Robert Koehler Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
46% Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) (2016) ... Daguerrotype is certainly a mess, though it's easy to surmise why he was attracted to bring his interest in ghosts, phantoms, and psychological displacement to cinema's birthplace.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) For all the technique on display (Josh Bissett's sound and Mister Squinter's electronic music rattles and screeches), this picture of a disturbed man is a lot like following a maze of bread crumbs that leads you back right where you started.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
No Score Yet Burn Your Maps (2017) A small tale of a boy's obsession realized, writer-director Jordan Roberts' Burn Your Maps is the perfect movie for TIFF audiences who want to do some armchair travelling but don't want to bother with those pesky subtitles.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
70% Bleed For This (2016) Bleed for This flinches from plunging into the madness, the place where a truly interesting movie resides. Instead, it flounders in the lightweight division.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Steinfeld herself is charismatic and brimming with energy, and delivers a performance that's much richer than the movie is or deserves.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
97% Aquarius (2016) ... Aquarius contains a keen sense of history, and how the fundamental questions of identity and personal physical space can tie together memory and objects, music and the body, and how family itself is a living embodiment of history.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
90% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) Embedded in the film's fascination with evolution is the essential nature of evolution itself, how it describes the nature of change and transformation.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
100% All the Cities of the North (Svi severni gradovi) (2016) There are several ways to measure the greatness of Dane Komljen's first feature work, All the Cities of the North, and one of them is simply asking people who've just seen it if they can compare it to anything else.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
20% The Price of Success (Le Prix du succès) (2017) This is like making a movie about a prizefighter who hardly boxes... ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
50% Kissing Candice (2017) The story goes from dumb to dumber, and never has a grip on Candice's opaque if intensely physical presence, let alone her character.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
60% Dragonfly Eyes (2017) The result of a massive, years-long project to compile, select, and mould ... Xu's meta-video work comments continuously on its own fakery-a fact evidently lost on most of the trade critics... ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
75% Don't Talk to Irene (2018) After the dark pleasures of his debut feature Guidance, writer-director Pat Mills wanders into the deep Toronto suburban bush with his considerably less funny follow-up Don't Talk to Irene.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
50% The Butterfly Tree (2017) Oedipal wackiness, arch stabs at farce, and nickel-and-dime fantasy frolics ensue, producing a seriously disagreeable stir of unmixable narrative and stylistic ingredients.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The casting is the movie's strength, and both actors milk just about every drop possible from Simon Beaufoy's strictly workmanlike screenplay.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
60% April's Daughter (Las hijas de Abril) (2017) ... [Director Michel] Franco's aloof filmmaking betrays a discombobulated mentality that has gotten worse with each of his successive movies. Somebody, please make this all stop.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
67% Ha-Sodot (The Secrets) (2007) Excessively overwrought and drawn out.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
88% Nocturama (2017) Bonello stages bravura cinema choreography with a chilling confidence to match this circle of youth who may be some kind of ultimate realisation of Guy Debord's Situationist revolution.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
20% The Double (2011) Like a magician performing one too many tricks, "The Double" overplays its deception while spinning a mildly diverting yarn.‐ Variety
Posted Aug 3, 2016
69% Brothers in Arms (2003) A respectfully modest effort that allows Kerry and his Swift boat comrades to tell their stories in their own voices.‐ Variety
Posted May 5, 2015
86% Buzzard (2015) Buzzard is in fact a salad of cinephilia.‐ Filmjourney
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2014
94% In Bloom (2014) Like a bomb triggered to go off, In Bloom builds in the viewer's gut, a drama coiled to attack.‐ arts meme
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
100% 7 Boxes (2014) Certain to be one of the first titles from Paraguay to make a serious dent in the international marketplace, the pic makes a pleasurable surplus from minimal resources and plenty of ironic-comic-violent storytelling energy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
78% Breakfast With Curtis (2013) As unkempt, free-floating and bucolic as that Providence, R.I., abode, Colella's tale of a lad's seminal summer will win hearts and minds at Anglo and Euro fests.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
100% Couleur de peau: Miel (Approved for Adoption) (2013) The hand-drawn animation here emphasizes the directness of the hand forming the image on paper, and the film becomes the ultimate expression of what started as the mere scribblings of little boy trying to find his place in the world.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
94% A Band Called Death (2013) [An] unexpectedly emotional docu on the revival of an African-American rock group that's among those to usher in punk music.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2013
18% I Do (2013) The combustible possibilities surrounding a same-sex marriage involving partners of different nationalities is turned into rather tepid stuff in I Do.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2013
98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) While a local filmmaker's perspective may have brought more dimensions, the coverage of events here is impressive and on the mark.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
81% Only The Young (2012) The helmers find consistently invigorating camera angles and a smooth editing scheme, despite what was surely a raft of footage.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
95% The History Of Future Folk (2013) Close encounters of the charming kind infuse The History of Future Folk.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2012
72% Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012) Mikkel Norgaard serves up an edgy brew that skewers just about everything Danish in sight, including the Dogma style of cinema, which comes off as increasingly passe.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2012
38% One Day On Earth (2012) One day on Earth proves too little and too much for One Day on Earth.‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2012
13% Ultrasonic (2012) Undone by tone-deaf repetitiveness and a particularly slack midsection, this debut feature by jack-of-all-trades filmmaker Rohit Colin Rao has some interesting ideas, but is unable to convincingly dramatize them.‐ Variety
Posted Jun 7, 2012
24% The Samaritan (2012) If anything, this Canadian production misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto, even as the script by Elan Mastai and director David Weaver labors over a mostly boilerplate storyline.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2012
28% We the Party (2012) The pic feels like a quickie knockoff between major projects, offering the writer-director's handsome son Mandela and other younger Van Peebles loads of screentime.‐ Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2012
46% Brake (2012) Brake may not be the kind of film that Dorff's thesp character in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is pining for, but the actor fully commits to the arduous demands of the part.‐ Variety
Posted Mar 22, 2012
82% Goon (2012) The job of a hockey enforcer, invisible to many non-fans and even casual fans, is definitively presented here by taking the viewer into Doug's world and letting him do his thing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2012
26% Act of Valor (2012) A mechanically efficient yet soulless dramatization of the U.S. Navy SEALs in action.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2012
79% Buda as sharm foru rikht (Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame) (2007) An erratic and obvious fable on how girls and boys contend with hefty matters of war, education and the decent treatment of others.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
100% The Wise Kids (2012) Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet Shelf Life (2006) It's hard to remember another movie that has turned library storytelling sessions for kids into a rebellious act, or that lends the mere reading of a book the weight of a life-changing event.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
82% Bonsái (2012) One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2012
No Score Yet The Perception Of Moving Targets (2012) Each of the pic's sections is driven by nightmares and memories both ethereal and material, but cinematic interest (generated by such devices as the alternating aspect ratios) is deflated by an obtrusively amateurish approach to staging and editing.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2012
88% The Other Dream Team (2012) An uplifting docu from longtime producer and first-time director Marius Markevicius about the nation's unique love affair with basketball.‐ Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2012
88% The Law In These Parts (2012) Adopting a postmodern method quite different from that of his remarkable The Inner Tour, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz poses his questions from a legal angle, and finds these minds stumped by a system they've professionally defended.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2012
82% Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012) Like a doctor's carefully structured analysis of a patient's condition, the film breaks down its massive subject into manageable, clear, but not simplified parts.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2012
67% California Solo (2012) Lewy's script is less attuned to the way rock 'n' rollers talk, and more concerned with pressing character and story details in as direct a fashion as possible.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2012
77% Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012) Skate culture remains in solid hands with filmmaker Stacy Peralta, who fashions his most personal doc on the sport-cum-lifestyle.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2012
47% 28 Hotel Rooms (2012) Lacking much dramatic or intellectual stimulation, it's ultimately a limp effort.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012
37% LUV (2013) Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012
66% For Ellen (2012) So Yong Kim takes what could have been routine story elements and transforms them into something deeply sad and touching.‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2012