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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mikkelsen's performance radiates, vacillating to the extremes of depression and mania with believable restraint. A trained gymnast and dancer, he contrasts Martin's lows with gyrating and leaping highs.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B- 88% I Am Greta (2020) As a profile in courage, I AM GRETA succeeds. But is the young activist... content with a finished product that furthers her brand more than it educates, instructs, and moves us to effect actual policy change?‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
55% Good Joe Bell (2020) In contrast to what [original screenwriters] Ossana and McMurtry intended GOOD JOE BELL to be, the end result from which they were completely divorced epitomizes Hollywood's risk-averse, design-by-committee approach to filmmaking...‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
100% No Ordinary Man (2020) The diverse, harmonious co-existence and collaboration within the jazz community-a space where Billy Tipton could thrive, undisturbed, for decades-becomes the template for trans people just beginning to learn how to improvise their own stories.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
95% Wolfwalkers (2020) WOLFWALKERS teaches strong lessons about the irrationality of fear, the virtue of cooperation, and the value of coexistence.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
71% The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020) THE (NEW) CORPORATION has all the dominoes, but fails to line them up and knock them over in one push.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
79% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Vanessa Kirby deserves a star vehicle, just not this one.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
98% Nomadland (2020) An Elegy for American Exceptionalism: The nation built by frontiersmen always looked down on them. Rich White America lied to Poor White America all the while sneering at them. We of Brown and Black America never assumed differently.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
65% Penguin Bloom (2020) The Blooms feel like every other in the Family Adversity sub-genre-cardboard cutouts of whom we knew little before the accident except, you know, that they might have come straight from the set of a salad ad.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
No Score Yet Simple Passion (2020) It's like Mike Leigh's ANOTHER YEAR without the year.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) The connection between people on and off stage is the performance-the more human, the better.‐ AwardsWatch
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
A- 98% One Night in Miami (2020) King elegantly encapsulates the message in intimate, revealing dialogues.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
100% Apples (Mila) (2020) His debut film in the Greek Weird Wave, writer/director Christos Nikou uses craft and character in a timely examination of solitude. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
B- 87% Holler (2020) A good first feature for writer/director Nicole Riegel, HOLLER offers Barden, Halper, and Amelio a vehicle to move into bigger roles, yet treads too familiar a formula in the Rural Dead-End Dreams sub-genre.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) BOYS STATE illustrates the politics of persuasion both in method and substance. If anything, it demonstrates that those who seek actual change for the better... fight an uphill battle.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
81% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) If Bill and Ted... can be excellent to each other and to others, then perhaps we can, too.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
D 40% Irresistible (2020) IRRESISTIBLE isn't.‐ AwardsWatch
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
B+ 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Flashbacks shot like a television drama, the Bloods all appear as their older selves-save for Norman, forever frozen in time. The film implicitly asks: Where are all the movies about Black war heroes?‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
30% Waiting (2005) Instead, it fizzles like the stale beer served at a bad restaurant...‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) In spite of the formulaic constraints of the male-dominated genre, BIRDS OF PREY soars, swoops, glides, dive-bombs, and sings. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) A visceral experience and visual masterclass, 1917 personalizes the immense scale of the only war to begin on horseback and end in the air.‐ AwardsWatch
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's as if the filmmakers worried they might bore the audience if any one shot held their gaze for more than two seconds. How do you make a movie that feels more like a video game than the one-take war film everyone's talking about?‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
69% Bombshell (2019) BOMBSHELL proves that even when white male filmmakers shout from a woman's rooftop... they won't let her have the last word.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) A visceral experience and visual masterclass, 1917 personalizes the immense scale of the only war to begin on horseback and end in the air.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Now 77, a grandfather, married five times, Scorsese sees the struggle not as that of a man against himself, but as a man fighting against time.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan's return to the Overlook proffers a different kind of technical restoration, rescuing King's creation from the abandoned hotel in Kubrick's head.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) At times inelegant in its execution-drones and immigration detention centers, superfluous dehumanization in a movie about cyborgs-yet certainly more curious about its own implications, DARK FATE is on some levels a better film than T2. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The cleverness of PARASITE unfolds in slight deviations from what we expect... Mistakes, misperceptions, and misunderstandings accumulate, like heavy rains at the bottom of a long staircase-a drip, a drizzle, a torrent, a deluge.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) ...the movie is such a harum-scarum hodgepodge I can't tell if we're supposed to feel sorry for Lucy, revile her, or be bored by her.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Craftier direction could maintain the separation between viewer and subject while still conveying the sense of agitation omnisciently, without dragging us through the depths of Howard's self-dealt miseries.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) If THE LIGHTHOUSE works it's because Dafoe and Pattinson perform beyond all expectation, as there's nothing else to do with the material but go overboard with it.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) Johansson and Driver deliver their most powerful performances yet. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy's [Rudy Ray] Moore recalls the vibrance of the earliest of the comedic prodigy's inventive performances-at once badass and endearing.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) More gumption than gravitas, FORD V. FERRARI excites and entertains yet also serves as a meta-analysis of design by committee.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
69% Joker (2019) JOKER-a middlebrow impression of highbrow-has a moral compass, and it's pointed in the wrong direction.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) While the film doles out platitudes the adult in us finds overtly simplistic for complicated times... Johansson delightfully surprises with affection and sincerity. Thomasin Mackenzie delivers a defiant rebuttal against Eurocentric exceptionalism...‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks pulls off a magic trick so astonishing it would leave Houdini speechless.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
84% The Traitor (2020) If the intent was indictment of toxic masculinity at its worst extreme, Bellocchio had the opportunity to pare back visual metaphors... and invest directly in Maria as a whole person.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
40% Guest of Honour (2020) Thewlis sells a character we'd love to see in the wholly-committed, absurdist caper GUEST OF HONOUR yearns to be. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
82% The Report (2019) Rife with exposition, the film feels like an Eighth Amendment violation.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) The plot's climactic event... veers into a sort of uncomfortable voyeurism... It feels as though we're given a backstage pass into moments children hold sacred, at least for those few years when the now trivial was then viscerally painful.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
C 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Does this genuinely sweet moment lead to Tate's vengeance against her would-be killers? As if there aren't enough male buddy movies; women's agency be damned!‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
A+ 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) ..can you recall any grade school music class that taught us about Langston Hughes, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, or, and especially, Florence Price, whose playful strings in "Juba Dance" are an obvious inspiration for the elder Lee's score?‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
B- 83% Midsommar (2019) Visceral paroxysms of grief--that sort of hyperventilating wail over the phone telegraphing Dani's state of mind--indelibly linger in ours.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) As Bo leads us through the adventure, she ditches the skirt. Staff in hand, with a glint in her eye, she evokes Charlton Heston and Harrison Ford, with touches of Bogart as well as Bacall. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
96% Booksmart (2019) Parents' concerns today revolve around whether their children have enough maturity to navigate social situations enhanced by the immediacy of information exchange. If any of this film rings true, they've much reason to be proud.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR was a treatise on the Freshman year PoliSci theories of the intergalactic evil-monger, Thanos, then its follow-up is an epic poem on the cosmic futility of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 90% Shazam! (2019) The delight of this movie rests in the equal parts of sincerity and fun the actors bring to a much needed reboot of the D.C. brand, besieged by characters and story lines whose self-seriousness is at odds with their discount cosplay aesthetic. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
93% Us (2019) I'm not sure I always care whether a horror film explains why God forsakes the soon-to-be-zombie-food inhabitants, but here it becomes a problem precisely because Peele's film brims with possibilities and metaphors left unexplored. ‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) A theme emerges of marginalized people trying to make it in someone else's world. How we get there isn't through tropes and brow-beatings, but through honest dialogue after the chase sequences and fist-fights prove futile.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019