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Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 67%

Date Night (2010)

"Here's hoping Steve Carell and Tina Fey will be offered more opportunities to work with scripts and filmmakers who allow them to reach their potential together rather than material that forces them to rescue it. "

Posted Jun 28, 2010

Bruce Bennett

2 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"For better or for worse, it's Burton's imagination that keeps the proceedings lively, even if its' not as blatantly humorous as we'd like."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

3 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"A decent action film that tackles interesting subject material that deserves attention but many won't pay to see oversimplified finger-pointing even if it features some of our favorite actors."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

4 94%

An Education (2009)

"A star turn by Carey Mulligan playing a 16-year-old who gets charmed (and, uh, educated) by a suspiciously alluring older man, the excellent Peter Sarsgaard."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

5 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"An enticing, engaging piece of work, worthy of a second viewing, which is never a bad thing."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

6 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"The simple story of a Merle Haggard-type has been who falls in love with a younger reporter is aided greatly by excellent songs and dazzling performances by Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

7 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"A trippy, uneven ride whose best assets are its imagination, Heath Ledger's final performance, and the three surprise stars who act as his replacements."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

8 28%

Dear John (2010)

"Proves that old-fashioned stories are fashionable again; only romantics not cynics, need apply."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

9 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Even with its flaws, it's a top-notch nail biter that tries to be less about the kills and more about the thrills."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

10 16%

When in Rome (2010)

"A silly, preposterous romantic comedy that benefits from Josh Duhamel's self-assured likeability, which helps a thin script that relies on pratfalls not brain power."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

11 28%

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"This story has merit, so it's a shame it isn't a stronger adaptation of the true events that inspired it."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

12 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"No doubt the filmmaker's intentions were to serve up a tasty sampler platter while understanding that the cinematic equivalent of candy hearts could never make for a fully satisfying main course"

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

13 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"Benecio Del Toro is suitably brooding in this well-intentioned, credibly gothic and gory update that still feels only half right."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Bruce Bennett

14 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"Streep and Baldwin sell it."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

15 21%

Leap Year (2010)

"We need more rom-coms for Moms and their daughters but despite Adams' charms this film has zero sizzle."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

16 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"The year's sharpest film--but it may not speak to everyone."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

17 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"Swashbuckling smarts and Downey, Jr. as the perfect super-sleuth."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

18 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"The sum of the parts of this film while tantalizing and worth a watch, leave the viewer, like its lead character, lacking closure."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

19 39%

2012 (2009)

"Plausible plot points, great special effects and characters we care about. That's really about all you need to enjoy this Apocalypse Wow!"

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

20 76%

Invictus (2009)

"A solid but flawed film--Freeman's charmingly disarming portrayal keeps it real."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

21 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"Though old school in craft, Disney proves that a good story infused with terrific music and lovable characters can still be a winning formula."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

22 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Rebirths the old fashioned action epic in a era of soulless marketing machines, desensitizing shock pieces, and overrated indie-art imposters. Cameron's vision exceeds the hype."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

23 46%

Everybody's Fine (2009)

"Your stage in life will likely determine your ability to see the truth and subtle power in this gentle and worthwhile film though its certainly not a seasonal spirit lifter."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

24 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"A visual flair can't rescue an awkardly edited, talky film with little accessible wit--hard to imagine even the most patient child or their parents not being bored stiff."

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Bruce Bennett

25 45%

The Box (2009)

"This box needed a STOP button."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

26 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"As breathtaking as it is heartbreaking."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

27 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"Its' lavish details bridge the gap between the real and the imagined in a way heretofore impossible.. the filmmakers have put most of their magic in the media and not the message."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

28 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"A suitably suspenseful homemade haunted house creep show made on a low budget that is also a patience tester in need of a fast forward button."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

29 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"Plenty of good elements here, but a lack of cohesion and a lackluster performance by the lead actor make the film at best a decent rental."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

30 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"Despite the focus on young, shirtless werewolves and well coiffed vampires, the second installment of Stephanie Meyer's immensely popular series comes off as a tepid adventure in Zombieland."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

31 11%

Couples Retreat (2009)

"Instead of being a sharp, witty comedy about married couples experiencing vacation therapy together, it's more of a pinheads-in-paradise routine with only a few funny lines."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

32 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"A wickedly witty, post-apocalyptic zombie kill-fest that is actually smarter than it is gory, which, of course, it is."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

33 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"What we have here is a challenging, psychological rendering of a child's classic that may indeed be too unexciting and melancholy for kids, and too unstructured to be fully appreciated by adults."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Bruce Bennett

34 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Ricky Gervais stars and directs and takes a good premise and some funny bits and tries to get philosophical, only to come up short in both laughs and depth."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Bruce Bennett

35 84%

Whip It (2009)

"Despite its somewhat contrived formula, Whip It feels like a spirited Indie that refuses to sell out, demonstrating respect for both its characters and its audience."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Bruce Bennett

36 39%

Surrogates (2009)

"Its humanity, some cool technology and Bruce Willis save this film from simply being a compilation of a zillion similarly themed "too much technology" lessons."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Bruce Bennett

37 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"Matt Damon is delightfully goofy as an agri-business whistleblower, but the mostly true story lacks the drama or wit to keep us more than just amused."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Bruce Bennett

38 16%

Love Happens (2009)

"Love Happens is more about catharsis than chemistry. It's not a terrible film, but like skydiving lessons, you'd better know what you're getting into beforehand."

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Bruce Bennett

39 25%

Fame (2009)

"Its lack of melodrama and shock value make it all the more refreshing. Consider this film a grittier, inner city cousin of HSM and that's no back handed compliment"

Posted Oct 11, 2009

Bruce Bennett

40 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"By letting his brilliant dialogue-centered screenplay showcase his superb cast and keeping the gory violence in check, this fictional WWII saga is Tarantino's masterpiece. Who knew?"

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

41 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"A hardcore depiction of modern war and the brave soldiers who fight, while quietly but assuredly begging the question: War, what is it good for?"

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

42 90%

District 9 (2009)

"Original in concept and thoroughly intense, this alien encampment sci-fi thriller quickly devolves into a gritty slaughter chase that never bores but rarely surprises."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

43 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"Charming yet brutally honest..offers a certain mainstream appeal for anyone who's experienced love's thorny and persuasive illusions."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

44 31%

Aliens in the Attic (2009)

"What it lacks in originality and creativity it makes up for with action and a talented cast that breathes life into its thinly drawn characters."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

45 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"This kind of film should teach you something about the art of cooking and make you hungry. It does both and the results, while not overpowering are sweet and succulent."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

46 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"A more mean spirited but still very funny film aimed mainly at Woody'searly period devotees that includes a spirited turn by Evan Rachel Wood."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

47 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"Apparently, the ugly truth is that neither sex needs or deserves respect. How romantic. The 'Sex and the City' gals would be proud."

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Bruce Bennett

48 14%

I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)

"Chris Columbus has fallen off the edge of the earth. His latest film is a misguided ship sailing among an increasingly rocky body of work."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Bruce Bennett

49 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"What it lacks in thrills is made up for by its captivating characters and impressive attention to period details."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Bruce Bennett

50 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"This sixth installment is likeably unremarkable and feels like some sort of Diagon Alley deja-vu; a road, an overly long road, we've been down many times."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Bruce Bennett

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