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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 66% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The end result feels more like a re-upped franchise than a proper video game sequel, overpowering the cast's natural appeal with set pieces engineered more for a bigger scale than a better story. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) Captures the danger and beauty of James Glaisher's real-life 1862 balloon flight, but the script by Jack Thorne weighs down Redmayne and Jones with too many fictionalized elements for the film's sense of inspiration and empowerment to get off the ground. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) Not only reframes an outlaws-on-the-run story in thrillingly contemporary, culturally relevant terms, but also finds a way to do so that combines bracing honesty about a hostile world with lyrical beauty about the relationships that make it endurable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) Where Klayman's film was anecdotal, letting Bannon hang himself with his arrogant disingenuousness, Morris' feels more intellectually rigorous - an interrogation that, by comparison, may not come across strongly enough to some as an indictment. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman offers another vivid, indelible portrait of humanity...while forging ahead with a style and creativity that feels invigorating, vital and timeless. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
83% Jesus is King (2019) At once too long for a promotional music video and too short for a proper exploration of Kanye's last year of creative exploration. But with the same earnestness as everything he's ever done, it also evidences his musical (and, daresay, spiritual) growth - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 94% You Don't Nomi (2019) McHale skillfully assembles a portrait of the film's shifting reception in popular culture both by its makers and the audiences - both for the unique space it occupies in cinema, and for what some seem eager to project upon it. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Even if Tim Miller isn't quite as far along in terms of voice and maturity as Cameron was when he tackled Terminator and Aliens, Terminator: Dark Fate showcases his considerable skill even as it marks Cameron's proper return to the world he created. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) An extraordinary narrative tapestry, aiming towards a distinct and unique finish line that aficionados of racing may be familiar with, but most audiences won't see coming. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
97% Sweetheart (2019) Not only fully delivers the conventions of genre and storytelling that audiences expect from the film's premise, but it also elevates and refines them to a sharp point. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) A mixed bag of nuts-and-bolts making-of footage, film school deconstruction, and literary analysis and theory that doesn't quite cohere. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
38% In the Tall Grass (2019) A thriller that's gorgeous and intermittently compelling but just doesn't make a whole lot of sense by the time the last secret has been unearthed. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) The way that these characters' paths intersect may involve some three-dimensional chess by screenwriter Masaru Nakamura, but Miike makes it all feel natural and look effortless... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) The Death of Dick Long is the type of film a director makes when he or she wants to paint themselves into a corner and convinces themselves they can find a way out, but just didn't. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is so thoughtful, compassionate, and just plain sweet about chronicling their pursuit of success. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit tells a story that's both pointedly contemporaneous and fundamentally timeless... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
96% Jawline (2019) Offers a surprisingly compassionate look not just at one rural Tennessee kid's bid for virtual stardom, but also at the digital celebrity-industrial complex that perpetuates itself by dehumanizing people into content-generating commodities. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Operates on such a level of half-considered logic and improbable motivations that even moderately well-mounted action can't distract audiences from how dumb it is. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
41% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Returning to the well for his second film in which thrills are in more abundant supply than oxygen, Johannes Roberts reconfirms the enduring dramatic alchemy of a hungry shark and a smorgasbord of delicious-looking people. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A short fuse carefully and conspicuously laid out to explode at the absolute last minute, relieving our anticipation, rewarding our patience, and providing an emotional catharsis... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
83% Crawl (2019) Crawl, Alexandre Aja's streamlined thriller about just that concept, manages to be so effective. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is a remarkable, powerful achievement. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) A reboot that conspicuously has all of the ingredients it needs to succeed, yet somehow manages to misuse every single one of them. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Cooley's well-told, exquisitely beautiful finale is perhaps only "very good" in comparison to the Toy stories that came before it, but a victory lap feels like more than enough... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Doesn't have enough time to account for this one label's full history, but until someone else comes along and creates the great, encyclopedic story of Blue Note, it will unfortunately have to suffice. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) What makes it all so extraordinarily frustrating is that there actually is a concept buried deep inside this disaster that reimagines the dynamic of the original film's two leads in a clever and meaningful way... - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) But as with so many aspects of the life of Bob Dylan, the myth and mystery of Rolling Thunder Revue seem to add up to more than the likely real story. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Kinberg obviously knows these characters well, and he's spent more than thirteen years bringing them to life on the screen; so why don't we actively care more about them? - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) A sharp reminder not just of the distinctive patois of Milch's work...but the intelligence and above all else sensitivity of his storytelling, filtered once again through a phenomenally rich ensemble of characters it feels deeply satisfying to revisit... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
86% Pavarotti (2019) Howard's film is a love letter to the icon, but ultimately "Pavarotti" is a more of a celebration of the individual behind that façade and a reminder that it's as much his humanity as his talent that made him a star. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman feels slightly like a missed opportunity to dig a little deeper into the life and humanity of a person who has earned his place in the pop cultural firmament. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Slightly wastes an opportunity to showcase the multigenerational reverberations of that movement because it never settles on a strong voice and specific vision to tie together their recollections into a cohesive story. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Ultimately, Aladdin transcends the limitations of its source material, creates some truly unique and memorable characterizations, and proves far more successful and sophisticated than everybody expected, or probably anybody really needed... - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Makes some astute observations about the coping mechanisms we use to protect ourselves from the world, with Jones eliciting solid performances from John Lithgow and Blythe Danner as two troubled senior citizens embarking on a tenuous courtship. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Kolstad and his collaborators have created a phenomenal ensemble of actors to populate this stylish, intriguing criminal underworld... - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
94% Shadow (2019) The filmmaker's sense of drama, imagery and choreography - always paired with meticulous plotting and deeply absorbing emotion - is as explicit, and vibrant, as ever. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) This revelatory, incredible, inspiring documentary gives you both a front-row pass to watch every hit song and backstage access to see how its musical, logistical and philosophical foundations all came together in perfect harmony. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi Gan's languid thriller owes a tremendous debt to the likes of Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai even as it forges its own indelible, impressionistic path. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
95% Some Like It Hot (1959) Ultimately, it's the whole cast and crew's commitment to an idea that on its face seem so damn silly that makes it work so well. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The movie hustles from one scene to the next with such speed that we never really get to spend time with these characters, especially Dumbo. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Ultimately, Shazam! is probably a little too mature for actual children and too childish for adults, but it's serviceable enough to warrant a sequel that explores the good, clear ideas introduced in this one. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler's filmmaking feels like the cinematic equivalent of "I'm not racist - my black friend says so," filling in supporting roles with black and Latino actors who are either reduced to stereotypes or just plain mistreated. Sometimes both. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
45% The Kid (2019) Simultaneously wants to humanize and mythologize its cowboys - and neither effort works. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have managed to create a rousing, fun superhero saga that earns the right to be viewed without needing conditions, asterisks or equivocation to evaluate its artistic worthiness - both alone and as a part of the MCU. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) DeBlois could have really maximized the film's emotional power if he'd actually made the meditative Terrence Malick movie that he tried to sneak into Toothless' mating ritual or any of its multiple, beautiful wordless sequences. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
43% What Men Want (2019) "What Men Want" showcases the kind of mainstream, multiracial comedies that audiences seem to want, but as a vehicle for a talented, hard-working performer like Henson to lead, it's less than she deserves. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 43% The Prodigy (2019) [I]n a genre full of exceptional children, The Prodigy feels painfully average. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A smart, rousing adventure that resonates unlike almost anything else being made right now, utilizing incredible technology to enhance amazing performances, and eclectic, compelling and sympathetic characters who embody imagination and inspire hope. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Neeson's acknowledgment of - and possible own fatigue with - portraying characters like these gives the latest iteration of an increasingly familiar story surprising emotionality, without depriving audiences of the expected brutality and body count. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) "Lego Movie 2" exudes a certain sort of overpowering, sensory-overload charm to muscle its way into audiences' hearts even if afterward their minds may remain a bit discombobulated by the experience. - Moviefone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019