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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
87% Amanda Knox (2016) Blackhurst and McGinn do a vise-tightening job with the unpacking the facts as we now know them, as we never knew them (including rarely seen court documents and police video), and as they were originally distorted beyond all reason. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 28, 2016
82% Girl Asleep (2016) "Girl Asleep" thinks it's a stylishly resonant fairy tale about identity when the primary takeaway is an exquisitely curated slide show. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 21, 2016
79% Audrie & Daisy (2016) The movie is a sobering look at the minefield teenage girls traverse when it comes to drinking, pressure from porn-addled boys and social media popularity. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 21, 2016
53% The Dressmaker (2016) What starts as a cheeky lark about bad reputations and snazzy transformations never really gels into something truly funny or even appetizingly weird. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 21, 2016
90% When Two Worlds Collide (2016) "When Two Worlds Collide" has a breathless urgency to it, even if its structuring of events feels a bit ramshackle, and the directness of its environmental warnings feel no different than a thousand other message docs. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) Acknowledges that the boundary between instructor and charge is a necessary but complicated one, especially when messy, needy, well-meaning human beings are on both sides of that line. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 15, 2016
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) "Kate Plays Christine" makes for a twisty, unsettling probe into our fascination with transforming lives, and deaths, into digestible storytelling. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
69% Operation Avalanche (2016) It's as dizzying as it sounds, but more the fun-house version of disorienting. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
18% The Good Neighbor (2016) The dreary lack of suspense in this tweaked "Rear Window" scenario, and our inability to care one whit for two cruel, arrogant bullies operating under a perceived notion that they're social scientists, makes this one tough going. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
100% Tramps (2016) The echoes of fast-talking, flirty couples from screwball through French New Wave, from Woody Allen through every promising Woody wannabe, reverberate through this zippy, well-acted tale. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 11, 2016
0% The Disappointments Room (2016) A litany of embarrassments best left shielded from audiences. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016) An incredible true story of sacrifice ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
83% Kicks (2016) "Kicks" is that kind of fascinatingly uneven indie only children of gritty urban life know how to make when they're ready to pick up a camera and engage with their past. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) There's certainly enough verve, and love for the genre, to help one get past its trouble spots, but you can't help feeling the mercenary thinking behind rehashing this mercenary yarn. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 8, 2016
13% Planetarium (2016) A movie of only superficial pleasures, offering little emotional resonance beyond an expected late-act leaning toward Europe's troubles to come. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 7, 2016
84% The Ivory Game (2016) Plays like a rapid response team headed straight for your conscience. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 2, 2016
85% Sully (2016) There's a lively, hard-to-ignore subtext here, wherein an 86-year-old classicist filmmaker tells the story of an experienced captain, still alive because of his confident human instincts, under threat by an industry's over-reliance on computer simulation. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 2, 2016
No Score Yet An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell (2016) "An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell" serves as a fine primer to academic darling Purcell's object-driven focus, from which questions about the natural world and its relation to aesthetics are impossible to ignore. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) [A] ham-fisted, head-scratching mix of fantasy, potboiler and family drama ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 31, 2016
35% Max Rose (2016) Every scene feels like a soft, clichéd graze over a greeting card emotion rather than an organically felt component to a larger meaningful story. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 30, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) Tinged with the kind of honest sadness and comic frustrations that suggest a daily journal come to life. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
80% The Intervention (2016) As an unfussy, dryly amusing and sincere look at men and women pondering emotional pivots in their lives, it's plenty likable. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) Like a promising boxer before the training: jumpy, quick to hit, loaded with potential, but too unruly to go the distance. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 24, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Just the kind of percolating, wry probe we need into this fast-moving, digitally monopolizing age. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Considering its subject often enjoys the simple wonder inherent in characters who look into the distance, "Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny" does an extra-fine job of looking back with similarly rich and appreciative curiosity. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) Even in this fertile age for popular Christian-themed multiplex fare, it's unlikely to supplant film buffs' memories of the epic 1925 and 1959 versions, nor to create any new converts to its loud, blocky, ADD-minded fusion of pulp and pulpit. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 17, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) Feels old-fashioned in its action-thriller gratification and in-the-moment about everything else. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 11, 2016
88% Downriver (2015) "Downriver" is the kind of graceful provocation that slips around a corner before you can pinpoint its intentions, and that keeps it arresting as both an inquiry and a character study. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) One of the more unusual and effective explorations of modern war and its capacity for bewilderment and piercing damage. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 10, 2016
56% 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
96% 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
68% 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
96% Nuts! (2016) [An] entertaining hornswoggle of a movie. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
35% 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
78% 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
33% Septembers Of Shiraz (2016) Long on cardboard characterizations and short on genuine tension. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
69% 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
57% 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
82% 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
47% 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
90% 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