Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
53% Love Sarah (2020) This is a very slight movie. It's likable and warm-hearted. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
95% My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) (2020) It's emotionally powerful and not fussy... It doesn't really go in any direction that audiences expect. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
88% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Sometimes it's poignant, other times it's chilling, sometimes just depressing... I just wanted to know more details than were explored here. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
46% Locked Down (2021) Like a play in the worst possible way. It feels stagy, claustrophobic, and overacted. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) Masterful. It never felt static even though it was all in a hotel room, because of the superb dialogue and the masterful acting. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
100% Acasa, My Home (2020) It's a very empathetic portrait, but it also shows the complexity of this family... I think it's most poignant when it focuses on the children. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
99% MLK/FBI (2021) I think it really shows the importance of King as a person, as a human, as opposed to the icon that we have come to think of him as. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
89% My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) A pretty entertaining history of counterculture and espionage... It is intriguing and humorous, [although] sometimes a little too rambling. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
51% The Midnight Sky (2020) It's visually stunning and ambitious, but narratively lacking... It lacks dramatic heft, but I appreciated the contemplative performance by George Clooney. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) I almost don't see a point for Godfather Part III. You've ended the story so beautifully with Godfather Part II, why would you go back and continue it? The story doesn't come together like it did [for the original], but I will say he's improved it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
100% Assassins (2020) Observant and ultimately pretty riveting. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
89% Let Them All Talk (2020) It's intriguing and enjoyable... Unpolished in an appealing sort of way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
76% Wander Darkly (2020) There are some moments when it doesn't quite work, but the casting of the two leads really is what makes it work [overall]. The chemistry between Sienna Miller and Diego Luna is convincing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
100% Giving Voice (2020) This is an excellent, uplifting documentary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
100% Minari (2020) I love this film... It's so specific and detailed, and yet like the best stories feels universal. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
98% Farewell Amor (2020) It's low-key, captivating, [and] so well acted. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
90% Belushi (2020) We see examples of his talent, but I feel like some more context in the scheme of things would have been useful here. It's not the ultimate documentary of John Belushi that we still need to see. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
22% Last Call (2020) It was so talky and tedious. The drunken posturing, the besotted ranting -- those get old really quickly. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
91% Leap of Faith (2019) I understand what [director Alexandre O.] Philippe was doing and I admire it, but I probably admired it more than I enjoyed it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
96% Sound of Metal (2020) It has the best sound design that I've heard in any movie this year... They use sound in such an interesting and immersive way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
70% The Last Vermeer (2020) It's an inherently fascinating and wild true story, [but] I just thought this was occasionally dull. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
100% Coded Bias (2020) A wake-up call and a call to action. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
91% Run (2020) A perfectly paced, well-edited, and nimbly acted thriller. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) It is so disturbing, but it also very rewarding in the sense of how journalism ought to function. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
47% Spell (2020) I wish there had been more commentary on class and the sort of "city vs. rural folks," and maybe less of the gore that didn't really seem to achieve much purpose. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
76% Radium Girls (2020) While this was very well-meaning and intrinsically interesting, I found the performances a bit pallid. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) I appreciated that it didn't have easy answers... It's worth telling and well-told. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
50% Kaali Khuhi (2020) It's beautifully shot, [and] has a real organic sense of suspense. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
86% Us Kids (2020) It asks very difficult questions about what it means to grow up in a country where gun violence is so common. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
97% The Donut King (2020) Not only is it a fascinating portrait of this particular Cambodian refugee, Ted Ngoy, but it also is about the culture of doughnut shops in L.A., which are so iconic. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
92% Mother (Madre) (2020) Marta Nieto in the title role is just fantastic. The nuances of her performance are breathtaking. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
100% His House (2020) It has the classic haunted house elements, but it's much deeper and it's also about people facing their trauma. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) It's definitely of its time, and this [remake] doesn't try to reimagine or update it... But it shows how far we've come on LGBTQ issues in 50 years. It also shows us how far we need to go. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
88% Save Yourselves! (2020) It's droll, clever, and fun! - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
100% My Name Is Pedro (2020) Inspirational and poignant. It has a slow start and loses its focus, but it does have an emotional punch. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) It has really comic, perceptive dialogue. [Radha Black] is really good... All in all, a very honest and sunny film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
82% Herb Alpert is... (2020) I love the music and I think the man is fascinating... [But] we needed a more seasoned, artful director - not just because it wasn't very well paced, but because there were things that were repetitive and others that were completely left out. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) A very moving personal essay done in a heartfelt, surreal, and funny fashion. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
98% Spontaneous (2020) That rare teen-horror, satirical-comedy, and teen-romance hybrid that works. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
85% I Used to Go Here (2020) An observant and funny independent film with some very good performances. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
95% Black Is King (2020) I was mesmerized. It's a visually sumptuous feast. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
81% Spinster (2020) A very low-key but likable and nontraditional rom-com. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
93% Howard (2020) I thought [director] Don Hahn did a beautiful job. You could really feel his affection for Howard. It's a moving and richly layered portrait. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) If you care about freedom of the press and democracy, it's a film you have to see. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
97% La Llorona (2020) What I love about this film is the way it blends genres... It has everything you expect in a horror movie -- things that go bump in the night -- but in this much more sophisticated way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
97% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) Atmospheric, evocative, and artful... You are completely enthralled and enraptured. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
92% 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
25% 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
91% 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