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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Roma (2018) What's become abundantly clear, over the course of this extraordinary run of searing films, is the degree to which Cuarón roots dramatic power in empathy and humanity. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The anthology format gives the Coens room to tinker with new tones and forms, while delivering their unique blend of comedy and dread.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) It's about how these peculiar interests can become our obsessions, and the way that ironic detachment can develop, surprisingly enough, into genuine affection. What a delightful movie this is.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
63% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a movie you can't take you eyes off of, even when it doesn't make a damn lick of sense.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The genius of Moore's first film was its entry point: Moore began with an up-close look at his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and then expanded out to make Flint a microcosm for a broken nation. This one gets that backward, to its detriment.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner, Jason Reitman's dramatization of the three-week rise and fall of Gary Hart's 1988 presidential campaign, works best in its first half, as fleet-footed, wisecracking campaign/newsroom comedy/drama.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a wicked, witty treat, with Melissa McCarthy playing Israel as an unapologetically unlikable protagonist, and batting around some truly delicious dialogue with Richard E. Grant, as pretty much her only friend.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Edgerton's central visual metaphor is a middlebrow clunker, and the look of his movie too often confuses darkness with depth. But he's got a good eye for details -and a sure hand with actors.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
89% Rafiki (2018) Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki, based on the short story "Jambula Tree" by Monica Arac de Nyeko, is a vibrant, pulsing piece of work, keying off the joy of young love and unexpected discovery.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
87% Colette (2018) It's a frisky piece of work, asking challenging questions about monogamy and art, while reveling in the considerable charm of stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
65% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) I was held rapt through its entirety.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) "All you gotta do is trust me," he tells her, and when he brings her out on stage, and then brings her up to the front microphone, it raises the same kind of gooseflesh as the "When Your Mind's Made Up" scene in Once.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
63% Teen Spirit (2018) Fanning is engaging - I'm low-key annoyed that on top of everything else, she can also sing - but the scene stealer here is Zlatko Buric, as the drunken fan who becomes her (surprisingly effective) manager.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
78% Destroyer (2018) Kusama moves her star, and her camera, through these silky L.A. nightscapes in a style reminiscent of Michael Mann. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
59% American Dharma (2018) [Morris] occasionally pushes back against Bannon, in a way he didn't in the earlier films, and sort of has to - if Dharma suffers in comparison, it's because it's telling a story that's still in progress.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
100% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's a compelling piece of portraiture, clearly done from a place of admiration and respect.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Darkly funny and often deeply disorienting, with a marvel of an ending.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's a gentle, funny crowd-pleaser with a melancholy streak.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% First Man (2018) It's all about perspective... less concerned with history of that mission's impact than with what it was like to be him... Ryan Gosling leans into that squareness, daring us to peer in to his up-tight close-ups and find the guy inside.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B- 69% Hold the Dark (2018) It's a moody, scary, post-Peckinpah meditation on masculinity.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
C- 7% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) Xavier Dolan tends to be a love-him-or-hate-him sort of proposition. And John F. Donovan's not likely to change anyone's mind.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
C 76% Mid90s (2018) 'mid90s' is mostly about the strange, grown-up sensation of learning that your idols are human and fallible.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B- 72% Maya (2018) Full of the kind of tiny, keenly observed moments that make Løve such a special filmmaker.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B 85% High Life (2018) Claire Denis fills her frames with disturbing and occasionally repugnant images, but she's never cavalier or careless about them.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
A 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) A sublime follow-up to Moonlight. It feels like such a miracle.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 90% Widows (2018) A stylish thriller and a good film and one that often has greatness in its grasp.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
C- 63% Outlaw King (2018) "Outlaw King" plays like the kind of passion project that a filmmaker just gets lost in; its bloated running time and narrative tedium bespeak a director watching a movie in his head for so long, he can no longer see its flaws.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
C+ 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) A painfully sincere picture that does its very best to dodge the conventions of the rehab movie.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) It's so energetically acted and casually funny, you might not even notice that it never quite comes together.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% Crime + Punishment (2018) Shines a much-needed light on the kind of policing that could actually make a difference in these communities.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) Zagar has an eye for simple yet loaded compositions, crafting potent imagery that tells us what his characters are afraid to say aloud, and his actors turn in unaffected yet unforgettable performances.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Powerful and sensitive, and, at its best, utterly heart-wrenching.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Cole is astonishingly good as Moore, in a primarily non-verbal performance; he's a convincing brawler, and even more persuasive as a self-destructive addict.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) [Director Crystal Moselle] hangs out with, and eavesdrops on, her protagonists with a documentarian's eye for detail... Her intimate style deftly captures the end-of-the-world intensity of teenage relationships‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) It's a visceral experience... Some viewers may find it too nerve-jangling, and it's hard to blame them. But it's a must-see for risk-takers.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's wild tonal shifts made his work seem scattershot and unfocused, and it's not that he tamps that down here. But now, the itchiness, gallows humor, and howls of rage just feel like everyday life. Reality has finally become a Spike Lee joint.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Akhavan's movie is so many things at once - wise, witty, moving, sexy - that its occasional fumbles in tone and characterization barely register.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The sixth film in the surprisingly venerable series is a bit more deliberate, but delivers the expected jolts and thrills.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
4/5 87% Grey Gardens (2009) I was stunned by the uncanny accuracy of the scenes related to that original film; the set and prop reproductions, the re-enactment of scenes from the documentary, and the make-up and costuming of Barrymore and Lange is simply stunning.‐ DVDTalk.com
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
0% Gotti (2018) A comically terrible imitation of a biopic, directed by Kevin Connolly with all the flair and nuance of a movie-within-a-movie on 'Entourage.'‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) The cast shines, but they can only do so much with their weak script and listless direction.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
71% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) There's a real power to the filmmaking here; Gillan is, clearly, a force to be reckoned with.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
100% Diane (2019) Mary Kay Place is marvelous in the leading role, and her screen presence is so arm and comforting, we think we know her. Jones uses that familiarity, brilliantly.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
91% Nico, 1988 (2018) Nico, 1988 is as wary and lived-in as its subject.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
33% Mapplethorpe (2019) Matt Smith and Marianne Rendónare convincing as Mapplethorpe and Smith, but their efforts aside, what a waste.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
64% In a Relationship (2018) The formidable charm of Emma Roberts (and supporting player Greta Lee) is wasted in this strained romantic comedy/drama from writer/director Sam Boyd.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
69% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) But more often than not, Seven Stages simply fails to navigate the turn from freaky to funny.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
88% Stockholm (2018) Budreaunever quite finds an ending, but the vibe he grooves in along the way (much of it provided by the less-remembered, early-'70s Dylan on the soundtrack) is just right. ‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
100% Little Woods (2018) DaCosta directs in a modest, slice-of-life style, which only heightens the tension of events on screen - this is the kind of movie you lean forward to hear, and before you know it, you're overwhelmed.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
69% The Seagull (2018) As a showcase for this otherwise ace cast, [The Seagull] can't be beat.‐ Flavorwire
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018