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T-Meter Title | Year
71% Looking for Langston (1989) Exceptionally poignant and imaginative. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
73% Def by Temptation (1990) "Def by Temptation" is vital and funny, but is also reflective in ways not typical of genre fare. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
63% The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) "The Boy Who Could Fly" is as fragile as a kite, yet it's kept aloft by the commitment of writer-director Nick Castle and the talent and presence of lovely young Lucy Deakins, who has that crucial gift of catching us up in her imagination. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
No Score Yet Claiming a Voice: The Visual Communications Story (1990) A stirring, illuminating one-hour documentary. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
91% Coming Out Under Fire (1994) Arthur Dong's informative, consciousness-raising Coming Out Under Fire documents the experiences of nine gay and lesbian World War II veterans. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
91% Labyrinth of Passion (1982) Almodovar sends up Freudian seriousness in regard to sex hilariously and even appears (in drag) in front of the camera singing a couple of raunchy songs. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
53% Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) A splendid example of what imagination can do with formula genre material. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990) "Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt" confronts us with the reality of AIDS with such simplicity and directness that it is hard to imagine how the enormous tragedy of this disease could be expressed with greater impact. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
71% Child's Play (1988) Scary, yet darkly funny, this thriller of the supernatural from the director of the terrific "Fright Night" moves with the speed of a bullet train and with style to burn. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
100% Forbidden City, USA (1989) It brims over with nostalgia for a more glamorous and innocent show-business era, yet is a commentary on racial stereotyping and on the insidiousness of discrimination. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
85% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) The film doesn't even justify itself on intellectual grounds. It is pointless self-indulgence, more likely to bore sophisticated audiences than shock or titillate them. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
76% Cool Runnings (1993) [A] sweet-natured, high-spirited comedy, that rare movie that plays effectively to all ages. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
75% Candyman (1992) To pull it off would take the utmost artistry and imagination, but writer-director Bernard Rose expends his energy mainly on the easier task of churning up violence and gore for its own sake. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
79% The Innocent (L'innocente) (1979) "L'Innocente" is the kind of opulent, passionate drama that risks folly to attain the sublime. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004) This engrossing work, at once compassionate and rigorous, comprehensive and succinct, would be the centerpiece of any festival for the way it illuminates the life and times of the enigmatic, diminutive Bingenheimer... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
50% Particles of Truth (2003) As taut as a suspension bridge cable, Particles of Truth, a notably assured and ambitious first film, builds tension as it involves us deeper and deeper in Lilli's destiny. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
92% Matador (1986) For all its jolts and bizarre flights of fancy, Matador is a marvelously fluid and darkly sensual film in which Almodovar elicits exquisitely controlled performances. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
57% The Cutting Edge (1992) A rousing though late-arriving crowd-pleaser of sufficient wit, vitality and intelligence that you don't have to be a teen-ager to be thoroughly entertained by it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
13% Double Dragon (1994) [A] clever and lively adaptation of the popular video game. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
20% Clambake (1967) The production numbers are more elaborate than usual, but Elvis' songs are as forgettable as ever, and the whole picture has a garish, cluttered look. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
48% Mortal Kombat (1995) A martial arts action-adventure with wondrous special effects and witty production design, it effectively combines supernatural terror, a mythical slay-the-dragon, save-the-princess odyssey and even a spiritual quest for self-knowledge. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
64% Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains (1981) There's no compromise in the film's bleak, often scabrously funny portrait of life on the road. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
28% See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) "No Evil, Hear No Evil" leaves us hoping we haven't seen the of Wally and Dave. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
38% Legend (1985) Legend is not without whimsical touches, but it surely could have used more humor and invention. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
33% I Come in Peace (1990) Benben is a capable comedian done in by tiresome, repetitive material. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
53% The 'Burbs (1989) It's inconceivable that "The 'burbs looked good on paper. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Cruel Intentions is a stretch for all concerned, including the targeted audience, one that pays off handsomely--and works for older moviegoers as well. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
76% Baby Boom (1987) The humor in "Baby Boom" is sharp without being heartless. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
83% The Boy Friend (1971) It's a delight, one of the high points of Russell's extravagantly uneven career. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
17% Dr. Giggles (1992) Dr. Giggles is one horror comedy that actually is laugh-out-loud funny, a fast and frequently hilarious collision of gore and gags, and a tour de force of smart, sophisticated exploitation filmmaking. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
95% Belle Epoque (The Age of Beauty) (1992) Even though Spanish audiences are unquestionably at an advantage in regard to the film's political context and its literary allusions, "Belle Epoque" surely possesses a warm, universal appeal. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
56% Two Evil Eyes (1990) It is amazing what Argento has been able to do in his 65-minute "The Black Cat," which is the more ingenious--and gory--of the two parts. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
60% Nadja (1995) In the title role of Michael Almereyda's "Nadja," an elegant, witty but also sometimes tedious spin on the legend of Dracula, Elina Lowensohn is a black-caped beauty with a bold Frida Kahlo face. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
53% A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" is by far the best of the series, a superior horror picture that balances wit and gore with imagination and intelligence. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
62% The Monster Squad (1987) "The Monster Squad" is such fun, it makes you wish you were a kid again. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
72% Ricochet (1991) "Ricochet" is genuinely scary, suspenseful and disturbing in the best sense. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
No Score Yet Deliberate theatricality, invoking stage and screen techniques of the past, allows Donsky and his ace cinematographer Hernan Toro to suggest the eternalness of suffering and the redemptive impulse of self-sacrifice. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
85% Beetlejuice (1988) The film is a dazzling display of director Tim Burton's unique pop culture sensibility. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
89% Shakespeare Wallah (1966) "Shakespeare Wallah" is a tribute to the gallantry, talent and courage of the Kendals. Its gentle humor, however, has a Chekhovian cast. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
83% Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) "Desperately Seeking Susan" (accurately rated PG-13) is a lark, an exhilarating celebration of people who have the good sense to be in touch with themselves and with each other. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
87% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey (1993) That rare family film that really ought to please the entire family. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
57% Nothing in Common (1986) Never has [Tom] Hanks or Jackie Gleason been better. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
89% Maurice (1987) With compassion, humor and detachment, James Ivory's superb film of E.M. Forster's "Maurice" takes us into the complacent, fixed world of Britain's privileged classes in the years immediately before World War I. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
88% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) The film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1995) [Rubin and Workman have] done a terrific job of capturing Jaglom and his bustling world, and in doing so they call attention to a filmmaker of unique accomplishments. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
95% Cold Fever (1996) If Cold Fever takes too long to come into focus to be fully satisfying, it nonetheless has an undeniably endearing quality. It also looks great and has a driving, eclectic music track. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
67% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) Beautiful, tender, hearty and poetic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
90% Betty (1992) Chabrol has achieved a kind of control of his material that is remarkable. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
21% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989) It has high adventure, nifty special effects and much good humor, but it also has a wonderful resonance to it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984) "Star Trek III" has a genuine spirituality, and, at its end, you may be surprised, especially if you're not really a Trekkie, to realize how moved you've been. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016