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Noel Murray

Noel Murray
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ No Score Yet L.A. Times (2017) A funny, Woody Allen-esque look at Hollywood singledom from a sophisticated female perspective. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 21, 2017
C+ No Score Yet Person to Person (2017) A terrific cast, but underbaked on the whole. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 20, 2017
B 88% The Little Hours (2017) Weirdly admirable... like a laid-back, stretched-out Monty Python sketch. ‐ The Playlist
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 8, 2016
A- 96% 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
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
Posted Dec 2, 2016
92% 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
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet 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
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 24, 2016
B 83% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) The clips from Mifune's work still amaze. ‐ AV Club
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
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
Posted Nov 17, 2016
A- 92% 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
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
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
Posted Nov 10, 2016
9% USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) The script by Cam Cannon and co-producer Richard Rionda Del Castro is frustratingly unfocused, jumping from incident to incident while using Cage's flat, whispered narration to fill the gaps. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
62% Rainbow Time (2016) A movie that's admirably provocative, even if at times it seems to be more interested in being challenging than being entertaining. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
No Score Yet The Charnel House (2016) This is the rare horror film that could be aptly described as "relaxing." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
No Score Yet The Shelter (2016) More B-movies could stand to be like "The Shelter," which at least tries to tie its darkness to something real. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
27% Army of One (2016) The movie's noisy, busy and not that funny. But there is a sweetness and a cockeyed optimism here. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
44% The Windmill (The Windmill Massacre) (2016) Director Nick Jongerius can't entirely keep the story from feeling warmed-over, but fans should be too pleased by the movie's professionalism to complain much. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 29, 2016
0% The Unspoken (2016) "The Unspoken" has so much plot that it really shouldn't need to rely as much as it does on big, loud sounds. After a while, the assaultive music becomes a tip-off that the movie's not working. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
No Score Yet Mr. Donkey (2016) "Mr. Donkey" is deeply flawed but also fascinating. There's a good story here, woven between the thudding jokes. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
25% I'm Not Ashamed (2016) Even though this is a (mostly) true story, the forced ironies of having infamous teen mass-murderers interact with the heroine feels more than a little exploitative. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 21, 2016
50% 31 (2016) The Rob Zombie brand promises hard-core horror and scuzzy atmosphere, and "31" delivers just that. Even on autopilot, Zombie makes movies that hit hard and leave a stain. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) A slow-burning mystery that gets darker by the minute before reaching a lurid, queasy finale. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
C+ 29% The Whole Truth (2016) Usually, with a movie as mundane as The Whole Truth, it's tempting to say that a better cast and crew would've made something more special. But on paper, this film had the goods. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 20, 2016
A- 100% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) Demme keeps finding something new and unusual to shoot, fascinated by the minutiae and peripheries of a major showbiz endeavor. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 20, 2016
0% Max Steel (2016) While the proverbial "'90s kids" may get a nostalgic kick out of seeing their old action figures in the flesh, novices are likely to be bored by a movie that feels more like a failed pilot for a TV show. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 14, 2016
11% Jack Goes Home (2016) While the movie's artfully made and daringly disturbing, Dekker ultimately overestimates how many sick twists one motion picture needs. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Tower (2016) Maitland's experimental approach to a tricky subject leaves viewers with a deeper understanding of a terrible moment in American history. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
B 100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) Macdonald effectively draws lines between his subject's past and his present, attempting to make sense of what his harshest critics see as self-serving contradictions. In a way, it's all of a piece, embracing the best and worst of an ever-changing nation. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 12, 2016
B+ 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) The "roaming hands" dream is one of Miss Hokusai's most memorable set pieces, but it's far from the only standout. ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 12, 2016
No Score Yet The Hollow (2016) While the dialogue is colorful and the acting strong, this is ultimately a 90-minute neo-noir stretched unnecessarily past two hours. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016