Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Whether absolute healing is ever really possible is the question that hovers over Tell Me Who I Am up to and through its poignant conclusion. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
98% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach's devastating portrait of divorce features two of the year's finest performances courtesy of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
67% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Comedic elements [are] key to the film, which soon delivers a twis that casts its entire portrait in a different light, causing viewers to reassess not only what they've just seen, but also their assumptions about cinematic and internet truth circa 2019. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
44% Cuck (2019) Lambert stages it with a matter-of-factness that shrewdly undercuts any sense of excitement; like his camera's early serpentine trip through a laundromat ringing with foreign voices, his handling of the finale is restrained and assured. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) A biographical portrait that doubles as an origin story for today's amoral political landscape, its marriage of incisiveness and timeliness should make it an indie hit this fall. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
67% Blink of an Eye (2019) Even moviegoers with no vested interest in motorsports are apt to be moved by this bittersweet Cinderella-ish saga. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
59% Satanic Panic (2019) [Satanic Panic] successfully swings a sledgehammer at the moneyed elite-satiric service it delivers with a devilish smile. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
100% Vision Portraits (2019) A film that nimbly balances the autobiographical and the experiential. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
50% Overcomer (2019) "Overcomer" offers nothing in the way of nuance - even its title is awkward - and, also, no respite from its religious propagandizing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
81% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Brügger flip-flops between persuasive reality and outlandish make-believe, until the two are almost indecipherable from each other. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
77% Skin (2019) Bell evokes a potent sense of Bryon's shifting moral compass even as his situation threatens to spiral out of control. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense [is] a ridiculously scathing satire that refuses to go easy on men's warped notions about masculinity. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) As a bleak comedy of romantic deterioration, it can be wittily incisive. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) Three Peaks is a thriller of a decidedly unconventional sort...A more clichéd effort would have succumbed to third-act fireworks as a reward for enduring such a slow-burn build-up. But Zabeil rejects predictable paths. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% South Mountain (2019) "South Mountain" demonstrates a realistically complex conception of stock ideas like "vengeance," "moving on" and "healing," and Ethan Mass's cinematography echoes the material's dualities in its delicate interplay of light and dark. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
90% I Am Mother (2019) Green's plot is occasionally predicated on too-convenient plot point...but no amount of narrative corner-cutting can undermine the aesthetic beauty of this impressive calling-card film, which suggests bigger things to come from its promising director. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
100% The Cold Blue (2019) The Cold Blue's imagery is its nominal calling card, and its sights are apt to send shivers down one's spine-including, most poignantly, its portraits of youthful faces. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Child-in-peril scenarios and noble martyrdom inevitably play a role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Along the way, many fine actors are forced to navigate nonsensical situations and spout cornball dialogue. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) At once accessible and formally daring, echoing its subject's style while simultaneously celebrating her radical achievements. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) The Spy Behind Home Plate is assembled with the same deftness that Kempner brought to her prior The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Ritchie failed to bring his signature style to this forgettable Disney reboot. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) Eden-Smith makes the film her own, right up to the surprising, challenging and altogether sharp final note. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Waldo On Weed (2019) Avallone's portrait of whatever-it-takes parental risk and sacrifice... will help it resonate with audiences no matter their views on marijuana. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
100% General Magic (2019) As a literal origin story about how we live today, it's a captivating history lesson with global appeal. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Neel plays it straight aesthetically, marrying archival footage with newly recorded commentary, and it's the latter that gives "At the Heart of Gold" its gut-punching potency. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
No Score Yet Lost Bayou (2019) Those with a fondness for Louisiana's sultry, swampy backwoods will no doubt take to the movie's pitch-perfect regional atmosphere, but that can't compensate for a narrative that's too predictable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% The Kill Team (2019) Atrocities don't exist in a vacuum, and "The Kill Team" is most valuable - and chillingly effective - as an exposé of the means by which honorable young military men grow comfortable with perpetrating heinous crimes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019) Duplicating many of Chatwin's most notable journeys, Herzog evokes the late English wanderer's restless soul and curious fascination with profound issues that have long captivated the director. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
80% A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) The central question raised by "A Woman's Work" is articulated, simply, by Pinzone: "Why would a billion-dollar industry do this?" The callous answer, per Yu's persuasive film: because it can. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
90% Plus One (2019) Erskine has a force of personality - and whip-crack comedic timing - that energizes this superior brand of amorous adventure. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Plucked (2019) At a fleet 84 minutes, Plucked maintains suspense about the ultimate fate of the Lipinski Strad. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
94% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) It's a celebration that, if not quite definitive, proves a stirring work of nonfiction assembly. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Hitting its every note with expert precision, it's a triumph of humorous, action-packed, poignant blockbuster filmmaking. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Colewell (2019) The film's finely crafted serenity is in keeping with its main character's secluded state of affairs, and mind. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
54% The Best of Enemies (2019) This tale of a KKK president seeing the error of his ways-and bonding with a civil-right activist-feels all kinds of wrong. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
94% Screwball (2019) The saddest thing about Screwball isn't that it's eye-opening and infuriating; it's that its duplicity and villainy feel commonplace, if not inevitable. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
94% Blowin' Up (2018) With intimate access and a sharp eye for small details and big ideas, it's an eye-opening documentary that deserves an audience... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
57% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is a shaggy-dog story in the truest sense of the term, with Korine crafting it as a series of rambling episodes that echo the swirling, heady, digressive nature of a marathon bender. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) The Brink isn't just about how close we are to a right-wing revolution; it's about our frightening proximity to outright conflict, courtesy of Bannon and his ilk, who want to "fight the establishment" by stoking mankind's ugliest impulses. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% American Relapse (2019) Captures the recurring nightmare of substance abuse, which makes enduring the unthinkable (homelessness, prostitution, crime, death) an inevitable facet of one's day-to-day. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
78% The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018) There's no moralizing to be found in White Tide, as director Love revels in Rodney's misbehavior with unbridled, amused relish. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
13% No Manches Frida 2 (2019) Higareda and Chaparro smile and scowl with relish, but all the wide-eyed mugging in the world can't enliven this hyperactive grab bag of romantic clichés and penis jokes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Bruce!!!! (2019) The protagonist of the emphatically punctuated "Bruce!!!!"... [comes] across as a grating boor who cares only about himself and never manages to say or do anything the least bit funny. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
83% Porno (2019) Porno's playfully amusing critique is woven into the fabric of its plot, although just as integral to the saga's charms is Racela's fondness for rubbing his audience's noses in the shocking, the lurid and the grotesque. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Isabelle Huppert turns in a tour-de-force performance... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
60% Saint Judy (2019) Wood's achievement deserves to be celebrated. The issue is that Hanish's film never misses an opportunity to make its saga as corny as possible... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
80% The Maestro (2019) A respectable low-key tribute to the talented composer... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
76% Pledge (2019) [Pledge's] main goal is to create a sense of dawning terror from the lengths to which these wealthy kids plan to push their charges, and the amount of misery those younger teens are willing to endure for the reward of being inducted... - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Although he wastes Dern in a role that's too slight to warrant her participation in the first place, the director exhibits a knack for storytelling efficiency. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) A plea for transparency and conservation whose gorgeous 4K cinematography should make it an enticing proposition for nonfiction cinephiles and activists alike. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019