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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 29% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It's a loud, tasteless, and bloody good time that never feels like it's as good as it could be, but somehow manages to be just as fun as it should be. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/4 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton no longer feels like a window into a bygone world from which we've progressed, but a regressive longing for a simpler time when people knew their place and never asked for more. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) Williams' never-ending stream of impersonations and wacky characters are so consistently hilarious that the audience barely has time to breathe between belly laughs. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3.5/4 82% Ad Astra (2019) Whether it's over the rainbow or beyond the reaches of Neptune, Gray can't help but remind us that nothing is so grand and mysterious and worth our time as love. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
1.5/4 26% The Goldfinch (2019) A remarkably shallow film, one that never has the courage to address the issues of childhood trauma it raises, instead reaching for surface level platitudes centered around a poorly conceived macguffin. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) As damning a critique of American capitalism as anything mainstream cinema has given us this decade. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/4 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) As scathing a critique of the British upper classes as the cinema has ever given us, disguised as a light comedy with a charming exterior. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Goes off the rails in the second half, featuring a loud, garish extended climax that's so bathed in CGI effects that it becomes numbing, an unpleasant visual assault rather than than a creepy funhouse. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 94% Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad) (1961) A treatise on memory and longing, of ideas lost to the fog of time, shards of dreams scattered across a marble floor. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/4 No Score Yet Fragment of an Empire (Oblomok imperii) (1930) As bold and uncompromising as its director, and its central performance by Nikitin is a truly exceptional work, some of the best acting of the silent era. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) An uncompromising howl of righteous fury anchored by a haunting performance by Franciosi, whose grim determination comes to represent the plight of all oppressed peoples who have at long last had enough. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
2/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) This thing is a slog, a ponderous, self-important "prestige" drama whose overwrought histrionics never approach anything resembling actual human emotion. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) A delightfully demented comic romp, short, sweet, and nasty - a gleeful fantasia of over-the-top gore and outlandish action that takes direct aim at the exploitation of the poor by the wealthy. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/4 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Even as Linklater plays it safe through occasionally on-the-nose narration, every note of this thing rings true, often as painfully honest as it is achingly funny. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/4 100% Lola (1981) Despite its emulation of classical Hollywood Technicolor, Lola, much like the other films in the trilogy, is often insular and cold, holding the audience at arms length. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 71% Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982) Shot in dazzling black and white, where the lights sparkle in the frame like the jewels that down Vernoika's neck. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) (1979) It's the film's feminist edge that remains powerful, and it's easy to see why it became Fassbinder's biggest box office success. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/4 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) A vital, deeply moving documentary that at long last acknowledges Guy-Blaché's invaluable gift to cinema, insuring that this long-forgotten pioneer will finally be given her due. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) While Good Boys doesn't exactly feel like a comedy classic in the making the way Superbad did, it's got a lot of heart and plenty of laughs thanks to the talent of its young cast. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) This is survivalism stripped down to its bare essence, free of sentimentality, thematic pretensions, and unnecessary narrative devices. Arctic delivers man-versus-nature conflict at its most elemental. - In Review Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) There's just an agreeable verve to [Berloff's] direction, even if she has a tendency to paint with much too broad a brush, overstating her themes even when the action often speaks for itself. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/4 No Score Yet The Last Warning (1929) A deliriously entertaining mystery filled with eerie shadows, kooky characters, and outlandish twists that always land through Leni's sharp balance between humor and horror. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Man Who Laughs (1928) Veidt is the beating heart of The Man Who Laughs, anchoring its grotesqueries in a sense of tragedy and pathos. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/4 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Øvredal turns the film's creepy funhouse aesthetic into a surprisingly adept commentary on our national obsession with clinging to false narratives about of our past. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 98% Maiden (2019) It's an inspiring tale, to be sure. But without its strong emotional core it would likely be just another sports documentary. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 100% Speedy (1928) Lloyd always rejected the sentimentality of Chaplin and the droll cynicism of Keaton. Lloyd just wanted to have fun, and Speedy has it in spades. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 67% Krampus (2015) Delves deep into Yuletide lore to deliver something wholly original, making it something of a breath of fresh air for horror aficionados. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) Through Guzmán's unique lens, the history of the natives becomes a kind of ethereal reflection of the universe, irrevocably changed by colonialism and western invasion. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/4 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) Panahi is a master craftsman who continues to make bricks without straw, turning his punishment into some of the most essential cinema of the decade. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Forbidden Room (2015) Evokes a forgotten aesthetic that feels as if we have unearthed a buried treasure. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/4 83% Mulholland Drive (2001) This is David Lynch's Persona, a pyscho-sexual exploration of memory and identity that is clearly the work of an artist working at the height of his creative powers. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/4 72% He Named Me Malala (2015) It's so disappointing to see [Malala] saddled with such a perfunctory, trite, and gushing tribute that barely scratches the surface of this remarkable woman. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
4/4 100% Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen) (1929) A masterpiece of the silent era, and a showcase for one of the silver screen's greatest stars. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 92% Breathe (2015) This is a painfully honest examination of young love and the sometimes predatory nature of friendship. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 44% Scarecrows (1988) Short, fast paced, and perhaps most disquieting of all, doesn't go out of its way to explain itself and the origins of its demonic scarecrows, which make them all the more terrifying. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) An irresistible and endearing adventure that is pure escapism, a rare type of cinema magic that is as transporting as it is captivating. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) Salgado documents human existence with remarkable sensitivity and profound insight into the mysteries of life, and so too does Wenders. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 88% Jauja (2015) A haunting existential work, often perplexing, always fascinating, Jauja is a dazzling experiment that never fully reveals itself, always hiding its meanings and ideas behind long takes and metaphors. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/4 92% Red Army (2015) Takes a strong subject and renders it toothless and forgettable. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) A breath of fresh air, as rare and as beautiful as the Selkies it depicts. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 98% 101 Dalmatians (1961) One of the most striking Disney films of the classic era, with its almost impressionistic pencil drawings and dazzling use of color. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 100% Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) (1936) It's one of Renoir's most bittersweet works, a film that, just like the country life it depicts, feels beautifully, perfectly incomplete. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 94% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) Strickland is more interested in sex as power, and by taking men completely out of the equation, he delivers something almost unheard of in modern cinema. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 51% The Interview (2014) These aren't just two stoner dudes who bumbled their way into a real world crisis like in the movie, these are two very smart comedians who turned a seemingly innocuous comedy into a real life act of defiance. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/4 91% Pelican Dreams (2014) Documentaries are meant to observe life as it actually is, and in this case, life didn't give us a story that makes for great cinema. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Verdun, Visions D'Histoire (1928) A chilling and unforgettable reminder of a war that has been largely forgotten through time and distance. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Amirpour asserts her own singular voice with such staggering confidence that the film is impossible to ignore. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 63% The Blob (1988) The effects are better, the deaths are gorier, but ultimately the film lack's the original's sincere charm. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 47% Audrey Rose (1977) Elegantly directed and beautifully acted. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/4 67% The Notebook (2014) It certainly paints a grim picture, but if war is hell, so is this film. - From the Front Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019