
B+ 97% Knives Out (2019) ...after a somewhat prolonged setup, the list of suspects start exhibiting their wild personalities, putting this ensemble of legends to work. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B- 90% Dark Waters (2019) As uninteresting as the film is cinematically, it will induce some semblance of paranoia in its viewers. That's enough to make it watchable, even if it overstays its welcome.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B+ 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is like a hug of a film, but not the warm and fuzzy kind you get from watching something nice. It's a sobering embrace of human understanding and healing.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
B- 77% Frozen II (2019) By no means will it reach the status Frozen had in 2013, but for those who want to play in this world again and revisit these well-drawn characters, it could have been much worse.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
C+ 81% The Report (2019) Scott Z. Burns only rarely finds the language intrinsic to film to tell this story in The Report...‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
B 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Just as the Ford company needed Ken Miles, so too does Mangold need Christian Bale. It's he who gives this fun crowd-pleaser a little extra horsepower.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
B+ 83% Waves (2019) Though it doesn't always work, the film's unique structure reveals Shults' admirable ambition in telling this relatively simple, everyday story. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B+ 93% Honey Boy (2019) ...as a peak inside the life and mind of an artist, it doesn't really get much more original and personal than this.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
C+ 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) As a complete package, it's largely inoffensive.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
6.5/10 46% Last Christmas (2019) Emilia Clarke charms in this cliché, kooky Christmas rom-com.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B- 93% Light from Light (2019) More of an All Saints' Day ghost story than a Halloween one, director Paul Harrill's Light From Light is as low key and quaint as supernatural stories get.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
C- 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Like the titular robot menaces, these Terminator sequels just keep coming. Unfortunately, the sixth installment, Dark Fate, comes armed to the teeth with bad ideas and corporate machinery.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B+ 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi brings his signature wit to the script, and his direction walks a thin line that maintains the film's lighter tone while keeping the gravity of the whole Nazi Germany situation in check.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
C+ 81% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass is wild from the get-go, with the cinematography and set design wholly committed to the joke, but there's also a clear strain the script is going to to be as weird as humanly possible.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
B+ 91% The Lighthouse (2019) Director Robert Eggers has crafted a psychological thriller practically spat up by hell itself, and it is supremely unpleasant in the best way possible.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
B+ 81% Little Monsters (2019) For how freely the blood flows, in and of itself one of the main draws of the zombie genre, there's a warmth to Little Monsters that gives it a fresh feeling.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
B+ 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) ...with how dark the end of that series got, our re-introduction to Jesse is a solemn affair. He's covered in scars, inside and out.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
8/10 95% Marriage Story (2019) Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson give their all to Marriage Story, a smart exploration of the emotional intricacies of divorce and how they can rip love to shreds. ‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) As Murphy reminds us of his place in the world, we see Moore fighting for his. Dolemite Is My Name just could have better told us how he felt about that fight.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
C 69% Joker (2019) ...the story sort of just happens, with violence, expertly built tension, and some truly gorgeous cinematography used to fill the air where a central theme would normally go.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
9.2/10 96% The Irishman (2019) The master filmmaker has made an introspective, thoughtful, even somber film that manages to be just as entertaining as his classics, even while diving deep into the darkest souls and finding some semblance of a heart.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
A- 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait of a Lady on Fire is hyper-aware of the perils of its setting, and yet still manages to be inherently sexy, thanks to the chemistry of its leads.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
B+ 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It doesn't all work, but by and large, this is a thoughtful, and often quite funny, retrospective on the artist and their struggle to create.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
C 83% Judy (2019) Goold merely falls into the same biopic pitfalls many a films do when they've got a big star at the center and they're gunning for Oscars.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
A 84% Ad Astra (2019) As an intimate portrait of the loneliness deep in our bones through the lens of a big interstellar epic, Ad Astra is simply peerless.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
A- 93% Monos (2019) Alejandro Landes' Monos is undoubtedly the most impeccably crafted film of 2019 so far.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B- 88% Freaks (2019) Had Stein and Lipovsky committed to keeping their story small-scale, this film could have been the next Midnight Special.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B+ 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers' stranger than fiction narrative is more than enough to keep the film afloat, but that doesn't stop Scafaria from injecting a fresh style missing from her past directorial efforts. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
C+ 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Though no one could accuse It Chapter 2 of playing it safe, the 170-minute runtime often misplaces its focus.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) ...there's rarely a moment where Brittany Runs a Marathon isn't having an honest, if very funny, conversation through its lead about self esteem. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
7.6/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) This is an entertaining game of tension and gore with a strong funny bone, all in a well-wrapped package clearly designed with surprising thought and artistic effort with a star-making performance for Samara Weaving.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B+ 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's cheesy to be sure, and can be grating in passing moments, but Blinded by the Light leaves all cynicism in a trail of dust as it dances along.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
7.5/10 100% Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) The sci-fi elements are fun, the humor is wildly absurd, and the animation is breathtaking. In this case, that's enough for this return to be worth the wait.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B- 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) ...you can feel the plot unfolding on screen cutting corners to get to the book's big scenes. The story is rushed beyond belief, and thus many of its emotional beats don't get the necessary room to breathe.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B- 80% Good Boys (2019) It would be a one-trick pony were it not for a smart thematic exploration of a particular aspect of growing up that emerges just before the third act.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
9/10 91% Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) Rocko's Modern Life returns to a world that left it behind, finding something poignant to say about learning to evolve.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
B 90% Luce (2019) Onah doesn't bring any discernible style to the film. But he does let this complex yarn play out with all the tension he can muster. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
7/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This entry may be sloppier than some of the series' recent highs, but there's something joyful about that sloppiness. The leads are all aware of it, and they deliver the fast fury needed to rise above the film's failures. ‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) ...compared to the rest of his filmography, the first two hours of Once Upon a Time..in Hollywood are fairly breezy, and better for it.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
D 53% The Lion King (2019) This Lion King is one of the most technically impressive disasters in film history...‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 83% Crawl (2019) ...as far as its actual premise, Crawl could not be simpler, and that's a huge part of what makes it so effective. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019