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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Big Kill (2018) Those timeless New Mexico backdrops may lend the production its desired authenticity, but all those structural wide-open spaces stop "Big Kill" dead in its tedious tracks. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet The Advocates (2018) A straight-ahead but affecting documentary...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
60% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) The film never loses sight of the choir to which it is plainly preaching.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
22% Bigger (2018) Without a sturdier script featuring fully dimensional characters... the performances prove to be as unconvincing as their ethnic accents and period wigs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
82% A River Runs Through It (1992) Redford directs with a fluid grace... to capture the idyllic, light-drenched aura of Maclean's early childhood memories. Even the seemingly unexciting fly-fishing sequences take on a magical air worthy of Spielberg.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
76% Black '47 (2018) A visually arresting, Anglo-Irish western-style revenge tale that maintains a firm directorial grip on the foreboding landscape.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
91% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Remains knowingly true to its quirky quartet and milieu even as the plotting runs off the rails a tad in the third act.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet The System (2018) "The System" compensates in compassion for what it lacks in a more accomplished delivery.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
17% The Healer (2018) Although the cause may be noble, the end effect is decidedly less rewarding.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet 3 Years in Pakistan: The Erik Audé Story (2018) Occupies a tone-deaf void somewhere between investigative documentary and movie of the week.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
87% Love, Gilda (2018) "Laughter - that's what hugs me and holds me," she confides on those muddy cassettes. So does the warm, tender embrace of "Love, Gilda."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
0% American Dresser (2018) Ultimately, the most intriguing thing about the production is Billy Joel's consulting producer credit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
75% Smallfoot (2018) Carries sufficient charm and a bit of unexpected depth to justify its breezy existence.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
100% The Dawn Wall (2018) "The Dawn Wall" transcends initial conventional sports documentary trappings, emerging as an affecting portrait of conquering personal limitations.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
65% American Chaos (2018) Despite lacking a broader, more incisive scope, Stern's film has its share of engaging moments...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
20% Game Over, Man! (2018) Try as one might to rise above the juvenility of it all, it's ultimately hard to be mad at something that manages to cram Mark Cuban, a fearlessly full-frontal Devine...and musician Shaggy forced at gunpoint to sing It Wasn't Me into the same production. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
50% Age of Summer (2018) "The Age of Summer" ultimately squeaks by on sun-kissed charisma.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
33% An Actor Prepares (2018) One keeps hoping director Steve Clark, who penned the script with Thomas Moffett, would plot a few unexpected turns along the way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
44% Destination Wedding (2018) While Team Glum & Glummer clearly deserve each other, their audience deserves much better.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
33% Blue Iguana (2018) A talky comedy caper that manages to travel from quirky to irritating in no time flat.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) The end result feels routinely anonymous.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
14% Cook Off! (2017) Wafting into theaters after sitting on the back burner for the last decade, "Cook Off!" is a shrill, gloppy mess of a mockumentary being served up well past its "best before" date - if there ever actually were one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
63% The Motive (El autor) (2018) Cuenca for the most part keeps this sinewy tragicomedy tightly cranked and effectively commanded by Gutierrez...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
No Score Yet Benched (2018) Dramatically speaking, the runners never advance in "Benched," an overlong, talky comedy about two Little League coaches with decidedly different philosophies.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) "40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie" transcends the trippy nostalgia to deliver a moving message about the healing power of reconciliation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
92% No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (2018) The shared burden of guilt is incisively examined in "No Date, No Signature," a compelling drama by Iranian filmmaker Vahid Jalilvand.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) The intimate documentary "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" finds the accomplished composer in a deeply introspective place in both his life and career.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
69% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) Darned if Casey Wilder Mott's feature directorial debut doesn't prove to be a disarmingly effective, visually vibrant frolic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
No Score Yet 6 Dynamic Laws for Success (In Life, Love & Money) (2018) A playful screwball crime comedy that doesn't quite manage to squeak by on its goofy style.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
34% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) The film proves to be oddly uninvolving.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
89% Set It Up (2018) The sort of strained, protracted romantic-comedy that gives the genre a bad rap.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
44% The Yellow Birds (2018) Making a late appearance in the Iraq War movie cycle, the impressively acted "The Yellow Birds" manages to leave an affecting mark even as it constantly struggles to find a distinctive voice of its own.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
72% Bernard and Huey (2018) Like its developmentally-arrested, misbehaving man-children, the long-shelved source material hasn't aged particularly well.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
75% Maineland (2018) A sweetly observed if not especially incisive documentary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
92% Nossa Chape (2018) Something more intriguing than the standard inspirational overcoming-obstacles story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
85% Mountain (2018) A unique portrait of mankind's enduring fascination with the world's most formidable summits.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
17% Show Dogs (2018) A high-concept family comedy that manages to avoid being taken for the runt of the litter, even if it doesn't really bring anything fresh and different to the arena.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
0% Dark Crimes (2018) Carrey's quietly exacting, uncharacteristic performance, though not qualifying as a saving grace, hints at some promising new career directions in the same manner Robin Williams successfully tapped a darker side with "One Hour Photo."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Despite the intermittent lags, the production proves to be more than a salvage operation thanks mainly to those engagingly choreographed performances, led by an irresistibly charismatic title turn from Alden Ehrenreich.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
No Score Yet Born Guilty (2018) A shrill urban relationship satire whose lead protagonists are so insufferably self-centered and whiny, there's little hope for redemption.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
48% Measure of a Man (2018) Offers decisive proof that fresh and different is overrated when you've got a strong cast, a beautifully written script and fittingly measured direction.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
100% After Auschwitz (2018) Something of a follow-up to his 2007 documentary, "Swimming in Auschwitz," Jon Kean's "After Auschwitz" examines life after liberation with similarly incisive results.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
No Score Yet Train to Zakopané (2018) In the absence of any subtlety, Jaglom's protracted discourse on intolerance and compassion begins losing dramatic steam long before it reaches its intended destination.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
50% Ray Meets Helen (2018) While it bears many of the thematic and stylistic hallmarks that made Rudolph a reliable figure on the '80s indie scene with such films as "Choose Me" and "Trouble in Mind," this mannered character study comes across as more affected than affecting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
17% Supercon (2018) A crassly sophomoric spoof directed and cowritten by Zak Knutson that squanders a criminal amount of proven comic talent.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
41% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) Despite delivering few actual thrills, the fact-based "Backstabbing for Beginners" qualifies as an intelligent, well-crafted political thriller...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
46% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) The documentary, accentuated with unnerving bursts of music sampled from the works of neoromantic composer Christopher Rouse, should placate the rabid fan base.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
21% Submergence (2018) Despite the potent raw material at his disposal, Wenders listlessly flips back and forth between the two backdrops, allowing any remaining element of dramatic tension to slowly seep out along the way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
No Score Yet Sign Gene (2018) As wildly inventive as it is empowering.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
100% Pandas (2018) Chronicling the challenges faced by Chinese researchers in regard to preparing captive-bred giant pandas for release into the wild, the involving, breathtakingly photographed documentary makes the most of its allotted 43-minute running time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018