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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% The Glorias (2020) Dramatizing Steinem's life during different periods, and with different actresses, Taymor has crafted an exceedingly thoughtful portrait of a leader and the women's movement she championed.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
100% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hittman builds on the quiet observational strengths of her previous films, and while this simple story may not seem inherently momentous, it speaks volumes about the ways in which women are marginalized in American society.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy's ebullient co-star underlines one of Dolemite Is My Name's subtler points: Sometimes, betting on yourself inspires others to believe in themselves, too.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
70% Bombshell (2019) Despite an overly polished and broad approach, the film is ultimately a persuasive portrait, guided by strong performances from Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman as anchors who decide they can stay silent no longer.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This sequel to "Welcome to the Jungle" is undone by the same deficiencies that hamper other franchise follow-ups: it's less fresh, less funny and less of a fun time all around.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
83% Vivarium (2020) A low-key science-fiction thriller whose obvious existential themes are well-served by a clever, confident execution that finds new ways to explore the hells of parenthood, commitment and ageing.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) While focusing on the nuts and bolt of big-time athletics, Soderbergh misses the drama and urgency inherent in his high-flying, high-stakes subject matter.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) "Richard Jewell" benefits from a muted wistfulness, which manages to convey the injustice of what occurred without overselling the theatrics.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) The resourceful heroines adeptly cycle through wardrobes and disguises, which makes it all the more unfortunate that this sometimes lively action-comedy is forced to dress up as just another studio blockbuster. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) An air of wistfulness imbues the proceedings, building to a resonant climax that's hard to resist, despite some legitimate reservations about this uneven sequel.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This somber, often absorbing follow-up to "The Shining" only occasionally mines the rich thematic terrain at the story's core. It's a just-good-enough sequel that doesn't entirely live up to its potential.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Unlike this film's sleek killing machines, 'Dark Fate' is creaky and sometimes clumsy, and yet it ultimately succeeds by delivering sufficient thrills while also offering just enough emotional depth.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) Never satisfyingly kooky, spooky or ooky, the new animated "Addams Family" film transports Charles Addams' lovably macabre clan into the 21st century, resulting in an undistinguished children's comedy.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) "Mistress of Evil" has its heart in the right place, but good intentions can't overcome a nagging blockbuster familiarity. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
52% Black and Blue (2019) This taut, disposable chase thriller has its share of cheesy plot twists and cardboard supporting characters, but for the most part the film follows the lead of its no-nonsense star Naomie Harris.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
5.0/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) There's delight to be had in watching two generations of Will Smiths fight each other, but Gemini Man can't shake a hand-me-down familiarity. ‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
47% Hope Gap (2020) Nighy gives a master class in withdrawn, mumbling ineffectualness... while Bening is superb as a retiree whose shock at her disengaged husband inspires a suite of conflicting emotions.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) In an age when there's no shortage of beautiful-looking animated films, it can be easy to take "Abominable's" sweeping vistas and sparkling colors for granted. But such surfeit of visual beauty requires storytelling that is comparably bold. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
83% Waves (2019) Waves is... powerfully immersive, investing so passionately in these individuals that it's hard not to do the same.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
80% Giants Being Lonely (2019) "Giants Being Lonely" may not add much to the landscape of coming-of-age dramas, yet the preciseness of its impressionism results in a striking atmosphere of hormones and vulnerability. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Though principally a meditative experience, Ad Astra also makes room for some superb suspense sequences, resulting in a thought-provoking film with life-or-death stakes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) A whodunit awash in twists, turns and rampant cleverness, "Knives Out" is, above all, a celebration of murder mysteries that puts on a fairly nifty impression of one itself. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
14% American Skin (2019) Infuriatingly manipulative and insufferably preachy, "American Skin" examines the cultural issues tearing apart our nation and reduces them to cheap theatrics. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
68% Joker (2019) "Joker" achieves two contradictory goals simultaneously, delivering a blockbuster that highlights what is eternally captivating about the character, while at the same time offering a sobering critique of the nihilism that has long been the Joker's M.O. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Gerard Butler continues to burnish his brand of square-jawed, derivative heroism in this pedestrian sequel.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) This cheeky, brutal horror-thriller ends up closely resembling the rich family at its center: a tad empty and soulless. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Despite the depth of feeling often on display, Richard Linklater's latest is a frustratingly unconvincing portrait of a willfully difficult individual seeking emotional equilibrium.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Some heartfelt performances and an adorable dog aren't quite enough to combat the sentimentality and contrivances.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Johnson and Statham spend a lot of time tediously barking at one another, and although Leitch has shown an ability to mix style, action and comedy, this by-the-numbers crime thriller flaunts numbing craftsmanship with very little underneath.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) "Dora" is a comic adventure that plays down to its young audience, resulting in a drab family entertainment that lacks the spirit or intelligence of its precocious protagonist.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) It's easy to be swayed by the craftsmanship on display, even if one wishes all involved weren't so loyal to the original "King."‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) This talented ensemble will be happier with this misfire in their rear-view mirror.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Boasting a breezy spirit and Tom Holland's likeable turn as the titular webslinger, "Far From Home" is adequately rousing and jokey, but too often it has the feel of a transitional chapter in the ongoing Marvel saga.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) "Annabelle Comes Home" has effective scare sequences, especially as the film ratchets up the tension in its final reels, but this sequel ultimately feels too mechanical, and too familiar, to unnerve as proficiently as previous entries.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Sometimes hypnotic, sometimes overcooked, always intriguing, "Midsommar" occasionally falls flat, but Florence Pugh holds the film together -- especially when its plotting stumbles or its shocks grow predictable.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) This sequel may not be as buoyant as previous chapters, but the filmmakers' continued commitment to honoring these characters -- and to understanding what is so universal about their quest to love and be loved -- is worth treasuring.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) The delightful chemistry Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth displayed in "Thor: Ragnarok" is nowhere in evidence in "Men in Black: International," a stunningly inert spinoff from a franchise that, long ago, was a sleek, breezy lark. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) As is typical when depicting anything in the Dylan universe, this documentary both oversells its subject's genius and provides overwhelming evidence of his brilliance. "Rolling Thunder Revue" is overlong, overpowering, inconclusive, undeniably stirring.‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
50% Fall from Grace (1990) ...a rather cheesy TV biopic of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker...‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
75% Yomeddine (2019) A simple story told with abundant gentleness, "Yomeddine" looks at a group of outcasts with such compassion and generosity that it has the good manners not to artificially inflate their tale with phony uplift. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) If this is indeed the final iteration of these characters before being absorbed into Disney's MCU juggernauts, then perhaps it's fitting that they go out on a somewhat exhausted note.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
87% Pavarotti (2019) A portrait of a man blessed with one of the 20th century's most beloved voices, "Pavarotti" is, like many authorized, cradle-to-grave biographical documentaries, informative, more than a little reverential, yet entertaining enough.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
60% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Dolan's film is so awash in the chaos of these men that it fails to provide a little focus to their blurry lives.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% Bull (2020) By resisting sentimentality, the filmmaker, alongside her naturalistic actors, allows us to sit inside the characters' despair so that we appreciate the intensity of its stifling oppression.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde delivers a confident feature directorial debut, mixing humour, embarrassment and poignancy to crowd-pleasing effect.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
86% Tommaso (2019) Ferrara may not be drawing entirely from his own experiences, but there's no question with Tommaso he knows this terrain intimately. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) A rock star origin story that flaunts its hero's superpowers as if he were the newest member of the Avengers, "Rocketman" is shameless in its ambitions to crown Elton John as one of music's greatest artists, most fascinating figures and saddest souls. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) "A wry, bitter sense of resignation permeates "The Dead Don't Die," an off-kilter zombie film by Jim Jarmusch which sees very little in the world that is worth saving."‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Much like its title character -- an adorable little fuzzy yellow whatsit bearing the smart-aleck voice of Ryan Reynolds -- "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" is an odd creation powered by contradictory impulses. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5.4/10 81% Long Shot (2019) [Charlize] Theron wrings this so-so material for all its comedic potential. But she gets little help from her running mate‐ Paste Magazine
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019