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T-Meter Title | Year
100% On the President's Orders (2019) With its remarkable access and precise tone On The President's Orders draws us in, making us aware of our own inadequacies to elicit change. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
A- 81% Sea Fever (2019) Sea Fever is quite the catch, a film that easily could have sank under narrative portentiousness and instead floats above many films of its ilk. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
B+ 89% Red Penguins (2019) Red Penguins is a wild and crazy story well told, especially in the first half, by Polsky, who is emerging as a gifted documentarian. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
A 96% The Irishman (2019) The dream scenario where a legendary director and his retinue of iconic performers manage to keep their flames of talent alive and make something that's both steeped in the past but, in its own way, also brilliantly, bravely new. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) A unique, personal insight into the refugee crisis and all that it embodies. - POV Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
A- 87% Deerskin (2020) You're unlikely to find a more droll look at obsession and lunacy than Deerskin - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
A 85% Waves (2019) A film of astonishing elegance, bracing impact, and exquisite subtlety, a poetic and profound work that shapes conversation both intimate and grand - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
A- 69% Joker (2019) Joker is no joke. The film challenges our emotions and prods at some fundamental ideas and biases. It's a complex tale told with sophistication and nuance, far quieter and more precise than the rhetoric will surely be. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
A 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is a triumph, a film of brave sophistication and brilliant humor. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
No Score Yet Love in the Sixth (2015) What sets this film apart, and what frankly accounts for an enormous part of its success, is that Jude Klassen is fabulous to watch on screen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
A- 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) We take this magic for granted these days, just as we take for granted how hard to it must be to pull off a film as well as Toy Story 4 does. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
A+ 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Rolling Thunder Revue is an anti-documentary about an anti-tour, while crazy twists of fate and truth lie at the heart of Scorsese's lies. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse shines its sickly light in ways that are comedic, tragic, and every mode in between. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
F 10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo will surely go down as a footnote as one of the worst films to ever play in competition at Cannes. The movie actually makes cinema worse by its very existence. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
F 33% Domino (2019) Domino falls down hard. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
7.5/10 90% Bull (2019) Silverstein takes Bull by the horns and drags us into this world, making us feel a part of these characters, witnessing their strengths and weakness as they come to grips with the challenges of life in their Texas town. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 88% One Last Deal (2018) While a bit heavy-handed at times in its emotional manipulation, One Last Deal nonetheless does an effective job at drawing viewers into Olavi's circumstances. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
A 89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Manages to supremely execute its bold, harrowing vision remarkably well. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
C 80% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life is beautiful, overlong and confounding, much like most of Malick's films, and as such this is a film that will certain move many, bore even more, and be ignored by an even larger group than both combined. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A 92% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse douses us with its sickly brine, with cruelty and comeuppance the catch of the day. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B+ 86% The Whistlers (2020) Disparate elements coalescing into a strange, often wonderful film - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 95% The Climb (2020) Climb is a fantastic film about frenemies, bringing craft and intelligence to what easily could have been a hackneyed, boring bit of cringe comedy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The film is a dirty, sensually realized feat with many shots of sensualized feet. Time will tell whether this is Tarantino's greatest work, but it incorporates so much of what made this brash filmmaker provocative, great, obnoxious and brilliant. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocket Man truly does soar - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
C 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It's still a film worth contending with, as are all works from his canon, but alas, this latest from Jarmusch feels like a toothless jab at an already tired zombie trend. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A 92% The Unknown Saint (Le miracle du saint inconnu) (2019) A blistering debut by an international filmmaker to watch, Aljem's movie terrific belies all expectations, crafting a supremely entertaining and visually compelling film. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
A+ 100% Who Let The Dogs Out (2019) The most important film of our lifetime,...as fundamental as the first cry of a child entering this world, a clarion call that declares we are here, we are alive, we want to know where the dogs went and just who was responsible for their escape. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Spectacle gives way to heroic journeys fulfilled, quests finally culminating and closure finally reached. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
A 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is amazing....A film that exudes love, bathes us in sounds of sanctity, and lifts up the spirit in everyone save the most hardened. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is a success. The film makes the most out of its fine cast and psychedelic imagery and remembers to have some fun along with the world building. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
B- 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Maybe not everything's awesome, but perhaps it's OK to be pretty good, especially when coming back for a second time. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
A- 99% The Farewell (2019) A breakout role for a star on the rise, The Farewell goes well beyond its simple narrative and presents us with something profound and entertaining at the same time. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Berlinger's film, like few others, refuses to shy away from the hidden horror that lies beneath the smiling face of Ted Bundy. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
A+ 81% The Lodge (2020) Franz and Fiala have crafted a bone-chilling film that's a slow burn, its icy flames illuminating the dark crevices of human behaviour, resulting in a work not easily forgotten. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light is an absolute bit of magic. It's a rare film whose joy is infectious and storyline inspiring, an instant classic that will leave audiences dancing in the dark. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) his truly is a love story, between friends and a broken city in need of repair. It's a film that challenges expectations, demands attention, and proves unequivocally that Joe Talbot and his collaborators are talents to watch. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 93% Honey Boy (2019) For a project that easily could have been indulgent, we're treated to a moving and bold film that's deeply emotional. Har'el gets a terrific performance out of young Jupe, and manages through her craft to draw us into this discomfiting but moving tale. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Eschewing some of his worst proclivities, The Inventor sees Alex Gibney at his best, using his gifts to tell a complicated story in a coherent yet provocative way, while avoiding his usual polemical drives. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A+ 99% Apollo 11 (2019) The images astound, the audio soundtrack is a master class in montage, and the events captured are herculean in scope. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) At its core, the film's ambitions get in the way of its execution, and Overlord never quite lives up to the tonal shifts and mash-up elements that it attempts to convey. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) It's a powerful story, and Hedges, Crowe and especially Kidman do an exemplary job of eliciting empathy. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3.5/5 88% Freaks (2019) While it may not be entirely successful, there's certainly loads to celebrate about the debut from co-writer/directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
F 74% Papi Chulo (2019) A poisionously bad, blindly racist and sadistically awful film. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) With Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang [McDonald's] experience comes to the fore, constructing a film that packs into a feature length running time an impactful and engaging look at this fine subject. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
A- 96% Firecrackers (2019) An explosive debut. - HighDef Digest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
A+ 96% Roma (2018) Roma represents a certain kind of cinematic peak, where on both production and story grounds we're treated to something that nears perfection the way that only the truly great works do. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
A 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Great music, great performances, a doomed love story with plenty of heart on display, A Star Is Born really is a triumph, a reminder that sometimes playing the hits can really bring the house down. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B- 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) As a conversation starter, a character study and a record of the events Kursk does a decent job of reminding the world of the men lost that day. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
A 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A film that will affect you deeply both emotionally and intellectually. This is great cinema, and it proves unequivocally that Jenkins is one of the great filmmakers of his generation. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
87% Mouthpiece (2019) A moving, warm film that neither pulls its punches nor revels in misanthropy, MOUTHPIECE is an exceptional work, one that feels very much a perfect vehicle for the best of Rozema's craft and proclivities. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018