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Barbara VanDenburgh

Barbara VanDenburgh

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 8% The Choice (2016) "There is a grating sloppiness to much of "The Choice," both narratively and stylistically. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "Austen geeks and zombie lovers will enjoy enough laughs to tip the scales in the film's favor. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 96% Mustang (2015) ""Mustang" puts its cultural stamp on a story gripping in its ageless universality and gutting in its modern urgency. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 31, 2015
4/5 60% Sisters (2015) "The same effortless chemistry that made the comedians such ideal Golden Globes hosts is on full display in this broad comedy, given extra oomph by a wise and glorious R rating that opens the floodgates of creative vulgarity. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/5 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "These changes, rather than inject new life in a story told innumerable times, underscore what it is that works so well in other, better iterations. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3.5/5 88% Difret (2015) "An affecting drama that is honest and clear-eyed about Hirut's trauma, and the ongoing struggles she'll face even if she's freed, without ever treating her abuse in an exploitative manner. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/5 77% The Assassin (2015) "It's so elliptical in its approach that there's no love for anyone, or anything, outside of beauty. It can be admired - greatly, even - but it can't be felt. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/5 73% Suffragette (2015) "Suffragette, like Maud, is modest in scope and ambition, and is more emotionally affecting for it. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2.5/5 68% The Keeping Room (2015) "Despite its sparseness and haunting photography, the film proves to be little more than a home-invasion thriller low on thrills. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 100% Peace Officer (2015) "The strength of "Peace Officer" is that it doesn't attempt to pit the viewer against the police. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 84% Meet The Patels (2015) "[A] charming, if completely obvious, documentary. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/5 71% He Named Me Malala (2015) "Though polished and image-conscious, offering too little insight into the physical and psychological trauma suffered in the bullet's wake, the film is nevertheless moving without resorting to saccharine overtures. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2/5 26% Captive (2015) "Oyelowo and Mara try to bring humanity and tension to the testimonial thriller of two lost souls finding their way together, but they only succeed in bursts, hampered by marketing copy masquerading as dialogue. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/5 43% Cooties (2015) "Without a buttress of cleverness, "Cooties" is mere freewheeling idiocy. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 71% Wolf Totem (2015) "Whether it's the expanse of rolling hills and frozen lakes or close-ups of a baby wolf's soft fur, the camera hugs each texture with awe. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 66% Learning To Drive (2015) "Over-simplified with a lot of emotional hand-holding, but just charismatic enough to work. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/5 43% American Ultra (2015) ""American Ultra" is doodles in a math-class notebook given a budget, and although it's frequently as stupid as it sounds, it's amiable enough to pass the bowl around. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 82% Mistress America (2015) "It would be unbearable if it weren't so completely self-aware. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 20, 2015
5/5 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Heller's debut directorial effort is incisive and universal, despite its very specific and detailed setting. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/5 93% The Gift (2015) "It's a confident thriller suffused with dread that builds suspense without breaking until it's too late to turn back - with a few jump scares thrown in for good measure. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/5 25% Dark Places (2015) "Inexpert execution, lazy attention to detail and a lackluster lead performance conspire to render a juicy mystery rather boring. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 65% Unexpected (2015) "It's the same warmth and kindness that makes us care about these two characters that smothers the film's fire before it can ever get roaring. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 60% Southpaw (2015) ""Southpaw" is all about the fist. There's no delicate footwork here, no lingering grace notes. It's a film played entirely in power chords. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 23, 2015
5/5 88% The Tribe (2015) "It's got a story every bit as bold and fearless as its approach - the kind of primal story that's beyond the ken of language. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 62% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "To the film's credit, it knows it's ridiculous. It's aiming for ridiculous, and it hits the mark as precisely as the strippers groove half-naked to their beats. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/5 35% Max (2015) "It's the Walmart of feel-good family films: accessible, cheaply made, useful in a pinch and full of American flags. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 43% Madame Bovary (2015) ""Madame Bovary's" attempt to give Flaubert's text the benefit of a 21st-century feminist perspective is admirable if unsuccessful. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/5 31% Hunting Elephants (2015) "The tired caper flick can't crack a smile, never mind a bank vault. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 28, 2015
1.5/5 20% Bravetown (2015) "There is nothing brave about "Bravetown," a film so paint-by-the-numbers bland that its efforts to piggyback the sacrifice of American servicemen and women for emotional depth is downright craven. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 7, 2015
3.5/5 49% The D Train (2015) "The film goes off the beaten path to tell a very familiar story in an unfamiliar way, turning the mismatched buddy dynamic Black and Marsden had developed into something much more complicated and interesting. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 7, 2015
3.5/5 85% Cheatin' (2015) "The whole range of human emotion - love, lust, anger, jealousy, despair, grief - is felt through Plympton's animation. It's just a shame that his boundless creativity doesn't extend to the narrative. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "Although its chief asset is its inherently entertaining subject matter, "Monkey Kingdom" does far more than just let the cameras roll: It teases a compelling drama out of one monkey tribe's complicated social hierarchy ... " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 75% Alex of Venice (2015) "Although it's enjoyable, actor Chris Messina's directorial debut is somehow less than the sum of its parts, wading only through the shallow end of familiar human conflicts resolved too conveniently to satisfy. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 30% The Longest Ride (2015) "It's exactly what you'd expect, except executed with more-than-typical competence with the help of a few excellent actors and some gorgeously photographed rodeo scenes that capture the drama and thrill of bull riding. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 43% Effie Gray (2015) "The film itself begins to feel like Gray, a pretty bird in a gilded cage with nowhere to fly. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/5 47% Home (2015) "Lazy gags, and it's been done better elsewhere. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/5 94% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "Although much of that archival footage is incredibly familiar after decades of exposure - the burning bras, the clever protest signs, the impassioned speeches, Gloria Steinem - it's the footage of the opposition that really shocks. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "It's asked in the film, "How many new lives can we have?" The answer, it turns, is however many we want. And as long as Dench, Smith, Nighy and Imrie stick around, the same probably is true of "Marigold" movies. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 57% Focus (2015) "Although it brings nothing new to the con-artist fold, or even anything thrilling, "Focus" is a seductive enough rehash that benefits from the built-in pleasures of the trade. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/5 21% White Rabbit (2015) ""White Rabbit" is a deeply unpleasant viewing experience. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/5 79% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "The plot is straightforward, predictable and slight, no more intricate a plot than a 15-minute TV episode would have. It's the freewheeling madness of its execution that makes the movie such a trip - as in acid trip. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/5 39% Black or White (2015) "A movie that's every bit as oversimplified and obvious as its title. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 63% Still Life (2015) "A soulful if obvious meditation on lives lived unshared, and one man's dedication to righting those wrongs while neglecting his own life. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 98% Paddington (2015) ""Paddington" is a mostly smart update loaded with charm, and it preserves enough of the fuzzy feelings for purists to walk away with a smile. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 15, 2015
4.5/5 99% Selma (2015) "A somber and distressingly relevant tribute to King and his fellow compatriots in the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/5 46% The Gambler (2014) "The return is as miniscule as the stakes. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 25, 2014
2.5/5 28% Before I Disappear (2014) ""Before I Disappear" wears its big, aching heart on its sleeve with a sincerity so unwavering that it's borderline goofy. And in a film about a burnout bonding with a cute kid, that lack of self-awareness proves critical. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "All the glossy, kinetic animation and inventive action sequences get lost in the gag machine. The film throws jokes out like a tennis-ball machine on the fritz: gross humor, slapstick pratfalls, bizarre non sequiturs. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 25, 2014
3.5/5 74% Point and Shoot (2014) "Is it bravery or vanity that brings a sheltered Baltimore 20-something halfway across the world to film himself fighting in a war in which he has no perceptible stake? " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3.5/5 76% Harmontown (2014) "It's in the exploration of how "Community" fandom formed its own distinctive community of outcasts that the film excels, finally making sense of the show's cult popularity by diving into that cult and crowdsurfing on it. " ‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 30, 2014
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