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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 50% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Despite the five years between films, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a worthy sequel that should appease fans of the first film, particularly its core teen female demograph - Anatomy of a Scream EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/5 65% Fractured (2019) The reality is that Fractured is predicated on a litany of familiar plot points that even the least perceptive audience member will quickly pick up on. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) In The Tall Grass suffers both because it is highly repetitive (to such an extent that its 90-minute runtime feels much, much longer) and also feels utterly rudderless. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
No Score Yet We Summon the Darkness (2019) We Summon The Darkness is delightfully madcap, zany and enjoyable, with exceptionally memorable and entertaining characters, particularly Daddario and Hasson...This satanic, heavy metal horror-comedy is everything...audiences never knew they wanted - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
B 100% The Pool (2019) The Pool is easily one of the best single location, high concept thrillers of the year. While its social commentary on abortion feels a tad old fashioned, the action sequences and the escalating threats make for a great time at the movies. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
C 76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) The Death of Dick Long offers its share of amusing dark comedy, but the film leans too much on Alabama stereotypes and inherently stupid character decisions to advance the plot. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
A- 99% Marriage Story (2019) It's not always easy to watch, but Baumbach's refusal to make either wife or husband the villain or the hero is arguably the film's greatest asset. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 87% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari is your dad's new favorite movie. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
C+ 85% Waves (2019) In spite of sensational direction from Trey Edward Shults and raw, emotive performances by Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and Taylor Russell, the polarizing two narrative halves of Waves don't gel to produce a satisfying whole. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
B+ 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Taika Waititi goes well past the obvious hook of Funny Hitler by delivering a surprisingly emotional and hilarious look at how two children lean on one another to maintain their humanity. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 90% Deerskin (Le daim) (2019) Deerskin is so confidently directed and performed that the film completely works. This is the definition of a "not for everyone" film...For those with a taste for the absurd, however, [it] is an unexpected delight. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 99% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is a comedy first, a mystery second and a sly political commentary about the 1% a distant third. Thanks to an impeccable script, game actors and plenty of laughs, the messaging goes down easy. This one is a crowd-pleaser. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 82% Color Out of Space (2019) Color Out of Space feels painfully long and, even more so than Mom & Dad, it loses more than it gains from Nic Cage's unintentionally campy performance. The result is a film that feels like a torturous slog. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 84% Synchronic (2019) Synchronic is a little more box office friendly than their previous efforts, but despite the greater mainstream appeal (and star power), the film clearly confirms that the pair haven't lost their enthusiasm for the offbeat. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 68% Joker (2019) It hardly matters if the audience is aware of the Joker's origin story or not because there is only one way that this tale can end. This, unfortunately, robs the film of most of its tension and rising action. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
67% Haunt (2019) Haunt isn't a bad "curl up on the couch with popcorn" Halloween horror flick, but, sadly, it doesn't live up to its potential. Beck and Woods would have done well to spend a bit more time plotting this haunted house out. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B+ 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Featuring an uncanny performance by Tom Hanks and an emotionally vulnerable Matthew Rhys, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a wonderfully kind and emotionally rich drama about letting go of the past in order to grow up. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- 93% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is a stunning sophomore effort for Eggers, featuring two exceptional performances by Dafoe and Pattinson and a stunning visual and aural aesthetic. It's an awards season shoe-in and deservedly so. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
50% Resin (Harpiks) (2019) Danish director Daniel Joseph Borgman's coming of age drama is an uncomfortable story of abuse, mental illness, and escape. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Shoddy CGI, a long run time and some iffy character work aside, IT: Chapter 2 is a solid sequel - Anatomy of a Scream EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
1/5 18% The Fanatic (2019) Sawa is the Gershon of this Showgirls-level debacle; he is the only one in on the joke and when he's onscreen, The Fanatic briefly becomes a Lifetime-worthy guilty pleasure. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 80% 1BR (2019) ...the film boasts a great lead performance, a series of surprising twists and great use of sound. At its core, 1BR is a smart, satisfying thriller that will make audiences reevaluate the true cost of "the perfect apartment." - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 83% Porno (2019) Porno is a dirty and amusing film filled with good characters and a fun premise. Despite some hiccups in the script and inconsistencies in the success of some of the humor, it's an enjoyable little horror flick - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 71% Paradise Hills (2019) Waddington's direction and the film's female-centric focus are most welcome, but story-wise Paradise Hills doesn't quite meet the mark. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 94% Come to Daddy (2019) Despite its occasionally polarizing shifts in tone that wind up de-prioritizing character in favour of gory violence, Come To Daddy is a solid thrill ride. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4.5/5 84% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monsters is nearly perfect; a sweet, charming, rude horror comedy that hits all of the right notes. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 44% Critters Attack! (2019) ...the combination of bland characters, poor pacing and the lack of campy fun doesn't offer enough appeal for casual viewers. Critters Attack! is strictly for hardcore fans. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 87% Vivarium (2019) For audiences willing to embrace its artificial staginess, its consideration of the mundane and its dark sense of humor Vivarium is well worth the trip out to the burbs. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3.5/5 100% BIT (2019) For women seeking a film that acknowledges the power hungry motives of men, for fans of punk rock vampires and, most significantly, for trans audiences eager for positive and engaging representation, Bit feels like a breath of fresh air. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3.5/5 94% End of the Century (2019) ...the film is a well-crafted exploration of how chance encounters have the capacity to dramatically alter the course of personal histories, but [two time disruptions] undermine the capacity of audiences to fully invest in the narrative. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
36% Anna (2019) ...the nearly two hour film sinks under the weight of its familiar narrative, its bland leading lady and, in a shockingly ill-advised creative decision, a script that relies on no less than four or five narrative-clarifying flashback time jumps - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
63% Head Count (2019) Head Count could have been a generic and familiar supernatural horror, but writer Michael Nader and director Elle Callahan do an exceptional job of fleshing out the main characters and crafting smart, unsettling scares. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 71% The Cleaning Lady (2018) Anything The Cleaning Lady has to say about living fake lives, dressing to pass, or using a make-over as cover-up (literally and figuratively) is undone by a script that favours exploitation and titillation over genuine human emotion. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) WhileBrightburn gives its characters short shrift, the filmdeserves praise for its willingness to go dark and gory. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) ...it's easy to fall in love with both girls, and the film's refusal to stoop to simplistic moral messages in favour of celebrating the bonds of (female) friendship is refreshing and genuinely applause-worthy. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) If you've seen the original film, there's no reason to watch this new one; aside from a few modern updates, it's the exact same movie. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 77% Knives and Skin (2019) Audacious in its experimental nature, when Knives and Skin works, it's wildly entertaining. Unfortunately the highs are too few...and the film's emphasis on style over narrative and character makes for a viewing experience that drags - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
44% Captive State (2019) The action saves Rupert Wyatt's sci-fi allegory from its one-dimensional characters - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Fans of other teen tearjerkers like The Fault In Our Stars and anything in the Nicholas Sparks oeuvre will find plenty to enjoy here - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's a shame that Larson isn't given more opportunities to lend the character some heft, especially since Captain Marvel works best when it's focusing on its characters, not its intergalactic war. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
11% Jawbreaker (1999) ...there are two other reasons why the film has developed such a devoted fan base since its release two decades ago: the iconic costumes and Stein's gleefully acerbic script. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) The sequel is an admirable attempt to offer a new spin on a familiar tale that frequently works in the small moments, but horror audiences anticipating a second round of Baby Face will undoubtedly walk away disappointed. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4.5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Horror Noire is always entertaining, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to acknowledge and advance the narrative about the contributions of Black talent in front and behind the camera. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
71% SuperGrid (2018) SuperGrid fails to offer anything new to the dystopian road movie subgenre, but it handles the expected tropes in a confident and enjoyable fashion - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 43% The Prodigy (2019) It's a little too obvious and straightforward, but for fans of the subgenre or rubberneckers intrigued about the ending, it'll do the trick. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
87% My Friend Dahmer (2017) My Friend Dahmer excels by going beyond a simple examination of Jeff Dahmer. Meyers' script doesn't excuse or condone Jeff's behaviour, but it doesn't shy away from the broader social circumstances that contributed to his isolation and despair - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 59% You Might Be the Killer (2018) Ultimately You Might Be The Killers overstays its welcome and sputters to a (foregone) conclusion that relies too much on unearned audience investment in secondary characters who are little more than types. - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet Attack of the Tattie-Bogle (2017) Attack of the Tattie-Bogle is a lean and mean slasher film that's light on character development and glossy production values. If audiences...go along for the ride, they'll discover that this microbudget labour of love is a quick, fun thrill ride - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Moose Head Over the Mantel (2017) ...the vast majority of the film is shot from higher vantage points..., there's a pervasive sense of objective voyeurism whereby the audience is both implicated in the horrendous events and simultaneously kept dispassionately at arm's length... - Queer.Horror.Movies. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2/4 32% Inside (2018) If you haven't seen the original, Inside (2016) is fine, albeit slightly predictable and a little ridiculous in its last act. If you've seen the original, the only reason to watch this is to satisfy your curiosity - Nightmare on Film Street EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019