Los Angeles Daily News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

"Andre Benjamin -- better known as Andre 3000 of the Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast -- is a no-brainer yet still genius casting as the young guitar god, and looking the part is about the least of that."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Bob Strauss

2 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"A crazy, blood- and action-soaked piece of bravura filmmaking."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Bob Strauss

3 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"This coming-of-age comedy/drama rings emotionally false during many of its jacked-up, stacked-deck emotional confrontations and mistakes obnoxiousness for personality in almost every adult character."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Bob Strauss

4 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"Exploitational eyes aside, "Patience Stone" can be pretty mesmerizing nonetheless, and it does anything but let the male breed off easy. "

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Bob Strauss

5 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"But even when the tone gets a bit puritanical in the stretch, director James Ponsoldt's respect for his characters keeps things relatively real and still entertaining. If only more teen dramadies could claim that elusive pairing. "

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Bob Strauss

6 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"This one feels flat in both the visual invention and gag departments, even in 3-D!"

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Bob Strauss

7 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Not just Jordan, but everyone from the likes of Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz to the crowd of BART-passenger bit players hit it convincingly, consistently."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Bob Strauss

8 ——

My Stolen Revolution ()

"What emerges most remarkably from "My Stolen Revolution" is how consistently they all can still smile, even laugh, and clearly enjoy life now. "

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

9 80%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"Beautiful and atmospheric to the point of oxygen deprivation, Ain't Them Bodies Saints may have something to say about an outlaw couple's unbreakable love, but the movie is mainly engaged in flirting with pretension."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

10 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"There's a hilariously scatological tale told at the beginning, a sweetly uplifting one at the end, and in the middle a parable about a lonely octopus that may be the most heartbreaking thing you'll hear all year."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

11 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"For a light and naughty festival opener, I'm So Excited! got the job done. The audience saw something kind of sophisticated but didn't experience any real turbulence. Or excitement."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

12 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"The performances in the film,... are both believable and riveting. The adult cast portrays characters with depth and substance, and let's face it, the kids are just downright adorable."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

13 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Stephen Frears directed and he hasn't done anything this well, or well-balanced, since The Queen."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

14 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"While films with this subject matter are often gooey at their core, The Lunchbox offers fully realized, tough-minded characters who just happen to be spicing up their lives with touches of humor and hints of mystery."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

15 76%

Moebius (2014)

"Whatever your tolerance for crazy Korean castration comedy, Moebius is an impressive formal achievement."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

16 ——

My Dog Killer ()

"Perhaps if Mihal were capable of displaying feelings, the movie would have engaged a little."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

17 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"A little less rhetoric and more natural-sounding dialogue would have been desirable. Then again, the general focus on one of the world's great political struggles is something to be appreciated in its own right."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

18 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"The whole thing is designed with a chipped paint and scraggly facial hair aesthetic."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

19 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"There are things to be said about how director Alain Guiraudie creates something of a universe with these basic elements, and expertly builds up a fog of fear-induced erotic attraction/confusion. "

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

20 93%

The Past (2013)

"Solid acting ("The Artist's" Berenice Bejo proves she can not only talk, but won Cannes' best actress prize doing it) pulls this sad story along."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

21 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"You'll leave this film of clay with a healthy hatred of ideology, and that will make you feel more alive."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

22 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Put all these folks around a table with Streep's Violet at its head and you get what may be the finest dinner battles ever recorded."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

23 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The film can't help dragging in places by nature of its wonkish subject matter, but it always does so ravishingly."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

24 ——

Congratulations (2012)

"Don't expect Mike Brune's well-controlled feature directing debut to satisfyingly solve the central mystery, but do look forward to strange and amusing discoveries in the needy emotions department."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Strauss

25 92%

In a World... (2013)

"Actress Lake Bell's smart and funny feature-directing debut In a World... juggles sex farce, feminist critique, family conflict and showbiz satire pretty deftly. "

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Bob Strauss

26 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Nebraska is as bittersweet as its black-and-white photography, a cockeyed ode to Midwestern life and an argument for why the state's native son Payne got the hell out of there."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Bob Strauss

27 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"The comparisons to Fellini have been plentiful, but The Great Beauty is very much its own thing."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Bob Strauss

28 76%

Concussion (2013)

"Robin Weigert gives an outstanding performance as a middle-aged woman who somehow learns to control her life by selling her body."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Bob Strauss

29 88%

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006)

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Posted Jan 22, 2013

30 45%

Fragments (2008)

"Crash's Best Picture Oscar win helped jump-start a wave of self-deluded ensemble imitators who seem to feel that overt emotionalism ladled over a loosely connected narrative is a surefire sign of Important Filmmaking. Witness Fragments."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

Brent Simon

31 89%

Séraphine (2009)

"Rather painterly and a bit distant. It never digs into the messiest of either the artist's or her patron's lives."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Rob Lowman

32 48%

La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009)

"The film doesn't add up to much in the end, but if you like leggy, flirty blondes, dark, brooding tough-guy bodyguards and fussy middle-aged lawyers, it's entertaining."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Rob Lowman

33 84%

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2009)

"When the music starts playing, it's easy to forgive the film's flaws."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Rob Lowman

34 55%

Surveillance (2009)

"Its dark weirdness turns it into a surreal blur."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Rob Lowman

35 92%

Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)

"The film, though, belongs to the two women. Lipaz-Michael gives Mira a degree of empathy that's important to the film, while Abbass -- is a striking and formidable presence as Salma."

Posted May 1, 2009

Rob Lowman

36 12%

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2009)

"Michael Barrett's cinematography gives the film and the city of Pittsburgh just enough of a picturesque dream-like quality that, like its protagonist, you'll remember."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Rob Lowman

37 91%

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)

"Places its bets on illuminating the imperfect ways in which love, economics and artistry rule lives -- back then and, probably not much differently, now."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Bob Strauss

38 16%

An American Affair (2009)

"Out of its mind at a deep, essential level, An American Affair plays its dubious scenario with a straight face that makes the silly thing quite watchable."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Bob Strauss

39 78%

12 (2007)

"Much about the state of the Big Bear today is revealed, and it would be unfair to deny that 12 has many cogent and sardonic insights into the country."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Bob Strauss

40 59%

Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

"Phoebe in Wonderland introduces us to a smart new talent in Barnz and lets the more established members of its cast work at their top capacity. It's a film about kids graced with a mature aesthetic and rare behavioral wisdom."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Bob Strauss

41 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"Writer-director James Gray's Two Lovers is an old story, well told."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Bob Strauss

42 59%

The International (2009)

"Beautifully shot, often in or against some of the world's most impressive architecture, The International is far from a total loss. It's just a film whose good assets don't pay off in gripping drama."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Bob Strauss

43 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

"Isla Fisher [is] as bright a comic talent as anything Hollywood has to offer these days."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Bob Strauss

44 70%

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009)

"Roberta Grossman's film nicely emphasizes the Seneshes' familial bonds while painting a persuasive portrait of a vibrant yet socially isolated young woman."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Bob Strauss

45 32%

Fanboys (2008)

"Yawn; real fannish obsession can be much more absurd, and unsettlingly fascinating, than this burlesque ever gets."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Bob Strauss

46 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"It's a different kind of commercial romcom, and more serious toward its material than most. No life-changer, but worth a date night at least."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Bob Strauss

47 78%

Owl and the Sparrow (2009)

"The movie doesn't play as saccharine as it sounds, but gentle sentimentality runs this show nonetheless."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Bob Strauss

48 29%

New In Town (2009)

"So elementary it makes most after-school specials look sophisticated."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Bob Strauss

49 92%

La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007)

"A long but always engaging movie, intimately framed and exuberantly acted by a mixed cast of amateurs and professionals."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Bob Strauss

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