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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
No Score Yet 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
100% 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
72% 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 Resident√© (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
45% 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 (2016) Strikes a giddy, winning balance between hilarity and heart.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
53% 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
39% 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
50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) By the time it all culminates in a Chan-led classic Bollywood production number, the cuteness factor may have been pushed to its limit, but good luck trying to stop that goofy smile from spreading across your face.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
13% Get the Girl (2017) A staged kidnapping isn't the only thing that goes from botched to worse where the tone-deaf black comedy-thriller "Get the Girl" is concerned.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4% Arsenal (2017) 2017 already has a viable contender for Worst Movie of the Year.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
No Score Yet American Wrestler: The Wizard (2017) It may be by-the-book, but "American Wrestler" is a story well worth telling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
77% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
46% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016