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Bob Strauss

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Bucky and the Squirrels (2018) Actors Josh Duvendeck, Kyle S. More, Matt Cook and Matt Shively get some OK slapstick energy going with this, but advocates for those with learning disabilities would not be wrong if they have complaints.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
91% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) The actual animation is limited and the pacing deliberate with eruptions of shocking violence, but the backgrounds are both graphically detailed and sociologically illuminating.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
92% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) [Daniela] Vega's performance could have been a little more dimensional, but her determined self-possession is as inspiring as anyone could want.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
91% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Their tentative but needful efforts to relate in the waking world are fascinating and more than a little heartbreaking, and suspense rises while outside parties try to figure out what's going on. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
83% A Ciambra (2018) [Jonas Caprignano] captures the life of a boisterous Romani family in Southern Calabria with remarkable authenticity.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
78% American Folk (2018) Neither character is particularly compelling, nor are the goodhearted folk they meet along the way because It Was A Time When All Kinds of Americans Briefly Came Together and Heinz is only interested in pounding that idea home.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
56% Please Stand By (2018) Yes, it's too cute by several parsecs, but it does boast Patton Oswalt playing a Klingon-speaking police officer.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
74% Like Me (2018) The filmmaker captures the nasty world of viral outrage better than most who attempt it, too, even if he seems to have no idea what to say about it.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Much of it defies logic or even the commonest of sense, but all the explosions and riots and zombie chompdowns satisfy a certain itch for spectacle.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
82% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) Philippe Garrel's latest French relationship kerfuffle boasts solid acting and credibly crafted behavior, as all of the director's black-and-white, latter-day Nouvelle Vague dramas do. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
62% My Art (2018) It's fairly watchable, especially since Simmons' character Ellie has no time for single older woman clichés and is likably easygoing about everything but her unwell dog and questionable work.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
39% Den of Thieves (2018) "Den of Thieves" is an action vehicle that barely moves.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
86% The Road Movie (2018) There's lots of snow, ice, torrential rains, floods, wildfires and ample additional proof that folks over there hardly need help from inclement weather to spectacularly wreck their vehicles.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
72% Mom and Dad (2018) [Nicholas] Cage recalls his "Vampire's Kiss"/"Kiss of Death" era go-for-broke lunacy as the homicidal Dad; it's not quite at the inventive quality of those old, extreme performances, but still oodles of crazy fun. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) Rah-rah while making a few stabs at humanizing humor, the movie also gives both credit and hints of complexity to our Afghan allies. This is no thinking man's war movie, but it is almost thoughtful for something like that.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Weird, unusually funny and rather self-controlled for a Paul Thomas Anderson drama.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
78% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Director Paul McGuigan pulls off some marvelously theatrical effects that collapse time into emotional memory.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) Ridley Scott should've gone on to also do over (or at least eliminate some of ) the endless footage of Mark Wahlberg explaining strategy and tactics to Michelle Williams, which grows so tedious it sometimes felt like I was being held for ransom, too.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
72% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Johannes Krisch, the guy who plays the defense attorney, arguably delivers the most hiss-worthy antagonist of the year - and he's not even the worst person in the movie!‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) That despite how much talk there is about it; interest fades, and [Jessica] Chastain's technically astounding performance becomes so much noise.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Out of tune.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
51% Downsizing (2017) While the whole thing looks interesting and there's no shortage of provocative ideas, it all seems to float off into one big muddle.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
88% The Post (2018) When Spielberg's just showing us independent thinking in action ... he's got a great movie.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
73% Hostiles (2018) Cooper ... wants to shock and compel with equal fervor, and it's remarkable how often he succeeds at doing both.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Each performer gets more-or-less comic traits to work to death, but [Jack] Black is the only one who comes close to inspired lunacy as the formerly attractive girl appalled, yet intrigued, by her new male equipment‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
30% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Played by Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, these two dodge much of the icky adorableness movies such as this usually heap on old people, but that's not to say the characters are all that noteworthy, just very well acted. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
76% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) Slightly more interesting of this week's mediocre old folks movies.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) Impressively weird Spanish cartoon about cute talking animals wandering around a danger-filled, post-apocalyptic island. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) My favorite among the new castmembers is Laura Dern as Leia's Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a poker player of near-Vulcan inscrutability.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
87% Song of Granite (2017) The film's monochromatic images are so beautiful they're almost as soul-nourishing as the transporting vocals and otherworldly reels the soundtrack envelopes us in.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
97% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) There are Hollywood biographies, then there are fascinating lives. One of the most beautiful - and arguably the smartest - actresses of all time could certainly claim the latter.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
100% Foxtrot (2018) Writer-director Samuel Maoz pulls some narrative sleight-of-hand that may feel like cheating to some, but it also builds a powerful case against numb acceptance of war's brutal stupidity.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Few films leave me awestruck for weeks. But the way Guillermo del Toro juggles heart, imagination, suspense, social history, outsider attitude and weird artistry so successfully in this Cold War monster romance continues to astound me.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
60% Daisy Winters (2017) Some dark ideas and a strong young lead elevate this above its Afterschool Special basics.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Too declamatory, and too often punctuated by hackneyed dialogue, for me.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Too sentimental and not absurd enough in addressing its hot-button subject, this is no "Leningrad Cowboys".‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) But there's enough complex sadness and relatable need in "Loveless" to make it more than just a study of awful people.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) A galaxy of great guest stars adds comic coats of appalled disbelief as Tommy makes his movie every wrong way he possibly can - while Franco, off-camera, makes one of the weirdest and best films about a movie ever.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
78% Sweet Virginia (2017) The typical characters you find in this sort of thing get slowly revealed to have . . . not a whole lot interesting going on. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) Too bad that, for all of its political savvy and recently unearthed details, the movie built around this magnificent performance gets corny and cutesy with dispiriting regularity.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Not only do Coco's plot twists work like bone-shaking magic when they're finally revealed, but the way its musical and familial themes are woven together like the world's warmest serape earns enough emotional waterworks to flood the Sonoran Desert.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) For a movie about seeing who a person is beyond their physical appearance, this one's remarkably superficial.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) There's little here you haven't seen in other alt.showbiz or modern relationship comedies, but [Noel] Wells makes for a sweet, interestingly self-sabotaging loser and there's a healthy, matter-of-fact sexuality to the piece.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
94% The Breadwinner (2017) Tough stuff that feature cartoons should tackle more often but rarely do, presented here with grace and steel.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) But part of why "Roman Israel" is stumping some critics lies in how it so completely subverts liberal good guy movie conventions, and by destroying them makes that kind of hero feel human for a change.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League, overall, leaves the impression that we can finally rest easy that future DCEU movies will at least be OK.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Refreshingly fun, erotic, non-judgmental and both intellectually and emotionally smart.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Thelma (2017) Director Joachim Trier has a zillion surprises up his sleeve, yet keeps his story credible no matter how crazy things get.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
97% The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) But "GBU" remains the iconic piece for all time.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
69% Happy End (2017) This thing is equal parts a hoot and a gasp-inducer.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017