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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 50% 21 Bridges (2019) It's telling, though, that the biggest reaction at a preview screening came when one audience member punctuated a climactic scene with an amusingly timed "Wakanda forever!" But it shouldn't be solely about Wakanda forever, should it?‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2.5/4 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) What's most entertaining here, ultimately, is the performance that Stewart turns in as outspoken, play-it-loose Sabina, a completely unexpected, who-knew mash-up of sexy and offbeat.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The push to echo Kubrick works well in the limited early dose we're given, but ultimately the movie takes it too far.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) As with the installments that this one ostensibly overwrites, "Dark Fate" offers some diverting conceptual riffs and effects updates. Still, it hardly feels essential.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Pattinson and Dafoe dig into their roles... [and] Together with Eggers they deliver a masterful study of souls trapped on a rock alone, but also trapped together, with all the twisty complexities involved.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) What the story boils down to, then, is a mixed-marriage parable, one that could be panderingly "on trend," but which the filmmakers handle fairly thoughtfully.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/4 43% The Addams Family (2019) You can tell from all the oddball minutiae... how the filmmakers are striving for fun worthy of the "Addams Family" legacy. But this incarnation just isn't the scream that it could be.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) It's a deep-thinking character study that's provocatively if imperfectly presented - at least until the story devolves right along with its subject's state of mind.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 80% Abominable (2019) Yes, as it turns out - not only is "Abominable" as amusing as the competition, it boasts a lyricism and sweetness uniquely, sublimely its own.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) [A] thoroughly satisfying follow-up that arrives in theaters not quite four years after the series finale aired.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 62% It Chapter Two (2019) Muschietti and his newly expanded cast come through pretty satisfyingly at points. But they also come up short at others, and at still others shift priorities entirely to concentrate instead on ante-upping chills.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) We can see the full picture clearly, too - so much so, finally, that this easygoing odyssey offers no real surprises.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 98% Maiden (2019) Writer-director Alex Holmes ("Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story") absorbingly recounts the story of Edwards and her team in an unfussy linear style that effectively recaptures the tension of their gutsy undertaking.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 54% Ma (2019) The lady might be a wackjob, but she's one with some complexity behind the creeping instability. As showy character roles go, Spencer hits the motherlode.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Whichever, the seat-rattling, super-size mayhem in this latest "Godzilla" is fantastic - emphasis on "fan." Regrettably, though, the human-scale action featuring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown borders on inane.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Reeves and Dacascos's brutal, climactic sparring session definitely leaves us wanting more, not to mention wondering about a potential Oscars sound editing category for shattering glass.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 89% Missing Link (2019) Stick around for the end credits to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the heroes' elephant ride across India. The animators particularly strive to offer a fresh take on their final destination...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
1.5/4 17% Hellboy (2019) In the end, the movie leaves us stuck with unmoving drama and increasingly numbing carnage, delivered with a hand as heavy as Hellboy's monstrously oversized right meathook.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 90% Shazam! (2019) [A]mid the unattributed riffing, the pinballing among YA-style quaintness, perv jokes, and graphic jolts, you start to realize: "Shazam!" is pretty entertaining.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/4 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) "Hotel Mumbai" captures the Taj siege so hauntingly, messages of hope and reassurance aren't easily heard.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's the mark of many a standout sports movie that you don't necessarily have to be a fan to enjoy the story. The real-life pro wrestling portrait "Fighting With My Family" is a hugely entertaining case in point.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2.5/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) For all of Alita's she-Pinocchio charm - and her Cameronian estrogen-charged badass-itude - she can't quite carry the audience all the way across that pesky uncanny valley.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) [T]his one is worthwhile viewing, no matter how lightly it might tread.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
2/4 61% Vox Lux (2018) After a point, we're left wondering whether we're watching a character study or caricature. Either way, the portrait gradually morphs from intriguing to tedious.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 84% Creed II (2018) At its best moments, "Creed II" manages a feat nearly as striking as anything that Michael B. Jordan's Rocky Balboa protégé pulls off in the boxing ring: It doesn't play all that much like a sequel.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Reilly does nice work playing his big lug's insecurity and struggle to let his friend go, but Silverman delivers a performance that's downright moving in its expression of yearning - on a couple of different levels, interpretation depending.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 62% Outlaw King (2018) Pine and Pugh are well matched for a stirringly happy ending -- which would likely play even better if we were a bit less bummed from the rocky road getting there.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/4 59% The Grinch (2018) Advising folks not to touch all this with a 39 1/2-foot pole would be hyperbole -- but don't expect this to be the start of your family's newest holiday viewing tradition, either.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/4 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The best we can say about the lengthy action barrage this kicks off is that Foy does look fab in her Nutcracker-regulation soldier-girl duds.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 81% Mid90s (2018) It's as if Hill took his familiar sly humor and sneaked it into a segment from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
1/4 63% The Oath (2018) [Barinholtz] lacks storytelling chops, aiming for wildly provocative satire but instead churning out a technically spotty screed.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/4 97% Free Solo (2018) Go figure that the year's most outrageously harrowing action movie turns out to be an arthouse doc from National Geographic.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) An animated feature that puts some clever thought into the fantastical, conundrum-filled world it creates.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A likably cast, mildly diverting Halloween appetizer that serviceably channels early Harry Potter.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Kendrick's interplay with Lively crackles, whether they're going for laughs or something darker. Both are big selling points - as is their director, even if it's not as advertised.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 60% Operation Finale (2018) A respectful chronicle of retribution, one that's suspenseful while resisting sensationalism.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
2.5/4 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) Once our initial LOL shock at the tone of "Happytime Murders" wears off, we begin hankering for something more - yet the movie is content mostly just to up the outrageousness, piling on material as liable to make us cringe as laugh.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2.5/4 80% Alpha (2018) The stylishly crafted film mostly succeeds in its engaging (and tagline-ready) ambition to chronicle "how mankind discovered man's best friend," even if its naturalistic strengths are swapped out for an exaggeratedly epic tone in the later going.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 83% Puzzle (2018) The indie drama's aptly metaphorical goings-on have real warmth, and get an added boost from charming performances by Macdonald and Irrfan Khan...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) What's so satisfying about these telegraphed messages is the earnest, old-fashioned charm that McGregor and longtime Pooh voice actor Jim Cummings bring to them.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/4 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) A narratively and visually muddled disappointment, one that regularly confuses numbing brutality with vicariously thrilling righteous vengeance.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 51% Boundaries (2018) The film... crosses a line - between engaging idiosyncrasy and floundering improbability, amusing and cringeworthy.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/4 56% Tag (2018) What's most unexpectedly gratifying is how much energy veteran standup director Jeff Tomsic and his splashy cast pour into ensuring that this is legit entertainment, packed with gonzo wit and even some sentiment.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 89% American Animals (2018) The drama palpably, potently conveys the group's misgivings, their jangling nerves, the foolhardy resignation pushing them on despite themselves.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2/4 70% Adrift (2018) Try as he might, Kormákur simply can't get around the fact that his haggard, despairing subject spends all that time at sea with a whole lotta nothing going on.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 93% First Reformed (2018) Is ambition is encouraging, and its dark musings are certainly provocative.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3/4 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) The filmmakers and their charmingly sympathetic leads leave us with a picture of connubial needs and desires which, while maybe improbable, conjures up all the absorbing wistfulness of a classic weepie.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) [A] thoroughly vanilla comedy, a movie jammed with well-meaning girl power messages but surprisingly little edge.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 75% Little Pink House (2018) Keener's performance keeps the film grounded even as blunt scenes of the opposing camp's machinations flirt with soap opera villainy.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 71% Kodachrome (2018) Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris do strong work playing harshly estranged, somehow pulling us close to their off-putting characters before forced sentiment in the late going undercuts director Mark Raso's film.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018