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Robert Roten

Robert Roten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) I was expecting this to be more of a comedy than it was, but it is a surprisingly compelling and frank biopic about the two people involved in one of the most famous and important sports events of the last century.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
B 86% Okja (2017) On the surface of it, this dramatic sci-fi comedy seems to be just another anti-technological, anti-business romp, but it's mainly a story about a young farmer girl and her love for a pig, sort of a cross between 'Babe' and 'Soylent Green.'‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
B 100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) This long documentary (two hours, 24 minutes) takes us back 10 years before the L.A. riots and shows us events which led up to them. The film pays particular attention to the relationships between police, blacks and the Korean American communities.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
B+ 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Sequels or remakes are seldom as good as the original film (like this year's 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle') but this is an exception. It takes the most intriguing elements of the original film and expands on them. Also, the acting is better.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
B 43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) If you like romantic stories and are tired of the usual treatment, this film takes a different approach to the subject. ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B 87% American Made (2017) Barry Seal is a real historical figure, but this film portrays a number of events surrounding his smuggling activities in ways that seem to deviate substantially from the facts. It makes for quite a fantastic yarn. ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A 69% mother! (2017) This is an original film, and I have not seen its equal this year. This is like the work of a mad genius. It is a twisted masterpiece of a film that never lets the viewer become comfortable. It pushes every boundary.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
B 98% The Big Sick (2017) The acting is very good and the story (co-written by Emily V. Gordon) is highly original. As a bonus, it is based on a true story which is pretty upbeat, even though this edgy movie is less so.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
A 100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) This is a powerful movie with wonderful imagery. It still holds its own with modern science fiction epic movies after all these years. This is visual poetry combined with deeply emotional filmmaking of the highest order.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
B 88% Anti Matter (2017) The film does a pretty good job of escalating the suspense until we get to the payoff scenes. Yaiza Figueroa does a fine job as the film's main character, and writer/director Keir Burrows does a nice job maintaining the mystery and suspense.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
A 87% Wind River (2017) Anchored by powerful performances and a smart, heartfelt screenplay, this is one of the year's best films so far.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
C+ 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) This movie does effectively show that the earth's climate is changing and that human activities are the main cause, but the film seems to spend too much of its time lionizing Al Gore.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
C+ 93% Logan Lucky (2017) The charm of this film is not the heist, which is ridiculously complicated and improbable, but in its combination of quirky, often very funny, characters and the entirely earnest way the actors play these characters.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
B 82% Detroit (2017) It's a broccoli movie all right, and it put me through the wringer. The performances are powerful, especially by Algee Smith, Will Poulter and Anthony Mackie. It would be a lot less depressing if the racism it depicts was a thing of the past.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
B 15% The Dark Tower (2017) The essence of the story is good versus evil. It is not a novel idea, but it works. There are some good action scenes in it, and the actors are effective. As a popcorn film, it doesn't have to be meaningful, just entertaining, and it is.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
C+ 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) As far as action goes, this is a decent action film, like a James Bond film with some John Wickisms thrown in. The body count is very high. I did not find it very engaging as spy mystery. By the end, I had ceased to care who is on whose side.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
C+ 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) You can see the money on the screen. It is a work of wonderful visual imagination, but the script and dialog are weak.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
B 92% Dunkirk (2017) It takes a confident, accomplished filmmaker to make a war film like this, epic, understated, nearly bereft of dialog, no off screen narration, a huge story brought down to intimate levels. It reminds me of some Stanley Kubrick movies.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
B+ 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) This movie is far above most sequels. It represents the crowning achievement in a storied film franchise which has seen significant highs and laughable lows in the past.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
B 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) This film introduces us to a new, younger, more upbeat, lively Spider-Man and some good new characters, including a more complex, believable villain than one usually sees in these kinds of films.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
B+ 93% Baby Driver (2017) The man behind 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Shaun of the Dead' has come up with another dandy action film with a comic twist, but this is no parody. This is a cut above the standard crime action drama, aided by Edgar Wright's comic touch.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
B 89% It Comes At Night (2017) It is a well crafted film, but I am also saying this is definitely not my cup of tea, and I will never, ever subject myself to watching it again. This film rates a B, mainly for horror fans.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
B 92% Wonder Woman (2017) What really makes the film, however is Diana's spiritual journey. Coming from an isolated, simplistic society into the greater world, she discovers for herself the complex, diverse nature of people. This spiritual journey is one worth taking.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
C+ 69% 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 87% 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 76% 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+ 82% 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 91% 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 44% 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 93% 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 89% 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 91% 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+ 70% 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 85% 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