Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Richard Jewell (2019) "Richard Jewell" is a decent portrait of an injustice, but it also feels oddly unexceptional and unnecessary. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
67% Little Joe (2019) "Little Joe" is all about perception and manipulation. While some viewers may feel underwhelmed, those who engage with this cunning film will appreciate its lofty ambitions. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
71% Knives and Skin (2019) [A]mbiguity percolates through the entire film. While some of the obscurity may be frustrating, Reeder rewards viewers who make an effort to tease out the possible connections. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
No Score Yet Grand Isle (2019) It is disappointing that this flimsy B-movie isn't better, because once it sets up its formulaic plot, it could have been both naughty and wild. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
91% Dark Waters (2019) [A] strong, important and engaging film. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) "Varda by Agnès," is a fantastic, multi-layered self-portrait that doubles as a tribute to her life and work. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) "Recorder" is a fascinating documentary and a testament to Stokes' indomitable character, as well as her firm belief that knowledge is power. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) "Charlie's Angels" is relentless in its effort to have fun. Viewers should not resist giving themselves over to its mindless pleasures. Banks injects the entire film with playfulness. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
51% Earthquake Bird (2019) [A] twisty and absorbing adaptation of Susanna Jones' celebrated novel. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) Cyrano, My Love, is actually very much like Léo: handsome but dumb. But it uses Edmond's romantic and witty word to appeal to viewers-and it works. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) Sachs suggests more than he tells, an approach that can be worthwhile for viewers who like to fill in the narrative gaps and backstories, but it can also muddle more than illuminate.... [I]t is hard not to want more from the characters or the story. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
No Score Yet Queer Japan (2019) [A] well-rounded portrait that shows the dignity and inroads being made by a minority community in Japan. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
70% The Kill Team (2019) If nothing else, hopefully this stillborn narrative version of the story will prompt viewers to seek out Krauss' far superior documentary. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain and Glory" generates tremendous emotion as it unfolds. This is an exceptional film by a mature director who taps into his own pain in ways that create great art. His efforts are buoyed by Banderas's fantastic performance which captures that magic. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet Buzz (2019) Buzz is worthwhile, regardless of whether one supports or accepts them. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) The individual segments here are greater than the whole. Soderbergh gets especially preachy as the film lumbers to its climax, which includes a not entirely surprising twist and a big speech about the perils of greed that will likely fall on deaf ears. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) "Where's My Roy Cohn" addresses all these points and more in its nimble 90-plus minutes. Tyrnauer's impressive film will not win Cohn any admirers, but it does help to better understand this controversial historical figure. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" isn't the last word on gangsters, but this long, involving, and extremely well-made epic seems to be an appropriate capstone for Scorsese - as well as De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino - at this late stage in their careers. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Judy dazzles during its musical numbers... [and] Zellweger throws herself into the title role and transcends playing Garland, never falling into camp, or mimicking the singer. She also captures Garland's mannerisms without making them seem fake. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) The emotion in her voice rips right through the viewers... This film will delight fans and renew appreciation for the singer who bemoans that her voice "has lost its colors. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) This imaginative and at times innovative feature deserves a large audience. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) "Vita & Virginia" is ambitious but imperfect. It takes an interesting tale of queer literary history and teases out the spirit of the women's relationship, but not its heart. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
83% Before You Know It (2019) [T]he characters in "Before You Know It" are not in a situation comedy, but rather a frustration comedy. This film, co-written and directed by Utt, never lives up to its potential. Few of the jokes land, and it come alive only in its big dramatic moments. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
17% The Fanatic (2019) "The Fanatic" needs to be stronger, or wilder, or creepier. Mostly, it just needs to be better. Travolta, who seems to be racing Nicolas Cage to the bottom these days, gives a cringe-inducing performance as Moose. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
No Score Yet Seaside (2019) [O]ne of those deliciously bad romantic thrillers that yields pleasure only if viewers just surrender to every outrageous twist - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Angel Has Fallen shows how this mediocre series has hit bottom. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
55% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Piranhas may not be original, but it sure is gripping. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
10% ECCO (2019) "[A]n ambitious, stylish, and cryptic B-movie...fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" is buoyed by a fabulous soundtrack of upbeat '70s songs that keep the film's feel-good vibe going even when someone is being violently murdered. Berloff's film isn't subtle, but it sure is fun. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
100% Vision Portraits (2019) "Vision Portraits" offers the uplifting message that visually-impaired artists can create work meaningful to themselves and to viewers. Evans has done that very thing with this remarkable documentary. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
82% This is not Berlin (2019) A compelling queer coming-of-age drama... an affectionate portrait of youth-gay and straight-as they share heady first experiences with sex, drugs, and punk music. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
78% Skin (2019) "Skin" is a superficial and disappointing look at a person, a topic, and an organization that deserve a better, more nuanced portrayal than what Nattiv delivers. This is why "Skin" is so enraging. It can only be hate-watched. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) "Sword of Trust" is low-key comedy, but the offbeat characters and their strong rapport yield considerable delight. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
95% The Queen (2019) "[A] fantastic time capsule from 1968...This documentary is a fascinating piece of history, captured in a style that is very much of-and ahead of-its time." - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" is Tarantino showing off what he can do, and his film practically grabs audiences by the lapels, insisting that they have a good time. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) Three Peaks features some glorious cinematography as this domestic drama plays out. The film may feel a bit slight at times, but it is often quite absorbing. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Garden (2019) "The Garden" is spellbinding throughout. Shot on Super-8, 16mm, and video, the film is both raw and sensual. Pleasure comes as vivid images wash across the screen and the audience... [A] heady mix of sadness and fury. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) It is a film that pays homage to its source material while trying to carve out a place of its own. Ultimately, Ophelia is uneven, but it is not entirely unsuccessful. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
90% The Third Wife (2019) "The Third Wife" is as beautiful as it is subtle while considering ideas about purity and sin, passion and patriarchy. Mayfair has captured a bygone world with precision. Her film is truly exquisite. - Philadelphia Gay News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is distressing not because of the bizarre cult rituals on display, but because Aster's film is all style with little substance. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
90% We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019) [T]ears into the creationist vs. evolution debate with noticeable aplomb....We Believe in Dinosaurs may not change minds about the debate about science and truth, but it adroitly reveals how people think and believe. This is the film's greatest strength. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
No Score Yet Guest Artist (2019) Guest Artist is slight (75 minutes) and stagey, but Daniels and Macias generate some sparks with their tête-à-tête. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) [A] crowd-pleasing documentary.... The film showcases the music, of course, which is wonderful, but it is how the chorus changes the minds of the people they meet-and how the people change the minds of the chorus-that reverberates. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
80% Simple Wedding (2018) This affable comedy about cultures clashing and uniting contains some witty one-liners and some amusing sight gags, which is why it is frustrating when it stoops low or goes too broad. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
75% Clementine (2019) Apparently, writer/director Lara Gallagher had to get something out of her system. But it doesn't make for anything interesting to watch. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
82% Socrates (2019) The film boasts a striking authenticity, and Malheiros, in his film debut, is pitch-perfect, conveying Sócrates' hunger (for food, money and love), his self-reliance and his despair in ways that are both heartbreaking and inspiring. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
87% Diamantino (2019) "Diamantino" is a fun, thrilling ride. - Gay City News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
No Score Yet One Taxi Ride (2019) Erick's courage to tell his story is inspiring, and this film is important and necessary for providing an example of bravery and support for victims. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
90% Plus One (2019) Erskine and Quaid enjoy a decent chemistry...their rapport is amusing, but never precious in a cringe-inducing way. "Plus One" is a high-concept indie rom-com...but it's enjoyable because it embraces those conventions like a comfortable old shirt. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
68% Sister Aimee (2019) The lesbian angle may be downplayed, but Sister Aimee offers other pleasures, such as a catchy and showstopping musical number. Hollyman delivers an impressive performance here, but it is the sultry Suarez Paz who truly captivates. - San Francisco Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019