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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
46% Rock Dog (2017) Never exactly soars as original entertainment, although it avoids the frantic, cheeky, attention-deficit ethos of so much mass-marketed kid fare.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
86% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) It's got some future-world smarts that sporadically elevate it above the junk that dominates this genre, and they help carry it through the routine spatter-and-gore moments and sci-fi clichés.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
30% Fist Fight (2017) That Ice Cube's authoritatively mean presence and Day's comically scratchy whine are singular gifts you rapidly grow tired of is just one of the joy-sapping hallmarks in this freshman feature debut from TV director Richie Keen.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017) The movie always feels socially conscious and smartly sympathetic, even when it's effortlessly humorous.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) This is the rare year when the live-action collection is strongest.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) The documentaries tread typically heavy ground.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) This year's batch of Oscar-nominated shorts, whether animated, live action or documentary, deal primarily with sadness and strife, but a handful do so sublimely.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) If any sequel deserved Reloaded as a subtitle, it's a movie that rolls out a succession of gun blasts to heads the way Fred Astaire handled pockets full of firecrackers in Holiday Inn.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
7% Rings (2017) Gutiérrez can't unnerve you with a location or a situation; he overdoses on close-ups of his actors without indicating he cares about them as characters, to the detriment of any spatial coherence or framing tension.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
42% Youth in Oregon (2017) Moore is primarily known as an actor but this is the third feature he's directed, and he proves surprisingly unable to get layered performances out of some great actors.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
68% I Am Michael (2017) A soberly stylish, impressively non-judgmental portrait of a controversial real-life case of transformation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Though it's not in the same league as A Separation or About Elly, the film shows once again Farhadi's mastery with characters who seem ill-prepared to deal with uncertainties in the narrative of their lives.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
82% They Call Us Monsters (2017) There's little doubt prison reform needs to address the severe effects of locking up kids for life, but "They Call Us Monsters" feels like a well-meaning skim rather than an impassioned, expertly reasoned plea for mercy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
41% Gold (2017) Like the quintessential experience most treasure seekers have with a pan full of promising gravel: a lot of hopeful swirl, with little meaningful result.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
100% Icarus (2017) A wildly timely movie for our current moment, as issues of cheating, illegitimacy and geopolitical bullies take center stage. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
75% Split (2017) An enjoyably stacked entertainment, equally crunchy and silky in its desire to be as appetizing a two hours as you could spend in suspended disbelief.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
42% Detour (2017) All the artfully composed shots, hinky situations and extra conceptual surprises can't make this "Detour" all that compelling beyond its crisp artifice.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
No Score Yet Top Coat Cash (2017) Like a fog that corrupts your ability to be entertained, "Top Coat Cash" is genre amateurishness that neither thrills nor makes sense.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
52% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) A nagging sense that Pront is more taken with simplistic menace and violence over nuanced characterization and story bears out in the final act, which veers dispiritedly into Coens-meets-Tarantino territory.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Succumbs to the usual genre pitfalls: loud and empty shocks, monotony, and talk-explain-talk-explain scenes that drain the movie of any ghoulish mystery it might have held.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
31% Railroad Tigers (2017) Instead of a grand lark of fast fists and derring-do, we get a lumbering, choppy voyage of minimal excitement.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) [A] combination of traditional movie naturalism and still-seething anger is at the rabble-rousing heart of "I, Daniel Blake," Loach's latest clear-eyed bulletin from the world of the dispossessed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
79% Barry (2016) It's not about a man destined to win something. It's about the search to belong, and that makes it more sneakily American and quietly patriotic than any achievement-oriented, conventional biopic.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
No Score Yet Virtual Revolution (2016) [An] ambitious but leaden cautionary tale, which tries to pep things up with energetic fight scenes in the avatar worlds, but can't escape the wooden acting and zipless storytelling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
31% The Hollow Point (2016) Really, this is sub-par "Fargo" meets rehashed "No Country for Old Men" ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) An unwelcome thematic stain regarding issues of male captivity fantasy and victimization makes the heroic derring-do that dominates the second half ring laughably hollow.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
84% Silence (2017) Deals explicitly with the pain of doubt, God's silence in the face of suffering, and apostasy versus martyrdom; it's a welcome change of pace, even if it's not always effectively rendered.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
67% Sword Master (2016) For the most part this is a clunky hodgepodge of old-fashioned warrior tropes, awkward humor, five-alarm melodrama and CGI-dependent 21st century action filmmaking ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) [A] smeary, chilled glimpse at just how punishing the proverbial good deed can be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
60% Burn Country (2016) There's plenty of intelligence and atmosphere in play here - Adam Newport-Berra's fluid, textured cinematography is a standout, and the performances, especially Rains' charismatic portrait of someone scarred yet innocent, are engaging.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) A busy but witless and stale comedy that rehashes every raunchy gag we expect from R-rated comedies, it also wears its hackneyed sentimentality and cookie-cutter underdog story beats as proudly as adhesive nametags.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
50% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) "Sky on Fire" is certainly an adrenaline dose, but hardly a remedy for the action blahs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Behind 'The Cove' (2016) It's too scattershot to be persuasive, even if occasionally it sparks thought about issues of cultural tradition, unfair international agreements, and nationalistic defensiveness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Finding Babel (2016) There's a more deeply involving structure to Novack's film than introducing the uninitiated to - or reminding the devotee of - Babel's convulsively poetic reportage from inside a revolution only beginning.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
79% Evolution (2016) After only two features, Hadihalilović has proven decidedly adept at skeeving you out with painterly but menacing spaces, not to mention the upsetting proximity of guileless children to controlling grown-ups.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) Another testament to the breathtaking wonder of the natural world.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
93% Fences (2016) Can you tell it's a play? Absolutely. Does that mean a damn thing? Not when the writing is this richly evocative, and the cast so often soars with it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
62% Allied (2016) Pitt seems wholly miscast, and Cotillard turns in an awkwardly pitched performance.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
94% Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016) Should be catnip for Sondheim aficionados, musical theater geeks, and anyone who loves a how-did-you-get-there-from-here story.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% Peter and the Farm (2016) As character studies go, it has a peculiar pull as a reflective one-man show.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
90% Blood On The Mountain (2016) The movie is practically a textbook about how ravenous corporations and feckless government can strip-mine the souls of workers, and replace them with a political narrative about their problems that keeps reality forever hidden behind a fine, dusty fog.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
33% Ali and Nino (2016) Kapadia seems more enraptured by country-crossing movement and breathtaking locations than the details of two people in love.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The result is a movie that, if never exactly a cathartic experience, carries you along in its clenched grip with an undeniable power. It's sad and funny and real. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
96% The Love Witch (2016) Mere seconds into Anna Biller's candy-colored retro-horror film, you realize this movie is an ornate portal with a beckoning, bejeweled finger, and you're as helpless as one of its titular seducer's hexed-and-sexed victims.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
No Score Yet Iron Moon (2016) The brutally serene documentary "Iron Moon" from Qin Xiaoyu and Wu Feiyue spotlights a handful of bottom-rung workers who write achingly clear-eyed poetry that spotlights the contours of their lives.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
79% Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016) It revs up, makes its spirited mess of issues, maintains its complicated humanity, then ends. That may not make it everybody's cup of tea, but hey, Muylaert seems to be saying, what movie or person is?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
No Score Yet CRD (2016) Though there's never a smooth path toward narrative or emotional enlightenment as you watch "CRD," Kanadé's willingness to explore the creative impulse through impish experimentation is amusing and infectious.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
46% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Hardly the kind of prickly, illuminating male-pattern badness we've come to expect from Schrader.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
45% King Cobra (2016) Slater has some effective moments and Franco excels at a certain kind of scary/funny psycho, but it doesn't ultimately add up to much as either pulpy trash or exposé.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
100% The Ruins of Lifta (2016) Watching these sturdy carriers of suffering inevitably argue, your spirits may sink. But you also can't help but notice that the rocky terrain requires them at times to hold on to each other.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016