Peter Travers

Peter Travers
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 76% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki brings an undeniable emotional pull to this harrowing portrait of a poverty-stricken child's fight to survive in the slums of Beirut. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 62% The Mule (2018) It's the detours on Eastwood's road movie- the stops along the way that show an old man dealing with the dim possibilities of change near the end of his life - that reveal this drug-mule-in-winter drama as a deeply personal reckoning.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 91% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) A shocking, well-researched and richly observant documentary from Alexis Bloom about the climate of lies and systemic sexual abuse that allowed the bad behavior of Fox News chief Roger Ailes to flourish until his victims said Time's Up.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 60% Bird Box (2018) Sandra Bullock commands the screen in this only fitfully scary, post-apocalyptic sci-fi/horrorshow in which invading aliens can only kill you if you look at them. So keep your eyes wide shut. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Who'd have thought that animation could turn a whole army of interdimensional webslingers into something fresh, funny, fierce and revolutionary? With a mixed-race hero at its core, this is the greatest Spider-Man epic of them all-and the coolest.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Barry Jenkins creates one of the year's 10 best films by celebrating black love and a human connection that can raise you up and move you to tears. Regina King's performance should finally get her the Oscar she's deserved for years.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 61% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Even when the pace of the film falters, these two performers hold you in thrall. That's royalty.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
50% Willow (1988) At the heart of this overproduced jumble you can still hear the faint beat of the simple story Lucas conceived about 15 years ago while researching Star Wars.‐ People Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 81% Ben is Back (2018) Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges pour their hearts and souls into the unflinching and unforgettable addiction drama about a mother who can't quite trust the son she loves. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4.5/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) In Brady Corbet's knockout second feature, Natalie Portman delivers an all-stops-out-you've-never seen-her-like-this tour de force as a swaggering rock diva who takes no prisoners. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 79% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Here's the holiday musical you're looking for - if, say, you like a splash of gore and a parade of flesh-eating zombies between musical numbers. Eat your heart out, Mary Poppins! ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4.5/5 91% Mirai (2018) The latest gem from Japanese anime master Mamoru Hosoda concerns a little boy's conflict with his baby sister. It may be the animator's smallest film, but it stands tall. You'll be enchanted.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) This soft-spoken, cinematic treasure about a family of thieves highlights the quietly devastating artistry of Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda. It's impossible to experience the deep-seated compassion of this film and not be moved to tears.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
1/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) Arriving just in time to win a place among the year's worst films, Robin Hood robs you of two hours. Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx go down the gullet of this toxic Thanksgiving turkey that definitely does not deserve a pardon. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos' renegade deviltry turns a period piece into a bawdy, brilliant triumph. Expect Oscar to bow down to Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and the mighty Olivia Colman as Queen Anne for bringing a #MeToo punch to 18th-century British politics.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Cuarón has done more than break through walls of language, culture and class to craft the best movie of the year. No matter how you see or stream Roma, this game-changer is making its own kind of history.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The twists get twistier as the film hurtles toward a climax at Paris' Pere Lachaise Cemetery. But the getting there, which should be half the fun, turns out to be a bit of a slog. Fine for Pottermores, but a trial for us Muggles.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/4 70% Bleed For This (2016) Younger jacks up the action in the last third, but the air goes out of a fight movie when you can see the next jab coming.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) There have been many films about Vincent Van Gough, but none as extraordinary as Julian Schnabel's version, starring Willem Dafoe in a monumental, career-best performance that lets us feel we're living Van Gough's life and not just watching it.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4.5/5 90% Widows (2018) With a killer cast led by Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriquez and Elizabeth Debicki, director Steve McQueen turns four women and a heist into the powerhouse thriller of the year. You're in for a hell of a ride.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4.5/5 82% Green Book (2018) Thanks to the dream team of Mortensen and Ali, both giving Oscar caliber performances, audiences will be rightly cheering this hilarious and heartfelt true story of a black musician and his racist driver on a 1960's tour of the Deep South. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2/5 57% The Grinch (2018) You're a Mediocre One, Mr. Grinch. Those expecting Cumberbatch to add a little Dr. Strange to his take on Dr. Seuss will be sorely disappointed as this animated take on the Grinch buries its kid audience under a blanket of bland.. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) The movie itself is never as good as it should be, owing to Leven's lifeless staging. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Saddle up for a hilarity-and-hellfire, Coen brothers western full of riding, fighting, hanging and shooting - plus silly songs, a limbless poet, cowboy love rituals and philosophical musings about the inevitability of dying.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/5 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The plot feels increasingly implausible, but the action is go-go-go and a killer good Claire Foy-erasing all memories of "The Crown"- makes the part her own.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman rewinds to that 1988 moment when Gary Hart's adultery took presidential politics tabloid. But not even Hugh Jackman as Hart can sell the argument that personal weakness doesn't stain public character in the era of #MeToo.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
1/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Tchaikovsky must be rolling In his grave after this wretched attempt to turn the famous fairy tale/ballet into a blockbuster results in slow torture for kids and grownups alike. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 89% Maria By Callas (2018) Here's the intimate, unabashedly reverential new documentary that gives legendary diva Maria Callas the encore she deserves. And in her own voice. Fasten your seatbelts. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) What to call this Hollywood takedown from Orson Welles, besides the best 1970's movie to be released in the 21st century? It's also chaotic and jumbled and strictly for those who care about the history of film and its indispensable master builder.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Proving again that he's one of the best actors of his generation, Lucas Hedges shines alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in this harrowing real-life tale of a gay teen whose parents send him to conversion therapy‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) In struggling to make a salable PG-13 movie out of an R-rated rock life, this Queen biopic stumbles. But there's only praise to heap on Rami Malek whose tour de force performance as Freddie Mercury will definitely rock you. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 86% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns his camera on a pro-gun, pro-God Midwestern town and gives us a landmark view of what it looks like to live in Trump's America.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
42% My Life (1993) If there are a few nuggets of wit and wisdom buried under the film's disease-of-the-week surface, Rubin doesn't find them. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
59% Malice (1993) It's got suspense but no staying power.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
48% Far and Away (1992) Even at its hokiest, Far and Away is never less than heartfelt.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4.5/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Is it a love triangle, a murder mystery or a comment on the human condition? Whatever you call this stunning, slow-build thriller from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, it sizzles with a cumulative power that will knock the wind out of you. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 63% Suspiria (2018) Luca Guadagnino's re-imagining of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic about a dance academy run by witches is a maddening mess-all that subtext- and also totally mesmerizing. Brava, Tilda Swinton! ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 88% What They Had (2018) This captivating family drama is anchored by actors-Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster-who truly are as good as it gets. You laugh as much as you cry, which means you believe in the movie's truth.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Carrie Mulligan ignites a blaze in actor-turned-director Paul Dano's moving familial melodrama about a 1960's housewife and mother who can't catch up with the feminist stirrings she feels inside. One word for Mulligan: Wow.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Believe the Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy in this true story of an out-of-work author who took up forgery to pay the bills. McCarthy shows she has what it takes to tackle drama and comedy and all stops in between: the power to amaze.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/4 76% Mid90s (2018) Jonah Hill's directorial debut, from a script he wrote himself, rewinds back to Clinton-era L.A., where a young kid gets an education in sex, drugs and skaterat culture. The result feels rough-hewn, hands-on and totally irresistible.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) This slasher movie reboot for the #MeToo Era is the trick-or-treat frightfest you've been waiting for, highlighted by Jamie Lee Cuirtis in a savage roar of a performance in the role that made her a star. You'll scream bloody murder!‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Hard to take and impossible to forget.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 89% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) It's hard not to think "WTF?!" in this story of a teacher who discovers a child prodigy and becomes obsessed. But Gyllenhaal is a sorceress of an actress worthy of following through the film's twisty paths of light and dark. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 68% The Happy Prince (2018) Director-actor Rupert Everett tackles Oscar Wilde in his later years, and proves this was the role he was born to play. Get ready to marvel at an award-caliber performance.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Set in a 1969 Vegas hotel, Drew Goddard's retro whatzit could have been creepier, wittier, sharper and had a payoff that actually paid off, but there are enough twisted delights (yay, Cynthia Erivo!) to make you consider checking in.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 79% 22 July (2018) Director Paul Greengrass' latest docudrama re-enacts the 2011 massacre in Norway with chilling accuracy - but stumbles when revisiting the details of the aftermath.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 88% First Man (2018) Unmissable and unforgettable.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) An emotional powerhouse about a police shooting of an unarmed black man. Topped by an incandescent Amandla Stenberg, whose performance grows like a gathering storm, Tillman's film snaps like a livewire. It means to shake you - and does.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
1/5 29% Venom (2018) Even the great Tom Hardy is defeated by this tone-deaf Marvel botch job, which delivers a puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel instead of the scary, dark-night-of-the-soul thunderbolt fans had every right to expect.. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018