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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
17% Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement And The Swami Who Started It All (2017) The film ultimately feels like a marketing tool for ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
No Score Yet Lucky (2017) An ethnically diverse cast and authentic New York locations help to effectively ground "Lucky," a palpably gritty, if familiar, take on the immigrant experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
20% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) Bruce Willis' latest effort to dislodge his film career from a stubborn rut goes unrewarded with "Once Upon a Time in Venice," a wincingly unfunny comedy caper set along L.A.'s funky beach community.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
66% Cars 3 (2017) While visually dynamic, Lightning McQueen's newest challenge still feels out of alignment with a languid end result that lacks sufficient forward momentum.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
No Score Yet 11:55 (2017) Transcends any lingering trace of gimmickry with emotionally gripping results.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
No Score Yet Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter (2016) Falling just short of being so bad it's good, "Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter" is a shameless low-budget "Terminator"/"Star Wars"/"Mad Max" knock-off that will have to settle for being merely godawful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
88% God of War (2017) A character-driven battle epic that plays more like a brightly rendered action-adventure than a starchy history lesson.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
No Score Yet Tatara Samurai (2017) Visually galvanizing but dramatically leaden ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
85% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) In the absence of a sturdier storyline and more dimensional characters, the manic, rapid-fire delivery, while yielding some well-deserved laughs, proves more exhausting than inspired.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
No Score Yet American Media & The Second Assassination of John F. Kennedy (2017) He might view himself as "the cinder in the eye of unfulfilled justice," but this cranky exposé would seem to more convincingly embody Barbour's own personal resentments.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
92% Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) Capturing every key moment with ... immediacy and tension ... director Piscatella maintains an engaging grip on his unassuming subject's ascendancy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
No Score Yet If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (2017) If only every inspirational documentary could be as delightfully diverting as "If You're Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast" ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Despite the casting overhaul, it's the same old Wimpy Kid in that it still hasn't figured out how to make its characters as likeable or knowingly engaging as Kinney's simple line drawings and text.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet Wrestling Jerusalem (2017) All the inter-cutting between the barren stage and the barren desert ultimately has a distancing, artificial effect that waters down much of the dramatic potency generated by the shared experience of a live performance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
89% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Endlessly fascinating, bracingly up-to-the-minute ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
68% Take Me (2017) Healy is never able to find an absorbing middle ground in Mike Makowsky's script, vacillating gratingly between shrill farce and murky thriller that flails its way toward an intended twist-ending that really shouldn't surprise anyone.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
No Score Yet Black Site Delta (2017) A slab of D-grade, B-movie nonsense set in a maximum security military prison that serves as a cover for a secret drone control operation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
40% How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) OK, so it will never be mistaken for vintage Pedro Almodovar or Bigas Luna, but the feel-good satire How to Be a Latin Lover nevertheless gives you less cause to be a hater than you might have expected.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
No Score Yet The King's Case Note (Im-geum-nim-eui Sa-geon-soo-cheob) (2017) The adventure seldom gets sufficiently up to speed, and on the occasions it threatens to come to life, the pedestrian action sequences fail to compensate for that lethargic pace.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
20% Danger Close (2017) Ultimately, neither narrative receives sufficient attention, robbing the subjects and that unique p.o.v. of the focus and urgency that lent the previous two films their undeniable potency.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
92% Tomorrow (Demain) (2017) A forward-thinking take on addressing the demise of the human race, the French documentary "Tomorrow" swaps the usual handwringing doomsday prophesizing in favor of a decidedly more proactive approach.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
11% Spark: A Space Tail (2017) There's scant evidence of any creative spark in Spark: A Space Tail, a thoroughly generic, unremittingly charmless computer-animated adventure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
No Score Yet The Mason Brothers (2017) A talky, drawn-out crime thriller that's big on posturing but comes up empty in the delivery of convincing dramatic goods.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
100% Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2016) A well-crafted, revealing British documentary reuniting the surviving team members entrusted with safely taking astronauts to the moon and back.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
74% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) An evocative snapshot of contemporary Polish twentysomethings that packs a universal poignancy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
30% The Assignment (2017) There's howlingly awful and then there's "The Assignment," a thoroughly ridiculous, numbingly slow neo-noir thriller about a low-life hit man forcibly given gender reassignment surgery by a vengeful doctor.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
64% For Here Or To Go? (2017) In attempting to address its many concerns, the film's agreeable, lightly satirical tone gives way to increasingly didactic dialogue and a stalling pace.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
No Score Yet The Prison (2017) A criminally underplotted South Korean caper that's as disappointingly generic as its title.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
No Score Yet Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film (2017) A visually rewarding account that will make a good fit for art museum and educational video libraries.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
No Score Yet Residenté (2017) A diverse, highly personal musical odyssey which, while undeniably inspired, occasionally is structurally thrown off course by its inherent wanderlust.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
70% American Anarchist (2017) "American Anarchist" delivers a fascinating cautionary tale that asks, "How many mea culpas are we expected to make for our reckless youth?"‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
No Score Yet This Is Your Death (2017) Early promise quickly evaporates once the film sheds its smirk and turns increasingly sanctimonious.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) Co-directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg ... effectively chart their affable subject's trek from mechanical engineer to renowned Science Guy to passionate defender of the planet.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
No Score Yet Hot Summer Nights (2017) Visually atmospheric but tonally all over the place, Hot Summer Nights, a first feature by Elijah Bynum, has much to appreciate but ultimately possesses the sampler-platter vibe of a director's demo reel.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
43% The Most Hated Woman In America (2017) Thanks to a tasty take-no-prisoners lead performance by Melissa Leo, it can ... be a lot of fun, even if the Netflix original film's dramatic dividends prove less satisfying.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (2017) Good luck preventing that big, goofy grin from spreading across your face while watching Muppet Guys Talking, a warmly affectionate conversation between five of the talented individuals responsible for many an earliest childhood memory.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
92% The Disaster Artist (2017) Strikes a giddy, winning balance between hilarity and heart.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) Words like "inventive" and "inspired" are very rarely applied to the parade of cookie-cutter animated features that pass through the multiplex each year, but The Boss Baby proves a refreshing exception.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
No Score Yet Stranger Fruit (2017) Pollock compellingly points a finger at the institutionalized racism that has permeated a disturbing number of the country's police forces.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
85% Burning Sands (2017) In the absence of a more dramatically dynamic approach to that awfully familiar subject matter, "Burning Sands" proves neither as incendiary nor as challenging as intended.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
39% Wolves (2017) A curious if unsuccessful cross-breeding of gritty domestic drama with conventional coming-of-age sports crowd-rouser.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
71% Junction 48 (2017) An immersive fictionalized portrait of an aspiring rapper struggling to find his voice amid the constant din of long-festering Arab-Israeli tensions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
No Score Yet Water & Power: A California Heist (2017) While the approach taken by filmmaker Marina Zenovich, who directed 2008's "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," relies heavily on talking heads - Gov. Jerry Brown among them - she admittedly paints a compelling picture of timeless greed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
45% Rock Dog (2017) This draggy, computer-animated feature exhibits neither bark nor bite in its portrayal of a sheep-guarding, guitar-playing Himalayan mastiff who has his head perpetually in the clouds.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
60% Fabricated City (2017) An amped-up video game vision of a revenge fantasy that's so preoccupied with switching gears that it neglects to provide viewers with any place to park their battered attention spans.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
85% Chapter & Verse (2017) [A] tough/tender portrait of an ex-con attempting to find redemption in modern-day transitional Harlem.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
No Score Yet The Adventure Club (2017) A remarkably dull Canadian tween caper about a sought-after magical ancient box with wish-making powers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Although there is still much to enjoy here, this DC Comics-fueled Lego adventure fails to clear the creative bar so energetically raised by co-directors and writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller back in 2014.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
No Score Yet On The Rocks (2017) A terrific showcase for the comedic talents of its ensemble, especially Freund, Bagby and the Ray Romano-esque Fein.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
No Score Yet Train Station (2017) After a while all those constantly shifting styles and mounting what-ifs involving those nonlinear paths not taken yield diminishing returns in the absence of a more cohesive whole.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017