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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 85% Les Misérables (2020) This is a very impressive debut fictional film from documentary filmmaker Ladj Ly. The story is compelling and the acting is convincing. The pace, and the tension, never let up.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B 42% The Laundromat (2019) Like 'The Big Short,' this film blows the lid off of corruption infecting global financial markets, but it also shows the real life consequences of this corruption.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) This is a delicate and thoughtful film, a fine first directing effort by Joe Talbot, with a story written, in part, by Fails himself based on his own experiences.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The acting by Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel is excellent. The love between their characters, Marianne and Héloïse is quite believable, as is the pain and anguish caused by the circumstances of their forbidden love.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B+ 84% Just Mercy (2020) Based on a true story, this familiar, but gut wrenching drama about a lawyer, with his wrongly convicted black client on Death Row in Alabama, fighting against a rigged legal system, carries a shattering emotional punch.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
C+ 91% Who Will Write Our History (2019) There are those, of course, who don't like to be reminded once again of this history. There are those who deny these events ever happened. So yes, this is a story that needs to be told again and again.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B 99% Amazing Grace (2019) People got up and danced in church. They could not help themselves. That's the power she has. In the movie, I think it was James Cleveland who said that Aretha can sing anything. There is no doubt about that.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) This is a compelling drama, with some interesting characters. It is a story worth telling and movie worth seeing, because this could happen anywhere. I am surprised it hasn't happened in more places, especially in the United States.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
A 97% Booksmart (2019) I really liked Beanie Feldstein in Ladybird, and she is matched in this film by Kaitlyn Dever. The characters they play, and the other characters they interact with in the film are what make this an exceptional film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
B+ 99% For Sama (2019) This movie from Syria doesn't get into politics other than to ask the question, why did the nations of the world stand by and do nothing as the men, women and children of Aleppo were being slaughtered?‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B 96% The Irishman (2019) This is a well-made movie by a truly great director and the acting is fine, but the story seems kind of pointless. There is a lot of killing, a lot of suffering, and for what? On the other hand, maybe that is the point of it after all.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B 53% The Lion King (2019) I was not a big fan of the original 1994 movie, and I found this one to be about the same. It is a good film, with a good story and good music. What sets this film apart, however, is the technical wizardry that makes it look like a live action film.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
A 99% Honeyland (2019) This haunting documentary about a woman described as the last beekeeper of wild bees in Europe finds her rural village invaded by a family that overtaxes the fragile environment of Northern Macedonia with a bumbling commercial agriculture operation.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy is perfect in the role of Rudy Ray Moore, and he's backed by fine supporting performances by Wesley Snipes and Da'Vine Joy Randolph, who plays Lady Reed/Queen Bee.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
C+ 56% The Beach Bum (2019) Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dog both seemed to be having a lot of fun in this movie, and they both turn in good performances. This is a funny, easygoing stoner comedy .‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B 89% The Two Popes (2019) Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce both give excellent performances in this film, fully expressing the characters and making them believable. The film also has high production values, with opulent sets and costumes.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Award-winning writer-director Terrence Malick takes aim at autocrats who demand, above all, personal loyalty, in this anti-fascist saga of an Austrian farmer who refuses to swear allegiance to Adolph Hitler during World War II.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
A 89% 1917 (2020) This action-packed film that looks like it was all shot with one continuous camera exposure is an emotional, compelling and inspiring hero's journey through the nightmare setting of trench warfare.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) This is not about the destination. It is about the journey, and it's a long, painful one. It is about more than just losing weight and running the distance, although that is hard enough. It is a long movie, but the characters make it worth the time.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
B 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) This is a movie about a family with a dream of farming, who makes that dream come true, sort of, with a lot of outside help. There is some great cinematography showing nature at work on the farm. The story of the farm is well, and fairly told. ‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
B 89% Arctic (2019) For the most part, this is a typical story of survival in harsh conditions, but there are some plot twists, and it is a well-made film. Mikkelsen shines as the rugged, capable pilot of a downed plane somewhere in the Arctic Circle.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
B 97% American Factory (2019) This documentary film gets right in the middle of a culture war, a union versus management fight and anxiety over globalization and automation. It shows what is happening in manufacturing in many countries, including the United States.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
B+ 71% The Aeronauts (2019) This is a movie with a lot of visual magic, as well as Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne. These days, with science under attack from political and religious forces, it is great to see a film that celebrates those early pioneers of science.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
A 81% Abominable (2019) This is a film all about inclusiveness, kindness, empathy and healing, which are all things sorely lacking in today's world, it seems. Maybe that is why I found this film so emotionally appealing.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
B+ 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Sandler is fascinating to watch in this role as the shady wheeler dealer Howard Ratner. He whipsaws from manic emotional highs, tenderness and mischief to devastating lows. Watching Ratner desperately juggle bets and deals is something to behold.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
C+ 77% Frozen II (2019) The story works well enough and there is enough humor in it to go along with the more serious elements. The animation, by Walt Disney Animation studios, is beautiful.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
B+ 95% Little Women (2019) It comes across as an American version of a Jane Austen story. It is very cleverly written, directed, edited and acted. I can see why this film has already ended up on a lot of critics 'best of 2019' lists.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2020
C+ 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This is a film that fits well into its holiday time slot. It is pure escapism, with just enough comedy, adventure and pathos to be entertaining.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
B 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) There is plenty of action in this film and the actors do a good job. The story is similar to other Star Wars stories, with similar plot twists and revelations.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
A 68% Bombshell (2019) The acting is very strong. The story is compelling, with plenty of drama and some humor. The screenplay is cleverly written, with some memorable lines. The pace of the film is brisk, while balancing the various story lines at the same time.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
B 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Despite the misogyny and straying from the facts, this movie has three strong characters. The story is compelling and it is a good movie, like many Clint Eastwood films. The acting is powerful and there is some really good, sharp dialog.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
B+ 90% Dark Waters (2019) The greatest achievement of the film, however, is not a recitation of facts and the mere telling of a story about chemical dumping, it is how this tragedy is put in human terms - the human cost of all those people exposed to these chemicals.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 89% Missing Link (2019) This movie has the distinctive Laika style, but the characters are not as ugly as previous Laika characters in ParaNorman, or The Boxtrolls. It is funny and easy-going. There is a moral to the story, which comes to a satisfactory conclusion.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
A 97% Knives Out (2019) Seldom have I seen a murder mystery this well written, directed and acted. It has it all, a big, dysfunctional family all with motives for murder, a big, creepy house with a secret door, a big knife collection, witty dialog and dark humor.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
A 96% The Cave (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
B 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
C+ 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This movie is over plotted, but the characters are engaging, and that makes them worth following.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
D 91% The Lighthouse (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B 94% Western Stars (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 73% Harriet (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B 93% Us (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B 83% Judy (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
B 26% Gemini Man (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
C+ 69% Joker (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B 84% Ad Astra (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
B 87% Hustlers (2019) 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.‐ Laramie Movie Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019