Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett

""A Piper is down!" -From "So I Married an Axe Murderer" "You can't handle the truth." - From "A Few Good Men""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Business owner, movie-critic, community theater actor, guitar player are a few of my hobbies. Family man is what I strive to do best.
Favorites:
Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Gone With The Wind, Hoosiers, Lost In America, Beauty and the Beast, Saving Private Ryan, The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, Jaws, The Crossing Guard, A Tale of Two Cities
Publications:
Mad About Movies , Spectrum (St. George, Utah) , Stop Smiling
Total Reviews:
651
Total QuickRatings:
7
Location:
St. George, Utah

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 651
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " More charm and original laughs than most recent coming-of-age films...overcomes its contrived formula (dysfunctional adults, kids as victims) aided greatly by Rockwell. " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
B+ 42% Red 2 (2013) " Who knows if teenagers will appreciate this type of actioner? No matter. They get plenty of films designed for them. You go, gramps! " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
C+ —— Ephraim's Rescue (2013) " Issues with the script and a methodical pace yield what feels like a missed opportunity. Earnestness in filmmaking does not necessarily equal excellence in filmmaking. " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Aug 9, 2013
C+ 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Monster action with minor smarts...the fatigue factor sets in early, especially without much humor and only corny asides available to balance the onslaught." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
C+ 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Particularly repulsive to many Lone Ranger fans may be the way the script, in the film's overly long second half, appears to denigrate American history." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
C+ 50% White House Down (2013) " Offers considerable fun chemistry, but the film piles on preposterous effects ad nauseum. " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 12, 2013
A- 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Ranks as one of the best animated sequels of all time." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 12, 2013
B+ 68% World War Z (2013) " Well-crafted, action-packed, and most impressively, not overly gory horror thrill ride... makes a credible case that even in the ubiquitous zombie milieu, less can be more." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B+ 56% Man of Steel (2013) " With a gray and gritty palette and interesting structure, offers its share of thrills but may be too somber overall to appease the typical summer blockbuster fan." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B- 50% Now You See Me (2013) " If you see only a handful of movies a year you'll probably love it. If you see one every weekend, you're going to demand smarter illusions than this film can muster." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
C+ 11% After Earth (2013) " Uneven father-son post apocalyptic space adventure still a minor comeback for the director." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B- 64% Epic (2013) " Beautifully animated forest fantasy for undemanding families." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B+ 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " Redford skillfully directs a cast so talented and comprehensive it threatens to overpower the briskly unassuming, but sharply written script." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B+ 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Thrilling if not exactly groundbreaking fun...yet something is missing this time around." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
C+ 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " An ambitious, beautiful but shallow alternative to typical summer fare." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Features an interesting, angst-ridden psychological sub-text rarely found in blockbuster films." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
F 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " Sinks to new levels of horrid." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B 54% Oblivion (2013) " A derivative sci-fi drama that blends some nifty plot twists with its mysteriously serene futuristic adventure." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
A- 77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) " Fanciful wit to spare, and Adams is sheer delight." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B+ 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Normally, this type of comedy would be a fun, forgettable ride. But these days, it feels like a welcomed wonder." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B+ 79% 42 (2013) " A terrific cast helps lift it above the crowd pleasingly routine fare typical of the genre, producing a solid triple of a baseball movie." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
A 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " A classic gets even better." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C+ 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Apparently spent most of its 'giant' $195 million budget on lavish, impressive special effects and nary a tinker's nickel on the ho-hum script." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B 38% Admission (2013) " It isn't a world beater, but this gentle and heartwarming understated comedy had better not be Rudd and Fey's last as co-stars." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C+ 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Gruesome, cliché-ridden terrorist attack on the White House actioner has a lot of energy to go along with its relentless and well-choreographed carnage. " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B- 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " Dumb, hyperkinetic fun." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B- 8% The Host (2013) " You might despise the 'Twilight' series and still find something to appreciate here...at least it's original." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C- 12% Safe Haven (2013) " A bland love story that features a twist that feels more like a dupe." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C+ 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " There was something in the pre - CGI days that made McClane's character more vulnerable...and fun." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Sure, the two leads deserve better material, but there are enough laughs here to make up for a lot of creative mistakes-casting isn't one of them." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
A- 81% The Impossible (2012) " Inexcusable is a better word to describe the fact this amazing film was not given a Best Picture Oscar nomination." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
C+ 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " True...the odds were stacked against Raimi in his film that has some moments but hardly seems momentous." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B 56% Snitch (2013) " Less of a mindless, violent action film (which we've had enough of, at least for a few months) and more of a suspense thriller-- and not a bad one at that." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Don't think too hard, just enjoy a zombie movie with a twist to go with its 'Walking Dead' charm." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
A- 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Unsettling and unforgettable...challenges the justifications of war's ugly atrocities, without resorting to jingoistic platitudes." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B- 52% Promised Land (2013) " The pro-environment message here is more effective because of the film's subtlety, a casting twist featuring the likeable Matt Damon, and a script that doesn't insult its audience. " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B 41% Parker (2013) " Hackford brings a sense of style and sure-handedness to the proceedings that is uncommon for films of this genre." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B+ 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " A deft treatment of its delicate subject material and some remarkable performances that give the film both touching, raw, authentic emotion and a certain kinetic humor." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
A- 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Somehow exhibits high art while it walks a fine line between serious historical re-purposing, inflammatory comic excess and brutal violence. " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jan 8, 2013
B 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " There is really only one reason to see this gentle if unassuming road trip comedy and her name is Barbra Streisand." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jan 8, 2013
B+ 84% Smashed (2012) " Winstead is a revelation as a young married school teacher determined to overcome alcoholism in this gritty film clearly made by folks who've been there. " — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jan 8, 2013
A- 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Raw, riveting and remarkable." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 24, 2012
A- 84% Elf (2003) " Feels like that rare instant Christmas classic." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 8, 2012
B+ 53% The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) " A terrific, thought provoking, at times heart wrenching twist on the typical rom-com proving again Streisands singular gifts." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 8, 2012
B+ 96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) " Like chess, not exactly a high-energy experience but seeing what these kids accomplish, seemingly against all odds is breathtaking all the same." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 8, 2012
B —— Ben Banks (2013) " This modest independent film takes full advantage of its beautiful locale, and while rough in spots, contains an unexpected moral boost to counter its somewhat edgy spirit." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 8, 2012
B 49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " This franchise ends with a fitting finale that neither proves the series worth, nor does it disappoint the faithful." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Nov 26, 2012
A- 92% Skyfall (2012) " Sentimental touches underscore the fun and frivolity of Bond's past while relishing the brutal landscape of the modern day super-spy." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Nov 26, 2012
A- 90% Lincoln (2012) " If this exquisite, immersive, fully entertaining, dramatized account of real events can't get you excited about history... nothing will." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Nov 26, 2012
B 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " While not quite the 80s gaming throwback it implies, this is a sweet, clever animated adventure." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Nov 26, 2012
B 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " A sprawling, visionary film that, despite its behemoth length and choppy narrative, can be appreciated for its ambition and visual splendor even as it defies explanation." — Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Nov 26, 2012
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