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Robert Roten

Robert Roten
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 85% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) This documentary film about the life and work of artist Robert Frank is done in the style of a Robert Frank film, a rambling collage of interviews, stories, images and numerous clips of his films.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
B 78% The First Monday in May (2016) This was more interesting than I thought it would be not just because it shows how much work, thought and creativity goes into such a show, but because of the deep connection to film in this project.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
B 61% High-Rise (2016) This dystopian, apocalyptic tale of the downfall of civilization is set in a high rise apartment building. This can be viewed as a very dark comedy about how quickly society can break down, and how much fun that could be.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
B 68% Danny Says (2016) It reminded me of when I first heard the Velvet Underground back in the 1960s. Some people didn't like that kind of avant-garde music, but I did. Lots of great music and memories in this movie.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
B 80% Patriots Day (2017) The standard disaster film plot, combined with the police investigation plot, works well for this film, and the actors are convincing. The depiction of the bombing itself is almost too effective.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
B 31% Passengers (2016) The film does a good job of portraying a desperately lonely man's dilemma and the romance that follows. Although it suffers from the restriction of a tiny cast of characters, there is good romantic chemistry between Pratt and Lawrence.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
A 96% 13th (2016) Director Ava DuVernay ('Selma') has made a very powerful and provocative documentary film which highlights a clear danger to American democracy. It shows how America's enormous prison industry and its largely black population came to be.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B+ 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan has crafted a great screenplay for this film, filled with witty, observant dialog. I've not seen a film in recent memory which more accurately and convincingly reveals human nature.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B 93% La La Land (2016) This is a colorful, energetic, vibrant, heartfelt throwback to this once wildly popular film genre, but the singing and dancing isn't really up to the level of the rest of the film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The story is compelling and the acting is very good in this historical drama about three women who succeeded in grand style against very long odds.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B+ 87% A Monster Calls (2017) This psychological drama which takes place inside the mind of a young boy caught between childhood and adulthood packs a powerful emotional punch. It is well acted and directed. The animation and computer graphics are also very impressive.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) While there is some humor in the movie, I would have liked more of that and less of the several scenes featuring characters stoically waiting to die. I can't really blame them for their fatalistic outlook since the Empire is indestructible.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
B 89% Loving (2016) The acting is excellent by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, and the supporting cast. Every story needs a bad guy and Marton Csokas fills the bill as the pitiless, racist Sheriff Brooks, who arrests the Lovings, and feels very justified in doing so.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
B+ 97% Moonlight (2016) The performances in this film are as powerful as the emotions in the story itself. This is a great story about a man who, despite all the suffering he has been through in life, has somehow maintained his dignity and his humanity.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
B 94% Life, Animated (2016) This documentary film tells the amazing story of how Disney animated films enabled a family to make connections with their autistic son and greatly improve his ability to function in society.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 100% Tower (2016) This unique mixed media 'semi-documentary' about the 1966 mass murder in Austin Texas combines historical photos and video along with animated recreations of events. It covers some, but not all important aspects of the mass murder.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 96% Neruda (2016) This is a wildly romantic biographical drama about the great poet widely known by his pen name, Pablo Neruda. Years before his downfall, we see Neruda the artist, Neruda the romantic, Neruda the trickster, foiling the dark powers with wit and courage.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) An inspiring biopic about a woman struggling to survive, but who has the strength to bare her soul on the internet, and the talent and perseverance to rise above her poverty and her tragic past.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 93% Harry & Snowman (2016) This is a moving documentary about relationships, between horse and man, and family relationships too. The story of the rescued horse is amazing, and the story of Harry de Leyer and his family is remarkable in its own way.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 91% Zero Days (2016) Cyber warfare policy is clearly a very complex issue. Director Alex Gibney makes a convincing argument that it is time for this to be brought out into the open so it can be fully examined and discussed.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) This film is effectively written and directed by Nate Parker. The acting is uniformly strong by a talented cast. It gives us a good look into an event in history that should be remembered.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 83% Sausage Party (2016) I did not expect much of this movie, but it turned out better than I expected. It is very funny, with lots of jokes from movies and popular culture.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 89% Jackie (2016) It is well acted and informative, revealing a side of Jackie Kennedy that is relatively unknown.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 95% Moana (2016) This is a very solid Disney feature, that looks good in 3D, featuring excellent voice talents. The songs are O.K., but not up there with the Disney classics. This is a good, but not great Disney animated feature.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) If you like to shop at farmer's markets, this film will show you some of the effort it takes to grow the food you eat, and it is not a pretty sight at times. It also makes a pretty good argument for being a vegetarian.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) This documentary details that long journey from the 1960s to the new millennium in societal and racial changes, as well as changes in the enigmatic O.J. He got his payback for being born into poverty and oppression, but fell back to the depths again.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) The film jumps from the horrors of the trolls who lurk online, to the sublime visions of idealists who hope for a better future because of our increasing interconnectedness.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 82% Denial (2016) This is a well-acted and well-written film that kept me guessing right up to the end, mainly because the story defies courtroom drama conventions. Weisz, Spall, Wilkinson and Scott all give fine performances in this film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
C+ 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) This is an enjoyable film, particularly in its humorous scenes. The dramatic scenes are more uneven. Some of the characters are captivating.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) I was surprised at how good this film is, being an extension of the Harry Potter "Cinematic Universe," to borrow a phrase. I was expecting that familiar downward spiral of destiny, but this is more upbeat and unpredictable.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
A 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) The words of James Baldwin, heard (spoken by actor Samuel L. Jackson) and seen in this film, reach out to us from the past, reminding us that we haven't come as far as we think we have. We are still trapped in a history we don't fully understand.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
C+ 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) This film is obviously a showcase for the considerable talents of Sally Field, 70, but it's also funny, and there are some other interesting characters besides Doris. an "old maid" who wants a lot more out of her life than she's been getting.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
B 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) This is a pretty standard, but nonetheless effective, disaster film with some good performances and visual effects.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
C 80% The Academy of Muses (La academia de las musas) (2016) It has the same drawback that most Woody Allen films have, interesting, pretty, but relatively powerless, easily manipulated, emotionally volatile women characters who are victimized by men.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
B 94% Arrival (2016) Unlike most films of this ilk, it rejects the notion that life is tragic simply because it inevitably ends in death. This story embraces death, life, sickness, despair and love.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
B 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) While the war scenes are intense, with over-the-top gore, this is not a typical war film. This is a unique film about the horrors of war, pacifism, faith and incredible heroics.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
B 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Marvel Studio's latest superhero origin story is as polished and as flashy as we have come to expect from this highly successful enterprise. It is a visual feast, especially in 3D.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
B 51% The Accountant (2016) This is a well-acted, written and directed film (directed by Gavin O'Connor of 'Warrior') with lots of action and a bit of humor too. Writer Bill Dubuque ('The Judge') does a nice job of developing all these characters.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
B 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) There are noticeable holes in the plot, but the action is plentiful. Director Edward Zwick and writer Richard Wenk do a nice job with the pace of the film and keeping the tone light enough. It is an agreeable popcorn film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
B 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) While this disaster movie doesn't do that great a job at explaining exactly what went wrong, it does succeed in putting the audience in the middle of the action with effective point-of-view cinematography by Enrique Chediak.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
B+ 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water is a smartly-written (by Taylor Sheridan of Sicario) well-acted film that closely observes its characters and their relationships, even minor characters, which are often glossed over in lesser films.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
B 85% Sully (2016) When the movie gets around to actually depicting the incident itself, fragmented though it is, it is a visual tour de force, with convincing images of the aircraft, trailing smoke, gliding through the sky, not far enough above New York City.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
B 60% War Dogs (2016) This is a very entertaining tale of greed, corruption, lawlessness and danger, but more than that, it is a tale of two old friends whose greed leads them to become enemies. It is a bit like a modern take on 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.'‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
B 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The stop motion animation and the 3D effects are very good. The look of the film is also very artistic and imaginative. It is doing all right in America, but I think overseas is where it will really shine.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
B+ No Score Yet The Business of Amateurs (2016) This is a film which should be seen by every football player and every athlete thinking of signing an athletic letter of intent to any college, and by every parent and family member of those athletes.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
B 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) This film packs an emotional punch. It is well acted and directed. There is action and there is spectacle, but it doesn't overwhelm the story, which is essentially about human relationships, friendships and love.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
C+ 25% Suicide Squad (2016) Thanks to some interesting characters and some Deadpool-inspired gallows humor, this is a fun film to watch, but not as much fun as it should have been. It has problems, but it does manage to rise a bit above the usual Hollywood mediocrity.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
C+ 56% Jason Bourne (2016) This Bourne movie is a bit more loose than the others, not as tightly constructed, but the action scenes are effective enough, the characters are believable and the story is compelling. It works well enough.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2016
C+ 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The first big action sequence seemed very chaotic and poorly lit. The story is also pretty convoluted and not very convincing as far as why the characters behave the way they do, particularly the villains and their minions.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
B 73% Ghostbusters (2016) As far as a remake of a beloved comedy, it is pretty good. We need good comedies in these times of hate and strife. There are few good comedies now being made. This is one of them.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016