Meet In The Lobby

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Rating Title/Year Author
3 / 5 The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013) Norm Schrager The mix of reality and absurdity gives Felix Herngren's film a pleasant patter, but the energy feels too loose and strangely artificial. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5 / 5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) Norm Schrager The cast is an enormous plus, filling the movie with seriously seasoned pros who bring real weight to the film. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) Norm Schrager ... just about holds up as a documentary, usually great fun and relatively dramatic as the baseball bureaucracy starts firing arrows at Russell's class-A kingdom. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2014
3/5 Bears (2014) Norm Schrager ...the landscape and photography are regularly astounding, and that should be enough to hold most adults' attention for the film's 75 minutes. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2014
4.5/5 Blue Ruin (2013) Norm Schrager Two films come to mind while watching Blue Ruin: Carl Franklin's One False Move and The Coens' No Country for Old Men. That's some damned impressive company, and it's appropriate. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/5 Obvious Child (2014) Norm Schrager Jenny Slate is the reason to see Obvious Child. And she holds the promise of better comedies to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 Interstellar (2014) Norm Schrager ... a physically overwhelming space mega-movie that often fires on all cylinders, but sputters toward the journey's end. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 Generation War (2014) Norm Schrager ... a good, personal war epic that gets better and more challenging as it goes on. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/5 Upside Down (2012) Norm Schrager Solanas takes on the genre with the swoony rush and sloppiness of a lovesick preteen. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2014
4/5 Lone Survivor (2013) Norm Schrager the screen ideal of a steely-eyed military maneuver: well-mapped out but terrifying, with unrelenting focus and attitude. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2014
5/5 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Norm Schrager ... an unexpected gem, a movie that seems completely familiar while turning narrative convention on its ear again and again. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 The Great Beauty (2013) Norm Schrager ... the endless charm, the boundless creativity and Luca Bigazzi's cinematography are inarguably wondrous. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2013
3.5/5 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Norm Schrager ... this sequel is better cast, well-wound and powerfully paced. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4.5/5 Gravity (2013) Norm Schrager Space, land, sea. Life, death, evolution. Technology, humanity, destruction. All within a conventional structure that lacks conceit, and is constantly riveting. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2013
2.5 / 5 Prisoners (2013) Norm Schrager The makers of Prisoners think they're validating the film's vicious actions with provocative reactions, but it's a hollow effort. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4.5/5 A Band Called Death (2012) Norm Schrager ... the total package is simply joyous, a lovingly told celebration of big dreams and second chances. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2013
3.5/5 Computer Chess (2013) Norm Schrager Despite its creative smarts and originality, Computer Chess can really be summed up as an artistic curiosity. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2013
4/5 The Act of Killing (2012) Norm Schrager Oppenheimer's conceit is a daring one, maybe even exploitative to a point, but man, does it work. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2013
2.5/5 Hell Baby (2013) Norm Schrager It screams "midnight movie"... the slot in which it may find an audience in the coming months. The late hour helps. Getting stoned at the late hour should really help. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2013
3.5/5 Stories We Tell (2012) Norm Schrager ... the subject matter is generally self-involved but Polley's curiosity, investigation and filmmaking technique add a layer of complexity that's worth attention. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2013
4.5/5 Upstream Color (2013) Norm Schrager ... an addictively entertaining mind-melter that's high on artistry and ambitious as hell. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2013
4/5 Despicable Me 2 (2013) Norm Schrager ... consistently creative and lovingly made. When you're hunting down a bad guy who possesses a zombie serum, where else would you find him but at the mall? EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2/5 The Great Gatsby (2013) Norm Schrager ... the characters play second fiddle to their surroundings, plotted out in carefully architected 3D depth, lightly glazed with an (East) egg wash. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2013
3.5/5 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Norm Schrager Cooper and Lawrence--Cooper especially-a-re naturally inviting actors, so we're willing to put up with their BS, and the screenplay's... EDIT
Posted May 1, 2013
4.5/5 Burn (2012) Norm Schrager ... an American treasure, expertly told and exceptionally executed EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3.5/5 We Have a Pope (2011) Norm Schrager Piccoli is so overwhelmingly effective as the pope that his touching performance commands the film, and overrides Moretti's odd storytelling shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2013
4.5/5 Starbuck (2011) Norm Schrager By the film's satisfying final scenes, Scott and company are tugging at heartstrings earnestly and damn effectively. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2013
4/5 John Dies at the End (2012) Norm Schrager ... where George Romero, the Evil Dead series and Richard Kelly's brain are having cheap sex, and everyone is on laughing gas. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2013
3.5/5 56 Up (2012) Norm Schrager Apted's subjects have the physical changes, of course... and there's a greater tendency toward the self-awareness and resignation that comes with age. But fans of the series may be otherwise surprised by the update's distinct lack of stopping power. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2013
3/5 Quartet (2012) Norm Schrager Hoffman knows and respects his audience, but his film refuses to challenge them... Quartet is just, well, appropriately pleasant. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2013
3.5/5 Detropia (2012) Norm Schrager ... photography and spare music that sustains a hauntingly dim tone, while suffering the occasional monotony of a documentary without a story arc. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2013
4/5 Les Misérables (2012) Norm Schrager A rewarding musical movie. Its sweeping orchestrations and memorable acting make those longer sequences feel shorter, make the overly saccharine stuff not too sticky. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2012
3.5/5 This Is 40 (2012) Norm Schrager ... a narrative mess, a stack of repetitive story blocks hastily piled into a 2-hour-plus comedy. But it's also really funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2012
4.5/5 This Is Not a Film (2010) Norm Schrager ... we start to believe this just might be one of the great bold, clandestine film projects ever made. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2012
3.5/5 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Norm Schrager Once the actors get into a comfortable groove, Safety reveals some touching moments... EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/5 A Late Quartet (2012) Norm Schrager When Hoffman and Keener are onscreen... Yaron Zilberman's debut feature plays its most beautiful and intelligent music. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 Cloud Atlas (2012) Norm Schrager Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis have created a film that transcends its heft, adapting David Mitchell's mega-novel into a brisk, cinematic showcase of excitement and surprises. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2012
2.5/5 Pusher (2012) Norm Schrager ... the story hasn't aged particularly well, and the director's attempts to recreate that 1990s style are uneven, unintended, or just plain unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2012
2.5/5 Backwards (2012) Norm Schrager In this romantic drama, sweet and innocent equals plain and predictable. And unless you're a hopeful teenage moviegoer, that's a subpar equation for a feature film. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4.5/5 Welcome to Pine Hill (2012) Norm Schrager ... feels so richly authentic, you could easily mistake it for a documentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2012
4.5/5 Compliance (2012) Norm Schrager The setup is cinematically basic - and, as a director, Zobel has fine skills in ensuring a movie about a phone call doesn't feel static - but there are plenty of cultural and sociological layers within. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2012
4.5/5 Dark Horse (2011) Norm Schrager Dark Horse does offer a melancholic connection to the audience, one with eerie, unexpected impact. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2012
3.5/5 Ruby Sparks (2012) Norm Schrager Ruby Sparks clicks, making the most of rich performances by stars Dano and Zoe Kazan, with a script by Kazan that embraces as much convention as it intends to buck. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3.5/5 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Norm Schrager ... a huge, mixed bag of Nolan-sized ambition, working both for and against the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
4.5/5 5 Broken Cameras (2011) Norm Schrager ... a story that posits man's tender connections against its violent tendencies. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2012
2/5 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Norm Schrager ... unsure and inconsistent, waffling between horror humor and historical fiction, never feeling firm enough to establish either... EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2012
2.5/5 Patang (2011) Norm Schrager Bhargava is so caught up in his subtle, non-participant viewpoint - which works very well, by the way - that he doesn't emphasize dialogue or actors enough to craft an emotional bond. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2012
4/5 The Color Wheel (2011) Norm Schrager Perry takes two characters, a road trip plot, and grainy 16-millimeter Kodak film (yes, film) and smugly rips up a generation of indie film trends. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2012
4/5 The Grey (2012) Norm Schrager Joe Carnahan's Alaska-set survivalist fable feels familiar, but it's also sharp and focused, Carnahan's best film in a decade. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2012
3.5/5 Think of Me (2011) Norm Schrager ...it illuminates the miserable upbringing suffered by a horrible number of American children, amplified by the possibility of escape. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2012