Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan chose to make Doctor Sleep utterly banal. Through means straightforward and blunt, he's turned a surreal simulation of succumbing to insanity into a plainly stated reminder to always be true to yourself. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B- 48% Last Christmas (2019) It's a guilty pleasure nobody has to feel guilty about indulging in. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
C+ 64% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) The film doesn't know how to get out of its own way and foreground what's working, namely the dynamo of screen presence placed more prominently in the advertising than the feature itself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
25% Countdown (2019) Those in search of more incisive techno-horror that cuts to the core of everything frightening about phone ownership and usage will have to continue waiting. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) For a film fine-tuned in pursuit of audiovisual perfection, this thing is full of narrative glitches, story elements that half work and half don't. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
50% Cuck (2019) Lambert's film makes its point by delving deeper into toxicity and committing to the most unattractive parts of itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) There's no conclusion to his filmography's cycle of transgression and penance, because none of us can know the higher truth for which his films grasp. He leaves just enough doubt to require the next movie. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
C 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) What could possibly fill a person with so much denial and self-loathing? But Tyrnauer's approach errs more on the side of book report than character study. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
63% Greed (2019) McCreadie learns the hard way that some things can't be bought; the catharsis of that particular lesson amounts to its own kind of entertainment, less outright uproarious than satisfying. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
69% Joker (2019) When he finally does, Phillips builds to a climax of chaotic evil that certainly ranks among the most technically accomplished sequences of his career. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 88% Bad Education (2019) Jackman shines and this is precisely the sort of grown-up mid-budget entertainment that moviegoers spend the summer months clamoring for. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy summons the live-wire energy that once made him the biggest name in stand-up and guaranteed money in the bank for studio comedy vehicles. It's good to have him back. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
D+ 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) "Jojo Rabbit" exists in service of a single idea, a notion so desperately idealistic that it lands somewhere between naïveté and disingenuousness. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B 85% Color Out of Space (2020) Richard Stanley gives adventurous midnight-movie crowds enough to mull over while they're having their hair blown back by an onslaught of light and sound in Color Out of Space. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A 97% Knives Out (2019) There's so much to love about Rian Johnson's triumph, both as gratuitously enjoyable entertainment and the first film to take on the significance of a President Trump without lapsing into corny preachiness. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
78% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) Foreign auteurs often go astray as they make their way to the West, and it's a relief that Kore-eda's approach to delicate family dynamics spans the language barrier, though hardly a surprise. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
1/5 73% Radioactive (2019) If this film does lift up Marie Curie, it does so for a two-dimensional Marie Curie of its own creation. Everything that should make her a richer character is fake. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B+ 99% Honeyland (2019) The melding of the political with the personal has seldom involved so many stingers to the face. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
C+ 63% Child's Play (2019) Klevberg and Smith reduce Chucky to a malevolent automaton, his dialogue limited to parroting back someone else's catchphrases. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) This film draws its strength in part from its willingness to be a more humbly scaled operation than the tentpoles weighted down by mandates for billion-dollar grosses. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
90% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Affably self-effacing meta-commentary blankets the film, skewering the very notion of a standard-bearing national artist by revealing how tenuous geographic borderlines can be. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
70% Little Joe (2019) It's tricky, beguiling stuff, rendered with an eerie sterilized beauty. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is the clear handiwork of an auteur aware that he's in his career's later phase, with an elegiac streak looking back in lamentation and fury. He leaves only scorched earth and the smell of propane behind him. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
60% Frankie (2019) The disparity between the easy-breezy locale's doctrine of R&R and the gravely existential story that unfolds there results in a peculiarly heavy slightness. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers leans hard into the Kubrick vibe, but unlike his many peers attempting the same, he has the narrative originality and technical expertise to see it through. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
46% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) The Dardennes have often settled on not-knowing in their work, only here, that acceptance of uncertainty plays like a concession that they're in over their heads. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
A 79% A Hidden Life (2019) At last, the return to form that Malick's loyal acolytes have spent most of this decade awaiting with an unshakable faith befitting the matter at hand has arrived. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
87% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) It's a rare privilege, to watch an artist level up in this way. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
1/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman aspires to nothing more than colourful reportage of a life already well-known to the public, dissolving into an encyclopedia entry as the final title cards inform us that things turned out alright for this "Elton John" fellow. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) So while this may be a savvy, naturally observed small-town movie, it also happens to be the broadest and most simplistic Jarmusch movie in his filmography. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) It all amounts to one sublimely unusual beast, a radical departure for Mendonça while at the same time tethered to his ongoing interest in orneriness and its limited utility. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) Anyone who's seen the original film will be able to track each twist and reversal of fortune beat by beat, and more pressingly, they'll immediately recognise the issues unavoidable in this feminist revisionism. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 100% The Projectionist (2019) For cinephiles, this will be effective propaganda in service of a belief they already hold, a reaffirmation of their purist convictions from a simpatico mind. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 100% Seahorse (2019) For Finlay... allowing McConnell to use his own words makes sense of a complicated process fraught with contradictions and paradoxes even for those not contending with a total destabilization of their personhood. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
1/5 47% Little (2019) Women of colour ascending to the highest stations of industry decision-making is a net good in the biggest-picture sense. If only the progress could be in service of a better film. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
1/5 30% The Silence (2019) This is the most insidious type of knockoff: the one that sincerely expects you to believe that it's the real thing. Leave it to Netflix to take the fun out of incompetence. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 83% High Life (2019) No matter where she goes - to the furthest reaches of the known universe, or the fringe boundaries of semi-reputable genres - a Claire Denis film is a Claire Denis film. Accept no substitutes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Like a heart monitor's beep, it fades into the background quickly. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
1/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Hancock and Fusco want their protagonists to be the good guys so badly that they have rigged the game, creating a world were everything they do becomes right by virtue of having been done by them. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 20% Serenity (2019) Insulate yourself from any further knowledge to the best of your ability, and bear witness to the minting of a new gold standard in January movies. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 9% Replicas (2019) After what may be one hundred hours, the film does not so much end as it stops, the score's wrapping-up tone an evident substitute for closure or resolution. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
C+ 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's the Poppins we know and love, back to restore our dimming sense of childlike amazement-on behalf of a gargantuan, sinister corporation currently waging a campaign to mechanically extract every available dollar from our earliest memories. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
75% The Little Drummer Boy (1968) Emotionally, it's a notch or two more mature than the usual Rankin-Bass production. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
57% Jack Frost (1979) The animators kept the borscht belt humor coming... in a fable that fits right in with the bedtime stories of Hans Christian Andersen. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Not since Sam Raimi's godly mid-2000s run has the kinetic exhilaration of web-swinging felt so tactile, and the Manhattan through which our hero sails felt so specifically realized. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
90% The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) The breakout stars were Heat Miser and Snow Miser, bitter rivals and brothers with control over the elements. Their jaunty tune ranks among the catchiest original songs that a Rankin-Bass production ever yielded. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
93% Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) This origin story for Santa Claus has all the elements that have made their productions perennial favorites every holiday season, including Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney as the kindly narrator and a young Kris Kringle. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 80% Apostle (2018) That rarest of treats: a horror movie that starts out as one thing, and finishes having mutated into another. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A- 100% Prototype (2018) On a soul-deep scale, Williams has tapped into a conflict-the human race's apparent insistence on exterminating itself-and channeled it into material cinematic terms that continuously challenge themselves. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) A one-joke premise with a punchline that's already been told elsewhere, and more sharply. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018