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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 100% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is more than a textbook period piece. It shows how to create a feminist-friendly, diverse biopic with all the dramatic dynamics of a political potboiler.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
67% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) With its saccharine score, saturated cinematography, and trite platitudes, the film is formulaic and forgettable except for Kurt Russell's performance as the lovable legend.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B 56% Bird Box (2018) This tension-fueled, exhilarating, highly emotional experience cuts to the bone, delivering a heartrending tale of survival and a mother's journey towards acceptance.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
B 76% On the Basis of Sex (2018) Mimi Leder has crafted a solid biopic - not just for the modern era, but for future generations who will carry on the torch of Ginsburg's wisdom, tenacity, and humanity.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
A+ 98% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) With an exactingly tender touch, filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda delivers nothing short of a masterpiece - and perhaps also a career best.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
40% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's a thrilling, breathtaking, fantastical extravaganza filled with wonder, spectacle and delight that goes beyond what the first delivered.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A- 62% Suspiria (2018) Guaranteed to divide audiences, this iteration is gleaming, gorgeous and gory.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C- 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) This story about an inventive young woman finding her strength amidst sorrow, makes the audience wish she was in a much more innovative film.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B- 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) While the foot-stomping jams and sweeping scope make this a theatrical experience, the filmmakers find few inventive nuances within the formulaic framework.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 71% Galveston (2018) Though Mélanie Laurent's first English language directorial effort isn't as sparkling as her previous French language features, her capabilities are certainly on full display.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
20% Reach (2018) Its heart is in the right place when it comes to many of the boldly-portrayed sentiments, but it plays like a hokey after-school special rather than an alarming wake-up call.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
A 96% The Hate U Give (2018) This coming-of-age tale is a galvanizing force for good, and a radical powder keg full of soul-quaking performances and an uncompromised, unfiltered and unflinching message.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
11% Change in the Air (2018) The film has about as much resonance as a "Coexist" bumper sticker. Without a compelling, coherent narrative drive, the film's own spirit sags.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
68% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett finds a less fascinating avenue into the vagabond's tragic life. At least it looks gorgeous.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
C- 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) While its subtle smarts make certain sequences sing, others wind up outstaying their welcome.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
33% Little Women (2018) Louisa May Alcott's timeless novel is revived for yet another generation, but the changes leave little to love.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018) Passon... sharply channels the author's atmosphere of dread, paranoia, and isolation, making the past feel prescient.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
No Score Yet Good Girls Get High (2018) Full of charm, humor, and heart, director Laura Terruso's "Good Girls Get High" mixes it up, delivering a "high" concept comedy in which the two kids least likely to go astray do exactly that.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) This soul-baring, emotionally propulsive work proves that Cooper is just as much of a dynamo behind the camera as he is in front of it.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) While no one actually drinks any tea in director Roger Michell's film, the women profiled metaphorically spill the tea on their co-stars, each other and the industry at large.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) With a genuinely heartening message that's never cloying or condescending, Smallfoot is the feel-good movie of the fall, perfect for the entire family.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
F 13% Life Itself (2018) Life Itself is this year's Collateral Beauty ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
B+ 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Paul Feig's feature houses a pristine pop aesthetic and finishes clean with a diabolical, seductive, and warped delivery.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B- 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Yann Demange's film is more character study than a traditional rise and fall Scorsese-style hustler film - and that's a good thing.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
D- 10% Peppermint (2018) Not only is this fear-mongering rhetoric at its laziest, but it's also a poorly-constructed action film that does no one any favors.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
A- 46% Destination Wedding (2018) Witty, wonderful and wildly audacious, this uproarious romcom for cynics is a pure delight.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) Director Lenny Abrahamson stirs up a desire in our souls to see something a little more spooky and spirited - and a lot less confusing. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) After a decade long gestation, director Brian Henson delivers a fairly generic, seedy, loathsome film with little ingenuity applied.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
B 92% Support the Girls (2018) It's a soul-warming, endearing and entertaining piece of work.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
B 100% Night Comes On (2018) This revenge film with unshakable heart is an assured debut for most of those involved.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
B 93% Searching (2018) It's a taut, groundbreaking thriller with a hugely emotional heartbeat.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
A 100% Pandas (2018) Enchanting, enlightening and educational in equal measure, this is one to go wild over.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) This shows the audience within the first few minutes why it belongs in the upper echelon of "fake relationship" romcoms. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
81% Alpha (2018) Harrowing and heartwarming, this coming-of-age tale of unlikely "fwends" is a phenomenal, pulse-pounding journey worth taking. This is The Black Stallion for a new generation.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
A- 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) This vibrant, immersive fantasy is brimming with life and, better yet, culture. It's totally winning - and built for repeat viewings.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) A perfect blend of silly and serious, plausible and preposterous. It knows what it is and doesn't over or undersell its goods. An absolute must see with your chums. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B 59% Dog Days (2018) This is a love letter to our furry best friends - a "bone"-a fide heartwarming, disarming sensation.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
71% Christopher Robin (2018) Cloying when it should be creative, schmaltzy when it should be sweet, the jar of "hunny" is almost empty in this film.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
B+ 47% Like Father (2018) It delivers a mature look at the scars we bear as adults. It's a sensitive, sweet tale of redemption and forgiveness.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
B+ 45% Generation Wealth (2018) It's both bruising and beautiful, sorrowful and sensational, all whilst being a savage exploration of humanity's insatiable nature.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
C- 82% Puzzle (2018) What conducts most of the energy is the warmth, charm and radiance generated by the two leads. They even sell the false notes with honesty, humanity, heart and sincerity.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) This is wonderfully irreverent, totally meta and absolutely hysterical. It's not only a remarkably solid superhero movie, but also a side-splitting animated triumph.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
A 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody embodies the essence of harrowing drama in its pure, distilled, un-contrived form.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
A 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) McQuarrie makes sure to dazzle us, cloaking the expected in the unexpected, thus birthing a welcomed evolution.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) In a year full of films that explore the precious nature of father-daughter dynamics, Granik's feature is a standout.‐ SassyMamaInLA
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
B 46% Skyscraper (2018) It's an engaging, explosive thrill riot meant to be seen on the big screen - and it'll induce many a palm to sweat. ‐ SassyMamaInLA
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
53% The First Purge (2018) This franchise has always been a bacchanal of lukewarm mediocrity, and its prequel, The First Purge, is no different. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
B- 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man And The Wasp surpasses the original by miles, functioning best when it embraces its sheer absurdity and loopy lunacy.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B+ 71% Damsel (2018) On the whole, this is a film finely attuned to the now. ‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
A 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Once the tears start flowing, and assuredly they will, they won't stop.‐ Fresh Fiction
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018