Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality (2019) To overcome all these evils, Stevenson says, "we have to be willing to tell the truth." "True Justice" is a step in that direction. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
95% The Edge of Democracy (2019) Directed by Petra Costa, this completely fascinating documentary provides an unexpectedly compelling inside look at the political earthquakes that have been roiling Brazil for several years. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
95% Funan (2019) "Funan" is a stunning piece of animation in which the beauty of the visuals and the horror of the situation are inextricably intertwined. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
92% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) "The Reports on Sarah and Saleem" snaps, crackles and pops. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" will blow you away in ways you won't be expecting. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
31% Shaft (2019) Yes, the great Isaac Hayes music makes an appearance, but the old days are gone and they are not coming back. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
32% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) The result, with some exceptions, plays like an over-elaborate parody of the first film, reminding us why we enjoyed it without being able to duplicate its appeal. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
68% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) They don't make baseball players like Moe Berg anymore. Judging by Aviva Kempner's authoritative and engrossing documentary "The Spy Behind Home Plate," they likely never did. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
88% Pavarotti (2019) Initial impressions, however, can be deceptive, and Howard turns out to be a natural choice to direct the excellent "Pavarotti," a warm, emotional and completely involving film about the celebrated tenor. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Doing all that can't have been easy, but making it seem like it was may be the most satisfying of "Late Night's" many agreeable accomplishments. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
55% Immortal Beloved (1994) Yes, this is another one of Hollywood's silly symphonies, an unintentionally amusing bit of piffle that allows mortals a privileged glimpse into the private life of a legendary composer. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) "Sun" unapologetically embraces deep-dish romantic fantasy and unashamedly exults in the most shameless coincidences imaginable. If that sounds noticeably lacking in irony, sarcasm and snark, it's just going to have to be that way. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
100% General Magic (2019) "General Magic" is such an involving documentary for so many reasons it's hard to know where to begin. The title itself, as it turns out, might be best. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (2019) "Non-Fiction" is an enticing blend of the comic and the serious, a smart and sassy examination of the way we live now. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% The Russian Five (2019) One of the most dramatic and emotional of sports stories gets the expert film it deserves in "The Russian Five," a documentary that is moving in ways you won't see coming. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
No Score Yet Foster (2018) [A]n intimate, intensely dramatic film that holds us in its grip like a page-turning novel. Except it's all true. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" has barely begun before two things become immediately apparent: this is an extravagant and exquisite visual tour de force with a plot that will take some time to sort out. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Ocasio-Cortez comes increasingly alive in "Knock Down the House." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
37% Poetic Justice (1993) "Poetic Justice" is a disappointment. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) Subject and style could not be more different than in "The White Crow," but that fusion of opposites has resulted in an involving biographical drama that rarely puts a foot wrong. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli) (2019) It may have taken a long time for "Christ Stopped at Eboli" to get here, but, like most great art, it speaks to our moment as well as its own. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
80% Fast Color (2019) "Fast Color" is a nifty little film, a smart, adventurous and surprising production made with visible care and considerable love. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
31% Red Joan (2019) But it's not only its generic elements and sporadic listlessness that hampers "Red Joan," it's that the film's attempts to convince us of the rightness of her actions don't succeed either. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
77% Lost & Found (2019) All in all, the characters in "Lost & Found" are no smarter or luckier than they need to be, and their travails and coincidences manage to be just comic and human enough to make us happy for the time we spend together. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
87% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) "Master Z" is tip-top, a complete tonic to experience if you're in the mood for high-kicking, fists-flying, mirrors-cracking and windows-smashing cinematic moments. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
97% Working Woman (2019) "Working Woman" may sound familiar, but be prepared: It cuts closer to the bone than you will be ready for. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
64% Peterloo (2019) Difficult to experience though its finale may be, "Peterloo" very much gives off the sense that watching is essential. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) Self-actualization may be essential for people, but it doesn't always make for the best of drama. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
100% Maze (2019) When you add in the tip-top tension created by the legendary break itself, not to mention the verisimilitude of shooting in a recently decommissioned prison, you end up with a small film with an impressive impact. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
82% The Brink (2019) That "The Brink" works as well as it does is thanks to the determination of two filmmakers, not only director Klayman but also producer Marie Therese Guirgis. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) It has some undeniably magical moments, but how many of these there are depends on the eyes - and age - of the beholder. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) While it would be a mistake to oversell "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the sad and/or happy truth is that you could do worse on a warm summer night. A lot worse. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
26% Hook (1991) For very much like Peter, it has clearly gotten harder for this director to break free of the lure of material things and believe in simple magic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) What "Hotel Mumbai" does best is re-create - to an at times unrelenting extent - what the terror and confusion of being in this kind of situation must be like. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Whatever language he works in, Schoenaerts is a singular talent who can convincingly convey danger and menace as naturally as he breathes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) "Triple Frontier" is a solid, engrossing genre item with designs on being something more. It doesn't quite get there but it does well enough along the way to make the journey worth taking. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's not only heroes who can have superpowers, movies can have them too, and you can add "Captain Marvel" to the small list of those that do. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
100% Wrestle (2019) One reason "Wrestle" is so effective is that director Herbert and cinematographer Sinisa Kukic made the decision to move to Huntsville for the duration of the shoot. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
98% Apollo 11 (2019) Witness "Apollo 11." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Self-aware, funny and articulate, blessed with a first-class temperament, Ferencz is front and center telling his own tale, which includes being the key player in what's been called the biggest murder trial in history. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Not to get all alliterative about it, but "Woman at War" is something wonderful. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Imagine "The Godfather" made by dazzling Latin American directors who combine bravura filmmaking with political awareness and a probing social conscience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Zaillian proves as much of a prodigy as his chess-playing subject, turning out a film that is a beautifully calibrated model of honestly sentimental filmmaking, made with delicacy, restraint and unmistakable emotional power. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) [A]n action-heavy saga of self-discovery, filled with numerous violent tussles between Alita and all manner of evildoers, that shares screen time with a sweet, sentimental love story that could have leapt from the pages of "All True Romance" comics. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) What makes "High Flying Bird" so welcome and unexpected is its combination of immediacy and drama. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Like the film's nicknames, which are a running but not particularly funny joke, "Cold Pursuit" starts to lose its way at this point and never fully recovers. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Though its form is complex, including archival scenes that include concentration camp-type footage, the film's emotional through line is clear and direct. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
89% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) "Tito" manages to make its ideas feel new just as the events of today's world make them feel increasingly relevant. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
66% Frankie & Johnny (1991) Chances are you'll have a good time with "Frankie & Johnny," but you won't respect yourself in the morning. It's that kind of movie. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
52% Only You (1994) "Only You" plays more like a pleasant travelogue than an involving film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019