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Noel Murray

Noel Murray
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
21% Collide (2017) A flatly earnest Hoult and Jones are hamstrung by drippy dialogue, while Kingsley and Hopkins overplay their more colorful parts - with the former doing a cartoonish Turkish accent and the latter delivering lines with strange emphasis.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
50% Drifter (2017) There's a level of wild B-movie ambition here that's preferable to the usual blandly violent, overly serious genre fare. If nothing else, Von Hoffman clearly has a voice - even if his accents are imitations.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
33% VooDoo (2017) Strong lead performances and a startling twist juice up the found-footage exercise "VooDoo," which squeezes unexpected novelty from an exhausted subgenre.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
75% Stray Bullets (2017) The auteur's age, precociousness and pedigree automatically make "Stray Bullets" an item of interest, although fans of the Fessenden clan will be pleased to know that the movie's also pretty entertaining and only a little bit amateurish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
No Score Yet Bornless Ones (2017) While writer-director Alexander Babaev's "Bornless Ones" doesn't do anything radically new, it deepens its characters and situations enough to be distinctive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
No Score Yet Road to the Well (2016) Though a little meandering, Road to the Well has flavorful dialogue, and a sense of scope that's rare for a movie about betrayal and murder.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
0% Eloise (2017) The plot of "Eloise" is more ambitious than the typical "haunted asylum" picture, but the retro costumes and set-dressing in the flashbacks belong more to a TV drama than a low-budget thriller.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
36% Don't Knock Twice (2017) A warmed-over hash of "Candyman," "Oculus," "Insidious" and a half-dozen other spook-shows.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
B 67% This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017) A vivid picture of modern life, and an inspiring tale about how a more tolerant family-and society-can make it easier for people to be themselves rather than negating themselves.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
B+ 88% Manifesto (2016) Julian Rosefeldt's visual panache and Cate Blanchett's astonishing versatility bring cinematic verve to something that could've easily come off as too dryly conceptual.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
B 60% Newness (2017) The central theme of "Newness" isn't as profound or even as novel as either the filmmakers or their millennial target audience may believe. But at it's best, "Newness" is about how nothing's really all that new.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
B 68% I Am Michael (2017) Franco never plays this character as hurt or vindictive. Right to the end, he's earnestly seeking, determined not to be slapped with any label, and willing to risk being totally alone.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
C- 65% Golden Exits (2017) No doubt Alex Ross Perry will follow up the film with a strong return to form, but this film is a collection of half-realized ideas and characters.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
B- 42% Wilson (2017) "Sweet and occasionally riotously funny, but it treats the material too simplistically. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
A- 92% A Ghost Story (2017) "Absolutely mesmerizing, with an anything-goes quality that's endlessly fascinating."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
B+ 82% Wind River (2017) Taylor Sheridan pares his story and characters down to their barest essentials, making a movie that comes off sometimes as slight, but which ultimately delivers the goods for those who like smart takes on life-or-death macho adventure.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B+ 96% The Big Sick (2017) Zoe Kazan can transform even the most stock role into something indelible.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B- 75% Landline (2017) The performances are all outstanding, but the comedy is hit-and-miss.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B 92% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Some might find the subject matter too bleak; others might wish it were pulpier. But on the whole, "Berlin Syndrome" is incredibly effective. It gets to know the innocent, while rendering the evil banal.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B+ 56% L.A. Times (2017) A funny, Woody Allen-esque look at Hollywood singledom from a sophisticated female perspective.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
C+ 46% Person to Person (2017) A terrific cast, but underbaked on the whole.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
B 86% The Little Hours (2017) Weirdly admirable... like a laid-back, stretched-out Monty Python sketch.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
No Score Yet The Axe Murders of Villisca (2017) "The Axe Murders of Villisca" never really comes to much, perhaps because its focus is too diffuse. The scares are low, and the plot under-baked.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
A- 100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) There's nothing especially new about jailhouse confessionals. What sets Starless Dreams apart are the particulars of who these crooks are.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
No Score Yet The Snare (2017) "The Snare" is admirably artful and oblique in putting its own twist on the haunted-house story, but it's derivative of much better psychological suspense films and is obnoxiously unpleasant to boot.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
74% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) There's genuine artistry even to this film's most exploitative moments.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
56% Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2017) Although Austrian writer/director Dominik Hartl has the right spirit for his alpine ghoul-fest, he ultimately lacks the material to generate more than mild amusement.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
20% Pitchfork (2017) Mostly stays within the narrow parameters of the "knocking off generically attractive youngsters one-by-one" movie, never getting campy enough, bizarre enough or satirical enough.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
85% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Even when the movie's falling into a straighter line, the early emphasis on quietly nuanced characterizations and a measured pace give the danger more dimension.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Every time the narrative seems to be headed toward some pat, sentimental revelation about loss and healing, it lands just a little off-center, avoiding predictability.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
No Score Yet City of Dead Men (2016) It seems to want to be an artful social statement when it might have been better had it been trashier and more overtly terrifying - more "Hostel" than "City of God."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
24% Solace (2016) As leftovers go, "Solace" retains a fair amount of flavor, thanks to high-end ingredients.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
A- 100% The Bad Kids (2016) One of the major points The Bad Kids makes is that most "problem students" have common struggles that could be managed with the individualized attention that big public high schools can't provide.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
32% Abattoir (2016) The inexplicability of "Abattoir" keeps it engaging for a while, but by the time it hits the one-hour mark without anything even remotely exciting happening, even a horror connoisseur's patience will run thin.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Divine Tragedies (2015) It's hard to recommend "Blood Brothers," which is mostly unpleasant and shrill. But it is unusual enough to suggest that Prendes' next film might be better.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
80% Beyond the Gates (2016) Though the film moves slowly - like a half-hour anthology episode stretched to three times its natural length - co-writer/director Jackson Stewart's obvious affection for obsolete technology earns some goodwill.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
A- 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) By weaving in old speeches, pieces from other books, and even some visual juxtapositions that maybe only he fully understands, the director makes a persuasive, intuitive case for Baldwin as a poet and a prophet.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
15% Incarnate (2016) Dense with plot and mythology, the film is refreshingly unpredictable - if only because guessing what comes next would require understanding what the hell is going on.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
93% The Seventh Fire (2016) [A] short but unforgettable debut documentary, which contrasts the lives of two Minnesota drug dealers-one grizzled, one young-as a way of exploring the larger social problem of Native American gangs.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) Story mostly focuses on the alarming and heartbreaking particulars of a society that first criminalizes then exploits its underclass, squeezing every last dime from citizens who can't spare a nickel.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) This doc is a vital record of an America transitioning to martial law so quickly and stealthily that we're barely acknowledging the change.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
75% SiREN (2016) For the most part this is a clever and confident expansion of a terrific short. It stings less but packs plenty of poison.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
B+ 96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) Byrne does a fine job of juggling a lot of information, which he does by starting with the immediately arresting story of Sands and then jumping back in time.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
20% Tank 432 (Belly of the Bulldog) (2016) Writer-director Nick Gillespie's horror/war hybrid "Tank 432" aims for queasily unsettling ambiguity, but lands in a place that's more tedious and confusing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
B 81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) The clips from Mifune's work still amaze.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) The shapes are a distraction. However, what's happening within them is compelling enough to overcome the stylistic overkill.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
0% Life on the Line (2016) This is the kind of salt-of-the-earth story that American filmmakers don't bother with much anymore - although frankly, there's not much here to convince anyone they should.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
A- 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Though some may find its allusiveness and magical-realist turns to be overly fanciful, The Red Turtle nevertheless remains throughout a simple, gripping story of survival ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
B- 70% Uncle Kent 2 (2016) There's a sharper point to Uncle Kent 2, although the sequel's also something of an endurance test, in ways the original never was.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
63% Dreamland (2016) What stands out then is the sense of place, which feels like it was drawn directly from Schwartzman's own experiences as a musician and a child of a celebrity. He knows what he wants to show, if not yet what he wants to say.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016