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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
45% Rebecca (2020) The leads set the tone for this unfortunate waste of time, heralding a series of issues that reflect poorly not only on this ugly retread but on much of Hollywood's recent output as a whole.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum ends up being a noxious tour of historic violence against Black folks in service of a story that has nothing novel to say about the obliterating function of whiteness and anti-Black racism.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
91% Relic (2020) When it comes to the dimensions of horror within the film, Relic is lacking. It instills dread from the very beginning, but the promise of this mood is never fully realized.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Lemonade (2016) Ultimately, Lemonade cements Beyoncé as an essential voice -- not just an entertainer.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Miss Juneteenth isn't trying to make grand proclamations about what it means to be Black in America today. The film is too smart for such grandstanding. Instead, it revels in watching Black folks just be.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
100% Losing Ground (1982) There are moments in Losing Ground that are so rich in mood, texture, and longing I can't catch my breath.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
70% The High Note (2020) The film is too afraid to look at thorny topics, like the class divide between Maggie and Grace, or the fight that Grace has to pitch every day to maintain her professional standing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) Despite its faults, On the Record is a necessary social document.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) This is a film designed to be watched while performing a menial task - folding the laundry or washing dishes.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 23, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) The Photograph is a sincerely beguiling film, even for its faults.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
39% Black Christmas (2019) Takal and Wolfe distinguish their film with an in-your-face fury aimed at contemporary campus culture's negligent approach to sexual assault and the ways in which women are forced to deal in its aftermath.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep could probably never fully stand on its own, and perhaps it's not meant to. It's a horror film with messy pleasures if you're able to meet it on its own level.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Harriet never feels like a fully formed human being with all the doubts and desires that come with that distinction.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) A haphazard mess on nearly every level, only able to work in fits and starts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
64% It Chapter Two (2019) The various ghouls that besiege the grown-up Loser's Club, all visions of Pennywise, are silly, textureless creations. With them, suspense is in short supply.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
42% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Don't Let Go is a slog.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) At its best, the movie is a vicious, richly funny, and artfully brutal tale that places Weaving's performance as its gravitational center.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
24% The Kitchen (2019) I half-expected every scene to end with a freeze-frame high five or the women yelling "girl power."‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
76% Skin (2019) The failure of the film to fully grapple with how Babs's anger pulses through the lives of the women in his orbit undercuts the tremendous work that Bell accomplishes onscreen.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
83% Crawl (2019) Crawl is a great example of a simple story exceedingly well-told. It's a bloody adventure full of teeth-gnawing turns of fortune, mordant wit, vicious gator kills, and surprising tenderness - that clocks in at a blessedly fleet 87 minutes. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) There was space in this film for a rich weaving together of ambition, anxiety, and humor, but it never came to be.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
55% Ma (2019) The true horror of the film should be in its racial landscape, but Taylor doesn't paint a clear enough picture.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
71% Nappily Ever After (2018) Unfortunately, instead of coming across as a warm throwback, Nappily Ever After is a romantic comedy saddled with a reductive understanding of black womanhood without enough cast chemistry or beauty to distract us.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) [Margot] Robbie's screen presence makes her seem, at first blush, more suited to play Kerrigan. But just a few minutes into I, Tonya, I found myself captivated by the anger and blunt physicality that define Robbie's performance.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
81% Marshall (2017) In ignoring the lived reality of colorism, Marshall creates a circumscribed version of blackness that's easy for white audiences to consume, lacks any sort of challenging narrative, and bypasses the more fascinating wrinkles in its characters' lives.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Watching Ford and Gosling onscreen together suggests an evolution of masculinity within the films, one that exists along a continuum of noir leading men, from those failing to hide their tenderhearted nature to the solemn figures who make stoicism an art.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/4 82% Detroit (2017) Detroit was directed, written, produced, shot, and edited by white creatives who do not understand the weight of the images they hone in on with an unflinching gaze.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
1/4 47% The Bad Batch (2017) A film with neither engaging emotional threads nor the kind of panache that makes such cinematic mayhem worth it.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) A Wonder Woman film that is inspiring, hopeful, blistering, and compassionate, in ways that honor what has made this character an icon.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1/4 18% Queen of the Desert (2017) An emotionally empty, thematically ill-defined, and listless affair. It is never able to communicate the complexity of the woman at its center.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/4 36% Live Cargo (2017) A film that confuses silence with great insight, beautiful imagery with emotion and the empty with the profound.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/4 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) At times, Ghost in the Shell is beautiful, even stunning. But these visual pleasures can't mask the narrative emptiness.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3.5/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick: Chapter Two demonstrates what film as an art form is all about: it awes and delights, challenges and provokes.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2.5/4 89% Doctor Strange (2016) For all of its wondrous world-building and trippy effects, Doctor Strange isn't the evolutionary step forward for Marvel that it needs to be storytelling-wise.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 88% Morris from America (2016) The palpable yearning of its characters and the strength of the lead performances find grace and power where the rest of the film can't. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/4 38% How He Fell in Love (2016) Despite how much these characters go on and on about their lives and loves, the film itself has nothing to say. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/4 77% Keanu (2016) "Keanu" is a pure pop confection that delights even as it proves to be wildly uneven.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Ultimately Kawase is more interested in charting emotional and sensory landscapes than in thinking through any narrative thread, yet there's something to be said for the movie's sincerity and simple beauty.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3.5/4 74% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle's performance is pure elegant vulgarity. He curses as if he is speaking poetry. He carries himself like a man who has lived a thousand lives.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016