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Robert Abele

Robert Abele

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
57% Jason Bourne (2016) "This fourth entry after a nine-year break for Damon and Greengrass should represent, for those ready and able to separate popcorn mayhem from the grim realities of world headlines, a bruising and exhilarating ride. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 26, 2016
95% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) ""Train to Busan" is really a feast for the scary, gymnastic bit players: contorting their bodies, baring teeth and running full bore. On this express, they're a first-class menace indeed. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 22, 2016
71% Men Go To Battle (2016) ""Men Go to Battle" isn't always effective, in that way DIY filmmaking sometimes irritates by deliberately avoiding "moments." But as an offbeat lens through which to view an oft-mined era, it has a quiet pull. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) "This new A-team of ghostbusters are fresh and funny enough to have earned space in the summer comedy firmament. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 10, 2016
95% Nuts! (2016) "[An] entertaining hornswoggle of a movie. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
39% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) "A temper tantrum of a comedy -- makes a lot of noise trying to get what it wants, but laughs here are as non-existent as an exasperated parent's smile in the face of a screaming toddler. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 7, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "Won't rock anybody's world among connoisseurs of talking animal sagas; this one is basically a peppy gag reel, and more likely than most family fare to get parents and children to laugh at the same gleefully absurd set-ups. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 7, 2016
94% Tikkun (2016) ""Tikkun" takes you inside the cloistered world of ultra-Orthodox Jews, then burrows even further into the head of one young man and his peculiar crisis of spirit and body. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
75% Argentina (Zonda: folclore argentino) (2016) "This is an expertly deejayed party without name-tags (until the credits), which on some level may be an appropriate manifestation of a shared, passed-down music that defines something collective about a people. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
30% Septembers Of Shiraz (2016) "Long on cardboard characterizations and short on genuine tension. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
65% Swiss Army Man (2016) "Even with all the design-rich invention and admirably committed weirdness on display in "Swiss Army Man," we're still in the land of immature males, poor-me feelings and superpowers. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
79% Unlocking the Cage (2016) "Makes a worthy case for reconsidering the sturdiness of laws that explicitly separate humans from animals. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
51% The Neon Demon (2016) "Enjoy the cascade of formal, brazen imagery, just don't mistake its sporadic painterly power for the clinical rigor of Kubrick, De Palma's maestro panache, or a snaky Lynchian nightmare. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 23, 2016
80% Les Cowboys (2016) "As uneven as it is, Les Cowboys nevertheless shows promise for Bidegain as a filmmaker with complexities on his mind and big territories to explore. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 22, 2016
43% Free State of Jones (2016) "The movie doesn't entirely escape an arid, educational quality, coming off mostly as a curious hybrid of the best and the regrettable in right-side-of-history cinema. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 20, 2016
No Score Yet Bourek (2016) ""Bourek" is well-meaning but woefully lacking in dimension or urgency, the movie equivalent of a scenic tourist trap. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
89% Art Bastard (2016) "Though "Art Bastard" is a zesty, engaging documentary about a veteran outsider, when it comes to his complexities, it's not terribly cohesive. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
100% Paths of the Soul (Kang rinpoche) (2016) "If you've ever felt lost and been mysteriously relieved by a friendly voice saying, "This way," whatever your faith or spirituality, this patient, majestic movie is for you. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) "Occasionally succumbs to certain rudimentary hallmarks of industrial studio horror, but for the most part it's agreeably suspenseful, date-night arm-squeezing genre fare. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 9, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) "A confident blend of performance, kineticism, and tone, it has a pulse all its own, born of passion and curiosity, and a healthy dose of psychological mystery to boot. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 3, 2016
73% How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016) ""How to Let Go" says all the right things about an unnerving peril, and the various ways some highly motivated people are trying to combat it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
71% The Final Master (2016) "Haofeng's movie doesn't feel like many other movies of its ilk. That's mostly a good thing, even if the movie can't quite fit all its eccentric pieces into a satisfying whole. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
71% Holy Hell (2016) "It's ham-fistedly structured to withhold information for maximum dramatic impact. But that impact, as predictable as it is, hits hard. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 26, 2016
22% Ma ma (2016) "Though it stars the versatile, always watchable Penélope Cruz, who shows an expected flair for charismatic saintliness, even she can't rescue this impossibly beatific melodrama. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 26, 2016
96% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) ""Almost Holy" captures something meaningfully urgent in the brutal day-to-day of tough love amid a world of tougher indifference. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 19, 2016
92% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) "It's a miniature portrait of quotidian desperation that nevertheless speaks to the collective psychic moan of job-seekers and those barely holding on everywhere. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 19, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) "Further cements Audiard as a singular chronicler of roiling souls desperately navigating a way out of circumstances that threaten to upend them entirely. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted May 18, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) "A bewilderingly facile and preposterously plotted misfire that offers few pleasures as either a star-driven thriller or a big-screen indictment of the forces that devastated global bank accounts. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted May 18, 2016
19% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) "It's as if Pelé is no longer a flesh-and-blood character, but a cog in an inspiration machine that pumps out manufactured conflict and expected victory. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted May 18, 2016
67% Divine Access (2016) "It isn't terribly exciting as a movie - director/co-writer Steven Chester Prince mistakes drab pacing as a stylistic match for the laconic charm of his lead actor - but the serious-minded humor has a probing sincerity that carries you along. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 13, 2016
72% Last Days In The Desert (2016) "Ultimately "Last Days in the Desert" never quite hits its stride as either an art piece or a biblical variation. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 13, 2016
57% The Trust (2016) ""The Trust" betrays its hidden wispiness as the comic edge dissipates and a dreary darkness takes over. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
100% Under the Gun (2016) "Soechtig's passionately contended, slickly produced film may not sway the most fervid 2nd Amendment defenders, but in its problem-solving vigor could spur a lot of others who believe in change to make that call, join that group, or vote a certain way. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
50% Phantom of the Theatre (2016) "Eventually, even the story sinks under the weight of its forced grandiosity and literal-mindedness. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016
55% Pali Road (2016) "As a travelogue for the green-and-blue lushness of the Aloha State, "Pali Road" has its postcard appeal, but for fans of love stories that split the mind and agitate the heart, this one is postcard-thin as well. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "If "The Man Who Knew Infinity" had been more concerned with the soul of a raw talent instead of the learn-and-earn ethos of so much accomplishment cinema, it might have produced something soulful rather than something institutional. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) "Feels thoroughly mechanical, as if it should come with the type of amusement-park announcement that departing moviegoers should exit to the right, so the next group can take their seats from the left. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 28, 2016
No Score Yet Keepers of the Game (2016) "Even if its trajectory hews to a well-worn format, "Keepers of the Game" is as strong an argument that can be made for the rich emotional rewards of schoolgirls hitting the field to show everyone and themselves what they can achieve. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "Turns an eccentric what-if scenario into a not-so-memorable what-of-it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
81% Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964) "A thoughtful, probing exercise in erotic stagnation - no less engaging for lacking pulpiness. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
67% Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame (2016) "A slapdash tribute too humdrum to ever whip up a truly inspirational froth. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
91% Green Room (2016) "A shabby white-power outpost in the Oregon boondocks becomes a grim last stand for a nomadic band of college-age punk rockers in the demonically gripping "Green Room." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
92% A Space Program (2016) ""A Space Program" may find cheeky humor in our quest for meaningful science. But it certainly hints that there's something worshipful in the details. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
68% Darling (2016) "More likely to dull by repetitive creep than memorably rattle the senses. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
88% Havana Motor Club (2016) ""Havana Motor Club" gives moviegoers a nicely turned street-level view of what imminent change means to these particular children of the Revolution. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
47% Hardcore Henry (2016) "Too stuck in the swamp of empty machismo to be anything more than the feature equivalent of a soar-and-crash overdose. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
25% Kill Your Friends (2016) "Watching "Kill Your Friends" unfold is not dissimilar to being at a party where someone's clever one-liner lulls you into a conversation that reveals a bitterly immature, dismissively one-note lout, after which you're trapped. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2016
97% The Dark Horse (2016) "Curtis is so heartbreakingly convincing in the lead role that he routinely frees you of the feeling you're watching one more adversity saga with scrappy kids and a third-act tournament. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 1, 2016
70% Take Me To The River (2016) "For every "but why ..." the story engenders, there's an equally persuasive accumulation of arrestingly unsettling detail that builds its own assertive hum. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 25, 2016
96% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) "Though the title ironically appropriates Jesse Helms' Senate floor admonition during the art-funding uproar over his work, it also acts as the simplest of incitements. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
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