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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Ghost Stories (2018) Like the films it pays homage to, "Ghost Stories" is more classy than chilling; but each of its dark, twisty tales is smartly staged.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Let's Kill Grandpa This Christmas (2018) Black comedies don't get much broader or more cheerless than "Let's Kill Grandpa This Christmas," a low-budget tale of malice and murder played out by six singularly unlikable people.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
No Score Yet Edge of Isolation (2018) Ignore the nondescript title; writer-director Jeff Houkal's backwoods horror film "Edge of Isolation" has personality and just enough splatter to satisfy gore-hounds.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
A- 95% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) The question The Searcher asks is whether fans expected too much of Presley. As the documentary points out, there was no precedent for how an "aging rock star" behaved, pre-Elvis-because there'd never been a rock star like him before.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
72% Wildling (2018) At its best, "Wildling" is very smart about how we humans like to compare ourselves to animals - from the names of our sports teams to the way we describe the feeling of cutting loose.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
60% 10x10 (2018) "10x10" overcomes limited locations and a slight narrative thanks to a plot that keeps viewers guessing, all the way from its shocking opening act of violence to a bruising and morally hazy final fight.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
33% Baja (2018) The scenery's pleasant and the actors are mostly likable. If "Baja" had been made in the '60s, it would have some kitsch appeal. It's easy watching, for anyone who needs a little mind-vacation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
No Score Yet 20 Weeks (2018) Compelling if difficult viewing for anyone interested in seeing a variety of parental experiences on screen.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
96% The Endless (2018) Great use of an eerie Southern California landscape and some fine, naturalistic acting emphasizes how the ordinary can sometimes seem threatening - and vice-versa.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B+ 92% Andre the Giant (2018) It's primarily a celebration of a one-of-a-kind talent, intended to put him back into his proper context.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
No Score Yet Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) "Do You Trust This Computer?" covers the major talking points about the benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence, assembling them into something engaging and alarming - if not exactly in-depth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
No Score Yet Seven Years of Night (2018) "Seven Years of Night" is so oppressively somber that it's hard to handle at times - even when it's working. This is a long, miserable wallow, making audiences feel every dark minute of its title.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
91% Lowlife (2018) The tangled plot is ultimately too simple, and the film's sociopolitical commentary too paltry. But "Lowlife" does have a refreshingly varied and up-to-date cast of characters. With seedy B-movies, just a little bit of ambition elevates the generic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) But from the multicultural cast to its deconstruction of religious iconography, this Jesus Christ Superstar was as thoughtful and challenging as the show has ever been.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
13% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) Less strident than the two surprise hits that preceded it, but it still tells a programmatic story, rooted in presumptions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
80% Caught (2018) Shot to resemble a lost grindhouse relic, the freaky home-invasion thriller "Caught" overcomes the genre's clichés thanks to a retro style and sharp hook.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
80% Pyewacket (2018) As a psychodrama about a troubled mother and daughter, this movie is gripping from start to finish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
50% Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies (2017) Director Mark Newton has learned B-moviemaking's most important lesson: Personality doesn't cost a dime.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace (2018) "Triumph" suffers from some repetition of anecdotes and ideas. But the details of what Wallace went through are astonishing, and important to revisit.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
83% Tilt (2017) There's a frankness to this picture that compensates for the overall slightness. It's the rare thriller that looks to combine "Five Easy Pieces" and "Taxi Driver."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
64% Us and Them (2018) The gimmicky structure and style is more distracting than effective, and it mostly fails to compensate for an underdeveloped plot.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
No Score Yet Apartment 212 (2018) What really makes the film stand out though (aside from some excellent creature effects) is Mitchell. She squeezes as much as she can out out of this slim story.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
43% Demon House (2018) While this particular "paranormal investigation" may terrify the more credulous among Bagans' fan base, skeptics are likely to feel bored and confused.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
57% Juggernaut (2018) DiMarco's noir-inflected family drama is confident and mature, but less involving than it could be, because the filmmaker and his star make their anti-hero stubbornly unappealing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
20% The Outsider (2018) "The Outsider" is a slick copy of multiple, much-better films and TV series. It's so well-polished it's practically featureless.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
60% They Remain (2018) "They Remain" does what it means to do. It makes the natural feel threateningly alien.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
84% Mohawk (2018) "Mohawk" is a gripping and despairing action picture, about how we can't seem to stop trying to destroy those we distrust - including ourselves.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
56% The Lullaby (2018) The veteran director has more than enough chops to keep a doggedly generic premise lively.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
63% The Housemaid (Cô Hâu Gái) (2018) Writer-director Derek Nguyen's supernatural thriller settles confidently in a place between classy and trashy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
52% The Lodgers (2018) For viewers who take it more as a moody, metaphorical historical drama than as an out-and-out horror film, there's a lot in this lush-looking, sensitively acted picture to recommend.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead (2018) It's a pity such memorable characters are stuck in a story so middling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
33% The Monkey King 3 (2018) "The Monkey King 3" is more about eye-popping spectacle than narrative sweep, but it's generous with images that make audiences go, "Oooh!"‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
No Score Yet Fake Blood (2018) Grant's slippery presentation muddles his point - if he has one - but it's fun to guess at what's a put-on.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
No Score Yet Black Hollow Cage (2018) The film looks stunning and presents some provocative ideas, but González's quietly contemplative approach is numbing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
90% Still/Born (2018) Christensen and co-writer Colin Minihan mostly repeat old beats from suburban supernatural horror films like "Poltergeist" and "Paranormal Activity," but strong actors and lean, unfussy storytelling ought to be more than enough to please genre buffs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
No Score Yet Wastelander (2018) "Wastelander" proves how computers have made it easier to produce a film for pennies with a look that would have cost a fortune 40 years ago. Unfortunately, "Wastelander" also confirms that a mediocre script still dulls even the shiniest picture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
0% Living Among Us (2018) It's to Heard's credit that his presence in the movie is pretty much the only reason to watch.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
73% Mom and Dad (2018) The ultimate point of "Mom and Dad" is that it doesn't take a rage virus to make a middle-aged man want to put on his old Misfits T-shirt and smash something.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
20% The Midnight Man (2018) Takes nearly half its running time to get to the scary stuff - and then keeps the lighting so dim that it's hard to make out which shadowy figure's the monster.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
0% Delirium (2018) The apparitions are cool. The schmoes they're haunting hardly seem worth the effort.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
23% Inside (2018) The original had some squirmy points to make about femininity and motherhood that this "Inside" lacks. But the movie works on a gut level ... as in, "Sharp blades are scary when they're pointed at a pregnant belly."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
0% Acts of Violence (2018) Any hard messages it means to deliver are hard to hear over the frequent sound of gunfire.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet Madtown (2018) A gifted cast and some finely shaded detail add dimension to the low-budget indie "Madtown," an overwrought melodrama that nevertheless remains engaging from start to finish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
36% Devil's Gate (2018) The dialogue in "Devil's Gate" is mostly expository, and while the cast does its best, the characters feel more like sketchy outlines than real people.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
87% The Post (2018) But while The Post celebrates the free flow of information, it's primarily about the businessmen who expected Kay Graham to follow their advice to kill the series, and how shocking and revolutionary it was when she ignored them.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) Whatever artificial limitations Sorkin puts on his female characters though, he's empathetic enough to understand that Molly Bloom's story is about a woman being controlled and underestimated by a succession of presumptuous jerks. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
26% Bright (2017) Ultimately, the biggest problem with Bright is that it squeezes nudity, profanity and blood into the kind of dopey adventure that should be aimed more at adolescents - right down to its simplistic lessons about tolerance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
46% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) "A Christmas Story Live!" lacked the feeling of a piece of theater unfolding in front of the audience's eyes in real time, like a slick magic trick.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
86% Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017) "A Portrait" may not make Frisell's biography fascinating, but it does give the proper due to a guitarist whose music flows like water into any handy vessel.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
78% Desolation (2017) Honorable in intent, but dreary in execution.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017