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Noel Murray

Noel Murray
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) The clips from Mifune's work still amaze.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
83% 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
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
22% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
70% Phantasm: Remastered (2016) While holding onto the handmade charm of the original, the 4K version makes the image less murky and the seams less visible, giving the picture back the vividly nightmarish quality of its original theatrical run.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
50% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Retains all the offbeat humor and casual surrealism that has kept this franchise afloat for over three decades.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) As much a study of a changing society as it is a story of evil spirits. The movie is first fascinating, then terrifying.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) What Malick has created here is, on balance, a marvel, and one that deserves to be widely seen.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
98% The Babadook (2014) What's most terrifying about The Babadook is that Kent grounds a bizarre supernatural premise in very real feelings of anxiety and depression.‐ Nashville Scene
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
No Score Yet Mommy's Box (2016) Though it's mildly enjoyable throughout, the movie is ultimately just a loose collection of nice little scenes, held together by a few palliative clichés.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
86% Operation Mekong (2016) Though more sensationalistic than serious, this film has a scale and an energy that rivals any Hollywood blockbuster.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
10% ClownTown (2016) It won't take long for genre fans to recognize that the movie is as dreary as it is derivative.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
68% Danny Says (2016) Music buffs will want to see all these now-famous folks in their obscure early days. But they'll come away admiring a man they've barely heard of before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
A- 86% Their Finest (2017) Mixes its boldfaced messages with some that are more subtle, designed seem into the audience's subconscious.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
No Score Yet New World Order (2016) Vanity projects don't get any weirder - or much worse - than the Ferrara brothers' "New World Order."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
0% Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016) Good intentions and a decent cast can't save a film this painfully unfunny.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
10% I.T. (2016) This old-fashioned premise has been upgraded for the "smart house" era, but a plodding pace and a lack of technological specifics still make this picture about as state-of-the-art as a Commodore 64.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
B 79% Audrie & Daisy (2016) What the documentary does well ... is critique a culture that allows young men to disregard other people's humanity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
C+ No Score Yet Message from the King (2016) While its story moves forward in a way that makes sense, Du Welz's pacing is too slow and too choppy for the movie to build up much momentum.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
B+ 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) Hearkens back to superb '70s American B-movies.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
B 82% The Rehearsal (2016) A keenly observed coming-of-age drama.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
C- 27% The Secret Scripture (2016) Ultimately, this is more the rough outline to a movie than a satisfying picture in and of itself.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
B 80% Barry (2016) There's something widely relatable about the way Barry tries to find somewhere to fit in, and preferably in a place where he can be himself and not somebody else's symbol.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
B- 64% Carrie Pilby (2017) This 'emotionally immature braniac' character is funny and heartbreaking in equal measure‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
No Score Yet Happy Birthday! (2016) Though well-acted and stylish, this meta-grindhouse exercise strains under its own self-satisfied cleverness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
14% The People Garden (2016) Mostly ... "The People Garden" is so slow and spare that it barely registers. It just floats through the forest, silent and bloodless.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
64% Antibirth (2016) As a portrait of a middle America full of forgotten people and ruined civilizations, this is one of the year's scariest movies.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
B 100% For the Love of Spock (2016) It's moving to know that even Nimoy's son is as in thrall to an icon as the rest of us.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
A- 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Stone and Corbin are unusually attuned to the visual textures of rural life.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016