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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 70% Radium Girls (2020) Some things, it seems, never change, and even though "Radium Girls" struggles to deliver that message with as fine a point as it should, it's worth remembering.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B 57% The Sounding (2020) Rich in its execution and careful in its approach, "The Sounding" resonates.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B 71% American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself (2020) It's nearly impossible to absorb all this rage, but Pelosi endeavors to synthesize it into one frenetic portrait of a country on the brink. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
D+ 44% The Lie (2020) Too stupid to be the hard-hitting drama it was first sold as and too self-important to be the black comedy it really should be, Sud's film is a master class in bad decision-making, improbable choices, and overwrought acting.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B 84% Yellow Rose (2020) Diane Paragas' film finds fresh ground to explore the price and the power of the American dream, bolstered by country crooning and heartbreaking (and very real) legal worries. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B 79% The Kid Detective (2020) Something curious, laced with pitch black comedy and a major dose of tragedy, a winking sense of genre, and a stellar performance from Adam Brody.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
B 85% BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020) The K-pop phenomenon may still feel new to some consumers (it's not), but if nothing else, Suh's film handily does away with the sense that these superstars are simply part of a pre-packaged cultural machine.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
C+ 50% Evil Eye (2020) Even then, it's too late, and while "Evil Eye" packs plenty of compelling cultural specificity inside its frames, it never attempts to dig any deeper into the wider world of that stuff that would scare anyone.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B- 75% A Call to Spy (2020) Like the story it follows, it's the result of many talented women working together for the common good.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
B- 81% Scare Me (2020) "Scare Me" packs ambitious ideas inside a small-scale concept.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
C+ 100% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2020) Those are smart creative choices. While "Spring Blossom" may demand judicious pruning, it hints at bigger things yet to bloom for Lindon. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C 67% 180 Degree Rule (Khate Farzi) (2020) "180 Degree Rule" doesn't violate its eponymous inspiration in terms of cinematic language, but Samadi does seem oddly insistent on bucking other film rules, like basic character development‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C+ 83% Misbehaviour (2020) Stellar performances can only carry it so far, and when "Misbehaviour" finally puts all its disparate pieces and people together, the result isn't exciting so much as inevitable and hammily handled.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C+ 80% Kiss the Ground (2020) While platitudes about how this is really just about love - not money or industry or good old-fashioned greed - are far too simplistic, at least the movie attempts to make its issues feel personal enough to make people care.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B+ 53% Good Joe Bell (2020) While formulaic on its face, Green's film resists the sort of obvious cinematic catharsis expected of such a story, resulting in a final product that earns its emotional beats.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
B 74% Shadow in the Cloud (2020) "Shadow in the Cloud" is the most bonkers mash-up of monster movie and World War II drama since, well, at least this year.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
B- 93% I Care a Lot (2020) With a slight twist in either direction, "I Care a Lot" could be a horror film or a wrenching drama, but Blakeson's dark humor keeps it feeling, even in its worst moments, hugely entertaining.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
C 72% Ammonite (2020) Loving someone doesn't ensure you will always be able to understand them; Lee and his stars may love these characters, but they never understand them. Neither can we.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B- 63% Penguin Bloom (2020) "Penguin Bloom" meanders a bit before coming in to land. The path there might be predictable, but there is still something beautiful when it really takes flight.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
C+ 86% The Way I See It (2020) The documentary's scattered storytelling never gets in the way of its emotional power, which is staggering.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B 89% Unpregnant (2020) Bolstered by winning, real performances from its leads, "Unpregnant" will delight as much as it stings, a sterling reminder of how many stories about this very subject are still demanding to be told.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
A- 97% One Night in Miami (2020) "One Night in Miami" hits so hard because it remains joyfully, often painfully grounded in what makes a person extraordinary, even when the world isn't ready for them.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
B 91% Enola Holmes (2020) "Enola Holmes" reveals itself to be genuinely appealing for a wide audience.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
C+ 38% Miss Marx (2020) Nicchiarelli's latest is guilty of the cardinal sin of the genre: boxing an indelible real-life star into movie-ready constraints.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
C 95% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) [Ireland's] the kind of scream queen we need these days - emotive, real, deeply human - even if "The Dark and the Wicked" doesn't always rise up to meet her powers.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B 78% I Am Greta (2020) "I Am Greta" is intent on reminding people that she's really just a kid who has a big dream. The key, of course, is that Thunberg's dream, by its very nature, has no time to waste.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B+ 74% Mulan (2020) In Niki Caro's "Mulan," that story elegantly and energetically moves forward, a timeless message made for right now.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
B 74% All Together Now (2020) "All Together Now" isn't cheesy, and much of that is due to Cravalho's appealingly low-key performance that bypasses the most obvious choices in favor of building a character that feels lived in and real.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
D+ 13% Endless (2020) As "Endless" limps toward a tidy ending, never willing to wrestle with anything as big as love and life and what happens after, those possibilities are snuffed out in favor of cheap epherma.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
C 45% Magic Camp (2020) Magic Camp can't conjure up enough zing to put on the kind of show they deserve, something weird, something different, something even a little bit magical.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B- 88% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Eager to split the difference between age-appropriate entertainment and raw honesty, "Words on Bathroom Walls" hedges a bit in its final act, delivering the kind of happy ending only seen in movies. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
C+ 70% The Sleepover (2020) Nothing about "The Sleepover" will surprise, and at its best, that's a comfort; at its worst, it will put you right to sleep.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) A smart kids' movie that is likely to really stick with its youngest viewers.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
C+ 60% Project Power (2020) It's a lot for one film, and "Project Power" never revs up enough gusto to power through its biggest, best ideas and deliver on their promise.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
C+ 80% Spinster (2020) She's just dead boring to be around, and even Peretti, a gifted natural comedian, can't breathe much life into such a purely unlikable character.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
C+ 85% Work It (2020) Anyone who has seen even one film centered on high schoolers dancing it up and making their way in the world ("Step Up," "Bring It On," "Save the Last Dance," and the like) will know exactly where "Work It" is going.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
B- 64% The Secret Garden (2020) This film is not the best representation of Burnett's works, which toed the line between the magical and the painfully - but in the moments when it succeeds, "The Secret Garden" blossoms into something beautiful.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
C+ 94% The Weight of Gold (2020) "The Weight of Gold" at least doesn't skimp on its most basic of messages. But by the time it pushes into its messy, often emotional second half, those messages become far less easy to follow. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
B- 67% Seriously Single (2020) For fans the genre, it's a pleasing new entry - one that should hopefully remind audiences of the power of its charms, from talented stars to an uncanny ability to make any kind of love story feel (seriously) worthy of exploration.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
B 77% Summerland (2020) While much of what Swale has crafted here is familiar, the film's loving tone and Arterton's compelling performance recommend it, and the result is a warm drama never afraid of a little magic.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
C+ 29% The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) While it offers some necessary growth for all of its characters, "The Kissing Booth 2" can never resist looking and acting like dozens of other offerings of its genre ilk, unable to grow beyond basic complications and done-to-death dramas.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
C+ 11% A Nice Girl Like You (2020) While that might hint at more salacious bits to come, "A Nice Girl Like You" is more concerned with turning their romance into a decidedly PG affair.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
C- 18% Fatal Affair (2020) A fatal affair? Only if you're liable to die from boredom.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
B+ 81% The Old Guard (2020) Being a superhero isn't easy, but "The Old Guard" reminds us that it - and the entertainment it can inspire - might be the best way to explore what it means to be a person.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
C- 15% Desperados (2020) As the senseless gags pile up, it becomes harder and harder to untangle what any of this is about (and if it was, at any point, amusing).‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
B 100% 9to5: The Story of A Movement (2020) Veering from the well-assembled focus of its first half doesn't diminish the power of the group's story, but it does end a vital film on a weaker note. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
B No Score Yet Love Affair(s) (2020) "Love Affairs" still manages to end in an unexpected way that feels just right - unwilling to settle on a tidy outcome, and open to the possibilities of what could happen next.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
A- 100% Athlete A (2020) Through even-handed reporting and a series of emotional first-person accounts, "Athlete A" excavates one of modern sports' most horrific abusers and systems.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
B+ No Score Yet (In)Visible Portraits (2020) If the intimate storytelling doesn't hit viewers where it hurts, the film's timely exploration of topics seemingly ripped from the headlines are destined to sting on their own.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
B- 40% You Should Have Left (2020) Both Seyfried and Essex do solid work, but "You Should Have Left" mainly serves as a showcase for Bacon to move through various states of dread and horror.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020