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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) You don't need a VR headset to watch Amir Bar-Lev's documentary about the Grateful Dead, because this four-hour movie is as immersive a wade into the waters of the Bay Area-germinated psychedelic band's history as 2D gets.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
82% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) "Afterimage" feels vividly connected to the Polish auteur's beginnings, yet also acts as the kind of haunting close that sums up a life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
74% Wakefield (2017) "Wakefield" remains oddly watchable, like a Cheever-esque '60s-era suburban melodrama that's slick, unreal, yet has a burrowing drive. You can simultaneously recognize it as a misfire and want more movies like it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
32% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The most divertingly enjoyable since the first. A professionally crafted brew of action, slapstick and supernatural mumbo-jumbo, it's less likely to spur timepiece glances than did the last few bloated installments.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
72% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) The pinging psychological electrons give it a certain adult spark.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia (2017) "Angkor Awakens" won't wow you with artfulness, but as an analytical narrative of tragedy, testimony and a way ahead, it has an undeniable power.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
55% Lowriders (2017) It's dispiriting to watch "Lowriders" make every predictable move. It clutters an otherwise well-meaning snapshot of a vibrant community underserved by mainstream filmmaking.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
37% Snatched (2017) An uninspired, scattershot disaster romp that mostly serves the talents of one half of the marquee pairing, underuses the other half, and struggles to blend R-rated humor, foreign misadventure, and an oil-and-water mother-daughter dynamic.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
73% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) It's a confident weirdness that "Buster's Mal Heart" boasts as it dissects a damaged soul for signs of what's eternal and what's triggered when a man breaks in two.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
84% Risk (2017) It does seem as if Poitras became a teensy bit of an ex-devotee over the course of shooting and editing Risk, even if her own commitment to exposing the realities of the security state hasn't wavered.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
78% Chuck (2017) "Chuck" is, in certain ways, not unlike its flawed hero: a lot of personality, just enough ambition, more interested in a good time and simple insight than a lasting impression.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
74% Sleight (2017) A tight tale well-told, with an appealing hero, a direct route to satisfaction, and the ever-present sense that the merest turn toward stylistic extravagance or adventure frippery would sink it.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) A middling, choppily edited mess.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
80% Casting JonBenét (2017) [A] scavenging, Errol-Morris-gone-wrong art project ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
89% A Dark Song (2017) The two leads are resolute soldiers about it all, but they're dutifully edgy elements in a stylist's frame instead of fully realized characters living out what is supposed to be the riskiest time of their lives.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
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
48% 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
85% 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
30% 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
16% 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
59% 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
42% 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
61% 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
63% 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
43% 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
52% 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
73% 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
34% 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
24% 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
84% 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
28% 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