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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 30% Venom (2018) The story is aided by having top notch acting talent like Hardy and Williams. There is also plenty of action and humor. The formulaic plot has its problems, but overall, this is an entertaining movie.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
C+ 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) This film hangs on the performances of the three main characters, and they deliver. This movie represents a very delicate balance between dread and comedy, handled nicely by director Eli Roth ('Death Wish').‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B 93% Searching (2018) This taut, twisty suspense thriller is told mostly through computer screens running on old Windows XP software. This is very cleverly done, but the gimmick turns what could have been a much more dynamic movie into a somewhat static one.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
B 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Most recent movie scripts don't give female characters much respect, but this screenplay, written by Jessica Sharzer, gives the two lead characters plenty of power and substance. Kendrick and Lively both respond with marvelous performances.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
C+ 60% Operation Finale (2018) Watching this, I was reminded of a similar kind of story structure in the award-winning film, 'Argo'. This film isn't as good as 'Argo,' but it isn't bad, either. It is well-acted and the story is compelling.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B 45% The Meg (2018) This big, silly action movie, spawned of Jaws and Sharknado, is a kick to watch, mainly because the makers of this film seem to be having a lot of fun not taking anything seriously. It has a good blend of spectacle and humor.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
B 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The basic plot of this movie is conventional. Nothing unexpected happens. What is makes this stand out are the characters, which although standard for a romantic comedy, are exceptionally well defined and developed.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
B 25% Mile 22 (2018) This slick action movie reminded me a lot of a violent heist movie in which nothing is exactly what it seems to be. We have spies, double agents and triple agents, engaged in gun battles, car chases and a desperate race against time on foreign soil.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
A 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Superb acting by Washington, Driver, Patrice Dumas and the rest of the cast. Inventive camera work and editing by Chayse Irvin and Barry Alexander Brown respectively, highlighting differences in racial perspectives.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
C+ 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) This movie certainly delivers plenty of action, and masked men, from beginning to end, but it fell a bit short in terms of fun.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
B No Score Yet Black Magic (2008) This documentary features both the incredible achievements against long odds, as well as the heartbreaking disappointment and lost opportunities suffered by many over the years.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) This dark comedy includes scenes of kidnapping, torture, murder, and a kind of autopsy scene where Stalin's brain is removed from his skull, yet it remains, essentially a comedy. Comedy is serious business.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B 46% Skyscraper (2018) While the plot is predictable, there are a few little twists here and there that defy expectations. I was not expecting much from this film, but as an action film it delivers the goods. I found it visually exciting, suspenseful and entertaining.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A light, funny action film, this is not as dark as many Marvel films. Usually, in these films, the heroes are trying to save the world. This time, the stakes are more modest. It is more of a personal journey, which is a nice change of pace.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Pixar's award-winning quality standards in terms of story and animation remain intact, and this is a very good quality sequel, with a very similar storyline to the first film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
C+ 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) It is not deep, but it is fun to watch. It does have a bit more of an edge to it than other Ocean's films, since there is an element of revenge in it.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
C+ 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) As sequels go, this one is not bad, considering the fact that they have to try to make each of these sequels bigger, more flashy, more spectacular, and inevitably more absurd than the last one.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
B 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) This Deadpool sequel avoids the worst of the problems seen in many sequels, and manages to recapture the comedy, if not the charm, of the original 2016 surprise hit film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
C+ 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) This popcorn Star Wars prequel is light, funny and entertaining for the most part, unlike the previous, heavy, serious, tragic prequel, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,' but nevertheless, it seems pretty sleight, with thin characterizations.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
C+ 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The title of this movie should be 'Avengers: Infinity War Part One,' because that is what it is. It is not a movie that stands on its own. It is a leaning monolith that would fall flat without 'Part Two' to lean against.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
B 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) I see some political metaphors in this film, with a corrupt leader, born into privilege, stirring up hatred and division, using scapegoats and xenophobia to heighten tensions, fear and mistrust (sound familiar?). This is a very bittersweet story.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
C+ 53% Rampage (2018) This is not a particularly smart or believable film, but it does deliver action, heroism and, especially, escapism. I found it entertaining, mainly because of the action, the special effects, and the three main characters.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
B 72% Ready Player One (2018) As you would expect from a Spielberg film, the production values are first rate, with great special effects and great visuals, especially the stunning way the digital world of Oasis appears. The acting, and of course the direction, are both solid.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
C 51% Tomb Raider (2018) The main problem with this lackluster reboot is the absence of any interesting characters other than Lara Croft herself. This unimaginative adventure tale is loaded with literal cliffhangers, to the point of being repetitive.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
C+ 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) This is a typical summer-type movie, a popcorn movie. There is plenty of action and eye candy. It is pure escapism. As such, it works well enough.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
B 96% The Florida Project (2017) I rented this film mainly because of the Academy Award nomination for Willem Dafoe, who plays motel manager Bobby in this film. He is every bit as good as you would expect for such an honor, but it is the kids who steal the show in this film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
B 41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This loving adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved novel is an emotional, visual feast, much needed in these times of division, anger, cynicism and mistrust. It is a tribute to the power of love in a cold, indifferent universe.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
C+ 88% Annihilation (2018) What this movie does have are some solid characters. These are soldiers in a war against an unknown enemy. Like a band of brothers in a war movie, the team forms its own identity, based on the personality of its leader and its members.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
B+ 97% Black Panther (2018) This is a big budget film directed by a black man, with a black superhero and a largely black cast. This kind of black power is something so rare in movies that it seemed like I was watching a foreign film, made in Wakanda, rather than Hollywood.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
B 82% Marshall (2017) It features two fine performances by Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad. While many characters in the film are one-dimensional, the story itself is compelling and the two main characters work well together.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B 90% Their Finest (2017) One of the real pleasures of watching this film is watching Bill Nighy work his vain, preening character for all it is worth. He steals every scene he is in, and even shows off his singing voice at the film's wrap party.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Some of the scenery in the film, including a waterfall, is spectacular. The location shots are sumptuous. The acting is subtle and moving. This film has a lot going for it, but it is also very low-key, relatively non-dramatic and slow-moving.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
B 100% Swim Team (2017) Real heroes are parents like the ones in this movie. Some are single mothers, sacrificing, struggling, going above and beyond, out of love for their children. This movie celebrates them, along with their children who succeed, against the odds. ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
C+ 81% They Call Us Monsters (2017) There is an enormous contrast between the juveniles, as seen in their prison and courtroom settings, and the scenes which show the severity of the crimes committed.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
A 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Director Paul King has once again come up with the perfect antidote to the cynicism, selfishness and hatred of the times we live in. This is a light, touching, magical film with imaginative visuals, interesting characters and an uplifting message.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
C 55% Lemon (2017) Funny things happen in the film, but they don't really seem funny because of the way they are packaged with anger, loneliness, jealousy and even racism. Rather than being funny, it is a toxic emotional cocktail.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) This movie highlights surprisingly extensive native influences on American music and it fills in some gaps in music history.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
C+ 86% Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (2017) While this movie does have encouraging news about people fighting to preserve wilderness, soil and fisheries at the local level, there are signs of political and global changes afoot that may end up undoing most of what they have accomplished.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
C+ 89% Escapes (2017) Hampton Fancher, best known for his Blade Runner screenplay, here is seen in a documentary about the fascinating journey of his life, from obscurity to fame, peppered with numerous film clips from his days as a TV and movie actor.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 96% Oklahoma City (2017) This chilling documentary about the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the events that led up to it is a chilling reminder about the threat of home grown terrorism from militant white supremacists and other anti-government groups.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 95% Spettacolo (2017) This is not about just any play, it is an 'autodrama,' written and performed by the people of the town about themselves, their hopes, their history, their concerns about the changes happening in their country and in their town.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 100% Soufra (2017) It is not just a story about the terrible plight of refugees. It is also the story of hope, and hope is a basic ingredient of life in very short supply among the world's refugees.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 91% Phantom Thread (2018) It looks and sounds gorgeous, and the acting is wonderful, but I just wish the emotions on display in this film were more accessible, and not so alien.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 67% 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+ 65% 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 72% 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+ 38% 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 44% 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