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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Frozen II (2019) Frozen was built around an anthem to letting your emotions take control because no matter how flawed the results might be, it was preferable to sterile perfection. Maybe the people who made the new movie should watch it again.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
76% Doctor Sleep (2019) [Flanagan's] become a horror director who gives in to happy endings, who wants to slam the lid shut and assure us that the ghosts are gone for good.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) The closer we get to the actors mouthing their clunky, mock-allegorical dialogue, the phonier they seem.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) You might not think an 89-minute movie could drag, but boy does this one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi isn't making light of Nazis; he's mocking them, denying them and their present-day analogues the dignity of taking them-as distinct from the very real threat they pose-seriously.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's a movie that does what it needs to do but rarely does more than that, like a replacement part that fits just where it's supposed to go.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Even if you somehow made it into the new Lion King without knowing its origins, you might start to wonder if there was another version of it that made more sense...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) You laugh at its audacity, or maybe just to keep from losing your own grip on reality.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's more suspense in Peter and MJ's awkward flirtation than there is in whether Spider-Man will emerge victorious, and that's exactly as it should be.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
100% Anima (2019) Anima... turns from a pensive comment on dehumanization into something approaching a silent comedy.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) An ingenious hybrid of fact and fiction that embodies the vital, slipshod, thrilling, confounding essence of the Rolling Thunder Revue itself.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Deadwood ends too quickly, and not just because I was reluctant to leave its world behind once more. Watching it, I could imagine a universe in which the show ran for years more, enough to more fully explore characters...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
54% Ma (2019) Ma isn't a bad movie, and it's sure as hell not trying to be a good one, but it scratches a particular itch that neither noble failures nor cranked-out hackwork can touch.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The best way to watch isn't with oohs and aahhs. It's with laughter, savoring the beauty and the absurdity of each elaborate spectacle. Each movement is a joke, and death is the ultimate punchline.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) In a world packed full of franchise-extending would-be blockbusters, there's something strangely appealing about its patchiness.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) After watching Ocasio-Cortez and the other women in Knock Down the House pound the pavement and knock on doors, you can see that they're the ones working hard, and that for them, getting their hands dirty is nothing new.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Although it's technically about saving the world (again), Shazam! plays out at eye level, grounded by the belief that who people love and where they feel they belong is stakes enough.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
81% The Hottest August (2019) Even face to face with a bleak future, The Hottest August is steeped... delight, the kind that reminds us that there's beauty in the world, and a future that's worth fighting for.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's goofy as hell and borderline inexcusable at times, but it's also kind of glorious.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Lord and Miller have always known what they're doing, but here it feels like they need you to know it, too.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) [N]arratives help us sift the meaningful harbingers from the detritus of life. Extremely Wicked discards them entirely.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Late Night's subject feels timely, and it's uncommonly crowd-pleasing, even broad.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
79% Irma La Douce (1963) Though Irma's 143-minute length is more than a little too much of a very good thing, it's hard to dislike a movie that keeps giving you more good stuff.‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
37% Glass (2019) On a purely practical level, Glass is drawn-out and disjointed, with disparate plot threads (some of them leading to, yes, a perfunctory rug pull) that seem dictated more by its stars' availability than narrative cohesion.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap becomes less a story about the ad hoc fraternity of skateboarders and more about the fractured home life that sends them looking for a surrogate family.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) There are parts of Aquaman that are so wonderfully strange that it's astonishing to see them in a franchise blockbuster.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Marwen is the work of a filmmaker who's never been more sure of his craft, and never less connected to anything resembling actual human experience.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) After a solid decade of Marvel movies modeled on the same template, it's a thrill to watch one that's allowed to find its own rhythms, to play with form and content...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Like Barnum himself, it's an elegant fraud, nice enough to look at as long as you don't look too close.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) It's depressing that after Creed's success, Creed II feels like it's just a step above a straight-to-video knockoff, designed to get a little more from the first movie's audience but not to increase it. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) You don't need to be a Disney connoisseur or an '80s buff to get it. The world it's set in is entirely, and sometimes frighteningly, of the current moment.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It's "new" in the way New Coke was new, familiar enough so you can tell what it's aiming for, but it's subtly, and sometimes not-so-subtly, off.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s just looks like a poser.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a message movie, but it never forgets the human dimension.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
29% Venom (2018) At the very least, Venom feels as if Fleischer was shooting two radically different movies at once, and even in the final edit it's not clear which he chose.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B+ 63% American Dharma (2019) The camera stays on Bannon, and what we see is a man who reveals himself even as he thinks he's gaining the upper hand.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Watching Fahrenheit 11/9 often feels like getting socked in the gut, but it leaves you with your blood pumping hard and fast, ready to get up off the floor and throw the next punch.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
95% Bisbee '17 (2018) Remembering the past is not enough to prevent its recurrence. It has to be kept alive.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
91% Support the Girls (2018) The movie's hour and a half is over before you notice, so breezy it feels half-finished, yet it's that quality that makes it stick with you. These lives aren't over just because you've stopped watching them.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout's pleasures are gratifyingly straightforward, direct without being dumbed-down. It's a meat-and-potatoes banquet, one that doesn't need to be interesting to be satisfying.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
100% How To Die In Oregon (2011) How to Die can be tough to watch, but when it's over, you feel privileged to have taken part.‐ Time Out Chicago
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
No Score Yet There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (2011) The movie offers a few plausible explanations as to what might have been wrong with Diane Schuler, but ultimately it tests her family's, and its audience's, ability to accept without understanding.‐ Time Out Chicago
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom understands that, as much as Jurassic Park has the shape of an action movie, its roots are in horror, and Bayona takes evident glee in drawing out his scares.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is a movie that lavishes attention on the details but loses sight of the whole, where you can't see the forest for the meticulously rendered trees.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) A little of Deadpool's incessant winkiness goes a long way, and by the time the movie was over, all I felt was sore.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A corporate directive made flesh, a quarterly earnings report in a vest and black leather boots.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Sitting through its 2 hours and 30 minutes is like gorging on tapas: You wind up both overstuffed and unsatisfied.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) But there are moments when the movie takes us firmly by the hand and escorts us down a darkened path, and they lead to one of the most profound of communal pleasures: the sound of a movie audience screaming as one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) But the movie denies her any subtext, any personality beyond the boundaries of her trauma. She's a rat in a maze, and while we're rooting for her to escape, we don't have any idea what's outside it. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Task (2018) Watching The Task is an exercise in frustration, as exhaustive dissections of process turn inward and eventually feast on themselves...But eventually you realize the movie is studying you as well, or allowing you to study yourself.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018