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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
29% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) The film proves to be oddly uninvolving.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
92% 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
47% 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
76% 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
77% Maineland (2018) A sweetly observed if not especially incisive documentary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
91% Nossa Chape (2018) Something more intriguing than the standard inspirational overcoming-obstacles story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
84% 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
71% 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
45% 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
40% 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
45% 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
45% 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
18% 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
48% The Last Movie Star (2018) Thanks to its star's all-in commitment, the overtly maudlin film works better than it should ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
13% Birthmarked (2018) A satire that's unable to deliver on a promising hypothesis.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
29% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Simply put, Sherlock Gnomes is a dreadful bore.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
No Score Yet Then There Was Joe (2018) There's something so appealingly genuine about Arkansas-based Justin Warren's loosely autobiographical "Then There Was Joe," that you're willing to forgive the shortcomings.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
60% Foreign Body (Corps étranger) (2016) Politics and sensuality make for intriguing bedfellows in "Foreign Body," Raja Amari's accomplished survival tale about an undocumented young Tunisian woman finding her identity in France.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
No Score Yet Girls Vs Gangsters (Guimi 2) (2018) While those vibrant Vietnamese backdrops make for an enticing tourism pitch, audiences are advised to skip this girls trip.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? (2018) A former stand-up comic's attempt to pick up where he left off two decades earlier is engagingly chronicled in Brad Kuhlman's terrific documentary, "Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio?"‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
89% Midnighters (2018) Plays like "Blood Simple's" impressionable but less proficient kid brother, nevertheless has some devious touches of its own.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
62% Every Day (2018) Remains stuck in a stubborn rut somewhere between confusing and snooze-inducing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk (2017) As the storyline progresses, the inevitable truths and hypocrisies that Gabe encounters along the way unfortunately serve to throw that sharply attuned comedic-dramatic touch out of balance, resulting in an unsatisfying, uneven third act ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) A valuable primer for those estimated 13 million Americans who are arrested every year.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
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
8% 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
62% 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
20% 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
77% 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
78% 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
5% 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
67% 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