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Robert Abele

Robert Abele
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
62% 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
100% 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
20% 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
22% 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
90% 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
82% 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
15% 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
63% 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
47% 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
84% 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
73% 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
73% 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
36% 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
76% 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
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
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
50% 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
46% 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
60% 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
67% 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
44% 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
53% 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
67% 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