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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90%

20th Century Women (2016)

"20th Century Women...is an indie film quirkapalooza with more great character work and worthwhile insight than such things usually boast." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
68%

Miss Sloane (2016)

"There's nothing wrong with finding "Miss Sloane" intelligent (it certainly is in its way), dramatically explosive or timely. But don't question yourself if it makes you feel like you've been sold a bill of goods." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
100%

The Salesman (Forushande) (2017)

"Seeing as how "Separation" was a perfect film, Farhadi is on quite a roll." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
100%

Neruda (2016)

"Larrain has rapidly grown into the smartest political filmmaker working today. The great thing is, though, that he keeps proving himself a filmmaker first." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
96%

La La Land (2016)

"We've seen much dumber takes on that stuff in a million showbiz movies, but you'd have to go back to "Singin' in the Rain" to find one that dances around it with the poise that "La La Land" does." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
95%

Paterson (2016)

"Paterson is Jim Jarmusch's masterpiece." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2016
56%

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

"[It's] a feast of everything Warren: wise, confused, complicated, astute about cultural history, overindulgent, politically and sexually incorrect and an old school, high-quality production of the sort we almost never see anymore." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 11, 2016
57%

Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)

"Michael Moore in TrumpLand is the funniest thing that the controversial documentarian has made in years." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Oct 21, 2016
No Score Yet

My First Kiss and the People Involved (2016)

"Menuez's performance... is gorgeously complemented by debuting feature writer/director Luigi Campi's nature-infused yet highly stylized presentation." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 27, 2016
No Score Yet

Play the Devil (2016)

"There are more than a few horny devils on the island, and Bahamian director Maria Govan has a large enough spirit to accept them for who they are before matters turn dire." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 27, 2016
No Score Yet

11:55 (2016)

"It's Almanzar's controlled portrayal of a man who's learned from past mistakes and recent trauma, though, that will really haunt you." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 22, 2016
No Score Yet

Tracktown (2016)

"It is so rich with day-to-day details and convincing quirks that you know she dug deep inside herself and keenly observed her colleagues to come up with this." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 22, 2016
87%

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016)

"The Music of Strangers' real strength lies in its refusal to overstate its message, and allow room for those non-uplifting, too sadly human arguments to the contrary. Oh, and if you love or only just like music, it's a total blast." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 22, 2016
50%

Officer Downe (2016)

"If you thought Deadpool was perverse, you ain't seen nothin' yet." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 21, 2016
3.5/4 89%

Dheepan (2016)

"Considering what the world, and particularly Europe, is dealing with today, a film such as this feels vitally necessary. Thankfully, it's also a rich, if sometimes difficult, pleasure to watch." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted May 13, 2016
89%

Applause (Applaus) (2010)

"You may think recovering addict movies are all pretty much the same. But there's something in the latest from Denmark, Applause, that makes a real difference." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Apr 8, 2016
97%

The Dark Horse (2016)

"Curtis truly does find unique strains of tenderness, eccentricity and strength in the role. The actor's work, if not the entire movie, is all about game." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Apr 1, 2016
70%

Too Late (2016)

"By the time we get to its convoluted end we know we've seen a work of substance and personal style to burn." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Mar 14, 2016
80%

The Last Survivors (The Well) (2014)

"There's nothing really new on the thematic front here, but production designer-turned-director Tom Hammock does wonders with desert vistas and, along with Richardson, has created a sci-fi heroine as real as the girl next door." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"While The Force Awakens belongs to the younger generation, Ford dominates its throwback element like a true, ahem, force of nature." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Dec 16, 2015
100%

Out Of My Hand (2015)

"Blay's performance grows more conflicted and complex from that point and Out of My Hand gets quite intriguing, marred only by a deus ex machina plot turn near the end." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2015
96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"There have been many movies about the Holocaust, made in a wide array of approaches, styles and tones. I don't believe I've ever seen one that immerses viewers in the darkest horrors of history's greatest crime like Laszlo Nemes' Son of Saul does." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 13, 2015
2.5/4 34%

By The Sea (2015)

"Angelina Jolie Pitt does something remarkable with the third feature film she's directed... She turns a really bad, unintentional parody of a 1960s European art film into something intriguing, an act of both physical and emotional personal revelation." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 13, 2015
97%

45 Years (2015)

"At its best, Andrew Haigh's feature unearths longings and resentments quite specific to its central couple, the Mercers, yet emotionally familiar to anyone who's been with anyone else for four decades or more." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 12, 2015
61%

Concussion (2015)

"For all of its Hollywood hokum, though, Concussion is still a valuable indictment of cultural complacency." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 12, 2015
94%

Carol (2015)

"Exquisite from first frame to last, Carol indulges in every classic moviemaking virtue while infusing a modern sensibility." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 12, 2015
80%

Macbeth (2015)

"This version of Shakespeare's tragedy never really feels grandly tragic." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 12, 2015
98%

Mustang (2015)

"Ergüven's insistence that girls just want to have fun makes for grand entertainment, yet somehow lends the film's darker moments more credibility and impact as well." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 12, 2015
71%

Uncertain Terms (2015)

"Kudos to Silver for taking big risks, and for the most part making them work." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jul 20, 2015
56%

The Young Kieslowski (2015)

"Richardson lends a kaleidoscopic sense of human reality to what is occasionally a sitcom-glib attempt to make an R-rated afterschool special." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jul 20, 2015
71%

Brand: A Second Coming (2015)

"There are lots of really funny, elaborate and subversive bits of humor." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 24, 2015
No Score Yet

Weepah Way for Now (2015)

"Writer-director Stephen Pierce Ringer maintains proper emotional temperature throughout the film's tonal shifts." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 19, 2015
No Score Yet

El elefante desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant) (2014)

"This puzzling whodunnit gets steadily more intriguing as it morphs into a mind-bending who-am-I." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 19, 2015
100%

The Babushkas Of Chernobyl (2015)

"It's those great grandmas' faces, and their slow but still farming and fishing forms, that will stick with you for a long time." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/4 77%

Jimmy's Hall (2015)

"The result is a smart and occasionally mirthful spit in the face of Catholic repression, with dancing, fighting and just enough political tragedy to make it extra-strength Irish." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 19, 2015
No Score Yet

Whatever Lola Wants (2007)

"Writer/director Rupert Glasson has come up with a swell, unavoidably Tarantinoesque twist on the outlaw-journey-as-aphrodisiac recipe." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 19, 2015
No Score Yet

French Dirty (2015)

"It's a film as fresh and weird as a day without a plan that takes you places you never imagined were there." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 19, 2015
38%

How He Fell in Love (2016)

"It's the type of mature drama that's rarely seen in American movies -- even the indie ones." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 19, 2015
92%

Grandma (2015)

"It gives a national treasure who never asked to become one, Lily Tomlin, a showcase to display everything she's got as a performer, especially the offhand courage to not play at being likable." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2015
93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"While undeniably creepy at first and generally alarming throughout, the movie maintains a refreshing judgmental minimalism toward both its often reckless title heroine and the irresponsible adults she loves and betrays." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2015
84%

Victoria (2015)

"[The filmmakers'] great feat of technical artistry is all in service to the marvelous humanity that fills every pulsing minute of Victoria." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2.5/4 82%

The Overnight (2015)

"It leaves us with an illogical, yet still nagging sense of been there, done that. The fun, nevertheless, is fun while it lasts." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 79%

Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

"Expert performances and a wealth of convincing details put Polar Bear across." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/4 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"I don't think there's ever been a movie this wise and open-minded about what we choose to call negative emotions. There certainly hasn't been one so open-hearted." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2015
83%

Runoff (2015)

"Country life goes from bad to worse in Runoff, an American indie that could have made some interesting moral points about agribusiness practices, but gets plowed under by a series of melodramatic events." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jun 10, 2015
80%

Nightingale (2015)

"Everything about Nightingale is richly expressive and chillingly effective." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted May 29, 2015
3/4 31%

Cut Bank (2015)

"Once blood starts spurting and the old pros take control of the show, Patino's clever plotting wins viewers over." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Apr 17, 2015
63%

Sea Fog (Haemoo) (2015)

"Though naturally dramatic, [it] gets a bit tedious after awhile." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 3, 2015
84%

Alleluia (2015)

"Du Welz was determined to bring us uncomfortably intimate to this twisted relationship and leave us, like Michel, unable or maybe unwilling to escape Gloria's breath-stealing embrace." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 3, 2015
83%

The Midnight Swim (2015)

"Those seeking scares will be disappointed, but if a lovely little story beside a beautiful lake is enough for you, you won't leave unsatisfied." ‐Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 3, 2015
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