Laramie Movie Scope
The Lovers And The Despot (2016)
"This is a true story that is stranger than fiction, a story of a movie star, a movie director, spies, secret agents, kidnappings, a dictator who loves movies, and captive talents making movies for a repressive regime."
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
"Since I already knew the basic plot from the previous movie I'd seen about this event ('Christine') this seemed a bit boring, right up until the scene where Kate is supposed to pretend to kill herself on camera. Then, everything changed. Wow!"
Finding Dory (2016)
The Lobster (2016)
"This movie is like science fiction, except that in it, human nature is altered in some fundamental ways. If you are a romantic like me, you might find this painful to watch, but cynics might love it. I really hated this movie."
"Although the clips of films show places thousands of miles apart, there is a common theme, of people, places and events. There is one person behind the camera who ties it all together into one story."
"This is an absorbing film about transvestite singers in Havana, Cuba, and the troubled relationship between one of them and his ex-convict father. It features powerful stage performances and an intense off stage drama."
The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
"There are some twists and turns in this grim wartime tale both before and after the assassination plot is finally carried out. The acting is solid, as are the production values of this well-constructed film."
The Girl on the Train (2016)
"Women finally wise up and take control at the very end of the story, and that is supposed to make up for all the voyeurism and passivity that goes before. I resent having to suffer through all that nonsense for such a brief payoff at the end."
"A musical cartoon, brightened by pop songs, and original songs, sung by Anna Kendrick ('Pitch Perfect') and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actor Justin Timberlake (who is also a songwriter and executive music producer of this film)."
The Salesman (Forushande) (2017)
The Little Prince (2016)
"This film, directed by Mark Osborne is multi-layered, with a story about a writer, an aviator, the Little Prince, and a young, modern day girl, who becomes friends with the aviator and who searches for the Little Prince told in the aviator's story."
Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015)
Among the Believers (2016)
"The film contains many chilling scenes of radicalized children, led by poverty and circumstance into a life of militancy. Many castoff children, are fed, indoctrinated, and turned into weapons in an unholy war"
"The story takes place over the space of one week. Minor triumphs and tragedies that seem exaggerated in importance amid the sameness. There is also some drama in the story because of the crazy things that love does to a person's mind."
"Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric and Quentin Dolmaire all give great performances in this emotional roller coaster of a movie. The story itself seems a bit disjointed at times, but it works well enough due to the strength of the main characters."
Little Men (2016)
"Acting is not the problem here. The story is the problem. It takes aim at some serious issues, but doesn't have the guts to really address them. Instead, the story skittishly skates around the issues it raises, and quits before it gets ahead."
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
"This complex story is well written and directed by Tom Ford ('A Single Man') and the acting is superb, especially by Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays Ray Marcus, a killer in the novel."
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
"I can't remember the last time I laughed this much at a movie. This wacky adventure set in New Zealand's wilderness is outrageously funny. It is filled with quirky, compelling characters and witty dialog."
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)
"This is a documentary about two different things, connected by a single thread. The only thing connecting these two stories is a doctor, Pietro Bartolo. He treats both the residents of Lampedusa, and he treats the refugees as well."
In Order of Disappearance (2016)
"There is some very dark humor in this film. Several funny scenes involve a philosophical gangster who has an interesting theory about the role of average temperature in the efficiency of governments."
Touched With Fire (2016)
"This film got me to thinking about how musicians and other artists, as well as scientists seem to be able to cooperate very well in a world increasingly being torn apart by political and religious extremism and xenophobia."
Sunset Song (2016)
"Terrible things happen to the people in this film, but the story is captivating nonetheless. Although the story is a downer, there is a kind of noble enduring spirit shown by Chris throughout the film, and that helps a lot."
Miss Sloane (2016)
The Ones Below (2016)
"This is one of those nails scratching a blackboard suspense stories. It is the kind of film where terrible things happen, and you know more terrible things are going to happen. You just don't know exactly what, or when."
Hooligan Sparrow (2016)
"Documenting what Ye Haiyan and other protesters are going through in China might not change anything. On the other hand, it might move the cause forward a little bit. Here's to a courageous filmmaker, and some courageous protesters."
"This particular movie, based on a very famous suicide, is interesting, from a journalistic point of view, since the suicide itself is directly linked to journalism. The rest of it is just another typical movie suicide story."
Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016)
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."
"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."
Danny Says (2016)
Patriots Day (2017)
"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."
"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."
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."
La La Land (2016)
Hidden Figures (2017)
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."
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."
"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."
"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."
Life, Animated (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."
"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."
Presenting Princess Shaw (2016)
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."
Zero Days (2016)