Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) It achieves its mission of putting an intimate, human face on a seemingly overwhelming, faraway subject. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
44% Under the Eiffel Tower (2019) This asks us to accept Matt Walsh as a romantic lead, which would be fine if he were given more to play. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
7% The Amityville Murders (2019) This is an origin story. Every superhero gets one and now horror movies get one as well, apparently. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) It is far more gripping as an understated character study than it is as a wild B-movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) The dark humor that made [the original] really daring, strange, and cool just somehow gets lost here. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
64% Dead Ant (2019) This is just shoddy, cheap, and never funny. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
40% Heartlock (2019) It's stuff that we've seen before, but it's done reasonably well. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
71% The Invisibles (2019) It always feels a little awkward and a little jumpy, but the stories themselves are fascinating. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
35% King of Thieves (2019) It's kind of a mishmash of tones... [But] these guys could just sit around and have tea and talk and it would be enormously watchable. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It's got a great kid-energy to it, but also [has] real adventures, real danger, and real stakes. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
33% Can You Keep a Secret? (2019) I'm kind of amazed that this movie still gets made today -- it feels like a throwback to really vapid, perky late-90s romantic comedies, like something you'd watch while laying back on the couch with a cold or the flu. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
63% The Sound of Silence (2019) This is based on a short film and I wonder if it would have worked better as a short film, because it does feel very stretched out and elongated beyond what the central premise can sustain. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) This movie just a hoot and a half. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% The Parting Glass (2018) This is a quite lovely and extremely personal family drama. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
91% Monos (2019) It is absolutely gorgeous... You can feel the mud and feel like you can reach out and touch the clouds. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
25% The Goldfinch (2019) Simultaneously overlong and yet not enough. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
54% Ashes in the Snow (2019) It is relentlessly bleak, but within that tonal bleakness there is some really striking imagery. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
81% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) It's light at first -- then it gets darkly funny, and then it gets just dark. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
22% Sgt. Will Gardner (2019) It really means well and it's a really important topic, but it's told in a frustrating, ham-fisted, flag-waving, clichéd way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) Wall-to-wall voiceover... Lassie never had to explain herself. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria's film is always a blast to watch, resulting in a surprising level of emotional depth. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's a lovely film if you love movies... There's also a great undercurrent of melancholy. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two can be a sprawling, unwieldy mess -- overlong, overstuffed and full of frustrating detours -- but its casting is so spot-on ... the film keeps you hooked. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
18% The Fanatic (2019) This is the worst movie of the year quite possibly, but it absolutely must be experienced. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% Official Secrets (2019) [A] very solid, totally respectable, well-cast, well-acted, slow burn political thriller potboiler. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
89% Give Me Liberty (2019) This film is tremendous... What it pulls off is a little miracle. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/4 83% Before You Know It (2019) Before You Know It shifts seamlessly from quirky to sad to mysterious to wacky to surreal within just the space of a few days, so much so that you'd never know it's director Hannah Pearl Utt's feature filmmaking debut. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) There's an honest heart beneath the racy laughs. If only sixth-graders themselves could actually see it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) It's okay, but given all who is in it, you'd have reason to have high expectations. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) It's stunning, it's sickening, it's heartbreaking. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It is lovely, funny, and never condescending. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) I feel like this device probably works a lot better on the page... It is so mawkish, smothered in cloying anthropomorphism from start to finish. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Dora and the Lost City of Gold manages to ride a fine line between being true to the characters and conventions of the series and affectionately skewering them. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) Playing Banks over the course of more than a decade, Hodge consistently makes the movie compelling, even when it veers toward a safe, faith-based uplift. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 40% The Operative (2019) A solidly crafted if forgettable espionage thriller. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 77% Skin (2019) Bell gets the opportunity to show huge emotional and physical range here, and even when the script turns a bit melodramatic toward the end, he provides a secure through-line. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2.5/4 85% This Changes Everything (2019) Flawed as it is, This Changes Everything matters -- and maybe it'll even make a difference. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) It definitely sweeps the leg in its own way. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home changes the scenery but can't quite match the inspired heights of its predecessor. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
1.5/4 71% The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith (2019) Everything is so extreme here-the storms, the score, the pouring of emotions-that a moment of subtlety is welcome by comparison. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
1.5/4 30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) There's so little to these characters beyond a few superficial traits that when serious things happen-and boy, do they happen-it is impossible to be moved the way Sthers intends for us to be. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose may sound like a familiar tune, but you've never heard it performed quite like this. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
93% Champion (1949) A tight, gripping drama worth more to the movie customer than many multi-million epics. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
2/4 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Your kids will be sufficiently entertained, but they also deserve a dog that's willing to learn a few new tricks. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton gives a performance with such thrills and vulnerability, such charisma and pathos, that it's hard not to be wowed. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 95% Running with Beto (2019) Running With Beto is an intimate, thorough look at a candidate on the rise and on the go. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The leads are so lovely and the city is so shimmery that it's hard not to get caught up in its spell-for a while, at least, until its corny coda. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/4 14% The Hustle (2019) It's not terrible. It's not anything, really, except an excuse for Hathaway to swan about in a series of clingy dresses and fake accents and Wilson to pratfall and deadpan her way from one outlandish scheme to the next. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 66% Wine Country (2019) Because the talent amassed here is so impressive, I wish the film had been more focused. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 35% El Chicano (2019) [El Chicano] functions most effectively when it explores the dangers of moral ambiguity. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019