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Monitor Movie Guide

A year of Monitor movie reviews.

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Title MPAA Rating Monitor Rating Review Date
Gary Oldman takes on the oft-played role of Winston Churchill for biopic ‘Darkest Hour’ PG-13 2017-11-22
Spangly 'Coco' has moments as powerful as anything in the Pixar canon PG 2017-11-22
Lives of a black and a white family intertwine post-WWII in ‘Mudbound’ R 2017-11-17
Frances McDormand is too spartan and sealed off in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' R 2017-11-10
Rigorously conventional ‘Last Flag Flying’ has few surprises R 2017-11-03
'Lady Bird' is frisky and oddball, which is sometimes annoying and more often ingratiating R 2017-11-03
'Suburbicon' is an uneasy mixture of noir and socially conscious film R 2017-10-27
Todd Haynes's direction in 'Wonderstruck' keeps plot at emotional remove PG 2017-10-27
Documentary brings Goodall’s story to vivid life in ‘Jane’ Unrated 2017-10-20
'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)' is wide-ranging, self-indulgent Unrated 2017-10-20
In ‘Ex Libris,’ the story of libraries is really about infinitely complex people Unrated 2017-10-13
In 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'visionary' is synonymous with slow and monotonous R 2017-10-06
Remarkable 'The Florida Project' explores vagaries of childhood R 2017-10-05
'American Made' depicts drug cartels as occasion for blithe derring-do R 2017-09-29
‘Loving Vincent’ prompts respect for the effort that went into hand-painted film, if not the result PG-13 2017-09-29
'Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House' leaves Felt's motivations ambiguous PG-13 2017-09-29
‘Battle of the Sexes’ is a barely muted rallying cry for our time PG-13 2017-09-22
'Stronger' actor Jake Gyllenhaal is better than the movie R 2017-09-22
J.D. Salinger biopic 'Rebel in the Rye' falls back on banalities PG-13 2017-09-08
'Trophy' explores moral intertwining of hunting and conservationism Unrated 2017-09-08
'Dolores' could have explored subject's life more sharply Unrated 2017-09-08
'Unlocked' is a barely engaging spy thriller R 2017-09-01
In ‘Polina,’ a ballerina pursues contemporary Unrated 2017-09-01
‘Marjorie Prime’ asks, how do we want to be remembered? Unrated 2017-08-23
'Logan Lucky' is inconsequentially entertaining PG-13 2017-08-18
'The Trip to Spain' is the least of the movie trio but has its moments Unrated 2017-08-11
Documentary ‘California Typewriter’ turns back the clock Unrated 2017-08-11
'The Dark Tower' is a forgettable 'Lord of the Rings'-'Matrix' mashup PG-13 2017-08-04
'Icarus' should delve more into motivations of Russian Olympians Unrated 2017-08-04
In 'Detroit,' atrocity becomes numbing R 2017-08-04
The story of 'Wind River' is swallowed up by outlandish plot devices R 2017-08-04
'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' delivers a nimbus-tinged view of Al Gore's actions PG 2017-07-28
Documentary ‘Rumble’ explores Native Americans’ influence on music Unrated 2017-07-27
In 'Dunkirk,' war is a minute-to-minute struggle for survival PG-13 2017-07-20
Documentary ‘My Journey Through French Cinema’ is for all movie lovers Unrated 2017-07-14
'War for the Planet of the Apes' is among the best of the series PG-13 2017-07-14
Strengths of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' are its jaunty high school scenes PG-13 2017-07-06
'13 Minutes' has tantalizing story but workmanlike execution R 2017-06-30
'Okja' is a muddled parable that mashes together many genres Unrated 2017-06-28
'The Beguiled' is brittle and vaporous R 2017-06-23
‘The Big Sick’ is best comedy of 2017 so far, and so much more R 2017-06-23
'The Journey' is an unconvincing talkathon that might have worked better on the stage PG-13 2017-06-16
'Maudie' star Sally Hawkins gives a standout performance as artist Maud Lewis PG-13 2017-06-16
'Cars 3' is reasonably diverting but somewhat sluggish G 2017-06-16
'The Mummy' is a tentpole production with nothing under the tent PG-13 2017-06-09
Sam Elliott and Laura Prepon are quietly effective in 'The Hero' R 2017-06-09
When sparks fly in 'Beatriz at Dinner,' it's entertaining but not surprising R 2017-06-09
'My Cousin Rachel' star Rachel Weisz freshens up the Gothic story PG-13 2017-06-09
Footage in documentary ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’ is all fascinating Unrated 2017-06-09
'Wonder Woman' has a frisky, friendly spirit PG-13 2017-06-02
Uneven 'Churchill' feels more like an exposé than a deep-dish psychological exploration PG 2017-06-02
In intensely harrowing 'Afterimage,' Stalinist repression shatters artist’s life Unrated 2017-05-26
With low expectations, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' is amusing PG-13 2017-05-26
'Baywatch' has a disposable plot R 2017-05-26
'Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story' revives story of little-known movie couple Unrated 2017-05-19
'Alien: Covenant' is more interesting than 'Prometheus' but still a retread R 2017-05-19
'The Commune' actress Trine Dyrholm is the only reason to see film Unrated 2017-05-19
‘The Wedding Plan’ is both unorthodox and ultra-Orthodox PG 2017-05-12
‘Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia’ does justice to an anguished history Unrated 2017-05-12
‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ lands with a thud PG-13 2017-05-12
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team up for ‘Snatched’ R 2017-05-12
In 'The Lovers,' Debra Winger's intensity is too much for goofy grab bag of a movie R 2017-05-05
'A Woman's Life' director’s poeticism is overly protracted Unrated 2017-05-05
In ‘Graduation,’ personal and political are inseparable R 2017-04-28
'A Quiet Passion' won't encourage viewers to seek out Emily Dickinson's poetry PG-13 2017-04-21
John Coltrane documentary 'Chasing Trane' has stunning concert, music clips Unrated 2017-04-21
'Tramps' is remarkably fresh, as are its leads Unrated 2017-04-21
'Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer' has too much Norman R 2017-04-14
'Tommy's Honour' is a conventional movie about unconventional people PG 2017-04-14
'The Lost City of Z' is only fitfully successful as a psychological portrait of a burgeoning obsessive PG-13 2017-04-14
'Going in Style' is a clunky escapade enlivened only by its three leads PG-13 2017-04-07
What's good in 'Colossal' isn't very original R 2017-04-07
'Their Finest' thumps for rose-colored glasses over reality R 2017-04-07
'Ghost in the Shell' eliminates deep think in favor of deep action PG-13 2017-03-31
'The Zookeeper's Wife' has a strong story but is unadventurous PG-13 2017-03-31
‘I Called Him Morgan’ embraces ambiguousness of story Unrated 2017-03-31
'Life' is glumly earnest R 2017-03-24
'Wilson' should be sharper and funnier R 2017-03-24
'The Last Laugh' doesn't provide penetrating answers Unrated 2017-03-24
Austerely compelling 'Frantz' explores persistence of love PG-13 2017-03-24
'Beauty and the Beast' is not a compelling equivalent of the 1991 animated movie PG 2017-03-17
In 'After the Storm,' what we see is too often all we get Unrated 2017-03-17
'Kong: Skull Island' is a fun movie with an inspired setting PG-13 2017-03-10
Socially conscious horror movies don't get any better than 'Get Out' R 2017-03-10
Smooth surfaces of 'The Sense of an Ending' need disrupting PG-13 2017-03-10
'Logan' turns into a free-for-all bloodfest R 2017-03-03
'Wolves' is cliché-ridden and predictable R 2017-03-03
‘My Life as a Zucchini’ avoids sentimentality PG-13 2017-03-03
'I Am Not Your Negro' shows that the world today is poorer for not having James Baldwin’s views PG-13 2017-02-24
Grand-scale extravaganza in 'The Great Wall' lacks transcendence PG-13 2017-02-17
'Kedi' is about how animals can bring out the kindness in people Unrated 2017-02-17
'I Am Jane Doe' lucidly presents important subject Unrated 2017-02-10
'The LEGO Batman Movie' is exhilarating and exhausting PG 2017-02-10
'A United Kingdom' simplifies a complex political dynamic PG-13 2017-02-10
'The Daughter,' Ibsen adaptation, won't win over viewers who are new to playwright's work Unrated 2017-02-03
Uneven 'The Comedian' doesn't measure up to Robert De Niro's performance R 2017-02-03
'Gold' lacks urgency or adventurousness R 2017-01-27
'Midsummer in Newtown' does not oversell the restorative power of art Unrated 2017-01-27
'The Salesman' isn't director Asghar Farhadi's best but offers glints of what often makes him one of best directors around PG-13 2017-01-27
'Split' doesn't deviate from director-writer M. Night Shyamalan's standard fare PG-13 2017-01-20
'The Founder' doesn't take a stand for or against protagonist's avarice PG-13 2017-01-20
'The Red Turtle' has a quietly breathtaking delicacy PG 2017-01-20
'Patriots Day': Does Mark Wahlberg's fictional treatment add anything? R 2017-01-13
‘Silence’ falls short in portraying true religious feeling R 2017-01-13
'Toni Erdmann' is fitfully sharp and amusing R 2017-01-06
'Hidden Figures' is unoriginal but has an irresistible story PG 2017-01-06
'Julieta' is straightforward by Almodovar standards R 2016-12-30
'Paterson' is charming, if also headscratch-inducing R 2016-12-30
'I, Daniel Blake' has focused story, strong acting R 2016-12-30
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'Passengers' is simply a sleek, well-designed curiosity PG-13 2016-12-22
'20th Century Women' actress Annette Bening's performance is a marvel R 2016-12-22
'Fences' is strong on acting but overly stagey PG-13 2016-12-16
'Accidental Courtesy' lets audience judge the actions of subject Unrated 2016-12-16
'Land of Mine' shows when mercy must overrule hatred R 2016-12-16
The best character in reasonably good 'Rogue One' is robot K-2SO PG-13 2016-12-15
'La La Land' is a deliriously fine musical about the challenges of making art PG-13 2016-12-09
'Things To Come' has a great performance by Isabelle Huppert PG-13 2016-12-02
'Jackie' is an unenlightening portrait of a famous Kennedy R 2016-12-02
'Allied' is lackluster and without suspense R 2016-11-23
'Lion' has half an Oscar-worthy film PG-13 2016-11-23
'Moana' is one of the better Disney animated features to come along in a while PG 2016-11-23
'Rules Don't Apply,' Warren Beatty's directorial return, is disarmingly light PG-13 2016-11-23
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' has too much of a good thing PG-13 2016-11-18
'Off the Rails' provides a window into a psyche Unrated 2016-11-18
'Nocturnal Animals' has a sadistic edge that is punitive R 2016-11-18
'Manchester by the Sea' is true to intricacies of family strife R 2016-11-18
Virtues of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' are concealed by film format R 2016-11-11
'Arrival': The film lacks a sense of the transcendent PG-13 2016-11-11
'Hacksaw Ridge' often has bloodlust pose as religiosity R 2016-11-04
'Doctor Strange' doesn't appreciably improve the Marvel universe PG-13 2016-11-04
'Loving' is careful not to offend PG-13 2016-11-04
'Inferno' doesn't amount to much PG-13 2016-10-28
'Moonlight' has some of the year's best performances R 2016-10-28
'The Eagle Huntress' is too slick but heroine triumphs over movie's excesses G 2016-10-28
'Fire at Sea' provokes questions about director’s choices Unrated 2016-10-28
'Before the Flood' lays out the case for climate reform with steadfast rigor Unrated 2016-10-21
'American Pastoral' is grueling and thin R 2016-10-21
'The Accountant' has confusing twists R 2016-10-14
'Newtown' is about people trying to make sense out of senselessness Unrated 2016-10-14
'Christine' is Rebecca Hall's finest movie performance to date R 2016-10-14
'The Girl on the Train' is morose and predictable R 2016-10-07
'The Birth of a Nation' is heavy-handed and hero worshiping R 2016-10-07
'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' is fairly generic Tim Burton PG-13 2016-09-30
'Deepwater Horizon' is a slam-bang action movie PG-13 2016-09-30
'Denial' is efficient and dry PG-13 2016-09-30
'The Dressmaker' induces whiplash with its moodswings R 2016-09-23
'Queen of Katwe' is winningly vivacious PG 2016-09-23
'Snowden' is a fawning piece of work R 2016-09-16
'Fatima' is well-observed but too bland Unrated 2016-09-16
'Sully' is more of a monument than a movie PG-13 2016-09-09
'Cameraperson' is a memoir of a documentary cinematographer Unrated 2016-09-09
'Come What May' has the solid narrative pleasures of an old-fashioned war epic R 2016-09-09
Creepily ambiguous 'Demon' delves into the nature of Polish collective guilt R 2016-09-09
In 'Complete Unknown,' Rachel Weisz's character is more of an intellectual concept than a human being R 2016-09-02
'Lo and Behold' director Werner Herzog shows he is a fanatical dreamer PG-13 2016-09-02
'Hell or High Water' is just about perfect with its satisfying construction R 2016-08-26
'War Dogs' doesn't have many thrills R 2016-08-19
'Ben-Hur' is tepid and CGI-heavy PG-13 2016-08-19
'Imperium' is pulpy but effective R 2016-08-19
'A Tale of Love and Darkness' is often irretrievably dour PG-13 2016-08-19
'Little Men' is sweet with powerfully understated acting PG 2016-08-12
In 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' life is more important than art PG-13 2016-08-10
'Suicide Squad': Characters are promisingly introduced, fizzle fast PG-13 2016-08-05
'The Little Prince' has a tedious real-world framing device PG 2016-08-05
'Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil' is dry but the art is still astonishing Unrated 2016-08-05
'Jason Bourne' is one of the better entries in the series PG-13 2016-07-29
'Gleason' leaves a lot for us to fill in R 2016-07-29
'Indignation' is uneven but star Logan Lerman is a go-getter R 2016-07-29
'Star Trek Beyond' is consistently entertaining PG-13 2016-07-22
'Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You' is a testimonial to an icon Unrated 2016-07-22
'The Innocents': The subject of the film is more arresting than the movie PG-13 2016-07-15
'Café Society' is a mixed bag for all its smoothness PG-13 2016-07-15
In 'Ghostbusters,' character comedy is trampled by effects PG-13 2016-07-14
'The Infiltrator' lacks novelty but has nail-biting pizzazz R 2016-07-13
'Our Little Sister' is Chekhov lite but provokes smiles PG 2016-07-08
'Life, Animated' depicts the extent to which love and caring can turn a life around PG 2016-07-08
Documentary 'Zero Days' is more frightening than anything Hollywood could come up with PG-13 2016-07-08
In 'The Legend of Tarzan,' Alexander Skarsgård looks at home in the jungle PG-13 2016-07-01
'Our Kind of Traitor' is diverting but not the best adaptation of Le Carré R 2016-07-01
'The BFG' never sustains liftoff PG 2016-07-01
'Free State of Jones' is powerful but lacks nuance R 2016-06-24
'Wiener-Dog': The central dachshund is more of a linking device than a character R 2016-06-24
'Les Cowboys' is more ambitious than successful R 2016-06-24
'Finding Dory' has rollicky moments, but 'Finding Nemo' was better PG 2016-06-17
'The Music of Strangers' shows how musicmaking can be salvation PG-13 2016-06-17
'Viktoria' milks its symbolism dry Unrated 2016-06-10
'Genius': The presentation of a writer's craft is pure Hollywood PG-13 2016-06-10
'Me Before You' signals its every move a mile away PG-13 2016-06-03
'Time to Choose': Climate change documentary has a hopeful tone Unrated 2016-06-03
'The Witness' is enlightening, though occasionally confusing Unrated 2016-06-02
'Presenting Princess Shaw' is about an improbable pairing that is ineffably right Unrated 2016-05-27
'Unlocking the Cage' makes a reasonable case for personhood for animals Unrated 2016-05-27
'X-Men: Apocalypse' storylines would have benefited from major pruning PG-13 2016-05-26
'Alice Through the Looking Glass' substitutes technological phantasmagoria for genuine wonderment PG 2016-05-26
'The Nice Guys' has garish violence and few laughs R 2016-05-20
'Weiner': The protagonist of the documentary remains something of a cipher R 2016-05-20
'Maggie's Plan': Some of it plays like a generic indie rom-com R 2016-05-20
'The Measure of a Man' is the powerful story of the quiet desperation of the economically dispossessed Unrated 2016-05-20
'A Monster With a Thousand Heads' is a political outcry Unrated 2016-05-20