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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
11% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016) "Even viewers who were transported by the considerable charm of 2006's "Paris, je t'aime" will be hard-pressed to show any love for the latest entry in the travelog/anthology. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
68% Dough (2016) "A stickily genteel, cross-cultural comedy-drama that comes up blandly lacking on all counts. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
23% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) "An insistently distancing if aesthetically pleasing Canadian production. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016
67% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) "This seriously warped family portrait - an inspired thematic hybrid of Kafkaesque alienation and Farrelly brothers farce, with a healthy grafting of Tod Browning's "Freaks" - still has an organic sweetness at its core. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
25% Colonia (2016) "Watson, with her razor-sharp Hermione Granger conviction very much intact, gives us reason to care about her character's predicament even as the dramatics that put her there prove considerably less convincing. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 15, 2016
100% Be Here Now (2016) "It might sound like the title of a schmaltzy TV movie, but "Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story)" is an extraordinarily moving, deeply personal, filmed diary of late "Spartacus" star Andy Whitfield's battle with cancer. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
69% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016) ""11 Minutes" finds veteran Polish writer-director Jerzy Skolimowski in a decidedly experimental mood. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
60% Catching the Sun (2016) "While it's admittedly refreshing to see a documentary taking a decidedly sunnier, pro-active approach to pressing environmental issues, "Catching the Sun" could have benefited from a more concentrated focus. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
71% High Strung (2016) ""High Strung" wears its tired let's-put-on-a-show clichés as if they were neon turquoise leg-warmers. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
No Score Yet Someone Else "Those taking in "Someone Else," an unconvincing, nonlinear drama about a pair of dramatically different Korean American cousins who are attracted to the same woman, will soon likely be wishing they had chosen to watch something else. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2016
No Score Yet Stealing Cars (2016) "While we may have been locked up with these characters before ... Cohen's unwavering commitment nevertheless commands attention. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2016
17% Rescue Dogs "A shrill, yappy live-action comedy that proves considerably more annoying than adorable despite an accompanying charitable marketing campaign designed to draw attention to animal welfare causes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2016
5% Get a Job (2016) ""Get a Job" is nothing special. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
89% Fastball (2016) "You don't have to be a baseball fanatic or for that matter a historian or a physicist to appreciate "Fastball" ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
58% The Brainwashing of My Dad (2016) "Although Senko ultimately overplays Hillary Clinton's "vast right-wing conspiracy" card, her film, with its timely "Trumpian" reverberations, nevertheless serves up some compelling food for thought. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
70% Remember (2016) "Plummer, half-a-century after outsmarting the Nazis in "The Sound of Music," manages to further hone his reliably persuasive presence. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
75% All The Time In The World ""All the Time in the World" makes a visually compelling case for living, at least temporarily, off the grid. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
52% Hyena Road (2016) "Gross ... is ultimately unable to satisfy the rules of dramatic engagement. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
67% The Automatic Hate (2016) "A compelling bit of family drama that packs a corrosive punch. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
24% Camino (2016) "[Bell's] anticipated hand-to-hand encounters are ultimately beaten into submission by an irritating atonal score that constantly drowns any trace of nuance under an onslaught of shrill electronic sludge. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
89% Emelie (2016) "Parents in the market for some deserved date-night distraction couldn't do much worse than "Emelie" - and that's meant as a compliment. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
93% The Last Man On The Moon (2016) "The film traces Cernan's career trajectory, going back to his days in San Diego as a hot-shot naval aviator, blending terrific archival footage with contemporary perspectives to quietly poetic effect. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
64% Rolling Papers (2016) "Dickman's lively documentary functions as both a handy pot primer and a telling portrait of the volatile, adapt-or-die climate that continues to hover over the newspaper industry. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) "Just when it was looking like animated animal movies had run out of anything original to say, along comes the smartly amusing, crisply relevant Zootopia to handily demonstrate there's still plenty of bite left in the anthropomorphic CG menagerie. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2016
50% Standoff (2016) "This overly talky, slackly executed game of cat-and-mouse comes off as cheesy rather than chilling. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
76% Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong (2016) "A freshly contemporary change-up on the traditional cross-cultural romantic-comedy. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
96% Nina Forever (2016) "A diabolically effective anti-date movie. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
68% Tumbledown (2016) ""Tumbledown" sees its good intentions undermined by cloying sitcom conventions. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
58% 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
42% 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
5% Exposed (2016) "Awfully silly - and just plain awful ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 24, 2016
81% 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
86% 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
8% 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
30% 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
26% 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
94% 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
93% 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
76% 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
81% 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
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