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Charles Solomon

Charles Solomon
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% One Piece Film: Gold (2017) On the surface, it's a very silly comic adventure. But beneath the slapstick lies a blunt critique of economic inequality and the contemporary culture of greed. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 9, 2017
No Score Yet 25 April (2015) Although the filmmakers use the soldiers' own words, they fail to create believable characters who can engage the audience. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
73% Blinky Bill The Movie (2016) Even the most sophisticated software can't give characters a sense of weight or a way of moving that suggests their personality. Nor can it create an engaging story. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
80% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2016) Much of the dialogue is too literal and undercut by its stolid earnestness, and many of the characters are left underdeveloped. Viewers unfamiliar with Bilal's story may have trouble following parts of the film. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Travis Knight's Japanese-influenced Kubo and the Two Strings ranks as the best film the artists at the Portland-based Laika Studio have made, with a strong story, assured direction and strikingly original designs. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Aug 17, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) There are only a few ... delightful moments in an otherwise muddled movie that feels like three films ineptly grafted together. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
87% Phantom Boy (2016) A modest, engaging film that reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 22, 2016
83% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973) The paintings simply aren't strong enough to hold the audience's attention and carry the story. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 13, 2016
40% Bling (2016) The voice actors shamelessly overact, delivering lines in grating shrieks. The weightless animation is equally overwrought: The characters flail about as if they'd contracted the cartoon equivalent of ergot poisoning. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016
No Score Yet Classmates (Dou kyu sei) (2016) Nakamura uses watercolor effects, elongated human figures and split screen to capture the look of Asumiko Nakamura's original manga. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016
100% Only Yesterday (2016) At a time when the Hollywood studios have been criticized for their failure to present women's stories, Only Yesterday offers a warmly engaging account of a woman learning who she wants to be by exploring who she was. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Feb 24, 2016
70% Snowtime! (2016) The characters remain underdeveloped, a problem complicated by the weightless, unexpressive animation. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Kung Fu Panda 3 provides a welcome reminder of what the talented artists at DreamWorks can do when they're given worthwhile material. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Jan 28, 2016
61% Monster Hunt (2016) "Monster Hunt" broke box office records in China, but American viewers may wonder why this confused and confusing adventure-comedy enthralled audiences there. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
No Score Yet Boruto: Naruto The Movie (2015) No "Naruto" fan will want to miss "Boruto," which suggests a new direction the franchise may take, now that the long-running TV series has finally concluded. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
94% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) "Boy and the World" reminds viewers that an animated feature can be more intimate and personal than the big-budget CG extravaganzas produced by Hollywood studios. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
82% Almost There (2015) He's demanding, imperious, self-pitying and manipulative to a degree that would be difficult to accept in a major talent, let alone a wannabe whose work barely rises to the level of paint-by-numbers. Nor is this portrait of him particularly well crafted. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
75% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) (2014) Very young children may be amused by these minimal characters, but the slow pace and thin content will have older children and adults fidgeting in their seats. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
90% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) "The Boy and the Beast" confirms Mamoru Hosoda's reputation as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in Japanese animation. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
No Score Yet Karski i w?adcy ludzko?ci (2015) Although it is often moving, the film is less satisfying than it could be. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
61% Extraordinary Tales (2015) "Extraordinary Tales" reminds viewers that animation can enable an artist to realize an individual vision, even on a limited budget. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
No Score Yet Laws of the Universe: Part 0 (2015) A leaden-paced film that only followers of Okawa could enjoy. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 9, 2015
55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Genndy Tartakovsky is a talented director who knows how to telegraph what an animated character is thinking and doing and how to move a character in ways that suggest personality. He deserves a more interesting assignment. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 24, 2015
68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) Readers who regard Gibran as source of profound wisdom will delight in this celebration of his work; skeptics who dismiss his poetry as portentous and overblown should wait for the disc to come out and enjoy the imagery with the sound on low. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) the animators communicate so much through the almost microscopic adjustments of the wrinkles in a character's forehead or shifting the angle of an eye. It reminds viewers that character animation is the art of caricatured movement, not sitcom wisecracks. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Aug 4, 2015
80% Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015) This slam-bang action-adventure will have "Dragon Ball" fans of all ages cheering with delight. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 3, 2015
22% The Seventh Dwarf (2015) Elements from "Snow White," "Sleeping Beauty," "Tangled," "Frozen," "Happy Feet" and "Shrek" have been ineptly stitched together into a leaden film that children will enjoy about as much as lumps in their oatmeal. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
56% Minions (2015) Having main characters who jabber in nonsense syllables punctuated with real words in English, Spanish, etc. quickly cloys, like an overextended Danny Kaye routine. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Jul 9, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out is an exceptional film, even by Pixar's elevated standards. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Jun 23, 2015
44% Maya The Bee Movie (2015) "Maya the Bee" embodies the kind of self-consciously uplifting treacle some adults insist kids want. They package "Maya" like honey, but it tastes like medicine. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
47% Home (2015) Sadly, Home feels very derivative, borrowing heavily from Lilo and Stitch, Despicable Me and several recent DreamWorks features. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Mar 26, 2015
No Score Yet The Last: Naruto The Movie (2015) If "The Last" lacks some of the emotional punch of the previous feature, "The Road to Ninja," Kobayashi compensates with flamboyant visuals that mix CG, drawn animation and elegant calligraphic figures. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 23, 2015
74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014) For the elementary schoolgirls who make up the target audience, "Legend of the Neverbeast" is a welcome visit with their favorite characters, even though Tink herself (Mae Whitman) is reduced to a supporting role. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
99% Song Of The Sea (2014) In an era of big studio 3D CG films, The Song of the Sea offers a lovely reminder of the personal visions drawn animation can offer. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Dec 17, 2014
93% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Despite these limits, My Neighbor Totoro is a gentle and affirming film. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2014
43% Archaeology Of A Woman (2014) The patience of the audience - and the characters - is further tried by the leaden pacing, which makes the film feel like it was shot in slow motion. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
83% Giovanni's Island (2014) The script by Shigemichi Sugita and Yoshiki Sakurai feels heavy-handed and obvious, especially in the drawn-out scenes when Kanta boards the magical railroad. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) The artists are challenging the big ticket live action superhero/ comic book movies that occupy such an important place in contemporary popular culture, just as they challenged the fantasy films of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg three decades ago. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Nov 5, 2014
95% Wild Tales (2015) Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but Argentine writer-director Damián Szifron allows it to sit until it congeals in the dreary six-part anthology "Wild Tales." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
100% A World Not Ours (2014) Although not a perfect film, "A World Not Ours" does turn faceless statistics about the plight of refugees into an immediate human tragedy. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
82% The Book of Life (2014) "The Book of Life" juxtaposes overwrought visual imagery with an undernourished, familiar story - regrettable flaws in one of the few animated films to focus on Latino characters and the rich heritage of Mexican folk culture. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) With its delicate lines, understated palette and exquisite water color backgrounds, Isao Takahata's The Tale of Princess Kaguya ranks among the loveliest animated features of recent years. ‐ Animation Scoop
Posted Oct 15, 2014
25% The Hero of Color City (2014) The story and characterizations never get much deeper than "We're all special in our own way." At times, the five writers borrow a little too heavily from other properties. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 3, 2014
94% Last Hijack (2014) Disjointed and unfocused, "Last Hijack" adds precious little to this body of work. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
70% Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014) "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" stubbornly remains less than the sum of its parts. But its rich visual imagery suggests the talented artists involved could create something exciting and truly original if they had a better script. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 23, 2014
No Score Yet Henry & Me (2014) It's difficult to carp at a film that offers a positive message to children in need of hope and courage. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2014
No Score Yet Iceman (1984) Although it can't have been easy, director Law Wing-cheong manages to defuse Yen's charismatic skill as a martial artist. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
20% Iceman (2014) Simultaneously overblown and underdeveloped, "Iceman" fails equally at showcasing the talent of its star and resolving its baroque plot. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) not an easy film to watch...But it serves as a striking reminder of the countless individuals who suffer similar pains in silence, and of the special power of animation to make the unseen visible. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
71% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) "Thunder and the House of Magic" epitomizes the sort film of that's supposed to be fun for the whole family, but that no one actually enjoys. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014