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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% 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
93% 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
94% 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
58% 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
92% For Ahkeem (2017) A tenderly intimate, affecting documentary portrait ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
20% 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
45% 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
100% 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
69% 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
100% Free in Deed (2017) An achingly raw and tender portrait of two spiritually isolated individuals for whom the laying on of hands is a surrogate for some desperately needed human contact.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
No Score Yet Embargo (2017) "Embargo" plays like a freshman college paper that's long on reference material but comes up short in establishing an overriding premise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
25% Unlocked (2017) A straight-ahead political thriller that fails to ratchet up the requisite tension despite its timely subject matter and (largely) effective cast.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
43% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) A raunchy, ploddingly unfunny comedy sequel to 2012's equally crass but disarmingly endearing "Goon."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
33% Deep (2017) An incessantly shrill and awfully derivative fish-out-of-water tale.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (2017) Three influential Delta bluesmen are affectionately given their long overdue time in the spotlight in Scott Rosenbaum's fittingly soulful "Sidemen: Long Road to Glory."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
64% 6 Days (2017) A stiffly executed re-creation of the events surrounding the 1980 hostage-taking attack on London's Iranian Embassy that packs all the high-stakes intrigue of a filed police report.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
78% Dave Made a Maze (2017) While the dramatic underpinnings could have used more work, the labyrinth that's the focus of "Dave Made a Maze" is truly an amazingly inventive sight to behold.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
9% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Once again Arnett, Heigl and company simply don't come off as dimensionally warm and engaging as required.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
94% A Taxi Driver (2017) An effective - and affecting - fact-based political drama set against the bloody backdrop of South Korea's 1980 Guangju Democratic Uprising.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
0% The Pulitzer at 100 (2017) It's as if filmmaker Kirk Simon entered into the project without a carefully thought-out agenda, instead opting for more of a free-form approach that constantly undercuts its effectiveness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
0% Armed Response (2017) By the time one of the gun-toting members of Team Snipes growls "Let's finish this!" viewers would be hard-pressed to disagree.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet Imperfections (2017) Plot-wise, it's a workable set-up, but, in his feature film debut, Broadway composer Singer ... seems to have no interest in adhering to traditional crime caper rhythms that put a premium on crisp pacing and creeping peril.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
100% 500 Years (2017) "500 Years" is a palpably passionate if somewhat less contained effort than the two films preceding it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) If words occasionally fail the picture, the images speak indelible volumes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
74% Amnesia (2017) An affecting rumination on the moral weight of personal choices.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
89% Man Underground (2017) The oddball premise and quirky characters ultimately aren't enough to lift up "Man Underground," a sci-fi-infused indie drama that puts the "alien" back in alienation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
91% Our Time Will Come (2017) A little-known chapter in Hong Kong's wartime history has been vividly re-created in "Our Time Will Come," a female-driven drama poignantly directed by Ann Hui.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
50% Hickok (2017) For a film about one of the fastest guns in the West, the dramatically lightweight "Hickok" is mighty slow on the draw.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) As captured through the ceaselessly unflinching lens of Sharif's borrowed video camera, "Nowhere to Hide" offers an uneasy prognosis that is at once graphically gut-wrenching and doggedly life-affirming.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
No Score Yet Unfallen (2017) A risible misfire of a contemporary war drama, the low-budget "Unfallen" stands as an epic fail on all fronts.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017