Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% 63 Up (2019) It's very touching... There's a lot to love in this movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) This is a wonderful movie -- one of my favorites of the year... Even if you haven't seen any of her movies, it's like meeting an old friend. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) This is a film I admired more than I liked... I just found the film to be too hyper-staged and too artfully constructed to make an emotional connection. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
71% The Aeronauts (2019) I can't resist: this movie never gets off the ground. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4.5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) If nothing is more difficult in the movies than convincingly portraying authentic goodness, then A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood can be counted near-perfect. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
74% The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) The Muppets are at their best when they're anarchic, without all this soggy whimsy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) I do like it more than anything he's directed in a long time... But here's an aspect of the movie, common to all of Scorsese's organized crime films, that I find troubling. To wit: Just how sentimental should we be about coldblooded killers? - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4.5/5 98% The Cave (2019) The primary focus, drawn from hundreds of hours of footage shot between 2016 and 2018, is on the physician Amani Ballour. I've rarely seen a more inspiring figure in a movie. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
100% A Bigger Splash (1974) It's an interesting movie for David Hockney completists. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) A terrific movie and one of the best female performances of the year. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
88% The Great Hack (2019) This is a scary movie... [And] there's a lot of interesting characters. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Always worth seeing these two actors, but not necessarily in this movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% The Silence of Others (2019) It's a powerful movie... The only problem of the movie (that is not the fault of the film) is that you're hoping for some great resolution and for the most part it doesn't happen. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
67% Storm Boy (2019) It's sort of disposable, but kind of sweet. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) It's talky, but a lot of the talk is quite interesting and passionate. It's sort of like being in a really good town hall meeting. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) It's a very powerful movie. One of the things it demonstrates is how, in our digital age, there's a trail of incrimination that exists that didn't before. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
55% The Best of Enemies (2019) It's predictable and conventional, but it has some powerful moments. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Pretty bland... A little too light, fluffy, and negligible. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) It's just a little too pulpy for the potential power of the story. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
55% Yardie (2019) Fairly routine... I wish the ethnic aspects of this film had come to the fore more and that they had played down the druggie stuff that we had already seen a million times. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
100% Combat Obscura (2019) It's sort of an eye-opener just to see something this unbiased and un-manipulative. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Another infuriatingly incomprehensible Godard movie made up entirely out of archival images... Having said that, some of the imagery is powerful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) We know how it's going to turn out, but that doesn't matter because what you're watching along the way is so entertaining. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's sort of overlong and overstuffed, but Rosa Salazar is quite good. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
13% An Acceptable Loss (2019) It's all pretty muddled and murky while not particularly interesting or well-directed. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
20% Polar (2019) Grody to the max. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
57% Jihadists (Salafistes) (2019) Quite fascinating and scary. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) It's sort of intriguingly bad... [But] it's worth seeing -- the cast is terrific. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
C+ 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi wanted to light a bonfire but, at best, what we get is a sputtering candle. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% That Way Madness Lies... (2018) There is a lot of home video footage... that adds to the power of the film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
60% Tyrel (2018) Even though Jason Mitchell is quite strong... [Tyrel] goes in no direction at all. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) Should have been called "Bird-brained." - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
96% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) There's a very meditative, very self-deprecating quality to this [film]. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) I think that there's a sweetness to some of the film... There is a certain self-criticism built into the role as it goes along. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
94% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) The performances are strong and it has a creepy, ominous way of moving along the story that is effective. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) This is a very French movie... It's a fun movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
60% Them That Follow (2019) It does grip you because of the inherent nature of the story itself. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
96% Love, Antosha (2019) It's very powerful and also very sad. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
B 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Despite its predictability, it conveys what it's like to be enraptured by a rock idol. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
60% School Ties (1992) Well-meaning and earnest, "School Ties" (citywide) moves through its measured paces with dogged predictability. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
5/5 98% One Child Nation (2019) [Nanfu] Wang began this film as a way to rediscover her own past. It does far more than that. It will help ensure that the full tragedy of those years is not forgotten. Anyone who sees this film is not likely to forget. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) It's a safe movie about people who don't feel safe in this world. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
A 99% Honeyland (2019) It's the best kind of documentary -- an eye-opener and a mind-opener. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Although DiCaprio seems miscast as an aging, washed-up actor (mostly because he never seems to age), Pitt, in a rangy, lived-in performance, is marvelous. As Sharon Tate, Margot Robbie is quite touching as the film's golden emblem of innocence. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
C 63% Yesterday (2019) I can't imagine this blandness was intentional. Why set up a great premise only to flatten it out? - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
A- 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It doesn't put you through the emotional wringer the way its predecessor did, but it's consistently inventive, funny, witty, and heartfelt. In other words, it's a lot better than it has any right to be. It's more than good enough to justify its existence. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ 74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Seeing the story played out with reams of interviews and archival footage is so much better. It makes the unbelievable believable. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ 89% American Woman (2019) The role of Deb is not written with any great depth, but Miller gets into the character's psychological complications in a way that almost compensates for the lack - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- 80% Late Night (2019) It's a good thing that Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are the stars of the mediocre Late Night, written by Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra, because without them, it would resemble nothing much more than a Devil Wears Prada knockoff. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) Although Howard doesn't go in for a lot of musicological analysis of Pavarotti's genius, which would have enriched the presentation, he compensates by giving us an ample dose of the singing. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019