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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Weathering with You (2020) Shinkai's sensitive treatment of these real-world problems gives the fantasy of "Weathering With You" a thought-provoking edge many more lavish American animated films lack.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) This feels absolutely authentic... Very small cast and a very simple, straightforward story, which I think makes it so affecting. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
94% Weathering with You (2020) While it's not as good as Your Name -- that is a really high bar -- I think it is a very interesting film from a very interesting filmmaker. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
96% Togo (2019) You can certainly do worse for Christmas entertainment with your family, but it just feels a bit staid. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
84% Just Mercy (2020) You might as well have had "good guy" and "bad guy" stenciled across the front of a lot of the characters. There is not a lot of nuance to who these people are -- I think that kind of undercuts its message, but Michael B. Jordan is wonderful. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) I am dismayed to say this was the worst film I've seen all year. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) If K-Tel [Records] did an album of Star Wars' greatest hits, this is what it would be like... So much of it felt like going through the motions of things we had seen before. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
86% Cunningham (2019) By having a moving camera going through the dancers, you are adding an element that Cunningham didn't create that is often very distracting. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
91% Uncut Gems (2019) Yes, it builds tension, but I don't think it's a huge stretch for Adam Sandler to be obnoxious. A lot of it I just wasn't buying. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) 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. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
71% The Aeronauts (2019) 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!‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
17% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) The story just rambles and stumbles and bumbles its way along... It's pretty dismal. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
100% Away (2019) Viewers weary of the detailed look and upbeat tone of many big-budget American films may enjoy contemplating Zilbalodis' highly personal, austere vision.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
91% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) This disgusted me in that it doesn't make any moral judgments. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) 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. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) I'd say that it's a film that I found interesting rather than loved.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) I was appalled by a lot of the material in this [film] and thought "If these are journalists, then I want a different title for my job"... This is such a sleazy thing [the filmmakers] are uncovering. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
74% White Snake (2019) "White Snake" leaves the viewer with the equivalent of a hangover from too many over-the-top visuals, rather than the satisfaction of seeing two star-crossed lovers achieve the happiness they deserve.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
79% The Great Mouse Detective (1986) "The Great Mouse Detective" reflects the energy and enthusiasm of a talented group of young artists stretching their wings for the first time.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
No Score Yet Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris (Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal) (2019) It's all on a kind of ABC-level... It doesn't make much sense. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet Disco'd (2019) The film has no structure and very little point. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Tower (2018) It's a point of view that we rarely get... The problem is that it is not technically strong enough to carry the story that it is trying to tell. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
93% Klaus (2019) A lot of it really nicely designed, really nicely animated, and I really wish the story were better because I really wanted to like it and I didn't very much. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Tower (2018) "The Tower" is an angry, ambitious and often moving film from an underrepresented group, but its story might have been told more effectively in live action.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
92% One Piece: Stampede (2019) The nonstop mayhem will delight "One Piece" fans, but the uninitiated may find the film exhausting.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
No Score Yet Rezo (2019) "Rezo" would have been more effective as a conventional documentary using photographs of its subject's work to supplement his recollections.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
87% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) This is a very beautiful movie, but there is a difference between bombarding an audience with images and actually telling them something. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
70% The Game Changers (2019) It deals a lot of in partial facts and incomplete facts.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) It's very stale, very familiar, and you've seen it all before. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) I bow to no one in adoring Maggie Smith, and when she announces something like "I don't argue, I explain," you get this frisson of delight. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) A documentary that actually is suspenseful. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The character animation is completely lost... It's not even uncanny valley -- it's an uncanny gorge. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) I think the film falters because it's too long and they don't seem to trust their subject... Toni Morrison is so eloquent -- just let her talk and she takes us where we need to go. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality (2019) A little long maybe, but you end up with enormous admiration for this man who is sincerely committed to the idea of justice and equality under the law and trying to make it a reality. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
100% 5B (2019) Depressing, infuriating, and necessary... It ties it all together in a very moving package. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
92% Funan (2019) A reminder of just how powerful animation can be in presenting a message that may be too grim or difficult to do in live-action. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
95% The Lavender Scare (2019) This is well-intended, but repetitive and kind of fragmented.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
87% Pavarotti (2019) Worshipful and also clearly by somehow who doesn't know much about opera. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) They don't give [Patton Oswalt] much to do... It just never comes together. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Very warm. A family film in the best sense of the words. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
50% Tolkien (2019) It's not terribly interesting. There are more interesting things about Tolkien in this period that [this movie] is not telling. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) I so enjoyed this movie to my great surprise. I had forgotten just what an iconic and pivotal figure Dr. Ruth was in our national discussion of sexuality and relationships. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
27% UglyDolls (2019) A 90-minute commercial for toys disguised as an entertainment. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018) It's a lovely portrait and it made me cry because it reminded me of how much I miss her. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) It's entertaining, but I think it's a little too cute in some places... If you have small children, this is a good movie to take them to. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Penguin Highway (2019) This is a very promising, engaging film... Strange and charming. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
94% Blowin' Up (2018) I think it's rather shapeless... You don't really find out what these sessions accomplish. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) I found it rather dreary... I just didn't think it was a lot of fun. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) It's a fascinating story of corruption, greed, and fraud. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
34% Wonder Park (2019) It's not very much fun. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019