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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Rosemary's Baby (1968) How reassuring, really, to find a moderately sophisticated film where the colors are black and white again instead of that infuriating grey, where the evil is NOT banal but truely hellish.‐ Los Angeles Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% The Detective (1968) The Detective belongs to its writer, Abby Mann, and he has made it into the kind of "tough," "hard-hitting," "socially conscious" picture that Hollywood used to pride itself on.‐ Los Angeles Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
80% The 10th Victim (La Decima vittima) (The Tenth Victim) (1965) In a good fantasy like The 10th Victim every piece of architecture, furniture,clothing contributes to a coherent, witty vision of the world as it might be.‐ Los Angeles Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
86% The Graduate (1967) Pretends to be chic and modern, but its hero is a bewildered young dropout who cannot BEGIN to say what he dislikes about the view from his rubber raft.‐ Los Angeles Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
63% Wild in the Streets (1968) A sort of political-science-fiction cartoon, heavily exaggerated but sometimes funny.‐ Los Angeles Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
23% The Green Berets (1968) No movie so archaic can have a dangerous effect on an audience.‐ Los Angeles Free Press
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor (2020) Still, most viewers will enjoy spending time with this quirky soothsayer and may feel a tinge of regret that they didn't discover him when he was alive.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Adventures of a Mathematician (2020) An uneven but compelling look at the dawn of the nuclear age.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
85% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Although there is nothing groundbreaking about the story told in Standing Up, a series of small grace notes help to freshen this dissection of lost souls searching for second chances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
No Score Yet Sing Me A Song (2019) This film will not resolve the question of whether technological "progress" represents an advance or a decline in civilization, but it certainly will provoke conversations about that issue.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
95% Rocks (2019) This potent work about stolen childhood deserves attention because of the freshness of the cast and because it confirms that Gavron is a director to watch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
No Score Yet Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) One of the surprising and moving lessons of this revealing film is how often the most gifted people are unappreciated.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet Ready for War (2019) Raises provocative and disturbing issues about how our government treats people who served the country more selflessly than most.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
96% Incitement (2020) An assassin's actions can never be thoroughly explained, but this ragged, powerful film cogently indicts the dark, repressive voices in any society who can set the stage for violence.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Soros (2019) We certainly come away impressed by Soros' intelligence and passion, but this well-intentioned doc is not always as cogent and incisive as it might have been.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Anchored by two outstanding performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, the film is a triumph of writing as well as unostentatious filmmaking.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Last Vermeer (2020) An uneven but enjoyable historical drama with a standout turn from Guy Pearce.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Goold's movie sometimes stumbles, but it made one indispensable choice in finding the right actress to channel the diva.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Changing the Game (2019) A smart, poignant tribute to young athletes changing the rules.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) You come out of this film deeply moved and also overwhelmed by a group of memorable performances.‐ stephenfarber.com
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
100% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) Although some of this material has been highlighted in other films, there are enough sharp and novel details to make this one very much worth watching.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
No Score Yet A Day in the Life of America (2019) Alternately disturbing and inspiring, it manages to capture the diversity of America in a tight 73 minutes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) There are some revealing human moments along the journey. But in telling the personal stories, the film sometimes falters.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
90% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) Although the film is frustratingly incomplete at times, it convincingly and sometimes frighteningly explores the big-business connections to fundamentalist religion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
100% Colewell (2019) Although Colewell could have benefited from pruning away some of its eccentricities, it pays eloquent tribute to a woman who fights against a life erased.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
39% But I'm a Cheerleader (2000) But I'm a Cheerleader, tries to be outrageous and inflammatory but falls pitifully flat. ‐ Movieline
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
100% South Mountain (2019) Painful, potent scenes from a troubled marriage.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
61% Breakthrough (2019) This inspirational story directed by Roxann Dawson benefits from strong performances and a minimum of treacly preaching.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Wall of Mexico (2019) On the whole... the film is well executed.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Bellwether (2019) A fascinating if ultimately failed exercise in histrionics and social commentary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
88% Nose to Tail (2019) Consistently sharp-edged and even suspenseful...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% Driveways (2019) A lot of talented people have come together to make Driveways, a character drama... that turns out to be a small gem.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
86% Working Man (2020) Although the film is probably a tad too leisurely to find a major distributor, it deserves attention for the fine performances at the center of this well drawn canvas.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
No Score Yet Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy (2020) Succeeds as a touching personal reminiscence and as an understated but effective environmental manifesto.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
96% Love, Antosha (2019) A rich reminiscence of a gifted actor who died far too young.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
89% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) Strong and powerful are not in and of themselves attractive qualities when the person who possesses them is utterly selfish and destructive. The slick but formulaic filmmaking is not much of an advantage here, either.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
80% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) The film expertly captures the tensions in the Austrian capital on the eve of Hitler's takeover, and it also manages to be a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
82% The Grizzlies (2020) Bracingly unsentimental and transcendently moving at the same time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
No Score Yet Frank and Ava (2018) Bargain basement treatment of Hollywood royalty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
50% Ashes in the Snow (2019) The film is heartfelt and often powerful but sometimes too sluggish to carry maximum impact.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
62% Saint Judy (2019) The film, directed by Sean Hanish, sometimes turns didactic, but it benefits from the efforts of an exceptional cast; their work deserves to be seen.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
33% Ride (2018) Tapping cleverly into one of the newest perils in urban living, Ride will please most audiences looking for a Friday night thrill ride.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
61% Brian Banks (2019) Hodge's performance is what keeps the film on track. He is powerful in scenes of anger, but he may be even better in purely silent moments where his unspoken reactions are eloquent.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
46% Bel Canto (2018) The film benefits from the fine cast and from many sharp and poignant moments. It's an impressive achievement technically as well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
67% American Chaos (2018) Despite... frustrating omissions, American Chaos is a well made film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
88% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog's film may not be the final word on Gorbachev, but it is affectionate and candid and leaves audiences in a melancholy mood about the sometimes short-lived nature of reform.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Fistful of Dirt (2018) Silva discovered Ramos in Puerto Rico, and this utterly honest and engaging young actor holds the entire movie on his shoulders.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Despite impressive performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the film fails to engage or enlighten.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy's performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) [A] heart-rending drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018