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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 75% Back Roads (2018) Ambitious but unrefined, Alex Pettyfer's directorial debut Back Roads is a raw movie overburdened by heavy-handed drama.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 68% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It doesn't always work, but the film makes for an entertaining argument to reevaluate the legacy of Mary Queen of Scots, beyond the time-worn focus on her tragedy.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 80% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) One of those rare horror movies to leave you with good holiday cheer.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
54% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Serkis throws in too many new elements and, in the process, derails the plot's familiarity and some of its charms.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/4 82% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family isn't too schmalzy as a feel-good family movie, and it has a certain charm in its earnest appeal to tell a different story.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/4 93% Jinn (2018) Jinn holds several beautiful elements, especially in its central mother-daughter story.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) It's a hell of a story-spruced up and splashed on a big, colorful screen-with a lot to show but little to say.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 90% Maria By Callas (2018) An aching compilation of a woman branded as difficult yet adored as one of operas' biggest stars in the 20th century.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 88% What They Had (2018) There's an inherent longing in Elizabeth Chomko's stunning feature debut, What They Had.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Butler's performance-or lack thereof-keeps Hunter Killer from breaking any ground in the field of war movies.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/4 100% Shirkers (2018) There is a sense of relief at the end of the documentary that feels like the first big breath of fresh air after stepping out of a therapist's office.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) This Halloween highlights a question that horror films so often ignore: How does a genre that unleashes so much violence on its characters grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and grief?‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) The movie feels instructional without getting too preachy, taking time to explain various inequalities and barriers facing black Americans, typically in exchanges between father and daughter.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/4 79% 306 Hollywood (2018) Opening up about those messy feelings in an unconventional way as 306 Hollywood does not only feels cathartic, but necessary.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) This movie is so gorgeous, it even makes drone footage look ethereal rather than pedestrian.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 98% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair melts your heart almost as soon as it begins.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 79% Quincy (2018) This documentary on his life's work offers a personalized glimpse into a bygone world of entertainment and the legacy of racism that black artists still grapple with today.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics truly dive into, and it makes this difficult character a joy to meet.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/4 59% White Boy Rick (2018) Though it's a well-done family drama, White Boy Rick is a half-told story that​ only lightly incorporates the deeper issues of systemic injustice.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
1.5/4 13% Life Itself (2018) Life Itself plays like a soap opera squeezed into two hours.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/4 100% Susanne Bartsch: On Top (2018) Not to be outdone by its star's larger-than-life persona, Susanne Bartsch: On Top is rich in personal archival footage and first-hand accounts.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/4 81% What Keeps You Alive (2018) Effectively eerie and unnerving.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) The story's predictable arc doesn't leave enough to the imagination, and like Annie, we might start hoping for change just to shake things up in this sleepy plot.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Madeline's Madeline lacks the self-reflection needed to answer its own questions about authorship-its story doesn't quite belong to its protagonist.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
1.5/4 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) The environment in which stories like The Hunger Games or Divergent gained followings has changed, and The Darkest Minds has not adapted to survive it.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) The film's empathetic lens instills the feeling that the places on screen may already be gone by now, turning Blindspotting into a kind of documentary of the area that also shares its story: one of survival in the face of trauma.‐ Polygon
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) In all its madness - both in anger and absurdity - Sorry to Bother You develops into a journey that defies classification.‐ Polygon
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Instead of taking the Sicario story in a new direction, the narrative doubles down on the worst aspects of the original, feeding into xenophobic stereotypes about people crossing the border.‐ Remezcla
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
90% Set It Up (2018) It's a feel-good throwback to Nineties romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail that left me warm and nostalgic for the simple pleasure of falling in love.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) McKay captures a genuine sense of the bittersweet reality of the American dream and the people who give up their only weekly day of rest just to keep it alive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) For all its self-seriousness, "Hotel Artemis" is ultimately a silly story of bad guys, big egos and one good fight sequence.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
1.5/4 19% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) Taraji P. Henson deserves better.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
20% Game Over, Man! (2018) "Boys will be boys," says their boss in an early scene, laughing off their unprofessional behavior. But their conduct does not improve, and neither does this action comedy riddled with pop culture references.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/5 29% PARADOX (2018) Paradox is choppy and directionless, better seen as an experimental concert film that attempted to do something more ambitious than the average music video.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) While the movie is visually whimsical with its design and neon colors, the weakness of the source material still pokes out.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 83% Blockers (2018) Despite an element of gross bodily fluid-laden gags, Blockers manages to be heartfelt and endearing -- even if the film's message is sometimes heavy handed.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
63% Our New President (2018) However impressive the collection, there's little beyond shock value in watching Russians on vlogs and TV shows praising Trump.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
64% Lizzie (2018) Unfortunately, the film never quite crosses that line into campy territory, merely teasing what a less serious treatment of Lizzie's story might look like.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) The life of this visionary entrepreneur is far bigger than a single film, but director Lorna Tucker does a decent job of compacting Westwood's iconoclastic legacy.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) Mandy might not be everyone's idea of a satisfying nightcap, but this surrealistic revenge flick will likely earn a loyal following of its own.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) [Desiree] Akhavan is a master at balancing the highs and lows of Post's story.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
60% Ophelia (2018) These former damsels are given agency to change their stories, but the result is a lukewarm fanfiction tale with different costumes. There is much to be desired underneath the pretty surface.‐ Mashable
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
91% Dim the Fluorescents (2018) Mr. Warth, who wrote the screenplay with Miles Barstead, creates a flawed tale of female friendship and the artist's everlasting struggle. Unfortunately, "Dim the Fluorescents" can't keep its story together.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
57% Hollow in the Land (2017) The movie mirrors Alison's desperation through dimly lit dead-end clues and hectic chase sequences through town.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet Rosa Chumbe (2017) The movie, messily constructed, seems more fascinated with the tragedy of these two women's parallel struggles than it does with the characters themselves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
86% Santa & Andrés (2017) "Santa & Andrés" begins as a film about separation and pain, but becomes a movie about reconciliation and healing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
86% Dream Boat (2017) Mr. Milewski does not directly address race and ethnic background, but clearly has some serious issues in mind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
54% Crash Pad (2017) While Mr. Tent's direction is serviceable, it's safe. His movie lacks any stylish risks that would make this trio's bad romance memorable, leaving "Crash Pad" to feel like a warm-up act.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
95% Dealt (2017) The card magician Richard Turner reveals that he has more than just a few tricks up his sleeve in Luke Korem's captivating documentary "Dealt."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
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