FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)

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Rating Title/Year Author
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Charles Solomon It's very compelling to hear these men talk about what they went through and the horrors of World War I... Very interesting, very moving film. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Little Joe (2019) Claudia Puig It feels a little too muted to be truly frightening or creepy... But the aesthetic is interesting. I was disappointed, but not uninterested. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Most Likely to Succeed (2019) Claudia Puig I kind of wish [the filmmakers] followed a few more people, because [the subjects] are not all that different. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
63 Up (2019) Claudia Puig Heartwarming... It's quite poignant. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
63 Up (2019) Peter Rainer It's very touching... There's a lot to love in this movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Varda by Agnès (2019) Peter Rainer 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Claudia Puig It's a visual masterpiece... The cinematography by Claire Mathon is stunning [and] the acting is wonderful. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Charles Solomon There were women in 19th England and America who did very important, adventurous scientific work... I think it's insulting to the memory of these women, who did such important work, to reduce the idea of this Victorian female scientist to such a twit! EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Claudia Puig Dull, plodding, and formulaic. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Peter Rainer I can't resist: this movie never gets off the ground. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Charles Solomon The story just rambles and stumbles and bumbles its way along... It's pretty dismal. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
() Amy Nicholson One of the best films that's come out in my lifetime. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
() Tim Cogshell I love this movie with all my heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
() Tim Cogshell It's done very beautifully... Big, straightforward Kenneth Branaugh Shakespeare. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
After Parkland (2018) Amy Nicholson More valuable as a record of what happened than as a film... It wants to say something more than it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Amy Nicholson This is a really fascinating documentary... The movie gets into these definitions of what is the difference between calling someone a hoarder or a collector? EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Away (2019) Amy Nicholson I did not like the animation style at all... But I did enjoy that this movie hit these deep notes. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Away (2019) Tim Cogshell Deeply moving and breathtaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
My Friend the Polish Girl (2018) Amy Nicholson I liked this idea, but I could not fall for it... I could never believe this way real, and I wanted to. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
My Friend the Polish Girl (2018) Tim Cogshell A really heady little film that seeped into me. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Cavale (2018) Tim Cogshell I did like this movie quite a lot... [A] wacky little movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Cavale (2018) Amy Nicholson I did not love this film, but I liked its energy. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Les misérables (2019) Amy Nicholson I really admire it... I think this film will feel very familiar, but very approachable. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Les misérables (2019) Tim Cogshell It's quite fascinating. I really like this movie a lot. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Tim Cogshell [Screenwriter Anthony McCarten] really understands this material and he gives [these characters] very individual and specific voices. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Amy Nicholson I really do admire watching these people go at it, talking about their ideas and their visions... There's a humanness to this film that I really liked. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Amy Nicholson It think it is a thrilling debut [for director Melina Matsoukas]... You fall in love with this couple. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Tim Cogshell Very entertaining in a number of ways. Thrilling, kind of funny... Love these two actors together. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
() Wade Major It's a lot of fun... Very loving and insightful. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Retablo (2017) Wade Major It's beautifully made... I thought it was excellent and very worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Wade Major It could have been tighter and made its points more saliently, but it is very skillful in its immersion. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Charles Solomon This disgusted me in that it doesn't make any moral judgments. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Lael Loewenstein A really fascinating and well-made cinéma vérité documentary. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Citizen K (2019) Wade Major It tells you how the [Russian] oligarchs became oligarchs... Quite fascinating. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
21 Bridges (2019) Wade Major This exact story has been made a hundred times [before]... The only thing distinguishing this is the cast. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Wade Major It is one of the best of its genre. It is extraordinary because it doesn't get dogmatic or preach to you. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Lael Loewenstein It's really heavy going and hard to swallow, but worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Lael Loewenstein It is a great cast, but mostly underutilized... It had a lot of interesting elements -- looking like an "Eye Spy" book come to life -- but it wasn't quite sharp enough, if you will. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Wade Major I like it, but I don't love it. It wants to be an Agatha Christie film and it's setup is pretty spot on, but it's payoff is pretty clumsy. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Wade Major It is a tremendous job of cinematography because it captures so much nuance... To make a television studio cinematic is rather extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Lael Loewenstein This made me feel hopeful and genuinely transformed at the possibility of goodness. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Wade Major I think it's a dreadful movie. A complete and total betrayal of the first film. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Lael Loewenstein As far as the story -- it did not move the franchise forward at all. In fact, it seemed to have a terrible case of sequel-itis. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Charles Solomon This is certainly the most beautifully animated film of the year... Unfortunately, the characters and the story get in front of those designs and effects. It's just not what it could have been. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
To Kid or Not to Kid (2018) Tim Cogshell This is interesting to me because I decided to not have children in a very deliberate way. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Baishe: Yuanqi (2019) Justin Chang It's a weird hodgepodge... But there's a loveliness to the visuals that was transporting. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
() Tim Cogshell There is so much talent that it's almost dizzying. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
I Lost My Body (2019) Justin Chang It's a very inventive and clever story, animated in a style that serves the material in a not-groundbreaking but lovely to look at fashion. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
I Lost My Body (2019) Charles Solomon I'd say that it's a film that I found interesting rather than loved. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Crown Vic (2019) Tim Cogshell My problem with this movie... is that it wants us to empathize with Thomas Jane's character. But the thing is, his character's just a crooked cop. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019