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Noel Murray

Noel Murray
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
99% 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- 88% 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 81% The Rehearsal (2016) A keenly observed coming-of-age drama.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
C- 29% 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- 65% 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
43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) While Moussi has ample skills as a fighter - and is plenty handsome to boot - he lacks Van Damme's charisma.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
No Score Yet Tell Me How I Die (2016) Dull and drab, the film squanders an attractive young cast and a killer title.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
36% Skiptrace (2016) All the principals are plenty capable, but this is hardly any of these folks' peak.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
31% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) When it comes out on home video, fast-forward to the stunts. You won't miss a thing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
20% Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon (2016) There's so much quality children's entertainment on TV and at the movies these days that there's no real reason to take your kids to see a dog - or, more specifically, "Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
No Score Yet Blood in the Water (2016) Though its story and character-development aren't up to the standards of the genre classics it's aping, the movie sports an attractively sunny look, and has a striking location.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
64% Greater (2016) Just sweet enough and slick enough to appeal to pigskin fans and Christian family audiences.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
13% Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016) The film's convoluted plot and dense mythology ... may leave even "Final Fantasy" devotees scratching their heads.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
No Score Yet Einstein's God Model (2016) Though the acting is inconsistent and the dialogue often laughable (and not in the good way), the film has an appealing can-do quality and a strong dose of craziness that keeps it from ever becoming boring.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
No Score Yet Billionaire Ransom (Take Down) (2016) This hybrid of survivalist action and young-adult drama remains watchable from start to finish, even if it never becomes essential.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
B+ 91% When Two Worlds Collide (2016) When Two Worlds Collide employs a variety of styles and approaches to construct a single gripping narrative.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
B 95% Spa Night (2016) Though it's a shade too vague, Spa Night does a fine job of articulating the existential ennui of someone who loves his parents but knows he can never be what they were expecting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
No Score Yet Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA (2016) While anecdotes aren't the same as evidence, it's hard not to be moved by the first-person accounts of ordinary people in "Making a Killing."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
88% Blood Father (2016) The movie's a small gem: a good old-fashioned chase picture, thickened with pulp.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
No Score Yet Sole Proprietor (2016) It's slower and quieter than it needs to be, but "Sole Proprietor" has a distinctive vision of a world populated entirely by ruthless, violent people accustomed to operating under their own rules.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
40% The Fight Within (2016) "The Fight Within" is too generic as a sports flick, and too pro forma as a tract. There's more vitality and humanity in the closing-credits blooper reel than in anything in the actual picture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
B 100% Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016) Stories Women Tell does succeed at what it primarily means to do, which is to take abortion out of the realm of the theoretical and make it more personal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016