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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 55% Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) The golden version gives the film a heated, otherworldly quality, as if its characters are wondering around in some sort of erotic dream, lost in a tangled web of their own unexplored desires. ‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3/4 100% Blood on the Moon (1948) Mitchum manages to find a sense of moral ambiguity to his amoral gunslinger that elevates the film above your typical western B-movie. ‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3/4 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) A mildly diverting documentary that makes for some intriguing quarantine viewing, painting a big picture but ultimately failing to ask big questions."‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
2/4 37% Downhill (2020) Takes a troubling and uncomfortable study of human relationships and turns it into mildly entertaining sitcom.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3.5/4 100% The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) (1920) Remains one of the most beautifully designed and evocative films of its time, and it hasn't lost any of its eerie luster in the century since its release.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
2.5/4 83% Tartuffe (1925) Murnau is, of course, an incredible visual stylist, and the golden-tinted hues of Karl Freund's cinematography are often breathtaking. But Tartuffe is ultimately one of Murnau's minor works.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3/4 93% Bad Education (2019) An engaging tale of corruption, vanity, and hubris that gives Jackman one of his meatiest roles to date. ‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
3.5/4 100% I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi) (2020) A city symphony in a minor key, reminiscent of Pennebaker and Ruttman, that searches for the soul of a people and finds a microcosm of a century of upheaval and uncertainty.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
2/4 38% Wendy (2020) A film of muddled mythology and listless characterization, burying its sense of childhood magic in drab new trappings that feel bland and uninspired.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) Diao wraps his scathing indictment of Chinese state capitalism in a package of sensationally choreographed action and nearly operatic violence.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3.5/4 51% Bamboozled (2000) It works overtime to throw the audience off balance, to alienate us in almost Brechtian fashion, holding us at arm's length but demanding our attention as if saying "don't look away, you need to see this."‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
4/4 86% Potomok Chingis-Khana (Storm over Asia) (The Heir to Genghis Khan) (1929) By focusing on non-white characters, Pudovkin also dismisses the inherent racism with which such cultures were viewed at the time, a move that seems revolutionary in and of itself.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
3.5/4 83% The End of St. Petersburg (1927) Display(s) a real passion for the plight of the proletariat, feeling less like propaganda and more like communist apologia, focusing less on the politics of the Bolsheviks and more on the basis for the Revolution in the first place.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
4/4 No Score Yet Mother (1926) The climactic scene, in which the mother stands alone against charging Czarist forces, her flag held high and defiant, is one of the most deeply moving images in all Soviet cinema.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
3/4 88% Onward (2020) There's something strangely comforting in this time of national uncertainty to be found in this film about rediscovering simple magic in a world governed by technology.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
2.5/4 69% Stargirl (2020) Its themes of being unique and true to yourself feel lost in a film that's trying so desperately to fit in.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
3.5/4 98% Paris Is Burning (1991) Both an exuberant portrait of gay culture and queer defiance during a time when visibility was low and discrimination was high.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Song of Songs (1933) It's hard not to admire the gutsiness of what Mamoulian achieves here, crafting a film that is ultimately a critique of itself and the very audience that's watching it.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
0/4 56% The Hunt (2020) This one's not worth risking the spread of coronavirus - stay home and avoid this film like the plague.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3.5/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Sciamma seems to be inventing love anew, giving us something at once familiar, like the lingering memory of lovers long past, and vibrantly, thrillingly new.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet Mom and Dad (1945) Unlike many of its contemporaries who sought to warn parents about the dangers facing the youth of its day, Mom and Dad has an actual story with real actors who are actually mildly compelling. ‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Invisible Man (2020) As Whannell builds tension past the point where other films would have offered a cheap payoff, he instead continues to turn the screw, resulting in a film that's not only scary, but genuinely surprising.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2.5/4 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) An old school adventure about a big dog with an even bigger heart that feels tailor-made for the old cliché - "they just don't make 'em like this anymore."‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/4 98% All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) (1999) For all the film's purple prose and soap opera dramatics, Almodóvar never loses sight of his characters' simple humanity.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/4 90% Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't) (1976) One of the great unheralded cinematic romances of all time - a love story like no other that deserves a place in the canon of all-time classics.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
1/4 13% The Oscar (1966) Worth watching for the truly bizarre plotting and dialogue, which plays like a bad daytime soap opera complete with dramatic music stingers. ‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
.5/4 No Score Yet Sex Madness (Human Wreckage: They Must Be Told) (1938) May spend most of its brief running time wagging its finger at its audience, but its sensationalistic subject matter was clearly designed to titillate while preaching a very different message.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
1/4 39% Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) (1936) Strictly an amateur-hour production, filled with laughably over-the-top acting and a silly sense of self-righteousness that make it the perfect exploitation camp classic.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/4 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The epitome of soulless studio product, a paint-by-numbers action comedy that feels like the reheated leftovers of an early 2000s buddy comedy.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
3/4 78% Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier) (2013) Perhaps more interesting for what it foreshadows in Godard's career than anything contained in the film itself. ‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A gleefully over-the-top, candy-colored comic book spectacle that finds a pleasing balance between character and action that puts it a cut above its superhero peers.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3.5/4 64% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Feels right at home amongst the work of such Italian masters as (Dario) Argento and Mario Bava, whose films often felt like they took place inside a nightmare where plot didn't matter so much as atmosphere and mood.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
2.5/4 12% The Turning (2020) A thoroughly decent, classically structured haunted house chiller hampered by an extremely ill-conceived ending that undermines much of the goodwill built up by Sigismondi's hauntingly elegant direction.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
3/4 86% Zombi Child (2020) Manages to work as both an otherworldly romance and a ferocious critique of cultural colonialism that lingers with the understated power Bonello's more indelible works.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/4 85% Les Misérables (2020) There is something agreeably rough-hewn about its structure and haunting about its denouement.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) (Miroshnichenko) and Balagov are no doubt major artists to watch, their unique voices speaking loud and clear even when the film itself misses an opportunity to take a deeper dive into its characters' haunted world.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
2/4 14% Dolittle (2020) Everything about it feels bland and conservative, a made-by-committee Hollywood product that's about as generic and flavorless as movies get.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
3/4 91% Weathering with You (2020) Much as he did in Your Name, Shinkai creates a world where matters of the heart supersede all else, where reality dissolves into an isolated world that belongs only to the central lovers.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
1/4 21% Like a Boss (2020) The by-the-numbers script does its cast no favors, saddling Haddish with lame one-liners and completely wasting reliable supporting players like Billy Porter and Jennifer Coolidge.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) Buoyed by strong turns by Jordan and Foxx, Just Mercy treats stock characters like human beings, centers the victim's story, and refuses to ignore the collateral damage of wrongful convictions.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) Its technical aspects are so uniformly remarkable that one almost becomes so caught up in the nail-biting high-wire act on display that it's easy to miss the more human elements of the story it sought to illuminate in the first place.‐ The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/4 100% Don't Be a Dick About It (2020) A touching, often hilarious look at life with a sibling who drives you absolutely crazy, but you can't get enough of them anyway.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
3.5/4 85% Old Joy (2006) A buddy movie unlike any other, a kind of meditative reflection on masculinity, aging, and male friendship that feels at once familiar and bracingly new.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Trapped (1949) Takes a lot of narrative chances by building the film around a cast of almost entirely unlikable and unscrupulous characters, and it pays off.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
3.5/4 83% The Story of Temple Drake (1933) Made with the full knowledge of how society at large felt about "girls like her," and those stereotypes of the "loose woman" are consistently interrogated and subverted.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Holly and the Ivy (1952) A great cast, including Celia Johnson and Denholm Elliot, add some heft, but the film ultimately feels like a missed opportunity.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet Glorifying the American Girl (1929) The static mise-en-scene is kind of fascinating, and the tableau scene is surprisingly erotic, featuring an array of barely dressed men and women reenacting historical paintings.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
3/4 95% Christmas in July (1940) A breeze to watch, and Sturges packs the brief running time with plenty of his trademark wit, skewering corporate vanity and overconfident male bluster in equal measure.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
1.5/4 20% The Grudge (2020) An unpleasant, humorless slog through the muck of low-budget January horror fodder that is neither frightening or particularly entertaining, blandly ambling from tired jump-scare to tired jump-scare.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) [Haynes] takes the material and turns it into something both beautiful and horrific, a real-world revisit of the themes that made Safe one of his finest works.‐ From the Front Row
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019