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Bob Strauss

Bob Strauss
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% 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
87% 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
96% 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
86% 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
90% 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
54% 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 41% 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
98% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Refreshingly fun, erotic, non-judgmental and both intellectually and emotionally smart.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
88% 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
64% Happy End (2017) This thing is equal parts a hoot and a gasp-inducer.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% I, Tonya (2017) A best-ever performance by Margot Robbie as the gifted and star-crossed athlete Harding and an unforgettable Allison Janney supporting turn as the least-supportive mother of the year.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
17% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) As it is, all Daddy's Home 2 does is make you appreciate the quality of A Bad Moms Christmas. Which is just tragic.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
67% It Happened in L.A. (2017) The cliches then get replaced by welcome, well-observed and imaginatively specific takes on the weird entanglements our local not-quite-young adults can get themselves into.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
94% Gilbert (2017) Fortunately, there are always brilliantly scathing and disgusting Gottfried routines around every corner that save the movie.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
81% Mayhem (2017) There is a detectable coolness factor to director Joe Lynch's arch, cutthroat corporatism allegory, but the sharp-wit-to-blunt-force ratio here is nonetheless about 10/90. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) This hokey Agatha Christie contraption has nothing to offer sentient citizens of the 21st Century.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
80% My Friend Dahmer (2017) I don't know who thought a movie about a future serial killer's high school hi jinx was a good idea. It ain't, especially if you're going to do it with minimal insight and lazy imagination.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
27% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) The cartoonish approach the franchise takes to serious topics like self-worth and societal expectations suspends most of both movies in a kind of comic limbo.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
74% Last Flag Flying (2017) Flag is at its best when it's just people sitting around gabbing. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Still, great spectacle, and it is relentlessly . . . . what's the f-word I'm looking for?‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
100% Lady Bird (2017) There's little that's particularly unique about Ronan's title character or her various relatives, friends and lovers, but a vibrant realism makes them and everything about this movie remarkable - and kind of exhilarating.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
27% Suburbicon (2017) Yet there are some satisfying guffaws and bloodsoaked tension to be gleaned from the noir part of the story that unfolds in the house occupied by Matt Damon and multiple Julianne Moores. You get your kicks where you can with this mess.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
83% Brimstone & Glory (2017) This pleasingly sensory documentary shows us one of those San Juan de Dios celebrations, with an abundance of beautiful blasts, gorgeously designed bull-shaped floats exploding all over the place, and no small amount of civic idiocy on display. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) Gorgeously shot without romanticizing rural England, it's no Brokeback Mountain but strives to get close to that. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
80% The Square (2017) Writer-director Ruben Ostlund can get a little surreal, most unsettlingly when the bizarre image or situation he's put on screen makes you think, hmm, that could actually happen.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
87% Novitiate (2017) Julianne Nicholson is the movie's secret weapon as a no-nonsense non-believer. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
98% Jane (2017) Director Brett Morgen efficiently crafts an intelligent overview of Goodall's personal and professional journeys, but those marvelous Tanzanian chimps - the first ever observed and filmed in their natural habitat - rightfully steal this show.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) The author has a great reputation, and I'd hate to think anything as dull and poorly plotted as this trudge through yellow snow in search of a serial killer contributed to that.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) [Yorgos] Lanthimos keeps delivering amusement as the cruelty expands, which I guess is his way of saying ancient myths still have relevance in our nasty world. Maybe too much relevance.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) It's a much more mature and worthwhile effort than director Alexandre O. Philippe's movie from a few years ago about how George Lucas ruined whiny guys' childhoods.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
72% Wonderstruck (2017) It's a sweet story about tough little folks determined to find what they need in the magical art all around them.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
63% Te Ata (2017) This inspiring tale of the early 20th Century Chickasaw stage performer and Native culture popularizer Mary "Te Ata" Thompson, although well-played by "The New World's" Q'orianka Kilcher, is told in the least inspired way imaginable. A real shame.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
59% The Foreigner (2017) Third act has more [Pierce] Brosnan yelling but some decent, if not dazzling, [Jackie] Chan action; he's old but still super, evidently.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) This funny/angry study of an elderly artist who probably should have just stayed an art teacher and his resentful, middle-aged children is all brainy dialogue, perfectly pitched acting and clever, if sometimes a little too so, squirmy situations.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) [A] celebratory, humane but never candy-coated documentary.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Incomparably witty as they are impressively smart and achingly vulnerable, Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote create a perfect menage-a-everything. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
100% Girl Flu. (2017) Girl Flu. is everything indie comedy should be and rarely is: fearless, committed to character and willing to not only get dirty but to stay that way.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
No Score Yet El vigilante (2016) It ends abruptly without really solving anything, but the palpable sense of corruption and intimidation Ros works up probably speaks a lot to how things work around there.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
No Score Yet Becks (2017) Lena Hall is just perfect in the title character's many imperfect ways.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West is, however, Plaza's show, and it's through her cocked eyes that we take this mirthful, moving tour of SoCal from the desert to the sea, from Hollywood Hills highs to the lowest of Joshua Tree burnouts. ‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) The often slick, just occasionally slack Sick is first and foremost an autobiography, and while it's been designed to deliver maximum laughs and emotion, a quirky authenticity hovers over even its most manipulative moments.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
83% Midnighters (2017) Noir complications metastasize from there in this clever and suspenseful feature debut from brothers Alston and Julius Ramsay.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
80% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear is a cockeyed valentine to creativity, obsession, healing and acceptance.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
82% Patti Cake$ (2017) You've seen it all before, but you haven't seen how Patti Cake$ does it‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) It's as if Coppola sought to bring a little humanism to this fundamentally sleazy Southern Gothic, and regardless of how well one feels it plays out, it's a consistently interesting approach.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Bathed though it is in rough behavior and raw sexuality, Lady Macbeth maintains a minimalist discipline that chills the bone even while the action onscreen boils the blood.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
21% The Book of Henry (2017) It may all be too much to fully succeed or convince some people, but when The Book of Henry is on its audacious game, there's more than enough to appreciate.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
55% Lowriders (2017) The players know how to make it bounce and rev.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017