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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Amazing Grace (2016) It is a transcendent film.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
73% The Long Dumb Road (2018) Mantzoukas brilliantly juggles all the different forces of Richard's personality so that we never quite know what to make of this guy, which in turn means that we never quite know what will happen next with him and Nat.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
80% Overlord (2018) Avery deftly orchestrates some grisly, intense set pieces. He delivers on the thrills, even if the story leaves something to be desired.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
50% Postcards From London (2018) [It] may not make for a particularly involving narrative experience. But it sure is nice to look at.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
91% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) With this documentary, Morgan Neville has made a movie about Orson Welles that would have transfixed the great master himself.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
62% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is at its best when showing the inner workings of the Hart campaign as it attempts to handle the revelations.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
20% Nobody's Fool (2018) It's something like five movies in one. Or maybe it's five movies in two. Or six movies in three. It's a mess, whatever it is, but it's not without its charms.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
88% Bodied (2018) Bodied is uneven, but it has the fire where it counts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
42% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) By and large, this latest entry in Lisbeth's adventures... offers a drab genre piece that's more like an attempt to establish a James Bond-like franchise for Lisbeth than a compelling exploration of the character.‐ Miami New Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
0% Marfa Girl 2 (2018) Clark likes to linger on close-ups of intertwined naked bodies, and he seems to admire these characters' freedom. But ultimately, it all feels whisper thin...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
100% The Grief of Others (2018) It's an artful portrait of a world that refuses the order we try to impose on it when we close ourselves off to heartache, doubt and pain.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
36% Hunter Killer (2018) It's nice to spend a couple of hours in a fictional world where we don't have to worry about the American president doing something ruinously idiotic and evil. It plays like a nostalgic fairy tale.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The film doesn't offer many huge belly laughs - Atkinson has never been one for big comic climaxes - but it does deliver a fairly steady stream of pleasant chuckles, many of them mixed with generous doses of humiliation comedy.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) "A Bread Factory" has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare - but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) "A Bread Factory" has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare - but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
96% Border (Gräns) (2018) While the film does take some twists and turns - some fairly contrived - it mostly drills down and explores her emotional conundrum without drawing symbolic conclusions about the world we live in.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
76% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s doesn't entirely work, but it shows some promise, and even some guts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty beautifully demonstrates how people can act with absolute conviction even when they don't have the full picture of a situation, and the monstrousness this can in turn lead to.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) The film may end in 1986, but the darkness it reveals still looms.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
71% Galveston (2018) There are some late, minor twists in Galveston that suggest the movie has more on its mind than it lets on - but they ultimately don't amount to much.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
80% Apostle (2018) Apostle is ultimately an absorbing, horrifying movie that's maybe not as smart as it wants to be. But it is a lot stranger, and more disturbing, than you might expect.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It replicates the template and the atmosphere of the original, but it lacks invention and emotional investment.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% Hal (2018) In making the case for Hal Ashby as a major director due for reassessment, Amy Scott's documentary exemplifies the notion of cinema as a powerful, complex tool of personal expression.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
29% Venom (2018) If only the makers of Venom believed in their own ideas.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
88% First Man (2018) In the end, what shines through First Man is the toughness and resilience of the men whose no-nonsense efforts allowed the rest of us to dream.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/5 27% The Nun (2018) Once everyone gets to the abbey, the film simply gives up the ghost and cynically indulges every horror trick in the book.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
70% Assassination Nation (2018) Watching Assassination Nation's arch portrait of today's currents and countercurrents, one senses just how utterly irreconcilable our many differences are.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
96% Bisbee '17 (2018) The director purposefully pulls us this way and that, weaving cinematic spells and then yanking us out of them; as viewers, we are both inside and outside the story.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) The Little Stranger captures a sense of gathering, inchoate dread that is all the more unsettling because it doesn't fit into any easy genre categories.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) This new version, directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Noer, brings to the story a refreshing intensity and sweep, and even a sense of adventure.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
94% Andrei Rublev (1973) Tarkovsky's version of an indifferent world is inflected with the spirituality that is ever-present in his work, a sense that while we may be on our own, we are never quite alone.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
71% Christopher Robin (2018) The modesty, the unfussy simplicity, of Christopher Robin feels different, and somewhat refreshing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
47% The Last Movie (1971) The representational fissures of cinema - the tension between the real and the imaginary, between imitation and inspiration - have been woven into its very fabric.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) The Atomic Café at times feels like an essay film, but its points come across cumulatively, subtly.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A cinematic centrifuge of acrobatic stunt work, breakneck chases and immersive action, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a perfectly calibrated piece of filmmaking that plays the viewer like a drum right from the start.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
100% Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) (1995) Each character moves and speaks differently, shining with the complex inner life of a real person with real needs, real memories, real thoughts.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) For Kore-eda, an essential truth about life lies in the accumulation of unexplainable incidents and facts.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
58% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) If it all amounts to little more than a lively trifle, is that such a bad thing?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
53% The First Purge (2018) Yes, it's a sick idea, but with each passing year we seem to inch ever closer to feeling like we might one day have one of these things for real.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Schible started making his film in 2012, and Coda skips deftly across the years, incorporating intimate footage of the composer at work as well as archival footage from his earlier years.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The best way to experience Tim Wardle's documentary Three Identical Strangers is to do so without knowing a single thing about it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's disjointed, and cluttered, but it's also entertaining in spurts. Is that enough? Just about, and not quite.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
38% Ludwig (1973) Built mostly around medium close-ups and dark interiors, the film creates a sense of isolation that matches the lead character's own state of mind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
75% Les Carabiniers (1967) Godard leaves us to wonder about our own gullibility, our own unquestioning patriotism and loyalty, our own capacity for violence in the name of political figures with whom we might imagine we share some kind of cosmic relationship.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
55% Tag (2018) I found plenty to enjoy in much of Tomsic's comedy. The film gets a lot of mileage from bouncing its otherwise disparate characters off one another.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) While Incredibles 2 rarely treads new stylistic or thematic ground, what it lacks in cohesion or originality it makes up for with a remorseless willingness to entertain.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
85% Nancy (2018) Through it all, Riseborough remains the film's great engine. Her eyes speak both of possibility and trepidation - of someone at once taking in the world and deeply fearful of what might be next.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It all just hangs there like so much else in this movie, undeveloped concepts that could one day be turned into a genuinely exciting, surprising film. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is, sadly, not it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
80% The Workers Cup (2018) If we choose to pursue these ideas further, we may find ourselves questioning how our allegiance to the adrenal thrills of sports can help hide darker truths about the companies, countries, and organizations we throw our allegiance behind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
68% Dementia 13 (1963) Despite the rough edges, you feel you're in the hands of someone who enjoys telling a story, and knows how to do it - even when the story's a disposable one such as this.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018