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T-Meter Title | Year
82% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim excels as a poetic romance between two virtual strangers. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
50% 21 Bridges (2019) Struggles to allow the cops to have some perspective in a forgettable thriller that is somehow both bloated and empty at the same time. (It's baffling how this is not a January or February release.) - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
85% Waves (2019) Provocatively examines black masculinity and the burden of living up to a societal standard, as well as a parental one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) With a staggering two-and-a-half-hour runtime, you'd think director James Mangold would have delved more deeply into the interior lives of its two protagonists in order to ground their narrative in something other than adrenaline and testosterone. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) The precise attention given to the style of Motherless Brooklyn serves only to underscore the plot's mediocre execution. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
90% Burning Cane (2019) Outside Tillman's homily, made magnificent and effectively hypocritical through Pierce's gripping performance, the discourse falls flat and strangely trivial at times given the context. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
90% #Female Pleasure (2019) An empowering statement for women, no matter their cultural or religious background, to reclaim their bodies and celebrate their sexuality without shame or suffering. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Drawing from a startling real life story, director Ed Perkins plants audiences inside a film where mounting mystery climaxes to unsettling concern as we watch an amnesiac grapple with the horrifying reality that is his life. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
64% Mister America (2019) Underscores recognizable themes no less irritating in mockumentary form than they are in real life: white supremacy, miscarriages of justice, and racial disenfranchisement. But the film needs to say something about it rather than merely hold up a mirror. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Though Portman impressively commits, the performance is ultimately empty, because Lucy's distress is explained only in vague conversations with Mark that further reduce her feelings, everything from love to anger, as "not real." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
68% Sister Aimee (2019) The gendered themes at play here do little to boost the quality of Buck and Schlingmann's storytelling, which is too tangled to follow at times. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
51% Black and Blue (2019) For a film that suggests even in its title that it reflects a necessary and under-discussed conversation, it falters quite tremendously. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
100% Don't Be Nice (2019) Captures the revitalization of the artist in a world filled with doom. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) [Brad Pitt] blurs the line between fear and precision so easily that it's a haunting experience. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
86% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) It's the most unproductive type of sociopolitical film, especially in today's climate, in that it aims to incite but not to motivate. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
86% This Changes Everything (2019) It's not up to one documentary to address everything at once, but if we're talking about community-building, that means we all have to be invited to the conversation or at least mentioned in it. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
60% Brian Banks (2019) Not only are the women in the film completely underwritten (with Kennisha's depiction particularly woeful), but Shadyac and Atchison also don't really do any favors for their eponymous hero either. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Definitely about as ridiculous as a movie can be, for better or worse. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood is at once a wickedly entertaining, nostalgic, tragic, yet timely look at a town consumed with narcissism and, ironically, its own mortality. - Shondaland EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
75% Armstrong (2019) There are several points throughout "Armstrong" that feel sluggish... but it does manage to soar (please forgive the pun) once it actually brings the audience to the moon with Armstrong, Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) While his previous feature offered an unwavering look at the splintering of one family, Midsommar compartmentalizes Dani's grief (and refuses even to bother explaining the murders) as it pivots away from it both tonally and narratively. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) A portrait of a writer who has always dared to reflect the world as she sees it: as ugly as it is beautiful, where black characters have the agency to be as bold, hurtful, and triumphant as everyone else. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) Attempts to reckon with the many different facets that make the tough-guy private dick a flawed hero, to the ultimate detriment of its main storyline. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
71% This One's for the Ladies (2019) Because Graham fills the film with so many different dialogues that don't always connect, he prevents it from offering concise, sociopolitical insight about race, class, and sexuality. It comes off as pedestrian with nothing really essential to say. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet After Maria (2019) "After Maria" is an effective, personal film that humanizes a persistent national tragedy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Highlights that being in a loving relationship is not about surrendering part of yourself to make your partner feel good; it's about elevating each other. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) At its core, "See You Yesterday" is a story about grief and the inevitable question so many mourners have asked themselves: Could I have done anything to forestall my loved one's death? - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) Goes from a forward-thinking female-centered modern reimagining to a silly, empty, and entirely useless remake. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
67% The Quiet One (2019) Writer-director Oliver Murray's attempt to piece together a captivating story isn't nearly as captivating as perhaps he or Wyman may think it is. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
32% The Intruder (2019) A flaccid wannabe thriller that barely spends any time forming its story, and what little we do know is utterly uninteresting. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) It becomes unclear whether we are even supposed to root for Rudolf, or if it matters that we do. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) The film fails to provoke a strong emotion from the audience other than a heavy sense of hopelessness, but that's also what makes it so interesting. It doesn't bother to coddle. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
48% Little (2019) Evokes empathy for those with small voices and big hearts, and for talent that is often pushed aside. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
55% The Best of Enemies (2019) The way the film implores its audience to see the humanity of both Ann's allies and the Klansmen reflects a cringeworthy image of Donald Trump saying, in the aftermath of Charlottesville, that there were "some very fine people on both sides." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Us (2019) Even as the central characters are enveloped by doom, Peele provides a haunting image of a black family that is both unsuspecting and frighteningly unfuckwithable. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
67% Adopt a Highway (2019) Though Hawke's engrossing performance and composer Jason Isbell's ("A Star Is Born") serene score are worth a watch, "Adopt a Highway" comes off as flat as it is earnest. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Though the movie is not without a few stereotypical western tropes,... at its best it's an interesting story written by John Fusco about two men struggling with the deceit of image and the betrayal of reality. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
80% Juanita (2019) Although "Juanita" teeters off track a bit with the chef's half-baked back story, it soars when it allows its lead to explore the complexities of love and unbridled joy. And Woodard completely owns it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) Deserves acclaim for highlighting the stories of marginalized young black men in a city still predominantly depicted through a white male gaze. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
43% What Men Want (2019) Like the original film, except its themes more directly address real-life bias in the workplace by giving its female protagonist the permission to be cutthroat, self-obsessed, sexual, and completely unapologetic - and we still want to root for her. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
81% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) It's as if Eureka Springs isn't about religion, but rather a religion itself. Come join us. It's subtle, but it's like a friendly knock on your door met with a bottle of cognac and a book of hymns. It's good-natured and all, but should we still drink it? - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
11% Berlin, I Love You (2019) It's important to stress that these storylines simply happen and don't actually unfold. In other words, scenes aren't allowed to breathe or to be processed. They merely arise. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) [It] is a silly yet genuinely entertaining mix of high- and low-brow amusement. And believe it or not, it mostly works. - Harper's Bazaar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
72% Piercing (2019) As much an interesting subversion of how sex workers have been depicted in film as it is an off-putting erotic drama that falls apart at the seams. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
94% Premature (2020) It's difficult, it's scary, and it's heartbreaking at times. That's what Howard's beautiful performance conveys. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
92% And Breathe Normally (2018) It engages the audience with a deeply resonant narrative that highlights the ways our sense of safe keeping can suddenly be ripped from our grasp. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) In other words, Kevin Hart's Dell is a stereotype; even worse, a stereotype with no other purpose than to illuminate the humanity of his white counterpart. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Some parts of "Marwen" just seem empty, and while the filmmakers and Carell earn praise for tackling trauma through animation, the film ultimately has no real impact. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
66% Vice (2018) In an era in which the general public is organizing to confront the White House on multiple issues, this isn't the film we need right now. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) A pretty, messy, unapologetic indictment on pop culture that is too on-the-nose to be taken seriously but still manages to make some actually solid points about the commercialization of the tragic celebrity. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018