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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Better Start Running (2018) An accomplished cast does what it can to bring the material to life, but it's tough to add fine emotional shading to characters so thick and cartoonish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
No Score Yet 22 Chaser (2018) It's a reasonably grabby tale despite its familiarity and trying too hard to make its milieu menacing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
14% I Still See You (2018) Once all the pieces are in place, the film becomes a more conventional and less interesting thriller, with a single violent villain the heroes have to overcome.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
No Score Yet Look Away (2018) "Look Away" mostly fails as a "killer teen" movie. The pace is too slow, and the mood too somber.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Queen of Hollywood Blvd (2018) The L.A. noir "The Queen of Hollywood Blvd." justifies its existence with one remarkable scene.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Man helps audiences appreciate the wild ride of lunar exploration, but also the awe and wonder of it all. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The actors' performances are often raw and improvisatory, like something out of a 1970s movie.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B- 46% Maniac Cop (1988) It's too often a routine '80s genre piece, straight down to the synthesizer score, over-lit night scenes, and bandana-sporting street punks. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
27% Ride (2018) Ultimately, "Ride" feels a little like a drama class exercise, with the leads digging deep into their characters' motivations and feelings. All three nail their parts. But their story never gets out of first gear.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
86% Knuckleball (2018) For the most part, this is a tautly constructed exercise in suspense, set among striking-looking snowbound fields and farmhouses.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet The Church (2018) Good intentions aside, the results are more goofy than scary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Bayou Caviar (2018) [Gooding Jr.] had some nifty New Orleans locations and a cast that includes Richard Dreyfuss, Famke Janssen and Katharine McPhee - as well as himself. But the movie's still a mess.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
43% Hell Fest (2018) The premise allows for some spectacularly spooky sets, though director Gregory Plotkin and a team of screenwriters fail to use them for anything all that scary.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
No Score Yet Domain (2018) Atcheson has found a clever way to tell a lot of story without many resources - although the end result is still more exhausting than enticing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% Bad Reputation (2018) From Jett's groundbreaking recordings with the Runaways to how she defied a narrow-minded media establishment, "Bad Reputation" is a case study in how a musician stays relevant.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Padre (2018) Director Jonathan Sobol and screenwriter Stephen Kunc effectively replicate the tone and eccentricity of a pulp paperback but can't arrange all their good ideas into anything solid.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
0% Maximum Impact (2018) "Maximum Impact" is a dopey international thriller that's fully aware of how dumb it is, This doesn't make it a good movie, but it does make it easier to sit through.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B+ 100% Robot Chicken: Star Wars (2007) This particular episode is pitched to anyone who grew up playing with the lesser-known Star Wars toys: the Ugnaughts, Bossks, and Dengars of the Kenner line.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
50% Strange Nature (2018) Take away the freaky creatures, and this would be a decent little indie slice-of-life, about people facing up to their past mistakes - some mundane, some toxic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
81% Quincy (2018) A comprehensive, loving, and yet surprisingly clear-eyed documentary portrait...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
54% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) "The Song of Sway Lake" is full of good ideas that never quite coalesce into an actual movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
No Score Yet Beyond the Sky (2018) A movie about outer space needs more awe.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
94% Mandy (2018) This film is a fusion of kitsch and pulp, underscored with a genuine spiritual yearning.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
20% Mara (2018) A poky thriller that - eventually - delivers some decent scares.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet The Breeding (2017) The movie's well-meaning, but also tedious and self-indulgent, with only brief flashes of originality - and even those are quickly interrupted by yet another explicit sex scene.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
86% Diane (2018) A sketchy, enigmatic thriller that writer-director Michael Mongillo (reworking a Matt Giannini screenplay) can't quite fill out into a feature.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet Cynthia (2018) Screenwriter Robert Rhine and co-directors Devon Downs and Kenny Gage have made something polished, colorful and energetic but, ultimately, pretty disposable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
38% Boarding School (2018) An uncompromising coming-of-age psychodrama masquerading as gothic horror.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
75% Hevn (2015) "Revenge" is confidently paced and well balanced between suspense and local color.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
80% What Keeps You Alive (2018) This is the kind of movie where even knowing the genre might be considered a spoiler.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
17% I Am Vengeance (2018) Aside from the British accents, there's nothing here to distinguish "I Am Vengeance" from any '80s/'90s straight-to-video fodder.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
41% Arizona (2018) Danny McBride is at his funniest and scariest in "Arizona," a darkly comic film noir that works well as both a violent thriller and as a ruthless satire of over-extended American dreamers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
93% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) "Good Manners" is a haunting tale of love - and the burdens that come with it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
65% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) It's got puppets, it's got gore. Who could ask for anything more?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
43% Along Came the Devil (2018) None of this really leads anywhere original. From the opening text to the closing credits, this movie keeps lurching impatiently ahead toward scenes that horror fans have seen before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
100% What Still Remains (2018) A great cast (including vets Mimi Rogers, Dohn Norwood and Jeff Kober) brings Mendoza's ideas to life. The result is a fascinating "what if," imagining society's possible future.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
100% The Island (2018) The running time's too long and the humor's too broad, but the story takes some fascinating turns.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) The quest-plot puts a solid frame around what's essentially a sensitive study of a shattered family, poorly served by the social institutions meant to keep them safe.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
67% The Forest of the Lost Souls (A Floresta das Almas Perdidas) (2018) In a way, this movie is like a tone-poem, tracing the contours of people so sick of themselves that they yearn for total erasure.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
57% Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon) (2018) Once viewers get accustomed to a movie that can move within minutes from courtroom drama to dinosaur attacks, they may enjoy the overwhelming spectacle of it all.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
56% Our House (2018) Burns and Parker don't have much new or exciting to offer. But with the help of a strong performance from Mann, they do a good job capturing one family's feelings of brokenness, and how far they'd go to get back what they lost.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
13% 14 Cameras (2018) A tedious exploitation picture not even sleazy enough to find offensive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) The anecdotes from Cohen's early years in TV... are like a blueprint for how a clever artist can get a lot from a little.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
38% Occupation (2018) This is the rare action movie that's almost more exciting when the characters put down their guns and take up an argument.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
No Score Yet Broken Star (2018) When the plot finally kicks in, it feels like an afterthought - as though director Dave Schwep and screenwriter David Lee Brant realized too late that they needed something more than two damaged folks in a tacky old house.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade expertly captures those middle school growing pains every American kid for generations has endured.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
80% A.i. Tales (2018) Repeatedly in "A.I. Tales" big science-fiction ideas take a backseat to earnest, muted human drama.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
78% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) No matter how spare and arty "The Night Eats the World" is, there's nothing here that hasn't been done before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
80% The Devil's Doorway (2018) "The Devil's Doorway" can't overcome the clichés of either the found-footage format or the "Satan is real!" sub-genre.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
No Score Yet Sunset Society (2018) Devotees of Sunset Strip rock decadence may enjoy the general seediness. Horror hounds will likely feel bored, confused and more than a little ripped-off.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018