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Title Year Rating Rank Review
Drive My Car2021951(full review) - Ryûsuke Hamaguchi turns a seemingly simple premise – a visiting theater director begrudgingly accepts a chauffeur from festival organizers – into a sprawling study of the human soul.
Flee2021951(full review) - What’s left is a hope that giving voice to his burdens may finally set him free, and lead to a greater understanding of the many voices yet unheard.
Black Widow2019903(full review) - Performances blossom and surprise, their chemistry buoying the familial longing required of every superhero backstory while anchoring action in characters you can care about.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande2022903(full review) - Leo Grande is a simply wonderful look at embracing who you are and what you want. It’s funny and empowering, warm and touching, even heartbreaking at times.
Last Night in Soho2021903(full review) - Last Night in Soho is an often glorious mashup of settings and genres, and though you’ll recognize all of them, the package still carries a postmark that’s uniquely Wright’s.
Mass2021903(full review) - With insightful writing, superb performances and unassuming direction, it’s a cathartic film that deconstructs an all too common tragedy with overdue honesty.
Mr. SOUL!2018903(full review) - This is Black history coming thrillingly, vibrantly alive
Shiva Baby2021903(full review) - Seligman flashes an insight that disarms you with sex and humor.
Spencer2021903(full review) - Larraín’s committed vision and an achingly poetic turn from Stewart make Spencer a completely fascinating two hours of story time.
The Lost Leonardo2021903(full review) - But don’t be scared off by the whiff of stuffy art house pretension, this is also a damn fine piece of entertainment.
The Power of the Dog2021903(full review) - The Power of the Dog finds its own power in what it shows but never truly tells.
A Quiet Place Part II20208512(full review) - AQPII is lean, moves at a quick clip, thrills with impressive outdoor carnage sequences and yet commands that same level of tension in its nerve- janglingly quiet moments.
All the Old Knives20228512(full review) - There’s plenty of blame to go around in the often nasty business of global politics, and All the Old Knives makes that history lesson personal.
Best Summer Ever20208512(full review) - If Best Summer Ever doesn’t turn your frown upside down, I’ll eat a bug.
Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road 8512(full review) - Jason and Brian take to the road for some engaging carpool conversation.
Compartment No. 620218512(full review) - Compartment No. 6 has a warm fuzzy feeling at the last stop.
Don't Look Up20218512(full review) - McKay is able to nicely cop the disinformation industry’s circular strategy of reframing evidence against it as evidence supporting it.
Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down20228512(full review) - Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down isn’t simply a greatest hits mixtape made by fans for more fans. It’s a gritty story of survival, and of making a commitment to making a difference.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife20218512(full review) - But is it fun? Oh yeah, with some slick CGI and high points that are zuuler than the other side of the pillow.
Golden Arm20218512(full review) - Call it “stupid funny” if you want, but it’s still funny, with some underlying themes about gender stereotypes, personal growth and female friendships that are far from dumb.
Gully20218512(full review) - This film is messy, angry, brutal and defiant, a primal scream that doesn’t much care if you think it’s nihilistic.
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song20228512(full review) - Straddling the line between biopic and expose, the film gives the uninitiated an overview of Cohen’s background while indulging veteran admirers with a deeper dive into his most acclaimed composition.
Hustle20228512(full review) - It’s also another example of Sandler’s versatility, and the good that comes from surrounding himself with unique voices. When Sandler cares, he shines.
In The Heights20218512(full review) - In the Heights has been saving that magic for the big screen experience, and now that it’s here it is indeed worthy of celebrating – in a theater, with a crowd.
Nine Days20218512(full review) - He’s taking some big swings at mighty heavy concepts here, with an originality of voice and attention to craft that is welcome any day.
No Time to Die20218512(full review) - Five films in 15 years have changed the character and the franchise for the better, and No Time to Die closes this chapter with requisite spectacle and fitting emotion.
Nope20228512(full review) - Nope is a tense, gorgeous, funny, insightful and ambitious thrill ride, which updates the filmmaker’s scorecard to three for three.
Official Competition20228512(full review) - Subtle it ain’t, but funny it is.
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It20218512(full review) - It’s just a damn good story, from someone worthy of celebrating while she’s still here.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings20218512(full review) - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings soars highest when it follows its groundbreaking hero’s lead and vows to build its own world.
The Batman20228512(full review) - But ultimately, what makes this film most interesting is the way Bruce Wayne struggles to justify the consequences that The Batman has had on Gotham, and the surprising side of hero worship.
The French Dispatch20218512(full review) - Anderson delivers a fascinating and meticulous exercise boasting impeccable craftsmanship and scattershot moments of wry humor.
The Harder They Fall20218512(full review) - This crew ain’t shootin’ blanks, and they rarely miss.
The Last Duel20218512(full review) - The Last Duel aims for more than just a gripping history lesson.
The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 5220218512(full review) - It is earnest, ambitious and respectful, which seems fitting for a story anchored in a love of science and nature.
The Many Saints of Newark20218512(full review) - The Many Saints of Newark impresses most by the balance it finds between fan service and fresh character arcs.
The Outfit20228512(full review) - it’s artful and engaging enough to rope in anyone who loves untangling a well-fitted suit of clues.
The Retreat20218512(full review) - A nifty little coup de grace proves The Retreat has seen you coming all along.
The Wheel20218512(full review) - But even at its most familiar, the film carries a freshness that comes from never losing empathy for the type of characters generally used as convenient fodder.
tick, tick...BOOM!20218512(full review) - Miranda, Garfield and company are going big here, and end up reaching the balcony with crowd-pleasing panache.
Together Together20218512(full review) - Together Together is never less than warm, insightful and lovely.
Undine20208512(full review) - Christian Petzold is a filmmaker with an almost casual mastery of storytelling.
Vengeance20228512(full review) - It’s also a funny and entertaining mystery caper, self-effacing but not afraid to wander into some dark places, with a social conscience that Novak reveals in organic and endearing ways.
Watcher20228512(full review) - Okuno envelopes Julia in male gazes that carry threats of varying degrees, all building to a bloody and damn satisfying crescendo.
An Unquiet Grave20208045(full review) - With the hushed tones of the folk song that inspired its title, An Unquiet Grave reminds us that peace is a necessity for both the living and the dead.
Death on the Nile20208045(full review) - Death on the Nile proves that a trusty return to glamour and intrigue can still overcome some excess baggage.
Deep Water20228045(full review) - And though Lyne has made his name on the steamy sexual politics of 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction and Unfaithful, there’s more smoke here than fire.
Dream Horse20218045(full review) - The best sports movies are almost always about more than the sport. Dream Horse doesn’t forget that. You can bet on it.
Elvis20228045(full review) - Elvis is stylistic, well-performed and often highly entertaining. But with an overlong running time of 2 1/2 hours plus, you’d think there would be at least a little room left to go full Luhrmann.
Godzilla vs. Kong20218045(full review) - Pristine cinematography, detailed CGI effects and a wonderfully layered sound design elevate the thrills early and often.
House of Gucci20218045(full review) - And if your Thanksgiving ends up going completely off the rails, House of Gucci is a star-powered and entertaining way to feel a whole lot better about your own family.
Infinite Storm20228045(full review) - Watts pushes Infinite Storm past some by-the-numbers moments for a worthy reflection on struggle and healing.
Jungle Cruise20218045(full review) - But even at its most formulaic, there’s enough humor, heart and genuine movie star appeal here to make Jungle Cruise an excursion full of rollicking good fun.
Kandisha20208045(full review) - Kandisha adds a fresh cultural and female-specific lens to a bloody, take-no-prisoners approach that does much to overcome the tale’s familiar building blocks.
King Richard20218045(full review) - Smith makes the mix of crazy-like-a-fox determination, gentle humor and hidden scars one that -like Smith himself – is hard to dislike.
Lightyear20228045(full review) - But just make sure you sit tight for the final half hour.
Old20218045(full review) - There is something waiting beyond the clearly defined metaphor about appreciating every day.
Our Towns20218045(full review) - For 97 minutes, Our Towns shows you that underneath all of our ugliness, there are success stories we can look to for examples of hope and possibility.
Percy20218045(full review) - Led by the sympathetic Walken, the ensemble cast is uniformly effective, but caught in a scattershot narrative.
Ride the Eagle20218045(full review) - It’s funny and it’s fuzzy and it goes a long way toward making sure these ruminations on forgiveness and regret actually resonate.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye20218045(full review) - If the goal here was to spotlight an award-worthy lead performance in an entertaining hat tip to Tammy Faye, well then mission accomplished.
The Forgiven20218045(full review) - McDonagh (Calvary, The Guard) is such an insighftul writer, and he’s able to turn shallow first impressions into complexities as skillfully as he brings authentic depth to what easily could have been the magic brown people.
The Night House20218045(full review) - There’s enough in The Night House to satisfy horror fans today, and plenty here to get us hopeful about the future.
Titane20218045(full review)
Top Gun: Maverick20228045(full review) - From manufactured rivalries to shirtless team building to the entrance of a surprise Top Gun instructor from last night at the bar, Maverick sells us back what we first bought back in 1986.
Wolf20218045(full review) - But like many of her characters, writer/director Nathalie Biancheri is committed to her own different animal.
Black as Night20217567(full review) - And though it often feels like Black As Night is content to just jump on a crowded ride, it consistently finds small moments to call its own.
Bullet Train20227567(full review)
Dear Evan Hansen20217567(full review) - Much like its flawed main character, it’s a mess of awkward and misplaced intentions, as likely to generate facepalms as it is a loving embrace.
Father Stu20227567(full review) - It’s a sturdy and proficient testament to faith, but short of truly rousing.
France20217567(full review) - Dumont is clearly speaking to his homeland first, though the message will be instantly relatable to U.S. audiences.
I Want You Back20227567(full review) - It’s the irresistible chemistry of Slate and Day that keeps this madcap setup consistently engaging.
Jackass Forever20227567(full review) - The hits and the misses keep coming, equally likely to leave you laughing, wincing, or checking your watch.
Let the Wrong One In20217567(full review) - But it does end up delivering on the promise of that title, with just enough zany bite to make the lifeless stretches easier to bury.
The 35520227567(full review) - Kinberg does deliver one nicely orchestrated set-piece that truly grabs your attention with tension and bloodshed.
V/H/S/9420217567(full review) - A step up from Viral for sure, but with too many false starts for a rewind-able experience.
Gasoline Alley20226577(full review) - Is it ridiculous, overwrought and amateurish in spots? Sure, but this one is actually watchable.
Morbius20226577(full review) - Abrupt editing does Espinosa no favors, either, and the pace that initially feels nicely brisk leads to a narrative that just seems impatient.
Uncharted20226577(full review) - Give in to the brazen ridiculousness of the latest Indiana Jones knockoff, there’s some fun to be discovered.
Bloodthirsty20216080(full review) - Bloodthirsty is a werewolf film that never really feels like one, which has both up and down sides.
Confession20225081(full review) - Much like a troubled mark facing dwindling options and a ticking clock, Confession just ends up saying too much.
F920215081(full review) - And as the running time keeps running, it all starts to feel pretty tedious.
The Gateway20215081(full review) - The Gateway becomes an overwrought and overwritten mess leading to little that is satisfying.
Where the Crawdads Sing20225081(full review) - Where the Crawdads Sing does Southern Gothic like Justin Beiber doing Delta blues. You’ll recognize the words and music, but any true feeling is bogged down by all the polish.
American Siege20224585(full review) - Even the shoot-em-up payoff is lackluster, while the film’s prevailing worldview is simplistic and pandering.
Cheaper by the Dozen20224585(full review) - it’s pretty insufferable.
Here Today20214585(full review) - an overlong, self-indulgent, misguided and unfunny misfire.
Sonic the Hedgehog20204585(full review) - So after its rough start with the fanboys, you might say Sonic avoids becoming a real…..CATS-tastrophy.
Sonic the Hedgehog 220224585(full review) - But like the first film, the storytelling here is so exaggerated that even Carrey’s cartoonish mugging doesn’t seem that much over the top.
Red Notice20214090(full review) - Thurber ends up navigating an awkward space that teeters on spoof.
The Amusement Park20214090(full review) - And armed with the proper context, you should probably see it anyway.