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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
22% The Barber (2015) " "The Barber" is one of those did-he-or-didn't-he? thrillers that more readily asks another question, the answer to which is: Yes, they did ... make a seriously dumb movie. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
85% Jauja (2015) " "Jauja" makes one cryptic leap too many at the end, but until then it evocatively confounds. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
88% Backcountry (2015) " "Backcountry" inevitably brings on the bloody, but it finds atmospheric ways to depict how the bucolic hush of a nature getaway can morph into a survival nightmare for the unprepared. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
95% Man from Reno (2015) " Like any good purveyor of noir, Boyle, who wrote the film with Joel Clark and Michael Lerman, understands that identifying someone is only one endgame while the mystery of identity is naggingly, tragically endless. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
21% My Way (2011) " [Director Kang Je-kyu] engineers one long pummel session of elaborate CGI effects, shaky battle cinematography and trial-by-fire heroics, but the nonstop adversity lacks any real sense of danger. Or, for that matter, emotional punch. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
56% Champs (2015) " No one documentary could ever really encompass all that's fascinating and distressing about boxing as a kingmaking sport, a violent cultural phenomenal and a shady business. The slickly made "Champs" certainly tries, with varied success. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
78% Farewell to Hollywood (2015) " Are we witnessing a life celebrated? Or intrusiveness tolerated and the end of life fetishized? " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
50% Road Hard (2015) " Jokes, anger and sentimentality mix uneasily in comedian Adam Carolla's directorial debut (with co-writer Kevin Hench), "Road Hard." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
25% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " Despite its true-events pedigree, "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is woefully captive to B-movie crime saga tropes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
29% Out Of The Dark (2015) " A movie lovely to look at but on-the-nose and crushingly dull, a pair of qualities a ghost yarn can't live on. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
80% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) " The Roache-Turners prove to have the right mix of micro-budget filmmaking ingenuity, action sass and undead splatter to make "Wyrmwood" a tastier than usual exploitation nosh. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
35% Everly (2015) " Feels precision-engineered for a morally torn fanboy who likes the idea of female empowerment but needs it served with a heavy dose of torture porn and glistening flesh. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
84% Queen and Country (2015) " Boorman's point of view and on-screen alter ego seemed stylistically in sync in the first film, but "Queen & Country" - though often charming - has a tendency to wander and strain, which might say enough about capturing '50s England. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
16% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " If one has to sit in front of a jet spray of degradation gags, better it feel like the occasional seltzer spritz than a fire hose blast to the crotch. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
35% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) " While this return to indie roots frees up Lee's often gifted image making, his usual pace issues and penchant for jagged flourish over sustained feeling keep it from achieving a rich, strange, sexy and sad whole. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
73% The Voices (2015) " The big question here is why any of "The Voices," as crisply made and stylish as it is, should matter or entertain. The cold truth is that it doesn't. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
70% Preservation (2015) " Its pretensions about humans-becoming-animals aside, "Preservation" is still pretty fun, if paradoxically more so before the blood sport begins. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
28% Dark Summer (2015) " It's hard not to think of viewing "Dark Summer" as running-time served. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " Breathless, uninspired January junk that feels like the iffiest bits of a Lifetime movie and late-night cable schlock slapped together. (And not erotically.) " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
18% Manny (2015) " It makes for a choppy, unsatisfying portrait when any topic outside the worshipful career momentum and expected dazzling fight footage - personal demons, his growth in a corrupt sport, the weight of being an icon - is addressed. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
No Score Yet The Touch of an Angel " Pawlowski, who films Schoenker revisiting many of these haunted locations in Poland, takes the regrettable license of larding his subject's testimony with unnecessary aesthetic fringe ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2015
4% Vice (2015) " "Vice" is "Blade Runner" on the cheap and minus the imagination. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2015
75% Match (2015) " Too quickly "Match" rips the mask off to reveal its simple and sour moral melodrama about libertine artists and life choices, and suddenly the whole thing's hoofing and the sweat stains show. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2015
90% The Guest (2014) " One of the many pleasures of director Adam Wingard's tough, fun thriller "The Guest" is seeing Matthew Crawley -- er, British actor Dan Stevens -- serve up a mesmerizing star turn of psycho charm. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
36% After The Fall (2014) " The basic story's narrative and psychological simplicity - characters stating their beliefs over and over again - becomes an increasing burden. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 22, 2014
26% The Captive (2014) " Becomes baroque and ludicrous as the Hitchcockian scenario loses its psychological bearings in a web of trashy plot twists and self-conscious jumps in time. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
6% The Color of Time (2014) " "The Color of Time" is an odd bird in that its 12 cooks don't necessarily spoil the broth. The problem is that they leave it as broth. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
70% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) " Workman's movie is low on new or lasting insight. It even pads with moments from more recent biopics ("RKO 281," "Me and Orson Welles"), and often leaves interview excerpts - from the living and the long-deceased - feeling too abbreviated. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2014
No Score Yet By The Gun (2014) " A strong contender for laziest mob movie ever made, the Boston-set Italian mafia tale "By the Gun" proves that what was once thrillingly exotic and coolly dangerous about gangster films is now hopelessly monotonous. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
9% Dying of the Light (2014) " Cage's loop-di-loop performance, the movie's surviving asset, at least hints at the themes of institutional illness and mortal decline that must have fascinated Schrader. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
33% Before I Disappear (2014) " It has the unfortunate taste of something lean that's been plumped up with empty calories. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
No Score Yet Two-Bit Waltz (2014) " Dysfunctional clans fairly litter the indie-verse these days, but there's a strange charm in this young Mamet pretending it's original. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
0% Reach Me (2014) " A kitchen-sink mess with no discernible narrative drive or thematic resonance beyond uninspired batches of bad behavior, gunplay, eccentricity and weak uplift. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
32% Extraterrestrial (2014) " "Extraterrestrial" takes the well-worn concepts of space-creature marauders and doomed party-hearty cabin weekenders and opts to fling the litany of horror and sci-fi clich├ęs at you in the manner of monkeys well armed with dung. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
28% Miss Meadows (2014) " May we be excused, "Miss Meadows"? " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2014
64% Beside Still Waters (2014) " Any interesting comment or funny remark must have happened off-camera. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
82% Bad Turn Worse (2014) " "Bad Turn Worse" simply peters out by the night of the big heist, never achieving more than being imitative of small-town noir instead of getting inside it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) " Feels slapped together, something you'd see at an awards dinner, save for the dippy cartoon segments, which considering the subject's creative use of animation ("A Scanner Darkly"), undercut every anecdotal stab at thoughtful analysis. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 7, 2014
54% On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter (2014) " "Next Chapter" may not exhibit the scrappy charm that characterized the first film's glimpse into a marginalized but colorful world, but for devotees, Dana Brown has assembled a love letter to a now-global culture. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
25% The Pact II (2014) " The story's a wash ... with a twist that won't surprise, and Patrick Fischler's role as the creepy FBI agent is too obvious a puzzle piece. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
83% John Wick (2014) " It's a B movie made with A-student love for the relentless thrill of bodies in brutal motion. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2014
7% Ouija (2014) " A blah imitation of PG-13 haunted house movies like "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2014
30% Exists (2014) " Nothing pulls you out of a scenario of dread faster than thinking: "Well, why would that character be filming now? Shouldn't he be helping?" or "Well, that falling camera sure landed in a fortuitous position." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
0% Eternity: The Movie (2014) " Offers committed performances and a few chuckles, but it's a largely one-note rendition. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
38% 23 Blast (2014) " By-the-numbers inspirational trudgework. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
89% Private Violence " Brisk and disturbing, it should be an eye-opener to anyone whose understanding of domestic violence amounts to the ignorant suggestion, "Why didn't you leave?" " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
8% The Best Of Me (2014) " An opposites-in-love-then-apart-then-back-and-maybe-but-no! weepie seesaw that could test even the most amenable to Sparks-ian heart-tugging. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
100% Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love) (1959) " That rare movie in which present and past meld in every frame to convey a sense of time obliterated, or a dream having a nightmare. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
85% Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) " As bad-taste splatter comedies go, "Dead Snow 2" is one of the more charitably nutty ones, less about gorging on gore than reveling in how silly the whole genre can be. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2014
0% Kite (2014) " Ziman struggles mightily to weave hot-girl assassin shtick, trendy exploitation style and future-shock grimness: The default setting seems to be whatever you've seen in a hundred other movies (and heard - the electronic score is pure digital Muzak). " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2014
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