Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) It's only fitfully interesting. If you like the idea of listening to drunken losers opine belligerently and threaten to fight, sing, dance, and fall asleep, then have at it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
No Score Yet The Tobacconist (2020) Here is a film that takes place during one of the most dramatic periods in history, but it's surprisingly dull and bland. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
92% Relic (2020) I particularly like it as a parable about dementia... It falls apart a little bit in the final act, but there's this creepy, eerie stylishness about it and a mounting sense of dread that I appreciated. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
100% Runner (2020) I love this film. It's so powerful, moving, and inspirational. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
91% Widow of Silence (2020) What I love about this is how it captures the rhythms of daily life. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
38% Guest of Honour (2020) It feels scattershot and overwrought, unfortunately. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
94% A Regular Woman (Nur Eine Frau) (2020) This is tragic, illuminating, and very intimately told. It's very stylistically intriguing... It presents the story from the victim's perspective. It restores her voice, in a sense. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) It really exceeds at what it's trying to do: an inventive new take on Groundhog Day. It has very likable lead performances by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, and it has more on its mind than the run-of-the-mill rom-com. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Yes, it is taught, brisk, and focused, but I didn't learn enough about the characters... I would have felt more emotionally invested. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
83% Aviva (2020) Sexy and often daring. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
22% Infamous (2020) It comes off as a lightweight indictment of a generation that actually does care about things. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
89% The Short History of the Long Road (2020) This is a little gem of a movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) It has a stylized, low-key eccentricity... Nighy is just fantastic. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
92% The Surrogate (2020) It's all about the performance of Jasmine Batchelor. [The Surrogate] is wonderfully anchored by her. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) It's a continued reminder that [Spike Lee] is a really vital filmmaker, and it's a strong followup to BlackKklansman. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
73% The King of Staten Island (2020) I don't feel like this is the lightning in a bottle magic that some of [director Judd Apatow's] films have been... But it's enjoyable, if too long. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) It's a slight film... But there's a nice attention to character detail and humor. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) It hypnotically washes over you, and I think that has a lot to do with the cinematography, music, and the lead performance by Juan Daniel Garcia Treviño. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% On the Record (2020) This is so compelling. It's intimate... But I think what really makes it particularly interesting is how it shines a light on an aspect of the #MeToo movement that we haven't really seen. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
87% The Infiltrators (2020) Absorbing and timely. I thought it was really great. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) It is very low-key and obviously extremely low-budget, but also stylish and clever. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
69% The High Note (2020) This is an enchanting and escapist summer movie... And it has something to say about the male-driven world of pop music. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
40% Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2020) Fans of involving, taut, and clever murder mysteries should definitely steer clear of this one, because it's none of the above. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
78% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Solid and intermittently intriguing, but ultimately disappointing because it left a lot of stones unturned. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
46% Arkansas (2020) [Clark Duke] shows some promise as a director and maybe even more so as a screenwriter, but it goes on too long, it is unevenly paced, and it seems to end a few times. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
87% Spaceship Earth (2020) It unspools rather slowly... It could have come together better. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) A really courageous feat. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) If you loved the book, then you're going to love the movie... I found myself watching the film with a big, goofy grin most of the time. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
80% Tigertail (2020) It's a very quiet, moving, and poignant intergenerational family saga with some lovely directorial flourishes. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
88% School Life (La vie scolaire) (2020) It feels realistic, well acted, and it captures the rhythms of daily life. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Everybody's trying really hard to be funny. It's exhausting and kind of irritating. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
71% Stray Dolls (2020) I think it's a mixed bag. There are times when it was intriguing... [But] the characters weren't terribly well developed. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
86% Sea Fever (2020) Only if you're fascinated by all sorts of aquatic peril should you venture into these waters. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
88% The Dog Doc (2020) It's very rich with information. It's compelling -- he's very empathetic. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
82% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) I thought it was a coming-of-middle-age tale, in a way. It's enjoyable and has this warm, upbeat energy in its best moments. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
98% Blow the Man Down (2020) I thought it had a very vivid sense of place... It has some smart dialogue and some very offbeat characters. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
82% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) I was mostly nauseated by it... It was weird, dark, and I didn't love it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) It's wonderfully involving, inspiring, and it's kind of raucous. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
67% Human Capital (2020) I think the performances were great and the concept was solid. It was engrossing, but ultimately the resolution to mystery feels a little unsatisfying. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
51% Burden (2020) I think it has a great cast and there are some good performances, but I thought at times the direction wasn't great and it veered into that white savior territory. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) There was a surplus of plot twists, double crosses... It left me cold. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% Lost in America (2020) What really stood out to me was his connection with the street kids... I just felt like it was heart wrenching. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) I really like this film... Beautifully shot. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
37% Wendy (2020) [Similar to] Terrence Malick's lesser work, it's a bit muddled. I feel like [director Benh Zeitlin] was so focused on the imagery - which was quite beautiful at times - that the plot suffered. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
47% Greed (2020) Not as clever as it ought to have been. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet The Long Shadow (2019) A fairly tense and involving pulpy thriller. The lead actress, Aasha Davis, is particularly good. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
84% The Traitor (2020) I just didn't think it was very involving... [There's] more data than a character arc. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) It's slow and it doesn't have bells and whistles. It all really hinges on [Julia Garner's] performance -- which is great. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
91% Miss Americana (2020) What I appreciated about it, and what gave me a healthy respect for [Taylor Swift], is that she's somebody who was dismissed as lightweight and she's come into her own... You see her growing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
65% Gretel & Hansel (2020) On the plus side, this has very striking production design and impressive cinematography... [But] it's bleak where it should be intense. It's stylish, but not very scary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020