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Martin Tsai

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98%

Moonlight (2016)

"It's possible to appreciate "Moonlight" purely on an intellectual level. But if you happen to be gay - and especially a gay person of color - you will know exactly what a truly monumental achievement this film is." ‐Critic's Notebook
Posted Oct 25, 2016
89%

Queen Mimi (2016)

"Rokah gradually exhumes the hardship of surviving the streets of Los Angeles for four decades and the associated stigma and shame that have prevented Haist from reaching out to family." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
100%

Crush The Skull (2015)

"Easily the most thrilling thriller in recent memory, "Crush the Skull" seems destined for cult status." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
33%

The Congressman (2016)

"Though sparklingly lush Maine locales compensate for the film's TV-movie aesthetics, the story never rises above small-screen niceties." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
No Score Yet

Paradox (2016)

"The temporal puzzle is enough to distract from the artless direction, visibly cheap set designs and tacky special effects." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016
83%

Echo Park (2016)

"The film's ideals of a respectful, caring suitor and a diverse utopian community with a chill vibe don't necessarily register as an escapist fantasy." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
60%

Mad Tiger (2016)

"In this uncritical look at the group and its music, directors Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein put the focus on the standard reality-TV repertoire like "Making the Band."" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
46%

Pandemic (2016)

"He stages scenes as live-action video games to downplay the derivativeness of it all." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
33%

Ktown Cowboys (2016)

"Often comes off as a guided tour of Koreatown rather than an immersive, lived-in residency." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
No Score Yet

Hot Water (2015)

"The film's very legitimate concerns were more expertly explored in a 2014 series by Brandon Loomis for the Arizona Republic." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
92%

Requiem For The American Dream (2016)

"The film isn't necessarily pegged to the upcoming election per se, but the logic presented within helps make sense of current affairs." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
67%

1982 (2013)

"The film feels coolly detached because the story and characters are underdeveloped." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
93%

Mei ren yu (The Mermaid) (2016)

"Crass and macabre, yet big-hearted, it makes a wonderfully adult bedtime story." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2016
0%

Cabin Fever (2016)

"Roth isn't exactly known for being critically defensible or for exercising directorial restraint, but Travis Z somehow manages to up the gore quotient." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
88%

Mia Madre (2016)

"The universal truth it imparts isn't universally relatable as with "The Son's Room."" ‐Critic's Notebook
Posted Feb 9, 2016
73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

""Miles Ahead" seems less a treatise on the jazz trumpter's enduring artistry and legacy than a showcase for its star-director-co-writer, Don Cheadle." ‐Critic's Notebook
Posted Feb 9, 2016
No Score Yet

Monday at 11:01 A.M. (2016)

"It's hard to decipher whether these particular details signpost a dream logic or a screenwriter who doesn't get out much." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"It's basically a 106-minute in-joke on the studio system heyday, complete with lovely period details of sets, costumes and visual effects. " ‐Critic's Notebook
Posted Feb 3, 2016
7%

Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

"As a piece of cultural criticism, however, it painstakingly eviscerates nearly every scene in "Grey" and skewers latent sexism, classism and ludicrous sexual innuendoes, as well as the original's numerous plot holes." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2016
90%

Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

"Leaving an impression of government inaction and glossing over a botched special ops rescue mission that has since been declassified." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 28, 2016
27%

The Boy (2016)

"If only writer Stacey Menear and director William Brent Bell took the very real horrors of domestic abuse as seriously as they do the virtual horror of paranormal activity." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
75%

Prescription Thugs (2016)

"Despite his casual aura, the filmmaker is eloquent and thoughtful." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 21, 2016
No Score Yet

Unlucky Plaza (2016)

"Seeing these selfish lepers all getting their comeuppance does not necessarily constitute entertainment." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
No Score Yet

Anger of the Dead (2016)

"Coming off like a hodgepodge of rejected spec scripts for "The Walking Dead," "Anger of the Dead" reveals particularly misogynistic and misanthropic filmmaking." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 10, 2016
59%

The Emperor's New Clothes (2015)

"Advocacy documentaries simply don't get better or more compelling than this." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
90%

(T)ERROR (2015)

"Beyond the conventional espionage on display, they confront viewers with the prospect of civil liberties violations amid the extensive surveillance currently taking place in the United States." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2015
75%

We Are Many (2015)

"Since the rally ultimately proved ineffectual, the film could at the least serve as a sobering postmortem on where it fell short." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2015
No Score Yet

The House That Jack Built (2015)

"The personality flaws of the characters and the dysfunctions of the household are instantly recognizable from this very capable cast, yet they never come off as cliché." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2015
100%

The Messenger (2015)

"The slow-motion close-ups alone should convince you these magnificent creatures are well worth the effort." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
80%

Close Range (2015)

"The conclusion hatched by Adkins' frequent collaborator, director Isaac Florentine, is as inevitable as the film's basic-cable destiny." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
43%

Bleeding Heart (2015)

"It pales in comparison to the recent epic saga tweeted by Aziah King about two strippers' unapologetic road trip from Detroit to Tampa, Fla., that went viral on the Internet." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
0%

Christmas Eve (2015)

"Who knew a movie seemingly meant to spread holiday cheer could be so off-putting in an almost sadistic way?" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2015
62%

MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good) (2015)

"There's a surplus of double-dealings, plot twists and international locales to justify the theatrical treatment." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2015
50%

Uncle Nick (2015)

"Having to spend time with any of these characters would be nobody's idea of fun." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2015
57%

Bikes vs Cars (2015)

"Gertten has put in the time to capture how these cities' unique scenarios unfold to mount a compelling case against the powerful automotive, oil and construction lobbies." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2015
67%

Rock In The Red Zone (2015)

"It's no longer clear whether the filmmaker got sidetracked and fell in love or the documentary is simply the byproduct of some home movies filmed under extraordinary circumstances." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 2, 2015
No Score Yet

Iraqi Odyssey (2015)

"With the mixing of the sprawling family tree with geopolitical imbroglios already proving daunting for viewers, the filmmaker exacerbates the confusion by eschewing a linear chronology." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 27, 2015
89%

Mediterranea (2015)

"Carpignano glosses over much of the sociopolitical context in his depictions of the chain of events." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2015
81%

Kingdom Of Shadows (2015)

"Ruiz never manages to weave the multiple narratives into a complex but cohesive big picture as Steven Soderbergh did with the 2000 feature film "Traffic."" ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2015
80%

Ayanda (Ayanda and the Mechanic) (2015)

"But the film's mostly folksy soundtrack constantly tugs at you as a reminder that this is still the product of white filmmakers engaging in ethnography and cultural appropriation." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
81%

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

"Filmmakers Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna interweave abundant archival footage and audio seamlessly." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
67%

Sweet Micky For President (2015)

"With Préval accused of voting fraud to ensure Célestin's victory, there's no shortage of political intrigue even with the outcome a foregone conclusion." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
No Score Yet

I Remember You (2015)

"Writer-director Claudia Sparrow prefers to pay more mind to the abstract: past lives, reincarnations and destinies." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
88%

The Tainted Veil (2015)

""The Tainted Veil" resists taking a stance, and both sides of the argument are compelling and persuasive." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2015
89%

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

"Sands seldom affords himself the same candor, reflection and introspection that he seeks to exact from Frank and Von Wächter." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
97%

Welcome To Leith (2015)

"Indeed, this could be the scariest film of the year." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
85%

Xenia (2015)

"Koutras admirably resists easy wish fulfillment by making the brothers' journey more important than their destination, but the scenario he presents inexplicably turns out to be fantasy." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
No Score Yet

At Granny's House (2014)

"But with Mahoney's pedestrian, shot-reverse-shot direction, these scenes play out like situational skits from an instructional video made for ESL students." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
No Score Yet

Eating Happiness (2015)

"It's tough to stomach in more ways than one." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
No Score Yet

City Slickers Can't Stay with Me, the Coach Bob Larsen Story (2015)

"His runners' successes speak volumes, but the film never ventures outside of his inner circle to gain more perspective." ‐Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
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