Los Angeles Daily News

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Rating Title/Year Author
And Then I Go (2017) Bob Strauss Indie stalwarts Melanie Lynskey and Justin Long play perfect imperfect parents, but Arman Darbo and Sawyer Barth really kill it as the boys. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2018
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (2017) Erik Pedersen Apatow and Bonfiglio do a fine job creating a portrait that should satisfy fans and serve as an inviting introduction to those who don't know the Avett's classic American music. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2018
Bucky and the Squirrels (2013) Bob Strauss Actors Josh Duvendeck, Kyle S. More, Matt Cook and Matt Shively get some OK slapstick energy going with this, but advocates for those with learning disabilities would not be wrong if they have complaints. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2018
Have a Nice Day (2017) Bob Strauss The actual animation is limited and the pacing deliberate with eruptions of shocking violence, but the backgrounds are both graphically detailed and sociologically illuminating. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2018
Una mujer fantástica (2017) Bob Strauss [Daniela] Vega's performance could have been a little more dimensional, but her determined self-possession is as inspiring as anyone could want. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2018
Teströl és lélekröl (2017) Bob Strauss Their tentative but needful efforts to relate in the waking world are fascinating and more than a little heartbreaking, and suspense rises while outside parties try to figure out what's going on. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2018
A Ciambra (2017) Bob Strauss [Jonas Caprignano] captures the life of a boisterous Romani family in Southern Calabria with remarkable authenticity. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2018
September 12th (2017) Bob Strauss Neither character is particularly compelling, nor are the goodhearted folk they meet along the way because It Was A Time When All Kinds of Americans Briefly Came Together and Heinz is only interested in pounding that idea home. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
Please Stand By (2017) Bob Strauss Yes, it's too cute by several parsecs, but it does boast Patton Oswalt playing a Klingon-speaking police officer. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
Like Me (2017) Bob Strauss The filmmaker captures the nasty world of viral outrage better than most who attempt it, too, even if he seems to have no idea what to say about it. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Bob Strauss Much of it defies logic or even the commonest of sense, but all the explosions and riots and zombie chompdowns satisfy a certain itch for spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
Lover for a Day (2017) Bob Strauss Philippe Garrel's latest French relationship kerfuffle boasts solid acting and credibly crafted behavior, as all of the director's black-and-white, latter-day Nouvelle Vague dramas do. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2018
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Rob Lowman A lot of the story's impact quickly evaporates when it's over. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
Thank You for Your Service (2017) Rob Lowman You get the irony from the title, but it's also sincere in its wishes for these young soldiers. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
My Art (2016) Bob Strauss It's fairly watchable, especially since Simmons' character Ellie has no time for single older woman clichés and is likably easygoing about everything but her unwell dog and questionable work. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
Den of Thieves (2018) Bob Strauss "Den of Thieves" is an action vehicle that barely moves. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
The Road Movie (2016) Bob Strauss There's lots of snow, ice, torrential rains, floods, wildfires and ample additional proof that folks over there hardly need help from inclement weather to spectacularly wreck their vehicles. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
Mom and Dad (2017) Bob Strauss [Nicholas] Cage recalls his "Vampire's Kiss"/"Kiss of Death" era go-for-broke lunacy as the homicidal Dad; it's not quite at the inventive quality of those old, extreme performances, but still oodles of crazy fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
12 Strong (2018) Bob Strauss Rah-rah while making a few stabs at humanizing humor, the movie also gives both credit and hints of complexity to our Afghan allies. This is no thinking man's war movie, but it is almost thoughtful for something like that. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) Bob Strauss Weird, unusually funny and rather self-controlled for a Paul Thomas Anderson drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2017
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Bob Strauss Director Paul McGuigan pulls off some marvelously theatrical effects that collapse time into emotional memory. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2017
All the Money in the World (2017) Bob Strauss Ridley Scott should've gone on to also do over (or at least eliminate some of ) the endless footage of Mark Wahlberg explaining strategy and tactics to Michelle Williams, which grows so tedious it sometimes felt like I was being held for ransom, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2017
Aus dem Nichts (2017) Bob Strauss Johannes Krisch, the guy who plays the defense attorney, arguably delivers the most hiss-worthy antagonist of the year - and he's not even the worst person in the movie! EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2017
Molly's Game (2017) Bob Strauss That despite how much talk there is about it; interest fades, and [Jessica] Chastain's technically astounding performance becomes so much noise. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2017
Psych: The Movie (2017) Rob Lowman If you liked the series - you had eight years to find out - you'll like the movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2017
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Bob Strauss Out of tune. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2017
Downsizing (2017) Bob Strauss While the whole thing looks interesting and there's no shortage of provocative ideas, it all seems to float off into one big muddle. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2017
The Post (2017) Bob Strauss When Spielberg's just showing us independent thinking in action ... he's got a great movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2017
Hostiles (2017) Bob Strauss Cooper ... wants to shock and compel with equal fervor, and it's remarkable how often he succeeds at doing both. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2017
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Bob Strauss Each performer gets more-or-less comic traits to work to death, but [Jack] Black is the only one who comes close to inspired lunacy as the formerly attractive girl appalled, yet intrigued, by her new male equipment EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
The Leisure Seeker (2017) Bob Strauss Played by Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, these two dodge much of the icky adorableness movies such as this usually heap on old people, but that's not to say the characters are all that noteworthy, just very well acted. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) Bob Strauss Slightly more interesting of this week's mediocre old folks movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (2015) Bob Strauss Impressively weird Spanish cartoon about cute talking animals wandering around a danger-filled, post-apocalyptic island. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Bob Strauss My favorite among the new castmembers is Laura Dern as Leia's Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a poker player of near-Vulcan inscrutability. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Song of Granite (2017) Bob Strauss The film's monochromatic images are so beautiful they're almost as soul-nourishing as the transporting vocals and otherworldly reels the soundtrack envelopes us in. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Bob Strauss There are Hollywood biographies, then there are fascinating lives. One of the most beautiful - and arguably the smartest - actresses of all time could certainly claim the latter. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Foxtrot (2017) Bob Strauss Writer-director Samuel Maoz pulls some narrative sleight-of-hand that may feel like cheating to some, but it also builds a powerful case against numb acceptance of war's brutal stupidity. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
The Shape of Water (2017) Bob Strauss Few films leave me awestruck for weeks. But the way Guillermo del Toro juggles heart, imagination, suspense, social history, outsider attitude and weird artistry so successfully in this Cold War monster romance continues to astound me. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Daisy Winters (2017) Bob Strauss Some dark ideas and a strong young lead elevate this above its Afterschool Special basics. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
Wonder Wheel (2017) Bob Strauss Too declamatory, and too often punctuated by hackneyed dialogue, for me. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
The Other Side of Hope (2017) Bob Strauss Too sentimental and not absurd enough in addressing its hot-button subject, this is no "Leningrad Cowboys". EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
Nelyubov (2017) Bob Strauss But there's enough complex sadness and relatable need in "Loveless" to make it more than just a study of awful people. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
The Disaster Artist (2017) Bob Strauss A galaxy of great guest stars adds comic coats of appalled disbelief as Tommy makes his movie every wrong way he possibly can - while Franco, off-camera, makes one of the weirdest and best films about a movie ever. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) Rob Lowman The documentary doesn't overplay the JFK material - there is a whole documentary or two there. It's an important point EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
Logan Lucky (2017) Rob Lowman The film is a breezy, undemanding romp, a nice respite from what's in theaters now. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2017
Sweet Virginia (2017) Bob Strauss The typical characters you find in this sort of thing get slowly revealed to have . . . not a whole lot interesting going on. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2017
Darkest Hour (2017) Bob Strauss Too bad that, for all of its political savvy and recently unearthed details, the movie built around this magnificent performance gets corny and cutesy with dispiriting regularity. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2017
Coco (2017) Bob Strauss Not only do Coco's plot twists work like bone-shaking magic when they're finally revealed, but the way its musical and familial themes are woven together like the world's warmest serape earns enough emotional waterworks to flood the Sonoran Desert. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2017
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Rob Lowman The real attractions are Bresson's dizzying special effects, hosts of bizarre alien creatures and colorful worlds. Too bad the visuals weren't tethered to something more solid. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Rob Lowman The film aims pretty low and hits there. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017