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Laramie Movie Scope

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

Rush (2013)

"In most films about car racing, the story seems to be neglected, an afterthought. Not so in this excellent drama about the rivalry between two great race car drivers."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Robert Roten

2 82%

Prisoners (2013)

" All these nagging little problems, plot holes, inconsistencies, are a bother, but the overall strength of the film overpowers these things."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Robert Roten

3 89%

The World's End (2013)

"To me, it is not quite up to the level of their previous films ('Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz') but it is still good enough to recommend."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Robert Roten

4 27%

Jobs (2013)

"It reminds me of a similar film, 'The Social Network,' which is the better movie, but these two films tell essentially the same story."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Robert Roten

5 58%

Riddick (2013)

"Not a great movie, but it is a decent summer action film, and there haven't been many of those this year."

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Robert Roten

6 74%

You're Next (2013)

"While I didn't like 'You're Next,' I think it was pretty well made and it did what it was supposed to do. It scared me and repulsed me a little."

Posted Sep 2, 2013

Robert Roten

7 58%

Red State (2011)

"The acting in this film is excellent, especially by Parks and by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, who plays Sarah Cooper, another gun-toting true believer in the church. John Goodman also is very good as an ATF agent."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Robert Roten

8 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Like many sequels, 'Kick-Ass 2' falls short of the original. It fails to achieve that delicate balance, achieved so well in the original film, of comedy and violence."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Robert Roten

9 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Despite the awkward, narcissistic title and the oddity of seeing John Cusack playing Richard Nixon, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, this is a good film."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Robert Roten

10 64%

Epic (2013)

"The story has a nice combination of reconciliation, drama and humor. There are some very funny jokes and pratfalls in the film. The kids in the audience laughed at the jokes aimed at them, but this film works for adults too."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Robert Roten

11 64%

Drive, He Said (1971)

"I think the film is a mess. Even though I was there where and when it was filmed, and I went through some of the same stuff these characters did, I couldn't relate to it."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Robert Roten

12 68%

Elysium (2013)

"This is a big budget science fiction film with some good special effects and plenty of action. It is not the film it should have been, given the talent and money that went into it, but it does have some provocative ideas."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Robert Roten

13 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"This kind of cop buddy story has been used successfully many times before. It is a well-worn formula, but it works if you have the right combination of actors. Washington and Wahlberg are the right combination."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Robert Roten

14 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"It stretches the truth far beyond the breaking point, but it is also creepy, scary and well-constructed."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Robert Roten

15 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"Slow-moving and introspective, a bit too slow-moving, but it works well enough to be entertaining."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Robert Roten

16 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"This film is loaded with top acting talent. There is also plenty of action and the pace of the film is fast. There are strong characters and a breezy humor to lighten the mood. This is an enjoyable, entertaining summer film."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Robert Roten

17 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"I think this is a fine animated comedy for kids, and parents can sit through it without despair. It just doesn't quite fit the adult audience quite as well as the first one did."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Robert Roten

18 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"A mixture of popular action genres, with robots, mind-melding and monsters. There is a nice mix of elements. The heroes include a woman and two nerdy scientists. It is not just simple explosions, anger and testosterone."

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Robert Roten

19 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"It does have some entertainment value, but what is most notable in this movie are all the missed opportunities to make it a better film."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Robert Roten

20 50%

White House Down (2013)

"I think "White House Down" is a little better than "Olympus Has Fallen." The plot of each of these films is far-fetched, but "White House Down" has the more interesting characters and doesn't take itself so seriously."

Posted Jun 30, 2013

Robert Roten

21 67%

World War Z (2013)

"By the end, I was impressed with the epic scale of the story, the expensive special effects and the high production values, but I also had a distinct feeling of 'is that all there is?'"

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Robert Roten

22 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"I like this latest version of Superman. I was expecting a darker, more depressing movie with the sado-masochistic overtones, of say, the recent Batman movies. Thankfully, this superhero movie is more upbeat than I expected."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Robert Roten

23 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"Too bad this film comes across more like a reality TV show, 'Big Brother Apocalypse', than a movie. Actors, playing themselves, come across as awful people. You begin to wonder: How close is this to the way they really are?"

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Robert Roten

24 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"I love magic, and films about magic, like 'Houdini,' 'The Prestige' and 'The Illusionist.' This is a film about magic. Although it is pretty high tech, a lot of the magic tricks in it are very traditional, based on trickery and misdirection."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Robert Roten

25 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"If you've seen the previews to this film you might be wondering if the action scenes in the film are as ridiculous as they seem to be in the trailers. In fact, they are, but strangely enough, they work pretty well."

Posted May 30, 2013

Robert Roten

26 33%

Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

"Chalk this one up as a decent kiddie film which takes aim at adults, but misses the target."

Posted May 20, 2013

Robert Roten

27 82%

Mildred Pierce (1945)

"Considered a film noir classic, it is more of a soap opera, despite the fact that the story revolves around a murder mystery. It is a story which artfully combines cynicism and sentimentality."

Posted May 20, 2013

Robert Roten

28 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"A tribute to excess, but in a good way, sort of."

Posted May 20, 2013

Robert Roten

29 98%

Mud (2013)

"'Mud' is a standout film in this 'coming of age' genre mainly because of its central character, one tough, warm-hearted, stubborn little kid who believes in the power of love, above all else."

Posted May 14, 2013

Robert Roten

30 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"I haven't seen any of the other Gatsby adaptations, but it is safe to say none of them look as colorful and jazzy as this one. This one is like combining the July 4 celebration in Washington with Mardi Gras in New Orleans."

Posted May 13, 2013

Robert Roten

31 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Not as good as the first Iron Man film, but better than the second, this Iron Man sequel is a mixed bag of comedy and action, but it works well enough."

Posted May 4, 2013

Robert Roten

32 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"This big budget, epic science fiction film is engaging enough most of the way, although it does wander in the final act until it finally ends up where you thought it would after some plot twists that are mildly annoying."

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Robert Roten

33 79%

42 (2013)

"The story is compelling. The acting is good and the historical period, including the old ball parks, are recreated very convincingly. The baseball scenes are well done."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Robert Roten

34 70%

The Croods (2013)

"This is a very nice little family film with excellent visuals and interesting characters."

Posted Apr 8, 2013

Robert Roten

35 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"The plot is just a thin outline providing opportunities for lots of shootouts, explosions, chases, kung-fu fighting and massive destruction (including the destruction of a major world city). But that is what you buy your ticket to see, after all."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Robert Roten

36 8%

The Host (2013)

"The story concept is interesting, but it gradually runs off the rails and doesn't end up being as good a story as it should have been."

Posted Mar 31, 2013

Robert Roten

37 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"Impressive special effects and action scenes, including knocking off the top of the Washington Monument, blowing up one of the wings of the White House, but it can't overcome a dumb plot and lack of interesting characters."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Robert Roten

38 43%

The Call (2013)

"If the last act of the film had been as good as the first act, this would be a good film, but it sure takes a wrong turn at the end."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Robert Roten

39 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"The acting and screenplay are solid and the special effects are of high quality. Director Bryan Singer (the first two 'X-Men' movies) has a good track record with big budget action films like this, and does a fine job here."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Robert Roten

40 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"There is also a message. This time it is not 'There is no place like home.' It is more like 'If we believe in ourselves and work together, with courage, we can do anything.' Nice message, that."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Robert Roten

41 88%

In Darkness (2012)

"The effect of all this slow-moving redundancy is like 'Schindler's List' on sleeping pills. It turns a tale of improbable rescue and survival into a boring homework assignment."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Robert Roten

42 20%

The Boondock Saints (1999)

"Willem Dafoe's portrayal of the conflicted homosexual FBI agent is overacted to such an extent that it is hilarious, amazing and entertaining. His is an unforgettable character."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Robert Roten

43 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"This romantic film has a few too many creepy elements in it. Granted, the creepy elements aren't as creepy as those in the popular 'Twilight' series, but they are creepy enough to upset the whole mood of the movie."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Robert Roten

44 56%

Snitch (2013)

"When I saw this film I was reminded of a documentary film I saw last year called 'The House I Live In' which explores the disaster of America's War on Drugs. Based on a true story, 'Snitch' explores some of the same issues."

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Robert Roten

45 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"I'm not a big fan of psychological dramas, but this is an exceptionally good one. It keeps you guessing right up to the end. I'm not a big fan of Jude Law, either, but he does a good job in this film."

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Robert Roten

46 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"There are some impressive special effects in the film, but these are used sparingly. The main story is the love affair, and it is surrounded by so much acting talent that the rest of the story works."

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Robert Roten

47 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"There is plenty of action in this film, but the characters are a bit sketchy. There is so much backstabbing and doublecrossing that you tend to lose patience with the story."

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Robert Roten

48 95%

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

"This new high definition home video release of the 1924 classic silent film appears to be a high quality digital restoration the film with a quality musical soundtrack."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Robert Roten

49 46%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"This is a very violent police action film, and that is all you can expect from it."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Robert Roten

50 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"The funniest films in the zombie genre are still 'Zombieland' and 'Shaun of the Dead' but this one is not far behind those two. It is an effective romantic comedy."

Posted Feb 4, 2013

Robert Roten

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