Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley, who brings Rose-Lynn's personal motto -- "three chords and the truth" -- to the fore with both her forthright performance and the aching authenticity of her vocals. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) One kid's trash is another little girl's treasure - or, in this case, toy ... bringing with him existential angst and affirmation. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch contributes to the genre with The Dead Don't Die in part by paying homage. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) There's no protecting moviegoers from an uninspired fourth installment that wastes the charisma of its two new stars. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) They say write what you know, and Mindy Kaling has done just that for Late Night. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) After a dozen films over nearly two decades, Fox's long-running X-Men franchise comes to a ignominious close with Dark Phoenix. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman [integrates Elton] John's music into the story in a way that reinvigorates the genre and renders his oeuvre insightfully personal. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) All [the] family drama is really just a backdrop to the main attraction, which is Godzilla vs. whatever beasts have belched from the bowels of the Earth. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is no gender-swapped remake but a funny, moving and, yes, smart coming-of-ager that deserves consideration on its own merits. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The musical doesn't so much reimagine the classic tale as shellack a layer of Hollywood spectacle onto it. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir would be indulgent if it didn't feel so darn familiar. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The creativity -- and sheer volume -- of killing in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is breathtaking. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) A gritty film noir, which is unexpected and somewhat confusing at first but ultimately no less charming, mostly because Pikachu is still impossibly cute. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle plays a dirty, rotten trick on moviegoers charmed by the prospect of Anne Hathaway's withering wit paired with Rebel Wilson's physical comedy. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot advances the schlubby-guy-gets-the-girl trope with a love interest who isn't the most popular girl in school but the aspiring leader of the free world. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) This portrait of a young, brash, sometimes difficult dancer ... makes a compelling argument for art and its inherent analogue to freedom. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A sobering, galvanizing tribute to the sprawling franchise and especially the superheroes who anchor it. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
84% Her Smell (2019) Moss delivers a tour de force meltdown - manic and rabid, wildly out of control yet sharp as a tack, with withering monologues by writer-director Alex Ross Perry. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) The real star is the footage of both the surreal Antarctic landscape and the incredibly intimate moments of Steve and his family. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
75% 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
60% 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
92% 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
74% 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
74% 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
49% 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
62% 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
96% 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
32% 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