Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 62% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) Like most sequels, this isn't really a movie at all - it's a merchandising strategy. And no one needs to pay money for that. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
73% The Big Kahuna (2000) It's no surprise, of course, to see co-star Kevin Spacey tear up the screen. - Newhouse News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is vintage Scorsese, with an often sinuously moving camera, occasional break-the-fourth-wall monologues, wicked wise-guy humour, and explosions of sudden tenderness and casual violence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
90% First Cow (2020) Perfectly made, perfectly acted and ultimately moving - a melancholy memory in miniature, a Daguerreotype of a distant time that may be more like our own than we know. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Vitalina Varela (2019) Vitalina Varela is both richly familiar and profoundly unique; if occasionally a challenge to watch. Its grim story is star Vitalina Varela's own. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
80% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) The movie's message, however simple it may be, is definitely hard to ignore. Even as much as we might want to try. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
83% The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019) LeRoi ambitiously fills the film with sounds and images, but none of it adds anything to the story's simple message. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
40% The Giant (2019) Deliberately elliptical, only elusively dramatic, it's a movie that leaves audiences wanting more - or maybe less, but definitely wanting. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) [A]ided by Jennifer Lopez' career-best performance as a duplicitous diva, its celebration of female force and friendship is likely to draw and delight fans - particularly if they've first fortified themselves with a few frozen margaritas. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
100% Hope (Håp) (2019) Sødahl... is an artist of quiet, disciplined observance. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2.5/5 30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) Holy Lands isn't a bad movie. It's four mediocre movies mixed together. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
54% Ma (2019) The script takes forever to get started, and once it's going, labours to create a single plausible character. Nor can Taylor, who last handled the dreary The Girl On The Train, wring any suspense from his scenes. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The Secret Life of Pets 2 may not offer a new tale, but it certainly knows the joy of greeting happy, wagging ones. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
33% Domino (2019) Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but Domino dishes it up as a sloppy mess of warmed-over clichés. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
55% American Woman (2019) The movie unfolds in a quiet parade of deft dialogue and slowly deepening characters... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% All I Can Say (2019) It's guaranteed to become a must-see for fans of the band, or anyone interested in '90s music, and would make a fine addition to any boxed set of the group's work. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Blow the Man Down (2019) It should appeal strongly to younger audiences interested in risky filmmaking, and to sophisticated older ones who'll appreciate a movie where the AARP generation takes the lead. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% 17 Blocks (2019) The filmmaker refuses to judge, or get involved, and that insistence on pure, objective observation is both crucial and sure to inspire debate. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
88% Swallow (2019) As Hunter, Bennett - who also served as an executive producer - holds it all together, creating a character out of a syndrome, and refusing to ask for sympathy or pity or, really, anything but our understanding. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) This is a small, carefully crafted film that tries hard to pierce the protective armor of a recluse known to be difficult and domineering. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
89% Burning Cane (2019) If this is what its young director can do with a tiny budget, what will he do with a larger one? - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
70% The Kill Team (2019) It's well worth watching, and thinking on. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
95% Come to Daddy (2019) Featuring some literally toxic masculinity, Come to Daddy starts out like a nasty drama, ends up as a gruesomely gory, coldly comic revenge thriller - and desperately loses its way somewhere in-between. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
78% Watergate (2019) Watergate is a fascinating film that both draws disturbing parallels and offers the opposition encouragement. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% Driveways (2019) It's pleasantly comforting, and goes down easily - but afterwards, you have to work hard to remember if you even had it at all. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
91% Luce (2019) It's a strong indie film about race, family and trust that should connect with fans of smart, provocative cinema. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
70% The Wolf Hour (2019) A claustrophobic film that demands - and receives - the gift of a powerful, practically one-woman show from Watts. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
83% Always in Season (2019) Olive, who stays offscreen and mostly unheard, has an impressive talent for drawing out her emotionally raw subjects, with editor Don Bernier wisely letting the scenes run long, as people try, not always successfully, to hold back tears. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) A peculiar hybrid that feels too strange for multiplex audiences and too schmaltzy for the arthouse crowd. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
No Score Yet Silvia (2018) With Esteve handling production, direction, writing and editing, it's obviously the work of a still deeply devoted daughter. Unfortunately, she also remains its best audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is determined to make us see. To really see. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) Rocky and Adonis are back for a return match and a solid sequel. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The smartest kind of sequel. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) It's no fun picking on a movie that was obviously made for so many good reasons. But it's even less fun sitting through it. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Whatever your views [...], expect to see The Front Runner thoroughly respect and challenge them. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) An accomplished director pens a love letter to one of cinema's greatest. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) That girl with the dragon tattoo is back and badder than ever, in a secret-agent story that's part Bond, part bondage. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Rowan Atkinson returns as a clueless spy in a mostly mirthless comedy. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
11% Change in the Air (2018) A quiet drama about an inspiring visitor never takes wing. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
8% I Still See You (2018) There's too much science, not enough fiction, in this sci-fi spook-show. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
65% Stella's Last Weekend (2018) Real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff are squabbling siblings in this weak rom-com. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
31% Loving Pablo (2018) Even Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz can't enliven this drug lord's love story. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Even when he's shouting, he's saying things everyone ought to hear. Even the people he doesn't like. Even the people who don't like him. - NJ Next EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
78% Black '47 (2018) The level on which it works is primal-and frighteningly effective. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
78% Bad Reputation (2018) An admiring documentary gives rocker Joan Jett her due. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Eli Roth knows what he's doing-and that means carefully mixing the scares and stillness for a horror comedy that's made-to-order for certain monster-loving 10-year-olds. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Even if you disagree with Moore, it's hard not to admire his bravura filmmaking. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
41% Where Hands Touch (2018) Where Hands Touch, for all its weaknesses, does boast two strong performances by its actresses. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
48% Bel Canto (2018) Feels a little cheap and shortchanged. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
33% The Innocent (Der Unschuldige) (2018) It's often a perplexing film... mixing one part First Reformed to two parts The Killing of a Sacred Deer while, unfortunately, failing to provide the cogent themes or philosophy of either. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018