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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85/100 60% The Last Full Measure (2020) It's a pleasure to watch these performers, even when sometimes stilted dialogue and occasional awkward pacing make the film feel pedestrian and awkward.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
87/100 80% A Hidden Life (2019) This is Malick's most parsable and straightforward film since Badlands. It's hardly his best.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
87/100 83% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy is a good movie in that it tells an important story in a straightforward, unequivocal fashion. But aside from Foxx's performance, it's hardly a memorable one.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
90/100 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Sandler, who has proved his worth as a dramatic actor before, has never been better, or funnier, than he is here. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
82/100 75% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell is a wasted chance, a ham-handed and self-congratulatory bit of agitprop.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
90/100 96% The Irishman (2019) It's about the lies we tell ourselves, our equivocations and delusions. So maybe Frank is making all this up too... ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
90/100 95% Marriage Story (2019) Every marriage is a black box with its works mysterious even to those intimately involved.... When sharp tools are employed, there will be blood.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
75/100 47% No Safe Spaces (2019) No Safe Spaces isn't designed to engender debate or honestly engage the very real problem it purports to investigate. It's self-serving and obvious. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
87/100 93% Honey Boy (2019) There are few movies that feel as honest, and as genuinely brave, as this one.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
83/100 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Unfortunately, the film works far better as an educational tool than as entertainment, with production values far below the norm for the sort of Hollywood action movie this film aspires to be. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
86/100 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It is [Pedro] Almodovar in a minor key, and it takes some getting used to.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
87/100 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) [Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice] does take us on a rich, nostalgic journey that will be received as a bittersweet valentine by old fans and might introduce newbies to a remarkable artist who refused to stay in her lane.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
86/100 83% Official Secrets (2019) It should be said that all the actors do well here. And the screenplay is responsible and economical in boiling down the complex issues the movie tackles. It's a fair, understated film about things we ought to care about.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
85/100 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) It's pretty much what you might expect it to be based on the poster and trailer, a mildly edgy vehicle that positions [Jillian] Bell as an unconventional, sometimes unlikable but generally accessible vessel for the audience's empathy. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88/100 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) What David Crosby: Remember My Name feels like is an elegy. Crosby understands the end is near and that he is bound to leave behind unrepaired relationships and financial messiness. He's trying to fix it, but there's just not enough time.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
83/100 44% After the Wedding (2019) Basically it's a soap opera performed by over-qualified actors. If you have a weakness for gasp-inducing melodrama, you'll like it. Otherwise you might appreciate the work of the performers. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
87/100 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Corniness aside, The Peanut Butter Falcon is good-looking with a solid ensemble cast and a legitimately inspiring message. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
88/100 87% The Nightingale (2019) While on one level I think it's clearly a first-rate work of art, it's the very definition of a hard watch. It demands your attention even as it repels you; watching it feels like trying to push the like poles of magnets together.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
88/100 98% Maiden (2019) Maiden transcends the rousing underdog sports story genre and offers an intriguing look at a stubbornly persistent sporting culture; one characterized by mindsets as outdated as its technology.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
87/100 98% The Farewell (2019) With a sparkling ensemble cast, The Farewell explores questions of individual identity and cultural divides and arrives at the conclusion that we mightn't be so different after all.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
88/100 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Sparkly and sad, Non-Fiction is a witty movie about the existential crisis facing readers and writers with some casual French adultery mixed in.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
82/100 30% Red Joan (2019) Unfortunately there's nothing about Red Joan that feels believable, other than [Judi] Dench's rather complicated portrayal of a woman who might only be discovering her own motives. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90/100 99% Amazing Grace (2019) What the film provides is proof of how thrilling she was in the moment, and her gobsmacking effect on the witnesses who, time and time again, the camera catches in unabashed awe. She's shockingly good.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
87/100 96% Hail Satan? (2019) You don't have to embrace the Satanic Temple to understand that it ought to have a place at the American table and that it serves as a corrective to certain tribalistic assumptions. Its members have a role to play as devil's advocates.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
86/100 71% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit is by no means a great film, but [Elle] Fanning's performance is affecting and [Zlatko] Buric makes an adorably gruff fairy godfather. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
82/100 40% Unplanned (2019) Unplanned is a competently made film that has some moments of genuine grace and a winning lead performance by Ashley Bratcher.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
83/100 77% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Most movies are ultimately, like the people who watch them, prisoners of their times, and seeing Hotel Mumbai in the present moment was, for me, a genuinely depressing experience.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
89/100 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Gloria Bell is an understated, beautifully observed portrait of a woman on the verge of a well-earned takedown.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
78/100 38% Donnybrook (2019) If we're to judge a movie by how well a director succeeds at accomplishing what he set out to accomplish, then Donnybrook is at best a demonstration of [Tim] Sutton's technical abilities.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
83/100 No Score Yet The Least of the These: The Graham Staines Story (2019) While there's a certain obviousness to the plotting, and a necessary streamlining of knotty issues into easily digested factoids, for the most part The Least of These does a good job of communicating the selflessness of people like [Graham] Staines.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
87/100 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) While there are some remarkable moments in the film, Stan & Ollie is a modest-feeling film that modulates within a fairly narrow band of warmth and generosity.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
83/100 82% Ben is Back (2018) Ben Is Back is watchable enough, thanks mostly to the performances of Roberts and Hedges, but it feels like a missed opportunity to explore a real and terrible zombie apocalypse, one that most Americans might recognize as a plausible horror.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
75/100 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Just because a movie pleasantly depicts a genuinely interesting and admirable figure in a positive light does not make it good, and we ought to be suspect of any history we think we glean from shallow soft-focus projects like this.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
88/100 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) This is a film that does not stoop or pander; it holds itself apart, magnificent and above the shabbiness of some of the characters.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
89/100 66% Vice (2018) Whatever your view of Cheney, Christian Bale's impersonation of him in Vice is almost certain to supplant it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
87/100 61% Vox Lux (2018) Portman's performance is brave and hard to watch. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
90/100 94% Wildlife (2018) Dano and Kazan have deftly adapted a bittersweet, haunting work into a movie that retains the tone while bending the argument toward pragmatic feminism.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
87/100 60% The Front Runner (2018) What Jason Reitman's The Front Runner -- a quick, colorful sketch of the Hart affair that stars a well-cast Hugh Jackman as the candidate -- does very well is convey the confusion and pettiness that always surrounds national political campaigns.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
90/100 81% Boy Erased (2018) I can't think of a better ensemble in a recent film than the impeccable Kidman, Crowe, Hedges and Edgerton; the movie is extraordinarily well-cast, down to musician Flea's menacing sketch of an old convict-come-to-Jesus.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
89/100 99% The Tale (2018) While The Tale is a fictionalized version of Fox's story, it's not hard to believe a lot of conversations are recounted verbatim. Some things are unforgettable.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87/100 87% Colette (2018) Colette was, as they say, a pistol. Westmoreland and company do fine by her, as far as they go. It's not a knock to say this Colette feels like a prequel.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
91/100 95% Blaze (2018) While it's easy to be cynical about things like this, Blaze seems to genuinely come from a place of love. It doesn't presume to know the answer to its central question: Do you have to blow off everything to not be a hack?‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
89/100 85% The Wife (2018) While the whole production is intelligent and sparkly, the plot creaks a bit beneath the weight of its hardly original conceit. But guessing it doesn't spoil the fun.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
83/100 60% Operation Finale (2018) Operation Finale hits all the usual beats, and will therefore reassure a lot of moviegoers, but it avoids every opportunity to delve beneath the surface. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
87/100 76% Never Goin' Back (2018) You don't often see these characters on screen -- young, financially embarrassed but unashamed women determined to seek their hedonistic bliss while taking neither guff nor notes from the menfolk.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
85/100 83% Puzzle (2018) There is sadness in it, but not tragedy, and uplift, but not exactly triumph. Some people will find it underwhelming. But it is tender and humane and offers a couple of fine, quiet performances.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
86/100 91% Eating Animals (2018) Anyone who has ever had a relationship with an animal will be given pause by the film, and it might lead more of us to consider the moral cost of our supper.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
67/100 0% Death of a Nation (2018) There's a shamelessness at work here that's frightening, and one can't help but wonder if D'Souza believes some of the nonsense he's retailing or if he's just discovered a lucrative revenue stream. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
90/100 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik is generous but unsentimental; allowing every character, no matter how minor or briefly glimpsed, a measure of dignity. No one -- not even a leotarded Christian dance troupe called For Your Glory -- is made to seem ridiculous.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
87/100 89% American Animals (2018) It doesn't quite work all the time, but give Layton credit for understanding the essential selfishness of his characters' actions and for crediting the real terror and damage they dealt out.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 22, 2018