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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) Laying a groundwork of personal testimony and archival assemblage that tells the story of what Ridley calls "the uprising," there's directness when needed, detail (often horrific) when appropriate, and complexity where least expected.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Somewhere Beautiful (2017) Patagonian landscapes in 16 mm and Hollywood real estate shot in 35 mm provide a visually sleek backdrop for mighty uninteresting relationships in the pretentious indie "Somewhere Beautiful."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
46% The Promise (2017) This well-meaning epic about a rarely-dramatized tragedy -- the Armenian genocide coinciding with World War I -- operates from the same sweep-with-suds playbook that's turned many an important historical subject into facile timeline melodrama.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
90% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) A colorful, hand-drawn calamity comedy that is equal parts John Hughes, Wes Anderson and Irwin Allen.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
28% Salt and Fire (2017) Like something you peer at rather than absorb, "Salt and Fire" is both awful and a tad fascinating.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
15% Queen of the Desert (2017) The main flaws in "Queen" ... are a lurching narrative coupled with dialogue awkwardness, and a blasé approach to Bell's motivations.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
46% Going in Style (2017) For a movie ostensibly about flipping the script on what old age means, the uninspired obviousness on display is dispiritingly ironic.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
36% Live Cargo (2017) Logan Sandler's "Live Cargo" is stuffed with arty close-ups and stunning backdrops, but the emotions to connect them are missing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
56% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) Agreeable big-brushstroke historical drama ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
16% CHIPS (2017) One more R-rated pileup of buddy-and-body humor, slathered with chases and collisions for that empty-calorie sumpn' extra. If you're looking for a whip-smart, hilariously meta-rethink like the 21 Jump Street movies, you've made a seriously wrong turn.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
40% Wilson (2017) Johnson, who made the similarly harsh-yet-humorous "The Skeleton Twins," has the good sense to know that with the right actor in the right role, directing is sometimes as straightforward as pointing the camera and getting out of the way.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) As refreshing as it is to see a woman in an Oskar Schindler-type role get her big-movie due, the trappings of handsome blandness, tinny storytelling, and thumbnail-sketch war terror prove too much for this story of a beauty fighting beastliness.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
57% They Call Me Jeeg (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot) (2017) Though not the most sure-footed of superhero entries, as an offbeat perspective on the genre, "They Call Me Jeeg" merits an enthusiast's look.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
22% Atomica (Deep Burial) (2017) Cheap-TV genre fare that might have passed muster as an average episode of "The Outer Limits," but over feature length simply feels slipshod and dull.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
45% Song to Song (2017) As close to experimental-film parody as a major filmmaker's predilections can get -- woozy shots of slender gods and goddesses in open spaces -- without incurring open laughter.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
68% Contemporary Color (2017) If you aren't bingeing color guard videos on YouTube afterward, you might not have a heart.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
50% The Most Hated Woman In America (2017) The fiery breadth of the woman's life as a professional poke in religious America's eye is missing from this narrow, ineffectual offering, which presents itself as true-crime saga and bad-mommy soap opera more than a portrait of a complicated individual. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
49% The Belko Experiment (2017) It's not exactly satirical news that the culture of big business is dog-eat-dog, but you're more likely to wince at the cruelty in Billy Wilder's The Apartment than at the body-count ethos here.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
77% The Other Half (2017) A granular depiction of trauma, illness and protectiveness disguised as a love story and guided by a pair of intense portrayals.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
84% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) A woozily entrancing mash-up, shimmying by itself in the corner of the horror-musical canon and sure to earn quizzically appreciative stares from genre enthusiasts.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
66% Before I Fall (2017) Director Ry Russo-Young and screenwriter Maria Maggenti (adapting Lauren Oliver's book) find plenty of sincere emotion and stylish suspense amidst the melodrama and expected platitudes.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
92% Donald Cried (2017) Simultaneously tense, funny and melancholic, "Donald Cried" could almost be called "Man-Child by the Sea."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
33% The Last Word (2017) It's a role that allows MacLaine full range to be feisty, funny, blue (both kinds) and ruminative, but in a movie that ultimately fails her by refusing to be what MacLaine so often has been in her career: surprising.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
21% Table 19 (2017) For a good while, the film threatens to be as forced as an unwanted attendee, and as forgotten as the types of guests it focuses on, until it rallies toward the end with an easy sweetness and comedic warmth it had been lacking for too long.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
39% 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
85% 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
27% 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
93% 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
6% 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
45% 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
66% 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
42% 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
46% 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 (2017) [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
80% 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