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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Gyllenhaal's fantastic performance makes every decision completely believable, keeping Lisa a sympathetic character even when she's methodically ruining her own life.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 68% Hold the Dark (2018) Consistently suffused with eerie atmosphere, thanks to the stark (and gorgeously shot) locations, the sparse but sometimes quasi-mystical dialogue, and the strong performances.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
1.5/4 75% Smallfoot (2018) Has a slick, anonymous style that seems designed to smooth out anything potentially distinctive or memorable.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Even if it might not satisfy the generations who grew up on Bellairs' book, it'll probably be good enough for their kids.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Anybody following Moore online over the last couple of years could probably have compiled most of this movie themselves. ‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The performances are so enjoyable and the sense of humor so appealing that it's hard to get too frustrated at the groan-worthy turns of the plot.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 33% The Predator (2018) The simplicity of an implacable alien hunter tracking down its human prey gets lost under a whole lot of noisy chatter and incoherent action movie nonsense.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 30% Kin (2018) A morose drama about two delinquent brothers, Kin occasionally stops to check in on an underdeveloped sci-fi movie, and neither approach is particularly satisfying.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/5 93% Searching (2018) Even if the plot stretches itself thin after a while, Cho's compelling performance holds the movie together, anchoring it in real emotions of desperation and grief.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/4 82% Puzzle (2018) It's all pretty low-stakes stuff, and director Marc Turtletaub presents it in a subdued manner that often drains the urgency from even the most dramatic moments.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Liu conveys the deeper, inner truth of the people he follows, sometimes simply by watching them skate around in silence.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians delivers an unabashedly glamorous love story, with a predictable but mostly satisfying narrative arc and plenty of entertaining, likable characters. ‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/4 45% The Meg (2018) Uneven and choppy, The Meg is certainly no Jaws, but at least it's no Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre, either.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The story's inherent outrageousness is more than enough to grab audiences' attention without Lee adding an extra layer of shock value.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Too scattered to be an effective tearjerker, but not radical enough to leave those conventional elements behind.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Ends up as tiresome as the endless paperwork that keeps the title character from enjoying his life.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/4 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) The characters and the tone are so affable and engaging that the movie is never less than pleasant to watch.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout continues the series' tradition of making every choice count.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) With its meandering pace, limp story and dull romances for aging characters, Here We Go Again sometimes feels like The Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) All of the movie's relationships, even those that last for a single scene, are quietly affecting.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) As the action gets increasingly absurd, most of the suspense and excitement dissipates, since it's clear that neither Will nor anyone he cares about is actually in danger.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Frank and Sam are lovely people to spend 90 minutes with; you just might not remember much about them afterward.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It keeps things small-scale and low-key, and for the most part turns out better for it.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) Doesn't open up the franchise's world in any meaningful or enlightening way.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Writer Taylor Sheridan seems to have lost his way here, ditching the nuances of his previous work for something cruder and broader.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/4 89% American Animals (2018) The combination of the two approaches is ambitious and daring and often exciting to watch, but like the bold and foolhardy crime it depicts, the end result is a bit of a mess.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/5 74% Too Big to Fail (2011) Although it's handsomely directed and competently acted, Too Big, even with its narrow focus on the events of fall 2008, tackles too much story with too little narrative drive.‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
2.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The awe and wonder of dinosaurs come back to life has turned into the schlock and exploitation of a bargain-bin creature feature.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) [Neville] knows how to craft a story, to get out of the way of his subjects and let them share their insights and anecdotes.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/4 55% Tag (2018) Mildly pleasant but entirely forgettable.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
2.5/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The characters accomplish pretty much the same things that they accomplished in the first movie, just on a slightly larger scale, and the same goes for the filmmakers.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Like its con artist characters, it keeps you entertained while taking your money.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Has enough memorably disturbing images to stick in viewers' minds without any explanation needed.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/5 71% Adrift (2018) By frequently cutting back to the bland, drippy romance, the filmmakers undercut the intensity of the peril.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) Has the look and tone of a handsome but anonymous British TV production.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) As long as it sticks to that straightforward action-adventure premise, Solo is a blast.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/5 53% Book Club (2018) Individually, the stars are all accomplished, talented actresses, but their scenes together amount to less than the sum of their parts, and none of them is doing her best work here. ‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) It mostly just puts a loud, explosion-filled gloss on the same few jokes.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3.5/5 92% Revenge (2018) Fargeat winks at the audience just before hitting them right in the gut.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) There is plenty of time for huge superhero battles, though, and for the geek-out moments that fans will go crazy for.‐ The Inlander (Spokane, WA)
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) Caught between its modern feminist intentions and its retro stereotypical plot construction, serving neither one well.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) It mostly just goes through the basic horror-movie motions, throwing a bunch of pretty young people into supernatural danger and picking them off one by one.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3.5/5 83% Beirut (2018) Although the action remains restrained, Anderson can still generate suspense with a ticking clock or a flurry of gunfire. ‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
2.5/5 81% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Like the storyline, the visual style eventually becomes more frustrating than rewarding.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/5 83% Blockers (2018) It's a shame that the movie cuts back to the parents' hyperactive shenanigans so frequently, and that their story dominates the running time.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 95% Outside In (2018) Often powerful, even if it sometimes takes itself too seriously.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2/5 22% Midnight Sun (2018) It's as sanitized and closed-off as the carefully sealed room where Katie spends most of her days.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/5 79% I Kill Giants (2018) By the time Barbara's problems are revealed to be far more mundane than fantastical, the movie has lost all its magic.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
2.5/5 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Errs too often on the side of talky political debate, failing to generate much suspense until its final half-hour or so.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The locations and the costumes all look great, but the drama is inert, without the kind of gradually building suspense that should sustain a movie like this.‐ Film Racket
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018