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Michael Rechtshaffen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% Office Space (1999) Given the terrific setup, the rather lackadaisical ending is flat. Still, the performers have a lot of fun getting there.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
No Score Yet Honor Up (2018) A criminally inept throwback to '90s urban gangsta movie posturing that plays like a stone-faced version of the 1996 Wayans brothers spoof, "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
9% Basmati Blues (2018) A broadly played though vibrantly photographed musical romantic-comedy that fails to find a happy medium between cute-and-clever and simply cloying.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
59% Peter Rabbit (2018) Awfully flimsy plotting ... fails to take full advantage of terrific production values and the work of an engaging cast led by the affably energetic James Corden.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
11% Scorched Earth (2018) A decent premise - and a game Gina Carano - get left in the dust kicked up by "Scorched Earth," a dull, draggy post-apocalyptic western set in the not-too-distant, environmentally toxic future.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
0% Lies We Tell (2018) Truth be told, "Lies We Tell" is a pretentious and muddled dud of a melodrama.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
No Score Yet The Neighbor (2018) "The Neighbor" finds a sturdy constant in its thoughtfully delineated performances and handsome production values.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
No Score Yet White Fang (Croc-Blanc) (2018) Despite its undeniable visual artistry, the latest incarnation of White Fang fails to leave a lasting indentation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) In his feature debut, filmmaker Gustav Moller masterfully ratchets up tension without the benefit of the usual visual aids, forcing viewers to dust off their imaginations and put them to work with chillingly effective results.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
74% Small Town Crime (2018) Engagingly anchored by character actor John Hawkes, "Small Town Crime" is a satisfyingly quirky serving of frisky pulp fiction.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
83% Kangaroo (2018) Turns out Australia's national icon is one mightily maligned marsupial, as revealed by the eye-opening investigative documentary "Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
0% Stratton (2018) A stale espionage thriller that possesses all the pulse-pounding intrigue of waiting in line at the DMV.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
6% Hangman (2017) With a dirge-like pace that provides ample opportunity to figure it all out well ahead of the protagonists, you keep wishing somebody would buy a vowel to hurry things along.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
65% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) The genuine rapport between Peters and the magnetic Abdi...mainly succeeds in keeping it all on an even keel.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
33% The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017) Over the course of almost two hours, all the amped-up visual effects and slapstick silliness can become awfully exhausting, making a hinted-at sequel ultimately feel like a threat.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
97% Ethel & Ernest (2016) Their unassuming story speaks volumes about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
93% Big Sonia (2017) A tenderly rendered inspirational piece about the healing power of forging human connections that wisely maintains its focus on its spirited, stylish main subject.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
71% Ferdinand (2017) It's no Coco, but Ferdinand... manages to squeak by with enough charming set-pieces and amusing sight gags to compensate for a stalling storyline.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet What Happened in Vegas (2017) A documentary profile that blows the whistle on a disturbing pattern of excessive force and corruption within its ranks.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet Brotherhood of Blades 2 (2017) Trots out the standard mix of historical martial arts intrigue without managing to be particularly intriguing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) Unfolding like a more intricately plotted installment of "48 Hours," Erik Nelson's "A Gray State" is a genuinely unsettling examination of a 2015 murder case.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
88% Wait for Your Laugh (2017) A warm, affectionate smooch of a documentary tribute chronicling "the longest career in showbiz history."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
No Score Yet Bad Lucky Goat (2017) ... an affably quirky debut feature by Bogota, Colombia-based Samir Oliveros.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Bad Grandmas (2017) An excruciatingly flat, forced Southern-fried farce about a bunch of old friends who have accidentally killed a man and must find a way to dispose of his body.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
94% Gilbert (2017) A tenderly observed, remarkably insightful keeper. No joke.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) An attentively presented but oddly unrewarding viewing experience despite a persuasive Woody Harrelson lead performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
No Score Yet Bunker77 (2017) Infusing his film with a scrappy surf punk energy, director Takuji Masuda combines fresh interviews and impressive wave-riding footage with extensive audio ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
100% A River Below (2017) Vividly photographed by René Diaz and adroitly edited by Dan Swietlik, "A River Below" skillfully - and quite compellingly - navigates the murky complexities of contemporary reality filmmaking.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
100% AlphaGo (2017) On paper, a 90-minute documentary involving the playing of a 3,000-year-old Chinese board game wouldn't seem to lend itself to adjectives like "lively" and "compelling," but darned if Greg Kohs' "AlphaGo" isn't those things and more.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
95% Dealt (2017) "Dealt" achieves the neat trick of giving its main subject a rewarding character arc.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
54% Crash Pad (2017) A plucky ensemble fails to elevate "Crash Pad," a forced, formulaic revenge comedy about an obnoxious slacker whose new housemate turns out to be the husband of his older ex-mistress.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
97% Coco (2017) It's a safe bet that audiences the world over will go loco for Coco.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
No Score Yet Where's the Money (2017) Short on big laughs despite the game efforts of an energetic cast.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
96% For Ahkeem (2017) A tenderly intimate, affecting documentary portrait ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
24% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) "6 Below" ultimately can't rise above the swelling inspirational score or the flat adaptation by Madison Turner, which mechanically pivots between the mountaintop and flashbacks from LeMarque's dysfunctional past.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
No Score Yet Surviving Peace (2017) Other than serving as potential homework for Jared Kushner, there just isn't much of value in "Surviving Peace," a self-serving documentary dialogue on the century-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) Taking a lively approach to an increasingly serious 21st century issue, the skillfully assembled documentary "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" proves as eye-opening as it is mouth-watering.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
47% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Attention The Emoji Movie: Your status as worst animated feature of the year might well be in jeopardy when My Little Pony: The Movie trots into theaters this weekend.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
No Score Yet Rocky Ros Muc (2017) One doesn't need to be into pugilism or well-versed in Gaelic to appreciate "Rocky Ros Muc," a documentary that is as much about roots and identity as it is a portrait of Irish American boxer Sean Mannion.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet 2307: Winter's Dream (2017) Curtis ... admittedly takes advantage of a record-breaking western New York snowfall to mood-setting effect, but all that smirk-inducing dialogue and the weightless performances inevitably take their toll.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
65% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (2017) A perfectly serviceable B-movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Prosperity (2017) "Prosperity" may position itself as a primer for making environmentally-conscious business decisions, but it ultimately feels inescapably self-serving.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
95% Window Horses (2017) Refreshingly devoid of talking animals and anthropomorphic vehicles, Ann Marie Fleming's "Window Horses" is a lovely surprise of a stirringly original animated feature.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
88% Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) An eye-opening, not to mention ear-opening, experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
76% The Tiger Hunter (2017) There has been no shortage of films tracking the immigrant pursuit of the American dream, but few have been as laugh-out-loud delightful as "The Tiger Hunter," a sparkling first feature by Lena Khan.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
56% Last Rampage (2017) It's ultimately the hardened intensity of Patrick's commanding portrayal that gives "Last Rampage" its take-no-prisoners tautness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
No Score Yet Vengeance: A Love Story (2017) Any hope of prestige is dashed by the heavy-handed, cliché-ridden direction of former stuntman Johnny Martin and his star's detached portrayal of a guy whose mind is permanently elsewhere.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
No Score Yet Justice (2017) Gabai's film is too preoccupied corralling all the genre clichés to come up with anything original or compelling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet Infinity Chamber (Somnio) (2017) All that repetition in the absence of more inspired plotting results in a payoff that feels inescapably contrived.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
70% Dayveon (2017) Although the path taken by Dayveon and the plotting are well-traveled, 28-year-old filmmaker Abbasi does some intriguing things with tone and texture ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017