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Robert Roten

Robert Roten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) In tone it's like the original film, but even darker, with a much greater emphasis on despair and hopelessness. It depicts acts of kindness and compassion as weakness. People die precisely because they care for other people and try to help them.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B 88% The Lost City of Z (2017) Both the story of Fawcett's adventures and his family life are effectively told by writer-director James Gray . This is the kind of movie that makes you want to research the people and events depicted and find out more about them.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
B 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode, best known for 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and 'The 6th Day' also has experience with this kind of movie and he handles this story just right by not letting it get too sentimental or melodramatic.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
C+ 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) I found the plot not as tight as the first film, and the humor and sentimentality seemed a bit forced this time around. The internal logic of the plot is a bit loose, too. What carries the film are the characters, and the way they interact.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
B 90% Elle (2016) Serial killers don't seem so bad compared with 'normal' people in this twisted dark comedy/drama. The story is plausible, but the main character, a kinky, high functioning rape victim whose father was a famous serial killer, is hard to relate to.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
B 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Cold killers and warm sentimentality is an odd mix, but it is a winning formula in this franchise, and it pays off again in this episode. While it is not quite as good as the previous two films in this series, it is still solidly entertaining.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
B 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) This visually impressive film from director Rupert Sanders and writers Jamie Moss and William Wheeler, takes time to develop some characters and to explore the concept of humanity beyond just the body and intellect.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
B 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) This is a movie with big shoes to fill and it does the job nicely with lavish sets and costumes, top notch actors and singers, supported by a skilled technical crew. It inherits those great songs by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
B 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The visual effects and the acting are solid. There is also plenty of action and the pace is fast. This is basically a popcorn movie with some humor in it. With all the craziness these days, a big, goofy action movie like this really hits the spot.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
B 99% Get Out (2017) While it is too violent for my taste, it does have some clever comic touches and an interesting racial twist on the usual horror genre story. It is kind of like a dark comic cross between '12 Years a Slave' and 'The Man With Two Brains.'‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
B 92% Logan (2017) This is a well-acted film with decent action scenes. It isn't really my cup of tea, but that doesn't take away from the fact this movie is well made. I just wish they had made it less depressing.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
C 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) This sequel doesn't show us anything new about John Wick. The plot provides excuses for a lot of gun fights, fist fights and knife fights that go on and on. It is ultra violent and ultra senseless.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
A 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) I think this film will be in the running for the best animated film of 2017, and it might make some top 10 lists for best film overall, too. It is funny, it is clever, and it is emotionally powerful because of its insight into human nature.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
B 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) I did not laugh much, but it is effective on an emotional level, as a portrait of a people trying to cope with gang violence that is spinning out of control in their community.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
C+ 71% Café Society (2016) This has the makings of a heavy, maybe even tragic story, but it turns out to be as light a a Twinkie. This is a story in which all's well enough that ends sort of O.K.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
B 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) This isn't just a remake, it is a straight up old-fashioned Western that stands on its own. It is very well acted and the production values are first rate. The direction by the underrated Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day') is spot on.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
B+ 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Perhaps not since 'Pulp Fiction' have I seen such a cleverly convoluted story woven together from different perspectives. Act two and three pile on more layers of detail, adding more richness to the story. ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
C+ 93% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) This film is actually two different versions of the same story, one slightly more agreeable than the other, about a romantic encounter between two people, both artists, over a two day period in Korea.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 94% Starving The Beast (2016) This film is about the little-known national battle between the idea of education being a service to benefit the nation provided by governments, or education being a commodity sold to the few who can afford it.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
C+ 86% The Thoughts That Once We Had (2016) Even though the film's structure didn't really hang together, and the scenes didn't really seem to mesh all that well with the philosophical inter-titles, there are a lot of good film clips in this, and some thought-provoking material, too.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 71% Before the Flood (2016) The first half of the film states the climate change problem, the second half lists solutions, including dietary choices like eating less beef. Because of the solutions listed in the film, it isn't as depressing as it otherwise would be.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 84% Kicks (2016) A dangerous quest for a stolen pair of shoes becomes an odyssey through ravaged California minority neighborhoods where drugs are omnipresent and violence is never far away. It is a tale of lost innocence, absent fathers and rites of passage.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 93% The Seventh Fire (2016) This is a harrowing, effective film about life on the reservation. It pulls no punches and offers no solutions, easy or otherwise. The only demand it makes of us is that we pay attention to what is going on here.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 100% Off the Rails (2016) Writer-director Adam Irving and writer Tchavdar Georgiev, provide a comprehensive, bittersweet portrait of a man who is a round peg that society keeps trying to force into a square hole.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
C+ 88% Portrait of a Garden (Portret van een tuin) (2016) This isn't just a collection of great pictures of a classic garden and orchard (AKA a castle farm) it is also a manifesto about food and the art of gardening.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 83% Lost And Beautiful (Bella e Perduta) (2016) This film is a mixture of drama, fantasy and documentary that at times is whimsical. There is more than a hint of sadness in it, but also it is a salute to the nobility of men like Tommaso Cestrone.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 86% Lion (2016) The based on fact story is a can't miss emotional powerhouse, which manages to overcome some subplots that seem to be time-filling sidetracks.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
B 77% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) This is a true story that is stranger than fiction, a story of a movie star, a movie director, spies, secret agents, kidnappings, a dictator who loves movies, and captive talents making movies for a repressive regime.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B 82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Since I already knew the basic plot from the previous movie I'd seen about this event ('Christine') this seemed a bit boring, right up until the scene where Kate is supposed to pretend to kill herself on camera. Then, everything changed. Wow!‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
C+ 94% Finding Dory (2016) This film seems funny enough and exciting enough to entertain kids, but there really isn't much constructive in the story itself, which is pretty close to nonsensical.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
D 89% The Lobster (2016) This movie is like science fiction, except that in it, human nature is altered in some fundamental ways. If you are a romantic like me, you might find this painful to watch, but cynics might love it. I really hated this movie.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B 99% Cameraperson (2016) Although the clips of films show places thousands of miles apart, there is a common theme, of people, places and events. There is one person behind the camera who ties it all together into one story.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B 81% Viva (2016) This is an absorbing film about transvestite singers in Havana, Cuba, and the troubled relationship between one of them and his ex-convict father. It features powerful stage performances and an intense off stage drama.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
D 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) I suppose that fans of horror films might like this, but I sure could not see any point to it.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B 66% Anthropoid (2016) There are some twists and turns in this grim wartime tale both before and after the assassination plot is finally carried out. The acting is solid, as are the production values of this well-constructed film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
C 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) Women finally wise up and take control at the very end of the story, and that is supposed to make up for all the voyeurism and passivity that goes before. I resent having to suffer through all that nonsense for such a brief payoff at the end.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
C+ 74% Trolls (2016) A musical cartoon, brightened by pop songs, and original songs, sung by Anna Kendrick ('Pitch Perfect') and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actor Justin Timberlake (who is also a songwriter and executive music producer of this film).‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) This psychological drama about an Iranian man and his wife under emotional stress while staging a production of 'Death of a Salesman' wanders into some unexpected twists and turns.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B 93% The Little Prince (2016) This film, directed by Mark Osborne is multi-layered, with a story about a writer, an aviator, the Little Prince, and a young, modern day girl, who becomes friends with the aviator and who searches for the Little Prince told in the aviator's story.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B 95% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2016) You get to know the cameraman almost as well as the characters in this film in which past, present, future as memories collide, merge and loop around in interlocking circles.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B 94% Among the Believers (2016) The film contains many chilling scenes of radicalized children, led by poverty and circumstance into a life of militancy. Many castoff children, are fed, indoctrinated, and turned into weapons in an unholy war‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B 95% Paterson (2016) The story takes place over the space of one week. Minor triumphs and tragedies that seem exaggerated in importance amid the sameness. There is also some drama in the story because of the crazy things that love does to a person's mind.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
B 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric and Quentin Dolmaire all give great performances in this emotional roller coaster of a movie. The story itself seems a bit disjointed at times, but it works well enough due to the strength of the main characters.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
C 98% Little Men (2016) Acting is not the problem here. The story is the problem. It takes aim at some serious issues, but doesn't have the guts to really address them. Instead, the story skittishly skates around the issues it raises, and quits before it gets ahead.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
A 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) This complex story is well written and directed by Tom Ford ('A Single Man') and the acting is superb, especially by Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays Ray Marcus, a killer in the novel.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
A 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) I can't remember the last time I laughed this much at a movie. This wacky adventure set in New Zealand's wilderness is outrageously funny. It is filled with quirky, compelling characters and witty dialog.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
C 94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) This is a documentary about two different things, connected by a single thread. The only thing connecting these two stories is a doctor, Pietro Bartolo. He treats both the residents of Lampedusa, and he treats the refugees as well.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
B 83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) There is some very dark humor in this film. Several funny scenes involve a philosophical gangster who has an interesting theory about the role of average temperature in the efficiency of governments.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
B 93% Tickled (2016) One has to admire the tenacity, courage and skill of Farrier and Reeve to follow this story to its logical conclusion. I hope they come out of the lawsuits O.K.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
C+ 70% Touched With Fire (2016) While the creative juices unleashed by bipolar disorder are somewhat romanticized in this film, the very real drawbacks and dangers of this mental condition are also explored.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017