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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
13% Geostorm (2017) Disaster movies might have just flatlined with director and co-writer Dean Devlin's chaotically stupid bid to emulate his old partner, catastrophe peddler Roland Emmerich. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
100% The Departure (2017) Unfailingly sensitive about issues of selflessness and suffering, "The Departure" is in a way its own work of meditation, on the pressures of living up to the turbulent promise of life's expected length.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
95% Human Flow (2017) An artful, solemn globe-hop epic of the refugee crisis with an unfortunate cast of millions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
53% Jungle (2017) Despite the considerable physicality of the movie, with its impressive cinematography and Radcliffe's believable, all-in disintegration, it's more earthbound slog than psychological deep-dive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
58% Breathe (2017) William Nicholson's script is a stiff-upper-lip ode with spice notes of plucky humor, but lacking a messy intelligence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
17% Trafficked (2017) What's cringe-worthy about "Trafficked," directed by Will Wallace, is how unnecessarily eroticized it is, like something from the made-for-video bin in a '90s-era Blockbuster.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) While not the most artful of biographical dramas, when it comes to bringing to life a young, rising attorney deploying the kind of legal acumen that would later make him a boundary-bursting giant, Marshall keeps its eyes on the prize.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% Bending the Arc (2017) The archival footage, the impassioned interviews, and the inspiring story of how warriors for solutions can overcome entrenched views on poverty and health, make for something genuinely stirring.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
58% Paradise (Ray) (2017) "Paradise" and its predictable waltz of suffering, choked consciousness and monstrosity adds little to the problematic subset of camp-themed World War II movies, which feel like nostalgia for hell.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
No Score Yet The Pathological Optimist (2017) You can ... see the haze of ego-driven denial that keeps him focused on publicity and cultish survival, rather than truly proving his detractors wrong.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
95% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) Along the way, a sobering history of the gay rights movement is rendered through the lens of long-suffering transgender activists.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
95% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) If it's been a while since you've felt the cold blast and hard crunch of midnight-movie meanness, Zahler's shaping up to be your guy - the one selling illicit thrills out of the trunk of a well-restored, vinyl-topped LTD.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
10% Overdrive (2017) Quite a few times in the plastic action splat called "Overdrive," characters say to their antagonists some variation of "You must think I'm stupid." Sorry to break it to you, "Overdrive," but all of you is stupid.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
100% White Sun (Seto Surya) (2017) ... speaks to [director Deepak] Rauniyar's narrative gifts regarding matters of his homeland.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
71% Thirst Street (2017) There's not much in the way of bruising insight into the makeup of a deteriorating personality, but for a compact spin through well-trod fields of lustful, sad-mad blindness, "Thirst Street" has its share of disreputably perverse pleasures.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% Two Trains Runnin' (2016) As we watch these once-marginalized artists thrillingly bring their past to bear on tense times, so does this look-and-listen complement the urgency of our newly charged civil rights moment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
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
77% 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
50% 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
33% 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
9% 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
67% 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
65% 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
79% 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
86% 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