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Laramie Movie Scope

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Drug War (2013)

"This film about cops and drug dealers in China is a lot like a story set in the Old West with outlaws and lawmen engaged in gun battles. There probably is a point to all this conflict that is lost in the translation."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

2 86%

Computer Chess (2013)

"I really don't know what to think of this movie. It did not do much for me. It was neither interesting nor compelling. A number of ideas are brought up, but I could not see that they go anywhere."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

3 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"This is a story about inevitable consequences, fate, predestination, a striving against insurmountable odds. This the kind of story that critics love, but many in the audience might find it a bit depressing."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

4 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"There are no real villains in this story. All the people are basically good and they try to do the right thing. The artwork is beautiful and the film also has considerable emotional power."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Robert Roten

5 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Jiro dreams of airplanes in this biographical drama about an aircraft designer who sees his love of aircraft and his love of his wife turn to ashes during World War II. Even after these tragedies, his dreams live on."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

6 83%

Welcome To Pine Hill (2013)

"This is a film that is both short on plot and stretched out in time. If it weren't for the hand-held camera lingering on some shots way too long with no cuts, this film would be only about 40 minutes long."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

7 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"The story has some of the lighthearted fun a boy should have working for a fun-loving boss and enjoying the company of a hot girlfriend, but he should be having a lot more fun than this."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

8 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"In a world where there are music stores that sell CDs of worm music, telepathically connected worm people and pigs commune on a farm and plot their revenge against a mad scientist. Well, not really, but sort of."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

9 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"The circle of family and friends in this movie, and their secrets, is the story. It is about them, not us. Not quite universal in its appeal."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

10 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"This is a good looking film with strong performances and a rich musical score by Thomas Newman ('Skyfall'). but there are certain narrative and structural problems that hold it back."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

11 92%

Philomena (2013)

"This film works like those mismatched cop partner films. You've got two very different people on a mission to find the truth about a woman's long lost son, but it is also a very good story, based on fact."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

12 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"This new adaptation of the Shakespearean play is very odd looking, like a modern film done on the cheap, in an ancient language, viewed on a 60-year-old television set."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

13 92%

Gimme The Loot (2013)

"Watching this film reminded me a bit of 'Friends,' the funny TV show where nothing ever happens. Here, there is a lot of activity, but nothing much is accomplished, except for the creation of a funny, entertaining movie."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

14 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Baumbach likes to walk on the dark side in his films, but there is also a playful side to him. This film does have a dark edge to it, but a lighter mood dominates here, and that is a good thing."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

15 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"The strong point of the film is the writing by Nicole Holofcener ("Friends With Money"), who also directs this film. The dialog is smart and witty, with loads of funny one-liners and funny situations."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

16 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"This is a very disturbing film. From a journalistic point of view, it would be better to have more documentation for the claims made in this film, but enough evidence is presented to raise concerns about these secret wars."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

17 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"This film is nearly three hours long, but it held my interest throughout because I cared about these characters and what happens to them. This is a strong film which has won some awards and will probably win some more."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

18 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"This is a low-key film with a deliberate pace. It is dark and chilling in its atmosphere with danger lurking all along the way. It depicts two people on the outside looking in with anger and hunger and evil intent."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

19 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Some may not like this balancing act, of a supernatural, detached view of humanity used to counterbalance the ravages of war, but I thought this film got the balance just right."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Robert Roten

20 89%

Frozen (2013)

"It turns out this film is more like the Disney classics, like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" or "Tangled." It has memorable characters and a strong musical score with several good songs."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Robert Roten

21 ——

2013 Mlb World Series ()

"The Official 2013 World Series Film from A+E Networks Home Entertainment and Major League Baseball Productions is a must-have for Boston Red Sox fans. There are other teams in the film, of course, but the majority of this film is about the Red Sox."

Posted Nov 28, 2013

Robert Roten

22 91%

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

" I thought the film worked best when it was concentrating on Big Star, but wandered a bit when it drifted on to what happened to band members after the breakup. The film has a melancholy feel to it."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Robert Roten

23 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"This film has some beautiful music and attractive actors, all trapped in an ugly plot."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Robert Roten

24 93%

Mother Of George (2013)

" There is a lot of wisdom in this film. There is strength in the old traditions, and error, too. In America, many people don't have these old traditions to guide them. They are something to hold onto, and that is a comfort."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Robert Roten

25 96%

These Birds Walk (2013)

"This is a life of desperation for these children and families. This is third world grinding poverty up close and personal. It is a sobering experience."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Robert Roten

26 94%

After Tiller (2013)

"This is one of the best films I've seen this year. The access to doctors, their staffs, patients and families is very impressive. It has a lot of emotional power and it plays the abortion issue right down the middle."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Robert Roten

27 79%

Reality (2013)

"This movie shows a bit of the human costs of reality TV, but not the full extent of it."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Robert Roten

28 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

" I was hoping this sequel to the first Hunger Games film would be better than the first one and it is, so that's good."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Robert Roten

29 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"The acting in this film is very good. The plot is lean and powerful. It is pretty depressing, but it seems true enough in its depiction of this troubled period of history."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

30 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"This is a slow moving film, and not much happens, so it isn't for everyone, but I liked the characters and the performances, which were all right on the money."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

31 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"What is it that makes the music recorded in the studios in this small, out-of-the-way part of Alabama so magical? That's the question this documentary film tries to answer."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

32 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"A nursery school student, angry at her teacher, says something stupid which leads to a witch hunt in a small Danish town. Tension builds inexorably in this intense drama about a teacher accused of sexual misconduct."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

33 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"This is a taut, tense look into all sides of a hostage negotiation, as well as a hijacking situation. It is very precisely constructed."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

34 87%

Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013)

"This documentary probably raises more questions than it answers, but it does give a fair portrait of a very interesting character."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

35 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"The characters are likeable and engaging and the film ends up being amiable, if not quite winning."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

36 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

" I wouldn't be surprised if McConaughey and Leto get Academy Award nominations for their performances in this film."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

37 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"If you see this, you won't want to ever visit one of these water parks with killer whales again, or work at there either."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

38 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"Nobody else appears on screen with Redford and there is almost no dialog in the film. This is a one man show. One man against the sea."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

39 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Slavery has been addressed in films many times before, but I have never seen slavery depicted in the graphic, emotional way it is depicted here."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Robert Roten

40 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"This is the kind of spectacle, carried off with panache, that Hollywood does supremely well."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Robert Roten

41 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"The acting is very good in this film and the screenplay is powerful. It is evident this is a low budget movie, but it works very well despite its production limitations. This is one of the best films I've seen this year."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Robert Roten

42 ——

A Journey To Planet Sanity (2013)

"It is a lot like a reality TV show, except it is a lot funnier. While all of it doesn't quite hang together and some of it isn't believable, plenty of it is hilarious."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Robert Roten

43 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"The film focuses on a few activists trying to advance gay rights against the head winds of a brand of Christian religion that openly advocates killing homosexuals."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Robert Roten

44 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"This film is a prime example of how art can succeed where textbooks and historical works sometimes fail. It is also an example of how Hollywood films can inspire murderers to kill thousands of people with style."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Robert Roten

45 92%

In a World... (2013)

"This smart, funny comedy is not just about voice-overs, it is about the massive egos of men who tend to lose sight of what is really important (family for instance) in the pursuit of their careers."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Robert Roten

46 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"The story is clever enough, but not really satisfying because there is too much artificiality, in the way a computer game is artificial, and not enough reality in the story."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Robert Roten

47 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"There are some surprises in this modestly budgeted action film, but not many. This is more about the fun of watching these two experienced action stars work these roles, and this plot, to perfection."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Robert Roten

48 97%

Gravity (2013)

"While the movie is very heavy on special effects and dazzling visuals, the part of it that impressed me most was the very personal emotional journey of Stone (Bullock)."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Robert Roten

49 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"This film is well-acted and well-photographed. It generates a lot of drama and suspense. It is the sort of solid, well-crafted film one expects from Paul Greengrass."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Robert Roten

50 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"This is a very funny, well-written film. Unlike most romantic comedies, it is both thought-provoking and introspective."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Robert Roten

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