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T-Meter Title | Year
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's an uneasy balance between Jojo Rabbit's "Look at these idiots" mentality and the film's more conventional "Learn to love each other" arc. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
71% The King (2019) Separate from Shakespeare's influence, The King doesn't quite work. Its greatest strength is its visual language, which focuses on the tedium of war. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Antonio Banderas is riveting in Pedro Almodóvar's pensive, nostalgic, and contemplative Pain and Glory. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
70% The Kill Team (2019) The Kill Team's depiction of toxic masculinity and bloodthirstiness within the U.S. Army is blunted by an overly passive lead performance and a lack of specificity in its storytelling. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B- 72% Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo makes a compelling Harriet Tubman in Harriet, a slightly shallow biopic of the American hero. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) Lacking a visually pleasing animation style and or a unique story, The Addams Family is less kooky and ooky than eh, okay. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
1.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) The technology of Gemini Man may be amazing, but the narrative is anything but. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/5 25% Countdown (2019) The constant loud noises and jump scares of Countdown are only enjoyable for truly novice horror watchers. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Lucy in the Sky wastes Natalie Portman in a film that fails to grasp that not every story about women is one of empowerment. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
100% Saudi Women's Driving School (2019) Documentary Saudi Women's Driving School goes hard on girl power moments, but its attempt at objectivity sometimes feels artificial. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Tigers Are Not Afraid is unrelenting in the darkness of its material, but Issa López merges the genre conventions of fairy tales and ghost stories with the genuinely dizzying emotions of childhood. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Narrative details of Monos are opaque; instead, the film focuses on the shifting power dynamics of this adolescent group, playing out like a fusion of Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong Joon Ho's Cannes winner Parasite is a fantastically dark, horrendously bleak portrait of classist indoctrination. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
60% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) In the Shadow of the Moon is inconsistently fascinating, often muddled, and totally ignorant of why time travel rules. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% Rocks (2019) Rocks shows us British communities we don't normally see in narratives about young women, giving the film's empowering underpinnings urgency and presentness. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) With a pitch-perfect performance from Jillian Bell, Brittany Runs a Marathon is consistently honest in its conversations about weight, wellness, and self-worth. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
73% Low Tide (2019) Low Tide impressively makes its own statement about the soul-decaying potential of one decision while simultaneously paying homage to the coming-of-age stories that shaped it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
91% Calm With Horses (2019) The elements of Calm With Horses that are successful are nauseatingly bloody, emotionally engaging, and unrelentingly tense. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 82% Abominable (2019) Abominable is gorgeously animated, but the story is a little lacking, with a protagonist whose journey is so focused on other characters that we learn little about her own life. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) The ceaseless violence of the Syrian Civil War and the resilience of those who remain is captured in Feras Fayyad's unflinching The Cave. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Brad Pitt reminds us why he's a goddamn star in James Gray's gorgeous, contemplative, and masculinity-puncturing Ad Astra. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch isn't a filmmaking travesty, but it is a mess, a movie trying so hard to be prestigious that it fails to be anything at all. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
26% Otherhood (2019) Otherhood relies on resentful child shaming to communicate a tiring portrait of meddling mothers as martyrs. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
61% Falling Inn Love (2019) Falling Inn Love isn't high art, but it is a good-enough 'turn off your brain and watch pretty people be pretty together' diversion. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
82% Official Secrets (2019) Keira Knightley is excellent in Official Secrets, but there's no sense of tension or thrill here, no propulsive thrust forward, in the surprisingly dull whistleblower drama. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Son-Mother (Pesar-Madar) (2019) Son-Mother is an authentic representation of an essential human relationship that is torn apart, bit by bit, by people who think they're helping. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Love Child (2019) Eva Mulvad is given unfettered access to Sahand and Leila for Love Child, and that closeness helps viewers understand the myriad ways the family is being pushed and pulled. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
13% Dirt Music (2019) Dirt Music is 1 hour of a self-aware film that feels like a '90s throwback, and 1 hour of an increasingly convoluted narrative that reaches Nicholas Sparks levels of hackneyed. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
78% Jungleland (2019) Charlie Hunnam goes against type and brings dirtbag energy to Jungleland, which puts an engrossingly gritty twist on the boxing movie. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
85% Synchronic (2019) Synchronic is too imbalanced to be a new genre classic, in need of more reflection from its characters and more risk-taking with its sci-fi elements, but Anthony Mackie is a strong lead. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 74% Yomeddine (2019) Yomeddine is carried along by strong performances from its central pair of actors, whose affection for each other permeates throughout a narrative of both tragedy and triumph. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 96% Love, Antosha (2019) Though clearly an adoring tribute, Love, Antosha allows its subject a sort of complicated humanity that expands our understanding of him. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
C+ 50% Bloodline (2019) Bloodline gives its characters just enough interiority to probe at the idea that parenthood's 'love and total panic at the same time' can push someone toward murderous madness. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
30% Endings, Beginnings (2019) Filmmaker Drake Doremus centers a female perspective with Endings, Beginnings, but the result is a narrow view of womanhood. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
90% Ford v Ferrari (2019) James Mangold has such confidence in Ford v Ferrari, the performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale are so solid, and the aesthetics so good that you'll steadily get drawn in. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat plays with breaking down the fourth wall and self-aware performance but also ends with a scene so thoroughly condescending that I was appalled. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
No Score Yet Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie (2009) While the storyline is a bit expected - this is Disney, after all, and siblings must get along while parents devotedly love them - it's the kids - acting and surprisingly believable special effects which make the film work. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams shine in After the Wedding, in which questions about philanthropy, good intentions, and romantic honesty are all under consideration. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen could have been three pretty solid movies if each main character had her own separate film, but as one combined portrait of '70s womanhood, the cohesion just isn't there. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4.5/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A humorous script and thoughtful spin on the source material make Dora and the Lost City of Gold one of the most enjoyable family films of the summer. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is an exploration into the depths which humanity will sink to in its lust for dominance and superiority, and the bodies and carnage left behind by that desire. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is an overly long, generic-feeling experiment in blowing things up and ogling half-naked women. These characters barely drive anymore! - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) The Red Sea Diving Resort is staggering in its utter lack of self-awareness, a movie attempting (and failing) to be very righteous in its discussion of refugee rights and displaced peoples. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood may be a familiar exploration of the line between justice and revenge, but it's also Quentin Tarantino's most melancholic, introspective movie in years. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) How The Farewell balances questions about cultural heritage and the morality of honesty is immersive and lovely. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King feels less like watching a cohesive film and more like listening to a separate audio track narrating what is happening onscreen. The two halves don't mesh. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Alongside the demonstrations of exceptional bloodshed and ritual sacrifice in Midsommar is a complex web of imagery and world-building that hints at customs that have thrived in isolation. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Although Spider-Man: Far From Home feels like it was released a bit too soon after Avengers: Endgame, the high school-focused sequel is still funny, frothy, and fun. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
100% Anima (2019) It's an eternal question-Can we be more than we were originally built for?-and one Anima considers with moments both uncanny and beautiful. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The possibility of a Beatles-less reality opens up a new world of storytelling, but not in Yesterday, which uses it to tell a disappointingly familiar story about falling in love. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019