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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Time to Die (Tiempo de morir) (1966) "Time to Die" turns the showdown narrative of so many oaters into an actively intelligent, darkly funny and no less suspenseful rumination on the pull of the horizon versus the ill wind at the back.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
91% Machines (2016) The dissonance of colorful fabrics and clanking, hellish physical toil makes for a powerful portrait of dehumanized labor conditions in a globalized economy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
75% Loving Vincent (2017) There's no denying that Loving Vincent, as a curated and curious homage to the beloved Dutchman's work and the fragility of his soul, is a one-of-a-kind accomplishment. But only in its thoroughness. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Returning is Matthew Vaughn, his penchant for cartoonish violence, reactionary messaging and female-orifice-invasive humor intact, but his action chops and visual style sacrificed ever further to the glossy void of tension-free CGI.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
36% Wetlands (2017) "Wetlands" attempts to turn Atlantic City in December into a noir nexus of drug-dealing surfers, struggling moms and broken cops, but instead merely claims a handful of good actors as unfortunate victims.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet No Maps on My Taps (1979) An hour-long swell of glorious African American history and feared-forgotten artistry ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
100% Trophy (2017) [An] alternately alarming and frustrating film ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) With movies experiencing a glaring dearth in quietly human, perceptively satirical comedy, the appearance of Brad's Status is something of a breath of fresh air. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
31% Rebel in the Rye (2017) It's tempting to wonder how Strong - who, as a screenwriter, so expertly distilled a pair of wild and woolly presidential campaigns into "Recount" and "Game Change" - honestly thought he could get away with his graceless, tell-not-show dramatic tactics.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
82% Jesus (2017) Guzzoni's movie is an unsparing portrait of aimlessness told mostly in the queasiest shades ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
No Score Yet Fallen (2017) (2017) Had a minimal effort been made to address policing controversies in the context of an honest argument that the job is grueling and perilous, "Fallen" might have been more powerful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
45% The Good Catholic (2017) What's annoying in this otherwise well-meaning movie is how the barbs become a kind of armor against real feeling, and the bland direction offers nothing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
7% Tulip Fever (2017) After waiting so long, the strongest fragrance on display is one of sweat and mediocrity.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
78% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) As doomed as Noredin's actions often seem, they're tinged with enough simmering humanity to keep us caring.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
21% Birth of the Dragon (2017) Zippy, B-movie entertainment. It proves that zeroing in on a small but significant part of a famous person's story, and how it reflects on their life at large, can often make for a sturdier entertainment than the usual long-skim approach to the biopic.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
37% Leap! (2017) The most entertaining and sensitively handled parts of Leap! are in the more human-sized feelings of nurtured passion and artistic bonding that any good tale of the fleet of foot requires.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
80% Tales Of An Immoral Couple (La Vida Inmoral De La Pareja Ideal) (2017) It won't replace your favorite girl-meets-boy classics, but it yo-yos between the heart and the loins with admirable verve, and it boasts a few richly comic turns.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
43% Bushwick (2017) 90 minutes of real time that feels like five minutes of story and eighty-five minutes of "Why am I following these people and their every walking/running step?"‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
74% Shot Caller (2017) It always feels like an exercise instead of an examination, a flow chart of bad decisions and explosive violence that may not glorify the poisonous nature of hard time but rarely skims below the surface of what it means to break bad.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
59% 6 Days (2017) The core ingredients are all there for an absorbing rehashing of events, but as unveiled, it comes off all too often like a routine siege picture with a testosterone insecurity.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
88% The Last Dalai Lama? (2017) While lacking the focused artistry of a more complete picture, "The Last Dalai Lama?" is still good company, thanks to the wise, witty man at its center.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
99% Whose Streets? (2017) It uses an immediate, you-are-there format to offer a experience-driven corrective to the mainstream, sensationalist-slanted news coverage through which you initially, invariably, absorbed the events of Ferguson.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
44% Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017) Dunn's version of this story isn't new, but it has the added resonance of Berry's affable drawl narrating choice verses or answering Dunn's questions over lovingly edited footage of his home and neighboring farmlands.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
95% Step (2017) Start figuring out now how to clap and dab away tears at the same time; it's that kind of experience.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
78% Brigsby Bear (2017) McCary, Mooney and Costello are friends who like weird stuff, who made a movie about weird stuff, within which is the making of a movie about weird stuff, and how it can bring people together. That's real enough of an equation for the filmmakers.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Of course, there's a level of tactical sophistication to this kind of fantasy-crime scenario, but Blunt's screenplay scores many points by making the follow-through of the plan so damned pleasurable. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
100% Swim Team (2017) The breaststroking, freestyling young athletes in "Swim Team" couldn't be more different in terms of personality, drive, appeal and, of course, developmental challenges, and it gives this film from Lara Stolman its particular character, heart and verve.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
74% Landline (2017) Crumbling nuclear families are a well-worn movie genre; you could even add "in Manhattan" to that description and the examples would be many. Landline is simply another one, not appreciably worse than the average, but not much better, either.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
19% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) Exhibits all the dreariest traits of filmed theater: frozen between what the stage requires and the cinema demands.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
90% Icaros: A Vision (2017) "Icaros" is a mini-epic of serene, intelligent mind-body wooziness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
85% Hermia & Helena (2017) For discerning moviegoers, the affably disorienting "Hermia & Helena" might just be the right kind of midsummer night's dreaminess.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) As information-age documents go, it's as necessary a glimpse of 21st century heroism and ideology warfare as you're going to encounter, and a brutally effective argument for compassion toward those forced from their homeland.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) It makes for a uniquely churning mix of detective story and recovery drama before it throws another wrenching reveal into the works.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
75% The Incomparable Rose Hartman (2017) Mass commits the lazy doc sin of over-interviewing - dozens of talking heads fly by in just the first few minutes - which blurs the portrait in a soup of repeated comments as you try to assess who knew her and who's just pontificating.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) You can almost sense Morris smiling off-camera as she pulls each exposure from her file drawers for reminiscing and newfound scrutiny - that's how strong and warm his admiration is for Dorfman and the humble richness of her work.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
80% The Reagan Show (2017) It's like a time capsule prologue to today's world, no more prescient than when a 1988 Reagan lets on to David Brinkley with exit-interview folksiness that he often wondered "how you could do the job if you hadn't been an actor."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Feels a little more punchy, laugh-filled, and exciting than one might expect from a property that's already been given plenty of chances to succeed.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) Tavernier pays homage to the rich tradition of commercial yet personal, elegant but observant cinema that had already given French film a name before Godard and company drew up their canonical map, detonated their explosives and reassembled the pieces. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
95% Night School (2017) Cohn's slickly edited verité-style storytelling lets each person's humanity rise to the top, just enough to mix expected poignancy with a simple clarity about the struggles of low-income, opportunity-challenged souls.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
68% The Journey (2017) While Hamm and Bateman have the right idea overall, their love of contrivance too often gives "The Journey" the sense of being reverse-engineered ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
68% Annabelle: Creation (2017) The jaded may not join their more receptive moviegoers in arm grabbing, screaming, and loudly warning characters not to go in there, but they're still likely to smile at the elegant skill on display.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
22% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) That hissing sound you hear is the air being let out of Bruce Willis as he struggles mightily to reconnect with once-vital action-comedy chops in the dim, unfunny Once Upon a Time in Venice.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
17% All Eyez on Me (2017) It's a slipshod movie convinced you're either too enamored to want anything besides an attention-deficit-disorder gloss over Shakur's accomplishments, or too dazzled by its startling-lookalike lead to care whether Shakur is given dimension or not.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
89% Maudie (2017) A portrait of the artist as a hermit wife that overcomes some clunky early brushstrokes to achieve a genuine grace and considerable poignancy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
11% Kill Switch (2017) Imagining the imminent end of the world has been boring for years now in movies, and the low-budget sci-fi thriller "Kill Switch" is no exception.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
84% Megan Leavey (2017) May not be the smoothest piece of filmmaking, but wears its emotions honestly and benefits from offering a look at a rarely explored arena of human-animal relationships: dogs trained for combat.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
39% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) Worthington, ostensibly an old hand by now at cut-rate thrillers, pulls off the ignominious trick of seeming as if he were a bouncer randomly cast in his first movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) An out-of-the-gate stumble that doesn't even have the sense to sport its own so-bad-it's-fun personality, barely qualifying as horror, adventure, fantasy, thriller, or even Tom Cruise vehicle. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
100% Elián (2017) Your sympathy and judgment coexist, no matter how wince-inducing it gets with each turbulent turn. Context is everything here.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
63% Dean (2017) This is regrettably derivative, low-boil material. It's almost afraid to invite true messiness or insightful belly laughs, and remains content to cruise on a wispy likability.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017