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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 84% The Way Back (2020) Perhaps Affleck's most personal--and personal-feeling--movie, and movie role, ever. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/5 92% The Invisible Man (2020) A golly-whopper psycho-thriller of a horror show that's also a monster movie for the #MeToo movement, a creep show about toxic masculinity and how abused women are often told they're crazy.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3.5/5 86% Emma. (2020) A delightfully snazzy, dizzily entertaining, snappy-looking period-piece rom-com.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3.5/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) I wouldn't want to live there, but Guy Ritchie's riotously raw ganja-gangland fantasy world sure is a great-escape movie getaway.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) A high-spirited, action-packed blowout reunion that plays to the comedic strengths of its two marquee stars while giving them plenty of room to roam, lots of things to blast or blow up and a flowing stream of bickering-buddy humor. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Raunchy humor that feels like it was written with broad strokes of a mascara brush and highlighted with smeared lipstick. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) A gripping human drama, a bracing history lesson, a bruising survival saga and a blowout adventure yarn--and a jaw-dropping marvel of astonishing, immersive filmmaking. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
1.5/5 21% Cats (2019) This part-people, part-pussycat, faux-feline Hollywood hairball is a me-ouch. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig gives a familiar, old story vibrant new zing and zest, and a celebratory message that will resonate anew with women of all ages in today's modern world.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 70% Bombshell (2019) A dynamite drama that chronicles a pivotal moment in modern history, when a group of women rallied and rose up, lighting the way for the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Sandler's gut-punch, in-your-face performance smashes through the comedy ceiling of stunted man-child schlub roles that have mostly defined his acting career. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Great, galloping fun---the year's most entertaining movie puzzle, with some of the sharpest edges where you least expect them. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) While not quite as fresh as the original, it still stands tall with its own proto-feminist message of strong girl power and sisters doin' it for themselves--and each other.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 82% The Report (2019) A crackling political-intrigue thriller, about big issues that matter, made out of real-life characters and events from the not-so-distant past.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) At three and a half hours, 'Irishman' fills out its epic proportions with epic performances and some of Scorsese's best, most profound filmmaking.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 73% Harriet (2019) Some things take time, as Harriet Tubman knew. But her remarkable achievements will live forever, and 'Harriet' finally, fittingly frames her story in the Hollywood dimensions it has long deserved.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jolie is the big bird, the hot wings, the OG witchy woman that rises from the rubble of this hot-mess fairy-fray train wreck. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Something to see if you want to see Will Smith beating himself up in a movie, in perhaps more ways than one.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) Phoenix makes his mark as a severely damaged man who becomes an insane monster, a maestro of madness who sinks to the bottom of society but moves to the top of the DC Villains Hall of Fame.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 82% Judy (2019) 'Judy' and Zellweger show us a falling star going down in one final blaze of semi-glory...an icon whose fame had spread around the world long before the internet or cable TV.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 87% Hustlers (2019) It's fun, feisty, gaudy and glitzy and gritty, and it feels right, even when you know it has to be wrong.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) 'It' goes out with a bang---full of strangeness and suspense, a jack-in-the-box of jolts and jumps, oozing and clattering and shrieking with freak-show, gross-out, goose-bump weirdness and hair-raising, FX terrors.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A red-meat grinder of gunfire and pyro built atop a gonzo storyline of political implosion, an astonishing amount of carnage and a tone-deaf disregard for the mood of much of the nation for seeing dozens of people mowed down by military-grade weaponry.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Childhood innocence intersects with a profane punch of wild, rollicking, ribald comedy, purified with the sunshine of genuine sweetness. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 24% The Kitchen (2019) Bullets fly, blood spills, splats and spatters, bones crunch. This is a different kind of ladies' night, for sure---a mobster movie with a gender flip.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The two alpha-male stars fall easily into the heady, diesel-fuel mix of banter, ballistics and beefy, bone-crunching, balls-to-the-wall beatdowns.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Meticulously crafted, masterfully curated and obsessively detailed, it's a cinematic sandbox of Tarantino touchstones. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) A deeply unnerving disturbia that scorches dark recesses of the imagination with savage, searing grotesqueries that linger long after the credits roll.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Even though he's now 23, Holland still manages to convey the youthful angst of one of Marvel's most popular characters as he grows into the responsibilities that go with his sticky superpowers. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) An adorable Brit-centric rom-com fantasy set in a rock 'n' roll alt-reality where Beatles music lives anew, life goes on, ob-la-di, ob-la-da, and all you need is love, after all.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Meta, existential Disney-Pixar cleverness about lost toys that find their purpose, bittersweet partings, happy reunions and how--as the old saying goes-one person's trash can, indeed, become someone else's treasure.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Strands its cast and its franchise with a script that feels stale and cookie-cutter, underwhelming F/X, a messy, meandering plot and a shortage of the crisp, feisty zip and zing that made the original idea so much gosh-darn fun.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) A glittery goblet of tribute, a rollicking twist on rock biopics, and a stupendously inventive musical with a star-making performance by Egerton, who fills it with pitch-perfect performances.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Not a whole new world, but a bit brighter, bluer, and newer for a modern generation of young viewers who need to hear that a princess has more on her mind than marrying a prince.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) The best, brightest coming-of-age comedy in years. An easy A+. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2.5/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) Warm and fuzzy but a bit lacking in substantial bow-wow-wow, this franchise nonetheless feels like it's turning into a faithful movie companion that's figured out its own secret to coming back again and again. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 36% Poms (2019) I kept wishing for a bit more rah to go with the sis-boom-bah, but the movie's heart is in the right place, with an uplifting message about teamwork, friendship and not letting age be a barrier, of any kind.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 82% Long Shot (2019) You've heard politics make strange bedfellows. In this smart, sharp, frequently hilarious, often raunchy odd-couple rom-com, strange bedfellows make some pretty interesting politics. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3.5/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Reminds us of the grand cycle of life not just for penguin Steve, but for nature in general--the mystery of animal instincts, the majesty of their domains and their marvelous, miraculous adaptability.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 47% Little (2019) A little of this, a little of that, Little is a pleasant enough springtime diversion, with a bigger, multi-generational, women-of-color message about empowerment. ‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) A playful, witty, clever, teen-centric jaunt that soars with a simple, uncluttered story, free of the past and full of both humor and heart.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's signature, curveball spin edges into some deliciously dark corners, but the movie's big--and big-top--heart throbs with the rousing pulse of family, togetherness and freedom.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) A modern horror movie that has the feel of an instant classic, one that has staying power to shock and awe years or even decades from now.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Soars as an origin story with heart, cheeky humor, wit and warmth, zingy dialogue, punchy action, colorful characters and a hero--heroine--who breaks the glass ceiling on two worlds.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 60% Greta (2019) A tight, pulpy, nasty little crazy-train psychological thriller that takes a sharp turn into something even nastier in the homestretch.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The third time is definitely a charm---and a charm(er)---for the final, closing, soaring chapter of this popular, successful franchise about a Viking boy and his faithful, flying dragon.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) With a brisk streak of send-up humor, and outright comedy, stirred into the killer mix, it isn't a bloody slasher film, by any stretch---it's more Scooby Doo than Scream.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 42% What Men Want (2019) Pours on the yuks but doesn't have much of a feel about how to make this raunchy comedy about workplace inequality much more than a broad, lazy swipe at an easy, timely target.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan's geeky intersection of comic book culture, superhero backstories and pop mythology builds to a showdown, but it's more of a letdown.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2.5/5 41% The Upside (2019) Offers a pleasant thaw from the January cold, but can't quite overcome the downside of stereotyping, clichés and an overlay of hokey, jokey sap and gloppy, predictable Hollywood goo.‐ Parade Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019