Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 81% The Report (2019) It's an unimpeachable cast doing solid work with weighty material. If only the film as a whole weren't so deadly dull. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 59% Charlie's Angels (2019) Elizabeth Banks has achieved a tricky (if somewhat inconsistent) balance between reveling in the playful, escapist fun of the original 1970s TV detective series and asserting a wholly necessary and modern feminist vision. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
.5/4 22% Playing with Fire (2019) A series of wacky antics with little concern for continuity, logic or pacing. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
52% Earthquake Bird (2019) A steamy guilty pleasure with a really good cast. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
67% Adopt a Highway (2019) [Ethan Hawke] does the best he can with a character that is not terribly well-developed. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) A fascinating and ever-changing film... It is so unpredictable. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It's got giant scope, but it is so slow. It is a real slog to sit through... Also, Norton's performance is really mannered and over the top. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
72% Harriet (2019) [Cynthia Erivo] is really great, but the film is an unfortunately really safe, by-the-numbers biopic. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) It is epic in scope, it is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is actors doing what they do best with a director who is working absolutely in his wheelhouse. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The visual effects are consistently the strongest part of Dark Fate. But they're in the service of a blockbuster that is relentless in its one-note intensity. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 51% Black and Blue (2019) Black and Blue may seem familiar, but it's a solid version of a story you've heard before. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
80% Greener Grass (2019) This movie is nuts and I totally dug it... It is candy-colored, it is weird, and it is out there. I laughed the whole way through. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) The way this film is constructed is a suspenseful mystery, and eventually it gives way to great catharsis. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) This film is just stunning. It's a miracle it got made and it's a miracle that it got out into the world. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Like an assault on your eyeballs. Maybe you get used to it, but you shouldn't... Some of the action is fun, but it's really hard to get past the look of it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) The message here is extremely trite and pat... There's not much to it, but if your kids want to see it, it's fine. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This is the best movie of the year... A tonal marvel. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's such a fine line that this movie walks, and [director Taika Waititi] pulls off these incredible tonal swings. Like, they're acrobatic. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) These are actors who take chances. They are taking chances together [in The Lighthouse], and it is thrilling to watch. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
41% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) There's no need for this [sequel]... It's almost not campy enough. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/4 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) But while individual moments and action sequences might be amusing, the endeavor as a whole feels like a tepid retread. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
78% Collisions (2019) I wish it better because it is timely and sadly relevant... [But] I found it really clunky. The performances are all really stiff. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
96% Harpoon (2019) I was impressed by [director] Rob Grant's ability to accomplish a lot with a little and in a very confined space. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
68% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) A treatise on viral fame and the good and the bade sides of that. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) This movie is a total blast... Sheer entertainment. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
99% For Sama (2019) This is devastating. So hard to watch, so heartbreaking, and so inspiring. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Terrific and informative. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) This is one of the best movies of the year... Over and over again while I was watching it, I was asking myself "How did they get that shot?" - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
68% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) It's a very straight-forward but inspiring story and what it worth seeing on the big screen is this gorgeous, immersive ocean imagery. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) This is a mismatched buddy and there's not a whole lot of laughs to be had. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
83% Crawl (2019) It's really fun, exciting, and does exactly what it needs to do. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) It does bring a freshness to a story that we've heard a million times. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
74% Papi Chulo (2019) Sweet... I like that [Matt Bomer] is toying with his own image here. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) I liked it, but I wanted to love it... It's almost like it pulls its punches here and there -- I wanted more bite from it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
73% The Perfection (2019) This movie is insane and I totally dug it. I almost don't want to talk about it... Just go see it and trust me on this. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) This is an interesting idea that I wish they had done more with. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) It's raunchy and kind of gross at times, but there is such heart, sweetness, and honesty about high school. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) It's fine... A very straightforward, big spectacle musical. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
1.5/4 89% Bliss (2019) There's a relentless shrillness at work here that makes the movie more grating than exciting. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
61% Breakthrough (2019) This is a lot better crafted, acted, and has a better cast than a lot of these kinds of films ordinarily do. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) There is a lot of truth to what we are seeing, but it is presented in a sly, deadpan way that is always amusing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) This is pure formula, but it's really enjoyable -- glossy with tremendous energy. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
47% Little (2019) I liked it, but it's also not that great. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) The pieces are all there... [but] I kind of would have preferred to watch the making of the movie than the actual movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) It's a really vivid life at a certain part of life. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) It does not achieve the emotional resonance that it's looking for, but Keira Knightly does wear some great dresses. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
100% Superpower Dogs (2019) It is adorable and great for the whole family. I recommend it highly. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) A lot of why this works is because of [Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson's] chemistry together. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Zhao Tao just gives this powerhouse performance. It's so understated and her work -- and the film as a whole -- really do accumulate in their emotional resonance. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) [Their] connection is so wondrous and quietly powerful... This is lovely. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019