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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Charm City (2018) Even when the epidemic of violence touches a beloved character, Ness' careful quilting of compassion and action across her years of filming suggests a fight that won't diminish for these citizens. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
92% Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo) (2017) What Salmerón is after...is a simple portrait of hilarious exuberance, hard-won togetherness and strange wisdom. That search yields results.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
100% Watergate (2018) A rivetingly thorough account of what took down Richard Milhous Nixon, and plenty of others in his administration.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% Wildlife (2018) Working from a screenplay he wrote with partner Zoe Kazan, Dano shows not just a keen way with actors but also an alert eye for deceptively charged visuals that combine surface beauty and nagging emptiness.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
78% 306 Hollywood (2018) The need to make an ordinary life extraordinary is so prevalent it smothers any genuine emotion from family members losing a loved one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
79% Apostle (2018) Shifting his energies to a Victorian-era island blood cult hasn't dimmed Evans' taste for feverish body harm, but it's more clearly laid bare his narrative shortcomings.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
89% Stavisky... (1974) A deceptively ruminative entertainment with a fizzy melancholy, and awash in sensory pleasures.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
22% Bigger (2018) A missed opportunity, the kind of yo-yo-ing highlights version of a life that seems less examined than expedited. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
100% L'Atalante (1934) "L'Atalante" is about how the world, in its wonder and cruelty, is both for and against lovers, often dizzyingly so.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Above And Beyond: NASA's Journey To Tomorrow (2018) Is "Above and Beyond" a glorified recruitment video? Mostly, but one so smoothly assembled that you may find yourself planning that Jet Propulsion Lab tour or National Air and Space Museum visit sooner rather than later.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
80% Scaffolding (2018) A fully absorbing character study of who the system is most likely to fail when promise is stoked, but not followed through on.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
100% Call Her Ganda (2018) Even with its stumbling nature... "Call Her Ganda" is still a valiant effort to fuse inquiry, testimony, heart and protest in dealing with its complex intertwining of facts and issues.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
68% Hold the Dark (2018) Its determined ambition and atmospheric skill keeps Saulnier firmly in the category of directors to watch.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) "The Last Suit" is a bumpy ride tonally, but its stubborn heart is in the right place.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
84% Monsters and Men (2018) Its innate intelligence and matter-of-fact sensitivity are the kinds of storytelling assets we need more of, especially when the fabric of life for many continues to fray and tear in ways that demand a larger societal reassessing.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) What gives it its sear is its message of a ruptured country as eminently fixable, as long as wishing and hoping is replaced by organizing and doing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
11% Life Itself (2018) A glib, noxious, airplane-unworthy melodrama so insecure about its time-hopping, tragedy-strewn events and heart-stricken characters that, in its naked manipulation and narrative condescension, it resembles anything but the words of its title.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
63% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) There's nothing here about the necessary rudeness of companionship that wasn't more entertainingly addressed in the first episodes of the comedy series "The Last Man On Earth."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
86% Reversing Roe (2018) As contentiousness turned into real-world consequences, "Reversing Roe" reminds us that the more women get involved regarding their rights, the more likely we're to see a fair, principled fight.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) So it's something of a shock when the plot's inciting incident sends the movie into thriller-mechanics territory that's never as fun, and practically hobbles A Simple Favor from ever regaining its delightful first-act edge.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
100% Susanne Bartsch: On Top (2018) What "Susanne Bartsch: On Top" makes clear is that the art of being seen, as facilitated by Bartsch, can carry unexpectedly poignant depth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% Inventing Tomorrow (2018) Rooting for these appealing, thinking-globally/acting-locally adolescents is easy as they fret over and fine-tune their presentations.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
91% Kusama: Infinity (2018) A genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
92% Hal (2018) If there's still the sense that Ashby isn't as sanctified as American New Wave stalwarts Coppola or Scorsese, Amy Scott's breezy tribute of a documentary is out to correct that oversight.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
86% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) For cinephiles, it's a high-calorie, clip-and-interview-laden feast of biography, insight, and gossip. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
86% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) A truly kinetic dispatch from a giant in twilight, and, in keeping with Welles' oeuvre, another inventively realized, no-holds-barred investigation of a complicated man and the environment that made him.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
88% Peppermint Soda (1977) Kurys, at the time a disillusioned actress-writer who reportedly had never held any kind of camera before, showed a remarkable assurance visually and rhythmically when mixing the serious with the playful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
83% Active Measures (2018) [A] thorough, chilling rabbit-hole inquiry ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
45% The Laws of Thermodynamics (Las Leyes de la Termodinámica) (2018) Though sleekly photogenic in its depiction of cosmopolitan Europeans in permanent romantic neurosis, "The Laws of Thermodynamics" is better in theory than fact.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
59% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Resolutely somber, and self-aware about its deliberately tight and opaque visual style, it's presentational more than lived, a series of filmmaking choices instead of something deeply felt and conveyed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
82% A Whale of a Tale (2018) Its cooler-heads heart is in the right place, but "A Whale of a Tale" is an unfortunately directionless, low-gear rebuttal that hardly ever stirs up emotions as effectively as "The Cove" did.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) Charrière's 1969 book became a popular, controversial memoir in France. So why has it inspired not just one but two so-so prison escape films?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
87% The Swan (Svanurinn) (2018) Though occasionally overwrought in its ethereal tangents, "The Swan" has strong things going for it...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
77% Cocote (2018) Just when Alberto's situation begins to feel palpably fraught, the filmmaker's aesthetics pull you away when they should deepen the crisis.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) What starts as a raucous celebration of youthful freedom consciously expands to cover the bonds of friendship, racial identity, the hard slog of being responsible, and the generational after-effects of trauma.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
25% Mile 22 (2018) The movie equivalent of being shouted at by your drunk ex-Army dad about how stupid and pointless your taste in popcorn fare is, and why can't there be more bloody combat scenes with foreigners?‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
84% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) Atrocities and showmanship are queasy bedfellows when making movies of this ilk.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
89% Araby (Arábia) (2018) A beautifully turned Brazilian movie that carries on as if a social-cause documentary and a folk song confessional had entered into a poignant embrace.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
46% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Gutierrez is ultimately too enamored of his quasi-feminist, visually convulsive upending of damsel myths to let his actors enjoy themselves the way De Palma or Dario Argento would.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
60% Dog Days (2018) Director Ken Marino's ensemble romantic comedy, mixing adorable canines and humans who need as much rescuing as the animals they adopt, is something of a shaggy charmer itself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
80% Flavors of Youth (Si shi qing chun) (2018) A sensitively handled triptych exploring the bittersweet understanding adulthood necessitates when confronting the fragility of childhood affections.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) You've seen this future before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
75% Never Goin' Back (2018) Has something many comedies simply fail to care about: a spark-filled joie de vivre about the stupidity of youth that lifts it above many more cynically crass (and typically male) examples of the genre.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The world as it exists definitely needs more movies with engaging women like Kunis and McKinnon showing the boys a thing or two about pals-in-peril laughs and thrills. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) Combined with the forces of anti-regulation in government and profit-driven companies who know how to market to doctors and cover up their mistakes, the movie lays bare a blueprint for countless suffering.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
No Score Yet Killer Bees (2018) [A] modest, appealing sports documentary...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
94% Dark Money (2018) Activist in tone, and paced like a thriller, Reed's movie painstakingly details how an election can be brusquely seized and swayed by unseen forces.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
100% Strong Island (2017) Ford's building blocks are familiar, but this is no call-to-action film or how-to guide for getting answers and moving on.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
44% Hot Summer Nights (2018) A sizzle reel of romantic vice and nostalgia that wears out its welcome fairly fast, leaving a magazine spread of flash, color, and play-acted anguished youth that you can tap your toes to. But jukeboxes aren't movies.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
83% Path of Blood (2018) An archival documentary with the pounding, intimate heart of a Michael Mann thriller...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018