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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
57% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) "This unusually feeling-driven Greenaway movie still isn't for everybody, but that feels right, too. He's been able to make his art the way he's wanted to for decades - like EIG, that's a fitting tribute to a troubled, glorious iconoclast. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 8, 2016
7% Regression (2016) "Well-intended seriousness dismantles "Regression," a not-exactly-horror horror movie that's also a mystery with no mystery. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2016
14% Misconduct (2016) ""Misconduct" is aptly named in that watching this ludicrous legal thriller inspires dreams of a multi-count indictment. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
30% Mojave (2016) "Prickly, suspenseful, even coolly humorous, "Mojave" finds noirish fun in the existential woes of a successful artist and old-fashioned movie pleasure in the parry and thrust of sharp dialogue. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
68% A Perfect Day (2016) "It suffers from a marked lack of narrative energy and a regrettable surfeit of clichéd characterization. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
42% Moonwalkers (2016) "Director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, who devised the story, is dazzled by period style and puerile jokes, but nothing lands as especially funny, merely tired. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
7% Norm of the North (2016) "The animation and character work is TV-level: so frenetic so that no real artistry is needed, but not so busy that you keep from noticing how the same background humans are repeated throughout. (I know it's a small world after all, but still.) " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 14, 2016
83% Lamb (2016) "Feeling creeped out is unavoidable, but it's an inquisitive unsettling born of a faith that people are inherently complicated, worthy of love, capable of good and yet all too often mired in well-meaning intentions that hurt more than help. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
No Score Yet Dream/Killer "Tonally, the film is a mess, unable to decide if it's a damning downer or ... the inspiring story of conquering injustice. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
100% Christmas, Again (2015) ""Christmas, Again" captures something ineffably moving about the holiday grind, as depicted in the life of a seasonal Christmas tree seller. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
83% The Revenant (2015) "All the more incredible for not needing 3D glasses or a virtual reality helmet to let moviegoers feel fully dropped into the beautiful, cold, bloody thick of it. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 4, 2015
100% Night Owls (2015) "Manages a simmering romantic-comic tension thanks to an emotionally wise screenplay and a couple of nicely pinging performers. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
38% The Wannabe (2015) "The mix of callous humor and romantic doom doesn't always hold up, but in its best moments, "The Wannabe" finds real spikiness in the pitfalls of anti-hero worship. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
89% Killing Them Safely (Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle) (2015) "With the intensified focus on use of force in police departments, the unsettling documentary "Killing Them Safely" couldn't be timelier. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
67% The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young "The movie runs out of eccentricity capital and becomes just another contest documentary about determined participants - in this case, mostly obsessive young white men - and the well-worn narrative of defeat or accomplishment. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 27, 2015
96% Theeb (2015) "A disarmingly complex boyhood adventure with no shortage of tension or harsh beauty, "Theeb" marks a winning debut feature for co-writer and director Naji Abu Nowar. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2015
92% Censored Voices (2015) "Captivating newsreel footage from the conflict underscores these audio confessionals; Loushy also filmed the men in the present day, listening to their honest, open, decades-old testimonies. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2015
62% Legend (2015) "Tom Hardy's the only punch to an otherwise standard gangster saga more interested in playboy panache than stick-to-your-ribs nastiness. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 23, 2015
42% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "It's ironic that Campanella's movie was a sly mix of tones - office romance, conspiracy thriller, brooding murder mystery - befitting someone breaking free of directing "Law & Order" episodes, whereas the remake hits marks exactly like a TV procedural. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
79% Entertainment (2015) "There's a chic emptiness to "Entertainment," undoubtedly, and anti-comedy constructs that may rub the wrong way, but there's also a spiky intelligence at work too, one that engages through the artifice of disengagement and the illusion of "performance." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
76% Flowers (Loreak) (2015) "Works mightily at mood but never satisfactorily threads its melancholy strands together. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
86% TransFatty Lives (2015) "For much of the time, "TransFatty Lives" is an affirming rage against stillness, of any kind. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
94% Creed (2015) "That one-two punch of expectations - energizing a franchise and burnishing the acclaim heaped upon Fruitvale Station - seems to have gotten the best of Ryan Coogler, so that Creed emerges as a reverent entry but never a truly refreshed one. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 18, 2015
100% Of Men And War (2015) "The access that Bécue-Renard got, reportedly after five months of being there without a camera, is remarkable ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2015
20% Love the Coopers (2015) "In the fractured-family holiday movie "Love the Coopers," hackneyed humor and warmed-over life lessons are strewn like so much overused tinsel. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
73% Cut Snake (2015) "In terms of plot and motivation ... an illogical mess that no amount of carefully moody cinematography can save. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
33% My All American (2015) "Strict adherence to the playbook may work in sports, but "My All American" shows the pitfalls of that approach with movies. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 11, 2015
91% Frame by Frame (2015) "The filmmakers' approach is inherently positive ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2015
42% Love (2015) "When "Love" works, Noé achieves a lulling, melancholic frenzy about sex and memory, but the foundation isn't strong enough to make his movie ever seem more than a stereoscopic fermata: one envelope-pushing note held way too long. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
20% Lost in the Sun (2015) "Despite some scenic territory, there's just not much to this journey, leaving "Lost in the Sun" feeling like a short story stretched way too thinly toward feature length. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
98% Heart of a Dog (2015) "As meditations go, it's a collegial meander through the ways we process life in the face of death, using a collage style that combines her own artwork, 8-mm home movies from childhood, and original footage and musical compositions. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
No Score Yet Excess Flesh (2015) "The repetitively fetishistic camera work and lunatic-asylum sound cues are meant to signify a nod to something psychological and pointed, but all it is is bilious, empty-calorie extremism, and it only ever drags you where you expect. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
66% Nasty Baby (2015) ""Nasty Baby" rights itself intriguingly when Silva pushes his characters into unknown territory and lifestyle is imposed upon by life. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
No Score Yet Tower To The People: Tesla's Dream At Wardenclyffe Continues "An overstuffed, repetitive and clunky approach that plays more like a power-point presentation than a film ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
No Score Yet The Diplomat (2015) "A rich, occasionally stirring and ultimately plaintive ode to the craft of velvet gloves, iron fists and how to point with either or both. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "One of those artlessly restless, exposition-dialogue fantasy-action slogs ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
88% Bone Tomahawk (2015) "Though its cult-movie desires often show, "Bone Tomahawk" is ultimately sold by its cast, who commit fully to Zahler's discursive indulgences. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
No Score Yet A Wonderful Cloud ""A Wonderful Cloud" has a welcome tang to its slapdash fringe-iness. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
No Score Yet Aram, Aram "Newcomer Roohinian carries a lot of heartbreaking confusion and insecurity in his young-but-suddenly-old eyes, and veteran actor Sharafyan imbues his proud, values-strong character with a touching mixture of responsibility and wariness. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2015
100% Meadowland (2015) "Reed Morano, an accomplished cinematographer making her directorial debut, does a fine job hewing to her uncoiling characters like a shroud, and her actors are up to the task. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2015
No Score Yet The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts (2015) "The whole enterprise smacks of a pilot for something that might be called "Celebrity Wrestler Rehab." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
32% Knock Knock (2015) "Roth, who is no Michael Haneke (or even Adrian Lyne), seems unconcerned with creating genuine tension or digging into an allegory of moral consequence. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 9, 2015
No Score Yet Non eravamo solo... Ladri di biciclette - Il neorealismo (The Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycles Thieves) ""We Weren't Just Bicycle Thieves. Neorealism" is as breezy and affable as film histories get. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
33% This Is Happening (2015) ""This Is Happening" operates at such a negligible pace it barely qualifies as a moving picture. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "Pack rats of a certain generation will all but run to their attics after seeing "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
4% Shanghai (2015) "Under Mikael Håfström's visually clunky, rhythmless direction, it's a snooze of epic sameness: choppy action scenes, a blankly stern Cusack, and too many allegiance shifts to count or care for. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
75% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) ""Labyrinth of Lies" too often feels like machine-stamped issue cinema from a moldy Hollywood playbook. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 30, 2015
53% Ashby (2015) "It's a quirky life-lessons setup that, while occasionally earning deadpan laughs, tries for but never achieves Wes Anderson's patented mixture of the archly witty and the sneakily emotional. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 25, 2015
71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) "Whether you agree with his system-damning rhetoric or see him as no better than anyone else in our clogged punditocracy, "Brand: A Second Coming" is, if not a careful portrait, at least an orgy of personality. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
92% Prophet's Prey (2015) "Berg lays down a narrative of warped religious authority and patriarchal abuse every bit as chilling as her pedophile priest exposé, "Deliver Us From Evil." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
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