Laramie Movie Scope

Laramie Movie Scope is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Robert Roten
Rating Title/Year Author
B Nobody (2021) Robert Roten This genre film is quite violent and unbelievable, but it is so witty, so unserious and so well crafted that it is fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2021
B Enola Holmes (2020) Robert Roten This movie is an enjoyable romp, dominated by the sparkling personality of Enola (Brown). Director Harry Bradbeer uses playful graphics and other inventive storytelling techniques which add much to the light, enjoyable tone of this film. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
C+ Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Robert Roten This movie is an unserious, fanciful, adventurous romp that works as pure escapism. It is proving to be a popular antidote the pandemic blues. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
B My Octopus Teacher (2020) Robert Roten The underwater photography is excellent by Roger Horrocks and Foster. Editors Pippa Ehrlich and Dan Schwalm do a fine job matching the video and images to the story that Foster tells. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
B The Father (2020) Robert Roten The performances by Hopkins and Coleman are outstanding. These two performances are really what make the film so affecting. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
B Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Robert Roten Zack Snyder's new director's cut of his 2017 film is twice as long, but not twice as good, as the original. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
B+ Come as You Are (2019) Robert Roten Based on the 2011 Belgian film, 'Hasta La Vista,' this movie about three young handicapped men on a clandestine road trip looking for love is funny, heartwarming and emotive. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
B Saint Frances (2019) Robert Roten I don't recall the last time I saw so many strong female characters in a film who all shared so many emotionally powerful scenes together. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
B Kajillionaire (2020) Robert Roten There are aspects of this film that remind me of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' with its dark, subversive humor, headed up by Richard Jenkins, who plays a perfect scoundrel. All four main characters are well fleshed out and quite quirky. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
C+ The Wolf House (2018) Robert Roten Had I gone into this film mentally prepared for this nightmarish depiction of a doomed existence of betrayal and abuse, it would not have been so bad, but I think it would still be a downer. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
B Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Robert Roten The events depicted in this movie happened over 50 years ago, but they are still relevant today. Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback all give powerful performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
B Identifying Features (2020) Robert Roten Unlike most road movies, which are about the characters which turn up on the trip. This movie is more about the effect that the words these people speak have on one character, Magdalena. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
B The Reason I Jump (2020) Robert Roten I enjoyed this film as far as its entertainment content goes, but as far as journalism goes, I think it falls short since it embraces some controversial beliefs as facts in a very uncritical way. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
C Tommaso (2019) Robert Roten Willem Dafoe is a fine actor and he makes the most of the title role. He emotes the hell out of it, but I sure could not make much sense out of this movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
B Epicentro (2020) Robert Roten This film is like an insider's view of Cuba, and it consists mainly of street scenes in and around Havana, loosely strung along a theme relating to the Cuban War of Independence and the Spanish-American War. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
B Young Ahmed (2019) Robert Roten What will Ahmed do in the end? This question remains up in the air until literally the final seconds of the film. This makes for a compelling story. The actors are all very convincing. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
C+ Martin Eden (2019) Robert Roten I feel this film lacks needed cohesiveness and continuity, but because I did like the story and the acting, I'll give it a pass. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
B Sorry We Missed You (2019) Robert Roten For a good time, avoid this movie. I avoided watching this movie until last night because I knew it was going to be depressing, and it is. It is also a good movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
A Collective (2019) Robert Roten As a documentary about journalism and fighting corruption, this is as good as it gets. This is an unvarnished, clear-eyed presentation of what it is like to be a newspaper reporter or a government reformer in today's world. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
B Love and Monsters (2020) Robert Roten This is a very enjoyable and entertaining movie despite a nonsensical premise. The movie is well structured and acted, and the monsters look real enough, thanks to good computer graphics. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
B Another Round (2020) Robert Roten The acting performances, led by Mikkelson, are very powerful. Director and co-writer Thomas Vinterberg again shows why he is one of the best directors around, with another powerhouse film. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
A Born to Be (2020) Robert Roten Whatever your opinion on the subject of sex change operations, you might just change your mind about it after you see this movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
B Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Robert Roten It is goofy fun and somewhat uplifting. Just what I needed in this bogus year. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
B+ Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) Robert Roten The movie shows Sacks as a man of enormous depth and complexity. He had a profound influence on the study of the human mind. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019) Robert Roten The movie indicates America is now similar economically to what England was in the early 1800s. A tiny percentage of society controls almost all the wealth. Such inequality can destabilize a society. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C+ Bortom det synliga - filmen om Hilma af Klint (2019) Robert Roten This documentary about a long overlooked Swedish abstract painter is a bit like sitting though an art history class featuring a slide show of Hilma's work. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C The Prom (2020) Robert Roten The whole movie tries to balance the elitist, self-serving nature of these people against their desire to help someone. This delicate balance is handled clumsily. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Nighthawk (2019) Robert Roten This film establishes interesting characters and is well acted. While the plot did not make a lot of sense to me, it does work on the level of being a satisfying action and morality tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Night of the Kings (2020) Robert Roten The acting is excellent by the whole cast, especially in the fear and desperation of Roman, the hatred and resignation of Blackbeard and the crazy energy of the rest of the inmates. This is a prison drama unlike any other. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C+ Gunda (2020) Robert Roten From a pure cinematography and editing standpoint, this film is well done. If it was cut down to a normal 50-minute short documentary length, that would be about right. This film gets a positive rating for vegetarians only. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Buoyancy (2019) Robert Roten This Australian film, written and directed by Rodd Rathjen, is captivating despite its terribly grim subject matter. The acting is very convincing. It is stunningly photographed by cinematographer Michael Latham. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Beanpole (2019) Robert Roten The intense relationship between Masha and Iya, without being overtly sexual, is explored in some depth. However, I would not recommend this film to someone who is depressed, particularly in these grim days. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Robert Roten Over all, I did find myself laughing a lot at this film, and that is worth a lot in these trying times. Bakalova gives a marvelous performance in this film, and Cohen is fearless as the doltish, outrageous Borat. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B See You Yesterday (2019) Robert Roten This movie has a very attractive cast of talented young actors who go a long way towards making this downbeat story more palatable. It was also a treat to see the most famous time traveler of all in the film, Michael J. Fox. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B New Order (2020) Robert Roten This film made me very uneasy about how uncertain life can be when society falls apart, just as it seems to be falling apart right now. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
C+ Radioactive (2019) Robert Roten Rosamund Pike gives a fine performance as Marie, but the film seemed to me to be overly melodramatic, almost like a soap opera. There were also jarring, and unnecessary digressions in the film to much later events. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Robert Roten This film features fine performances from Christopher Walken and Emily Blunt, who also does a nice job singing the title song in one scene. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
B First Cow (2019) Robert Roten Not a top 10 movie, but good because of the compelling story of friendship and the performances by Orion Lee and John Magaro that bring this friendship to life. It is good to be reminded that friendships should not be on a transactional basis. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B Herself (2020) Robert Roten This intense drama highlights the struggle of a single mother to achieve some independence in a society where the odds are stacked against her. This describes most societies, but this particular one is in Ireland. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
A Wolfwalkers (2020) Robert Roten The story is compelling and the characters are interesting. The animation is colorful, like the other films in this Irish trilogy. It is a highly stylized throwback to the look of traditional hand-drawn animation. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B The Vast of Night (2019) Robert Roten Despite the goofs, omissions and the obvious limitations of a low budget, this film is pretty effective because of its breathless pace and solid acting. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
B+ I'm Your Woman (2020) Robert Roten It starts out slow, but the suspense soon starts building, and continues to build right up to the conclusion. The plot has many unexpected twists. The performances by Rachel Brosnahan, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Arinzé Kene are riveting. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
B Greyhound (2020) Robert Roten There is not much fat in Tom Hank's screenplay about an inexperienced U.S. Navy Captain trying to get a convoy safely past a German submarine wolfpack during World War II. The film's action scenes are intense, and very realistic-looking. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
B Ammonite (2020) Robert Roten With its Oscar-bait November opening and lots of meaningful emotional glances, the lesbian love story loosely based on the life of famed paleontologist Mary Anning (1799-1847) will no doubt get some recognition this year. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B The White Tiger (2021) Robert Roten This movie, set in India, along with 'Nuevo orden' (2020) of Mexico, are both effective cautionary tales of the inherent dangers posed by income inequality and corruption. This is a danger in America as well, but nobody is paying attention, yet. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B+ Soul (2020) Robert Roten The movie is loaded with narrative and visual imagination. As is quite common in Pixar films, it may be just a cartoon, but it has plenty of soul. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Robert Roten This movie is wonderfully imaginative, and is well-acted. The characters are fascinating. The plot has many twists and turns, so much so, that it ties itself into a Gordian Knot. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B+ Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Robert Roten This documentary shows the horror of what happens when the power of society, customs and religion are all focused on eliminating a certain segment of the population. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
B+ Hamilton (2020) Robert Roten This two and a half hour movie covers a lot of events that happen over a period of many years, but it manages to do all this at a very lively pace. The songs, both rap and more traditional theatrical songs are well-written and performed. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
B The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Robert Roten This witty, effervescent romantic comedy is inventive, offbeat, and very funny. It is the kind of New York comedy Woody Allen might make if he was a black rapper. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021