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Owen Gleiberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Will Smith and Martin Lawrence bring their A game, never letting us feel like they're going through the motions. The marks may be standard issue, but they hit them with with fury and flair.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
51% Underwater (2020) "Underwater" is a stupefying entertainment in which every claustrophobic space and apocalyptic crash of water registers as a slick visual trigger, yet it's all built on top of a dramatic void. It's boredom in Sensurround.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
17% The Grudge (2020) A reboot of a remake of a movie that wasn't too scary to begin with, the latest version of 'The Grudge' conjures nothing but the dregs of J-horror.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's a puckish and engrossing movie, fulsome but light on its rocket feet.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) In Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin transcends the blues by saying a little prayer - or singing one - for all of us.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) The idea of Will Smith bringing his incredulous smoothness to a kiddie cartoon is endlessly appealing, but "Spies in Disguise" turns out to be a crushingly formulaic, animated-by-numbers comedy...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
40% Black Christmas (2019) An innovative if at times crudely diverting fright flick in which the heroines, and the villains as well, are all playing their part in a larger scheme.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) It's easy enough to rip a story from the headlines, but not so easy to make it stick. "Bombshell" has a finely textured, savagely pinpoint, you-are-there verisimilitude...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
100% After Parkland (2019) The film records this experience in a moving and memorable way. After you've seen it, you know more about the meaning of this kind of horror than you did before, and that's a vital thing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2019) An enthralling documentary that movie buffs everywhere will want to see...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
47% No Safe Spaces (2019) "No Safe Spaces" makes the case for why it's actually healthy, if not essential, to be exposed to ideas you disagree with and even violently don't like; it toughens the muscles, preparing you for the rigors of the world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
53% Noelle (2019) Whatever your idea of a sentimental connect-the-dots Christmas comedy is, this is sub that.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) Todd Haynes has made the first corporate thriller that's a call to action because you'll emerge from it feeling anything but safe.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) The new "Charlie's Angels" is a heavier chunk of escape than any previous "Angels" incarnation - if the early-2000s films were pop, this one is metal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
21% Playing with Fire (2019) Cena may be the first bodybuilder-turned-actor who has what Arnold Schwarzenegger had: the ability to project a mocking light soul trapped in a musclehead's body.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) The pleasure of "The Good Liar," and it's a major one, is the chance to watch Mirren and McKellen act together in a cat-and-mouse duet that turns into an elegant waltz of affection and deception.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
43% Midway (2019) The film's drama is B-movie basic. But the destructive colliding metal-on-metal inferno of what war is what makes "Midway" a picture worth seeing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) It's not so much clever, toasty, and affectionate as it is the faux version of those things. It's twee, it's precious, it's forced. And it's light on true romance, maybe because the movie itself is a little too in love with itself.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) I found myself lured into a movie that dares to depict evil as something that makes us suck in our breath.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
87% Ne Zha (2019) As a movie, "Ne Zha" is most fun when it gets high on spectacle, literally chewing up the splendid scenery...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) "Making Waves" is about the evolution of film technology, yet the key to its appeal is that it revels in the holistic, aesthetic side of technology: not just buttons and dials and gizmos, but technology as an expression of something human.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The new movie earns its lavishly staged action (and its emotions, too), because no matter how violently baroque its end-of-days vision, its storytelling remains tethered to the earth.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
90% QT8: The First Eight (2019) Even those who already know a great deal about Tarantino will groove on the anecdotes and insights.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
67% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Smith has every right to be older and wiser here, and "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," with its gentle anarchy and not-quite-mock nostalgia, is a time-machine sequel that passes the time amiably enough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
11% Jexi (2019) Lucas and Moore write some whiplash funny lines, and since the film is just a throwaway, you can enjoy it on a trivial synthetic revenge-of-the-nerd level.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) "The Addams Family" has a rote plot built out of bits and pieces from a lot of other animated films that had nothing to do with lumbering eight-foot-tall butlers or posh mistresses of the house who look like spindly vampiric cadavers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Booksellers (2019) "The Booksellers" is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) In its loosely anecdotal way it may bring us a notch or two closer to who Roy Cohn was.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet Born to Be (2019) [A] moving and fascinatingly forward-looking documentary...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) Part of the teasing mystery of "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" is that the movie, like Sacks himself, refuses to pin its subject down to anything as earthly as a diagnosis, because that would reduce him.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is a coldly enthralling, long-form knockout - a majestic Mob epic with ice in its veins.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
74% The Death of Dick Long (2019) With "The Death of Dick Long," Daniel Scheinert proves himself just good enough a filmmaker to earn the attention he's courting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
59% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) A police thriller powered by a "head-spinning" sci-fi twist that's revealed so gradually you'll feel older by the time the movie ends.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) A bit of concocted fluff that never asks to be taken on the level, and that allows Galifianakis to oscillate, with his usual stoic myopic cunning, between idiocy and ire.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
No Score Yet David Foster: Off the Record (2019) A once-over-lightly portrait that teeters between offering a fascinating close-up look at how the sausage of pop gets made and being a kind of infomercial.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
91% Sound of Metal (2019) Marder hasn't filled in the dramatic interior of what does happen. He has made a movie about deafness that's at once experiential and too muffled to hear.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet Desert One (2019) You emerge from "Desert One" knowing certain aspects of the Iran-hostage crisis better than you did before. That makes it a worthy film, and an absorbing one.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) "Harriet" is nothing if not a dutiful and eye-opening salute. But it still leaves you feeling that the great movie about Harriet Tubman has yet to be made.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Capote Tapes (2019) The essence of "The Capote Tapes" is a kind of immersion in Truman Capote - in who he was and the worlds he moved within.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's a feel-good movie, all right, but one that uses the fake danger of defanged black comedy to leave us feeling good about the fact that we're above a feel-good movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Yet a morose and downbeat movie, too lost in the maze of its designer seriousness, is what "The Goldfinch" finally is.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) As its title character might put it, "Dolemite Is My Name" is a total motherf-kin' blast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is a lovely, soft-hearted fable that works on you in an enchanting way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
84% Just Mercy (2020) There were moments you wish it was shorter. Yet if the chain of courtroom battles at the end spin around facts we already know, what's unpredictable is the human factor.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
71% The King (2019) Too many movies set in this period end up as action films in medieval drag. The excitement of "The King" is that Michôd lays out the consequences of combat with gruesome precision, demythologizing the battle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
14% American Skin (2019) It's a good movie: tense, bold, angry, empathetic, provocative, observant, morally engaged. And also, to be honest, a trifle gimmicky. Yet that's tied to its power as a racially charged, socially urgent gut-punch drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) "The Laundromat" is a fluky contradiction that works.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
83% Ema (2019) Di Girolamo has a rapt millennial-void presence, like Garbo on mood stabilizers, and she's the lone force holding a precarious, prismatic movie together. "Ema" is an estranging experience at first but slowly lures you in.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
69% Joker (2019) A dazzlingly disturbed psycho morality play, one that speaks to the age of incels and mass shooters and no-hope politics, of the kind of hate that emerges from crushed dreams.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
71% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) The first half of the movie sucks you right in, but after a while it starts to play like the dramatized version of a Wikipedia entry.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019