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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 69% The High Note (2020) Though Tracee Ellis Ross is killer good acting and singing the role of a pop superstar who makes life hell for her personal assistant (Dakota Johnson), this fitfully entertaining diva dramedy hits too many wrong notes to go the distance. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
4.5/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Andrew Patterson's soaringly creative, sci-fi mindbender isn't limited by its low-fi budget. What makes it one of the best (and most unclassifiable) movies of the year is the hypnotic way it keeps re-inventing itself from scene to scene. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
2.5/5 75% Military Wives (2020) Though deeply reliant on formula and wrapped in a blanket of bland, this crowdpleaser about a choir of solders wives squeaks past the rough spots thanks to the acting alchemy of Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
0/5 28% Inheritance (2020) A blithering botch job of a thriller that begs the question: "Come on, are you effing kidding me?" If this is an inheritance, leave us out of the will, please.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
4/5 66% The Lovebirds (2020) Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani generate big laughs and a sense of genuine connection as a New Orleans couple on the skids who find out what they really mean to each other when psychos try to kill them. The knockabout result is inspired lunacy.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
98% Paris Is Burning (1991) If all you know about Voguing comes from Madonna, this spirited and heartbreaking documentary from first-time filmmaker Jennie Livingston will be an eyeopener.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2/5 45% Proximity (2020) This low-budget tale of alien abduction is an in-and-out impressive calling card for debuting feature writer and director Eric Demeusy. who gets the look right but slips up on bringing depth to the script and getting past his Spielberg fixation. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
1.5/5 42% Blood and Money (2020) It's man vs. nature, himself, clichés, and a horrible script in this anemic thriller that pits a worthy Tom Berenger against some genuinely god-awful storytelling. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/5 42% Capone (2020) 'Fantastic Four' filmmaker Josh Trank's ambitious attempt to tell part of his own story through the last days of notorious mobster Al Capone doesn't add up, except for Tom Hardy's go-for-broke performance in the title role.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
2.5/4 76% Una (2017) Una is a film of seismic shocks built to make an audience squirm. Mission accomplished. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4.5/5 96% Saint Frances (2020) What looks like a throwaway about a precocious kid and her nanny is actually one of the best and gutsiest movies you'll find anywhere these pandemic days-a fun-time trailblazer that retains its rough edges to that last. It's some kind of miracle.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 61% Hope Gap (2020) Indelible and infuriating in equal measure, filmmaker William Nicholson's anatomy of his parents' own broken marriage rides high on superb performances from Annette Bening and Bill Nighy and raw emotions that cut deep,‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/5 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Coky Giedroyc's femcentric film about a teen rock critic who learns to grow past her own cosmetically-applied cynicism is never as wicked, winning and bruisingly comic as it needs to be. But lead actress Beanie Feldstein is all that and more. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3/5 47% Arkansas (2020) If narrative drive is your thing, steer clear of Clark Duke's trifling whatzit about drug-dealing deadbeats, but pandemic-weary audiences might just revel in a southern-fried, comic randomness that becomes the film's saving grace. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 91% Blue Story (2020) If you want a blast of pure nitro in your pandemic viewing, start streaming this standout first feature from rapper-director-actor Andrew Onwubolu, a.k.a. Rapman, who uses hip-hop beats to bring mythic weight to this British youth-gang drama‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
43% Committed (2000) It's a one-joke premise that ultimately wears thin, but [Lisa] Krueger works some playful variations on a theme.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 96% The Half of It (2020) Alice Wu's sweetly subversive YA romcom about a closeted Chinese-American girl searching for love and finding a healing friendship is an exuberant gift of a movie that is just the tonic we need in these troubled times.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Mick Jagger and Heath Ledger have previously played Australia's 19th-century Robin Hood. But George MacKay tops them in this punk-rock take from Justin Kurzel that blows the dust off history to create something thrillingly transgressive. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
4/5 93% Bad Education (2019) A career-best Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney shine as New York school administrators who stole millions from their Long Island district. Cory Finley's steadily riveting provocation jabs at the culture of money that makes us all complicit.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
2/5 68% Extraction (2020) No judgments here if you just want to hang back and let nonstop gore, gunfire, explosions and a gung-ho Chris Hemsworth numb you into submission. Take that, COVID-19.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
85% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) Gambon is stupendous, a roaring hound from hell. And Mirren is his match in a performance of mounting fervor.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
2.5/5 41% Endings, Beginnings (2020) All the love, sex, secrets, and Shailene you desire as Woodley pairs up with filmmaker Drake Doremus to trace one woman's journey to self-realization. Though the movie stalls frequently before it finds its balance, Woodley makes us care.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3.5/5 44% Sergio (2020) This portrait of a U.N. peacemaker as a real-life lover and superhero earns points for Wagner Moura's mesmeric portrayal even when it feels too good to be true. Still, in these dark days, advocating for hope and idealism feels exactly right.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
1.5/5 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) At least the Italian scenery and the stranded actors look good. Just don't mistake this charmless, mirthless and shameless ripoff of 'Four Wedding and a Funeral' and 'Groundhog Day' for a comedy with actual laughs. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2.5/5 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) This over-caffeinated sequel to the 2016 original feels more dutiful than dazzling, but this animated fluffball will entertain quarantined kids and grownups won't need controlled substances to enjoy the piñata-like explosions of noise and color.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 88% School Life (La vie scolaire) (2020) If virtual education in the time of Covid-19 makes you nostalgic for the sight of students and teachers occupying actual classrooms, this Netflix import gives the inspiring teacher/at-risk youth drama a hard-ass and heartfelt French redo.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
26% The Story of Us (1999) The movie turns into bogus drivel courtesy of the sitcom monster.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
0/5 20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) Everything goes stupefyingly wrong in this crime against comedy that features Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson straining so hard for laughs that never come that you think director Michael Dowse was holding a gun to their heads.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3/5 56% Resistance (2020) Playing the iconic mime Marcel Marceau in his early days as a French Resistance fighter for Jewish children, Eisenberg acts with physical finesse and deep feeling, proving that the power of art can literally be a saving grace.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4.5/5 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) A look back at how a New York summer camp run by hippies helped form a generation of political firebrands ready to fire up the Disability Rights Movement. Produced by Michelle and Barack Obama, this indispensable doc is the definition of inspiring.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
2/5 39% The Roads Not Taken (2020) Despite a deeply expressive performance from Javier Bardem as an an author suffering from early-onset dementia, Sally Potter's deeply personal film stubbornly refuses to come to life. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4.5/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hitmann's devastating abortion drama, starring a wonder of an actress named Sidney Flanigan, is an emotional wipeout that's impossible to forget.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2.5/5 84% The Way Back (2020) Ben Affleck brings his acting A game to this sports/redemption drama that plays way below his level, but still lets us root for the struggling star and the basketball coach he plays to find and honest way back from alcohol addiction.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 88% Onward (2020) Not up to Pixar's usual high standards, but you'll laugh and cry with this frisky animated tale of two elf brothers (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, both terrific) who bond over trying to bring their late dad back to life for a single day. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
2.5/5 48% Burden (2020) A compelling true story about the redemption of a Klansman (a very fine Garrett Hedlund) is well-intentioned but dramatically wobbly and simplistic.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
2.5/5 38% Wendy (2020) Benh Zeitlin's take on Peter Pan from Wendy's female perspective is a mixed bag that drifts from exhilarating to enervating, burying visionary wonders and a gifted cast of amateurs in chaotic clutter that deserves, well, the hook. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 92% The Invisible Man (2020) Alive with fresh thinking from Whanell and a dynamite Elisabeth Moss, this socially conscious horrorshow tips the old monster mash into way scarier shit about toxic masculinity that's as timely as #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
2.5/5 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Even with Harrision Ford at his droll, grumpy-old-man best, this new version of Jack London's classic man-meets-dog adventure digitizes its canine hero-and loses something vital in the processs. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
0.5/5 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) How does a director as stellar as Dee Rees go so thunderously wrong adapting a 1996 novel by the great Joan Didion, with a cast headed by Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and Willem Dafoe? Here's Exhibit A and the last thing any of us wanted.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 86% Emma. (2020) The luminous Anya Taylor-Joy turns this gorgeously filmed, deliciously wicked, and sometimes wounding film version of Jane Austen's literary classic into something that speaks to the current moment and knocks the stuffing out of costume drama. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
0/5 8% Fantasy Island (2020) If crimes against cinema merited prosecution, Blumhouse's Fantasy Island would go directly to death row. The only scary thing about this wussified, fright-free horrorshow is that it wants to spawn sequels. Stop it before it kills again. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/5 74% The Photograph (2020) For a Valentine's trip to the movies, you couldn't wish for a hotter and more talented pair of lovers than Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. Too bad the movie snuffs out their spark with cliches and over-complicated flashbacks. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 37% Downhill (2020) This dreary and disconcertingly unfunny Hollywood knockoff of Sweden's brilliant Force Majeure wastes the talents of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and leaves you feeling nothing. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn epic is not as gargantuanly godawful as Suicde Squad, but slapping the topical theme of female empowerment on a story that trucks in business-as-usual blood-and-guts does not qualify as a game-changer.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 74% The Lodge (2020) What starts with a promise of something new in psychological terror ends as a long day's journey into a night that is all too easy to see coming.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Blake Lively tries hard as a woman hellbent on vengeance, but grinding monotony is the real killer in this formulaic action thriller that leaps off the cliff of cliche into the valley of banality.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
92% Matador (1986) The film is fiercely funny, executed in a reckless, raucous rage by the most wantonly gifted new filmmaker on the international scene. Almódovar relishes mocking his country's sacred cows. ‐ People Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 91% The Assistant (2020) Julia Garner is implosive dynamite in this slow-burn tale of an assistant to a sexual predator. Garner and writer-director Kitty Green build a stinging indictment that stands as a defining snapshot of the MeToo era.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/5 61% The Last Full Measure (2020) The amazing true story of a soldier's valor in Vietnam takes a back seat to a decades-long tale of bureaucratic incompetence and corruption.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/5 14% Dolittle (2020) Robert Downey, Jr. talks to the animals and hits a career low in this object lesson in cinematic incoherence that will leave children sad and confused and adults scratching their heads.Come back, 'Cats,' we forgive you. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020