Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Gothic Harvest (2018) But while the Big Easy atmosphere is strong, the film (written by Chris Kobin) never develops much of a plot. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
52% 3 from Hell (2019) This one's really for diehard Zombie fans ... provided they weren't hoping he'd hit them with something new. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
27% Trick (2019) One whopper of a plot-twist briefly gives "Trick" an original hook. But by the end of the picture it's clear the filmmakers aren't really interested in exploring any of the potentially interesting sociopolitical implications of their big surprise. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
57% Miss Virginia (2019) Uzo Aduba gives a fine performance in the otherwise flat "Miss Virginia," playing real-life education advocate Virginia Walden Ford. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
50% Eli (2019) "Eli" has a strong payoff too with a memorably intense final 15 minutes. But that roaring finish feels like it should come much earlier in the picture. The story ends just when it's finally going somewhere. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
No Score Yet Holiday Hell (2019) Seriously: If horror filmmakers can't even make killer dolls entertaining, why bother? - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
No Score Yet Along Came the Devil 2 (2019) There's not quite enough new or exciting about the picture's demon-haunting trope.s to recommend it - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
No Score Yet Beloved Beast (2019) This is a movie about misery, which makes viewers feel every bit of the characters' ennui. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4% Mary (2019) Oldman and Mortimer play the drama in "Mary" well. Too bad they don't get much chance to play the horror. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
83% Little Monsters (2019) Just when this movie seems like a total write-off though, Lupita Nyong'o shows up, playing a preternaturally cheerful, zombie-fighting kindergarten teacher. And all's well. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
36% In the Tall Grass (2019) "In the Tall Grass" runs too long and repeats itself too much to be as gripping as its source material. Turns out there's a limit to how scary weeds can be. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
67% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) [T]he "Wrinkles the Clown" doc is still fairly horrifying. From the alarming reports of copycat clowns to the many scenes of youngsters reacting to Wrinkles rumors, this movie's a reminder that even abstract concepts can have a dark, persuasive power. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
44% Cuck (2019) Throughout, the narrative keeps arcing inevitably toward a predictable and tedious eruption of violence. But the way the movie ends isn't as powerful as where it begins: with one lost boy, adopted by wolves. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
19% Semper Fi (2019) Both halves are handled well by director Henry Alex Rubin, who also co-wrote the film with U.S. Army vet Sean Mullin. But whenever the film shifts its focus to one side of its story, the other suffers. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
69% The Parts You Lose (2019) It's a premise in search of a plot. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
95% Harpoon (2019) Some of the stylistic fillips feel excessive, and at the end of the day, this is just a tawdry, gory B-picture, with little to say about human behavior. But it's often funny and generally suspenseful - a fine afternoon on the water, all things considered. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
92% Election (1999) Broderick gives a wonderfully nebbishy performance, and the filmmakers do a fine job of using visual cues to define the smallness of his world. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
88% Bliss (2019) It's 80 tedious minutes of shouting, swearing, nudity and gore, cut together with the deftness of a chainsaw. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
No Score Yet 10 Minutes Gone (2019) "10 Minutes Gone" is clumsy and cliché-ridden, and populated by two accomplished action stars who look like they just want to get through this job as quickly as possible. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
No Score Yet The Curse of Buckout Road (2019) Holmes' best idea is to stage some of the flashbacks and dream sequences so they ape the look of the films he's copying - though that ultimately may make horror buffs wish they were rewatching the originals. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
68% Sister Aimee (2019) The filmmakers sometimes fail to follow through on the more interesting parts of their story, but a novel approach to the material mostly compensates for the drier stretches. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
61% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) This is an appealingly polished thriller, with something modest but profound to say about how selfish choices can ripple across decades. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B 86% Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) As it stands, Truth Or Dare is useful today largely as a study in marketing. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
50% Bloodline (2019) As a stressed-out high school guidance counselor who helps his students by murdering their abusive relatives, Scott walks a fine line between sympathetic and sinister, in a film that never really finds its purpose. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
86% Gosford Park (2001) For a film about homicide and class conflict, Gosford Park is surprisingly congenial. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
22% Running with the Devil (2019) It almost doesn't matter that it doesn't make a lick of sense. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Ambition (2019) It's well-made, but between the limited locations... and the young cast, the movie lacks the grandeur to suit its story of a woman who makes every bit of personal drama bigger in her mind. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
28% Corporate Animals (2019) [P]oor Demi Moore - playing the self-centered CEO of a failing company - comes off as stiff and shrill, setting the tone for a movie that's stilted from start to finish. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% Auggie (2019) Even with the short running time, writer-director Matt Kane and cowriter Marc Underhill exhaust most of their ideas early. But Kind is touching throughout, as a man who just needs to feel wanted. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
50% American Dreamer (2019) Gaffigan brings plenty of gravitas to "American Dreamer," a low-key neo-noir that starts out as a character sketch about a broken man, and then takes an even darker turn. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Hassan Fazili's documentary, Midnight Traveler, offers a necessary corrective to the widely held contention that refugees have nothing to offer to the countries where they land. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
100% Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) [Phineas and Ferb the Movie] Across The 2nd Dimension turns more action-oriented, in ways that deviate from what the series does best. But there's plenty here to satisfy Phineas And Ferb fans. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 63% High School Musical (2006) Mostly, High School Musical makes an appealing case for an idealized vision of high school, where individuality is celebrated and even the mean kids know everyone's name. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
59% Satanic Panic (2019) Ultimately though, "Satanic Panic" just has its handful of cleverly gory scenes and its general enthusiasm for classic horror to recommend it. It falls just devilishly short of being good. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet The Whistler: Origins (El silbón: orígenes) (2018) "The Whistler" is primarily a mood piece, relying heavily on deep shadow and rich sound design to spook the audience. But it's a richly imagined film, drawing its eerie power from the depths of male guilt. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) "Night Hunter" features some absolutely batty plot twists and crazy contrivances that would almost be fun if Raymond hadn't pitched this film as something somber and revelatory - like "Seven" or "Silence of the Lambs." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Boy Genius (2019) "Boy Genius" remains frustratingly bland and disjointed throughout - like it was assembled from discarded pieces of family-friendly television pilots. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
71% The Last Photograph (2017) At the film's best, [Huston] uses his dreamy, fragmented narrative approach to reflect the disjointed state of his protagonist, who's always slightly spacey, because the most important part of him is stuck in the past. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
18% The Fanatic (2019) It's probably for the best that "The Fanatic" is so terrible. If it were made with any actual care, it'd be offensive instead of just dumb. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
68% Angel of Mine (2019) "Angel of Mine" is polished; and Rapace and Strahovski don't play their parts as stereotypes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
50% Itsy Bitsy (2019) The gothic atmosphere and the disgustingly gooey special effects are the main attraction. The existential dread is just an extra. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
75% Spider in the Web (2019) Mostly, the movie's a magnificent showcase for Kingsley, who's always at his best when his characters look like they know something we don't. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
58% Burn (2019) Still, this is mostly a strong debut film, making good use of a single set and a talented cast. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
18% Hot Air (2019) Director Frank Coraci and screenwriter Will Reichel have made a movie that aims to bridge some of American's current social divides but is so focused on its destination that not much of note happens during the journey. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
38% Tone-Deaf (2019) This is a quirky, cutting story of generation versus generation, refereed by a filmmaker who seems to find both sides fairly ridiculous. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) The new "Jacob's Ladder" is less strange and scary, and more mindlessly action-packed. It doesn't feel like a dream. It's more like hearing a stranger describe a dream. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
A- 97% American Factory (2019) Everyone-regardless of their background or values-is working hard. By telling their stories, entertainingly and persuasively, Bognar and Reichert make the case that they all deserve better. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
86% Low Low (2019) A lot of fledgling filmmakers make autobiographical movies or lean on genre, but "Low Low" follows a different path, empathizing with the worries and woes of some people whose lives are rarely reflected on screen. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
14% Sextuplets (2019) The movie surely isn't meant to be mean. But there's an underlying sourness that makes "Sextuplets" much less fun than the pictures it's imitating. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
71% Gwen (2019) Writer-director William McGregor's debut feature film, "Gwen," has the eerie quiet and grim portent of a supernatural horror story, but it's a genre picture more in form than content. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019