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Laramie Movie Scope

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 100%

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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

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

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

19 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"A story about uncertain times."

Posted Dec 27, 2009

Robert Roten

20 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

21 94%

In the Loop (2009)

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

Posted Dec 21, 2009

Robert Roten

22 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

23 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

24 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Robert Roten

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 57%

9 (2009)

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

Posted Dec 16, 2009

Robert Roten

29 63%

Brothers (2009)

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

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Robert Roten

30 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

31 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

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

Posted Dec 9, 2009

Robert Roten

32 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

33 100%

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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

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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

40 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

41 94%

An Education (2009)

"This is sort of a modern costume drama. It is a lot like a Jane Austen story."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Robert Roten

42 64%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"An interesting low-budget cinematic experiment, but I just couldn't work up much enthusiasm for it. The experiment may have been a success, but the subject is dead."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Robert Roten

43 96%

Food, Inc. (2009)

"One shocking segment of the film follows the story of Moe Parr, a man legally hounded out of his business of cleaning seeds. He is a victim of laws which allow seed patents which are leading to corporate seed monopolies."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Robert Roten

44 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Robert Roten

45 22%

G-Force (2009)

" It is suitable for kids, and parents won't have to suffer much if they accompany the kids."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

Robert Roten

46 51%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"This story is a myth, but it is pleasant, gentle and funny. Like all myths, it reveals certain truths."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Robert Roten

47 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"This film is dark and scary enough that it just might scare some in the audience straight."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Robert Roten

48 78%

Outrage (2009)

"This is definitely a side of the news that gets very little play in the mainstream media. For that reason alone, this film is worth a look."

Posted Nov 8, 2009

Robert Roten

49 79%

Humpday (2009)

"This film is not very believable, and it really doesn't seem to go anywhere."

Posted Nov 8, 2009

Robert Roten

50 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"It's got a story, it's got music, it even has a hero, but what it lacks is soul."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Robert Roten

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