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Robert Roten

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 83% 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 96% 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 56% 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+ 94% 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 65% 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+ 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 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 72% 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 82% 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 51% 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 91% 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 93% 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 82% 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 92% 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 86% 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