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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% 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
45% 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
98% 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
50% 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
96% 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
73% 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
85% 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
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) You can almost sense Morris smiling off-camera as she pulls each exposure from her file drawers for reminiscing and newfound scrutiny - that's how strong and warm his admiration is for Dorfman and the humble richness of her work.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
80% The Reagan Show (2017) It's like a time capsule prologue to today's world, no more prescient than when a 1988 Reagan lets on to David Brinkley with exit-interview folksiness that he often wondered "how you could do the job if you hadn't been an actor."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Feels a little more punchy, laugh-filled, and exciting than one might expect from a property that's already been given plenty of chances to succeed.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) Tavernier pays homage to the rich tradition of commercial yet personal, elegant but observant cinema that had already given French film a name before Godard and company drew up their canonical map, detonated their explosives and reassembled the pieces. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
95% Night School (2017) Cohn's slickly edited verité-style storytelling lets each person's humanity rise to the top, just enough to mix expected poignancy with a simple clarity about the struggles of low-income, opportunity-challenged souls.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
68% The Journey (2017) While Hamm and Bateman have the right idea overall, their love of contrivance too often gives "The Journey" the sense of being reverse-engineered ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
67% Annabelle: Creation (2017) The jaded may not join their more receptive moviegoers in arm grabbing, screaming, and loudly warning characters not to go in there, but they're still likely to smile at the elegant skill on display.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
23% Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) That hissing sound you hear is the air being let out of Bruce Willis as he struggles mightily to reconnect with once-vital action-comedy chops in the dim, unfunny Once Upon a Time in Venice.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
16% All Eyez on Me (2017) It's a slipshod movie convinced you're either too enamored to want anything besides an attention-deficit-disorder gloss over Shakur's accomplishments, or too dazzled by its startling-lookalike lead to care whether Shakur is given dimension or not.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
87% Maudie (2017) A portrait of the artist as a hermit wife that overcomes some clunky early brushstrokes to achieve a genuine grace and considerable poignancy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
13% Kill Switch (2017) Imagining the imminent end of the world has been boring for years now in movies, and the low-budget sci-fi thriller "Kill Switch" is no exception.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
83% Megan Leavey (2017) May not be the smoothest piece of filmmaking, but wears its emotions honestly and benefits from offering a look at a rarely explored arena of human-animal relationships: dogs trained for combat.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
41% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) Worthington, ostensibly an old hand by now at cut-rate thrillers, pulls off the ignominious trick of seeming as if he were a bouncer randomly cast in his first movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) An out-of-the-gate stumble that doesn't even have the sense to sport its own so-bad-it's-fun personality, barely qualifying as horror, adventure, fantasy, thriller, or even Tom Cruise vehicle. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
100% Elián (2017) Your sympathy and judgment coexist, no matter how wince-inducing it gets with each turbulent turn. Context is everything here.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
64% Dean (2017) This is regrettably derivative, low-boil material. It's almost afraid to invite true messiness or insightful belly laughs, and remains content to cruise on a wispy likability.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
48% Churchill (2017) An off-putting hybrid of Great-Man biopic and crisis-of-will psychodrama. It's a movie that wants the patriotic sweep of nostalgic iconography while also pulling back the curtain on a legendary statesman's darkest thoughts.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
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
83% 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
75% 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
29% 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
71% 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
35% 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
74% 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
82% 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
79% 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
72% 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
17% The Circle (2017) A middling, choppily edited mess.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
82% Casting JonBenét (2017) [A] scavenging, Errol-Morris-gone-wrong art project ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
90% 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