Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) Time and again during "After Class," Schechter makes pinpoint-accurate choices that are even more impressive when, after it's done, you replay the movie in your mind, and you realize what an exceptional piece of work it is. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
21% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Swati Bhise's old-fashioned historical epic is sincere but unexciting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
68% Danger Close (2019) By turns viscerally exciting and predictably formulaic - and, quite often, both at once - "Danger Close" is an efficiently crafted and consistently involving old-school war movie propelled by matter-of-fact professionalism on both sides of the cameras. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
50% Badland (2019) Justin Lee's indie Western should satisfy genre enthusiasts with a strong cast and an entertaining spin on a familiar story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) Filmmaker Bill Haney takes an effectively straightforward approach to fashioning a respectful portrait of maverick cancer researcher James P. Allison. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
62% 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) (2019) Larry Clarke's debut effort as writer-director is an affecting dramedy about a family dealing with a fading paterfamilias. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
18% Killerman (2019) Writer-director Malik Bader recalls '70s crime dramas in his brutal thriller about a memory-impaired money launderer pursued by dirty cops. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
62% Mission Mangal (2019) Jagan Shakti's exhilaratingly schmaltzy fact-based drama about India's epochal launch of a Mars-bound satellite is a rousing crowd-pleaser. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
No Score Yet Dead Water (2019) A tepid VOD-ready melodrama that strikes faint echoes of Roman Polanski's "Knife in the Water" and Phillip Noyce's "Dead Calm" while ponderously padding 60 or so minutes of plot to feature length. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
69% Bottom of the 9th (2019) Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara are among the most valuable players in Raymond De Felitta's affecting and effective drama about an ex-con who returns to his field of dreams. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
71% The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith (2019) A blandly sincere and sluggishly paced drama about a Mormon missionary's return to the South Pacific. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Last Whistle (2019) Brad Leland scores as a Texas high school football coach who pushes his players too far in Rob Smat's indie drama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
50% The Outsider (2019) Trace Adkins looms large in a dark and brooding sagebrush saga with a healthy dose of Spaghetti Western fatalism. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
32% Being Frank (2019) Laughs are few and far between in this weak comedy about a bigamist whose son discovers the truth behind his "business trips." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) A richly evocative and entertainingly anecdotal overview of the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene and its influence on contemporary artists. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
32% The Intruder (2019) Even Dennis Quaid's eager scenery-chewing can't enliven this laughably contrived and thoroughly predictable thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Waiting for the Miracle to Come (2019) Rampling and Nelson are beautifully matched as they bring out the best in each other. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
94% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) Thom Zimny's stripped-to-essentials portrait of the legendary performer impresses with its honesty and artistry. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
38% Kalank (2019) A lavish but ponderous Bollywood extravaganza that springs to life during a few exuberantly over-the-top production numbers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Deftly employing the power of suggestion and an emotionally potent sound design, "Body at Brighton Rock" is a well-crafted thriller with some crafty tricks up its sleeve. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
71% Run This Town (2019) A wildly uneven but occasionally insightful drama about not-so-innocent bystanders in the orbit of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
75% Olympic Dreams (2020) Jeremy Teicher's offbeat charmer is an artful mix of documentary-style realism and wistful romanticism. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
No Score Yet Tread (2019) An absorbing documentary about a real-life rampage that often plays like the dark side of '70s rural revenge thrillers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
80% Super Deluxe (2019) Thiagarajan Kumararaja's unstable mix of dark comedy, brutal thriller and Douglas Sirkian melodrama is shamelessly excessive but undeniably entertaining. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet Bluebird (2019) Established stars and eager hopefuls sing the praises of an iconic Nashville music venue in a lightly engaging documentary. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The predatory bogeywoman of Mexican legend haunts 1970s Los Angeles in Michael Chaves' efficiently formulaic shocker. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
44% Captive State (2019) An audacious and suspenseful thriller about resistance fighters waging an underdog campaign against occupying extraterrestrials. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
80% The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) The man behind *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys is revealed as a master fraudster in this absorbing documentary. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Yes God Yes (2019) Karen Maine's naughty but nice coming-of-age story showcases an exceptional performance by Natalia Dyer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
86% I Am Richard Pryor (2019) Jesse James Miller's biographical documentary is a conventional but fascinating portrait of the self-destructive comic great. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Commands attention less as historical counterpoint than as a sturdy showcase for the neatly balanced lead performances of Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
45% The Kid (2019) Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan ride tall in Vincent D'Onofrio's fresh take on the saga of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
28% The Iron Orchard (2019) Lane Garrison propels the film with his vibrant performance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
No Score Yet Duke (2018) An uneven but arresting indie thriller about two siblings who are driven to heroic extremes by childhood traumas. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
91% The Unicorn (2019) Robert Schwartzman's lightly amusing trifle plays like an updated version of a dinner theater staple. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
48% In Like Flynn (2019) Russell Mulcahy's seriocomic imagining of Errol Flynn's pre-stardom adventures is hugely satisfying old-fashioned fun. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
83% Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019) The final scenes are so obviously open-ended, and fraught with promises of things to come, that the filmmakers might as well have concluded with a title card: "Stay tuned for our next exciting episode." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
94% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) An artful and affecting mix of harshly defined specifics and impressionistic storytelling - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
9% Replicas (2019) Rampant silliness and gaping plot holes test audience patience in Jeffrey Nachmanoff's sci-fi thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
11% Backtrace (2018) Matthew Modine is outstanding as an amnesia-stricken bank robber in Brian A. Miller's VOD-centric thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
21% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Vijay Krishna Acharya's expensive and exuberant Bollywood masala delivers the goods as a satisfying popcorn epic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Divide (2018) An uncommonly compelling and emotionally rich drama. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
72% Indivisible (2018) An arresting faith-based drama about a crisis of faith, set against the 2007 troop surge of the Iraq War. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
22% Big Kill (2018) Scott Martin's enjoyably retro Western should please genre fans eager for a wild ride. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
80% A Crooked Somebody (2018) A satisfyingly crafted entertainment that doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, but does take a few surprising detours from well-trodden genre paths - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
83% Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières) (2019) "Mademoiselle de Joncquieres" takes a stealthy and slow-burn approach before fully revealing its true colors as a shrewdly choreographed roundelay of scheming, seduction and revenge in the spirit of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
94% Screwball (2019) An impudently entertaining documentary that suggests what might result if the Monty Python troupe were given carte blanche to produce an investigative report for "60 Minutes." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) Writer-director Vasan Bala's wild and wacky yet also warm and fuzzy fable about a resourceful young man who transcends ostensible physical limitations to become a two-fisted, swift-kicking hero likely will prove to be an irresistible crowd-pleaser. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
38% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) There is a happy ending to the story - but, unfortunately, it doesn't arrive nearly soon enough. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% Icebox (2018) Don't read the above as "Eat your vegetables; they're good for you." There is nothing leafy green about "Icebox." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018