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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
20% 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
93% 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
83% 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
72% 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
91% 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
83% 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
74% 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
62% 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
62% 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
83% 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
72% 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
22% 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
30% 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
91% 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
93% 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
86% 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
83% 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