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Laramie Movie Scope

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The movie looks good in 3D and the special effects are impressive. There are impressive fight scenes and set designs. The basic morality play structure of the story is compelling enough."

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Robert Roten

2 88%

Chef (2014)

"This is one of the best movies about cooking I've ever seen."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Robert Roten

3 100%

Underwater Dreams (2014)

"It is a powerful, inspirational film which demonstrates there is a vast untapped reservoir of human potential in this country."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Robert Roten

4 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"If it weren't for the musical performances, this would not be much of a movie. Fortunately, the music is very good and John Lloyd Young is a fine singer. This languid film does display energy during the musical performances."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Robert Roten

5 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"While this film is dominated by vulgar, slapstick humor, it is not exactly brain dead. There is a certain self-aware, self-mocking quality to it. It also helps that the characters are basically good guys."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Robert Roten

6 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The beginning and end of this film are too far apart. It could have been cut by an hour without missing anything important. It is just bloated with junk, including excessive product placement."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Robert Roten

7 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"There is a good bit of humor in the movie and the performances of Cruise and Blunt are spot on, with good supporting work from Bill Paxton, who plays a very hard-headed sergeant."

Posted Jun 21, 2014

Robert Roten

8 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"While this film is a bit weaker, and a lot darker, than the first, it does have a strong story, interesting characters and great digital animation."

Posted Jun 21, 2014

Robert Roten

9 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Angelina Jolie is magnificent playing the powerful, brooding, conflicted title character. Her familiar, Diaval (Sam Riley of 'Control') and the sweet princess (Elle Fanning) give strong supporting performances, too."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Robert Roten

10 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"On the whole, this film is well-acted and there is plenty of action. The plot could have been better, but most of the plot problems are not large ones. The special effects are very good, and the film looks good in 3D."

Posted May 26, 2014

Robert Roten

11 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Although this film is based on a true story, it looks as if the facts were smashed to a paste which was then molded into the exact shape of a typical sports underdog story. It works."

Posted May 19, 2014

Robert Roten

12 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"I'd never seen a good movie with the word "Godzilla" in the title. Now, I have seen a good one."

Posted May 19, 2014

Robert Roten

13 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"While I was disappointed this film wasn't as funny as I hoped it would be, the unexpected depth and growth of these vulgar characters elevates this film to a slightly higher level of sophistication than one might expect."

Posted May 12, 2014

Robert Roten

14 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"This wacky screwball comedy, loosely based on stories by Stefan Zweig, has a plot so labyrinthine and frantic it is hardly worth following, except for the fantastic sets and appealing central characters played by Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori."

Posted May 8, 2014

Robert Roten

15 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"I liked the performances by Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield. DeHaan has a kind of evil intensity about him, and a look that reminds me a bit of Leonardo DiCaprio."

Posted May 8, 2014

Robert Roten

16 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"There is something for everyone in this big, sprawling adventure film with political commentaries and absurd conspiracies, but there is a lot less comedy than there was in 'Thor: The Dark World,' for instance."

Posted Apr 6, 2014

Robert Roten

17 77%

Noah (2014)

"The film delivers the spectacle very well, but it also delivers some fine performances by Crowe, Connolly and Watson. This may not be your granddad's version of Noah, but it is quite a yarn, and thought-provoking, too."

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Robert Roten

18 41%

Divergent (2014)

"It was a relief to be pleasantly surprised by 'Divergent.' I was not expecting much, based on early reviews, but this is actually a good movie."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Robert Roten

19 95%

My Fair Lady (1964)

"Great story, great music, awful ending."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Robert Roten

20 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The film never seems to know what it wants to be, or where it is going with all of these gimmicks, gadgets and subplots. It ends up as a yawner, a thriller with no thrills, history without context."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Robert Roten

21 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"It is kind of like a Shakespearean play without the swords, knives and blood on the stage, but there is a corpse."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Robert Roten

22 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"It is a very sweet story, with plenty of humor and adventure too. The characters are well developed. The artwork is colorful and vivid."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Robert Roten

23 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"One can imagine that this story is a reflection of the same kind of struggle that happened during the making of this movie between the corporate suits of Lego, who exercised some control over the film, and the creative people who made the movie."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Robert Roten

24 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The all-star cast does a good job with the material and the production values are very good. The story gets its point across and is reasonably historically accurate (with a lot of dramatic license)."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Robert Roten

25 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"This is a conventional Hollywood spy action film, but Chris Pine shows he is up to the mark as Jack Ryan. Now, if they can just find a smarter script next time ..."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Robert Roten

26 94%

Her (2013)

"As expected for such an acclaimed film, it is extremely well-written and well acted. It is a wonderful love story. But computer sex? I couldn't quite buy it. Trust me fellas, the computer is faking it."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Robert Roten

27 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"The acting in this film is superb by the entire cast. The characters are well-drawn, well-meaning and interesting. There is no real villain here."

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Robert Roten

28 32%

A Teacher (2013)

"Lindsay Burdge gives a fine performance in this film. The story starts out looking predictable, and it is. The only mystery is why the main character behaves the way she does, and that is not explained."

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Robert Roten

29 60%

Kiss Of The Damned (2013)

"Writer-director Xan Cassavetes is trying to go beyond the usual boundaries of the vampire genre. She doesn't quite succeed, but at least she tries."

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Robert Roten

30 77%

It's a Disaster (2013)

"A more witty, nuanced, subtle, adult version of "This is the End.""

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Robert Roten

31 36%

The ABCs of Death (2013)

"This is an experimental horror film with 26 directors around the world each making a short film about death. Given the format, it is no surprise there are few hits and a lot of misses."

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Robert Roten

32 86%

Narco Cultura (2013)

"This documentary film opens with grim scenes of blood and death, and it doesn't get any better after that."

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Robert Roten

33 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"It isn't propaganda, it's journalism. This is a very controversial film among Assange's followers because it shows Assange to be less than the Messiah they think he is. This provides an exit from news echo chambers."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

34 80%

61* (2001)

"One of the best baseball movies ever made. Billy Crystal does a nice job directing this film, getting all the details right. This is a labor of love for him. He knows the characters. He knows the game, and it shows."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

35 77%

Venus And Serena (2013)

"This documentary shows that the Williams sisters have always been judged by a different standard than everyone else, except in terms of wins and losses. It is the Williams family against the world, and they like it that way."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

36 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Terrence Malick's films have not been very accessible in the past. If this one is any indication, they are becoming less so. The narrative is thin, slow moving and ambiguous in places. It is moody, sombre and melancholy."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

37 79%

No Place On Earth (2013)

"This is the remarkable story of a few of Holocaust survivors who lived over 500 days in caves, coming out into the light only when the German army had been driven from the Ukraine."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

38 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

"Just when you thought there couldn't be any more documentaries about the Beatles, here is one about a woman who has kept a low profile. There are no big revelations in this film, just a different perspective on the band."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

39 80%

Europa Report (2013)

"In most modern science fiction, scientists are not depicted as noble. In the tradition of Frankenstein, they are often depicted as villains. This movie presents real science and scientists at their noble, courageous best."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

40 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"This film explores the complexities and complications of modern love and life in an international setting with dialog that is smart and elegant, but it lacks the romance and sense of place featured in the first two films."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

41 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"A complicated FBI sting operation is combined with not one, but two love triangles in this sharp, witty comedy drama topped by an audacious ending. The writing crackles with authentic-sounding dialog and the acting is superb."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Robert Roten

42 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"The saddest story belongs to a single mother who got a full time job and is now off welfare, but can't afford to feed her children on her salary. This is one of those movies that will make you mad, or at least it should."

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Robert Roten

43 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

" This film, directed by Martin Scorcese, is based on a true story, otherwise, it wouldn't be believable."

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Robert Roten

44 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Better than the first film, but it is still too long in a series of films that ought to have been fewer and shorter."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Robert Roten

45 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"There is plenty of action, the acting is good and the story is good enough to get by. It is not a bad film. It is about like the first film in the series."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

46 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"On a road trip with his son, the past catches up with a man of few words. His son learns there is a lot more to his father than he ever knew in this warm, funny film that shows the best and worst in people."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

47 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Pro-military battle film with a lot of graphic violence, blood and awful wounds. This tale of savage warfare also begins and ends with acts of noble courage, self-sacrifice, compassion and decency."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

48 89%

In the House (2013)

"This is an impressive film, even though it seems like a kind of psychological-dramatic experiment. It combines fantasy and reality in interesting ways, depicting imaginary events and realistic events with equal conviction."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

49 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"It works as a character study and as an illustration of how tough the music business is, and was. While there are some good songs in the film, the music doesn't represent the scope of folk music of that era very well."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

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