Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet A German Youth (Une jeunesse Allemande) (2019) Fiendishly researched and smartly constructed, "A German Youth" is a formidable piece of documentary detective work focusing on a small but significant historical moment that continues to matter. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Mr. Klein (1976) Moody, elegantly disturbing and impeccably made by a master director, this story of blurred identities and casual immorality in German-occupied Paris benefits from what might be the best performance of star Alain Delon's long career... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) It is the gift of "Midnight Traveler" to allow us to feel this family's fate in the pit of our stomachs. If the plight of refugees has ever seemed abstract, this film makes sure you know how real it is. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) A surprise in all ways except its surpassing quality, "Pain and Glory" reveals master Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar forging dazzling new paths while being completely himself. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) As returns to the comedy spotlight go, they don't get much funnier than this. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
83% Judy (2019) "Judy" is not exactly Renee Zellweger's comeback vehicle, but it might as well be. And delivering a devastating, heart-breaking performance as a woman who made a career out of comebacks is the best kind of poetic justice. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
95% Ága (2019) A small gem of focused filmmaking, "Ága" tells a minimal story so beautifully it holds us completely. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Drácula (Dracula, Spanish Version) (1931) The Spanish "Dracula" certainly shares in the drawbacks of the original in being on the slow side and rather stage-bound, but it is noteworthy for its considerable (for its day) eroticism. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) [A] surprisingly brooding examination of a warrior in winter, a dark story of a berserker who can't let go, that's in its own way bleaker and more despairing than we may be expecting. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) Part of the pleasure for "Downton" regulars is getting reacquainted with its characters, people we have a history with because we've watched them grow and change in 52 episodes that span a 14-year period from 1912 to 1926. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) [A]s depicted in this sprightly, fast-paced documentary directed by Janice Engel, Ivins was a one-of-a-kind commentator who was both smart and savagely funny, using a take-no-prisoners sense of humor to eviscerate those she felt abused the public trust. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) A little bit of faith is all you need to see it through. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Truly, the hits just keep on coming. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
98% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) No special effects are front and center here, simply the way a master creator of images pulls us into a dramatic story of great psychological complexity. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
82% Official Secrets (2019) Knightley gives one of her strongest performances here, using her innate steeliness and presence to create a convincing portrait of a courageous zealot who believes in right and wrong in an almost biblical sense. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) [T]his engaging and enlightening documentary is stuffed with anecdotes, history and information. It makes excellent use of both new interviews and carefully selected archival footage to reveal the building blocks of all this accomplishment. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) "Brittany" not only goes places you won't be expecting but it also manages to be simultaneously sympathetic and unsentimental, a picture with a laugh-out-loud sense of humor that can be as real as hell when it needs to be. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) The real world is not a just or simple place, this thorough, compelling documentary points out, no matter how deeply we may wish it were. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
89% Aquarela (2019) "Aquarela" is nothing like what you might be expecting. Yes, it's a meditation on water in a multitude of forms, but as directed by Russia's Victor Kossakovsky it's an unexpectedly unnerving film that's at least as terrifying as it is beautiful. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Sometimes idiosyncratic directors do surprisingly accessible and moving work when paired with more structured material and a strong and willing star, and so it is with Richard Linklater and "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The reality of intergenerational conflict is a given for "Blinded by the Light," but nothing can stand up to the transformative power of the Boss. You can take that to the bank. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
86% This Changes Everything (2019) If anyone needs convincing at this late date that gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is the norm in Hollywood, "This Changes Everything" will get the job done. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
100% Angels Are Made of Light (2019) Longley... has an almost magical ability to envelope us in other realities. He does it via the poetry of his imagery as well as a gift for focused illumination that creates empathetic portraits of people who are both ordinary and intensely involving. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
59% Brian Banks (2019) For "Brian Banks..." it to succeed we have to buy Banks as an exceptional individual, able to rise above adversity and doubts by virtue of his determination, belief in self and overall strength of personality, all of which Hodge urgently conveys. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) [A] delicious investigation of the tightrope he walks between the Israeli army and his Palestinian colleagues as well as his dilemma of needing to write and not knowing the first thing about it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
64% Them That Follow (2019) [A]n ambitious and impressive independent production, where the creation of mood and place is so convincing it enables us to buy into a richly melodramatic plot about a taboo romance. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
98% Love, Antosha (2019) "Love, Antosha" gives Yelchin's co-workers and the people who knew him best a chance to describe what made him so extraordinary. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) What results is a portrait of Wallace in effect in dialogue with himself, a presentation that puts viewers on edge a bit the way the man himself interacted with the world. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) "Once Upon a Time" strikes a chord that is distinctly elegiac and unexpectedly emotional, especially coming from him. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
87% The Great Hack (2019) An intentionally disturbing examination of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it both explains and offers a warning shot about the misuse of personal data and how that influenced past elections and might well do so in the future. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) Other films have bigger budgets and more glamorous stars, some even take home more awards. But few if any can quietly move you as much as "Rosie." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
75% Armstrong (2019) With the 50th anniversary of man's first steps on the moon just days away, movies dealing with the event have been thick on the land for awhile. But even if you think you've seen enough, "Armstrong" is worth your time. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) By joining familiar material with mind-expanding technology, "Lion King" knows how to bring you around. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
93% Sea of Shadows (2019) While success is not guaranteed, "Sea of Shadows" dramatically demonstrates how and why the battle continues to be fought. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) "Three Peaks" is a dark little family drama, a ticking time bomb of a movie that is well made but never totally satisfies. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Love stories are like Tolstoy's unhappy families: no two of them are alike. But even given that, the relationship chronicled in "Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love" has a quality very much its own. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
69% The Other Story (2019) More popular melodrama than the usual exercise in high art, it whipsaws us with so many unexpected passions and surprising events that holding on to your seat is strongly recommended. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) One of the charms of "Blue Note" is the stories the artists tell about each other, such as Monk's band mates revealing that even they initially had trouble understanding his challenging music. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
No Score Yet True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality (2019) To overcome all these evils, Stevenson says, "we have to be willing to tell the truth." "True Justice" is a step in that direction. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) Directed by Petra Costa, this completely fascinating documentary provides an unexpectedly compelling inside look at the political earthquakes that have been roiling Brazil for several years. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
91% Funan (2019) "Funan" is a stunning piece of animation in which the beauty of the visuals and the horror of the situation are inextricably intertwined. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
97% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) "The Reports on Sarah and Saleem" snaps, crackles and pops. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" will blow you away in ways you won't be expecting. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) Yes, the great Isaac Hayes music makes an appearance, but the old days are gone and they are not coming back. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
32% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) The result, with some exceptions, plays like an over-elaborate parody of the first film, reminding us why we enjoyed it without being able to duplicate its appeal. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) They don't make baseball players like Moe Berg anymore. Judging by Aviva Kempner's authoritative and engrossing documentary "The Spy Behind Home Plate," they likely never did. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
85% Pavarotti (2019) Initial impressions, however, can be deceptive, and Howard turns out to be a natural choice to direct the excellent "Pavarotti," a warm, emotional and completely involving film about the celebrated tenor. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) Doing all that can't have been easy, but making it seem like it was may be the most satisfying of "Late Night's" many agreeable accomplishments. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
55% Immortal Beloved (1994) Yes, this is another one of Hollywood's silly symphonies, an unintentionally amusing bit of piffle that allows mortals a privileged glimpse into the private life of a legendary composer. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) "Sun" unapologetically embraces deep-dish romantic fantasy and unashamedly exults in the most shameless coincidences imaginable. If that sounds noticeably lacking in irony, sarcasm and snark, it's just going to have to be that way. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019