Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
10% A Violent Separation (2019) Here though, directors Kevin and Michael Goetz and screenwriter Michael Arkof have delivered something largely devoid of style or narrative tension, where everyone's fates seem drearily predetermined. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet Breakneck (2019) One gimmick isn't enough to sustain a whole movie; but it's easier to sit through something this silly when it keeps delivering little jolts of, "Whoa, what did I just see?" - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet Shed of the Dead (2019) "Shed of the Dead," written and directed by Drew Cullingham, also suffers from some ugly misogyny, with nearly every woman in the picture framed as a sex object or shrew. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
38% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) A star-studded cast and a high-concept premise make promises that "Slaughterhouse Rulez" ultimately can't keep. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
63% Amaurosis (The Unseen) (2019) So while the "Wait Until Dark"-like suspense of the film's climax feels a little rote, that's OK, because the foggy depiction of a troubled marriage is plenty disturbing. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
62% ANIARA (2019) It's a grim vision, sure. But it's a compelling one too, using the flash of a space opera to remind viewers that - whether on the ground or in the stars - we're stuck with each other. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
40% Mercy Black (2019) The movie is nerve-wracking throughout, but especially terrifying in the final 20 minutes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
No Score Yet Don't Look (2018) The horror scenes are just fine: They make good use of practical gore effects, and are freaky enough to be mildly disturbing. But the rest of "Don't Look?" Well... the title says it all. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Peel (2019) The problem is that "Peel" is so persistently twee that when it tries to introduce heavier themes - involving the lasting damage family and friends thoughtlessly inflict on each other - the general sense of unreality gets in the way. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Saint Bernard (2013) "Saint Bernard" is like the raw material for a vintage David Lynch or David Cronenberg movie - only disassembled, and divorced from any engaging narrative. Even adventurous filmgoers should approach it with caution. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
67% The Bastards' Fig Tree (La higuera de los bastardos) (2019) A thin plot and a distractingly jaunty score hold "The Bastards' Fig Tree" back. But for the most part, this is a thought-provoking historical fairy tale about the values - and grudges - that survive whomever's in power. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Our Evil (Mal nosso) (2017) The surprises Galli has in store for the patient - and for the strong-of-stomach - echo his film's themes. This is ultimately a story about taking something appalling and putting it to inspired use. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
50% I'll Take Your Dead (2018) Copious blood-spatter aside, "I'll Take Your Dead" is about as poignant as any movie with vengeful gangster ghosts can be. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet High on the Hog (2019) While director Tony Wash and writer-producer Kevin Lockhart's intentions are honorable (or, at least, appropriately dishonorable), their movie's a chore to watch. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
94% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Instead, "Hagazussa" is like a series of beguiling paintings and photographs from an old history book, each suggesting something inexplicable, which the viewer has to puzzle out, since the subjects are long dead. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
A- No Score Yet 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang) (1979) 36th Chamber's nearly hourlong training sequence overshadows the rest of the movie, but it's the stuff of action-cinema legend. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
41% Thriller (2018) "Thriller" falls back on the old horror formula of bland, often mean-spirited young folks, getting slaughtered one by one ... and without near enough flair. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Score Yet Made Me Do It (2019) Koppin's right that his movie is different from a typical slasher. It's far, far worse. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
17% Rottentail (2019) The movie's overlong and the humor's too broad, but given that this would-be cult film is aimed at audiences who want something silly and trashy, it's hard to fault Skiba for just mindlessly mashing those two buttons, over and over. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) "A Dark Place" is earnest enough, but it comes across as phony. It's hard to do a "local color" drama when everyone's from out of town. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Score Yet Billboard (2019) It has the right kind of soul, but a shapeless body. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
20% Crypto (2019) The characters all feel like they've been copied and pasted from hundreds of other movies that end with armed standoffs in some featureless field or warehouse. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
No Score Yet Blood Craft (2019) "Blood Craft" is just clunky, overlong supernatural horror, but with a premise that some may find unforgivably tacky. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
No Score Yet Division 19 (2019) The major failing of "Division 19" that is that it's just too busy, bouncing between corporate boardrooms, jail cells and insurgent camps. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
13% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) [A] run-of-the-mill home invasion thriller, and while Farrands is a solid genre craftsman - as evidenced by his similarly creepy true-crime film from earlier this year, "The Amityville Murders" - his taste remains suspect. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
100% The Head Hunter (2019) There's not much to this movie: just stunning outdoor locations, a soulful Rygh performance, and some raw sword-and-sorcery action. That's more than enough. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) "The Wind" is ultimately more allegorical than literal. It's not about history, or pioneer life, or bloodthirsty ghosts. It's about a loneliness so overwhelming that it becomes terrifying. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
33% In the Cut (2003) Though the oppressive artiness makes the early scenes fairly ridiculous, the director's odd methods add rare tension to the climax, as it becomes evident that the finale won't be so predictable in Campion's hands. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
75% The Ones Below (2016) It's that plausibility factor that makes The Ones Below so effective. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet Pet Graveyard (2019) It's hard to say what's the bigger cheat here: that "Pet Graveyard" isn't the shameless King copy it promises to be, or that it isn't even cheesy enough to mock. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
40% White Chamber (2019) The film, like its title location, becomes just another featureless box, designed to agitate and confound anyone who enters. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
No Score Yet Flay (2018) "Flay" is, at its core, just an OK indie drama about a bickering brother and sister, with some blah supernatural hooey clumsily appended. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
87% A Vigilante (2019) The two sides of "A Vigilante" are ultimately held together by Wilde's ferocious performance - which swings between steely control and eruptive emotion - and by the way Dagger-Nickson frames nearly every moment from Sadie's perspective. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
83% No Alternative (2018) "No Alternative" is rambling, but never aimless. It's the work of an artist meticulously recreating his past, while wishing fervently he could change it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
No Score Yet Off Season (2019) An ungainly hybrid of low-key drama and tawdry thriller, the Martha's Vineyard-set indie "Off Season" squanders some inviting local color on a blah horror/mystery plot. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
60% Chimera Strain (2019) The film has the eerie atmosphere and outstanding makeup effects of a good fantasy thriller. But it's way too choppy to build any tension. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) A likable cast and a fascinating, mostly forgotten story - about an attempt to steal millions of dollars of illegal presidential campaign contributions - keep the movie engaging, but can't compensate for the waste of a promising premise. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
91% Never Grow Old (2019) [A] well-acted tale of frontier violence and spiritual redemption. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Cradle of Champions (2018) The result is both a stirring sports doc and a rich nonfiction drama, populated by characters who could have stepped out of a Damon Runyon story. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Glorious Seven (2019) Despite an opening credits sequence that directly compares the stars of the new movie to the likes of Yul Brenner and Toshiro Mifune, this run-of-the-mill shoot-em-up isn't exactly an instant classic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Woodsrider (2016) This is a contemplative portrait of a different way to live. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
83% Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières) (2019) Anyone who loves "Dangerous Liaisons" - in any of its iterations - should rush to cue up "Lady J," a period romance with a similarly wicked sense of comic melodrama. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
No Score Yet Tuftland (Kyrsyä) (2019) Most everything in this film is a wild exaggeration, mocking patriarchal systems by making them look, if nothing else, stomach-turningly gross. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
83% Virginia Minnesota (2019) Winning lead performances and some uniquely quirky touches keep this dramedy watchable from start to finish, but an over-reliance on indie film clichés... add up to squandered potential. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
20% 2050 (2019) "2050" has a meaningful subject, but is so dialogue-heavy and incident-light that almost the entire film feels like a pitch for the movie Holt didn't make. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
60% Devil's Path (2019) Writer-director Matthew Montgomery and his co-writer Stephen Twardokus have found fruitful dramatic ground between the nervous excitement of cruising and the danger of venturing deep into the woods. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
50% The Cannibal Club (2019) Dryly funny and unsparingly acerbic, "The Cannibal Club" has one simple point to make about the hypocrisy of the aristocracy ... and Parente makes it sharply. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) [T]his is an impressive feature debut for a filmmaker with more in mind than just monsters and jump-scares. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
A- 98% Apollo 11 (2019) Everything looks strikingly fresh... and overwhelmingly so. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
40% Who Killed Cock Robin (2017) Still, while it's disappointing as a mystery, "Who Killed Cock Robin" is effective as the study of a compulsively nosy man who follows his hunches whenever they lead, into some dark places. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019