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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% The Rider (2018) A neo-Western about rodeo riding, hobbled masculinity and reflective grace that feels unlike anything else out there.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
38% An Ordinary Man (2018) Kingsley is certainly committed to the arc of tough guy stripped bare, but his gifts aren't served well by an artificially studious attempt at applying Understanding 101 logic to a perpetrator of atrocities.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
60% Flock of Four (2018) Though every location is photographed with an almost stately reverence, it is, yes, another mini-odyssey of black history through white eyes ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
71% This is Home: A Refugee Story (2018) [A] heartwarming if conventional portrait of four refugee Syrian families navigating new lives in Baltimore.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
85% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) Chinese animation makes a confident play for art and relevance with this swell of myth, nature, adolescent turbulence and fantasy intrigue that impresses more often than it organically dazzles, and yet succeeds mostly because of its beating heart.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
88% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) The leads are excellent...anchoring Cantet's sincere, complex mixture of discourse and voyeurism, as if the undiluted teacher/student naturalism of his 2008 film "The Class" had fermented into something more volatile.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
38% Shelter (2018) What might have been a tight two-hander steeped in grief-driven suspicion is, in the hands of director Eran Riklis, regrettably a slick, low-wattage affair.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) The collective, dread-inducing moan I heard from the audience around me at that reveal is surely what horror filmmakers live for more than the shock and gore. (Because it's real suspense; like Hitchcock's ticking bomb under the table, we know it's there.)‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
No Score Yet Tales of the American (2018) For any local even remotely interested in the pulsating life of an unassuming brick nucleus for free-spirited creative types..."Tales of the American" will scratch an itch.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
94% Outside In (2018) Another one of Shelton's delightfully untucked meanders into the crossroads of lives, Outside In may be her quietly affecting best yet.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
No Score Yet Fourplay (2018) You could excuse the couples' brunch micro-indie "Fourplay" for its small-bore, one-set theatricality, if it weren't for the fact that it betrays little understanding of how good plays work as both writing and stagecraft.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
78% Gemini (2018) A moody noir pop-up, "Gemini" is writer/director Aaron Katz's alluring, self-reflexive Los Angeles-set mystery that also doubles as a pictorial mash note to the city's gleaming spaces and dreaming inhabitants.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
69% Finding Your Feet (2018) The actors ultimately sell its sentiment, like expert landscapers who can make a homey garden using artificial turf.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
42% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) A few minutes of thriller-like tension early on gives way to a lot of tediously scripted scenes of whisper-acting that rarely breathe life and humanity into what should be a potent turning point story in a religion's history.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
89% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) "A Bag of Marbles" ("Un sac de billes") turns Nazi-occupied France into an obstacle course for two young Jewish boys on the run, and their plight into slickly sentimental thriller material for all of us.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) A dystopian fable pitting man's best friends against its worst fiends in a futuristic Japan, the writer-director proves again that in his hands, a bedtime story is more likely to be an over-stimulant than a narcotic.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
70% I Can Only Imagine (2018) Why is the movie made from a universally healing single such an earnest, awkward dud? Well, partly because the movie can't settle on what's more important, the family stuff or the ascension of the song as a fame-inducing anthem.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
89% Itzhak (2018) As a portrait of a marriage forged in respect, love and companionship, "Itzhak" is in its casually wonderful way proof that life is rarely lived as a virtuosic solo.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
57% Ramen Heads (2018) A brisk if uneven celebration of the soup-and-noodle staple that will nevertheless have you scheduling a post-viewing trip to your closest bowlful.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
80% Goldstone (2018) Why isn't Pedersen - a world-class brooder with soulful eyes and a singed masculinity - an international star?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
80% Our Blood Is Wine (2018) "Our Blood Is Wine" boasts a fascinating subject, and a commendable desire to redefine the romance of winemaking away from European-bred elitism; unfortunately, it's a haphazard tasting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet Viva Kino! (2018) Part documentary, part travelogue, part worship service, "Viva Kino!" is unfortunately too confused about its component parts to ever coalesce into what it would like to be, a stirring, Mexican-centric tribute to the 17th-century missionary Eusebio Kino.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
40% Gringo (2018) Primarily a time-waster, trotting out clichéd misadventure tropes and predictable zigzags in a manner neither terribly funny nor suspenseful.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
17% Death Wish (2018) John Wick had athletic style to go with its operatic brutality. The rebooted Death Wish is a box-checked order form.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
No Score Yet Eat Me (2018) As a tour-de-force howl of primal, damaged rage, it contributes in its own strange way to the current era of public reckoning and testy healing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
9% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018) The most passable lens through which to watch writer-director Shawn Christensen's risible indie drama "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall" is by counting the many ways it grates as both an agonized-artist pity party and a male fantasy of envied power.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
15% Mute (2018) Its arrival on Netflix this weekend suggests that the content-ravenous streaming service add a new category alongside "Trending Now" and "See It Again": "Because You Literally Have Nothing Else To Watch."‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
69% Beuys (2018) Plays like a fan's flip book divorced from meaningful resonance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
62% The Cured (2018) The confluence of rebellion, personal responsibility and genre violence never quite gels, perhaps because the realities of a zombie movie ultimately dictate where these things are headed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) "Annihilation" is here to shake up your night at the movies in the most mind-bendy way possible, but without foregoing the pleasures of an ambitious sci-fi entertainment.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
17% Looking Glass (2018) The alchemic tang of peeled-back vice and possible insanity isn't there in Jerry Rapp's plodding screenplay and director Tim Hunter's tension-challenged execution.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) After his last two dissections of modern Russia, Zvyagintsev takes a more people-focused than system-exposing approach this time to laying bare his country's psychological fault lines.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) The Oscar-nominated shorts may have smaller running times, but the themes tackled are often big.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) The Oscar-nominated shorts may have smaller running times, but the themes tackled are often big.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) The Oscar-nominated shorts may have smaller running times, but the themes tackled are often big.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
86% Bomb City (2018) "Bomb City" just keeps on having its Caucasian adolescents scream into the ether until you get it: angry middle-American teenagers are all not alike!‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
75% Mama Africa (2018) A portrait of a woman ... whose dynamic range and earth-wide smile made the words and sounds pouring from her like a hand extended, a heart exposed, a story of the world made achingly real.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) A few minutes of nail-biting, recreated heroism isn't enough to justify the other 90-or-so minutes in Clint Eastwood's dry salute of a movie, which struggles to mix patriotism, friendship, God, and destiny into something meaningful.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
73% Mom and Dad (2018) A gleefully trashy horror comedy.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
0% The Music of Silence (2018) A range-constricted slog through the dreariest of showbiz-ascension clichés.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
No Score Yet Shot in the Dark (2017) Brings its own flair and insight into its depiction of a talented young athlete in trying circumstances.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
81% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) A mix of realism and punky attitude, with a punishing greyness to the animation that gives the whole shebang the feeling of a cosmic joke.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
85% Vazante (2018) At its center is a dramatist's purest of wishes: to capture the interiority of people in dire circumstances, to make us see what they see and feel what they feel.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
71% Like Me (2018) Both impish and melancholy, with Timlin and Fessenden handily shifting the molecules in the air each time they share a scene, "Like Me" has an eccentric bravura to it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
61% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) "Futile" lies haphazardly between funny and not, as comedies about comedy tend to do.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
No Score Yet Showdown in Manila (2018) If "The Room" impresario Tommy Wiseau had been given the opportunity to make an action film, the result would still have been more entertaining than the egregiously nonsensical and amateurish "Showdown in Manila."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
57% Django (2018) "Django" will leave fans of the legend merely eager to return to their beloved recordings and let their ears take in the greatness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
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