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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5 75% Military Wives (2020) Corny and predictably formulaic...but it's buttressed by two skilled performances and, let's face it, it's nice.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
2.5 91% The Trip to Greece (2020) Foodie undertones, tony-tourism overtones, gorgeous locales and fun allusions to Ancient Greek culture as Brydon and Coogan reach the end of their own ten-year odyssey.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
3 100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) A highly unusual personal essay about a film-production disaster and a friendship colored by insanity.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
2.5 67% The Lovebirds (2020) An involving, pacey comic thriller depicting relationships as marathons, not sprints.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
1.5 52% Scoob! (2020) A big, loud, dumb crossover event that's considerably less than the sum of its parts.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
2 37% The Wrong Missy (2020) Strictly for fans of the stars or anyone craving some cinematic junk food.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2.5 42% Capone (2020) In no way deep but a compelling exercise in style over substance.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
3 55% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) Frank and therefore fascinating drug anecdotes (and advice) from professional storytellers.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2 57% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Like much of late-period Woody Allen, it's terrible and wonderful...a grab bag of moments and droll one-liners set in a woozily romantic fantasy New York we'd all like to visit.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
3 75% Tammy's Always Dying (2019) Script-y but it has a good lived-in quality to it. The characters are strong. [Felicity] Huffman and [Anastasia] Phillips are fantastic. An interesting and potent comedy-drama.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 90% Bull (2020) Low-key, naturalistic drama with a lot of familiar beats whose strength is in depicting a child at the crossroads.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3.5 87% Vanilla (2020) A lot better than it sounds on paper...a funny. moving and charming independent debut.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3.5 93% Bad Education (2019) A sharp, brilliant exploration of entitlement run amok.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
2.5 68% Extraction (2020) A bloody, violent, preposterous movie. Chris Hemsworth is convincing even when the story isn't.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 90% The Willoughbys (2020) Very much in the style of Roald Dahl, this is a decent kids movie with witty, wall-to-wall sight and sound gags.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 98% Circus of Books (2019) An interesting story about not only gay life in America and the story of a small business, but also what's going on in [a] family that runs this extremely unusual small business.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 64% Planet of the Humans (2020) A vital, eye-opening inquiry into American energy consumption.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) A substantive, whimsical and funny teen-driven story.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3.5 70% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) A terrific, strange, new spin on a relationship comedy--what you'd get if you were to cross 'A Christmas Carol' with a sex farce.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) In its own right it's a pretty fascinating look at a story that hasn't been told in this depth before.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3.5 100% Driveways (2019) Done so well and so delicately...unforced, beautifully performed, understated and quite lovely...I liked the feel and texture of this movie...the intimacy of it.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
2.5 79% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Essentially an opportunity for the family to do damage control.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
2.5 91% Blue Story (2020) A theatrical, rap-infused standard-issue issue melodrama [that's also vaguely] reminiscent of classic '30s gangster films.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3.5 96% The Half of It (2020) A cut above your average teen romance: genuinely interested in the nature and complexities of love...funny and witty with a literate script and charming performances.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
1.5 30% Dangerous Lies (Windfall) (2020) Cheesy and ridiculous.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 100% A Secret Love (2020) Enough elements kicking around in it to keep it pretty interesting for its whole running time.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
3 77% Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (2020) A sober and interesting look at the justice system.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 16, 2020
2.5 93% Becoming (2020) This slickly produced companion piece to Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir takes you inside her rock-star world, with an asterisk.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
1.5 44% Proximity (2020) A commercially ambitious nouveau B movie pieced together from recycled materials from the Spielberg catalog.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3.5 64% Castle in the Ground (2019) Searing performances elevate this ostensible crime story to dramatic, thematic and even Freudian heights.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
2.5 57% Valley Girl (2020) Disney Channel style musical numbers give the story a propulsive energy but the artificial, generic tone also threatens to make the story weightless.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
1 No Score Yet The Stand at Paxton County (2020) There might've been a good film in the true story that provides the jumping off point, but it's not this badly scripted thriller that plays like a lost episode of Walker, Texas Ranger‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
2.5 60% 18 Presents (18 Regali) (2020) Very loosely based on a true sad story, this fantasy drama allows an angry child to have a breakthrough of empathy for her parents.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
3/4 100% Rewind (2020) Rough, tough, complicated and hard to talk about...ultimately [a] story about the heroism of the filmmaker.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3/4 61% Hope Gap (2020) A very interesting drama by a really good playwright.‐ Celluloid Dreams
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
3.5/4 92% Holy Motors (2012) Holy Motors has the power to haunt as much as to amuse.‐ Palo Alto Weekly
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
3.5/4 88% Onward (2020) Wildly manipulative in its emotional underpinnings, but Onward works smart to earn its sentiment...A very sweet, very entertaining blend of whimsy and peril.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3.5/4 91% The Assistant (2020) Has the benefit of relevance to the current news cycle, but it's about something much larger even than the famous convicted felon who threw his weight around Hollywood.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2.5/4 37% Downhill (2020) As long as Faxon and Rash...stay in this pitch-black pocket of uncomfortable truth-telling, Downhill retains its power. But since this is an American comedy...‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Practically dares its audience to make the mistake of taking it seriously, and yet it's a bizarrely uplifting story of credibly tough women...survivors all, supporting each other to vanquish a sneering, preening abuser whose time's up.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) Attempts to thread the needle of a moving anti-war film in that narrow space between...[war as] thrill ride and the filmic wizardry that, when examined too closely, rings as hollow as a war machine rapped with a wrench.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Contemplating any of this action-comedy camp in real-world terms...would be a maddening mistake. Accept Lowrey's assessment that 'Violence is what we do,' or pick another movie.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:] If Abrams has topped himself, it's by making a Star Wars film that's even more of a multiplex-filling Hollywood widget than his first.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) If The Next Level plays fast and loose, it also makes an effort to prompt viewers to reflect not only on the freedom of fantasy, but on the fraught but essential relationship of mind and body.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/4 83% Waves (2019) If the film's psychology and dialogue remain frustratingly basic...the viscerally effective audio-visual approach amplif[ies] the story's emotional intimacy in ways the situations and mostly platitudinous dialogue sometimes fail to do.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
2.5/4 63% The Good Liar (2019) 'Be careful. It's deeper than it looks.' The line is meant as a commentary on character but also a literary self-congratulation. And that would be all well and good if the film had a well-crafted plot with fascinating characters and surprising twists.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Wild-ride entertainment that's by turns funny, squirmy, horrifying, and poignant, all in service of a zeitgeist-y story of working-class frustration...boiling over in ways the blithely wealthy can no longer ignore.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) In some ways, Doctor Sleep has to feel like a pop cultural footnote, but that's not fair to what's a ripping yarn in its own right. ‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Audiences can't be blamed for turning off their brains and focusing on the aesthetic trappings...in this film featuring a flying protagonist, nothing really lands.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The filmmaker contemplating his own creation as a man and an artist...plays as a poetic remembrance of things past, a reconciliation of self, powerfully capturing the emotional essence of keenly formative experiences and deep loves.‐ Groucho Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019