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Noel Murray

Noel Murray
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
13% Geostorm (2017) "Geostorm" has a more clever premise than it needs to get to its ultimate goal of trashing some of our planet's nicest places. But the results are still mostly dull-witted.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
No Score Yet The Fortress (2017) So evocative that by the end viewers may be as cold and hungry as the movie's cast of courtiers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
No Score Yet Deliver Us (2017) Di Giacomo listens patiently to people who earnestly believe that they're plagued by a supernatural evil. In a way, their calm certitude is as scary as any actual demon.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
No Score Yet Nightworld (2017) While subtle, moody horror films can be great, without something solid to coalesce around, eventually the atmosphere dissipates.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
83% Tragedy Girls (2017) The movie's central idea and bright young cast are so good that some of its shallowness is forgivable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
33% Leatherface (2017) "Leatherface" is the best "Chainsaw" movie that doesn't have "Directed by Tobe Hooper" in the credits.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
97% The Florida Project (2017) This movie puts the wild, comic tales of resourceful poor kids into a frame, pulling back just enough to make it clear that the situation Moonee's in - while exciting - is untenable.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
No Score Yet Bad Blood: The Movie (2017) There's barely enough plot here to fill a feature, but this energetic throwback's DIY effects and general looniness should appeal to horror mavens.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
80% Haze (2017) As a morality tale, "Haze" is old news. But as an in-the-moment explanation of how hazing happens, it's so fresh, it's raw.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
B 95% Human Flow (2017) There have been a number of gripping "you are there" films about refugees over the past few years, but Human Flow distinguishes itself from the pack with how handsome it looks.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
No Score Yet Red Oleanders (Raktokarobi) (2017) The best scenes in "Red Oleanders Raktokarobi" layer live theater, poetic allusion and Bollywood pop - which makes them exciting to watch, even when their meaning isn't absolutely clear.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet The Crucifixion (2017) A lifeless demonic possession drama.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Demons (2017) The ambitious auteur is getting better at making his novelistic ideas punchy and cinematic, but "Demons" is still a B-movie that takes itself too seriously.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
90% Better Watch Out (2017) A consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller, which says pertinent things about suburbia, holiday entertainment and toxic masculinity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
B 95% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) Even if The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson doesn't wholly deliver on its premise, France does a remarkable job of finding the continuity between New York in the '70s, '90s, and now.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
5% Flatliners (2017) The best that can be said about the Flatliners remake is that the new filmmaking team of writer Ben Ripley and director Niels Arden Oplev makes the original's members look like peerless masters of horror.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
0% Don't Sleep (2017) There's scarcely a new or old horror movie cliché that goes unused in "Don't Sleep," a supernatural thriller that tries a little bit of everything - all competently, none memorably.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
25% The Sound (2017) Mostly, "The Sound" gets by on pure sensation. Mattison finds a lot to look at in the shadows - and in the heavy hum of the subway's deep holes, she finds a lot to hear.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
91% Super Dark Times (2017) What makes "Super Dark Times" one of the most exciting American filmmaking debuts in recent years is how well Phillips and company grasp both the intensity and ephemerality of adolescence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
No Score Yet Welcome to Willits (2017) The brother filmmaking team of writer Tim Ryan and director Trevor Ryan exhibit imagination, but haven't developed the skills to mold their many ideas into a cohesive picture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
A- 93% Rat Film (2017) Picture a half-dozen or so loosely related short films, cut-and-pasted together into a dazzling collage. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
No Score Yet The Houses October Built 2 (2017) The basic concept behind this franchise remains sound: take some borrowed scares from professional haunters, add a few spooky twists, then leave the audience puzzling over how much that they saw actually happened.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
100% Happy Hunting (2017) Even at its pulpiest, "Happy Hunting" has a point to make - about how in modern society we often use the pretense of morality to justify base savagery.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
B+ 71% Thirst Street (2017) Burdge holds the picture together, playing a character who walks a fine line between being sympathetically damaged and terrifyingly loony.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
B+ 57% I Love You, Daddy (2017) It's at times frustrating but what's enthralling is that the whole picture feels like an exploration - and one where not even C.K. knew where he was going when he started shooting.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
C+ 43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) This is an easy picture to watch... and to root for, in a way, because it's so rarely overbearing. But it's only ever mildly engaging.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
88% Anti Matter (2017) Writer-director Keir Burrows' rapid-fire dialogue and barrage of images ultimately prove too exhausting, though it's always energetic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
No Score Yet True To The Game (2017) The movie has enough of Woods' flavor to put a memorable spin on a familiar genre - so much so that it's almost a crime it isn't better.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
30% The Vault (2017) "The Vault" is a combination heist and horror picture; and it's the rare genre mash-up where each element's equally strong.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
No Score Yet Mike Boy (2017) It feels wrong to encourage this kind of misbegotten DIY project, but if you're a fan of the likes of "The Room" or "Birdemic," honestly, you can't miss "Mike Boy."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
36% Jackals (2017) The movie does what it sets out to do: stranding the viewer in a dark place, surrounded by remorseless predators. It's an old recipe that can still please a crowd.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) What we have here is a deeply flawed but frequently rewarding picture, with a lot to say about how stories can both guide and misguide us.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
40% Death Note (2017) At its best, the picture resembles Wingard's sharp-edged 2014 cult movie, "The Guest." More often, it feels like a 100-minute "previously on" montage for a cable TV show.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
46% Red Christmas (2017) Mostly, it's a tightly constructed, unapologetically nasty little thriller, given depth and weight by Wallace's interpretation of a sweet woman suffering for her past.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
58% What Happened to Monday (2017) The film isn't as provocative as it means to be, but it gets a lot of juice from Rapace's multifaceted performance and an "anything goes" approach to plot.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
No Score Yet Lycan (2017) An indistinct muddle of werewolf mythology, slasher formula and "teenagers in the woods" clichés, the horror pastiche "Lycan" might've been a passable picture if writer-director Bev Land had settled on what he was making.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
62% The Ice Cream Truck (2017) While writer-director Megan Freels Johnston makes some unusual choices that set her film apart from run-of-the-mill low-budget horror, too much of her movie feels warmed-over.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
No Score Yet Bedeviled (2017) "Bedeviled" ultimately embraces clichés rather the subverting them. The evil technology's up to date, but the storytelling's too old-fashioned.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
100% The Farthest (2017) Frankly, a documentary like Emer Reynolds' "The Farthest" is exactly what the world needs right now.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B+ 99% Whose Streets? (2017) Without over-explaining anything, Whose Streets? scores some tough points against the institutions its subjects consider to be the opposition.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
81% 68 Kill (2017) Those who pick through every motion picture searching for the "problematic" will want to steer clear of "68 Kill." But fans of wicked women may have a new cult favorite.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
63% Savage Dog (2017) There's not enough story here but every time David pops up on the soundtrack to spout dime-novel clichés ... this movie takes on the quality of classic storybook, not straight-to-video schlock.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
B 91% Icarus (2017) Icarus tells such an eye-opening story that it almost doesn't matter when the storytelling itself gets a little sloppy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
70% Wolf Warrior II (2017) While "Wolf Warrior 2" is blandly generic more often than not, there's something bracing about its patriotic fervor, which asserts that the Chinese will act in the best interests of the world's downtrodden, while the rest of the world just exploits them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
57% Strange Weather (2017) Watching an actress of Hunter's caliber in a meaty leading role partly compensates for the creaky plot and overearnest tone.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B+ 96% Menashe (2017) What keeps Menashe from just being outside-in ethnography is how much nuance Weinstein and Lustig bring to the main character.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
35% Kuso (2017) Every densely layered image of oozing pus and gassy orifices is as imaginatively rendered as it is disgusting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
0% The Gracefield Incident (2017) "The Gracefield Incident" sports some impressive special effects in key scenes, but remains yet another found-footage thriller where the dialogue feels phony, the nonscary action is tedious and the images are artless.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
No Score Yet Granny Of The Dead (2017) "Granny of the Dead" undercuts a potentially potent horror premise by mining it for gross-out comedy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
No Score Yet Blue Velvet Revisited (2016) The impression that comes across is that this is what it takes to be a great artist: awareness, imagination and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017