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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 63% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) While the story does seem a bit laid back and comedic for such a serious subject, it is entertaining and well-acted by Evan Peters, Al Pacino and Barkhad Abdi.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C+ 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) This is a very warm story about an unusual relationship surrounded by palace intrigue, power struggles and jealousy. It is about the loneliness of a world-weary Queen who finds the emotional support she needs in a man from a very different culture.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C+ 41% Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) (2010) What gives this movie its power are its universal themes about the balance of nature, the dark and light in each of us and the fact that death gives life its meaning.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
B 73% Hostiles (2018) There are wonderful performances in this film. The quiet dignity that Wes Studi brings to his character is key to making this story work, along with Christian Bale's portrayal of inner emotional conflicts and Rosamund Pike's searing grief and rage.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C+ 39% I Love You, Daddy (2017) This Woody Allen-like black and white comedy about a successful comedy writer's life suddenly falling apart is actually not a bad movie, but it will always be in the shadow of the sexual misconduct controversy that led to it's cancellation.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C 46% The Dinner (2017) This is a sad, talky, slow-paced movie that seems to drag on longer than its two hour running time. On top of that there is an ambiguous ending, which makes it seem even less worthwhile to sit through.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C+ 78% The Hero (2017) Despite some reservations, the strong performances by Sam Elliot and Laura Prepon are enough to give this romantic drama a pass.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
B 77% All the Money in the World (2017) This is a crime drama, combined with a family drama and a comedy of errors. It is amazing that Getty survived this mistake-ridden ransom scheme. It is a lot more complex and interesting than I thought it would be.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) It alters history too much to make it a valuable portrait of P.T. Barnum. The music is not good enough to make it a good musical, either, despite good staging, some effective dance numbers and some good performances by a talented cast.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
C+ 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Although the pace of the movie slows down at times, it is a good adventure story and a good character study aided by some solid performances.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
B 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid is a kind of monster created and enabled by social media. To me, this was a very disturbing movie. Ingrid's mental health problems, her rage and her violent impulses are the least disturbing things about it.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
B 84% The Final Year (2018) The impression one gets from this documentary is that these people at the top of the Obama Administration are very smart, well-spoken, literate and they work very hard.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
C+ 97% Whose Streets? (2017) This film celebrates black power and the Black Lives Matter movement. What is left out, is the fact that spontaneous demonstrations, and memorials to victims are no substitute for sustained political pressure and community activism.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
B 93% School Life (2017) Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rayne ('The Stranger') this is a warm, personal, inspiring portrait of students, teachers and staff at an Irish boarding school that could have been titled The Joy of Teaching.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
B 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The story is compelling and there are some good characters to follow on this journey through many twists and turns. The acting is solid, and the visual effects are top notch. This is an impressive effort by writer-director Rian Johnson ('Looper').‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
C+ 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) To me, this franchise seems tired. An overly complicated plot seems to waste time while we wait for the inevitable showdown between Gru and the supervillain, former child TV star, Bratt. But the characters are still solid.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
B 69% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) This story has something to say about the rise of white supremacy, as well as the frustration felt by families who have not been well served by the criminal justice system.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
B 82% Risk (2017) It is clear that Poitras is more than fair with Julian Assange in this documentary about him, but this depiction of Assange is probably not flattering enough to satisfy him or his more rabid supporters.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
B 92% Thelma (2017) This coming of age movie reminded me a bit of a 1961 Twilight Zone episode, 'It's a Good Life,' written by Jerome Bixby. The performances by Harboe, Wilkins and Dorrit, are all solid. The story, while fantastic and unbelievable, is compelling.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
B 80% Colossal (2017) This is a totally unbelievable movie, but it is entertaining and it is a pretty good character study of the two main characters. Jason Sudeikis is scary good in this movie. The understated way he becomes increasingly malevolent is very creepy.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
B 42% The Bad Batch (2017) The story kept taking unexpected turns throughout. I don't remember Suki Waterhouse from previous movies, but she gives a strong performance in this film. She has charisma and the camera likes her. She looks like a star on the rise.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
A 81% Molly's Game (2018) Hollywood provides few good roles for women, but this is an exception. Jessica Chastain ('Miss Sloane') gets a Bette Davis kind of role as troubled gambling guru Molly Bloom and she burns up the screen with an incendiary performance.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2017
B 50% Downsizing (2017) This is a funny, touching romantic comedy about a hard-headed man who luckily finds himself surrounded by wise friends who help him find his way in life. He finds love and purpose in life, despite his foolish plans.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2017
B 92% The Disaster Artist (2017) This is the year's funniest film. I suspect that the more you know about how films are really made, the funnier this film will seem to you, and vice versa.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
A 88% The Post (2018) The entire movie is built around the complex character of Katharine Graham (played by Meryl Streep) the owner of the Post, and the difficulties she faced in deciding whether or not to publish news stories based on classified government documents.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 94% Human Flow (2017) This movie offers no solution to this problem. It merely shows us what the problem is. It appears that as long as governments can get away with forcing people out of their cities without paying for the consequences, this problem is not going away.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 100% Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) There are those who say you don't have to be a fan of the Grateful Dead to watch this four hour long documentary film about it. Maybe, but it would help a lot. After watching this, I think I have a better idea of why the Deadheads are so fanatic.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B+ 100% Alive and Kicking (2017) This is a very life-affirming movie with joyous dance performances with a lot of amazing acrobatic moves. It is not only a lot of fun to watch, but a good antidote for these dark, depressing times in the world.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Dorfman talks like a philosopher at times, but never seems to take herself, or anything else, very seriously, except for the death of film. She talks about the loss of film and all the wonderful machinery thrown away when Polaroid went bankrupt.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 85% Beach Rats (2017) This is a disturbing drama about a young man in search of his own identity at great risk to himself and others, an alarming portrait of a lost soul, rudderless and self-destructive, seeking drugs and dangerous sexual liaisons.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 91% A Ghost Story (2017) This is a low-budget art film that is very thought-provoking, with big ideas about the nature of existence, death and time. It is wistful, imaginative, and unexpectedly emotional in its depiction of the transience of life.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 81% The Square (2017) A funny comedy about modern art, upper class smugness and how thin the veneer of civilization is. It also has plot elements that don't fit together, and the movie's beginning and end seemed way too far apart.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 91% Good Time (2017) This crime drama of a bank robber trying to get his brother out of police custody features non-stop improvisation. This is a character worth following, and Robert Pattinson is an actor to watch. Benny Safdie is also a writer and director on the rise.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 85% Darkest Hour (2017) This film is a showcase for Gary Oldman's powerful portrayal of Churchill. Just as masterful are the makeup and prosthetics artists who make Oldman look like Churchill.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
A 96% Mudbound (2017) This harrowing, intense, searing movie about two families bound together by land, war and poverty in rural Mississippi in the middle of the 20th Century is both foreign and familiar. Most of all, it is powerful.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B+ 99% Jane (2017) This film gives us a fascinating portrait of a remarkable person, Jane Goodall. She is the very embodiment of philosopher Joseph Campbell's admonition to 'follow your bliss.' It seems that Goodall was born to do this chimp research.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B 99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) This French film follows the activities of a group of Act Up activists in Paris in the mid-1990s. It looks like a documentary, probably because the writers and director drew upon their own experiences as Act Up activists to make this film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
A 100% The Work (2017) This is a powerful emotional documentary film about prisoners and outsiders who participate in a series of revealing group therapy sessions inside Folsom State Prison.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
A 100% Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017) The film argues that the people of the world are all connected. While there are certainly disasters when one nation involves itself in the civil war of another nation, there are also disasters which result from nations standing aside, doing nothing.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B 100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) This documentary film about coal mining, coal miners and ghost cities in China is a hybrid, more art film than documentary, providing few statistics, but it tells a compelling story of hell on earth through images and music.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B+ 100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) This film is a telling slice of life, of people trapped in dangerous, chaotic warfare, is a unique collaboration between director Zaradasht Ahmed and Nori Sharif. Nori becomes hardened and desperate, but never loses his humanity, nor his hope.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
A 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The artistic touches of writer-director Guillermo del Toro are evident in this film. The acting is excellent, especially by Sally Hawkins. Michael Shannon is one of the best villains on screen these days, and he is great in this film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
A 95% Step (2017) On the one hand, this is a joyful film about families overcoming hardships and young women going off to college against the odds. On the other hand it is tragic to know that most children don't get educational opportunities of this caliber.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B+ 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) This very funny movie about a dysfunctional family of artistic types is a lot like some of Woody Allen's best comedies set in New York City. ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
C+ 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) This Japanese samurai fantasy film with buckets of blood and coffins full of severed limbs, as well as some humor and a lot of sword fighting action, is brought to you by those who made '13 Assassins.'‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B 99% City of Ghosts (2017) On the one hand, this is an inspirational movie about the power of journalism. On the other hand, it is a solemn reminder of the utter destruction that war can bring.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B 98% Lucky (2017) Harry Dean Stanton's performance is the kind of act that most actors could not pull off, but he is so soulful, so affecting that he really dominates this film. It is a deeply moving performance.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B+ 100% Tickling Giants (2017) This bittersweet documentary about a comedian deemed enemy of the state is both haunting and instructive about rebellions, authoritarian governments and satirical humor.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B 89% I, Tonya (2018) This is a very entertaining film about a very dysfunctional family, and a truly fascinating pair of women, Tonya and her mother LaVona. This is one messed up bunch of people, but they are also the stuff of which great stories are made.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
C+ 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Overall, this is an instructive look into the history of Charles Dickens and the creative process behind his famous, popular book. However, it seemed overly long and I found the resolution to Dickens' writer's block problem less than convincing.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017