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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 94% Sound of Metal (2020) Darius Marder's film captures, with urgency and tenderness, just how enticing the residue of the past can be.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
2.5/4 64% The Secrets We Keep (2020) The film is ultimately too tidy to embrace anything truly startling or unexpected, either stylistically or narratively. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3.5/4 95% The Disciple (2020) Chaitanya Tamhane gives full dimension to the rich, complex, and sometimes contradictory nature of the relationship between disciple and guru.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
2.5 97% Buoyancy (2020) The film never quite pushes beyond the archetypal nature of its scenario to fully unearth its characters' psychological turmoil.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5/4 96% Feels Good Man (2020) That the democratization of the internet has opened a doorway for fascist ideologies to openly quash democratic ones is an irony that isn't lost on the film.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
2/4 88% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) The film reeks of the extremely idealistic notions of young love that plague many a YA adaptation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2/4 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) The charitable representation of Bryan Cranston's character greatly diminishes the emotional resonance of the film's dramatic turns in the final act.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
1/4 60% Project Power (2020) The film is an unwieldy array of muddled ideas that never gel together into a cohesive whole.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2.5/4 87% Get Duked! (2020) A taut genre exercise that delivers enough surprises and cleverly timed bits of humor for its sometimes familiar, uneven narrative beats to play an original tune.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/4 85% I Used to Go Here (2020) The film is almost sadistically driven to turn a woman's trip down memory lane into fodder for cringe humor. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2020
3/4 92% We Are Little Zombies (2020) The film is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a world where emotions are accessed and revealed primarily through digital intermediaries.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
1.5/4 47% My Spy (2020) Peter Segal's film is pulled in so many different directions that it comes to feel slack. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
1.5/4 0% Run with the Hunted (2020) Some of the film's narrative threads are frustratingly unresolved, while others are wrapped up in arbitrary fashion. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2/4 76% Military Wives (2020) The film seems almost content to have you forget about everything that inspired it in the first place.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2020
3/4 100% Driveways (2020) The film's devotion to the belief that kindness can be a balm for almost any hurt is deeply moving. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
2.5/4 86% 1BR (2020) The film gives palpable expression to the sense of hopelessness felt by those who fall under the control of cults.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Nafi's Father (Baamum Nafi) (2019) The film vibrantly articulates all that's lost when people are held under the draconian decree of warlords.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
2.5/4 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) The film is suitably direct, clear-eyed, and exhaustive in documenting the massive impacts that gerrymandering has, particularly on communities of color.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2/4 63% Hope Gap (2020) So many grandiose tactics portend a grander revelation than the film's otherwise low-key three-hander delivers.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2/4 38% Wendy (2020) Wendy veers awkwardly and aimlessly between tragedy and jubilance, never accruing any lasting emotional impact. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
3/4 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) It's within the murky realm of self-doubt and spiritual anxiety that it's at its most audacious and compelling.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
2.5/4 74% The Photograph (2020) The film is at its best when it's focused on the euphoria and tribulations of its central couple.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Beginning with the reversed names in its title, the film announces itself as a distinctly feminine spin on the Grimm fairy tale.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
1.5/4 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) The film largely evades any perspectives that might question the institutions that put our soldiers in harm's way. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
1/4 14% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle's inability to completely develop any of its characters reduces the film to all pomp and no circumstance. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
1/4 22% Like a Boss (2020) Its inconsistent, half-baked characterizations would be more forgivable were they at least in the service of some inspired comedy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/4 87% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) The film is overstuffed with characters and subplots that ultimately have little to do with Ip Man and his legacy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1.5/4 39% Black Christmas (2019) Sophia Takal's remake elides the thorny, complicated nature of the original's sexual politics.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 50% The Wolf Hour (2019) The film is all surface, and its depiction of trauma becomes increasingly exploitative and hollow as it moves along. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/4 67% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) In the end, the film succumbs to the tropes and emotional contrivances of the family melodrama at its core, ending up as a serviceable yet mostly forgettable addition to the already overstuffed genre of holiday-themed films.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
1.5/4 81% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) The film is imbued with an airless blend of buoyant comedy and soap-operatic backstage drama that recalls Shakespeare in Love.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
1.5/4 44% The Addams Family (2019) Until the finale, the film tirelessly hammers home the importance of being true to yourself, yet its ultimate resolution, one of relatively uneasy compromise, confuses even that simple point.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
.5/4 0% 10 Minutes Gone (2019) Almost every element of the film has been seemingly engineered to be the ne plus ultra of slapdash ineptitude. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/4 95% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) The film is at its best when its focus remains on Ivins's fierce commitment to her ideals and willingness to speak her mind.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/4 96% Ága (2019) Milko Lazarov seems driven to record the inner workings of a singular slice of Inuit culture before it goes the way of the reindeer.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/4 42% Vita & Virginia (2019) The film frequently falls back on the stately demeanor of countless other historical biopics and period pieces.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2.5/4 45% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The film wrings white-knuckle tension less through jump scares than from the darkness of a seemingly infinite void. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
1.5/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The film peddles in the simplistic anthropomorphization that's become a hackneyed trope in numerous Hollywood dog-centric movies.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/4 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The film's improvisational feel helps to ground a fable-esque narrative in a discernible reality.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 89% Jay Myself (2019) Jay Maisel's former home suggests a bastion of creativity in a neighborhood whose rough edges have been completely sanded down. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) The film captures a man haunted by his past mistakes and nearly certain that he doesn't have the time left to begin making up for them.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/4 71% The Other Story (2019) Through this endless string of undercooked subplots, Avi Nesher's film continually trips over itself.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2/4 63% Child's Play (2019) By the end, it becomes what it initially parodies: a dime-a-dozen slasher film with a silly-looking doll as the villain.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 92% Wild Rose (2019) Tom Harper's film empathetically probes the growing pains of self-improvement.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
1.5/4 33% Being Frank (2019) The film sends the curious message that that any time an abusive parent spends with a child is time well spent.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/4 87% Pavarotti (2019) Throughout, the too-brief depictions of Luciano Pavarotti's flaws are conspicuously shrouded in a veil of hagiography.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2/4 41% The Tomorrow Man (2019) The film is content to peddle the naïve notion that love is the panacea for all that ails you.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1/4 13% The Hustle (2019) Like other gender-swapped films in recent years, The Hustle plays the identity politics game as an end in itself.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) The film preaches of the love of creative freedom, yet finds no original form of expression of its own.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1/4 28% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) With The Curse of La Llorona, the Conjuring universe has damned itself to an eternal cycle of rinse and repeat. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019