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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Tumbledown (2016) ""Tumbledown" sees its good intentions undermined by cloying sitcom conventions. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
55% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) "Greenaway's boundary-pushing, breathlessly in-your-face approach begins to take its toll on viewer patience, resulting in Eisenstein not being the only one to ultimately lose interest in his bold Mexican odyssey. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
34% Jane Got a Gun (2016) "As stripped-down, revisionist Westerns go, "Jane Got A Gun" may not have reinvented the wagon wheel, but it rolls out as a sturdy, well-crafted genre piece despite its rocky road to the screen. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
0% Exposed (2016) "Awfully silly - and just plain awful ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 24, 2016
82% Ip Man 3 (2016) ""Ip Man 3," set in Hong Kong circa 1959, combines the customary, inventively choreographed action with an unexpected emotional depth, proving as hard to resist as its entertaining predecessors. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
80% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "Refuses to panda to the lowest common denominator. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2016
No Score Yet 400 Days (2016) "Tosses out a lot of potential what-ifs but never commits to any of them. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
7% Norm of the North (2016) "While the film, with its preponderance of potty jokes, might placate the very young already primed by boisterous singing chipmunks, older viewers will likely find it all harder to, uh, bear. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
No Score Yet Those Who Feel The Fire Burning (2015) "Confronts the global issue of swelling immigration in the face of steely bureaucratic indifference with a disarming grace and palpable humanity. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
91% The Girl in the Book (2015) ""The Girl in the Book" proves to be anything but a page-turner. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
31% Don Verdean (2015) "Even with the likes of Amy Ryan and Will Forte providing capable backup, it all grows ancient, fast. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
11% Dixieland (2015) "Writer-director Hank Bedford's Mississippi-set romantic drama would have benefited from judicious tightening and a rethink of its uninspired, decidedly downbeat crime element. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
24% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) "Despite assurances to the contrary, Wim Wenders' "Every Thing Will Be Fine" turns out to be a frustratingly distancing drama that fails to capitalize on its compelling 3D cinematography. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
93% Sembene! (2015) "A richly crafted documentary that serves as an enlightening tribute to the filmmaker who masterfully tapped into the medium's wide-reaching socio-political potential. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2015
47% Criminal Activities (2015) "Haley whips it into something reasonably entertaining even as you start thinking about how truly great "Get Shorty" and Travolta's Chili Palmer were midway through those double-crossing criminal activities. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
92% Drone ""Drone" is a solid, thought-provoking documentary that raises some pertinent questions even if they may not originate from the most objective of places. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "A visually breathtaking work of computer-generated animation that is ultimately unable to compensate for a disappointingly derivative script. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 13, 2015
100% Song Of Lahore (2015) "Music aside, this Pakistani "Buena Vista Social Club" is a testament to the enduring potency of creative expression. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2015
No Score Yet Coming Home "Succeeds despite an intrusive soundtrack that underscores each genuinely heartfelt moment. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2015
23% Heist (2015) "As vapidly generic as its title, British director Scott Mann's "Heist" is a by-the-numbers crime thriller that squanders a decent cast, including Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2015
80% Man Up (2015) "Frequently laugh-out-loud funny and tangibly tender where it ought to be, the immensely satisfying screwball romp feels freshly contemporary even as it largely conforms to genre conventions. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
No Score Yet Kill Them Young (2015) "A bombastic, overlong melodrama that doesn't recognize the occasional need to takes things down a decibel or three. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 8, 2015
71% Heneral Luna (2015) ""Heneral Luna" would never be mistaken for more serious-minded art-house material, but there are certainly less lively ways to be taught a history lesson. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet This Isn't Funny "With a title that obligingly provides its own capsule review, "This Isn't Funny" is a would-be rom-com that comes up seriously short on the laughs. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "A delightful romp that captures the spirit of the adored 65-year-old comic strip. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 2, 2015
No Score Yet Dancin' It's On (2015) "Even if the world had been clamoring for yet another "Step Up"-type hip hop dance movie, it wouldn't be "Dancin' It's On!," an inept knockoff that proves every bit as clunky as its punctuation-challenged title. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
95% How To Change The World (2015) "A fascinating, skillfully assembled chronicle of the rise and inevitable fallout surrounding the granddaddy of the environmental activism movement. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
69% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) "Ultimately fails to deliver the sort of inspirational uplift that should have been a given. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
50% Mi America (2015) "A well-intentioned but drawn-out crime drama. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
83% Woodlawn (2015) "Sure, it's an evangelical "Remember the Titans," but at least the Erwin brothers have made an effort, parochially speaking, to go outside the lines. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2015
62% This Changes Everything (2015) "Klein and those impassioned protesters provide something that has been in short supply in the predecessors - namely, a modicum of hope for the future. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2015
63% Trash (2015) "An intensive, propulsive political thriller representing a tautly executed return to form for director Stephen Daldry. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 9, 2015
72% The Final Girls (2015) "A playful deconstruction of the slasher film that ultimately packs a surprisingly affecting punch. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
75% Goosebumps (2015) "An amusing, fearlessly over-the-top screen rendering of the book franchise. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 5, 2015
100% Movement And Location (2015) "Systematically yet subtly, the Bolings and their strong cast take this certifiably oddball film in some thoughtfully intriguing places. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
100% Becoming Bulletproof "The term "inspirational" gets bandied about a lot, but "Becoming Bulletproof" is thoroughly deserving of that tag. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
29% Narcopolis (2015) ""Narcopolis" starts off intriguingly and ends solidly. It's everything else in between that isn't particularly compelling. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
90% Mississippi Grind (2015) "Mendelsohn and Reynolds are terrific, each wrapping himself up in the material like a well-worn favorite sweater. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
No Score Yet Me You and Five Bucks (2015) "A dull, meandering romantic comedy with serious believability issues. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 27, 2015
No Score Yet Forever (2015) "An unpleasant, dramatically inert drama surrounding a Jonestown-type commune. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 25, 2015
54% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) "There's still no shortage of sight gags, but most of them work. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 24, 2015
0% The Anomaly (2015) "There's infinitely more than one anomaly to be found in "The Anomaly," a thoroughly nonsensical futuristic sci-fi thriller that makes a case for the perils of vanity projects. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
No Score Yet My Last Year With The Nuns (2015) "Like an uncle making a long-winded, embarrassing toast to the bride, Smith may have a lot of defining childhood memories at his disposal, but that doesn't mean they all need to be shared. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
No Score Yet Eden (2015) "The mechanical script strands a capable young cast in a sea of hackneyed character types and soggy platitudes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
33% Being Canadian (2015) "It's all pleasant enough, but the film, ultimately more of a checklist than an in-depth analysis, never really shines any fresh light on Canada's identity crisis or gets to the source of all those preconceived notions. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
21% The Perfect Guy (2015) "A glossy, cliché-laden revenge thriller about the perils of meeting Mr. Too Good To Be True. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 12, 2015
83% Goodnight Mommy (2015) "Beginning with a gentle lullaby and ending with a tightly packed wallop, "Goodnight Mommy" is one viscerally chilling, seriously unsettling horror film. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
74% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "By widening his soulful puppy eyes - matched only, quite eerily, by those of his French bulldog in real life, Arrow - Schwartzman successfully dares audiences to care. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
63% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) ""Bloodsucking Bastards" only occasionally matches the inspiration of its jokey title. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
70% Slow Learners (2015) "A satirical romantic comedy that gets mixed grades in the laughter department. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
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