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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) I'd say "The Hate U Give" is the most important movie your teenagers will see this year, but that would be selling it short for yourself. So maybe go see it together. If they'll have you.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 88% First Man (2018) It's a movie that shows how the most personal moments can coexist within and alongside the most momentous events. It's a film that insists history is made from private lives.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
1.5/4 31% Venom (2018) The chief problem with "Venom" is that it never settles on a tone. Is it comedy? Horror? Romance? Drama? Why not try all of them at once?‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 89% A Star Is Born (2018) The role of Ally is so meta as to cast doubt on whether Lady Gaga can play other kinds of parts; the performance is so galvanizing that you don't remotely care.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The movie works, it well and truly works, because the four main characters come together in ways we could never have foreseen, and the actors themselves seem surprised at the twists the story takes and where their characters fall on the curve.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 94% Private Life (2018) Jenkins has a delicate, wry touch with the dialogue, and her cast volleys it back and forth beautifully.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3.5/4 98% Science Fair (2018) It's a movie that traffics in a rare commodity: hope for the future.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 92% Hal (2018) "Hal" is a soft-edged memorial that should direct you, or re-direct you, to some terrific and tough-edged films.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
97% 13th (2016) The urgency that courses through this documentary is that things actually can change if knowledge can be turned into momentum and momentum can become legislation.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.5/4 64% Lizzie (2018) The performances keep you invested... as do the speculations laid out by screenwriter Bryce Kass, who sticks to those facts that suit the tale he wants to tell.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 87% Love, Gilda (2018) If you want to feel briefly good and sad about Gilda Radner, here's your movie. If you want to revisit the laughter itself - well, as Emily Litella said, never mind.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 99% Blaze (2018) The movie is Hawke's fourth and best feature as a director; it's immensely touching, and only deceptively shapeless.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2.5/4 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) "Pick" often feels like a project that has been overly groomed. Will you still be moved to tears? Most likely.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) One of the best films of the year, if also one of the hardest to initially get your head around.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1/4 10% Peppermint (2018) Garner bulls her way through the film with determination and a minimum of facial expressions, like someone who's been told to clean up something awful and just wants to get it over with.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) You have to swallow a lot to buy into "Juliet, Naked" - including the preposterous notion that anyone could ignore Rose Byrne - but the direction and the playing turn it into comfort food.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 30% Kin (2018) Truitt's quiet wariness is the finest thing in a movie full of good acting.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 85% The Wife (2018) What unites the film's two halves - what makes it worth watching, period - is the road Close's Joan travels as she decides whether to reclaim authorship of her own life.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 25% Mile 22 (2018) Berg and Wahlberg deliver a relentlessly paced, addictively slick paramilitary thriller actively catering to fans of gonzo brutality and turbocharged machismo.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/4 93% Nico, 1988 (2018) "Nico, 1988" is worth a look... for its portrait of a spirit absolutely unyielding, who expected the worst from life and found cold, beautiful comfort when she got it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a scrapbook made by the people who were there.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3.5/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) One of the director's strongest yet most entertaining works in years.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 91% Far From the Tree (2018) At its most radical and empathetic, "Far From the Tree" urges us to start thinking of disability in terms of identity, not as a locus of struggle but a place of being.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) A forced McKinnon is a diminished McKinnon. She's able to put together a caricature, but never a character.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) See the movie, for its urgency, for its performances, and for the vibrant portrait of a community being erased in the names of progress and profit.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) At its best, an exercise in pure action-movie propulsion and an essay in how to get from Point A to Point B in the most ingenious and exhausting way imaginable.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 95% The Green Fog (2018) Eerie, witty, and unexpectedly moving.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) I wish I could tell you that "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is ridiculous and I hated it, but the fact is that it's ridiculous and I loved every minute.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham's filmmaking is unfussy yet thought through, so Fisher's seemingly artless performance is actually a pretty brilliant piece of acting.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) As a streaming option on a slow night or a long flight, the movie has its uses. But you've seen almost all of this before, with more wit and a better villain.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
4/4 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) While the narrative of "Sorry to Bother You" follows an over-familiar arc of ambition, pride, fall, and atonement, the details are hilarious and quite a bit sharper than you may first realize.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Well after the astonishment of its narrative fades, "Three Identical Strangers" is a movie to make you think twice about your own siblings - and maybe take a long look in the mirror at yourself.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/4 96% Zama (2018) Some movies unfold as dreams; "Zama" dances us playfully toward the edge of nightmare and then asks us to open our eyes.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is disposable pop trash, not worth taking seriously for a moment and therefore eminently worthy of your attention at this moment.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/4 70% Damsel (2018) The frontier as a symbol not of manifest destiny but of man's idiocy? There's an interesting movie in that. "Damsel" gets about halfway there.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) The movie shines a gentle but insistent light on America's underclass and walking wounded, the people in the cracks just getting by.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 94% The Endless (2018) This is Benson and Moorhead's most professionally-made movie to date, but they hold on to an amateurish enthusiasm that works largely for the best.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/4 34% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Missed opportunities are everywhere.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It's enough for a fun fright night at the movies but lacks anything else: character, mystery, wonder, danger. The film's a rush for an audience that only wants the high.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2.5/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) The themes here are rich, the treatment indulgent and harmless, like a pre-fab version of a John Carney movie.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 85% Nancy (2018) "Nancy" is an eccentric, pungent gift of a film about a woman without identity played by an actress without persona.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) In the end, the feeling you may take with you as you leave the theater, despite the forced good cheer of the finale and Michael Giacchino's airily mellifluous score, is one of disenchantment.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) High-concept, low-budget, proudly set-bound, "Hotel Artemis" shouldn't work at all. Somehow, miraculously, it does.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2.5/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) While it hums along smoothly and delivers a reasonably enjoyable two hours at the movies, no one will mistake it for inspired.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Aster has spent a lot of time studying "The Shining," "The Exorcist," and "Rosemary's Baby." It's nice to have a classicist back in town.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 40% Mary Shelley (2018) The director and her star make their point under the meticulously appointed cover of the film's 18th-century setting, but they make it plainly, cleanly, and with fire.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) If the message gets a little mixed up in all the delight, it's all part of the party.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/4 96% Filmworker (2018) Tony Zierra's fond and slightly unsettling film is, among other things, a reminder of the egolessness necessary for great egos to flourish.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2/4 68% The Seagull (2018) Great, thoughtful acting can take you only so far, and "The Seagull" has been brought into close-up without ever coming into focus.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) As a B-movie, "Solo" delivers, sometimes in a way that reminds a viewer of this franchise's roots in classic Saturday matinee adventure serials and sometimes simply as proficient, dutiful, time-passing entertainment.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018