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Mike Hale
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? (2016) The film perks up when Ms. Pelosi zeros in on unbridled ego or vanity. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 1, 2016
87% Looking: The Movie (2016) In a show about loneliness and friendship, it helps to have two actors who can so easily convince us that they're the greatest of friends. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2016
13% Special Correspondents (2016) There's nothing wrong with the type of movie "Special Correspondents" wants to be. The problem is that Mr. Gervais doesn't appear capable of making a good version of it. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
40% Me Him Her (2016) Mr. Landis's sensibility, which combines sitcom jokiness with mumblecore sentimentality, tends to be more grating than amusing in "Me Him Her," though scattered moments will make you laugh. ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
No Score Yet No Más Bebés (2015) Outrage may be America's leading source of energy right now, and it seems endlessly renewable. No Más Bebés adds to the supply but in an understated, melancholy way that leaves you more sad than angry. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2016
93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016) He's made a fan's film, and he's happy to let us know it, shouting out questions from behind the camera and cackling loudly when he particularly likes an answer. ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
52% Tokyo Tribe (2015) The cumulative effect ... is numbing. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
No Score Yet Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) It's a comfortable kind of self-deprecation, born of insecurity but delivered with a confidence that takes the sting out and gives the listener a snug feeling of complicity. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
89% Veteran (2015) "Veteran" is amusing throughout, even if the funny scenes are more subdued or go on a beat or two longer than American viewers are used to. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
No Score Yet Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (2015) It's thoroughly admiring... framing [Kramer's] excesses as a necessary response to circumstances and suggesting that on the big questions he was always right. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 29, 2015
82% Hot Girls Wanted (2015) he scenes of a group of teenage and 20-something women sharing a featureless suburban house in Florida... are authentic and effective -- banal, sad, funny and weird. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 29, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) Tales of the Grim Sleeper develops in frightening and moving ways. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 27, 2015
98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) [An] exhilarating, exhausting, two-hour-plus film, both an artful mosaic and a hammering barrage ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
100% Night Will Fall (2014) It may not do full justice to all [of its] subjects in its tight 78 minutes, but it's not a film you're likely to forget. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 27, 2015
80% Regarding Susan Sontag (2014) You're left with the feeling that Ms. Kates was drawn to Ms. Sontag as a personality and a sexual and political symbol but didn't really take seriously the work she devoted her life to. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 8, 2014
No Score Yet The Last Patrol (2014) There's a lulling quality to the journey and the campfire conversations, even when they're about war, death or paternal abuse, which may be why the occasional comments about the absent sex grab your attention. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 10, 2014
No Score Yet The Newburgh Sting (2014) The film builds a credible circumstantial case for the entrapment defense. It does so through the standard techniques of true-crime documentary. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 21, 2014
52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) The last thing you want to do is play it straight. Unfortunately, that's the only way Lifetime knows how to play it ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) Adventure aims for poignant but more often lands on solemn or maudlin. ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
No Score Yet The Lady Vanishes (2013) It forgoes the crackling pace, light touch and surprisingly sophisticated sexual banter of the original, opting for melancholy, ominousness and sentimentality. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
83% Endeavor (2012) Whether the Endeavor pilot, which drew an impressive 8.2 million viewers in Britain, will delight the die-hard Inspector Morse fan is questionable. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2013
86% Teen Beach Movie (2013) The film's time-warp, movie-nerd conceit is just clever enough to keep you entertained. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) The filmmakers... add a crucial humanizing element, by focusing on the women's conflicted but supportive parents ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 10, 2013
80% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic (2013) The film's inevitable compressions, made worse by the amount of empty, self-congratulatory celebrity blathering, mean that every Pryor fan will have omissions to complain about. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013
No Score Yet Seeking Asian Female (2012) What keeps this 54-minute film consistently engaging is Sandy herself, wary, pragmatic and... an absolute natural in front of the camera. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 6, 2013
3.5/5 100% Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) The new film, despite the astounding story it tells, is the most conventional, least urgent and, cinematically, the least interesting of the three. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/5 68% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) While the attractive performers and the action set pieces, including fights inside a sand tornado and around a spider's web of razor wire, are enough to carry you through the film, "Flying Swords" is a bit of a letdown ... ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/5 42% The Flowers of War (2011) Zhang Yimou revisits the Nanjing massacre of 1937 by making something resembling a backstage musical, with breaks for the occasional ghastly murder or rape. ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 20, 2011
86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011) An absorbing and beautifully made film in its own right, whose 208 minutes mostly fly by. ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 8, 2011
1/5 24% Apollo 18 (2011) Accomplishes something the world wasn't really crying out for: it recreates the tedium of watching the later Apollo missions. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2011
2/5 0% InSight (2011) A psychological-supernatural thriller that's light on thrills. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet Saving Private Pérez (2011) If you don't get the jokes, there isn't a whole lot else to get, and it's a safe assumption that non-Latino, non-Spanish-speaking viewers are going to miss a lot of them. ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 1, 2011
2/5 27% Colombiana (2011) There are some early comic moments that have you laughing along with the movie, but eventually the clashing tones and preposterousness just have you laughing. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 25, 2011
1/5 22% Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) Feels more like straight-to-DVD filler than a chapter in one of the last decade's most entertaining and sophisticated family-film franchises. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2011
1/5 22% 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (2011) Sex in this film looks so nonecstatic that a better title might have been "3D Sex and Zen: Zero Child Policy." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 22, 2011
2/5 50% The Journals Of Musan (2011) Eventually we learn that a haircut and a new suit don't make for a better man, which seems like a small lesson after what we've been through. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 16, 2011
3/5 80% Littlerock (2011) It's significantly smaller and more casual than "Mystery Train" or "Lost in Translation," movies its premise calls to mind, but in some ways it's more layered and complex. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 11, 2011
1.5/5 62% Final Destination 5 (2011) A new wrinkle in how the killings spool out actually makes the film even more predictable, and the deaths, which tend to be squirmy rather than explosive, are so perfunctory and lazily jokey that they leave a decidedly bad aftertaste. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 11, 2011
3/5 100% The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan (2011) If you've seen the first film, you'll want to come back to see Mir's progress through life. And no matter what happens, it seems, the smile remains. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2.5/5 40% Habermann (2011) As directed by the Czech veteran Juraj Herz in prestige-television style, the bulk of the film is a classically proportioned and tasteful wartime soap opera. ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 4, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet The Harvest (La Cosecha) (2011) Has a muckraking agenda but a melancholy soul. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2011
2/5 80% Life in a Day (2011) "Life in a Day" is "Koyaanisqatsi" minus the consistent visual imagination that made that film bearable. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/5 91% Fire in Babylon (2011) It all adds up to an entertaining 88 minutes, despite the film's ramshackle construction and its once-over-lightly approach to political, cultural and athletic history. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 22, 2011
3/5 90% The Woman With The 5 Elephants (2011) It's an interesting story, well told, though Mr. Jendreyko overworks some documentary fallbacks: gnarled fingers, the view from a moving train. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 19, 2011
2/5 44% Girlfriend (2011) Doesn't miss many clichés of small-town, working-class, going-nowhere life. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 14, 2011
3.5/5 No Score Yet Summer of Goliath (2011) What's unusual is the way the story is told. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet Flying Fish (Igillena maluwo) (2011) The intertwining of the narratives, along with the somewhat elliptical, or perhaps rudimentary, storytelling, makes for a confusing experience. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2/5 50% Love Etc. (2011) Breakups and disappearances, loneliness and failing health fit into the film's fabric like beats in a TV drama. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 1, 2011
2.5/5 No Score Yet The High Life (2011) An awkward mash-up of what feel like two completely different movies. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 20, 2011
3.5/5 82% Trollhunter (2011) One of the many pleasures of the Norwegian director André Ovredal's clever and engaging mock documentary "Trollhunter" is the way it plays with the idea of the supernatural rule book. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 9, 2011