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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
Posted Jan 12, 2017
27% 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
Posted Jan 12, 2017
32% 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
Posted Jan 5, 2017
92% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 8, 2016
42% 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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 1, 2016
78% 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
Posted Nov 24, 2016
95% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) Another testament to the breathtaking wonder of the natural world. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
95% 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
Posted Nov 22, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Pitt seems wholly miscast, and Cotillard turns in an awkwardly pitched performance. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 21, 2016
93% 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
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
Posted Nov 17, 2016
89% 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
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
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
Posted Nov 16, 2016
95% 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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 3, 2016
43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Hardly the kind of prickly, illuminating male-pattern badness we've come to expect from Schrader. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 3, 2016
43% 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
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
Posted Oct 27, 2016
No Score Yet Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer - 30th Anniversary (2016) The overall tone of quotidian horror, despite the occasional dated stylistic touch, remains powerfully disturbing, a vision of evil that's man-sized, random and unexamined. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Eschewing his usual modus operandi for the rollicking tension of active kink, Park finds a percolating balance between sensuality and sin, and it might just win him admirers beyond the usual bloodthirsty fanboys. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 20, 2016
70% Before the Flood (2016) "Before the Flood" is neither dull screed nor stat-heavy pamphlet, thanks largely to the questing intensity of its marquee guide. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
29% The Whole Truth (2016) Instead of building tension, "The Whole Truth" lets it bleed out. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
38% Is That You? (2016) It takes a while, but once the Israeli film "Is That You?" leaves a certain amateurishness behind, it finds a soft, welcoming space for melancholy and connection. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) A documentary that begs to be seen in a theater, "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang" offers an inviting glimpse into the life of a truly international artist, one whose colorful fireworks displays literally paint the air. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
85% Christine (2016) But while Christine the movie may leave you in a coldly analytical space about sad people -- even its dollops of humor have a chilliness -- Christine the woman stays with you, thanks to a career-best performance from Hall. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 12, 2016
100% Tower (2016) A piece about adrenaline, bravery, grief and memory that stands as one of the year's crowning achievements in emotional, illuminative storytelling. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 11, 2016
No Score Yet Green is Gold (2016) It draws out your affection and your concerns for its pot-growing brothers at different times, until they kind of build on each other. At the end, it sneaks up on you how invested you are. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
93% Among the Believers (2016) There's little that's not dispiriting about "Among the Believers" and its measured, direct entrée into a closed world of hopeless boys and girls memorizing the Koran, but forbidden from learning its meanings. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
60% The Siege of Jadotville (2016) "The Siege of Jadotville" valiantly fights to reclaim pride in a slice of Irish military history, but it seems to have ignored who those Irish were fighting for. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
42% London Town (2016) "London Town," to borrow from a certain foursome, isn't "burning with boredom," but neither is it exactly "calling." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The filmmaking has a certain paint-by-numbers frankness that works in some ways, not in others. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 5, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) When you've been spoiled by the dark, meticulous David Fincher lending his artistry to paperback potboilers with "Girl" in the title -- even when they're not his best work -- Taylor's flat commercial instincts make for diminishing returns. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 3, 2016
No Score Yet The Last Film Festival (2016) The late Dennis Hopper's IMDB acting credits are 200-strong, but any qualitative ranking of those titles would put his last completed movie, "The Last Film Festival," somewhere at the bottom. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
100% Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016) Tells a miscarriage of justice tale that practically bursts with societal issues to address: homophobia, socioeconomic inequality, child abuse, trial misconduct, tabloid hysteria, junk science and innocence advocacy. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
76% The Apostate (El Apóstata) (2016) It's a movie that ultimately may mean more to those raised in heavily Catholic cultures, but it has an engaging prickliness as a satiric peek into the life of a brooding idealist. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016