Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
72% The King (2019) What Michôd never manages to make clear is what we are to make of this version's nationalism, its glorification of war, its ambivalence toward corrupting power and its selective, finally misguided attempt to brush off Shakespeare. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong has some ideas in "Parasite," but the movie's greatness isn't a matter of his apparent ethics or ethos... but of how he delivers truths, often perversely and without an iota of self-serving cant. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
24% Lucy in the Sky (2019) It's a dispiriting mess and waste of talent, sunk by a lack of focus, misguided choices and insistently unproductive, at times incoherent clashing tones. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain and Glory" can be achingly sad, but its pleasures, rainbow hues and humor keep it (and you) aloft. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Wholly embracing Garland's freneticism at its rawest might have registered as excessive or campy, but it would have deepened the portrait. So would Garland's voice. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) For the most part, the film's heaviness is a virtue, even when its director, James Gray, slips into grandiosity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) What largely distinguishes "Midnight Traveler" is its anxious intimacy, a sense of uneasy closeness that pulls you into a family circle that at times gets very small, creating a sense of appropriate claustrophobia. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Engel gives "Raise Hell" such momentum - it's a whoosh of a movie - that you are quickly swept up in its sights and sounds. There's a lot to take in. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
95% Ága (2019) [The final stretch] shifts this textbook exercise in art cinema... into kitsch. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) [Estes] has a fine cast and a good sense of place, including a feel for the spookiness of emptied-out spaces, and he makes his conspicuously low budget work for the near-claustrophobic intimacy. More important, he has Oyelowo. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
81% Official Secrets (2019) The characters are malnourished and Hood's attempts to build suspense often fall flat because he leans hard on genre conventions, on dark shadows, ominous music and abrupt sounds straight from a horror flick. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) Complex, stirring, timely and beautifully shaped... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) It banks on your cruelty, which might be interesting if the movie acknowledged its meanness and didn't smother it in the requisite late-act sentimental blather about friendship, family and so on. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Linklater's visuals are... unfussy, direct; as always, he creates felt intimacy among people. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) Soul-baring and furious, the documentary "One Child Nation" takes a powerful, unflinching look at China's present through its past. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) An offense against feminism, narrative logic and Fleetwood Mac, "The Kitchen" is a terrible, witless mess. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" squeaks by on the charm of its two male stars, who handle the nonsense capably. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) It's a brutal trip, though Naishtat smartly balances the heaviness with moments of levity and absurd comedy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
59% Ophelia (2019) Even Clive Owen has a rough time delivering the persuasive goods, and the most notable aspect of his performance as Claudius, alas, is the character's tragic hair. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) [Its] political narrative arc is what distinguishes "Maiden," which draws you in even when the predigital images prove less than lovely. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
87% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) "Endzeit" modestly deepens into beguiling mystery. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The animation is striking, the jokes amusing and the story sweet, though this being Pixar, the tale is also melancholic enough that the whole thing feels deeper than it is. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Nearly everything here reminds you of something else, often better, cleverer, funnier. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) It's stirring how Dylan keeps coming back to film, with its beautiful masks and lies, and it is a gift that Scorsese has been there ready to meet him. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The role is an unfortunately bad fit for Turner, who receives no help from Kinberg. She looks comfy in midair, but can't fill in the character with the necessary nuances and mood changes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) In her powerful and deeply affecting "Charlie Says," Mary Harron revisits the Manson cult in a dramatization largely told from the perspective of his female followers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) The scripted lines rarely zing, sing or sting (some seem improvised), but when the performers fall down or screw up their faces, you get to watch them fill in their characters with something like real feeling... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" isn't going to save the romantic comedy, but it's an adrenaline shot of pure pleasure to the genre's failing heart. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Ocasio-Cortez quickly, and unsurprisingly, emerges as the focus. She's a ready-made camera presence: sharp, young, emphatic and a tremendous, blazingly confident public speaker. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Anchored by its two excellent leads, the movie is sympathetic and, for the most part, unsentimental. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) If you didn't know why he was considered a transcendent dancer or a transformational figure, you still won't know after the final credits roll. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The scares are plentiful and sometimes ticklishly funny in "The Curse of La Llorona," an enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) At some point during this logy 2-hour-and-21-minute exercise you want something more substantial than even Hemsworth's admittedly mesmerizing snaky hips. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Tessa Thompson emotionally expands "Little Woods," turning a small movie into something more than its textured parts. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
83% Dogman (2019) Garrone is a virtuoso of pain and terror, which can be overwhelming, despite the flourishes of comedy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
68% Stockholm (2019) Drowsy in feel and muted in color, "Stockholm" is lightly amusing and watchable - mostly thanks to Hawke - but never makes the case that this is a story that needed to be told, with or without laughs. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
83% High Life (2019) Too often the ideas here, visual and otherwise, feel haphazard - outer and inner space, Pattinson's head, sexual taboo, apocalypse now or maybe then - more like material for a vision board than a fully realized vision. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Once Billy says that magic word and his supersized alter ego appears, the movie goes to its happy place and comfortably embraces its own identity as a light, jocular, modest entertainment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
92% A Vigilante (2019) Vigilantism is a questionable fantasy of empowerment, but Daggar-Nickson makes her movie (largely) work by keeping everything - her antihero, the registers of violence - austere and persuasively low key. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Burton has merrily turned what could have been another remake into something genuinely different and surprising. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
93% Us (2019) In "Us," Peele uses the metaphor of the divided self to explore what lies beneath contemporary America, its double consciousness, its identity, sins and terrors. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) The movie is generally watchable, even at its slowest and ugliest, simply because the actors are solid even when their characters are repellent. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) It shouldn't work - none of it - not the metaphor, not the wild horse, not what it all means for the wild man at the center. It does. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) As a performer, Moore can go big, and a terrible yowl here pierces the heart. But she's a virtuoso of restraint. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) The story is streamlined, simple and elegant, but the plot is thickly layered. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) Working from a script that he rewrote, Chandor struggles to make the story's contradictions gel. They never do. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
76% Into The Forest (2016) The movie lacks urgency. The world may be burning; here, it barely simmers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
94% Transit (2019) By turns intimate and expansive, "Transit" is a thrilling, at times harrowing labyrinth of a movie. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
94% Styx (2019) A taut moral thriller, "Styx" is a story of what happens when self-reliance runs into other people's desperation. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's often broadly funny but never mean or patronizing; it takes the Knights, their eccentricities and quixotic aspirations seriously, but not enough to squelch the fun. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019