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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 66% I Am Woman (2020) Watching "I Am Woman," you may get the ironic feeling that the woman it's about is the wrong one.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
1/4 87% Unpregnant (2020) Veronica and Bailey deserve better. So do Richardson and Ferreira. So do the women of America. And so, dear reader, do you.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 57% Sibyl (2020) That earlier film and its off-camera drama remain more compelling than anything in the busy and ultimately banal "Sibyl."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 76% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) With all that badinage, "The Broken Hearts Gallery" spins and glitters like a disco ball, and it's fine until you notice the missing bits of mirror.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/4 83% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Like graphic artist Chris Ware, Kaufman is a meticulous master at capturing the beauty that lies in bleakness. He's our patron saint of desolate lives.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/4 75% Mulan (2020) In the end, "Mulan" 2020 stands as an inspired oddity: A reenvisioned remake that improves on the original even as it owes everything to movies that have come before.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/4 81% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) [A] sweet, dumb, unnecessary, and absurdly charming movie.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/4 100% Ghost Tropic (2020) The film is unexpectedly beautiful and hushed, the soundtrack unadorned except for occasional passages of Brecht Ameel's acoustic guitar and the cries of nighttime birds.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2.5/4 93% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) [I]t's wholly enjoyable on a scene-by-scene and character-by-character basis. But the high spirits of this handsome, well-played production fight against low-angle glimpses of grinding poverty and penury until the entire affair has to be called a draw.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3.5/4 87% Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn (2020) It's the gulf between what people said then and now that resonates throughout this documentary, and the blind spots that continue today.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
2/4 59% Project Power (2020) "Project Power" is the kind of action/sci-fi bone-cruncher where the cast is better than the material, the characters are more interesting than the premise, and the dialogue chugs along in the middle.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/4 94% Boys State (2020) "Boys State" is remarkable in the way it shows this country's political future being formed away from the catechisms of parents, hometowns, and Fox News.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
1.5/4 73% An American Pickle (2020) The direction by Brandon Trost is professional, but the longer you watch, the sillier the story becomes, culminating in an identity switch and generational rapprochement that is simultaneously gooey and far-fetched.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
3.5/4 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) "She Dies Tomorrow" takes a preposterous premise - if one that stares us in the face every day - and keeps on the right, eerie side of dramatizing it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
2.5/4 96% Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine (2020) That a new documentary about the people who wrote and published it is this close to a shambling mess is both appropriate and cheering.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
3/4 95% Black Is King (2020) Kneel before the queen, it says - and then rise up into your future.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
2.5/4 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) [T]his art-world thriller has enough burnished surfaces, glamorous locations, and dark doings to keep an audience rapt for much of the running time. Yet somehow you may end the movie feeling less full than when you began.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
2.5/4 76% Summerland (2020) "Summerland" briefly comes together, takes beguiling shape, and dissipates with the lingering scent of agreeable cliché.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/4 91% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) "Rebuilding Paradise" is well worth seeing, but know that Howard's taste for the upbeat keeps getting drowned out by a dire and dissonant doomsday drum.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
1.5/4 34% The Sunlit Night (2019) Taken as a whole, "The Sunlit Night" is fey and inconclusive, and whether something of more substance got cut in the post-Sundance re-edit or was never there to begin with is at this point moot.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3.5/4 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Using compassion and the slightest touch of syrup, Kore-eda brings his characters to a place where they realize with shock that they're finally on the same page.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3/4 91% Relic (2020) "Relic" is an exemplary entry in the New Horror canon, where psychology and atmosphere count for as much as shocks, where the inner wounds of women often take startling external form, and where less is more until the time comes for more to be more.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
2.5/4 79% Greyhound (2020) "Dunkirk" or "1917," this is not. But as a window onto an under-acknowledged arena of combat and a starting point for armchair military historians, "Greyhound" is seaworthy enough to make it across.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/4 94% Palm Springs (2020) "Palm Springs" is a love story for a world where every day's exactly the same, and while you might find that a little eerily on point just now, it's also a comfort.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
2.5/4 9% Force of Nature (2020) "Force of Nature" plays by the timeless rules of pulp fiction, and only when the eye of the hurricane passes over and an eerie, tense calm takes hold does the movie strike a note of originality.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/4 98% Hamilton (2020) As history - as a grounding in and reminder of where this whole thing started - "Hamilton" is facile yet irresistible. As soul-affirming entertainment, it is overwhelming.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
1.5/4 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) "Mamma Mia," it ain't. Oy, gevalt is more like it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
2/4 98% The Last Tree (2020) As "The Last Tree" ends with the potential of better things for Femi, an audience may walk away convinced of its filmmaker's promise and looking forward to seeing it blossom in full.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
2.5/4 40% Irresistible (2020) "Irresistible" is a shell game that wants to entertain us until it's time to make us think, but it doesn't say anything we don't already know...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
3/4 94% Babyteeth (2020) There's a lot of heavy lifting involved, but the movie works.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
1.5/4 41% Wasp Network (2019) The thrill of watching an Olivier Assayas movie is that you often have no idea where it's going next. This time out, it seems, neither does he.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
3/4 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) A lovely, low-key first feature from writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples, "Miss Juneteenth" has a sense of place and an air of resigned resilience that feels thoroughly lived-in.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet 1 Angry Black Man (2018) [Y]ou come out of the movie wanting to head immediately to a library.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
2/4 78% Tommaso (2020) As such, it's a glossy, overlong, intermittently arresting tour of an aging artist's fears and fancies as his wild ways are domesticated.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/4 87% Shirley (2020) The movie feels not a little like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" with a literary George and Martha tormenting each other for fun.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/4 70% The High Note (2020) "The High Note" is a glossy, enjoyable, not at all believable show business fairy tale starring two show business princesses: Tracee Ellis Ross (daughter of Diana Ross) and Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson).‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2.5/4 100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) Youth has firmly fled and now what do you do with the cards left in your hand? These are questions movies rarely ask, and this one poses them with modest but genuine rewards.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) What really makes "The Vast of Night" work isn't the film's climax - which is fine and creepy, if more obviously hampered by budget limitations - but the two main characters and the dynamic that grows up between them.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
4/4 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) So compelling is "The Painter and the Thief" - and ultimately so powerfully moving in its faith in human resilience - that you may not notice the illuminating ways in which Ree plays with form and viewpoint.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2/4 76% Military Wives (2020) There's nothing in "Military Wives" you haven't seen before, but these are times of comfort food, and this formulaic comedy-drama... so determined to be uplifting that your up may be lifted in spite of itself.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
1.5/4 36% Blood and Money (2020) None of which can disguise the flaws: a boilerplate screenplay with more function than flavor; slack editing to pad out the running time; and absurd plot developments like a bullet Jim takes to the chest which bothers him about as much as a mosquito bite.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2.5/4 41% Capone (2020) [W]atching the star wheel around the estate wielding a solid-gold tommy gun while dressed in adult diapers is to witness a craziness that feels uniquely American and perhaps even more geographically precise than that.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
3.5/4 100% Driveways (2020) Some might find it dull. Others may notice a simple decency to this story and these people that somehow eludes sentimentality and that, with the aid of Jay Wadley's evocative score, has a cumulative power that can be intensely moving.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
2.5/4 92% Straight Up (2020) [W]atching these two smart people outsmart themselves and each other has its modest yet real pleasures, not to mention an undercurrent of melancholy that makes the laughs stick to the ribs‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
3.5/4 93% Becoming (2020) [I]t's an intimate portrait of a public figure, and one of its strengths is showing how comfortable, confident, and inspiring Obama has become now that she's free to be herself instead of the wife of the leader of the free world.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
2.5/4 97% The Half of It (2020) Too much of "The Half of It" doesn't pass the smell test to play as the heartsore farce it aspires to be, even as the emotions at the movie's core ring loud and true.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3/4 91% Bull (2020) The film aims for a tone of observant, respectful realism, which results in some slack patches but also has the virtue of honesty.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
2.5/4 56% All Day and a Night (2020) A viewer might be excused for feeling frustration over Jah's terrible decisions for most of the running time, even as the script struggles to contextualize those decisions as the helpless flailing of a stunted young man.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3/4 87% Deerskin (2020) Brisk, brief, and blissfully strange, "Deerskin" could only have come from the possibly alien brain of France's Quentin Dupieux.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
1.5/4 87% Vanilla (2020) I'm not saying the director should stick to developing apps himself. But he might have made a better movie if he'd committed to Rocky Road from the start.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020