Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
40% Glass (2019) On a purely practical level, Glass is drawn-out and disjointed, with disparate plot threads (some of them leading to, yes, a perfunctory rug pull) that seem dictated more by its stars' availability than narrative cohesion.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap becomes less a story about the ad hoc fraternity of skateboarders and more about the fractured home life that sends them looking for a surrogate family.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
64% Aquaman (2018) There are parts of Aquaman that are so wonderfully strange that it's astonishing to see them in a franchise blockbuster.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Marwen is the work of a filmmaker who's never been more sure of his craft, and never less connected to anything resembling actual human experience.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) After a solid decade of Marvel movies modeled on the same template, it's a thrill to watch one that's allowed to find its own rhythms, to play with form and content...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Like Barnum himself, it's an elegant fraud, nice enough to look at as long as you don't look too close.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) It's depressing that after Creed's success, Creed II feels like it's just a step above a straight-to-video knockoff, designed to get a little more from the first movie's audience but not to increase it. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) You don't need to be a Disney connoisseur or an '80s buff to get it. The world it's set in is entirely, and sometimes frighteningly, of the current moment.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It's "new" in the way New Coke was new, familiar enough so you can tell what it's aiming for, but it's subtly, and sometimes not-so-subtly, off.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s just looks like a poser.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a message movie, but it never forgets the human dimension.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
28% Venom (2018) At the very least, Venom feels as if Fleischer was shooting two radically different movies at once, and even in the final edit it's not clear which he chose.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B+ 59% American Dharma (2018) The camera stays on Bannon, and what we see is a man who reveals himself even as he thinks he's gaining the upper hand.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Watching Fahrenheit 11/9 often feels like getting socked in the gut, but it leaves you with your blood pumping hard and fast, ready to get up off the floor and throw the next punch.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
96% Bisbee '17 (2018) Remembering the past is not enough to prevent its recurrence. It has to be kept alive.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) The movie's hour and a half is over before you notice, so breezy it feels half-finished, yet it's that quality that makes it stick with you. These lives aren't over just because you've stopped watching them.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout's pleasures are gratifyingly straightforward, direct without being dumbed-down. It's a meat-and-potatoes banquet, one that doesn't need to be interesting to be satisfying.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
100% How To Die In Oregon (2011) How to Die can be tough to watch, but when it's over, you feel privileged to have taken part.‐ Time Out Chicago
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
No Score Yet There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (2011) The movie offers a few plausible explanations as to what might have been wrong with Diane Schuler, but ultimately it tests her family's, and its audience's, ability to accept without understanding.‐ Time Out Chicago
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom understands that, as much as Jurassic Park has the shape of an action movie, its roots are in horror, and Bayona takes evident glee in drawing out his scares.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is a movie that lavishes attention on the details but loses sight of the whole, where you can't see the forest for the meticulously rendered trees.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) A little of Deadpool's incessant winkiness goes a long way, and by the time the movie was over, all I felt was sore.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A corporate directive made flesh, a quarterly earnings report in a vest and black leather boots.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Sitting through its 2 hours and 30 minutes is like gorging on tapas: You wind up both overstuffed and unsatisfied.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) But there are moments when the movie takes us firmly by the hand and escorts us down a darkened path, and they lead to one of the most profound of communal pleasures: the sound of a movie audience screaming as one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) But the movie denies her any subtext, any personality beyond the boundaries of her trauma. She's a rat in a maze, and while we're rooting for her to escape, we don't have any idea what's outside it. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Task (2018) Watching The Task is an exercise in frustration, as exhaustive dissections of process turn inward and eventually feast on themselves...But eventually you realize the movie is studying you as well, or allowing you to study yourself.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The movie's biggest mistake is indulging conventional horror-movie reality, where characters live or die according to their fortitude and our sense of the world's rightness is conservatively reaffirmed.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
84% Game Night (2018) The back and forth between McAdams and Bateman is what makes Game Night sing (which is not to slight Horgan's dry wit or Magnussen's elegant idiocy or Morris' magnificent Denzel Washington impression).‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
20% Mute (2018) It's like watching a magician spend several minutes on elaborate flourishes and then drawing your card from a deck of one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
81% Early Man (2018) If you've already devoured the Wallace and Gromit canon, as well as Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep, Early Man is a wonderful way of extending their giddy glow, even if it feels like a small step backward.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Whatever its obvious limitations, the gambit of casting nonactors in the lead roles at least brings the movie a certain authenticity, but it's torpedoed by the tin-eared backstory laid out by Dorothy Blyskal's script.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
C+ 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) It's a horror movie one moment, a comedy the next, as if Netflix were streaming several different titles at once.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2018) It's a reminder that as much as a film can open doors, there are places we're allowed into only by the grace of our hosts, and that permission can be withdrawn at any moment.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) The world is not so full of beauty that one can wave away Mary's visual majesty, especially now that its hand-drawn style is nearly a thing of the past. But the flaws in its writing are harder to overlook. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) [Liam] Neeson lands plenty of punches, but the movie works best when he's fighting shadows or fighting himself.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's a film of genuine beauty, one where you come away as eager to talk about the set design and the choreography as you do the fate of the galaxy or what might happen next.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
84% Darkest Hour (2017) The movie doesn't quite extract blood, sweat, or tears, even if it does toil.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
97% Coco (2017) The movie slips into a familiar rut and the scenery fades into the background.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Myths grow out of a need to understand the world, and to pass on an understanding of how to make our way through it, but Lanthimos just teaches you to be more cautious about his next film. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
86% American Made (2017) Barry is the closest thing Tom Cruise has played to a regular Joe in more than a decade, and the part isn't a snug fit. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) [Matthew] Vaughn hasn't only run out of things to say but people to hate, and without that underlying aggression, the movie feels like it's just going through the motions. Better luck next time, bruv.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) It gets where it's going fast enough, but you don't feel like you've traveled anywhere at all.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Besson's trying to cram in as much as he possibly can, but the more he overstuffs the movie, the emptier it feels.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) In Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, even the machine guns fire in time with the beat.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) Universal might have found more tonal consistency if it just straight-up remade Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Even as a cog in a machine, Covenant isn't a very important one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
16% The Circle (2017) The movie's characterizations are broad and bland, and the haphazard editing leaves apparently major figures stranded for long stretches of the story ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It feels like the movies have gotten as big as they can get, and the gleeful absurdity that drove them is losing ground to the specter of obligation.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
43% Song to Song (2017) Even at his most indulgent, Malick brings something to the movies that no one else ever has, a way of looking at the world that is easily imitated but has never been equaled.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017