Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Despite some moments of cloying earnestness that seem like overkill, Blinded by the Light is a pleasant enough throwback voyage of self-discovery. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a visually, thematically wondrous portrait of and salute to a city its residents love even when they're hating on it. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Sometimes, the warts-and-all tedium can be a bit too much, occasionally making the viewer less engaged in what's happening on screen. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) An essentially meh film about an artistic icon during his formative years... - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Shot gives Theron a long-overdue chance to show off her comedic chops. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is a truly joyous and energizing celluloid celebration of live music. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) It may seem obvious, but Everybody Knows is another well-executed exercise in kitchen-sink realism from a filmmaker who always knows how to bring the drama. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Much like the industrial wasteland it's set in, Alita: Battle Angel is cluttered, clunky and full of shiny-looking junk. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
66% Vice (2018) McKay ultimately paints Cheney as a devious, unpredictable sociopath, leaving us more depressed than amused. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
46% Asher (2018) As obvious and rudimentary as Asher is, it's kind of forgivable when you consider that this movie is really Perlman finally getting his chance to be the sympathetic, charismatic leading man. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
92% Maria By Callas (2018) For being a comprehensive study, Volf could've let Callas sing less -- so Maria could tell the rest of the story. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
17% Blood Brother (2018) I'll be straight with you: this movie is awful. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Farrelly and company take their road trip and make a middlebrow, kid-gloved entertainment committed to reminding everyone that racism is bad and that getting along with people who are different than you is way easier than you think. - Denver Westword EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
90% Bodied (2018) Lord only knew there was so much to make fun of in rap culture, which Bodied does with proudly redonkulous fervor. - Miami New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% Studio 54 (2018) As this nostalgic, funky and ultimately bittersweet valentine of a movie shows, Studio 54 could never have survived no matter what - mainly because it was an ideal microcosm of how our society should be. And nobody at the time was ready for that. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
14% Life Itself (2018) Fogelman tries to tug on the heartstrings by giving us a story full of people who go through some harrowing, emotional ordeals, but it constantly rings hollow. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The movie seems to consist of a lot of loose strands that go nowhere or end up being discarded. Fortunately, Juliet, Naked still gets the point across that emotionally stunted men should grow up and appreciate what they have. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Reprisal (2018) Seeing Bruce Willis in the movies these days is damn embarrassing. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
37% Blue Iguana (2018) From the characters to the purposely perplexing plot, it's all hollow and artificial to the point of being downright grating. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee has once again cleverly flexed his genre-bending muscles. Much as he did with 2015's underrated farcical/musical whatzit Chi-Raq, the director melds comedy and tragedy to come up with entertaining and thought-provoking cinema. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) All through the film, you pray it doesn't go down the bleak routes that films like this usually go - and, most of the time, it does. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
95% No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (2018) In the dog-eat-kennel times we're living in now, No Date, No Signature presents a story of flawed but generally decent people trying to put right what went so horribly wrong. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
80% Killer Bees (2018) Unfortunately, the narrative focus constantly shifts and never coalesces. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
49% Superfly (2018) For all its pulpy, genre-movie intentions, SuperFly is virtually crippled by its own ludicrousness. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
13% China Salesman (2018) China Salesman has got to be one of the most baffling, expensive pats on the back China has ever given itself. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
13% The Texture of Falling (2018) Allred's fractured storytelling seems intended to make the movie a sort of puzzle that comes together at the end (spoiler alert: it so doesn't). - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) It's so quiet that at times it feels like it doesn't want to disturb any other movies playing in neighboring theaters. But you'll definitely be swept away by its beautiful spirit - if you just hold on. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Born Guilty (2018) Really, this movie is just a stockpiled compendium of terrible decisions, both behind and in front of the camera. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Boom makes Basquiat out to be an on-the-fringe, Zelig-like character, attempting to get his foot into a bustling arts scene where the inner-city people were beginning to mingle with the downtown folk. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
24% Overboard (2018) Let's be real. That premise is so jacked up it's insane that Hollywood would bank on a remake. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
10% Krystal (2018) Nearly everything these characters do goes beyond the realm of common sense. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
100% Personal Problems (2018) A view of African Americans that's messy, complicated, dramatic, and, most important, honest. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Once again, if you know how Iannucci works, you can expect Stalin to be as hilariously foul-mouthed as his previous works. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
81% What We Started (2018) For a documentary that aims to be a comprehensive history of the modern dance DJ, What We Started tends to be both as enthused and unfocused about the whole scene as the average young EDM fan addled on molly. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
63% Us and Them (2018) As sleek and polished as Us and Them looks, it finds Martin not only biting from more established filmmakers, but biting off more than he can chew. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
55% The Forgiven (2018) Unfortunately, this movie has so many damn things percolating all through it that it ultimately seems unfocused and painfully earnest. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
45% Red Sparrow (2018) Although Red Sparrow succeeds at being the sort of routinely paranoid, melodramatic secret-agent yarn that used to drop back in the Reagan era, it overdoes it in the brutality department. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
64% The Lullaby (2018) The filmmakers do an effective job at making a clever horror show out of postpartum depression. So it's a shame the movie goes off the deep end in the final act ... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
68% The Cured (2018) Unfortunately, all of these factors fail to coalesce in the end, as the jumbled, manic finale builds to a messy implosion. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is a generic, sentimental attempt to pay tribute to one of the more intriguing femmes fatales to ever grace the silver screen. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
No Score Yet Lies We Tell (2018) From the storyline to the score to the climactic reaction shots to the purposely head-scratching ending, Lies We Tell is crammed, histrionic, and way too damn much. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
54% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) Bilal achieves a vibrantly noble tone even when it stumbles plot-wise. - New Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
92% Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) A hysterically entertaining train wreck. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
75% Mom and Dad (2018) Think The Happening, but only parents get affected - and the movie's actually good this time around. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
79% All the Money in the World (2017) [Ridley] Scott doesn't seem to know whether to play this so-insane-it-has-to-be-true story for dark laughs or to dramatize it as another gripping, suspenseful fact-based tale. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
5% Hangman (2017) You may not take a single frame of this movie seriously, especially whenever Pacino is shuffling around, waving a gun and talking like he's desperately in need of a mint julep. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
57% Hollow in the Land (2017) The stench of needlessly convoluted derivativeness lingers throughout this flick. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
No Score Yet Revolt (2017) Despite its title, Revolt isn't a movie that will incite either revolution or revulsion in viewers. In fact, you might walk away from it with a serious case of whatever. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
100% No Greater Love (2017) I'm thankful No Greater Love is around to make people realize how much war heroes need our love, help, and support once they come back home. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
85% Mayhem (2017) Here comes Mayhem, with a wild mix of white-collar beatdowns and bloodshed that will indeed satisfy all the hard-working nine-to-fivers. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017