Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Line of Descent (2019) Rohit Karn Batra does a fine job of exploring the dynamics of a potentially lethal sibling rivalry; and he gets an entertaining wild-card performance from American Canadian actor Brendan Fraser. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
No Score Yet Spiral Farm (2019) Not much happens in "Spiral Farm," but what does is often heartbreaking. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
55% Rabid (2019) [A]n uneven but often energizing remake of David Cronenberg's 1977 cult classic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
No Score Yet Trauma Center (2019) The limited location here appears to have been strictly a cost-saving measure, not an opportunity to get creative. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
No Score Yet The Mandela Effect (2019) It takes a strange and fascinating meme, and makes it personal. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
No Score Yet Grand Isle (2019) This could've been a respectable retro crime picture. Apparently, nobody told the cast. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
78% Code 8 (2019) The ideas outpace the action in a movie that's clearly been made with passion and intelligence, but without the kind of zip that this kind of story demands. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
70% I See You (2019) Director Adam Randall and screenwriter Devon Graye have delivered the kind of sly nail-baiter that could use a little more open space on the calendar to build up buzz so it can get noticed by fans of imaginative, original horror. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
50% The Wolf Hour (2019) This movie is mostly just mood-setting, with much more going on in the background than the foreground. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) What makes it such a crowd-pleaser is that [Rian] Johnson also expresses a reassuring optimism that human decency will prevail, and that justice will favor the hard-working and good-hearted over the pernicious and self-serving. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
75% Melody Makers (2019) At times the film feels like outtakes from another, more cohesive documentary about Melody Maker's legacy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
No Score Yet Saint Cloud Hill (2019) "Saint Cloud Hill" is often dramatic, capturing tense standoffs between cops and vagrants. But this documentary is also filled with hope, and admiration for all those visionaries who see how neglected people and places can be put to good use. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
14% The Courier (2019) Adler and his team of screenwriters have crafted a solid plot... But the locations for these big battles are so cramped and unexciting that even a star as fun to watch as Kurylenko can just barely shine. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
40% Angelfish (2019) Lee coaxes moving performances from a young cast, and he beautifully captures the cultural nuances of the Bronx neighborhoods where his story is set. But he has a tough time finding much new to say with this tale of star-crossed lovers. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
No Score Yet Age Out (2019) Still, as with "The Better Angels," Edwards' new movie is magnificently impressionistic, with Colin Stetson's rhythmic score and Jeff Bierman's sun-dappled cinematography making Richie's life seem as wondrous as it is hard. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
62% The Shed (2019) Part angsty teen melodrama, part gore-soaked vampire film, the offbeat horror picture "The Shed" should appeal to anyone who likes their genre stories imbued with personal feeling. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
No Score Yet Radioflash (2019) A heroine as strong as Reese deserves a more consistently exciting plot. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
61% Crown Vic (2019) Souza and his cast explore a familiar milieu, and though they fall short of saying anything startlingly insightful about it, they do a fine job of making it feel real, and even vital. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
73% Line of Duty (2019) As ride-along police stories go, this one's inessential, yet oddly watchable. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Tinnell gets terrific performances up and down the cast: from the talented up-and-coming youngsters like Gisondo to veteran character actors like Joe Pantoliano, Paul Ben-Victor and Lynn Cohen. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
70% Hamlet (2000) Scott's Hamlet has been staged with clarity and competency... But the video-library shelves are already overflowing with more vital adaptations, so there's no real reason to blow the dust off this one. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B+ 81% The Report (2019) [Driver's] performance isn't just gripping; it's inspiring. He's not just portraying Jones; he's embodying an ideal. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
No Score Yet Acceleration (2019) "Acceleration" is like a quest story with all the cool complications and nifty narrow escapes removed. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Ballet Blanc (2019) It's admirable that she's trying to defy convention here, but the result is something ultimately too befuddling to disturb. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
68% Danger Close (2019) Anyone interested in the complexities and controversies surrounding Australia and New Zealand's involvement in Vietnam may find "Danger Close" disappointing. But the movie actually works OK as one long fight scene. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
80% Cold Brook (2019) Ultimately, though, strong performances and a deep level of personal feeling can't keep "Cold Brook" from feeling scattered and slight. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
37% Primal (2019) Unfortunately, even by the relaxed standards of trash cinema, "Primal" is dispiritingly tame. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) All of these performers handled the material well. The stunt casting of celebrities has sometimes been a drag on live TV musicals, but this cast could sing, and the animated characters handled most of the dialogue. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
50% Badland (2019) "Badland" is ultimately too beholden to the past to be as energized as it should be. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet Eminence Hill (2019) Writer-director Robert Conway takes chances with his gothic western "Eminence Hill," and though he lacks the budget or chops to realize his vision, the sheer nerve keeps the movie engaging. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet Crepitus (2019) Though the ugliness in "Crepitus" persists, the promise dissipates. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet Spell (2019) Genre fans may be disappointed that "Spell" is more of an artful character sketch than a supernatural thriller. But by focusing on despair and regret, the movie is still pretty haunting. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
88% Bloody Marie (2019) But even at its most pulse-pounding, "Bloody Marie" remains locked on its sympathetically pathetic protagonist, as she hops across rooftops and slithers through windows, all the while muttering to herself, "Stupid drunk, stupid drunk ..." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name features [Eddie] Murphy's best performance in 20 years. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
No Score Yet Portals (2019) Ultimately, the unusual structure seems like a cover for how underdeveloped this film's various segments are. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
No Score Yet The Gallows Act II (2019) This is an unappetizing hash of "It Follows" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," as well as countless post-"Candyman" fright flicks about curious kids conjuring bad mojo. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
29% Rattlesnake (2019) As Katrina fumbles her way through multiple potential murder scenarios, "Rattlesnake" becomes more fascinating, illustrating a truth other thrillers too often miss: It's not easy to take a life. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
81% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Still, the film's bifurcated structure is cumulatively effective, especially given that it re-centers the narrative on a wronged woman, rather than her thoughtless, rage-filled man. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
62% Paradise Hills (2019) A clever if somewhat under-realized mash-up of "The Prisoner," "The Hunger Games" and "The Stepford Wives," the movie has such confidence - and such an impressive sense of design - that its simplistic narrative isn't much of a drawback. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
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
50% 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
30% 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
67% 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
48% 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
80% 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
38% 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