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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
64% My Art (2018) It's a quiet, eccentric comedy-drama about artistic inspiration that won't knock your socks off, but it has its own awkward charms about how artists forge their identity while wrestling with professional boundaries.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
100% What Lies Upstream (2018) By acknowledging what isn't known about drinking water, but what should be illuminated about the mechanism behind it, "What Lies Upstream" proves an exemplary piece of advocacy filmmaking.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
0% Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018) Would that Romero could arise like one of his creations, just to take a nasty bite out of this cheap "reimagining" of one of his movies and consign it to a genre graveyard where nothing comes back.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
No Score Yet 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) here's an admirable dot-connecting quality to "1987," akin to HBO's "The Wire," as it wends from backroom scheming among powerful men to street riots starring an angry public ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
67% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's not hard to see why Kruger won the Best Actress prize at Cannes this year for her performance, and though the movie around her can at times feel like a standard-issue vengeance saga, the light in those soul windows of hers justifies the effort.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
26% Father Figures (2017) Director Sher shows no special affinity for comic pacing or enlivening dialogue scenes, so the movie just plods from scene to scene, building no momentum.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
50% Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) "Along With the Gods" strains to whimsically entertain, but routinely fails its smaller human-sized moments due to convoluted plot twists.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) It's a broken record of ersatz positivity and empowerment, practically shout-singing at you to be all you can be while it mostly just is what it is, plastic flash without any enduring oomph.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) As today's tax-bill headlines deepen the sense that oblivious, wealth-obsessed old men are holding progress in captivity, the film (and its late infusion of talent capital in the form of Plummer) makes a valid case to be the movie of this miserly moment.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
100% Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017) A gripping murder mystery about the fated coupling of a pair of calculating romantics too smart for their own good, and the limits of the American justice system.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
35% The Leisure Seeker (2018) A soggy East Coast road trip saga in which Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland valiantly pretend that rogue treatment of debilitating illnesses has its funny/endearing side.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) At its best, when Vázquez and Rivero hit the right mix of melancholy and acidic in their battered fever dream, it plays like a troubled schoolkid's secret drawings brought to colorful, if unapologetically horrific, life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% Phantom Thread (2018) It's set in an evocative ecosphere of haute couture fashion. But by the time it reaches its appetizingly perverse end, the film primarily reaffirms Anderson's own skill at hand-crafting exquisitely conflicting interior and external worlds.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
57% Naples '44 (2017) Haphazardly assembled in tone, with no clear reason to include lengthy clips from Mike Nichols' "Catch-22" or Liliana Cavani's "The Skin" (among others) aside from their story-positioned relevance to the city at the time.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
65% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) The directors get some melancholic atmosphere out of their visuals but don't have the scene sense to build their actors' committed performances into compelling through-lines of seaside personality disintegration.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
92% Shadowman (2017) [A] fizzy, interview-laden love letter ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
50% Love Beats Rhymes (2017) There's not much added to the static thump of cliché in "Love Beats Rhymes" to give this tale of a struggling young female rapper-poet any special life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
38% 24 Hours to Live (2017) There's some reasonably ambitious choreography to a lot of the physicality and camerawork, and until it devolves into testosterone-drenched, operatic silliness, the mix of bullets, blood and banter is dumb fun.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
40% The Swindlers (2017) You may tire of the onion-peeling by the time it's all laid bare, but for fans of the buffet-style of crime capers it's a slick diversion, engagingly assembled and acted.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
50% Porto (2017) The screenplay ... falls too easily into clichés about rough men and troubled women to ever achieve something truly resonant about the highs and fallouts of chance encounters.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman's leonine prowling satisfies as statesman theater, even if there are scenes that too easily tip toward mythic silliness.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
20% Destined (2017) Basir flubs his big point about fate, choices and paths - that no matter our lives, we face the chance to change for good or bad - by embracing all the clichés he can find, then filming them without nuance or style.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Whether you believe the two met briefly or not in some cosmic Method-meets-telepathy plane, the documentary is a captivating plunge into that realm of comedy where originality and homage fuse.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
100% Holy Air (2017) As a wry commentary on religious tourism, and the limited avenues of prosperity for occupied, idealistic Arabs, "Holy Air" is tartly effective.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
75% Frank Serpico (2017) For the most part this is an engaging refresher course in what fighting the power looks like.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
100% Destination Unknown (2017) A vivid portrait of genocide put into practice, and its everlasting effects on the living.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) Here, Reiner's more like an efficient ride operator, unconcerned about the clankiness of the machinery but certain you'll enjoy the stuff that's supposed to work.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
82% My Friend Dahmer (2017) The world may never tire of being fascinated with serial killers, but "My Friend Dahmer" avoids exploitation often enough to forge its own perceptive, tense, character-driven path.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) There's a regrettable lack of comic ingenuity in how this installment mines the well-worn trope of coping adult daughters and set-in-their-ways matriarchs not getting along.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Al Di Qua (2016) "Al Di Qua" is both necessary and, in Franco's more flamboyant touches, perhaps a bit thickly applied.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
86% Brimstone & Glory (2017) "Brimstone" is less successful as it edges toward an impressionistic immersion into fire and fiesta, but as you-are-there experiences go, it has energy to burn.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
28% All I See Is You (2017) Marc Forster's superficially trippy Thailand-set movie never plays like something that had to be made about the human condition. Think instead a short faux-experimental film unnecessarily stretched to the yawning point.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
57% Acts of Vengeance (2017) Directed by Isaac Florentine and performed by Antonio Banderas with an air of itch-scratching purpose that syncs well enough with its fast, cheap and stupid thrills.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
100% The Work (2017) A simple, tense, gritty auditing of a collective unburdening that obviously brings some needed clarity, and the promise of rehabilitation, to some hurt, searching souls.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
97% Coco (2017) The animation juggernaut has once more shown how its storytelling acumen and visual splendors are still the surest dance partners in movies today.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
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
94% 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
54% 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
66% 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
68% 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
96% 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
92% 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
25% 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
75% 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