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Bob Strauss

Bob Strauss
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 97% 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
No Score Yet 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
91% 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
65% 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
74% 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
92% 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
22% 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
3.5/4 67% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire, packed with chaos and surprises though it is, always makes a pulpy kind of sense while delivering barrages of mean-spirited entertainment and a consistent critique of thoughtless mayhem.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/4 99% Get Out (2017) Sometimes the best social commentary movies are genre films. More often than not, those are the cleverest at it. Get Out fills that task to a T.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Aside from [K-2SO's] killer lines, wonderfully voiced by the indispensable Alan Tudyk, most big satisfactions in this big, big movie come from references to Star Wars adventures you've loved before.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
89% 20th Century Women (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
75% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Seeing as how "Separation" was a perfect film, Farhadi is on quite a roll.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Paterson is Jim Jarmusch's masterpiece.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
55% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
55% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
No Score Yet 11:55 (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
71% Tracktown (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
50% Officer Downe (2016) If you thought Deadpool was perverse, you ain't seen nothin' yet.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
2.5/4 33% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
60% Concussion (2015) For all of its Hollywood hokum, though, Concussion is still a valuable indictment of cultural complacency.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) This version of Shakespeare's tragedy never really feels grandly tragic.‐ Los Angeles Daily News
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015