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T-Meter Title | Year
28% A Million Little Pieces (2019) Making a recovery movie is like making a boxing movie: The formula is so well established that the most viewers can hope for is a slight variation on a familiar theme. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
91% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) Grapples with thorny material without overstaying its welcome. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
86% Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019) Adheres to just about every convention of the unsung-hero-documentary genre, with testimonials from loved ones and experts alongside footage of him doing his utmost to solve a problem to which most of us have never given a second thought. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
50% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) Another in a long line of serial-killer dramas under the impression that it needs to be as ugly as its subject in order to be authentic, ultimately serving as further proof that verisimilitude isn't a virtue in and of itself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
89% Riot Girls (2019) There's a youthful energy reminiscent of We Are the Best!! and Sing Street, and not just because the energetic soundtrack plays a key role. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) Deeply weird without being difficult to follow, Chained also bears traces of David Lynch's The Elephant Man in its DNA - influences that guide Schimberg in a direction that's difficult to predict but fun to follow. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
100% The Load (Teret) (2019) It's like we're front-seat passengers, and though it induces much anxiety, The Load compels us to keep both eyes forward lest we miss whatever might happen next. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) The director's control over the material is such that, even when this all feels like a bit of a joke, it's one you're happy to be in on. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) And lest the runtime lead you to believe that the film is boring, know that its stories contain everything from mummies and scorpion toxin to spy-versus-spy skullduggery, none of which takes itself too seriously; if anything, it's a total romp. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
83% Crawl (2019) It's toothless despite its alligator antagonists, not least because it never bothers linking its premise - a category 5 hurricane in Florida that causes a flood - to the existential threat hastening such extreme weather events in the first place. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
C- 44% Captive State (2019) The central plot development...is galvanizing in theory but mostly just confusing in practice. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- 55% The Beach Bum (2019) Like Moondog, Korine finds a vulgar poetry in his own self-indulgence. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
B 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) Frequently unpleasant but oddly compelling - not least because Åkerlund ensures that the film never takes itself as seriously as its subjects did. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B+ 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) This film is quiet in more ways than one, drawing viewers in but compelling them to hang on every word. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A sci-fi epic that does something rare in an age of endless adaptations and reboots: lives up to its potential while leaving you wanting more. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) "The Hidden World" strikes a bittersweet chord in reminding its young audience that all good things - including the age of dragons - must come to an end. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
B 63% Bird Box (2018) Bier's direction is coolly efficient, which fits the material to a t - anything more ostentatious would just feel wasteful. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
C+ 59% Caniba (2018) Caniba features no explanatory text or outside voices of any kind. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B 29% Venom (2018) This radically different approach will surely be jarring to some, but the fact that this movie could never exist in the same world as "Captain America: Civil War" despite hailing from the same brand of comics is part of its charm. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
D+ 41% Hell Fest (2018) If it were any good, it could have been the movie of the moment. Instead, it'll have been forgotten by Halloween. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
A- 60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Sunset exposes that horror while also finding great beauty in it - it might not be infinitely pretty, but it's worth remembering and preserving nevertheless. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B+ 87% The Nightingale (2019) [Director Jennifer Kent] charts her own path in The Nightingale, a savage journey that might not have been worth the trip were its guide not so adept at navigating the darkness. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
B 80% 22 July (2018) Greengrass' docu-real aesthetic doesn't allow for grandiosity even when he gives in to more heavy-handed impulses. He's on a soapbox at times, but his message is worth hearing. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C- 64% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) There's wondrous imagery, as there always is... But the filmmaker's navel-gazing tendencies slowly take over, making it clear that this is a movie by Reygadas, for Reygadas, and exists to please an audience of one. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
C 60% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) Even when it inspires laughter it doesn't inspire much else. It isn't involving enough for you to ever truly care about how these many, many problems will resolve themselves, and not funny enough for the experience to be more enjoyable. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Few filmmakers come to mind who could orchestrate these slow-burning set pieces with such precision; it's like watching a chess game in which everyone thinks they're a king but most of them are pawns - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
C 60% Charlie Says (2019) Matt Smith is miscast in the crucial role of Manson, failing to summon the cult leader's manic energy or make us understand just how it was that he had so many under his thrall. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B+ 61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is so grandly ambitious, so unabashedly its own experience, that it's impossible to dismiss despite its flaws. You may not want to play it on repeat, but this is a song that demands to be heard at full volume. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
A- 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe is inspired in the kind of performance that makes an actor being cast as a famous figure seem inevitable in hindsight. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Credit to Cooper for delivering his best, most soulful performance while pulling double duty behind the camera, but it's his co-star whose magnetism most draws you into their world - and keeps you there even when the film hits the occasional wrong note. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
A- 93% The Favourite (2018) All three members of the main trio are at their best, but it's Colman who most deserves a coronation. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 100% Pearl (2018) This is lean, muscular filmmaking that often manages to be sensual and gruff in the span of a single scene. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B- 93% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Provides more than a CliffsNotes version on its subject. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B+ 87% First Man (2018) A powerful experience that will inspire renewed awe of what Armstrong and his ilk did. It may not be a giant leap for filmmaking, but it's another small step for this filmmaker. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
B 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Less nuanced than some of its predecessors but far more stressful, it isn't an easy watch -- nor is it meant to be. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B+ 94% Angels Wear White (2018) [Qu] handles difficult subject matter with heft and grace in equal measure, giving voice to her film's victims without defining them as mere damsels. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
C+ 51% 12 Strong (2018) Fuglsig's feature debut is ultimately less an action movie and more a procedural, one in which incremental gains and minimal casualties are as much as can be hoped for. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
B 81% Early Man (2018) It is a worthy thematic bedrock. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Beyond the Hills is gorgeously austere and often exhilarating in its its slow-burning atmosphere of dread and sorrow. It - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
B+ 72% Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) (2017) "Kill Me Please" oozes style even as it betrays its influences... with a wonderfully strange ending that feels inevitable even if it doesn't make immediate logical sense - which is to say, it's a lot like so many other key moments of growing up. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
C- 47% Red Christmas (2017) Craig Anderson's Red Christmas isn't exactly a lump of coal in your stocking, but neither is it worth waking up early for on the big day. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B 91% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Little that happens in Creepy is surprising, but even less is unsatisfying. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
B+ 100% Mister Universo (2016) Not since Big Fish have we seen this world onscreen in such vivid detail, though Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's scope isn't as grandiose or fantastical as Tim Burton's. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B+ 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Once it wraps its tentacles around you, The Untamed doesn't let go -- and you might not want it to. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
B 90% Pop Aye (2017) They say the journey is often more meaningful than the destination, but both prove moving in "Pop Aye" - you don't always have to know where you're going for a trip to be worth taking. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
D 20% The House (2017) You both feel bad for the actors and wonder how it is that they never banded together to mutiny on set and demand a better script - unless, like their characters, they simply laughed all the way to the bank. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B 92% And Then I Go (2018) Grashaw keeps us guessing... By the time the end arrives, we're as surprised as Edwin and Flake want their classmates to be. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
B- 91% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) A film about the vital importance of speaking truth to power needn't be so concerned with dressing up its own frightful truths, but Nobody Speak still compels as an opening statement on journalism's dubious future. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
C 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) 47 Meters Down sinks rather than swims, even if there are a few buoyant moments along the way. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
A- 100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) Describing this transgressive take on Oedipus Rex purely in terms of plot would be as limiting as calling the King of Thebes slightly confused. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017