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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Doobious Sources (2017) The film's ultimate dubious achievement is its remarkable ability to make "Dude, Where's My Car?" feel like vintage Kubrick. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island) (2017) An intriguing if flawed techno-thriller that gets an effective boost from a high-caliber cast. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 12, 2017
No Score Yet Hickey (2017) A generic coming-of-age comedy that feels inextricably stuck in the '90s, "Hickey" serves as the feature debut of TV commercial director Alex Grossman and plays like a never aired UPN series pilot. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2017
5% Arsenal (2017) 2017 already has a viable contender for Worst Movie of the Year. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2017
32% Monster Trucks (2017) A tone-deaf mix of live action and computer-generated animation that never engagingly clicks into gear. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 29, 2016
56% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) Often the word "legend" in a film title can be a fairly good indicator that you're not in for a breezy frolic, but that still doesn't prepare you for the ponderously protracted slog that is "The Legend of Ben Hall." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
No Score Yet American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016) It may be by-the-book, but "American Wrestler" is a story well worth telling. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
78% Magnus (2016) The loneliness of the long-distance chess grandmaster is affectingly conveyed in "Magnus," an intimate portrait of the game's reigning champ, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2016
No Score Yet Kill Ratio (2016) A laughably inept political thriller that would have been right at home on the USA Network lineup circa 1990. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 9, 2016
No Score Yet My Annoying Brother (Hyeong) (2016) So adroitly pushes every button and insistently tugs on every string that even if one is usually immune to such pandering, this unabashedly mainstream offering still proves tricky to deny. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
11% Run the Tide (2016) Mehta overplays the significance of virtually every aspect of Rajiv Shah's script, no matter how minor, with painfully slow pans and needlessly lingering establishing shots. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Rooted In Peace (2016) While its own roots never go quite as deep as they might, there's still something goofily endearing about seeing Reitman, armed with that trusty bonsai, traipsing around the country on a healing mission. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Solitary (2016) Jacobson shines a spotlight on a troublingly murky corner of the criminal justice system - one in which prison officials, not the courts, determine the necessity for and the duration of long-term segregation. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Adrift (2016) Lopez's first feature comes across as fragmented and overwrought, with characters and performances that seem to have been egged on by the score's achingly purposeful piano. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
75% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) A rewardingly unassuming, tough and tender portrait of a drug-addicted London busker whose ill-fated life takes a surprising turn after a ginger tabby turns up in his kitchen. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) A strictly by-the-numbers political thriller that fails to capitalize on Idris Elba's formidable screen presence. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
No Score Yet The Drama Club (2016) Like "The Big Chill" and "Peter's Friends" but without a single character you'd want to spend five minutes with, let alone a weekend, "The Drama Club" makes for a crassly unpleasant ensemble piece. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
71% No Pay, Nudity (2016) A tenderly observed, bittersweet comedy featuring a beautifully rooted Gabriel Byrne. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
95% The Love Witch (2016) Biller ... emerges as a feminist Russ Meyer skilled at fetishizing archetypal images of narcissism with the exacting eye of a Douglas Sirk. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
95% Moana (2016) Contemporary Disney at its finest - a vibrantly rendered adventure that combines state-of-the-art CG animation with traditional storytelling and colorful characters, all enlivened by a terrific voice cast. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 7, 2016
No Score Yet Apparition Hill (2016) A compelling but unnecessarily long-winded sociological study about a group of adults recruited to watch for signs and wonders in a small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
67% Trash Fire (2016) Another soggy batch of Southern Gothic horror-comedy from writer-director Richard Bates Jr. that spews out pitch black smoke with little combustible substance. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
33% The Pickle Recipe (2016) Rose's pickles might have a pleasant snap, but there's none to be found in the tired, limp shtick in Sheldon Cohn and Gary Wolfson's screenplay, which has been choreographed at a lumbering, drawn-out pace by director Michael Manasseri. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
67% An Eye for an Eye (2016) In a retribution-driven era increasingly defined by hate-charged absolutes, "An Eye for an Eye" offers a decidedly more reflective vantage point. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
No Score Yet Chief Zabu (2016) "Chief Zabu" may have been buried for the past three decades, but this tiresomely talky would-be satire is no treasure. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
33% Good Kids (2016) Plays like third-rate Richard Linklater, minus the acclaimed filmmaker's eye for keenly observed characters and ear for realistic dialogue. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
50% The Beat Beneath My Feet (2016) Michael Mueller's character-driven script is about the only thing that feels driven in this otherwise listless vehicle, and "The Beat Beneath My Feet" conveys all the pulse-pounding energy of a funeral procession. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) This smartly cast, vengeance-fueled oater proves mighty entertaining in its own right. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
0% The River Thief (2016) It's entirely fitting that "The River Thief" is an unabashedly faith-based drama - it would take a considerable leap of faith to find many redemptive qualities in this hackneyed, heavy-handed first feature written and directed by YA author N.D. Wilson. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) The parameters of homeland security are chillingly assessed in "Do Not Resist," a troubling documentary examining the escalating militarization of the nation's police forces. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
No Score Yet Search Engines (2016) This overcooked Thanksgiving turkey succeeds only in managing to take all the fun out of dysfunctional. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
75% Trolls (2016) Those singing-and-dancing trolls will likely appeal mainly to younger viewers. Older moviegoers might experience a cloyingly sticky sensation that isn't caused by the soda-splattered floor beneath their feet. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 8, 2016
80% Jean of the Joneses (2016) Introducing both a fresh new voice and a fresh new face to independent filmmaking, Jean of the Joneses is a crisply urbane comedy from first-time writer-director Stella Meghie, boasting a sparkling lead performance by Taylour Paige. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2016
67% The Lennon Report (2016) Despite the admittedly unique angle, this ambitious drama gets crushed under the considerable weight of its artistic, as well as budgetary, limitations. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
No Score Yet The Rolling Stones: Olé Olé Olé! - A Trip Across Latin America (2016) Dugdale captures some terrific, reflective moments, including a poetic open air performance in the middle of a persistent São Paolo rainfall. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
29% Passage to Mars (2016) [A] misguided hybrid that makes tediously clear from the outset that [its] conceit just isn't working. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
50% The Free World (2016) Despite the drama's questionable, abrupt shift into B-thriller territory, its leads remain affectingly rooted. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
27% Milton's Secret (2016) The theme of enlightenment has seldom come across as leaden as it is in "Milton's Secret," a dull drama based on the children's novel of the same name by spiritual author Eckhart Tolle. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Incorporating fluid flashbacks and snippets of narration that refreshingly serve to enhance rather than distract, director-writer Hannes Holm maintains a gentle, lyrical flow while coaxing fine performances from a diverse cast. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 28, 2016
No Score Yet Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story (2016) It's potent stuff, but the film ... casts an unnecessarily wide net, spending needless time going over the finer points of polo and Ramsey's post-war career with the Hughes Aircraft Co. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
No Score Yet Total Frat Movie (2016) It's a rare film that can dredge up nostalgic fondness for 2002's awful "National Lampoon's Van Wilder," but "Total Frat Movie" manages to rise to the dubious occasion. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
77% Goat (2016) It might have set out to convey the disturbingly sadistic nature of institutional brotherhood, but it's the familial variety with which "Goat" explores something ultimately more compelling. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% Storks (2016) There's a nice, snappy playfulness in the rapport between Samberg and engaging newcomer Crown. That lively, back-and-forth vibe also extends to the Aniston/Burrell and Key/Peele dynamic. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 20, 2016
No Score Yet Huntwatch (2016) It's hard to begrudge the agenda. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
38% Cardboard Boxer (2016) Gritty authenticity goes up against cloying pathos - with the latter unfortunately emerging victorious - in the skid row drama "Cardboard Boxer." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) A zippy, compact history of the rise and rise of Compaq Computer Corp. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
15% Mr. Church (2016) Somehow Murphy manages to lift his dignified, all-knowing servant character off the page, giving a meticulously composed performance in a vehicle that can't help but feel superficially repackaged. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
100% For the Love of Spock (2016) Adam Nimoy ... has freely allowed his love and admiration to permeate every frame of this richly rewarding tribute. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
79% Dancer (2016) [A] sensitive, luxuriantly filmed documentary ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
100% Transpecos (2016) An effectively moody, well-acted and impressively understated thriller by Greg Kwedar in his feature directing debut. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016