Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It's a period drama of burning intensity that brilliantly captures the collaboration of creator and muse through its gaze. Sciamma delivers a bittersweet, subversive, and honest depiction of lesbian love of the highest caliber. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Toying with the classic elements of films like Clue, Murder By Death, and the countless Agatha Christie adaptations, Rian Johnson crafts a clever puzzle that is relevant and political. - The Simple Cinephile EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
92% Klaus (2019) Klaus' warmth, wrapped up in classic 2D and tied together with magic and joy, makes it a perfect family holiday viewing affair that might just become a Christmas classic. - Thrillist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) An impossible mission with a clever hand, Charlie's Angels is a satisfying experience and a revitalization of a story for a new audience of Angels. - The Reel Roundup EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
7/10 94% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) The Ground Beneath My Feet is writer-director Marie Kreutzer's take on the 21st century working woman. It's a jarring confrontation, a mirror placed in front of the audience to show how we're working ourselves to death. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Philophobia: Or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) Tyler Cole's debut feature is unlike any breakup movie before it. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Drawing on his own experiences with prejudice growing up Jewish, writer-director Waititi makes a powerful and humorous satire of Nazi culture, a statement against hate, and a look at the absurdity of violence. - The Simple Cinephile EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 13% Prey (2019) Despite the suspenseful premise, Prey turns in one of Blumhouse's weaker productions, which all comes down to unoriginality and an underdeveloped backstory. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 81% Sea Fever (2019) Neasa Hardiman's latest feature is a triumph in atmospheric horror. Sea Fever is a thrilling ride that excites and frightens. It's a slow burn, or more like a slow drowning, that's bound to make you seasick. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 100% Spiral (2019) Director Kurtis David Harder, producer of Harpoon and What Keeps You Alive, has crafted a film whose title, Spiral, is symbolic of the endless cycle of hate that plagues the world and America in particular. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 100% Sell By (2019) Drowning in Robert Wise's Pinterest board of apartment aesthetics is a narrative of equal parts wit and sentiment - a touching, funny tale of modern love. - Gay Essential EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's the star power and performances by its cast that result in the film being a satisfactory fantasy dish. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 43% The Song of Names (2019) [François] Girard proves once again that he's a master of music. By weaving both original compositions and classic works flawlessly into the film, The Song of Names becomes a solemn reflection on war and a lost brotherhood. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
6/10 58% Frankie (2019) Frankie, while about a family, is also a portrait of a woman face to face with her own mortality, and how, no matter our stage of life, we desperately try to avoid the inevitable. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
8/10 80% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) Arab Blues is an entertaining Tunisian culture clash comedy - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
9/10 83% Official Secrets (2019) Hood succeeds in producing one of the best films of the year, a story of heroism by a woman who had nothing to gain, but everything to lose. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3.5/5 67% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) If someone decided to make a documentary about those mothers who go on Dr. Phil to talk about how their young child is trying to stab them in their sleep, it would probably look something like Katrin Gebbe's Pelican Blood. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
6/10 86% Flatland (2019) While Flatland does take some uncomfortable turns and makes some jarring editing and directorial choices, it's also thought-provoking and captivating, thanks to its strong cast of women. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 89% Riot Girls (2019) Jovanka Vuckovic's feature debut, Riot Girls, succeeds in separating itself from the mould, with a hard rock survival tale that feels like something The CW could produce at their full potential. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 70% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019) Clifton Hill is a story wrapped in the ambiguity of truths and the danger of lies, told through the eyes of Abby, one of the most interesting and complex characters of the year. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) All in all ... It Chapter Two still packs the right amount of heart, and its emotionally cathartic ending almost makes its drawn-out execution worth it. - The Reel Roundup EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Angelique's Isle (2018) At its core ... it's a film about the experiences of Indigenous women and how white men would stop at nothing to see them suffer until there's nothing left. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2/5 71% Gwen (2019) Gwen is a film that clearly has an itch for The Witch, but while it succeeds in creating a similar atmosphere, it lacks the lore to really make this a successful horror film. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Unabashedly cheesy and a charming coming-of-age tale featuring a breakthrough performance by its lead, Blinded by the Light sticks to convention, while at the same time, being entirely authentic. - The Reel Roundup EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) The narrative is a mess at times ... and too incoherent in its exploration of character motivations, but the drama is there, with all the shocking and violent moments you can expect from a mob tale. - The Mary Sue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) Not only do director Pastoll and writer Blaney deliver a solid vengeance thriller, but ... [they] manage to craft a strong female lead and a script that has a self-awareness in regards to how society, especially men, look at less-advantaged women. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
100% Extra Ordinary (2020) You can tell that Extra Ordinary was a project brought together by people who love the [horror] genre, and it could easily be added to any best debuts list. - Exclaim! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
86% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) With emotions just as raw, this is a story that fans needed. It celebrates an artist whose star power will always burn bright, and whose artistic nature set him apart. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) While this did bring the level of hilarity expected from the drunken Sparrow, a new look into his past, and a wonderfully immersive setting all brought to life by its classic score, it's an inconsequential chapter in this swashbuckling series. - Reel Honey EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
79% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled is a southern gothic tale about why it's not a good idea to invite strangers into your home. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde is a groundbreaking tour de force for the spy genre. The way the story is written and told makes you want to see it again as soon as the credits roll. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
87% Wind River (2017) Inspired by true events, Wind River isn't a film about one story, it's about something bigger: The injustice faced by murdered and missing Indigenous women. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
73% Viceroy's House (2017) Chadha presents a wonderful representation of Indian culture and history (along with her staple Bollywood style with some song and dance). - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
87% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate, the feature-length debut of Sundance Film Festival's Breakthrough Director winner, Maggie Betts, is a stylish and ambitious take on a historical moment in the transformation of Catholicism. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
7% The Snowman (2017) The only positive that the film has to offer is its picturesque cinematography of Norway which, thankfully, manages to distract the audience enough so they don't leap out of their seat out of frustration and walk out of the theatre. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
31% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) A Bad Moms Christmas is one of the best comedies of [2017], and a feel-good movie that every mother and daughter should see ( ... ) -- it will offer them laughs, and their first fix of holiday cheer. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
97% Coco (2017) Coco will tug at your heartstrings as it explores a culture often neglected, and a narrative that is incredibly important in the hopes of continuing the trend of cultural exploration ( ... ). - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
99% Lady Bird (2017) Never has the tug of war mother-daughter relationship been so brutally honest on film. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
89% I, Tonya (2018) The film certainly leaves room for opinion, but aims to give a more compassionate view of Harding, almost aiding in a kind of redemption. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington 2 brings many laughs, superb visual ingenuity, and a sincere, unique story with all the warmth that the world needs. - Enthuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
73% The Incredible Shrinking Wknd (El increíble finde menguante) (2019) Writer-director Caballero didn't make a film whose main goal was to figure out how to stop the loop, but rather, it's about how many chances some of us need to better ourselves. - The Simple Cinephile EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
61% Satanic Panic (2019) While it's wonderful to see a message like this conveyed in such a genre, Stardust's film takes a little too long to establish what it's trying to say. And as a result, the impact wanes. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/5 83% 8 (2019) While [8] may lack scare factor, it's an unsettling western horror that gives off the same energy as the best ghost stories told under dim candlelight. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 91% The Wretched (2019) The Wretched is a wicked and suspenseful thrill until the very end -- a film that will make you weary of every dark corner in anticipation of the long, clawed hand that could reach out from within. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/5 72% Knives and Skin (2019) Reeder proves she has a bold eye for filmmaking, but it doesn't live up to its potential with her script's lack of focus ... With a poster that has the tagline, 'Have you seen Carolyn Harper?' the film risks the audience asking by the end, 'Who?!' - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita & Virginia pens a revisionist take on Virginia Woolf ... that has never been seen before ... [Button and Atkins] craft a script that questions what is masculine, what is feminine, and how these binaries create damaging absolutes. - GO Mag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Full of surprising twists and one of the best endings of the year, Stearns truly triumphs in his second feature-length directorial work. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
2.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) While it's a movie that packs both physical and comedic jabs from start to finish, at least managing to keep the audience entertained, it ends up feeling as uninspired as its title. - The Reel Roundup EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Olnek pens a story that is refreshing for the genre. It's not melancholy or narratively conflict-heavy as most queer stories are -- it's a comedy. - Daze Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/5 83% Her Smell (2019) [Becky Something is] her own being and Moss truly lives in her skin. And it doesn't matter that she isn't the best singer; there's a heartbroken sound to her music. A vulnerability that is hidden underneath selfishness and egotism. - Daze Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019