Los Angeles CityBeat

Los Angeles CityBeat is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Amy Nicholson, Andy Klein, Annlee Ellingson, Brent Simon, Leonard Klady, Luke Y. Thompson, Mark Keizer
Rating Title/Year Author
The Lucky Ones (2008) Andy Klein ... captures the manner in which both the smallest and largest events on a road trip can build a sense of camaraderie among three strangers with very little in common. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2010
Street Fight (2005) Andy Klein "...completely gripping and enraging." EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2009
Night Watch (2004) Andy Klein ...better than most of our domestic product... EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Andy Klein Despite its length and expansive pace, it's never dull. And, despite the dubiousness of its stabs at being "meaningful," it still leaves you with more than most mega-productions. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2008
Gomorra (2008) Andy Klein [T]here's nothing here to draw us in -- nothing particularly interesting or engaging about the stories or the characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2008
Nothing but the Truth (2008) Andy Klein Lurie's style has grown increasingly fluid, and the players (especially Farmiga) deliver, but he tosses everything away with the last twist. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2008
Adam Resurrected (2008) Andy Klein It seems to have been written in a tone of magical realism, but the director is Paul Schrader, a filmmaker who has many talents, but no feel for whimsy, let alone magic. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2008
The Wrestler (2008) Andy Klein ... handily his best leading performance in years ... possibly ever .... Director Aronofsky ... plays it straight, giving us a clear, linear narrative, interrupted only by one intercut flashback. The step away from pyrotechnics becomes him. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2008
Gran Torino (2008) Andy Klein [It gives] Eastwood a chance to be funnier than he's been in a long time. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Timecrimes (2007) Andy Klein A witty, well-made addition to the [time travel] subgenre. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Doubt (2008) Andy Klein Shanley [opens] up his four-character original enough to make it more cinematic without destroying the claustrophobic air of the characters' school-bound, almost medieval, world. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Andy Klein Gort the robot looks the same but is ten times bigger and a tenth as interesting -- a good metaphor for the whole project. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Frost/Nixon (2008) Andy Klein Howard and Morgan are able to structure a series of largely mundane events for maximum suspense. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Milk (2008) Andy Klein [Later] you realize that [Penn] doesn't innately look that much like Milk -- which is a sign of how terrific his performance is. Josh Brolin is no less perfect as White... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Transporter 3 (2008) Andy Klein For the most part, the fights and chases are as implausible as the story, but there's an extraordinarily clever escape-from-certain-death bit about 20 minutes from the end that I don't think I've ever seen before. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
The Dukes (2007) Andy Klein Between the performances and the nice visual style, the whole feels greater than the sum of its plot points. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2008
A Christmas Tale (2008) Andy Klein Once the connections become clear, however, this often bitter story almost becomes a thriller, as we fear the next outburst or revelation and its aftermath. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2008
Bohica (2008) Andy Klein Director D.J. Paul and screenwriter Joseph "Bo" Colen don't bring much new to the notion of boredom being the toughest part of war. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2008
The Alphabet Killer (2008) Andy Klein ...a big problem is the preposterousness of the mystery's solution... EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2008
Quantum of Solace (2008) Andy Klein [Craig] seems rigidified, with no more inner life than a mechanical action figure. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2008
Soul Men (2008) Andy Klein This may not be a great movie, but I still couldn't help falling in love with it. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Captain Abu Raed (2007) Andy Klein Nadim Sawalha gives a terrific performance, subtle and complex, and most effective when the camera simply lingers on his face. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Loins of Punjab Presents (2007) Andy Klein The most obvious model for this sweet, low-budget production is Christopher Guest's Best in Show ... except with desis instead of doggies. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Changeling (2008) Andy Klein Both the best qualities and worst flaws in Changeling have been evident in Eastwood's work for some time now. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Fear(s) of the Dark (2007) Andy Klein All except di Sciullo's are beautifully drawn, in a variety of distinct styles. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Synecdoche, New York (2008) Andy Klein It's really quite brilliant. But it's also so difficult and so emotionally downbeat that it's hard to characterize it as "entertaining." EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Flashbacks of a Fool (2008) Andy Klein ... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Andy Klein One of Leigh's most upbeat films, as well as one of the best. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Ashes of Time Redux (2008) Andy Klein ... magnificent on a purely sensual level ... The new version is shorter by about ten minutes and is divided by chapter headings, which make the film slightly less confusing. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
W. (2008) Andy Klein ... while not the ideological lambasting many probably expected, it's nonetheless not a portrait the subject himself would find flattering. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
An American Carol (2008) Andy Klein ... the jokes are lame and the caricatures too removed from any defensible reality. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Religulous (2008) Andy Klein ... while he tries not to look snarky, his comic impulse sometimes overwhelms him. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Rachel Getting Married (2008) Andy Klein ... perfectly calibrates the gradual revealing of the family dynamics, while dragging you through a gamut of strong emotions -- not necessarily the most enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Obscene (2007) Andy Klein ... a justified tribute to [Barney] Rosset, who in his mid-80s is still feisty, with a refreshingly lighthearted attitude toward all he accomplished. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) Andy Klein ... slickly constructed and frequently funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert (2008) Andy Klein The whole thing is like an HBO comedy special -- Allah made these guys pretty funny -- and it's hard to see why it's getting theatrical release. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Miracle at St. Anna (2008) Andy Klein It might have been easily trimmed by a half hour, which is a shame, because there are so many good moments buried in there -- a proverbial two-hour movie struggling to get out. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Righteous Kill (2008) Andy Klein Russell Gewirtz's script is built around a trick, one that is simultaneously too clever by half and not clever at all (which itself is quite a trick). EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Lakeview Terrace (2008) Andy Klein Lakeview Terrace is well enough made to partly overcome my general distaste for films ... that are unpleasant, yet without catharsis or edification EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) Andy Klein ... for all its virtues, Sukiyaki Western Django is a one-gimmick film that eventually wears out its welcome. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
What Women Want (2000) Andy Klein English's attempts to fit The Women into a modern setting are intelligent, but that, unfortunately, does not suffice, because the film is so limp in so many other ways. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Towelhead (2007) Andy Klein Ball drops the poisonous little voodoo dolls he mistakes for characters into a ... realistic environment, as though that will somehow render his story more "serious." EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Burn After Reading (2008) Andy Klein Even though Burn After Reading is often funny, it rarely achieves either the hilarity of Intolerable Cruelty or the iconic goofiness of The Big Lebowski. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Un secret (2007) Andy Klein Miller and his excellent cast create characters whom we can understand and even empathize with, even as they commit horrible breaches of faith. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Ping Pong Playa (2007) Andy Klein Ace documentarian Jessica Yu's fictional feature debut ... is mostly funny and often cute, but it suffers a bit in comparison to the very similar Foot Fist Way ... EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
A Girl Cut in Two (2007) Andy Klein Chabrol does his best work in the thriller genre, but he seems colder and frankly humorless when he works with real-life stories [as he does here]. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Traitor (2008) Andy Klein For most of its length, Traitor is a serious and suspense-filled film ... But as the movie approaches its climax, the plot goes crazy -- and [not] in a good way. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Tropic Thunder (2008) Andy Klein Stiller is terrific, and Downey is somewhat better than terrific -- inspired. ... Tropic Thunder really is hysterical; and it even manages, now and then, to surprise. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Hamlet 2 (2008) Andy Klein Coogan is a master at playing jerks, but Dana is too silly, too stupid, and too unappealing to enlist us on his side. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Andy Klein The voiceover gives Vicky Cristina Barcelona the feeling of a fairy tale; while it might take place in a fairy tale world, the story is driven by sometimes unpleasant complexities. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2008