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T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Since the movie is set in the decades before Escobar's prime, it lacks the kind of narco sheen western audiences have flocked to, but it's very much an analogy for that era, the lives it took and the shame it's left behind for the survivors. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The visual bonanza cooked up by Rodriguez, cinematographer Bill Pope and editors Stephen E. Rivkin and Ian Silverstein is enough to power through any narrative bumps with quickly paced action and bleak, yet colorful, imagery. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Pahokee (2019) The pair filmed and worked in the community making shorts for years before entrenching themselves for this massive feat, and the casual acceptance of their presence helps Pahokee feel like something special. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
89% Sea of Shadows (2019) Sea of Shadows may still raise awareness about the plight of other sea creatures still under threat from illegal nets sweeping the bottom of the ocean, killing everything unfortunate enough to swim in its wake. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Deeply personal and moving. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% This is not Berlin (2019) A sexy misadventure through self-discovery and art. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
75% We Are Little Zombies (2019) A visual funhouse, full of surrealistic images, lurid colors and lead by four cartoonishly very stoic leads. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins's tender filmmaking style accentuates the emotional undertones in Baldwin's words. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/4 24% Miss Bala (2019) Although the new Miss Bala gives its lead character the agency to fight back and outsmart her captors, the film overdoses on its own message of pop feminist empowerment. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/4 100% Paddleton (2019) An appreciation of friendship for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
34% King of Thieves (2019) The script (by Joe Penhall, based on a magazine article by Mark Seal) runs in fits and starts, but the camerawork from Danny Cohen keeps the mood lively during any lulls. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 73% Adult Life Skills (2019) Jodie Whittaker's performance humanizes the film's troubled protagonist better than the story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A charming story of fantasy, pop-culture references and myth-making. It's a movie with the playful camaraderie of "Goonies" and a few elements from '80s sagas where young people go on character-building adventures. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
2.5/4 82% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) After a few reveals, Perfect Strangers settles into a rhythm, and the suspense fades into expectation. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
37% Glass (2019) It's so heavily indebted to its predecessors that much of the emotional impact will be lost on anyone who hasn't watched the other films. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
1.5/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) An odd knockoff that will work for some audiences and leave others craving a rewatch of an old favorite. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
100% Cameron Esposito: Rape Jokes (2018) Esposito's "Rape Jokes" feels like another step toward healing and teaching an audience to listen. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is at once a tribute to love and a call for its defense against racist hatred, all told in an artfully composed tragedy. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) There's no reprieve from the extreme poverty that fuels Zain's parents's abuses or that drives Rahil to risk everything to care for her child. Sadness isn't just around every corner of this film; it is in the viewer's face throughout its runtime. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
1/4 74% Back Roads (2018) Ambitious but unrefined, Alex Pettyfer's directorial debut Back Roads is a raw movie overburdened by heavy-handed drama. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It doesn't always work, but the film makes for an entertaining argument to reevaluate the legacy of Mary Queen of Scots, beyond the time-worn focus on her tragedy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) One of those rare horror movies to leave you with good holiday cheer. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Serkis throws in too many new elements and, in the process, derails the plot's familiarity and some of its charms. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/4 83% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family isn't too schmalzy as a feel-good family movie, and it has a certain charm in its earnest appeal to tell a different story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/4 95% Jinn (2018) Jinn holds several beautiful elements, especially in its central mother-daughter story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) It's a hell of a story-spruced up and splashed on a big, colorful screen-with a lot to show but little to say. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 90% Maria By Callas (2018) An aching compilation of a woman branded as difficult yet adored as one of operas' biggest stars in the 20th century. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 88% What They Had (2018) There's an inherent longing in Elizabeth Chomko's stunning feature debut, What They Had. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
2/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Butler's performance-or lack thereof-keeps Hunter Killer from breaking any ground in the field of war movies. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/4 100% Shirkers (2018) There is a sense of relief at the end of the documentary that feels like the first big breath of fresh air after stepping out of a therapist's office. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) This Halloween highlights a question that horror films so often ignore: How does a genre that unleashes so much violence on its characters grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and grief? - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The movie feels instructional without getting too preachy, taking time to explain various inequalities and barriers facing black Americans, typically in exchanges between father and daughter. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/4 77% 306 Hollywood (2018) Opening up about those messy feelings in an unconventional way as 306 Hollywood does not only feels cathartic, but necessary. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) This movie is so gorgeous, it even makes drone footage look ethereal rather than pedestrian. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 98% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair melts your heart almost as soon as it begins. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/4 81% Quincy (2018) This documentary on his life's work offers a personalized glimpse into a bygone world of entertainment and the legacy of racism that black artists still grapple with today. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics truly dive into, and it makes this difficult character a joy to meet. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Though it's a well-done family drama, White Boy Rick is a half-told story that​ only lightly incorporates the deeper issues of systemic injustice. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
1.5/4 13% Life Itself (2018) Life Itself plays like a soap opera squeezed into two hours. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/4 100% Susanne Bartsch: On Top (2018) Not to be outdone by its star's larger-than-life persona, Susanne Bartsch: On Top is rich in personal archival footage and first-hand accounts. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/4 81% What Keeps You Alive (2018) Effectively eerie and unnerving. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/4 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The story's predictable arc doesn't leave enough to the imagination, and like Annie, we might start hoping for change just to shake things up in this sleepy plot. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Madeline's Madeline lacks the self-reflection needed to answer its own questions about authorship-its story doesn't quite belong to its protagonist. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
1.5/4 18% The Darkest Minds (2018) The environment in which stories like The Hunger Games or Divergent gained followings has changed, and The Darkest Minds has not adapted to survive it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) The film's empathetic lens instills the feeling that the places on screen may already be gone by now, turning Blindspotting into a kind of documentary of the area that also shares its story: one of survival in the face of trauma. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) In all its madness - both in anger and absurdity - Sorry to Bother You develops into a journey that defies classification. - Polygon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Instead of taking the Sicario story in a new direction, the narrative doubles down on the worst aspects of the original, feeding into xenophobic stereotypes about people crossing the border. - Remezcla EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
91% Set It Up (2018) It's a feel-good throwback to Nineties romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail that left me warm and nostalgic for the simple pleasure of falling in love. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) McKay captures a genuine sense of the bittersweet reality of the American dream and the people who give up their only weekly day of rest just to keep it alive. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018