Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
84% Belushi (2020) It ultimately doesn't really get you inside of what were his demons... As a character study, it didn't quite fill out. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
No Score Yet Saul & Ruby's Holocaust Survivor Band (2020) The band itself and the music is almost peripheral to just our learning about these two wonderful gentlemen. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
No Score Yet Last Call (2020) This is a long slog through a very dark time at the end of Dylan Thomas' life. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
70% The Last Vermeer (2020) It's an interesting subject for a movie, [but] I'm not sure it quite comes to life. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
100% Coded Bias (2020) It's really good. An eye-opener. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) It is, among other things, a film about how a young idealist tries to cope with the reality of a situation in a political arena. It's quite remarkable on every level. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4.5/5 94% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is an awestruck movie about awe. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) It's really one of the best music documentaries ever made, I think. Right up there with The Last Waltz and Stop Making Sense. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) It is intermittently very funny... Maria Bakalova is terrific in it, but the difference I think between the first film and this is that it's hard to do Borat stuff in a world where reality -- forgive the expression -- "trumps" drama. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Relatively minor in the scheme of things, but Bill Murray... really runs with it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
62% American Dharma (2019) There's just not enough poking around in the Bannon-verse by Morris. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
100% Nationtime (1972) It's a fascinating document. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It represents the sanctification of a time and a people whose spirit Sorkin sees as our salvation. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
No Score Yet Surge (2020) It's a fascinating movie in the sense that it really gets inside the the three candidacies. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
66% The Public (2019) It's heart is in the right place in many ways, but it just outlines everything so clearly in red marker that it doesn't let you discovers things for yourself. Still, it's an estimable effort in some ways. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
56% Sibyl (2020) It's amusing, but it's not terribly novel... It's very well-acted, funny, and Sandra Hüller, who plays the director of the film within the film, is hilarious. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
97% Buoyancy (2020) It's quite powerful. An inexorable journey into the destruction of this young boy's innocence. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
64% I Am Woman (2020) I Am Woman all too conveniently hauls out the usual biopic tropes but, as is true of so many other films in this genre, including much better ones, it's worth experiencing for its star performance. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
33% The Bodyguard (1992) Just about everything that can go wrong with this film does, and yet it's compulsively watchable. (So is a train wreck.) - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) It's a mixed bag, but worth seeing... The main reason to see it is for Mark Rylance's performance. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
80% Spinster (2020) It's minor, but fun. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) It's a fascinating movie on many, many levels. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
97% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2020) This is a really powerful movie... There's a folkloric quality, but it doesn't aestheticize the pain that these people are going through. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
74% Family Romance, LLC (2020) Uneven by Herzog's standards, but it's so intriguing as a premise that it carries you through the film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
53% Never Too Late (2020) Standard and sentimental. You can see where it's going, but it's fun and benign anyway to see how they work this out. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
25% The Tobacconist (2020) The relationship between Franz and Freud is somewhat interesting, but not really fleshed out terribly. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
91% Relic (2020) It starts well, but then they paint themselves into a corner and don't know how to resolve the mystery. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
100% Runner (2020) A worthy subject for a film. It's a bit scattershot as a piece of documentary filmmaking... But it's a powerful movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
92% Widow of Silence (2020) One has to be prepared for the fact that it's very slow. It takes its time getting to where it's going and it's very meditative and ruminative... But it's a terrific movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
41% Guest of Honour (2020) It's kind of a mess narratively and psychologically. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
94% A Regular Woman (Nur Eine Frau) (2020) This is a really terrific movie; one of the best of the year... It has a cumulative force that stays with you. It certainly stays with me. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
33% Angels in the Outfield (1994) A Disney-fied morality play complete with corn and sniffles. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
71% Picture of His Life (2020) This is not a terribly well-made documentary, but it's a fascinating character. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) I think that the film would have been more interesting if it had really focused on what Roy Cohn meant to this family, the Meeropols. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
95% My Darling Vivian (2020) It's an interesting movie... It's a sort of reclamation project to restore his first wife to some kind of prominence and not just an asterisk to his career. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) A really sweet movie. It's a little loose, but I think it really fits with the story itself, which kind of meanders its way into a kind of sweet feeling. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
76% Benny & Joon (1993) This sentimental stew is not without its flavors, and the cast tries hard to be winsome and adorably distraught. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
100% The Grey Fox (1982) Lyrical and almost rapturous. Farnsworth is extraordinary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
87% The Infiltrators (2020) I found it a little unwieldy in the going back-and-forth between the reenactments and the actual people, but I think it's great achievement is that it puts a human face on these immigrants and detainees that we often read about in headlines. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) It's remarkably sharp, funny, and ominous. A terrific debut. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) I wish this film was a little lighter and had more lyricism to it, but it's pretty stage-bound and doesn't add up to a lot. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
78% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) It's an interesting film because it is a sort of personal memoir by her daughter... It's very much a kind of "authorized film," but it's touching that way. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
47% Arkansas (2020) Somehow it does have a sort of distinctive tang... It doesn't quite add up to a full meal despite being overlong, but it has a kind of ambling, affectionate weirdness to it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) It's quite shocking and revelatory... It's really a powerful movie that accelerates in its power as it goes along. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% About a Teacher (2020) I've rarely seen a movie about teachers and students that was this realistic... It doesn't seem phony at all. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) It's a terrific film. I was a little wary that it going to be really wonky, which it sort of is, but it is also extremely well-edited... and it's even-handed. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) This movie gets a lot of points for being strange and Sônia Braga is all out as an alcoholic doctor. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) I think it's the best film I've seen so far this year. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
2.5/5 23% Leap Year (2010) Amy Adams is such a likable actress that she makes the romantic comedy "Leap Year" worth watching even though we've seen it all before. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
4/5 90% The Booksellers (2020) The Booksellers is a documentary for people who treasure the sheer look and feel of books... As a proud member of this diminishing tribe of obsessives, I am grateful there exists a film featuring my spiritual kinfolk. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020