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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% The Lovebirds (2020) Rae and Nanjiani do their best, but neither the dialogue nor the direction serves their talents adequately.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) It's a jaunt down memory lane and also a moving and generous elegy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
100% Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint (2020) "Beyond the Visible" bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) Anger is the source of its humor and its horror, both of which are fairly effective.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) A parable of economics and politics, with shrewd insights into the workings of supply and demand, scarcity and scale and other puzzles of the marketplace, the movie is also keenly attuned to details of history, both human and natural.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) An ingeniously structured, engaging and witty display of filmmaking skill.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
58% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) "Young Ahmed" is suspenseful and economical, with a clear sense of what's at stake, but something crucial - perhaps a deeper insight into the character or the contradictions that ensnare him - is missing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) "Downhill" is a vacation-gone-wrong comedy that lives up to its ill-advised title.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
93% Ordinary Love (2020) As persuasive as the performers can be, Tom and Joan seem less real the more time you spend with them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
100% Cane River (2020) "Cane River" invites a rethinking of American film history, and also, in its disarmingly offhand, uniquely charming manner - of other aspects of American history as well.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The mood of antic, playful obnoxiousness feels forced rather than liberated, the result of careful note-taking during repeated viewings of "Deadpool."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
82% The Traitor (2020) Masino dwells in an ethical gray zone, and his biography is a chiaroscuro of compromise and partial vindication. But "The Traitor" has the glow of truth.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) "Just Mercy" is saved from being an earnest, inert courtroom drama when it spends time on death row, where it is opened up and given depth by two strong, subtle performances, from Foxx and Rob Morgan.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) Without resorting to self-conscious anachronism or fussy antiquarianism, Gerwig has fashioned a story that feels at once entirely true to its 19th-century origins and utterly modern.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) "The Rise of Skywalker" isn't a great "Star Wars" movie, but that may be because there is no such thing. That seems to be the way we like it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) This is a morality tale - in a good way, mostly - about the vulnerability of the individual citizen in the face of state power and about the fate of a private person menaced by the machinery of publicity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) [An] earnest, gorgeous, at times frustrating film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A subtle and thrilling love story, at once unsentimental in its realistic assessment of women's circumstances and almost utopian in its celebration of the freedom that is nonetheless available to them. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
96% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) [A] mesmerizing, tender, painful documentary...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) This movie feels like something new, and also as if it's been around forever, waiting for its moment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) A subtle and engaging double portrait that touches on complicated matters of faith, ambition and moral responsibility.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
98% Varda by Agnès (2019) It's a perfect introduction and a lovely valediction.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It's not only Mister Rogers's kindness that hovers over "Beautiful Day," but also his creative spirit. Paying tribute to his skills as a composer, performer and puppeteer, the movie affirms his status as a hero of the imagination.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) It's a suspenseful, sensual, exciting movie, and therefore a deeply haunting one as well.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It is, all in all, a pleasant surprise. Partly because Christian Bale and Matt Damon, the lead actors, are really good, and are supported by a fine cast that includes Tracy Letts in one of the best and least-expected crying scenes of the year.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) This screen adaptation feels like a clumsy hybrid.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) One of the morals of this story, chastening but also oddly encouraging, is that we don't ever really know one another, but we're nonetheless obligated to try.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) It is a rousing and powerful drama, respectful of both the historical record and the cravings of modern audiences.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) "Motherless Brooklyn" is a very smart movie, bristling with ideas about history, politics, art and urban planning.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) My favorite thing about this late addition to a weary franchise is how little it cares about timeline continuity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
52% Black and Blue (2019) Sometimes genre entertainment can illuminate troubling realities better than more earnest and self-seriously realistic films, and "Black and Blue" belongs to that tradition.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
59% Frankie (2019) A cast of excellent actors stand around looking tentative, delivering stilted lines in scenery whose beauty is perhaps meant to take up the expressive slack.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It risks going wrong in a dozen different ways and manages to avoid at least half of them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) "Zombieland: Double Tap" sets the bar low and steps easily over it, which makes it better than a lot of recent big-screen comedies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
100% Gift (2019) At a time when art is relentlessly commercialized and commodified, Robin McKenna's "Gift" provides a gentle and welcome reminder of other values.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) The performances feel slow and deliberate, and the hyper-clarity of the images undermines realism rather than enhancing it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
68% Joker (2019) It's hard to say if the muddle "Joker" makes of itself arises from confusion or cowardice, but the result is less a depiction of nihilism than a story about nothing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It has a loose, friendly, house-party vibe, and it's impossible not to have a good time watching the actors have a good time with one another.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) A monument is a complicated thing. This one is big and solid - and also surprisingly, surpassingly delicate.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) For a movie about how awful the world is and how it got that way, "The Laundromat" is kind of a lark.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
78% Loro (2019) The film regards Berlusconi's sexual appetite with tender indulgence. Which is also how it treats his scheming and double-dealing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) There is no doubt that he was a fascinating and important character, but "Where's My Roy Cohn?" is most interesting for the questions it doesn't explicitly ask.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) It looks and sounds like a movie without quite being one.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) The movie seems to view any examination of its characters' motives, their working conditions or the consequences of their actions as a kind of betrayal.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) She shows herself to be one of its indispensable interpreters, as a vocalist and also as a thinker - covering a sprawling landscape with elegance, passion and insight.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) This 2-hour-49-minute movie drags more than it jumps, wearing out its premise and possibly also your patience as it lumbers toward the final showdown.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
95% The Flower (La flor) (2019) Centuries from now, you could imagine a collector digging it out of obscurity, dusting it off and setting out to solve its puzzles.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) [A] sharp-eyed, good-natured film...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The punishment is the point. This is a difficult movie because the questions it raises are not easy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
100% Honeyland (2019) Stefanov and Kotevska have done more than record the rhythms and textures of rural life. They have shaped their observations... into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019