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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Melody Makers (2019) At times the film feels like outtakes from another, more cohesive documentary about Melody Maker's legacy.‐ Los Angeles Times
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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
0% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
No Score Yet 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
0% Radioflash (2019) A heroine as strong as Reese deserves a more consistently exciting plot.‐ Los Angeles Times
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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
70% Line of Duty (2019) As ride-along police stories go, this one's inessential, yet oddly watchable.‐ Los Angeles Times
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B+ 83% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
67% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
36% Primal (2019) Unfortunately, even by the relaxed standards of trash cinema, "Primal" is dispiritingly tame.‐ Los Angeles Times
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet Crepitus (2019) Though the ugliness in "Crepitus" persists, the promise dissipates.‐ Los Angeles Times
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
0% Portals (2019) Ultimately, the unusual structure seems like a cover for how underdeveloped this film's various segments are.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
0% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
82% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
37% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
68% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) [T]he "Wrinkles the Clown" doc is still fairly horrifying. From the alarming reports of copycat clowns to the many scenes of youngsters reacting to Wrinkles rumors, this movie's a reminder that even abstract concepts can have a dark, persuasive power.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
50% Cuck (2019) Throughout, the narrative keeps arcing inevitably toward a predictable and tedious eruption of violence. But the way the movie ends isn't as powerful as where it begins: with one lost boy, adopted by wolves.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
19% Semper Fi (2019) Both halves are handled well by director Henry Alex Rubin, who also co-wrote the film with U.S. Army vet Sean Mullin. But whenever the film shifts its focus to one side of its story, the other suffers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
65% The Parts You Lose (2019) It's a premise in search of a plot.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
96% Harpoon (2019) Some of the stylistic fillips feel excessive, and at the end of the day, this is just a tawdry, gory B-picture, with little to say about human behavior. But it's often funny and generally suspenseful - a fine afternoon on the water, all things considered.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
92% Election (1999) Broderick gives a wonderfully nebbishy performance, and the filmmakers do a fine job of using visual cues to define the smallness of his world.‐ The Verge
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
89% Bliss (2019) It's 80 tedious minutes of shouting, swearing, nudity and gore, cut together with the deftness of a chainsaw.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
0% 10 Minutes Gone (2019) "10 Minutes Gone" is clumsy and cliché-ridden, and populated by two accomplished action stars who look like they just want to get through this job as quickly as possible.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
40% The Curse of Buckout Road (2019) Holmes' best idea is to stage some of the flashbacks and dream sequences so they ape the look of the films he's copying - though that ultimately may make horror buffs wish they were rewatching the originals.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
68% Sister Aimee (2019) The filmmakers sometimes fail to follow through on the more interesting parts of their story, but a novel approach to the material mostly compensates for the drier stretches.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019