Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% The Irishman (2019) If you want the best movie made in a long, long time, see The Irishman. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
83% Judy (2019) She neither resembles nor sings like Garland, but Zellweger nails her style and soul. And that glorious wit. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) While the story's symbolism about surviving disaster and loss may be better suited to a novel than to a film, in the end the movie, like the painting for which it's named, has the talismanic power. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Watching the teenage Javed become his own man is the best time I've had at the movies this year. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Like the Elton John it presents, it's about forgiveness. Love is love is love. Watching so many plume-festooned costumes take wing, you're inclined to believe that hope really is the thing with feathers. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) A dryly funny and gently subversive comedy... - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) ... the euphoric, lightning-paced comedy that marks the directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde... - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
93% Us (2019) Alas, the exquisite tension of its opening scenes slackens by the payoff. Still, long after the film's closing credits, the social criticism Peele infuses in Us continues to haunt. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Given the present partisan chasm, though, it feels nihilistic to laugh at a movie that so puckishly delights in further polarizing Republicans and Democrats. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) By the end, Beale Street reveals itself as a movie focused equally on those moments of grace that lift the spirit in the face of injustice as it is on the injustice itself. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Meaning that as a Mercury biopic it might be questionable, but as an extended-play music video of Queen's music it's irresistible... - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) What Cooper gets about A Star Is Born is the degree to which it is about the physics of love and work. This may be the only mythic narrative about a two-career marriage. It's a melodrama where every action has an equal and opposite reaction. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) An extraordinary movie about an ordinary girl named Kayla, "Eighth Grade" follows her through a final week of middle school. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
86% Tully (2018) The perceptive performances of Theron and of Mackenzie Davis... are beautifully played. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) With Johnson at the helm, the torch-along with the lightsaber-is safely passed to a new generation. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Franco's film is disappointing and more than a little patronizing. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Veteran director James Ivory, the screenwriter here, has adapted Aciman's novel with delicacy and discretion. Guadagnino's visual style, on the other hand, is so swoony that one might require a fainting couch. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
97% Mudbound (2017) It's the best movie I've seen this year. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) [Director Angela Robinson's] movie is as improbable and magical as any edition of the "Wonder Woman" comic. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) While this episodic film, configured like a short-story collection (think J.D. Salinger's Glass family), is laser-pointer specific, its tensions are universally relatable. And its performances are first-rate. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) The first half of the film is emotionally engaging, its second half slack, and on the whole the film is singularly un-cinematic. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) What the filmmakers leave us with is a deeper understanding of how those five days in July changed lives -- and an implicit hope that that understanding will change our lives as well. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick turns out to be more than a boy-meets-girl tale. The story that announces itself as an interfaith, interracial romance turns out to be an intergenerational -- and healing -- one as well. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins' immensely satisfying origin story of the Greek Amazon warrior reared on a mist-shrouded isle, boasts the nonchalant humor and heroics, if not the breakneck pace, of Raiders of the Lost Ark. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
95% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) As a David and Goliath story, the film is hugely entertaining. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
91% La La Land (2016) When the film ended, I floated out of the theater misty-eyed, cockeyed and starry-eyed. My feet haven't touched the ground since. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) In this year of bruising American politics, the film's emphasis on measured communication and focused listening feels transformative. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) In this film, with minimal plot and dialogue, [Jenkins] brings his camera up close to his characters. Without telling us how to feel, he gives us the space to feel Chiron's inner thoughts. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is a stirring piece of revisionist history that marks an auspicious directorial debut. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
97% 13th (2016) At once devastating, infuriating and bracing, 13th is a landmark documentary that mourns the martyrs and provides a précis of how to make America truly just. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 67% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) Antonia is a work of rare lyricism. It glows with the light of a Flemish painting and the spirit of magic realism. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
60% Snowden (2016) Like its subject, Snowden speaks softly and carries a big wallop. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
86% Sully (2016) Eastwood's leanest and most personal movie since Gran Torino. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
83% Equity (2016) While watching [Gunn] I thought once or twice that hers was a one-note performance. But by movie's end, I realized it was a symphony of invincibility and vulnerability. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/4 54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Once Bill and Ted get out of hell, though, their film loses it -- in more ways than one. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
87% Maggie's Plan (2016) Miller films the comedy in long shots and moments of recognition in close-ups, a strategy that gives her film both rhythm and depth. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
97% Love & Friendship (2016) Like Austen, Stillman delights in the considerable distance between what people believe and how they behave. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
88% The Lobster (2016) [A] seriously funny horror-comedy. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
4/4 100% M (1931) Lang's movie is that rare thing, a nail-biting soul-searcher. While M steers clear of analyzing deviance, it is startling in its musings on which punishment fits an inhuman crime. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
3/4 34% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) In Under the Cherry Moon, Prince does more for movie musicals than any performer since Frank Sinatra and more for bared midriffs than any sex symbol since Little Egypt. Forgive me, Madonna, but it's true. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater's singularity as a director lies in his sympathy for his characters: He likes them all, no matter how flawed. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Mordantly funny. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) In this unapologetically frivolous entertainment about the fixer who has a choice between 27-hour-days at the studio or a 9-to-5 in aerospace, our audience surrogate prefers illusion to reality. And who can blame him? - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Short is terrific -- in both the very great and very frightening meanings of the word. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
94% Carol (2015) The two lead performances, the overplayer and the underplayer, complement each other wonderfully. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) Some films you look at. Others are so immediate that you live and breathe and dance with the characters. John Crowley's incomparable Brooklyn is a movie of the second kind, and what a privilege it is to live there, however briefly. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
1.5/4 52% The World Is Not Enough (1999) So long as the Brits are sweeping obsolete institutions like the House of Lords into the dustpan of history, may we recommend the broom for James Bond? - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) In a performance of considerable nuance, Mulligan gives the impression not of playing Maud but of living her. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/4 71% The Living Daylights (1987) As with other Bond movies, the locations in The Living Daylights are more remarkable than its plot. - Philadelphia Inquirer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
72% He Named Me Malala (2015) Despite the film's honorable intentions, it is less a portrait than a beatification, compiling evidence for its subject's eventual canonization. - Truthdig EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015