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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% RBG (2018) "It's an engrossing, sometimes quite moving story... " ‐ Vogue
Posted Apr 18, 2018
93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) "The movie is carried by images you'll never forget: the monolith, the space stations waltzing to Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" and the long "Star Gate" sequence, featuring a hurricane of lights and images that were once thought trippy. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 3, 2018
99% Atlanta: Robbin' Season (TV, 2018) "I'm not really sure where Atlanta is heading. But I know its comedy is drenched with foreboding. I also know there's nothing else quite like it on TV, no series at once so strange and angry and hysterically funny. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 28, 2018
100% Babylon Berlin: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Babylon Berlin tells a very good story, yet it's even better at conjuring a rich and fascinating world. " ‐ NPR.org
Posted Feb 12, 2018
87% American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (TV, 2018) "This new series is still well worth watching. Murphy's at his best when he takes tabloid material and, without draining away its juiciness, reframes it to grapple with serious issues. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 16, 2018
74% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) "Now, it must be said that Katja's story, while gripping, isn't a lot of fun. But it is compelling, and Kruger, able to work in her native German, gives an extraordinarily deep and passionate performance... " ‐ Vogue
Posted Dec 13, 2017
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) "While the script by Matt Greenhalgh doesn't soar, the performances do. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Dec 13, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) "If you love Aaron Sorkin, you're almost certain to love his zippy directorial debut. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Dec 13, 2017
51% Downsizing (2017) "The movie's heart is in the right place-it's about learning compassion-but you'll wish the preachiness had been downsized, too. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Dec 13, 2017
88% The Post (2018) "In a performance of exquisite subtlety and depth, culminating in an extraordinary moment of decision, Streep shows us the inner growth of a woman who, long underestimated (not least by herself), learns how to take charge and assert her values... " ‐ Vogue
Posted Dec 13, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) "One of the year's very best movies, worth seeing more than once. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Dec 13, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) "By now, the franchise is mainly about giving the audience more of what it's already given it, and the gifted writer-director Rian Johnson (Looper) delivers just that... " ‐ Vogue
Posted Dec 13, 2017
96% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Set in a brightly colored version of late 1950s New York - the soundtrack is bursting with show tunes and Sinatra - it's a backhanded riposte to the old canard that women can't be funny. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 5, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) "[Call Me By Your Name] may be the best new film I've seen this year. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Sep 12, 2017
82% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) "[Borg/McEnroe] is perfectly watchable but carefully chosen not to annoy the kind of square, moneyed audience that turns up for opening nights. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Sep 12, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) "Don't overlook McDormand in Martin McDonagh's dark, often hilarious Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Sep 12, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) "Darkest Hour will be known and remembered as Oldman's show. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Sep 12, 2017
69% mother! (2017) "Darren Aronofsky has taken the stuff of a horror film or home-invasion picture and created a hugely ambitious, brilliantly made movie. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Sep 12, 2017
74% Top of the Lake: China Girl (TV, 2017) "The result is the mother of all cop shows. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 10, 2017
50% Phil Spector (2013) "Spector is almost the platonic ideal of the crazy showbiz madman. He makes a great fit for Pacino, who has for once found a character so charismatically odd that he doesn't need to overact to keep himself interested. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
81% Ginger & Rosa (2013) "You won't find many movies about teenage girls more perceptive than Ginger & Rosa by the English filmmaker Sally Potter. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
10% Stonewall (2015) "A wooden script, bad lines delivered by amateurish actors, bizarre plot choices, and a set that some have said bears less resemblance to Christopher Street circa 1969 than Sesame Street or the Land of Oz. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
48% Freeheld (2015) "Moore and Page don't have great chemistry, which means the heart of a movie about the power of love doesn't quite beat. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Like most music pictures, Straight Outta Compton is most enjoyable when it's chronicling its heroes' rise-discovering their message, conquering the public, throwing increasingly debauched parties. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
97% Tangerine (2015) "By turns funny, outrageous, and attuned to unfulfilled dreams, Tangerine is as close as I've seen an American come to capturing the subversive panache of the young Pedro Almodóvar -- an achievement far grander than merely trending. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "The movie offers the old-fashioned pleasures of gorgeous location shooting in Greece and Turkey, a deftly unfolding psychological drama, and strikingly sharp performances. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
85% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "If you care about law -- or even complex characters -- this isn't the show for you. Filled with more twists than a bowl of fusilli... a blithely shameless romp whose plotting wants to get away with murder, too. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
22% Girl Most Likely (2013) "This is one of those movies that takes a potentially interesting character and then gives her a one-way ticket to Squaresville. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "As Maya, she (Chastain) pulls off the tricky feat of making us follow, and connect to, a smart, driven woman who's neither particularly likable or unlikable -- her whole being is inseparable from her job. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
93% Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "While Kohan can be lazy about the cosseted lives of her heroine's family and friends, she's terrific at evoking prison life's swirl of races, social classes, and sexual preferences, which behind bars can be temporary. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
91% The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013) "The true virtue of The Bridge is not Cross's and Ruiz's police work -- by now, we've all seen enough cops for a lifetime -- but what it casually reveals about life on the border. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 13, 2017
97% Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013) "What makes the show so enjoyable is how bored it is with the usual solemn father-son hoo-ha. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 12, 2017
80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) "Cianfrance is so eager to make a grand statement about the generations that he loses sight of the individuals he should be bringing to life in rich, exacting detail. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 12, 2017
92% The Spectacular Now (2013) "Just when you want the movie to take a daring leap, it steps back from the ledge and starts resembling too many others you've seen about addiction. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 12, 2017
94% Casting By (2013) "While the movie is not especially thoughtful (to put it mildly), it's worth seeing for all its revelatory TV clips and for celebrating one of the great female innovators in post-World War II movie history. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 12, 2017
60% The Bling Ring (2013) "Morality be damned, I kept wishing The Bling Ring was juicier. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 12, 2017
95% Enlightened: Season 2 (TV, 2013) "Even as we laugh at Amy's loony attempts to forge a new world, we understand, and are moved by, her longing for a purer soul and a kinder society. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
94% Girls: Season 2 (TV, 2013) "While all this can make Hannah exasperating, even embarrassing, it keeps her a new kind of heroine, at least on TV: a young woman unashamedly floundering her way toward success. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
64% The Following: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "When I saw the pilot, I was hooked by its mood and surprise -- it's genuinely suspenseful -- and couldn't wait to see more. Now, I don't know whether Williamson can sustain things over the long haul " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
83% Side Effects (2013) "Although I would've liked him to go out with something better than Side Effects, it's fitting that Soderbergh would end with a film that's superbly shot, directed, and acted, and yet, at some fundamental level, profoundly half-hearted. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
50% Pain & Gain (2013) "It's just a piece of raucous vulgarity whose greatest virtue is the presence of Wahlberg and Johnson. They're amusing and oddly likable as two amoral, reprehensibly violent dopes. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
85% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) "With Whedon's Much Ado, you don't feel like you're watching another Shakespeare adaptation, you feel like you're watching a movie. I mean that as high praise, by the way. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
50% First Comes Love (2013) "Just when you want to shriek at Davenport for her self-absorption, she surprises you with a perception of family life that's as moving as it is true. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "Blue Jasmine is Allen's first movie in ages that at least tries to escape the dungeon of the self. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
93% American Hustle (2013) "One of the many pleasures of David O. Russell's American Hustle, a fizzy late-seventies cocktail of comedy, romance, and caper pic, is that Bale finally seems to be having a ball. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Jul 11, 2017
80% Becoming Cary Grant "Grant's story is striking by the breadth of the chasm between his wounded inner self and his seductive persona that was attentive, buoyant and up for anything. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 9, 2017
83% Risk (2017) "Whether or not it was Poitras' intention, Risk reminds us that grand ideals are finally no grander than the flawed human beings who bring them to life. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 5, 2017
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "In lesser hands, Katniss's willingness to suffer for the whole world may seem like classic teen narcissism... But Lawrence possesses an astonishing ability to convey profound emotional seriousness without ever seeming to do anything. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Apr 26, 2017
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "[Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's] directing of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is crackling with invention, high spirits, and love of the movie. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Apr 26, 2017
94% Spy (2015) "In [Melissa McCarthy's] hilarious, globetrotting new movie Spy, she's finally been given a vehicle with the speed and gloss worthy of her comic talents. " ‐ Vogue
Posted Apr 26, 2017
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