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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10% Replicas (2019) "I have to watch the pods!" Foster exclaims on the phone to Ed, just one of many line readings from Reeves that might earn an unintentional laugh from those who enjoy unintentional laughs.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) There is a formality to the language here and to the heightened, rather torturously plotted dramatic situations, and so Jenkins wisely tries to put everything across visually as simply as possible.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
71% The Marriage (2017) Nothing having to do with either Anita or the marriage itself is as compelling as the love affair between these two men.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
95% Amazing Grace (2018) Worth seeing and re-seeing and re-seeing again, a testament to the Queen of Soul at the height of her powers, live, in full color, in rich sound, resplendent.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
100% Making Montgomery Clift (2018) The Clift remembered here is not the doomed victim of so many mythologizing books and TV programs but a highly intelligent, mordantly funny man who successfully fought to keep his creative and sexual integrity intact.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) Comprised of some strong scenes, some flashy scenes, and some scenes that are just scenes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
37% Viper Club (2018) This is a slow-burning movie, but its stealth and intelligence eventually packs an emotional punch.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
69% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett shows little sense of how to structure his material, or how to shoot it, or even sometimes how to act it, but he does have one key element that sees him through: keen insight into Wilde's world and character. And this insight gets him pretty far.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
89% Studio 54 (2018) The feeling persists that we are very far from hearing what really happened there.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
67% Hot to Trot (2018) Freedman kept filming her subjects for so long that she saw their relationships break up and new relationships get started, and she observes all of this without ever being able to make it mean anything. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) Zagar has smartly decided to tell this very subjective story of childhood with an Expressionist visual style that favors saturated colors, and he often leans on an unusually potent sound design that leads us seamlessly from one memory to the next.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 87% Grey Gardens (2009) Sensitive and well acted as this new Grey Gardens is, it feels like a wish-fulfillment fantasy that gives Little Edie a happy ending; the truth of this woman's life must have been much grimmer and messier.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
64% Ideal Home (2018) Fleming's writing is at its best here when he is sending up the exaggerated sensitivity of liberals when they are dealing with a minority and not sure what might offend them.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) How hard is it to make running away from a rampaging dinosaur look at least a little exciting?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) Feels more like playwriting than like screenwriting because we are told things in dialogue about Jake but barely ever get to see him behaving -- doesn't it signal the same kind of avoidance or fear that the movie itself is supposed to be about?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
81% That Summer (2018) Once the film turns itself over to the footage of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, this movie comes into its own as a fascinating companion piece and prequel to the Maysles Brothers film.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
69% The Seagull (2018) The most impressive thing about this film of The Seagull is that every role has been ideally cast.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
33% Mapplethorpe (2019) The major thing that Mapplethorpe has in its favor is that the film is afraid of neither the life nor the work of the notorious photographer.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
72% The Rachel Divide (2018) Dolezal is basically outrage clickbait in human form, and so Brownson is using Dolezal's negative attention seeking to get attention for herself as a filmmaker. Nothing beyond that has been accomplished here.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
74% Back Roads (2018) This is an accomplished debut from Pettyfer as a director, and it shows how interested he seems to be in the scarier byways of life, which seemed clear in his performance last year in The Strange Ones.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) This film is based on an arcade video game that featured large-sized creatures knocking down buildings and running amok, but that basic idea has been swamped here by too many convoluted plot lines and extraneous characters.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The premise of Truth or Dare is needlessly convoluted, and it is overloaded with information and side characters. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) There are no stakes here, just lots of robots and then dinosaurs who rise up out of the sea and place their large feet down onto pavement that rises up as random people run away and try to escape.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
94% 1985 (2018) This is a realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The last third plays so much better than the first half that it suggests that Roberts should have abandoned all caution and really gone for a more consistently over-the-top film based in the emotion that he clearly wants to foster.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Wardle deserves credit for journalistic doggedness and also for making a documentary that plays like a nerve-jangling thriller.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
92% Phantom Thread (2018) "Phantom Thread is a movie filled with performances that feel like the best Method acting from the mid-20th century, when actors like Montgomery Clift and Julie Harris seemed to know every minute of each day in the past lives of their characters." ‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
93% Saturday Church (2018) Director Cardasis keeps his characters and actors at arm's length, as if he's a little scared of them or worried about seeming like a tourist.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Once the USO tour is set into motion, it falls to Wilson to provide much of the humor here, and she is a skilled enough comic to push the narrative over most of its hurdles. But even she can't quite finesse or explain John Lithgow.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
5% Just Getting Started (2017) This mild and dawdling picture is the sort of trifle meant for a retirement-age audience who just want to spend a pleasant and uneventful hour-and-a-half with a few name actors of a certain age. There's very little comedy here and even less action.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) "Call Me by Your Name is a great love story, and it is also a story about the way that Guadagnino's camera loves and brings out Hammer as an actor who can express joy or inner turmoil with a glance."‐ House Next Door
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Too distant and remote from his characters to make them live for us or to make us care for them.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Because of her own questioning presence on screen and also her voice-over when she reads from her own work, Didion seems to be in charge of this movie, and she does not flatter herself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
83% Tom of Finland (2017) A formless look at Tom's life that seeks to celebrate him uncritically as a hero with a pill of a sister and a sweet boyfriend who just wants to hold his hand in public sometimes. Sex and desire go missing here, to a large extent.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) The camera loves Gaga's dramatic eyebrows and large eyes staring over her long nose and Streisand-ish mouth, but Five Foot Two captures her at a down time in her life, in several senses of that term. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
85% It (2017) Once the characters have been set up, Muschietti is free to linger as much as he wants over certain set pieces, and the results are as scary as they should be.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
90% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) This is a movie that offers a glimpse into a seldom-seen world, and it is also a character study that looks deeply into the behavior of three very different men who might have loved each other under different circumstances.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The 95-minute culmination of years-long efforts to bring The Dark Tower to the big screen is a complete disaster, a limp, barely coherent shell of a movie.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
89% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) Badly needs some cutting and some focusing of all the material Reybaud shot of Pierre on the road because similar scenes with too many different characters start to blur and cancel each other out. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
97% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Falls rather flat whenever it tries to deal with World War II directly, but as a character study of a young Japanese girl in wartime it is often beguiling.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
89% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The bothersome and irritating thing about the way The Midwife is written is that we keep hearing story after story about the shared history between Claire and Béatrice, but we never get a solid idea of what that history was.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
83% F(l)ag Football (2017) These guys are big on lame bromides in the first scenes of the film, but they eventually open up for the camera and have much more interesting and complicated things to say about themselves.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
22% The Book of Henry (2017) The really sad thing is that this is a movie with some intriguing characters that has some real comic and dramatic potential, but all this gets lost in increasingly silly plot mechanics.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
80% Chuck (2017) "There's more to you than meets the eye, Chuck Wepner," says Linda (Naomi Watts), a Jersey bartender who will eventually become his second wife. "Not much, but just enough," she says, and the same might be said of Chuck itself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
16% The Circle (2017) A superficial smartness to the early scenes soon gives way to very obvious plot manipulations.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
75% Manifesto (2017) Blanchett has no fear as a performer, and she has such enormous appetite for acting that she rips into each of the characters she is playing as if she were hungrily stripping meat off of chicken legs and then hurling the bones over her shoulder.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
82% The Trip to Spain (2017) This picture is 115 minutes of nearly wall-to-wall actor impressions, and that does get to be too much of a good thing, unfortunately.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
84% The Lovers (2017) That rare thing: a serious romantic comedy with farcical elements that never puts a foot wrong.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
12% Aardvark (2018) The sort of movie that gets by with its unpredictable where-is-this-going vibe for about a half-hour or so, but it becomes apparent at a certain point that the set-up is pretty much all there is.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
50% Flower (2018) Becomes slightly more bearable when it tries to be serious after failing so badly to be hip and funny, but embedded within the later dramatic scenes are desperately dumb plot decisions that lead us to a calamitous ending.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017