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Los Angeles CityBeat

Los Angeles CityBeat is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Amy Nicholson, Andy Klein, Annlee Ellingson, Brent Simon, Leonard Klady, Luke Y. Thompson, Mark Keizer
... captures the manner in which both the smallest and largest events on a road trip can build a sense of camaraderie among three strangers with very little in common.
Posted Feb 26, 2010
Street Fight (2005)
"...completely gripping and enraging."
Posted Jan 19, 2009
Night Watch (2006)
...better than most of our domestic product...
Posted Jan 19, 2009
Despite its length and expansive pace, it's never dull. And, despite the dubiousness of its stabs at being "meaningful," it still leaves you with more than most mega-productions.
Posted Dec 23, 2008
[T]here's nothing here to draw us in -- nothing particularly interesting or engaging about the stories or the characters.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
Lurie's style has grown increasingly fluid, and the players (especially Farmiga) deliver, but he tosses everything away with the last twist.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
It seems to have been written in a tone of magical realism, but the director is Paul Schrader, a filmmaker who has many talents, but no feel for whimsy, let alone magic.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
The Wrestler (2008)
... handily his best leading performance in years ... possibly ever .... Director Aronofsky ... plays it straight, giving us a clear, linear narrative, interrupted only by one intercut flashback. The step away from pyrotechnics becomes him.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
Gran Torino (2009)
[It gives] Eastwood a chance to be funnier than he's been in a long time.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
A witty, well-made addition to the [time travel] subgenre.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Doubt (2008)
Shanley [opens] up his four-character original enough to make it more cinematic without destroying the claustrophobic air of the characters' school-bound, almost medieval, world.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Gort the robot looks the same but is ten times bigger and a tenth as interesting -- a good metaphor for the whole project.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Howard and Morgan are able to structure a series of largely mundane events for maximum suspense.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
Milk (2008)
[Later] you realize that [Penn] doesn't innately look that much like Milk -- which is a sign of how terrific his performance is. Josh Brolin is no less perfect as White...
Posted Dec 12, 2008
For the most part, the fights and chases are as implausible as the story, but there's an extraordinarily clever escape-from-certain-death bit about 20 minutes from the end that I don't think I've ever seen before.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
The Dukes (2007)
Between the performances and the nice visual style, the whole feels greater than the sum of its plot points.
Posted Nov 20, 2008
Once the connections become clear, however, this often bitter story almost becomes a thriller, as we fear the next outburst or revelation and its aftermath.
Posted Nov 17, 2008
Bohica (2008)
Director D.J. Paul and screenwriter Joseph "Bo" Colen don't bring much new to the notion of boredom being the toughest part of war.
Posted Nov 17, 2008
...a big problem is the preposterousness of the mystery's solution...
Posted Nov 17, 2008
[Craig] seems rigidified, with no more inner life than a mechanical action figure.
Posted Nov 15, 2008
Soul Men (2008)
This may not be a great movie, but I still couldn't help falling in love with it.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Nadim Sawalha gives a terrific performance, subtle and complex, and most effective when the camera simply lingers on his face.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
The most obvious model for this sweet, low-budget production is Christopher Guest's Best in Show ... except with desis instead of doggies.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Changeling (2008)
Both the best qualities and worst flaws in Changeling have been evident in Eastwood's work for some time now.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
All except di Sciullo's are beautifully drawn, in a variety of distinct styles.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
It's really quite brilliant. But it's also so difficult and so emotionally downbeat that it's hard to characterize it as "entertaining."
Posted Nov 12, 2008
... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
One of Leigh's most upbeat films, as well as one of the best.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
... magnificent on a purely sensual level ... The new version is shorter by about ten minutes and is divided by chapter headings, which make the film slightly less confusing.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
W. (2008)
... while not the ideological lambasting many probably expected, it's nonetheless not a portrait the subject himself would find flattering.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
... the jokes are lame and the caricatures too removed from any defensible reality.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Religulous (2008)
... while he tries not to look snarky, his comic impulse sometimes overwhelms him.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
... perfectly calibrates the gradual revealing of the family dynamics, while dragging you through a gamut of strong emotions -- not necessarily the most enjoyable experience.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Obscene (2008)
... a justified tribute to [Barney] Rosset, who in his mid-80s is still feisty, with a refreshingly lighthearted attitude toward all he accomplished.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
... slickly constructed and frequently funny.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
The whole thing is like an HBO comedy special -- Allah made these guys pretty funny -- and it's hard to see why it's getting theatrical release.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
It might have been easily trimmed by a half hour, which is a shame, because there are so many good moments buried in there -- a proverbial two-hour movie struggling to get out.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Russell Gewirtz's script is built around a trick, one that is simultaneously too clever by half and not clever at all (which itself is quite a trick).
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Lakeview Terrace is well enough made to partly overcome my general distaste for films ... that are unpleasant, yet without catharsis or edification
Posted Nov 12, 2008
... for all its virtues, Sukiyaki Western Django is a one-gimmick film that eventually wears out its welcome.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
English's attempts to fit The Women into a modern setting are intelligent, but that, unfortunately, does not suffice, because the film is so limp in so many other ways.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Towelhead (2007)
Ball drops the poisonous little voodoo dolls he mistakes for characters into a ... realistic environment, as though that will somehow render his story more "serious."
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Even though Burn After Reading is often funny, it rarely achieves either the hilarity of Intolerable Cruelty or the iconic goofiness of The Big Lebowski.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Miller and his excellent cast create characters whom we can understand and even empathize with, even as they commit horrible breaches of faith.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Ace documentarian Jessica Yu's fictional feature debut ... is mostly funny and often cute, but it suffers a bit in comparison to the very similar Foot Fist Way ...
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Chabrol does his best work in the thriller genre, but he seems colder and frankly humorless when he works with real-life stories [as he does here].
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Traitor (2008)
For most of its length, Traitor is a serious and suspense-filled film ... But as the movie approaches its climax, the plot goes crazy -- and [not] in a good way.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Stiller is terrific, and Downey is somewhat better than terrific -- inspired. ... Tropic Thunder really is hysterical; and it even manages, now and then, to surprise.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Coogan is a master at playing jerks, but Dana is too silly, too stupid, and too unappealing to enlist us on his side.
Posted Nov 12, 2008
The voiceover gives Vicky Cristina Barcelona the feeling of a fairy tale; while it might take place in a fairy tale world, the story is driven by sometimes unpleasant complexities.
Posted Nov 12, 2008