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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"The film is entertaining, but undemanding. It offers no twists, nor surprises. It plays out like a road map where every stop and turn is clearly marked."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Bob Bloom

2 84%

Rich Hill (2014)

"As filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo show, these are not bad boys, but troubled youths attempting to survive in environments in which it seems the cards are stacked against them."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Bob Bloom

3 19%

Into The Storm (2014)

" "Into the Storm" plays like the bastard child of Syfy and the Weather Channel."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Bob Bloom

4 66%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"And, yes, "The Hundred-Foot Journey" falls back on a few clichés. Honestly, though, they are not that detrimental to the film, which is more a celebration of creativity and spirit."

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Bob Bloom

5 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"What is most appealing about "Guardians" is its swagger and devil-may-care panache. ..."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Bob Bloom

6 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Like most biopics, "Get On Up" is flawed, but once Boseman takes the stage, his re-creation ... makes you forget the little that is wrong with the film and just concentrate on enjoying the spectacle."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Bob Bloom

7 24%

Tammy (2014)

" "Tammy" is tedious and dull, no matter how hard McCarthy tries to liven it up"

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bob Bloom

8 65%

Lucy (2014)

"See "Lucy" simply to watch Johansson kick butt, spout some philosophy and, with the help of CGI, move through time and space with the casual swipe of her palm."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Bob Bloom

9 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

" "Obvious Child" covers some tricky and touchy territory, but it does it with such wit and warmth that only the most diehard pro-life fanatic could take offense."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Bob Bloom

10 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Eastwood has created a film that is more a celebration of the music and its impact, rather than an in-depth look at the performers, so the songs take center stage, which is the way it should be."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Bob Bloom

11 64%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"The film has some slow spots; at times, it reaches pretention, but overall it is an interesting portrait of a contradictory individual who is proud of his work, yet questions whether or not it had any impact on the world."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Bob Bloom

12 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

" "Edge of Tomorrow" is laced with action and humor; the action coming during the various sequences on the beach, the humor with Cage reliving every day and confounding his fellow soldiers. ..."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Bob Bloom

13 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The script squanders many opportunities for real laughs and it continually plays it safe with sophomoric humor that would create giggles in middle-schoolers."

Posted May 30, 2014

Bob Bloom

14 48%

Maleficent (2014)

" "Maleficent" is rather good, mostly because of Jolie. She does grab your attention. But, overall, the movie lacks the Disney charm that has carried its fantasies - live action and animated - into the hearts and minds of viewers."

Posted May 30, 2014

Bob Bloom

15 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Coming on the heels of Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," "Godzilla" lacks the jaw-dropping wow factor and emotional impact of its predecessor."

Posted May 15, 2014

Bob Bloom

16 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

" "Spider-Man 2" lacks focus. ... Is it a love story about the challenges of being a superhero and having a girlfriend? Or is it the standard superhero vs. a cadre of crazed super-villains action feature?"

Posted May 6, 2014

Bob Bloom

17 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"As if the behind-the-scenes, same-day machinations that lead up to the NFL draft are not enough, its writers, Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, pile subplot upon subplot, until they nearly bury the film's main storyline."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Bob Bloom

18 97%

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

"The film's main message is that friendship knows no bounds and that once one sees behind preconceived notions, a new world of possibilities can bloom."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Bob Bloom

19 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

" "Captain America" is a grittier, more dangerous and darker movie than you've come to expect from the features in the Marvel franchise."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Bob Bloom

20 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"Bateman's directorial debut is solid. He seems on sure footing behind the camera. If only he had been up to suppressing the nice guy within, "Bad Words" could have achieved a distinctive level of satire and black humor."

Posted Mar 29, 2014

Bob Bloom

21 77%

Noah (2014)

"Aronofsky's Noah, as portrayed by Russell Crowe, is a darker, more flawed protagonist. He goes about his task with a single-minded obsession, a devotion to duty, that supersedes his commitment to his wife and children."

Posted Mar 29, 2014

Bob Bloom

22 41%

Divergent (2014)

" 'Divergent' is one of those movies that will have you asking question after question - and not getting any answers."

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Bob Bloom

23 94%

The Past (2013)

"The movie, which runs more than two hours, takes patience. It is slow-going most of the time. Yet, it does not feel contrived or false."

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Bob Bloom

24 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"(Eva) Green ... is the main reason to see "Rise of an Empire." Her Artemisia is a cold, cruel, merciless and deadly commander who brooks no opposition from anyone, whether it is a subordinate or an enemy."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Bob Bloom

25 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

" "The Wind Rises," nominated for an Academy Award as best animated feature, is a visual delight, with bright pastoral colors, clouds that float like ballerinas and clear, blue skies that envelop you."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Bob Bloom

26 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"If it were not for (Liam) Neeson's overly earnest performance, you'd think you were watching an "Airplane"-like spoof."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Bob Bloom

27 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"The movie gives off a vibe as if it were written in reverse. After all, Anderson and his screenwriters had a slam-bang finale. They just didn't pay much attention to the first three-fourths of the film leading up to the apocalyptic climax."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Bob Bloom

28 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"(Bruce) Dern is the reason to see "Nebraska." He shuffles along with a determination you grudgingly come to admire. He takes no guff, speaking his mind and brooking no opposition to his goal."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Bob Bloom

29 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"In its quieter moments, the movie aptly displays the bond of brotherhood that unites the SEALS, as they tease, chide, encourage and protect each other."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Bob Bloom

30 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"What screenwriter William Nicholson, director Justin Chadwick and, most importantly, Idris Elba as Mandela, have done is capture the soul of this extraordinary man."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Bob Bloom

31 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

" "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a bacchanal barrage of booze, broads and blow that will have you laughing - or shaking your head - because of its cynically unabashed exuberance."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Bob Bloom

32 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"It's a tribute to the ensemble acting ... that I breathed a sigh of relief once the end credits began to roll on this film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Bob Bloom

33 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

" "Saving Mr. Banks" vividly shows how the spark that ignites artistic expression can be struck from heartache, loss or even death."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Bob Bloom

34 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Despite its drawbacks, "American Hustle" does have a rough-edged charm that holds your attention."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Bob Bloom

35 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

" "Anchorman 2" is inconsistent. Many jokes are telegraphed or entirely fall short. Yet the bulls'-eyes outnumber the misses."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Bob Bloom

36 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"The movie comes off as a ponderous placeholder for the grand finale or, worse, a gigantic trailer, creating the urge to go back and watch the much better "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Bob Bloom

37 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

" "Catching Fire" is more substantial than the first feature because it delves deeper into themes such as loyalty, love, honor, sacrifice and freedom"

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Bob Bloom

38 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"McConaughey brings an unbridled fury and passion to his performance. His Woodroof is no saint, but he slowly moves from entrepreneur to a compassionate individual who makes it his mission to try to ease the suffering of others."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Bob Bloom

39 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

" "The Dark World," while a serious feature, does not take itself so seriously as the first film. It has a sly humor about it."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Bob Bloom

40 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Ejiofor's performance is the heart and soul of the movie. He is transformed from a carefree and happy family man to a downtrodden individual who has the hope for rescue continually quashed or beaten out of him."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Bob Bloom

41 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Despite its taut action sequences and strong special effects, the movie is ultimately depressing and bleak. It fails to reach any dramatic heights and seems spiritless, possibly because of its subject matter."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Bob Bloom

42 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"Neither Stallone nor Schwarzenegger act - or recognize - their ages. Their enjoyment, even in such a cheesy production, is contagious."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Bob Bloom

43 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

" "Captain Phillips" is riveting - a movie anchored by strong performances in which the human drama is as compelling as the overall story arc."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Bob Bloom

44 97%

Gravity (2013)

" This matter-of-fact thriller disdains sensationalism. Yet, the situations have you holding your breath as each new challenge or obstacle impedes the astronauts as they use their knowledge to find ways to stay alive."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Bob Bloom

45 78%

Metallica Through the Never (2013)

""Metallica Through the Never" is an experience best seen and heard in IMAX. It will blow you away."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Bob Bloom

46 89%

Rush (2013)

"What makes "Rush" stand out is its emphasis on character rather than racing. By focusing on the men rather than the machines Howard shows us the high cost of achieving championship status."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Bob Bloom

47 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"The film's art-house sensibility separates it from your run-of-the-mill studio melodrama, as does the care Vileneuve takes to create multidimensional and complex characters whose flaws are at times reprehensible, despite their altruistic motives."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Bob Bloom

48 59%

Riddick (2013)

""Riddick" is a routine, testosterone-driven action movie, the type that is released this time of year to fill multiplex screens while the studios gear up for their big Academy Award hopefuls."

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Bob Bloom

49 2%

Getaway (2013)

""Getaway" will actually have you laughing at several points. The problem is, I don't think that was the filmmaker's intention."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Bob Bloom

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