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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 28% Antebellum (2020) "Antebellum" looks like it might deliver a timely reckoning with the most pernicious undersides of the American myth. Instead, it offers viewers an intriguing idea that's simultaneously undercooked and awkwardly overstated.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/4 100% Residue (2020) Merawi Gerima makes a stunning feature debut with "Residue," a moving homage to the Northeast Washington neighborhood where he grew up.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/4 75% Mulan (2020) Little girls might be better off sticking with the cartoon for now; but this opulent, ambitious production and Liu's focused, intrepid performance at its center, gives them something to grow into.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/4 93% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) If ever a match were made in cine-literary heaven it would be Charles Dickens and Armando Iannucci, each a master of probing social criticism, slashing wit and floridly besotted love of language.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/4 100% Coup 53 (2020) As enlightening as "Coup 53" is as a secret history, it's even more satisfying as an aesthetic exercise, treating viewers to one of cleverest workarounds in cinematic problem-solving in recent memory.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
1.5/4 63% The Devil's Advocate (1997) Pacino's gleeful performance notwithstanding, "The Devil's Advocate" descends into silly self-indulgence when it should have gone straight to hell.‐ Baltimore Sun
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
2.5/4 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) A vivid but vaporous portrait of collective unease that feels uncannily of this moment.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3/4 85% I Used to Go Here (2020) With modesty, precision and wry compassion, "I Used to Go Here" limns human nature at its most contradictory and indefinable, offering a textbook example - at least until the right German word comes along.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/4 98% The Fight (2020) [An] engrossing and ultimately inspiring examination of ideals in action...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
2.5/4 100% Days of the Whale (Los días de la ballena) (2020) Propelled by a lyrical, pulsing soundtrack of Colombian rock, hip-hop and bolero, "Days of the Whale" is less a character study, or even a love story than a vibrant study in swirling perpetual motion.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
2/4 61% Radioactive (2020) Despite Satrapi's best efforts to smooth out the story and imbue it with depth and theatrical interest, the story can't overcome some of its most unwieldy structural flaws.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/4 81% The Old Guard (2020) Unlike similar flights of escapism and potency, this one never loses sight of the "human" part of superhuman.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
2.5/4 92% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) An absorbing portrait of drinking life in all its joys - fellowship, high spirits and fleeting, flirty intimacy - and sorrows.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Outpost (2020) The most haunting issues the film raises... remain long after the smoke and dust have cleared.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
3/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Its moments of stinging insight and soaring cinematic rhetoric once again prove why Spike Lee might be America's most indispensable filmmaker.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) On its face, "The King of Staten Island" may look like a thwarted, entitled young man getting his act together, but it gains momentum to become a portrait of trauma and unresolved grief.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 87% Shirley (2020) Moss delivers a ferocious star turn in a film that functions primarily as a showcase for her tough, uncompromising talents.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
2.5/4 70% The High Note (2020) If this iteration doesn't quite achieve the full liftoff of the best of the form, it still manages to hit more than a few pleasure centers as a summery slice of light escapism.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
4/4 99% On the Record (2020) Not just a riveting piece of investigative filmmaking, but a comprehensive and crucially important historical text - an accomplishment all the more remarkable for being so economical...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Winterbottom photographs "The Trip to Greece" with sparkling, sun-kissed luxuriance, keeping things at a pacey but unhurried clip and using Michael Nyman's lilting and meditative music to its fullest advantage.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
3/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) To every girl who watched "Almost Famous" and "High Fidelity" and bears the scars of trying to shoehorn her inner self into the male protagonist's cramped psyche, "How to Build a Girl" arrives like a soothing, if imperfect, balm.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/4 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) With a wealth of archival material to work with, Wolf does a superb job of sending viewers back into the 1980s and 1990s...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/4 87% The Infiltrators (2020) This invaluable film gives an unforgettable face to people who for years have been hiding quietly and productively in plain sight - in our neighborhoods, offices, restaurants and classrooms.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3.5/4 97% The Half of It (2020) This breezy, self-aware and utterly adorable coming-of-age tale keeps one eye on literary and cinematic classics, and the other firmly on a future full of exploration, self-expression and buoyant expectation.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
92% Holy Motors (2012) An electrifying, confounding, what-the-hell-just-happened exercise in unbounded imagination, unapologetic theatricality, bravura acting and head-over-heels movie-love.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
3/4 95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Equal parts celebration and self-congratulation, "Beastie Boys Story" might be manna from heaven for completists, but also embeds a spirited social history of American culture in the 1980s and 1990s...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 88% Selah and the Spades (2020) Poe may not stick the landing with 100-percent success, but along the way she builds a world of imagination, daring and genuine substance.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
3/4 80% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) This well-researched dive into mid-century social history treats viewers to a cornucopia of delicious photographs to accompany Cunningham's narration, plunging us into a world that feels both immediate and heartbreakingly gone forever.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
4/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) With empathy and outrage that cut equally deeply, Hittman reminds us: This is a girl's life in a man's world.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
3/4 87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) This absorbing and ultimately shattering portrayal of the costs of a late-capitalist system obsessed with convenience, efficiency and nanosecond precision couldn't be more timely.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
3/4 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) In its own gentle but sure-eyed way, this movie cuts deliciously deep.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3/4 89% Swallow (2020) In "Swallow," Bennett finally comes into her own as the kind of leading lady who is more than just a pretty face, and can occupy the screen and hold it, with commanding authority.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/4 96% First Cow (2020) We might go into a Kelly Reichardt movie thinking we'll be told a story, but we emerge with our consciousness subtly and radically altered.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
1/4 56% The Hunt (2020) 'The Hunt," a movie straining so hard to be edgily of-the-moment that it can't help but be utterly irrelevant, strives to impress viewers with sadistic killings, oozing viscera and extravagant gushers of blood.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2.5/4 78% The Banker (2020) The Banker" is the kind of mainstream, old-fashioned movie that gives middlebrow a good name: It may not be a solid-gold slam-dunk, but it delivers on the audience's investment, with minimum risk and modest interest.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/4 83% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Even at its most painful, the Band's story captures something golden, incendiary and wistfully beautiful - "so beautiful," Robertson reflects, "that it went up in flames."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
92% Premature (2020) "Premature" is a delicious slow-burn of a movie, the kind of coming-of-age tale that looks familiar on the surface only to reveal hidden depths of beauty and meaning.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/4 88% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) "What She Said" pays fitting homage, not just to a great writer but to a vanished age.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) True to its title, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" generates more than its share of heat, even if it never truly becomes an engulfing flame.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 88% Les Misérables (2020) With "Les Misérables," Ly delivers a passionate protest on behalf of an entire generation, whose future has largely been foreclosed.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) From its smooth visuals and warm, swinging sounds to its magnificent performances, "Just Mercy" is masterfully constructed to keep us inside a story that otherwise would be too brutal to bear.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) "A Hidden Life" is indisputably the finest work Malick has produced in eight years, as an examination of faith, conviction and sacrifice, but also as proof of concept for his own idiosyncratic style.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) It would be hard to find a "Little Women" more suited to its times, for love or money.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
2.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) What might have been easily dismissed as little more than a simplistic stunt, instead becomes a potent and unforgettable piece of cinema.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/4 69% Bombshell (2019) For its part, "Bombshell" tells a crucial chapter of that larger tale with coolheaded style and heated indignation. Its aim might be narrow, but it hits the target.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/4 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Every shot in "Mickey and the Bear" is scrupulously judged but never overworked or fussy, resulting in a movie that is as artful as it is unforced.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) This lively, intriguing and insistently humanistic flight of fancy... brims with wit, warmth and some tantalizing what-ifs.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
2/4 24% A Thousand Acres (1997) Both beg the question of whether rage or forgiveness is the correct moral response to immoral acts. It's a good question, but one that's probably better contemplated by reading a good book rather than watching a pale imitation.‐ Baltimore Sun
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) Once the game is afoot in "Knives Out," its step is never less than light, swift and sure.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) At its best, "Queen & Slim" isn't just a crime drama but a nuanced portrayal of family, legacy and self-preservation - how they're distorted by trauma and history, and how they thrive despite the near-constant threat of annihilation.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019