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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Untouchable (2019) With a clarity and broad-mindedness that's not always present in conversations regarding the matter, it seeks to open up a dialogue about a hot-button subject that, it contends, is far less open-and-shut than most assume. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
100% Untouchable (2016) From victims and perpetrators, to activists who want to throw the convicted away and lose the key, it's an eye-opening look at a thorny topic that, on the face of it, probably doesn't strike many as very complex or controversial at all.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
0% Gotti (2018) 'Listen to me, and listen to me good. You never gonna see another guy like me if you live to be five thousand,' Travolta's Teflon Don boasts in the final scene. With any luck, we'll never see another mob-movie misfire like this either.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
74% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) An excellent McDermott embodies Don with just enough strangeness to keep audiences from knowing precisely where The Clovehitch Killer is heading.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
No Score Yet The First Patient (2018) There's little lurking beneath the gruesome exterior of Chip Duncan's documentary about human anatomy dissection.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/5 59% Face (2002) The director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos‐ Filmcritic.com
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Incessant '90s shout-outs weigh down Jonah Hill's empathetic drama about skateboarding teens.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
100% Restoring Tomorrow (2018) Even non-believers will be hard-pressed to remain unmoved by its depiction of the many benefits - both present and future - derived from staying in touch with the past.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
93% Force Majeure (2014) Rarely has a film taken men to the woodshed for their failings with such a mix of disgust, pity, and wit, the last of which is the key ingredient that helps make Force Majeure such a unique high-wire balancing act.‐ Esquire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
No Score Yet Bikini Moon (2018) A patchy, intermittently captivating hodgepodge that begins promisingly before losing its narrative thread...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Revealing this delicate story's surprises would not only be unkind but would also misleadingly suggest that the director's intentions are of a shock-and-awe-ish variety. Kore-eda is interested, first and foremost, in the definition of family.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
28% Venom (2018) Despite a cartoonishly entertaining performance from the great Tom Hardy, this superhero film is a total mess.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
70% Hold the Dark (2018) Wright's disturbed visage conveys his character's torn-between-two-worlds distress, with the actor using darting looks and burdened body language to beautifully articulate the war raging within.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
48% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) A clunky, lurching affair populated by barely sketched individuals who seem to be competing for a most-intolerable prize...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) This wannabe-satire about high-school girls coping with a hometown devolving into hacker-created chaos is possibly the year's most obnoxious release.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) In a subtly expressive performance, newcomer Mulubwa employs a stoic, morose countenance to convey Shula's bottomless well of hurt, loneliness, shame and fear.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) What never appears is an original idea, or even an effective jolt to rattle one's nerves and break up the monotony. In the end, it's just The Exorcist embellished with a monstrous religious grandma.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2018) Life strives to grow, and flourish, amid catastrophic ruins in "Angels Are Made of Light," James Longley's stirring and gorgeous documentary about young students and teachers trying to maintain hope in Kabul.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
77% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) It's perverse and putrid, titillating and terrifying-isolating everything that's unforgettable and irresistible about traditional heist and gunslinger material so it can then splash and smear it in one's face with sensationalistic avant-garde glee.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
86% A Whale of a Tale (2018) An illuminating examination of [a] still-ongoing conflict, albeit one unlikely to sway those who've already chosen a side in this polarizing debate.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Conveying the various destructive forces and patterns that plagued their childhood and threaten to derail their journey to adulthood, it's a raw portrait of trauma and catharsis.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
79% Cielo (2017) Buoyed by conversations with a variety of people closely associated with this particularly luminous region, "Cielo" should entrance all those who enter its unique atmosphere.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Such whiplash-inducing confusion and bedlam is central to A Prayer Before Dawn, which at every turn is about conveying the runaway-train condition and circumstances of its protagonist.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
78% Cocote (2018) Cocote is as clear as day and as bewildering as a nightmare, as chaotic as a whirlwind and as calm as the Caribbean Sea.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
No Score Yet Broken Star (2018) A low-rent effort that's equal parts tawdry and tedious... from start to finish, it makes little lucid sense.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
81% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) The Night Eats the World occasionally concocts moments of peril to keep the material from devolving into torpor. But by and large, torpor is its main subject - as is the discontent it breeds.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Determined to perpetually raise the bar for both the series and himself, Cruise again proves, with his latest, that both of those seemingly impossible feats is possible.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) The most authentic portrait of budding teenagerdom you're likely to see in theaters anytime soon.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet 7 Splinters in Time (2018) Judet-Weinshel's feature wears numerous influences on its sleeve, yet derivation isn't the problem here; rather, it's a scattershot structure that undercuts the cohesiveness (and effectiveness) of its story...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
54% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge is preachy in both dialogue and plotting, and devoid of the ludicrous extremeness that might energize-or complicate-its politics. Just as frustratingly, it lacks any hint of suspense.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet Feast of the Epiphany (2018) Those interested in experimental works that incite contemplation and debate will find much to chew on throughout the course of this concise, canny effort...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Stefano Sollima's superior follow-up is a horror story posing as a tactical military thriller, all callous political maneuvering, senseless bloodshed and unachieved ambitions, set to bass-heavy braying and industrial noise.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
60% Straight Into a Storm (2018) A superficial documentary about rock group Deer Tick that will only appeal to the most devoted die-hards.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's as accurate and nuanced a portrait of parenthood and childhood that one's apt to see in a mainstream blockbuster.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) ...A case study in both the perils of delayed gratification, and of prizing ominous aesthetics above genuine scares. Let's hope its own progeny don't follow in its footsteps.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
75% The Misandrists (2018) In its gleeful distaste for conformity, it's a paragon of modern punk-rock moviemaking.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
16% Show Dogs (2018) The film's lack of inspiration at every level - technical, narrative and comedic - is so crushing that, save for pre-adolescents, most will consider this a top contender for worst of breed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Operating in a middle-ground register that's defined by its bland safeness, he sturdily shoulders the weight of the chaotic material...in a role that demands greatness, he is, in a word, okay.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) That said, as someone who remains fond of its predecessor, the Merc with a Mouth's eagerly anticipated sequel... is a superior sort of tongue-in-cheek men-in-tights work.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% What Haunts Us (2018) This gripping documentary, flaws and all, is not just an exposé of unimaginable wrongdoing-it's a testament to the power, and necessity, of vocally confronting long-buried sins.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Fargeat's feature debut provides a down-and-dirty jolt of feminist rage and retribution that gets one's pulse pounding-and which feels especially potent at this particular sociocultural moment in time.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
93% Beast (2018) Despite starting strong, this psychosexual thriller is at once ham-fisted, obvious and all-too-frequently preposterous. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Shot in 1.37:1 aspect ratio, and devoid of a conventional musical score, it's an austere examination of devotion, grief, self-loathing and the desperate madness those emotions can inspire in an alienated individual's heart. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
69% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) The outlandishness proffered by this comedy is of such a strident sort that any possible laughs quickly turn to eye-rolling groans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
81% Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) "Tiny Shoulders" captures, per its title, the immense burden Barbie has had to bear as the nexus for all sorts of prickly debates - about body-shaming, stereotyping and workplace/domestic roles - that, to this day, have yet to be fully resolved.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
39% State Like Sleep (2019) This consistently surprising film slinks along with melancholic dreaminess, matching the fugue state that plagues its grief-stricken protagonist.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Part of what makes Infinity War thrilling is the way it weaves its various narrative strands into a seamless whole-or, at least, as close to seamless as one might reasonably hope.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
100% Call Her Ganda (2018) With access to only one side of its central conflict, and a scattershot approach that skims over key details and points of interest, this well-intentioned documentary leaves audiences feeling like they're only getting part of a much larger story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
86% Cargo (2018) This familiar saga eschews jolting scares for survival-esque (and dark-heart-of-man) thrills, relying largely on Freeman's compelling lead turn to set it apart from the genre.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
72% The Rachel Divide (2018) Far from simply a snapshot of a discussion about race, Brownson's documentary is a riveting account of self-sabotage, misplaced priorities, and obstinacy run amok.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018