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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
19% 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
20% 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
66% 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
62% 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
73% 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
38% 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
70% 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
60% 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
80% 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
23% Men in Black International (2019) Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are a proven commodity, having teamed up briefly in Thor: Ragnarok, perhaps the funniest of all the Marvel movies, but they are too busy hustling around to expensive set pieces to spark off each other. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) With this third sequel to Toy Story, Pixar has gotten away with pushing its own expiration date on the series. But those tiny spork tines won't hold it together much longer. It's time to get lost.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
100% All Is Well (Alles ist gut) (2018) Trobisch directs in fragmented scenes that always cut a beat or two short of expectation, like little shards of glass, and Schwarz makes Janne's actions comprehensible at every turn as her troubles slowly and inexorably deepen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
78% Leto (2019) Leto feels like a dream of freedom, carried along on the New Wave sounds of David Bowie and Talking Heads, and full of yearning for the country to loosen up a bit.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
33% Domino (2019) Plenty of evidence of a patch job is on display here, especially as the film actively yawns its way through a muddled plot about the conflict between Danish police and the CIA over an ISIS mastermind.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) From Disney's perspective, an acceptable Aladdin probably meets the standard for franchise revivification, because it echoes the pleasures of the original film enough to get by. Audiences have a right to expect more.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Our Time Machine (2019) Maleonn's wondrous creations are enough of an attraction on their own, but the film... has many more layers to reveal about the legacy of Cultural Revolution, familial relationships, the agonies of love and loss and the circle of life.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle will fail to seduce the most important mark in any heist movie: the audience.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen and his co-star, Charlize Theron, are seasoned professionals in comedy and they spark off each other extremely well.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
70% Bolden (2019) The film generalizes the story to the point of erasing the man at its center - borrowing from so many places that it ultimately amalgamates its forgotten master out of existence.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché works hard to carve her name in the firmament, making an expansive argument for her as a pioneer in technique, a varied and gifted artist, and a shrewd businesswoman.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
95% Les Vampires (1915) Even at nearly eight hours, the series has ingenuity to spare.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
31% The Silence (2019) There may come a time when the Netflix algorithm grows sophisticated enough to cut out the middle man and write its own scripts, but until that day arrives, niche-targeted dreck like "The Silence" will have to suffice.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) Her Smell is a journey through hell and back that feels more gratifying for being difficult.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
64% Unicorn Store (2019) In fact, "Unicorn Store" becomes an argument for itself: If such a tacky fantasy can get produced, then clearly it's a viable enterprise for grown-ups.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
82% High Life (2019) At a time when the Earth itself seems to be hurtling toward doom, the presence of genuine wonder and new life in the film carries a sliver of optimism.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
No Score Yet Billboard (2019) Zelker's three-ring circus of digital and social-media content needs a compelling main event, and this movie seems unlikely to inspire many to check out the supplementary materials.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is a serious film about the American underclass, those who toil out of sight and out of mind. Us is also a lot of fun.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) A documentary that feels like a modern-day message in a bottle, an urgent appeal for help from a family that's still searching for a home.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) Panahi's sympathies are clear, but his humanity is boundless.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019