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
C+ Aladdin (2019) Robert Roten The music is very good, and it features a couple of actors who can really sing those memorable songs well. Aladdin has exceptional music because most of its songs were written at a time when Walt Disney Pictures had some exceptional musical talent. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Robert Roten Pixar has not only brought the saga of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys back again, they've renewed the saga with style and heart, while keeping it from going stale. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Robert Roten This coming-of-age story built around the reluctant hero, Peter Parker, works very well, partly because Tom Holland does a great job projecting doubt and vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B Rocketman (2019) Robert Roten Drugs, alcohol, sex, corrupt management, we've seen this all before, right? Not like this, we haven't. This musical biographical film about the early life of pop music star Elton John is presented in a highly imaginative way. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B Avengers: Endgame (2019) Robert Roten One Avengers movie to bind them, and in the darkness rule them all. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
B Shazam! (2019) Robert Roten The way the movie switches quickly back and forth between adult and child themes, comedy and horror, is a bit disconcerting, but it worked for me. I am not sure how well it would go over with young children. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
C+ Dumbo (2019) Robert Roten This movie is entertaining enough, particularly for children and families, for me to recommend it, but the plot is pretty weak. Visually, it looks great (this is, after all, a Tim Burton film) and the baby elephant is very cute. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
B Captain Marvel (2019) Robert Roten This is a new kind of female superhero, one who is fully comfortable in her own skin -- a funny, casual, wise cracking, cocky superhero. She's not overly serious, stiff, formal, or straining under destiny's weight. Instead, she's just fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
B The Resistance Banker (2018) Robert Roten This is a better than average historical war drama with good performances. This Dutch language film is a well told story worth knowing about little-known heroes of World War II. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B Fighting With My Family (2019) Robert Roten Without those references at the film's end to the real Knight Family, I would have sworn this is a made-up story. Probably some of it is made up, but the real story behind this movie seems amazing to me. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Robert Roten There aren't too many feature length animated trilogies, perhaps none as good as this one. Dreamworks animation has done it, capped off a trilogy of 'How to Train Your Dragon' movies with a fitting final chapter of high quality. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Robert Roten Lee Israel and Jack Hock come across as scoundrels that we have some sympathy for. They are crooks, but their victims are, for the most part, not entirely innocent either. This film walks that narrow path between these sympathies very adroitly. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
A Blindspotting (2018) Robert Roten This is a powerful, well-acted film with memorable characters. Director Carlos López Estrada makes good use of imagery, poetry, drama and humor to illustrate what it is like to live as a troubled black man in a racially divided city. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B Quincy (2018) Robert Roten This documentary gives a vivid, intimate portrait of Quincy Jones, as well as some people close to him. This is an enlightening and well-constructed documentary about an amazing man. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
B The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Robert Roten The movie uses lots of cultural references and jokes which appeal to a very wide age group. It is a movie suitable for the whole family. It is funny, the characters are interesting, and it has a nice positive message. What's not to like? EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
C+ Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Robert Roten I liked the main character, even though she is pretty sketchy, and I like Ido, too. I think these characters are strong enough to keep the series going, but I'd like to see an Alita movie that is better able to stand on its own. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
C Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Robert Roten For a filmmaker with a reputation for humor, this film is not funny. It is all doom and gloom. It seems to me this film aged very quickly during the November 6, 2018 elections, which yielded a result at odds with Moore's overly pessimistic thesis. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
B The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Robert Roten This is a fun fantasy adventure suitable for families, and there aren't many of this quality made these days. It is amusing and enjoyable. The characters are engaging and there is plenty of action. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
B The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Robert Roten A tour de force performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal and a fine effort by writer-director Sara Colangelo. It is a haunting portrait of a woman seeking love and recognition in ways that are increasingly disconnected from reality. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Robert Roten I enjoyed most of these stories, except for 'Meal Ticket,' which seems pretty tasteless to me. You have to accept death along with humor in most Coen brothers movies, and you get multiple doses of death in this movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B Private Life (2018) Robert Roten This is a very well acted movie. It is a good, solid story with well-drawn characters. It isn't a great story, but I was on board, through the unevenness of it, up until the end. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018) Robert Roten This is a well-acted film and the director, Álvaro Brechner ('Bad Day to Go Fishing') does a fine job of showing us how it feels to be imprisoned. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C Roxanne Roxanne (2017) Robert Roten This movie is well acted, but it does seem to operate on a single, rather depressing note throughout. It would have helped if there was more of an emotional story arc to it. It ends not far emotionally from where it starts. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Robert Roten I like this movie. It is dark, but it also has a lot of humor in it. It also has the benefit of having characters capable of a bit of very unlikely redemption. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B 22 July (2018) Robert Roten This depiction of a terrorist attack is straightforward, matter-of-fact and unambiguous. The contrast between the weak, lone, angry killer, and the steady, strong, supportive unity of those oppose him is clear. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C Vox Lux (2018) Robert Roten This movie is certainly an ideal vehicle for Natalie Portman to show off her acting, singing and dancing talents, but beyond that, it doesn't seem to amount to much. The sum of its parts seem to add up to less of a whole than it should. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B The Wife (2017) Robert Roten A well-constructed movie by director Björn L Runge. The performances are excellent. The screenplay and actors create a couple of complex characters in Joe and Joan, in a complicated relationship. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C+ Hold the Dark (2018) Robert Roten I found the story fairly involving, even though it did not make much sense to me. It has a fine sense of place, and there is a lot of suspense because the murders seem so random and sudden you don't know who is going to die next. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Robert Roten He's a fine director, skilled at doing large, complex projects (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies) and for this film, he put together a large, dedicated team to make an exceptional documentary film. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B Suspiria (2018) Robert Roten If you really like horror films, this is not a bad one. The acting is good and the story is complex. The climax is a crazy and unbelievable. It's sort of thing that would work better as comedy, because then one is not expected to take it seriously. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
B Ben Is Back (2018) Robert Roten Drug addiction has been explored in many movies, but this is an especially revealing look into not only the nature of an addict, but the effect he has had on his own family, and on the lives of many other people in a tight-knit community. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
B Shirkers (2018) Robert Roten This documentary is about all the effort that went into making a film in 1992, as well as detective work to track down a mysterious hustler who manipulated the filmmakers, and who sabotaged that 1992 Singapore film, 'Shirkers.' EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
B At Eternity's Gate (2018) Robert Roten Willem Dafoe gives a fine performance as Vincent and he is ably supported by strong performances by Rupert Friend and Oscar Isaac. The film provides a beautiful visual feast to go along with Vincent's unique vision. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
B+ Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Robert Roten Probably 'A Star is Born' will collect more awards, but as far as memorable music and great musical performances, nothing I've seen this year comes close to 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
B Border (2018) Robert Roten I felt uncomfortable watching some scenes in this film, but ultimately, it is rewarding. In an era of so many sequels, remakes and derivative movies, it is nice to see one that is so original. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
B First Reformed (2017) Robert Roten All this seems to be heading into familiar art film territory, darkness, despair, suicide, violence and existential ennui. On the surface, this is a one-note, drab, downbeat movie, but it is more than that. A lot is going on here. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
A Green Book (2018) Robert Roten I laughed a lot and responded to the emotional content of this film, which is powerful. There is an old saying that drama is easy and comedy is hard. This film gets both just right, and that is truly rare, making this a movie to treasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
A Destroyer (2018) Robert Roten The story bounces back and forth in time, revealing more and more about Bell's soul, as each new layer of truth is revealed. Bell's appearance changes greatly over the 16 years in the story, due both to makeup and Kidman's amazing performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
B The Favourite (2018) Robert Roten This film is especially suitable for Anglophiles, particularly those who are familiar with these historical characters and who care about upper class affairs. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
A Roma (2018) Robert Roten There are many memorable images in the film that stuck with me after the film was over. Roma is full of life and love -- ordinary, down to earth people in extraordinary circumstances. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
B+ Sorry to Bother You (2018) Robert Roten The acting is effective and the story moves right along. Director and writer Boots Riley has produced a wonderful screenplay and an extremely impressive debut film. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
B If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Robert Roten In the end, all these families have to rely on is their love for one another. That is what sustains them. But is that enough to lift this movie out of the pit of despair it has descended into? Some say it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
C+ Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Robert Roten Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie both give strong performances as dueling queens in this somber film. The story is not very lively and has little suspense, but the costumes are nice and the sets are elaborate. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
B Vice (2018) Robert Roten Admittedly, this movie is put together very cleverly, but the fact that it is so unfocused and self-referential, tends to work against its attempt to create a compelling narrative. On the other hand, the casting and performances are excellent. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
C+ Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Robert Roten As far as family entertainment goes, it fits the bill, especially for kids who haven't seen the 1964 film. However, if you've seen the 1964 Mary Poppins, and you love it, prepare yourself for disappointment if you buy a ticket for this sequel. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
B Bumblebee (2018) Robert Roten All the Transformers movies have had some humor in the mix, while also trying to be serious. This movie works the comic/serious motif about as well as can be expected, given the subject matter. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
B Aquaman (2018) Robert Roten This action movie has a fair amount of humor in it. Jason Momoa seems to embody the right combination of imposing physique and jovial good nature to pull this off. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
C+ Mortal Engines (2018) Robert Roten This big budget, effects-laden movie about a strange post-apocalyptic world where predator cities roll around on tank-like treads looks great, but the story of romance and revenge is just barely adequate. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
B The Mule (2018) Robert Roten The performances of Eastwood and Wiest are very powerful, along with that of Taissa Farmiga. There is some drama in this film, but mainly it is a story, and an effective one at that, about a man trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his family. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Robert Roten This is very fast-paced, smart and high energy story telling. It has some drama, and a lot of comedy. The characters are interesting, and it all looks great. Its fast, its funny, and it is stylish. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018