Lisa Ann Cockrel

Lisa Ann Cockrel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Biography:
It's possible that Lisa's love for movies can be traced to the hot Texas summers of her youth when the coolest seat in town was at the local Cinema 6. But even though she's now living in the land of "lake effect" snow, movies continue to draw her to the local theater. Lisa's own cinematic tastes lean toward the offbeat pics like Bottle Rocket, Muriel's Wedding, Harold and Maude, and All the Real Girls. She's the managing editor for Brazos Press, and her byline can be found in a number of publications including Sojourners and Today's Christian Woman.
Publications:
Christianity Today
Total Reviews:
59

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " Transformers 3 is the archetype of a summer blockbuster-all explosions and chest-swelling bravado and snarky sidekicks and big guns and hot chicks and hero shots. " — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
2/4 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " I knew this two-hour cruise was in trouble when I found myself resisting the urge to check my email halfway through Jack's first big escape." — Christianity Today
Posted May 20, 2011
3/4 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " Water for Elephants reminds us that there is something deeply true about the world under the Big Top. We all want the crowd to love us. And I think the crowd will love this movie." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 25, 2011
3/4 27% Charlie St. Cloud (2010) " Efron continues to transition gracefully from teen heartthrob to leading man material. He proves his dramatic mettle with an emotionally nuanced performance. The kid can act." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3/4 66% The American (2010) " If Terrence Malick were to put his gloss on Jason Bourne, the result might be something like The American, a visually compelling thriller from director Anton Corbijn. " — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
1.5/4 18% Valentine's Day (2010) " There are some genuine laughs and a few twists, but Valentine's Day turns out to be a predictable rom-com. It wants to be Love, Actually, but it doesn't have the magic." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
3.5/4 90% The Messenger (2009) " The Messenger involves difficult subject matter, but it's not hard to watch. It's sad and sobering, but also humorous and touching at turns." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 30, 2009
2/4 39% Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) " The movie provides more questions than answers." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
3/4 84% Whip It (2009) " Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is an energetic celebration of grrrl power, and it sure is fun to watch." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
3/4 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " The real magic of the Harry Potter series comes not from spells and potions, but from the sustaining friendships of Harry, Ron, and Hermione." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 14, 2009
.5/4 14% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) " Here's the bottom line: Denis Cooverman might love Beth Cooper. But I don't." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 10, 2009
2.5/4 40% Imagine That (2009) " As long as Murphy is being silly, kids laugh. Their affinity for an adult willing to play with them is palpable. At the end, even the movie critic got a bit teary. Imagine that!" — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 24, 2009
3/4 67% Away We Go (2009) " I wonder if the quirky 30somethings trying to answer these basic questions will bore me ten years down the line. But right now, Away We Go feels true." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 24, 2009
3/4 74% American Violet (2009) " A movie to be discussed with those invested in being agents of justice. It raises serious questions about a system that does not protect those most vulnerable -- the poor." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2.5/4 55% 17 Again (2009) " Many have wondered how they might live certain parts of their lives over again. 17 Again offers its own fantasy%u2014that you wouldn't want to change a thing, even if you could." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2.5/4 86% The Velveteen Rabbit (2009) " While it isn't exactly a classic, it expresses the power of hope in the imaginary world and the importance of communicating our love for one another in the real world." — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2.5/4 29% New In Town (2009) " A romantic comedy for our fiscal moment, when so many people are facing job insecurity and loss. This context gives a rather lighthearted romance some actual gravitas." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 30, 2009
2/4 10% Bride Wars (2009) " Sex and the City for the American Girl set, but a decent chick flick." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 9, 2009
2/4 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) " The movie is bland. Which is a crying shame when the source material has so much flavor." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 16, 2008
1.5/4 14% Made of Honor (2008) " Made of Honor is like a paint-by-the numbers exercise in filmmaking, sealed with a misogynistic lacquer." — Christianity Today
Posted May 7, 2008
2.5/4 50% Smart People (2008) " There are a number of laughs in Smart People, but the story is too disjointed and ultimately underwhelming." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 11, 2008
3/4 53% Penelope (2006) " The theme of self-acceptance isn't a new one, but Penelope manages to rehash it with flavor and with real heart." — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2/4 41% 27 Dresses (2008) " A paint-by-the-numbers chick flick. Heigl and Marsden are likeable, and one does not leave the theater feeling that your intelligence has been insulted." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 94% Away from Her (2007) " A moving meditation on what love looks like after it's had more than 40 years to grow. It's a love with deep scars, but roots that go deeper still." — Christianity Today
Posted May 11, 2007
2.5/4 43% In the Land of Women (2007) " While it catches something of the romantic zeitgeist of this time, much in the way The Big Chill did in the early '80s, I suspect this won't have the same stamina." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 27, 2007
.5/4 11% Perfect Stranger (2007) " A typical episode of Law and Order is less ridden with cliché (which is saying something, given that the series is about as formulaic as it gets) and more satisfying." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 13, 2007
2/4 69% Blades of Glory (2007) " While I still think Will Ferrell is a hilarious guy, these Blades are disappointingly dull." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 4, 2007
1/4 5% Because I Said So (2007) " The movie plays out like a freshman film school project with a big budget; it's very pretty to look at and every plot twist is telegraphed with painful precision." — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 2, 2007
3/4 74% The Painted Veil (2006) " Neither Walter nor Kitty is a saint, and neither becomes one. But we see a love of virtue take root in this relationship as Kitty stumbles toward a kind of redemption." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 5, 2007
3/4 67% The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) " Chris Gardner is running against the odds. And his efforts embody certain modern American virtues like dogged determination and idealism and hope." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 15, 2006
3.5/4 43% The Village (2004) " In a time when Hollywood is more interested in remakes and sequels than in original movies, Shyamalan continues to tell new stories. And he's really good at it." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 10, 2006
2.5/4 74% The Upside of Anger (2005) " Unfortunately, outstanding performances by Allen and Costner aren't given much of a viable dramatic context." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 10, 2006
1.5/4 48% Driving Lessons (2006) " It's unfortunate the narrative isn't suffused with more zest and nuance. Instead, it feels calculated and even the most emotional scenes fall flat." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 13, 2006
2.5/4 61% Shopgirl (2005) " Claire Danes has a gravitas and grace to her that hearkens back to starlets of the 1930s and '40s." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 11, 2006
3/4 82% Rock School (2005) " Watching the students band together to rock -- and the faces of the audience and participants when they realize what these kids are capable of -- is a joy." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 2, 2006
2/4 46% Rent (2005) " For all the big themes Rent deals with -- love, death, injustice, community -- it still seems a bit superficial" — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 2, 2006
2.5/4 26% The Game of Their Lives (2005) " A treat for soccer fans who have yet to see their favorite game given its due on the big screen. This won't be a classic soccer movie, but it's a start." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 28, 2006
3/4 31% The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) (2005) " A fairy tale for adults that allows the viewer to inhabit an entirely different world, and in doing so, becomes an exercise of the imagination." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 27, 2006
3/4 57% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) " This Prize Winner is a winner for its smart portrayal of a resourceful woman who loved her family, loved words, and loved life." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 27, 2006
3/4 25% The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004) " The larger message -- that you should marry for the right reasons only when you're ready -- is one everyone can applaud." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 27, 2006
3.5/4 55% Ocean's Twelve (2004) " Modern anti-heroes. Criminals with heart. And these guys are stinkin' funny." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 27, 2006
1.5/4 56% Mr. 3000 (2004) " Bernie Mac has a talent for cussing. It's a talent that can take you pretty far in the entertainment industry, but it still can't carry a movie, as Mr. 3000 demonstrates." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 27, 2006
1.5/4 15% Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous (2005) " There is a bit of a lesson about identity and self-worth imparted here, but it's muddled at best. Who has two hours to waste watching this movie?" — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 27, 2006
3/4 61% Lord of War (2005) " Lord of War has a surreal edge, despite being enmeshed in world events, with absurdity and dark humor laced throughout." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 27, 2006
3/4 86% Inside Man (2006) " The movie bristles with life with the meeting of people from different races. It's a Spike Lee joint after all, and it's at its most entertaining when reflecting these tensions." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 25, 2006
3/4 75% In Her Shoes (2005) " A Hollywood movie that feels real; one that engages the tear ducts and the mind." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 25, 2006
2.5/4 83% In Good Company (2004) " It's got a 'Father Knows Best' sensibility about it that exalts character over profit margins. But in my opinion, the story's execution falls short of its potential." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 25, 2006
3/4 40% End of the Spear (2006) " Through the harrowing experience of two men as told in End of the Spear -- Steve Saint and Mincaye -- moviegoers can learn the power of forgiveness and reconciliation." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 22, 2006
3/4 28% Elizabethtown (2005) " The performances are solid . . . but it's Kentucky that really steals the show. Crowe paints the eccentricity of the locals with an affectionate brush." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 22, 2006
2.5/4 48% De-Lovely (2004) " Performances crackling with an enthusiasm that indicates how much Porter's work continues to be loved and respected." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 22, 2006
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