Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) As steamy and sumptuous as its setting is cold and remote, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a love story born out of the act of looking -- and of being seen. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) Part period biopic, part scientific adventure, part feminist revision, The Aeronauts [is] an airy crowd-pleaser that puts a firecracker female at the center. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
96% Knives Out (2019) As Thanksgiving movies go, Knives Out is a feast of witty performances, clever writing and wicked satire for the whole (13-plus) family. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A beautiful film about the persistent influence of one person who embodies the very best qualities of kindness, empathy and love. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) Stunningly beautiful with beloved characters, snappy tunes and grand adventure. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
85% Waves (2019) A sublime achievement on the part of Shults, [with its] integration of theme and form to the delight on cineastes. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A thrilling race car drama with an unconventional depiction of victory and an unflattering portrait of the American carmaker it ostensibly celebrates. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) Shia LaBeouf ... stars as a fictionalized version of his own father in a cathartic exercise that's empathetic -- to both himself and his dad -- and poignant. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep attempts to bridge the opposing visions of the events that transpired at the Overlook Hotel to varying degrees of success. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A thriller of the domestic variety -- with a playful sense of humor, startling twists and turns, and keen examination of class. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) An artful fever dream of drunken confessions, delirious hallucinations, mermaid sex and farts. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This sixth installment resurrects the heart and soul of the first two films -- namely, Linda Hamilton. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) This is how ignorance might be overcome, the film posits - not right away but gradually over time, relationship by relationship. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Ang Lee's latest experiment employs high-tech techniques that make it look cheap and renders a double dose of Will Smith ... trite and humorless. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
83% Judy (2019) With a transformational performance by Renée Zellweger, Judy delivers a loving portrait of a troubled icon in the vulnerable months near the end of her life. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Joker is certainly an interesting and worthy experiment, bringing a dark, unrelenting nihilism to a genre that's built on morality. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) The search for a father, son and possibly holy spirit lies at the heart of Ad Astra, an introspective drama set in the farthest reaches of the solar system. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) What starts as a complicated and sophisticated, if deliberate, coming-of-age story awkwardly morphs into an international gangster flick. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) A crime drama with a female sensibility -- on the screen, behind the camera and in its nurturing, celebratory tone. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
86% Ms. Purple (2019) A somber, at times ponderous drama about two grown siblings caring for their comatose dad. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) An outsized, sometimes unwieldy monster of a movie that taps into viewers' pleasure centers with horror and humor in equal measure. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) A strikingly intimate portrait of a love affair. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) What starts as an intriguing conceit played out by compelling actors is ultimately undermined by a muddled conspiracy. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) By the time Brittany (spoiler alert) runs a marathon, her journey has become unexpectedly emotional - for her, yes, but also for viewers. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) [The Fallen franchise] has been relegated to the dregs of August -- filler until the fall awards season gets going, and deservedly so. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Blanchett gives a tour de force performance. ... Unfortunately, the structure [the film hangs] on struggles to support the character. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) By turns heartbreaking and gratifying, their low-stakes journey is presented with high-stakes cues borrowed from action adventures and horror flicks. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) With a simple gender swap, After the Wedding turns the Oscar-nominated film of the same name into a powerful dramatic showcase for two tremendously talented actresses. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) It's an empowering fantasy. Unfortunately, their rise to power feels a little too facile. And the storytelling lacks flair. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
90% Luce (2019) A sticky tangle of racial politics delivered as a complex psychological thriller with ambiguous villainy. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Builds on the crackling chemistry that Johnson and Statham displayed in Fate of the Furious and adds a couple of surprise comedy cameos that make for fun, funny mayhem. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) A fascinating document that not only perfectly reflects its subject but inspires reflection in its viewers on the state of broadcast news and the personalities who deliver it. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood is driven by a master filmmaker fully in control. For the most part, we're gladly along for the ride. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) A powerfully affecting drama about cultural and generational differences and the special relationship between grandmothers and their grandchildren. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) At once a stunning technical achievement and a creatively bankrupt endeavor, The Lion King plays like a mashup some editorially gifted fan posted on YouTube. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The Avengers may have reached their Endgame just a couple of months ago, but ... Spider-Man: Far From Home offers some closure. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) As enticing as this exercise is, despite its high-profile cast, Ophelia is less a reexamination of the great tragedy than a fleeting curiosity. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) The fact that [Yesterday raises] questions speaks to the allure of the premise, which as executed is still an enchanting rom com with a killer soundtrack. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley, who brings Rose-Lynn's personal motto -- "three chords and the truth" -- to the fore with both her forthright performance and the aching authenticity of her vocals. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) One kid's trash is another little girl's treasure - or, in this case, toy ... bringing with him existential angst and affirmation. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch contributes to the genre with The Dead Don't Die in part by paying homage. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) There's no protecting moviegoers from an uninspired fourth installment that wastes the charisma of its two new stars. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) They say write what you know, and Mindy Kaling has done just that for Late Night. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) After a dozen films over nearly two decades, Fox's long-running X-Men franchise comes to a ignominious close with Dark Phoenix. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman [integrates Elton] John's music into the story in a way that reinvigorates the genre and renders his oeuvre insightfully personal. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) All [the] family drama is really just a backdrop to the main attraction, which is Godzilla vs. whatever beasts have belched from the bowels of the Earth. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is no gender-swapped remake but a funny, moving and, yes, smart coming-of-ager that deserves consideration on its own merits. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The musical doesn't so much reimagine the classic tale as shellack a layer of Hollywood spectacle onto it. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir would be indulgent if it didn't feel so darn familiar. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The creativity -- and sheer volume -- of killing in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is breathtaking. - L.A. Biz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019