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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% Child's Play (1988) The sequences without Chucky are as stock as they come, and so are all the flesh-and-blood characters around him, but he's still a hugely entertaining mischief-maker, and what he lacks in physical gifts, he compensates for in sneakiness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
B- 77% Essential Killing (2010) Essential Killing goes so far out of its way to avoid political commentary that the commentary that remains is slim, reduced to a familiar, though occasionally striking, statement on man's animal nature.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
43% Committed (2000) [Lisa] Krueger's ambling, low-key style allows for a few incidental pleasures, the ever-watchable Casey Affleck chief among them, but without a single compelling reason to exist, Committed remains hollow at its core.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
90% Bull (2020) The lumpiness of Bull doesn't negate the tenderness and observation that brings its world to life.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
30% Waiting (2005) Were the dialogue funnier and the characters more endearing, the film's total lack of forward momentum would be a winning quality...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
98% Circus of Books (2019) The sense of closure is satisfying, but it's missing a charge.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
100% Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint (2020) It may get a C for style, but it breezes through the thesis committee.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
80% Tigertail (2020) The film feels like a three-hour epic that's been slashed to 91 minutes, with crucial details reduced to crude bullet points for economy's sake. It isn't intimate, it's small.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
72% The Other Lamb (2020) In reinforcing their themes of religious and cultural oppression, [Szumowska and McMullen] hit the nail too squarely on the head.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
72% Vivarium (2020) The conclusion may feel inevitable, but there's enough eccentricity and wit in the premise to carry the film a long way, just so long as it doesn't have an answer for what exactly is happening.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
A 93% If.... (1968) Given how readily the film slips from realism to surrealism and back, it's unwise to take the ending at face value, but the dream of laying waste to the social order remains potent.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
95% The Straight Story (1999) With his sweet, lyrical masterpiece... David Lynch frees himself from the heavy irony and noir affectations of his last few films, discovering the pure, mythical slice of Americana previously confined to Agent Cooper's coffee and donuts in Twin Peaks.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
B- 85% Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Too often, its adultness makes it seem as remote as the bed-hopping artiste at the center of this mess.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
92% The Invisible Man (2020) Whannell has succeeded by deemphasizing blockbuster effects and engaging with an old monster in a new way. He's created an invisible man for 2020 while still embracing the foundational terrors of 1933.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) It's a hugely flawed effort, turning many of the directors' strengths into liabilities, but it's also more thoughtful and complex than the insta-condemnations that were rained down on the basis of its premise alone.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) With Portrait of a Lady on Fire, French filmmaker Céline Sciamma is now four films into an already impressive career, and on the verge of a breakthrough...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) Most of it is curiously flat and under-seasoned, despite two stars in Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield who have an abundance of chemistry together.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
A 89% No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010) The film has the extraordinary quality of being simultaneously clarifying and murky, and that's just great journalism on James' part.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
92% And Then We Danced (2020) And Then We Danced has a good sense of the challenges facing the LGBTQ community and it seems to tread carefully because of them, never provoking more than strictly necessary. Yet it's still following a winning formula...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) As difficult as Beanpole can be to watch, it quietly accumulates kindnesses alongside the crueler twists of fate, and hopes that warmth is more sustaining.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle is a not a film. Dolittle is a crime scene in need of forensic analysis. Something happened here. Something terrible. Something inexplicable.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
75% Frida (2002) Salma Hayek finally ushered her dream project into production, but her impassioned lead performance lacks the necessary gravitas for the role, mistaking empty energy for wild fits of inspiration.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
21% Cats (2019) It's hard to know how to react to Cats, other than gape in slack-jawed amazement that the dare has continued for so long.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
68% Knives and Skin (2019) It's Twin Peaks as recast through the lens of radical feminism, if not nearly as academic as that sounds.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Like poor Danny, the film cannot escape its ghosts.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
64% Love Actually (2003) Love Actually provides enough happy endings to make the audience forget that romance and Christmas miracles don't always work out.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) A mediocre municipal noir that's a copy of a copy of Chinatown, like an East Coast cover of L.A. Confidential.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% The Kill Team (2019) Krauss cannot bring this story through with the necessary urgency, despite the additional wrinkle of a hero who is both alarmed by and complicit in his superior's crimes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) While it's a pleasure to see Pfeiffer lay into a regal villain, it's odd to see a Maleficent film with so little Maleficent, and all the giggly little sprites in the world can't make up for it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
88% Dead Alive (1993) [O]nce Lionel stops trying to cover up the zombie threat and starts fighting it, Dead Alive becomes a delirious showcase for molds, squibs, and other old-fashioned horror effects.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
71% Low Tide (2019) McMullin could have done more to evoke his Jersey Shore setting or develop Alan's romantic interest without leaning on star-crossed clichés, but he makes up in tension and pace what he misses in local color and richer character detail.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) Natali whips up an atmospheric frenzy in kind, but every new addition is a subtraction.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
65% The Day Shall Come (2019) While satire relies on a level of absurdity, Morris also presses the humility and humanity of the film's patsies, and the two different angles don't really go together.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Heimat Is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2020) Yet the overall effect of Heise's work is mesmeric, persuasive and cumulatively powerful, as each piece of the puzzle falls into place and he lands on overarching insights into a German century and what it portends for the future.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
No Score Yet And We Go Green (2019) Stevens and Venville don't offer enough time with these men to establish anything more complex about them than rooting interest, and the racing footage itself is chaotic, patched together by a generic sports-commentary track.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
83% Thesis (1996) Amenábar dodges the moral hysteria and hypocritical prurience that infected Joel Schumacher's 8mm three years later, and his cinephilia suffuses the film in mostly exciting ways.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B+ 100% Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (1958) Death Of A Cyclist addresses all the grievances that Bardem mentioned at Salamanca, and it succeeds most at capturing the general climate of fear and oppression in Franco's Spain. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
40% The Song of Names (2019) A fatally old-fashioned and lugubrious historical drama, muting the emotional payoff it labors so hard to deliver.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) (2019) [W]hat really gives "Heroic Losers" a boost is its expression of national character, the way it attaches itself to this rousing fantasy to score one for the downtrodden.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
86% Zombi Child (2020) A half-beguiling/half-clunky allegory that casts a dissipating voodoo spell.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
71% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) The deeper the film goes, the more it loses its grip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) The first It brought a robust blockbuster maximalism to the horror genre, and the sequel, like many blockbuster franchises, starts to list from all the baggage.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% The Load (Teret) (2019) The Load is thoughtful enough as a character study, but its true subject is the war-ravaged landscape that unfurls through the truck's windshield and the various pit stops its driver makes along the way.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) Stupnitsky and Eisenberg understand the age and the specific torments that go along with it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
59% Them That Follow (2019) It's all familiar indie earnestness, full of plaintive guitar plucks and big emotions, but rarely the sense that we're accessing life "on the mountain" from the inside.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
82% The Son (El hijo) (2019) [An] elegantly structured tease...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) The film makes the case that Wallace's dogged commitment to getting answers is journalism in its purest form, holding powerful public figures to account.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
42% Girls with Balls (2019) Afonso doesn't push the cartoonish allure far enough into shocks or titillation, and he's not inventive enough to make up for the absence of cheap thrills.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
81% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) With a running time short of 75 minutes, A Faithful Man is a deft little wisp of a romantic comedy, treating love as a mystery that's elusive in its chemistry and often inexplicable in its machinations.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) It might have been possible for Ophelia to survive its heresies if it broke more radically from its source, but every time the film and the play intersect, it's a supremely unflattering contrast.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019