Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
74% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Its unflinching depiction is so relentless that it sacrifices an emotional response that would make it recommended viewing. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
94% Us (2019) [Jordan Peele's] follow-up Us offers more trenchant commentary embedded in horror-movie tropes. His message this time, though, is more mysterious -- and insidious. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) This divorcee with a passion for belting out classic pop tunes and dancing is the star of her own life story, however modest its conflicts and ambitions are. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
98% Apollo 11 (2019) A new documentary with never-before-seen large-format footage makes the moment as fresh and vital as it was in July 1969. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
57% Greta (2019) A horror movie that grows more bonkers by the minute. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) An unabashed anthem about women's self-empowerment, as Vers ... claims not only the full scope of her abilities but the strength that comes from acting from her heart. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A visual gobsmacker accompanied by some intense action and an earnest, at times moving story about growing up and letting go. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Written and directed by Stephen Merchant with humor and sensitivity, Fighting with My Family is about grit but also about acceptance. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 1 carnival of postapocalyptic world-building and motion-capture technology that infuses a big-eyed, doll-like cyborg with human experience and emotion. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Director Catherine Hardwicke knows to keep the action focused on her star rather some of the more ridiculous plot points. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) We're given a nearly wordless performance ... in which Mikkelsen masterfully conveys emotion by looking and doing. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
73% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer updates the cop drama by centering it on a woman confronting her past and making herself pay for the consequences. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) "Serenity" is not what moviegoers will feel watching the truly bonkers, yet boring thriller starring Matthew McConaughey. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
37% Glass (2019) In lieu of elaborate set pieces and special effects, there's brooding drama on the nature of power delivered at a deliberate pace. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Slickly packaged into a feel-good Hollywood movie. ... Not that there's anything wrong with that. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) Just the kind of escapist cinema one might be seeking at the start of the year. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) One just has to throw up one's fins and give in to the ridiculousness. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns may not be practically perfect, but it is a loving homage to the 54-year-old musical. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is acute social commentary wrapped in a swooning love story. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) [An] invigorating viewing experience that brings humor and warmth and serious themes to the pop-culture icon around finding your tribe and what it means to wear a mask. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A fascinating portrait of how two powerful women manage marriage and children to maintain and expand their reigns. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) The twin forces of trauma and celebrity create a toxic portrait of pop-culture stardom in Vox Lux, featuring a primal scream of a performance from Natalie Portman. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A family drama about a clan of grifters evolves into a crime mystery and a devastating indictment not of lawbreakers but of the system that fosters them . - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) A modern, invigorating portrait of women as powerful as they are flawed. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
95% Roma (2018) Cuarón depicts these small moments with cinematic virtuosity, filming in rich black and white -- the director did his own cinematography -- with long continuous takes. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) For a film about fathers and sons, Creed II doesn't much evolve the portrait of fatherhood. ... [but it] has some relevant things to say about male fragility. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) With its entertaining personalities [and] witty banter ... Green Book [is] a feel-good movie that indeed leaves one feeling good, if conflictedly so. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows is that rare genre movie that demands more -- more from its casting, more from its plot and more from its themes. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) A visual and aural feast, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms nonetheless leaves one unsatisfied. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Malek is electrifying in the role, and in the end Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates Queen's oeuvre and, in moments both intimate and entertaining, its creation. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) A visceral, at times grotesque, ultimately bonkers portrait of female desire -- not for love, but for metaphysical power. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
80% Halloween (2018) This latest Halloween ... ignores all but the very first film with a mix of nostalgia for the original and winks at the series' diversions along the way. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A biopic about biographer and literary forger Lee Israel that enters the pantheon of painfully acute cinematic portraits of writers. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Part engineering procedural, part domestic drama, with a stunning, almost spiritual climax on the lunar surface. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) 22 July's dark aesthetic reflects a dark chapter in history -- one that is still being written. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) Powerful and moving and thought-provoking stuff in an old-fashioned Hollywood romance with a sensational soundtrack featuring two of the year's breakout performances. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford tips his hat to the outlaws that have helped make him an enduring star as well as his inherent affability that makes him such an endearing one. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
27% Night School (2018) Night School may not deliver straight A's, but the one-two punch of Hart and Haddish aces chemistry. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Witty, acute and unexpected, The Sisters Brothers is a striking portrait of brotherly love -- whether by blood or by circumstance. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A good PG-rated scary movie for the pre-teen set. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) The noir mystery gets a sun-dappled update in A Simple Favor, a stylish thriller with a twist (upon twist upon twist). - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) White Boy Rick is as funny and fun as its marketing suggests, reveling in the swagger of a kid fearlessly slinging with criminals and cops alike -- until it's not. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Sporting a ruby-orange bob and bright polka-dotted outfits, Kusama as she nears 90 has become a pop art icon. Kusama: Infinity shows that she's no flash in the pan. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
13% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint ... is beneath [star Jennifer Garner] - a brutally violent revenge story that fails to pause for any self-reflection. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
32% Kin (2018) A wrinkle in the film's final moments ... sets up a franchise that's ... given this movie's frustrating shortfalls, unlikely to ever see the light of a projector. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) A Gothic romance between a man and a manse, The Little Stranger operates on a slow boil until the spooky goings-on in Hundreds Hall overwhelm its residents. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Happytime aims to be more than this one joke, setting up a hardboiled, if formulaic, plot with characters and relationships with real history and regret. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% Searching (2018) The mystery's twists and turns are compelling enough in their own right, but the style with which they're presented elevates the material to incisive commentary. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A swooning fairy-tale romance that updates the Cinderella story to modern-day Singapore. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
22% Mile 22 (2018) Ill-conceived and miscast, Mile 22 mistakes flashy computer graphics for narrative intensity, quick cutting for compelling action, and quirks for characterization. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018