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T-Meter Title | Year
9/10 100% Midnight Family (2019) A gripping, thrilling and eye-opening fly-on-the-wall documentary. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
5.6/10 67% Little Joe (2019) Stylish and provocative, but emotionally inert and ultimately underwhelming with no way for the audience to feel connected to any of the characters. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
9.9/10 93% 1917 (2019) One of the most exhilarating, audacious and powerful war films in years. It ranks up there with All Quiet on the Western Front, Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2.5/10 53% Charlie's Angels (2019) Slick, but ultimately a shallow, dumb and overlong action comedy that's neither thrilling nor funny. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5.5/10 72% Shooting the Mafia (2019) Stylishly edited and never dull, but ultimately a shallow and intellectually underwhelming portrait of a provocative subject. If only it were as brave, candid and illuminating as Battaglia's iconic photographs. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
9.99/10 85% Waves (2019) A mesmerizing, emotionally engrossing and thoroughly immersive experience. It's one of the most profound, poetic and haunting films of the year. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
9.25/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A triumph! Warm, wise and wonderful. It's a perfect treat for the holidays that will nourish your heart, mind and soul. Tom Hanks deserves an Oscar! - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
6.85/10 78% Frozen II (2019) Heartwarming and breathtaking, but just mildly entertaining while lacking the freshness and catchy songs of the original. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
9/10 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Genuinely poignant, understated and captivating with raw, performances by Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
9.188/10 95% Queen of Hearts (2019) A dark, engrossing and unflinching portrait of a dysfunctional family that makes Ordinary People and Murmur of the Heart look like a fairy tale. Trine Dyrholm gives a raw, brave performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
8.127899/10 57% No Safe Spaces (2019) Vital, timely and alarming. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
9/10 92% The Lighthouse (2019) A Bergmanesque trip down the rabbit hole of psychological horror with mesmerizing cinematography. It's bold, bizarre and brilliant. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
9/10 96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) A powerful, brave and heartbreaking documentary. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
7.9434/10 79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) A whimsical, charming and amusing antidote for all of the heavy, downbeat awards films. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
8.5/10 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) A captivating, provocative and unflinching procedural in the vein of All the President's Men. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4.423886 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) An overproduced, shallow and often dull experience that fails to be funny, thrilling nor heartfelt despite its talented cast. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
9.73889/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A triumph of directing, writing, cinematography and acting. It's destined to become an all-time classic that will be discussed and analyzed for many years to come. Believe the hype. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
5.623433899/10 19% Semper Fi (2019) Contrived, undercooked and increasingly implausible despite solid performances by Jai Courtney and Nat Wolff. It's not nearly as gripping, powerful nor genuinely heartfelt as Conviction and Trial By Fire . - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
9/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Warm, tender and profound. It's one of the best films of Almodóvar's career. Antonio Banderas gives an Oscar-worthy performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
5.45/10 75% Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2019) Contrived, heavy-handed and underwhelming in spite of its charismatic cast. The filmmakers try too hard to please the audience without trusting their intelligence nor their emotions enough. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
9/10 83% Judy (2019) Exhilarating, tender and genuinely heartfelt. Renée Zellweger gives the performance of a lifetime. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
6.5/10 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Searing, enraging and electrifying documentary, although not surprising. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5.8/10 83% Always in Season (2019) A heartbreaking and horrifying exposé of modern racism, but unfocused and poorly edited. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
1.5242228/10 27% Corporate Animals (2019) Sophomoric, asinine, and painfully unfunny. You would have to be a dumb and shallow masochist to enjoy it. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
7.96/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) Mesmerizing visuals and a convincingly moving performance by Brad Pitt compensate for the screenplay's shortcomings. It's not as powerful as Contact and Interstellar, though. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
9.1/10 77% The Friend (2019) A wise, honest and tender story about the importance and meaning of friendship, compassion and empathy. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
8.75/10 55% Strange But True (2019) A taut, provocative and moving psychological thriller. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4.93823/10 64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) Overwrought, undercooked and underwhelming with too much narration and over-explaining. Could Charlotte Gainsbourg use some cheese to go with all that ham? - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
9.2/10 57% Tod@s Caen (2019) A delightful, smart and funny screwball comedy. It's the best romantic comedy since Love Actually. Omar Chaparro and Martha Higareda have as much chemistry together as Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant do in Bringing Up Baby. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
5.5542/10 71% Gwen (2019) A monotonous and underwhelming psychological thriller with stylish cinematography and a foreboding atmosphere, but it never rises above mediocrity. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
7.5/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) A rousing white-knuckle thriller that's a rush of pure adrenaline. It's a funny, action-packed and ultimately satisfying slice of mindless entertainment. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
6.35832/10 83% Before You Know It (2019) Well-acted and sporadically witty with refreshingly complex roles for women, but it ultimately bites off more than it could chew and doesn't explore its many tragic elements deeply enough. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
9/10 100% Los Reyes (2019) Dog lovers, rejoice! Los Reyes>/i> is an unflinching, beautifully shot and engrossing documentary about man's best friend. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
8.5/10 74% Adam (2019) Tender, funny and refreshingly un-Hollywood. Nicholas Alexander gives a breakthrough performance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
3.25/10 80% Good Boys (2019) A painfully unfunny, lazy and tedious screwball sex comedy. It's a new low for comedy and humanity. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
8.56/10 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A heartwarming, tender and funny adventure grounded in humanism. Refreshingly witty and unconventional. It's one of the summer's best surprises. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
4/10 80% Light of My life (2019) A slow-burning, atmospheric post-apocalyptic tale that's often lethargic, forgettable and underwhelming. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
5/10 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Undercooked, overstuffed and anemic with a contrived, clunky screenplay that will neither make you laugh nor cry. Kathy Baker, one of the most underrated actresses of our time, gives a radiant performance, though. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
5.75/10 86% This Changes Everything (2019) Tackles an important human rights issue, but it's too shallow and naive to be thorough and insightful. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
8.88/10 90% Luce (2019) An intelligent, suspenseful, well-acted psychological thriller with an intrusive and overbearing musical score. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
9.6/10 91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Smart, tender and refreshingly witty. It's the most funny, heartfelt and crowd-pleasing movie about an unlikely friendship since Green Book. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
1.9/10 85% Luz (2019) A mindf*ck that's bold, unique and visually stylish, but often dull, repetitive. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.7822391/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Shallow, meandering and tedious with only sporadic jolts of guilty pleasure fun and wit. Star power and charisma are not enough to keep the film afloat. Did its editor fall asleep in the editing room? - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3.9/10 55% Summer Night (2019) Overstuffed, undercooked and lethargic. It quickly fades from memory. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
8.485/10 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Karate Kid on acid. Wickedly funny, provocative and refreshingly subversive. It's destined to join Office Space, American Psycho and Heathers as an American cult classic. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
6.75/10 62% Lying and Stealing (2019) A sexy, stylish crime caper that's mildly diverting and harmless, but ultimately shallow, slight and forgettable. Theo James' charisma and palpable chemistry with Emily Ratajkowski keeps the film afloat. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
9.2/10 53% The Lion King (2019) A breathtaking, enormously entertaining adventure with the heart, humor and soul of the original classic intact. It's a triumph! - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.4/10 21% Phil (2019) A clunky an contrived misfire. Even the charismatic Greg Kinnear can't rise above its inane screenplay. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
5.88/10 56% The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang ngarmo) (2019) Well-acted, but mostly disjointed and insipid. Its achronological style gets in the way of its substance. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
9.8/10 99% The Farewell (2019) Funny, melancholic, warm, sweet and poignant all at the same time. In other words, it's like life itself. Awkwafina should be nominated for Best Actress. It deserves to become a sleeper hit. - NYC Movie Guru EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019