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Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"Call it the 'National Treasure' for adults: harmless, but engaging fun that even Catholics shouldn't get too worked up about."

Posted Jun 10, 2009

Bruce Bennett

2 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"No slouch, but despite director McG's laudable efforts, number four doesn't improve upon the first three."

Posted Jun 10, 2009

Bruce Bennett

3 98%

Up (2009)

"A must see, in whatever format."

Posted Jun 10, 2009

Bruce Bennett

4 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Rourke's performance is gritty and real for sure and the tender moments ring true. But let's not go overboard. It's practically a reality show."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

5 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"Only those who are willing to forego the many imperfections in the loosey-goosey script and Demme's improvisational style will feel the acting makes the film worth seeing."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

6 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"This film would have made a terrific short. Director Joe Wright [Atonement] was given the impossible task of making something bigger than it needed to be."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

7 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"What is truly offensive is that a studio would say no to dozens of worthwhile projects and green light this garbage."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

8 55%

17 Again (2009)

"Derivative to be sure, but smarter and funnier than expected with some good life lessons along the way."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

9 84%

State of Play (2009)

"An homage to investigative reporting with Crowe playing a likable protagonist whose methods will be seen by some as virtuously dogged and others as unequivocally unethical"

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

10 72%

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

"The girl power undertones, like much of the movie itself, is not unwelcomed but feels uninspired."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

11 27%

Fast & Furious (2009)

"It definitely could have used more humor and, according to the alpha males in my viewing party, more sex appeal...and we're not talking about injectors and camshafts."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

12 64%

Duplicity (2009)

"It won't receive the critical ballyhoo of his previous film, but where Gilroy's 'Michael Clayton' lacked imagination and surprise, 'Duplicity' is a fun, witty romp."

Posted May 1, 2009

Bruce Bennett

13 18%

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

"No mojo in its dojo."

Posted Apr 30, 2009

Bruce Bennett

14 25%

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

" Isla Fisher has appeal to spare, but this graceless, witless, unfunny so-called "comedy" does little more than reinforce the worst female stereotypes."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

15 59%

The International (2009)

" It's not that The International needed more action scenes per se, but a bigger dose of personality."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

16 40%

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

"Clever one-liners and a screenplay that doesn't try too hard to be poignant or contrived make for an easy-going film that will lead to interesting post-movie discussion."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

17 58%

Taken (2009)

"Neeson is a major reason Taken, a riveting, revenge thriller gets praiseworthy marks."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

18 33%

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek force to be reckoned with."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

19 61%

The Reader (2008)

"No doubt there is a fine line between a film that intends to be morally ambiguous and one that feels incomplete."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

20 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"This fantasy-lit film is too intense for young ones drawn to its books-come-to-life story and not sharp enough for Potter fans."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

21 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"If Bride Wars is any indication of what's to come, please let last year linger a little longer."

Posted Feb 19, 2009

Bruce Bennett

22 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Howard takes the political trivia of the interviews between the cunning, disgraced former president and the British showman, turning it into engrossing entertainment."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

23 94%

Milk (2008)

"A touching love letter long on sincerity and short on objectivity, but Sean Penn's amazing embodiment of gay activist Harvey Milk is a truly transformative performance."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

24 57%

Defiance (2009)

"Not just another Holocaust story, this is a gritty, poetic film based on the true saga of Jewish refugees who fight the Nazis while living in the frigid woods of Belarus."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

25 78%

Doubt (2008)

"Need to be reminded of what great actors can do when given a role that requires complete conviction in order to navigate a film of moral ambiguity?"

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

26 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"People will argue over the film's histrionic tendencies but stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DeCaprio bring it in every scene and produce an admittedly depressing film."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

27 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"All the Fuhrer's men! What it lacks in native accents and bombast this Hitler-assassination thriller makes up for in suspense-inducing precision and a compelling ensemble led by Tom Cruise."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

28 64%

Marley & Me (2008)

"It pulls the heartstrings 20 minutes longer than it should-- after it runs out of story--but it's a much needed feel-good film."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

29 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"This long and somber journey is nonetheless fascinating to watch thanks to the technology behind Brad Pitt's aging from old to young and visuals that contain a lasting power."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

30 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"The uninspired screenplay and all too obvious cast of novices make the film feel more like charity work on the part of its engaging director and star."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Bruce Bennett

31 55%

Australia (2008)

"Overcoming choppy storytelling, this film ultimately proves that the sum of its flawed parts is still a more than worthwhile adventure."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Bruce Bennett

32 63%

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008)

"While effective in spots, the abrupt, powerful ending would have worked better as a short story."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Bruce Bennett

33 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"Boyle's skilled direction along with Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography thrusts the viewer into a world that is completely foreign to an American audience but earns its affection nonetheless."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Bruce Bennett

34 49%

Twilight (2008)

"If you don't think someone can appreciate this first of many installments unless they have read the books, let it be said one time: Bite me."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Bruce Bennett

35 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"Because the much more serious tone was so different than previous installments of Ian Fleming's legendary series, Daniel Craig's debut felt refreshingly updated despite the film's flaws."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Bruce Bennett

36 65%

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

"Regardless of whether Disney's G-rated phenomenon is your cup of tea, you have to admire this films boundless will to create fun, inspiring entertainment on a level second to none."

Posted Dec 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

37 76%

Appaloosa (2008)

"Appaloosa is ideally suited for fans of the genre for whom quiet drama speaks as loud as big guns."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

38 11%

An American Carol (2008)

"The gags come fast and furiously with one-liners to make the case that liberals don't have exclusive rights to humor in Hollywood."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

39 64%

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

"The film relies on rapid-fire gags that will amuse most adults, and cute antics that will satisfy the little ones."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

40 63%

Changeling (2008)

"The film is compelling despite a lack of dramatic focus, but Jolie doesn't add a single element to make the film appreciably better."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

41 85%

Ghost Town (2008)

"This sharply written film grows on you with every frame."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

42 26%

Eagle Eye (2008)

"The cast is not the problem. They are are merely pawns in this cluttered, Ritalin-infused action film that stretches plausibility so often that it would be more accurately described as science fiction."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

43 58%

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

"Irreverence and cynicism may be the dominant themes of the day, but surely there's a place for a film with the timeless virtues of The Secret Life of Bees."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Bruce Bennett

44 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"Neil Labute's examination of the dark fringes of human emotion make Samuel L. Jackson's bulging glare and looming stature unnerving, yet believably sympathetic."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Bruce Bennett

45 29%

Forever Strong (2008)

"The very Tom Cruise-like Sean Faris makes this respectable portrayal noteworthy considering the gritty sport's irrelevancy to most Americans."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Bruce Bennett

46 9%

Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

"The film isn't overtly heavy-handed in its violence, but it doesn't provoke enough surprises to keep the mind from drifting -- a poison pill for an action film."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Bruce Bennett

47 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"The fact is the talented ensemble cast overshadows the bland, blackmail comedy noir, even though the film's trailer promises quirky fun."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Bruce Bennett

48 81%

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

"Woody Allen's latest may not convert new fans, but for those interested this lusty travelogue makes the most of its Spanish setting, with fascinating characters."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Bruce Bennett

49 41%

The Rocker (2008)

"Wilson has neither the acting chops nor musician's soul to be believable, merely a rip-off of Jack Black and Will Ferrell."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Bruce Bennett

50 41%

The House Bunny (2008)

"Faris's Marilyn Monroe-inspired breathy delivery feels forced and gets old fast. Only the scene-stealing Emma Stone shows any promise."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Bruce Bennett

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