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Robert Roten

Robert Roten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 79% Racing Extinction (2015) "This movie is scary and depressing, but it also gave me some hope. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 11, 2016
B 80% Macbeth (2015) "This is a powerful, well acted and directed (Justin Kurzel) adaptation, which gives unusual depth to the character of Lady Macbeth. It gives additional force to the play's message about the evil and corruption which can result from great ambition. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 11, 2016
B 61% Legend (2015) "Hardy and Emily Browning give excellent performances in this film, co-written and directed by Brian Helgeland ('42'). The story is compelling and the characters are interesting. It is a solid historical drama. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 11, 2016
C 34% By The Sea (2015) "This is one of those films where not much happens at a very slow pace. There is some nice scenery in the film. It looks like a good vacation spot. The film? Not much to it. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 11, 2016
B 93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "The thing that struck me watching this was how little things have changed with white privilege and police killing blacks since this group started out as a self defense organization in Oakland, California in 1966. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 11, 2016
B+ 82% The Revenant (2015) "This is an amazing-looking film with a couple of how-in-the-world-did-they-do-that scenes. It works as a tale of survival, adventure yarn, revenge saga and spiritual journey. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 11, 2016
B+ 69% The Dead Lands (2015) "Seldom have I seen a more foreign film than this one. This is a story set, not only in a language, Te Reo, totally separate from Indo-European languages, but in a very different time and culture, as well. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
B 89% White God (2015) "This unique Hungarian fable about racism and immigration is told from the point of view of dogs and children. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
B 85% The Wolfpack (2015) "What would happen if you raised seven children in isolation from the rest of society with only movies to show them what the rest of the world is like? This movie gives some answers to that question. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
B 98% Iris (2015) "Fashion is a combination of history, science, architecture, culture and politics, according to Iris. More than any other film, this film provides some answers to this question: Why is fashion important? " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
B 86% Ballet 422 (2015) "I have zero interest in ballet, but this film held my interest. It isn't so much about ballet itself, as much as it is about all the people involved in creating and presenting a ballet, and how they all work together so effectively. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
B 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "Zimbardo himself was involved in the making of this film, and it follows the facts closely. Anyone who wants to see how this experiment worked can find out a lot by watching this film. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
C 80% Entertainment (2015) "This is one of those in-your-face, angry, confrontational movies. It wasn't just a chore to sit through, it was more like a homework assignment given to you by a teacher who hates your guts. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
B 89% Experimenter (2015) "This is a fairly effective blend of biographical drama and semi-documentary form with some unusual film techniques, like black and white rear screen projection "time traveling" scenes. At times the "fourth wall" is also broken. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 5, 2016
B+ 74% Trumbo (2015) " A number of films have been made about the Hollywood blacklist, but this one takes you inside that world. Bryan Cranston gives an amazing performance as Dalton Trumbo, who fought back against the blacklist in his own way, and won. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B 83% Results (2015) "This is one of those romantic comedies with a meandering plot and offbeat characters who don't seem to know what they are doing most of the time. But these wacky, drunk, stoner characters grew on me. They are lovable. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B 61% Concussion (2015) "It isn't the best film of the year, but it is the most important. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B 61% Joy (2015) "Jennifer Lawrence gives another great performance as a woman under a lot of stress trying to run a successful business against long odds. In this biographical drama based on the life of Joy Mangano, Lawrence plays the title character. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B 92% Anomalisa (2015) "This is a profoundly sad tale of emptiness, loneliness and longing. A man on a business trip meets and old love, has a one night stand, has a terrible nightmare, then goes home to his family, where his home life is a lot like that nightmare. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "One thing about Tarantino films is they are never boring, although the character's speeches themselves can sometimes be boring and distracting. In this film, I thought the speeches worked, and the film did hold my interest throughout. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Jan 3, 2016
B 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "The acting in the film is solid, as is the cinematography. The scenes of the whalers fighting the white whale are spectacular, the best I've seen in this kind of movie. It is a solid, interesting story, well told by director Ron Howard. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 26, 2015
B 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "The story is very sophisticated and ambiguous, but it is not compelling. It is very slickly made, with beautiful location shots by cinematographer Yorick Le Saux ('Swimming Pool') and strong performances. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 26, 2015
B 97% Being Evel (2015) "Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by stunt star and actor Johnny Knoxville, who also acts as a narrator and host (also a producer) this isn't just a documentary, it is a tribute, even though it doesn't shy away from showing Evel's dark side. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 26, 2015
B 73% Youth (2015) "The drama, set in a swank Swiss resort isn't about one thing, it is about everything, and that is its problem. It is messy. It is all over the place, but there are some great performances in it, and it looks good, too. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 26, 2015
B 62% The Little Death (2015) "The film is an odd mixture of comedy and melodrama, with some tragedy thrown in. I would have liked it better had the film stuck to the comic elements and dumped the rest, but there is enough effective comedy in it for me to recommend it. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 26, 2015
B 85% Trainwreck (2015) "This is one of those hit and miss comedies where Apatow and Schumer throw a lot of comic ideas onto the screen. Some work, some don't, but I did laugh a lot in between those scenes that didn't seem to work (like those awkward jokes about racism). " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 26, 2015
C 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "This Swedish film is kind of like a cross between an Ingmar Bergman film and a Monty Python film. Parts of it are funny and parts of it are very bleak or disturbing. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 26, 2015
B 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "This is very similar to the first Star Wars film, but it isn't as family friendly. Hope and optimism are lacking in this reboot. What it lacks in optimism, it makes up for with hype, having been promoted along with every product known to man. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 24, 2015
A 89% Meru (2015) "This documentary has it all -- high adventure and accessible emotions of these rare people who challenge one of the toughest mountain routes in the world. It is an adventure, and it is inspiring. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A 92% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "Powerfully written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre") this film contains ground-breaking, uncompromising performances by Idris Elba, Abraham Attah and Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Gibney is never able to join, or understand, the choir of millions singing the praises of Steve Jobs. Perhaps because of this, the documentary he has created seems a lot closer to the truth than anything else I've seen about Jobs. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A 94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "This is a shocking, well documented expose of scientology, it's teachings and practices, especially its history of retaliation against whistleblowers. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A 91% Sunshine Superman (2015) "This documentary about Carl Boenish, founder of modern BASE jumping is a captivating portrait of a man unlike any other. Not just an adrenaline junkie, but a superb cinematographer, technical wizard, philosopher, filmmaker and promoter of his sport. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "Marlon Brando, in his own words, speaks to us from beyond the grave, using previously unheard recordings and a ghostly virtual reality form. We get deep insight into the life and thoughts of this fascinating actor. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 20, 2015
A 98% Phoenix (2015) "The acting is very convincing by Hoss and Zehrfeld. Writer-Director Christian Petzold ("Barbara") has crafted a compelling ghost story about a woman, thought to be dead, who gets a chance to see what people really thought about her. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 20, 2015
B 88% The Big Short (2015) "The narration and explanations, breaking the fourth wall, interfere with the movie's flow. It doesn't fully work, but it is not bad. For some people, it will be their first exposure to the fundamental corruption of American institutions. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 20, 2015
C 80% The Assassin (2015) "I've seen my share of Chinese films, and while the Chinese culture and customs are foreign to the Western mind, I've always been able to make sense of those other films. This poorly-edited film is inscrutable. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 20, 2015
B 97% 45 Years (2015) "The performances by Courtenay and Rampling are excellent. They look and act the part of an old married couple, used to each other's habits and quirks. This is an effective drama about a gathering storm in an old relationship. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 20, 2015
A 94% Room (2015) "It is a great, original, story and very compelling. The film is also expertly directed by Lenny Abrahamson ('Frank') who does a great job of showing us the world through the eyes of a child. This is one of the year's best films. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 4, 2015
B+ 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Like 'My Dinner With Andre' this is a very talky movie, but with more interesting scenery, because it is also a road movie. Eisenberg and Segel give great performances. The dialog is dense, thoughtful and meaningful. This is a movie for book lovers. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 4, 2015
B 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "This is one of the best of the Aardman animated features, very similar to the better Wallace and Gromit stories. It is fast-paced and has sharply-defined characters. It is witty and funny without being mean-spirited. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 4, 2015
C+ 91% James White (2015) "The acting is good in this film, but watching it is like a depressing, exhausting journey to nowhere. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 4, 2015
A 94% Creed (2015) "Writer-director Ryan Coogler ('Fruitvale Station') serves notice in this film that he is one of the best young writer-directors around. He shows a sure hand directing exciting boxing scenes, as well as convincing romantic and dramatic scenes. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 3, 2015
B 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "Well, the Hunger Games finally grew up at the end, after all that silliness about the earth-shattering importance of fashion statements. We finally got one convincing romance, to go with a real battle and real politics. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Dec 3, 2015
C+ 56% Minions (2015) "This third in the animated 'Despicable Me' series finds the familiar balance between villainy and heroism, silliness and relevance, but it is a bit thinner. As characters, the Minions have a lot of limitations. This is for kids only. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 29, 2015
B 89% Cartel Land (2015) "This documentary about the problems and limitations of vigilante justice includes some impressive hand-held camera work, indicating bravery during firefights south of the border, and stamina while climbing very rugged terrain along the border. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 29, 2015
B 97% Tangerine (2015) "The story is captivating and the performances are convincing. It reminded me of other offbeat movies about life on the street, like 'Gimme the Loot' (2012). This is further proof you don't need a lot of money to make a good movie. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 29, 2015
B 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "This very creative HBO documentary about the rise and fall of noted musician Kurt Cobain is disturbing, depressing and interesting. It is best suited for Cobain fans. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 29, 2015
B 87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "Everybody knows about Saturday Night Live, the long-running comedy skit show, but I sure didn't know the extent to which it was connected to National Lampoon. I learned a lot from this documentary about the magazine's big influence. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 29, 2015
A 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "Bernstein seems like a man who has found fulfillment in his life, and his students seem fulfilled as well. His story is compelling and his words seem to be loaded with wisdom. He is a fascinating character. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 29, 2015
B 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "There are some things about it that bothered me, so I have mixed feelings. However, the strong acting, directing and the inventive cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung ('Oldboy') is just too good to knock. " ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Posted Nov 29, 2015
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