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Laramie Movie Scope

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"The story is interesting enough, but the characters are so shallow and venal I couldn't work up any interest in what happens to them."

Posted Apr 4, 2010

Robert Roten

2 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"There are number of loose ends that are not tied up and some character motivations don't add up. Nevertheless, Polanski polishes everything until it gleams. This is a very slick, good-looking production."

Posted Apr 4, 2010

Robert Roten

3 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"The acting is excellent by this very capable cast, and the story is interesting. The cinematography, by Sebastian Edschmid (Adam Resurrected) is also excellent. The outdoor scenes are lush and gorgeous."

Posted Apr 4, 2010

Robert Roten

4 9%

Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

"This has the look of a cheap quickie foreign film, not unlike a Hong Kong action film."

Posted Mar 23, 2010

Robert Roten

5 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"The look of the film is electric with amazing creatures and incredibly varied landscapes from lush to bleak."

Posted Mar 16, 2010

Robert Roten

6 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"In a sense, "Green Zone" is a movie which goes to great pains to point out the obvious."

Posted Mar 14, 2010

Robert Roten

7 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"The broken field running of the film's time line requires each viewer to reassemble the story in his head."

Posted Mar 14, 2010

Robert Roten

8 75%

The Road (2009)

"The dull gray monotony of existence never looked as uninviting as it does in this film."

Posted Mar 2, 2010

Robert Roten

9 98%

Broadcast News (1987)

"People often behave foolishly in matters of love and just about everything else. That can lead to heartache and tragedy, but that same foolishness can also be very funny to watch, as it is here."

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Robert Roten

10 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Unfortunately, despite clever writing and all of Scorcese's cinematic tricks, this film is not engrossing, compelling or entertaining. It is a slick, but hollow exercise in genre filmmaking."

Posted Feb 21, 2010

Robert Roten

11 49%

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

"An awful lot of acting talent goes to waste in this film, but there is barely enough here to marginally satisfy the younger set."

Posted Feb 18, 2010

Robert Roten

12 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"I did find this film to be a little better than "Twilight" because of the romantic triangle aspect. That, and other plot developments add some complexity and suspense, making the film a bit more interesting."

Posted Feb 18, 2010

Robert Roten

13 96%

The Long Goodbye (1973)

"The look, the unconventional cast and the unconventional story make this a unique film, one of Altman's best."

Posted Feb 4, 2010

Robert Roten

14 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"One would have to invoke supernatural influences to make it believable, and that is pretty much what is being invoked."

Posted Jan 18, 2010

Robert Roten

15 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"The story is odd and doesn't really hang together very well, but the film is worth watching mainly to experience the wonder of Mr. Gilliam's fantastic visual imagination."

Posted Jan 12, 2010

Robert Roten

16 67%

Daybreakers (2010)

"Passable entertainment because it is more imaginative than most vampire films and because of Willem Dafoe's performance, but it should have been better."

Posted Jan 11, 2010

Robert Roten

17 46%

Everybody's Fine (2009)

"This bittersweet family road film about a man trying to forge new connections to his children and grandchildren is powered by a strong Robert De Niro performance."

Posted Jan 8, 2010

Robert Roten

18 88%

The Ister (2004)

"A very ambitious film that journeys up the Danube from its mouth to it's source('s), noting the history of places, people and thought along its 3,000 kilometer length."

Posted Jan 4, 2010

Robert Roten

19 77%

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009)

"The documentary film crew gets remarkable behind-the-scenes access to Valentino's fashion empire."

Posted Jan 4, 2010

Robert Roten

20 100%

Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

"The story makes little sense to those unfamiliar with Indian culture and literary traditions, but it is made accessible for westerners by the use of a kind of Greek Chorus of shadow puppets who help interpret the story."

Posted Jan 4, 2010

Robert Roten

21 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"In this adaptation, the Arthur Conan Doyle character is turned into a slightly crazed superhero, an autistic detective savant, in an action movie."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

Robert Roten

22 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"Another in the endless stream of movies about the British monarchy, but a cut above the average in terms of story and acting."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

Robert Roten

23 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"A powerful, imaginative film about the rise of a young woman from the depths of despair to the heights of self fulfillment."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

Robert Roten

24 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"It defies most conventions and it defies most categories too. It is part ghost story, part romance and part murder mystery."

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

25 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"This is tragic young love in all its overwrought glory and agony. This is not the reserved, stylish sort of love one seen in Jane Austen's works."

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

26 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"If there is a moral to this story, it is that trying to make sense of life is a foolish endeavor doomed to failure."

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

27 81%

That Evening Sun (2009)

"Still worth watching because of the fine performances by the actors. Just beware, it is very grim and the two main characters really are very obnoxious."

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

28 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Better story, better acting, better music than 'Once.'"

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

29 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"A story about uncertain times."

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

30 90%

The Messenger (2009)

"In an indirect sense, this film is also about the reality of war as opposed to the illusions about war."

Posted Dec 21, 2009

Robert Roten

31 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"A wickedly clever comedy about how politicians conspired to start the Iraq War."

Posted Dec 21, 2009

Robert Roten

32 93%

L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)

"A well-constructed film about the end of a life and uncertainty about the future."

Posted Dec 21, 2009

Robert Roten

33 83%

Avatar (2009)

"What Avatar does best of all is immerse the viewer in this alien world until it seems like home."

Posted Dec 21, 2009

Robert Roten

34 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"Brilliant artwork offset by weak characters and forgettable songs."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Robert Roten

35 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Standard inspirational sports movie given added weight by Mandela's wisdom and his political courage, and the historical significance of his presidency."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Robert Roten

36 94%

The Cove (2009)

"One of the year's best documentary films, a stirring call to action against the slaughter of dolphins in Japan."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Robert Roten

37 78%

Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009)

"If you edited out all the parts where nothing happens, the running time of this film would be reduced from 114 minutes to 15 minutes."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Robert Roten

38 57%

9 (2009)

"The characters are sketchy and the story makes little sense."

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Robert Roten

39 63%

Brothers (2009)

"It contains one of the most dramatic, suspenseful, emotionally-charged scenes of the year."

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Robert Roten

40 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"An animated film not aimed at children. It is as thought-provoking in its own way as is 'Animal Farm.'"

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Robert Roten

41 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"It has a lot of heart and a lot of action."

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Robert Roten

42 86%

Big Fan (2009)

"Paul is a sad figure, but the edge is taken off this by his single-minded (some would say dim-witted) devotion to the Giants."

Posted Dec 4, 2009

Robert Roten

43 100%

My Neighbor, My KIller (2009)

"There are no talking heads to explain away the genocide in dispassionate, academic terms. This film shows us the victims and the perpetrators straight on."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Robert Roten

44 57%

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)

"This movie is well acted, directed, edited and filmed, however, it is also depressing, uninspiring and sickening. Like a glacier, it moves slowly and inexorably towards its final conclusion."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Robert Roten

45 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"This is one of those movies that makes you want to find out what happens next, and those are the best kind."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Robert Roten

46 95%

Goodbye Solo (2009)

"The problem trying to deal with a self-destructive pessimist is you can never convince them that tomorrow might just be a better day."

Posted Nov 29, 2009

Robert Roten

47 89%

Moon (2009)

"One of those rare, intelligent, thought-provoking science fiction films that come along less often than a blue moon, but there are some problems with the narrative and the science."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Robert Roten

48 93%

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

"A remarkable story, all the more remarkable for the era in which it happened, an era when most women had almost no opportunities to become famous, rich and powerful. Gertrude Berg not only triumphed during this time, she was the Oprah Winfrey of her time."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Robert Roten

49 ——

Blood Equity (2009)

"Every player in the NFL should see this film. They need to start treating the former players with some respect and treat them right."

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Robert Roten

50 58%

Trucker (2009)

"The overall story serves as a metaphor for American life, where too many people spend a lot of time keeping busy without ever really enjoying the moment and without ever being truly alive."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Robert Roten

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