Laramie Movie Scope

Laramie Movie Scope is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Robert Roten
Rating Title/Year Author
A The Cave (2019) Robert Roten In the midst of this brutal war, the compassion and bravery of those working at this underground hospital is inspiring. They are true heroes. This is a very powerful film, made by a very brave and compassionate film crew. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
B Jojo Rabbit (2019) Robert Roten This oil-and-water mix of comedy and drama works, but the sudden contrast between whimsical romantic comedy and the horrors of war can sometimes be jarring. Waititi has a gift for absurdist comedy, but the fantasy scenes seem intrusive at times. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
B A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Robert Roten This is an effective and moving film with very strong performances. If you were expecting this film to be about Fred Rogers, it isn't. He's there, and he is an important character, but the movie is more about the magazine writer, Lloyd Vogel. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
A Ford v Ferrari (2019) Robert Roten The races are exciting, with close finishes, spinouts, crashes and fires. The acting is excellent, with Damon and Bale turning in some of their best-ever performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
C+ Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Robert Roten This movie is over plotted, but the characters are engaging, and that makes them worth following. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
D The Lighthouse (2019) Robert Roten Like many others, I am fascinated by lighthouses and their construction, especially those equipped with large Fresnel lenses which are things of beauty. This movie kind of spoiled all that for me. It is a boring and unpleasant movie to sit through. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
B Western Stars (2019) Robert Roten Each song is performed live in the film, and each song is set up with a short video narrated by Springsteen explaining the inspiration for each song. This movie is as much about Springsteen the man, as it is about Springsteen, the performer. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
B Harriet (2019) Robert Roten This movie is a powerful portrait of a remarkable woman. It also highlights the dangers faced by slaves trying to escape to freedom. It provides an inspirational representation of Harriet Tubman and the times she lived in. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
B Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Robert Roten This is an effective action movie, one of the better films in the series, but I don't know what you'd get out of it if you haven't seen some of the other relevant Terminator films. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
B The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Robert Roten I was not expecting much from this movie, but it turns out to be a surprisingly good animated comedy. It will probably make my top 10 list for the year's best animated films. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
B Us (2019) Robert Roten As far as horror movies go, and they don't go very far, this is one of the good ones. Jordan Peele has once again shown his mastery as a filmmaker, and the actors are excellent in their dual roles. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
B Judy (2019) Robert Roten Renée Zellweger gives a knockout performance as a beleaguered Judy Garland in the last months of her life in this dramatic and affecting musical biopic. Zellweger also sings Garland's songs with dramatic flair. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
B Gemini Man (2019) Robert Roten As a technical achievement, the film is impressive. Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe captures the action very well. Overall, this is a good action film with some interesting characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
C+ Joker (2019) Robert Roten The psychological journey of Arthur Fleck is interesting, but overall, I found this movie quite slow moving and predictable, despite a powerful performance by Phoenix. There is one surprise near the end, though. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B Ad Astra (2019) Robert Roten Brad Pitt gives a great performance in this film. Don't be surprised if he gets some acting nominations later this year and early in 2020. This movie is almost a one-man show, and Pitt carries it off nicely. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
B Hustlers (2019) Robert Roten Raunchiness aside, this is an entertaining film with captivating characters, especially Destiny and Ramona. Their complex relationship at the heart of this story is compelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
B The Farewell (2019) Robert Roten Awkwafina gives an outstanding performance in this film, along with the rest of the cast in this low key Chinese family drama. The drama is also lightened with some comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
C+ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Robert Roten This is a big, dumb, but entertaining action movie with some humor and some family relationships. It works well enough as an action movie, but it needed more character development and a smarter script to get to the next level. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
B Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Robert Roten Aside from slow pace of the movie, and the occasional long-winded speech, this is a movie that is fun to watch, mainly because of the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio (great performance) and because of the film's satisfying ending. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
C+ Aladdin (2019) Robert Roten The music is very good, and it features a couple of actors who can really sing those memorable songs well. Aladdin has exceptional music because most of its songs were written at a time when Walt Disney Pictures had some exceptional musical talent. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Robert Roten Pixar has not only brought the saga of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys back again, they've renewed the saga with style and heart, while keeping it from going stale. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Robert Roten This coming-of-age story built around the reluctant hero, Peter Parker, works very well, partly because Tom Holland does a great job projecting doubt and vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B Rocketman (2019) Robert Roten Drugs, alcohol, sex, corrupt management, we've seen this all before, right? Not like this, we haven't. This musical biographical film about the early life of pop music star Elton John is presented in a highly imaginative way. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B Avengers: Endgame (2019) Robert Roten One Avengers movie to bind them, and in the darkness rule them all. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
B Shazam! (2019) Robert Roten The way the movie switches quickly back and forth between adult and child themes, comedy and horror, is a bit disconcerting, but it worked for me. I am not sure how well it would go over with young children. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
C+ Dumbo (2019) Robert Roten This movie is entertaining enough, particularly for children and families, for me to recommend it, but the plot is pretty weak. Visually, it looks great (this is, after all, a Tim Burton film) and the baby elephant is very cute. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
B Captain Marvel (2019) Robert Roten This is a new kind of female superhero, one who is fully comfortable in her own skin -- a funny, casual, wise cracking, cocky superhero. She's not overly serious, stiff, formal, or straining under destiny's weight. Instead, she's just fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
B The Resistance Banker (2018) Robert Roten This is a better than average historical war drama with good performances. This Dutch language film is a well told story worth knowing about little-known heroes of World War II. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B Fighting With My Family (2019) Robert Roten Without those references at the film's end to the real Knight Family, I would have sworn this is a made-up story. Probably some of it is made up, but the real story behind this movie seems amazing to me. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Robert Roten There aren't too many feature length animated trilogies, perhaps none as good as this one. Dreamworks animation has done it, capped off a trilogy of 'How to Train Your Dragon' movies with a fitting final chapter of high quality. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Robert Roten Lee Israel and Jack Hock come across as scoundrels that we have some sympathy for. They are crooks, but their victims are, for the most part, not entirely innocent either. This film walks that narrow path between these sympathies very adroitly. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
A Blindspotting (2018) Robert Roten This is a powerful, well-acted film with memorable characters. Director Carlos López Estrada makes good use of imagery, poetry, drama and humor to illustrate what it is like to live as a troubled black man in a racially divided city. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B Quincy (2018) Robert Roten This documentary gives a vivid, intimate portrait of Quincy Jones, as well as some people close to him. This is an enlightening and well-constructed documentary about an amazing man. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
B The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Robert Roten The movie uses lots of cultural references and jokes which appeal to a very wide age group. It is a movie suitable for the whole family. It is funny, the characters are interesting, and it has a nice positive message. What's not to like? EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
C+ Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Robert Roten I liked the main character, even though she is pretty sketchy, and I like Ido, too. I think these characters are strong enough to keep the series going, but I'd like to see an Alita movie that is better able to stand on its own. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
C Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Robert Roten For a filmmaker with a reputation for humor, this film is not funny. It is all doom and gloom. It seems to me this film aged very quickly during the November 6, 2018 elections, which yielded a result at odds with Moore's overly pessimistic thesis. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
B The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Robert Roten This is a fun fantasy adventure suitable for families, and there aren't many of this quality made these days. It is amusing and enjoyable. The characters are engaging and there is plenty of action. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
B The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Robert Roten A tour de force performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal and a fine effort by writer-director Sara Colangelo. It is a haunting portrait of a woman seeking love and recognition in ways that are increasingly disconnected from reality. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Robert Roten I enjoyed most of these stories, except for 'Meal Ticket,' which seems pretty tasteless to me. You have to accept death along with humor in most Coen brothers movies, and you get multiple doses of death in this movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B Private Life (2018) Robert Roten This is a very well acted movie. It is a good, solid story with well-drawn characters. It isn't a great story, but I was on board, through the unevenness of it, up until the end. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018) Robert Roten This is a well-acted film and the director, Álvaro Brechner ('Bad Day to Go Fishing') does a fine job of showing us how it feels to be imprisoned. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C Roxanne Roxanne (2017) Robert Roten This movie is well acted, but it does seem to operate on a single, rather depressing note throughout. It would have helped if there was more of an emotional story arc to it. It ends not far emotionally from where it starts. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Robert Roten I like this movie. It is dark, but it also has a lot of humor in it. It also has the benefit of having characters capable of a bit of very unlikely redemption. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B 22 July (2018) Robert Roten This depiction of a terrorist attack is straightforward, matter-of-fact and unambiguous. The contrast between the weak, lone, angry killer, and the steady, strong, supportive unity of those oppose him is clear. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C Vox Lux (2018) Robert Roten This movie is certainly an ideal vehicle for Natalie Portman to show off her acting, singing and dancing talents, but beyond that, it doesn't seem to amount to much. The sum of its parts seem to add up to less of a whole than it should. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B The Wife (2017) Robert Roten A well-constructed movie by director Björn L Runge. The performances are excellent. The screenplay and actors create a couple of complex characters in Joe and Joan, in a complicated relationship. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C+ Hold the Dark (2018) Robert Roten I found the story fairly involving, even though it did not make much sense to me. It has a fine sense of place, and there is a lot of suspense because the murders seem so random and sudden you don't know who is going to die next. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Robert Roten He's a fine director, skilled at doing large, complex projects (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies) and for this film, he put together a large, dedicated team to make an exceptional documentary film. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B Suspiria (2018) Robert Roten If you really like horror films, this is not a bad one. The acting is good and the story is complex. The climax is a crazy and unbelievable. It's sort of thing that would work better as comedy, because then one is not expected to take it seriously. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
B Ben Is Back (2018) Robert Roten Drug addiction has been explored in many movies, but this is an especially revealing look into not only the nature of an addict, but the effect he has had on his own family, and on the lives of many other people in a tight-knit community. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019