Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (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

3 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

4 63%

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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 88%

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

10 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

11 24%

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

12 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

13 76%

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

14 58%

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

15 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

16 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

17 79%

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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 94%

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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 58%

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

33 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

34 92%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Unlike other teen movies, director James Ponsoldt has molded characters that seem real; they are not exceptionally sculpted or beautiful. He gets his young actors to believably express the confusion and insecurities that are prevalent among teenagers."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Bob Bloom

35 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"(Cate) Blanchett gives a fiery, vulnerable and complex performance that is sure to garner her a best actress Academy Award nomination, if not the golden statue itself."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Bob Bloom

36 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Like its predecessor, "Kick-Ass 2" subjects its audience to some over-the-top, bloody and gross violence. ... But it is performed in such a pleasing, comic-book manner that you can't be repulsed nor offended."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Bob Bloom

37 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Whitaker stands astride "The Butler" as solid and unmoving as the Washington Monument."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Bob Bloom

38 68%

Elysium (2013)

" "Elysium" has hefty pretentions that are undercut by lack of details, some poorly conceived characters and a lack of wit. Too many questions are left unanswered."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Bob Bloom

39 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

" "The Act of Killing" is difficult to watch because it toys with your emotions. These men repel you, yet simultaneously, draw you to them, as they nonchalantly and proudly brag about their work."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Bob Bloom

40 26%

Planes (2013)

"Everything in "Planes" is predictable and formulaic. The characters representing the planes of various nations are all basic stereotypes. Nothing is left to chance; everything is made easy so the kids will have no trouble following along."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Bob Bloom

41 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Yet, despite being aware of the outcome, the movie is, in its own profane and streetwise manner, a warmhearted and soulful story of a young man's journey toward self-discovery and determination."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Bob Bloom

42 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"The film's plot does tend to get unnecessarily complicated and you have to pay attention as alliances change and double-crosses crop up like corn in July."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Bob Bloom

43 47%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"The film is a broad, absurd parody that plays like a gay-cabaret send-up of "The High and the Mighty.""

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Bob Bloom

44 42%

Red 2 (2013)

" "RED 2" is uninspired, and undercut by weak scriptwriting, ragged editing, mundane action sequences and run-of-the-mill stunts."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Bob Bloom

45 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"A sense of delight envelops the film. It's as if (director Guillermo) Del Toro had channeled his inner little boy from his playroom."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Bob Bloom

46 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"For the vast majority of the movie, they view each other with skepticism and suspicion. ... No warmth, no esteem exists between them. Even at the end, when they ride off together ... Tonto gets in one last dig at his masked companion."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Bob Bloom

47 67%

World War Z (2013)

"While "World War Z" has a lot going for it - the cause of the virus is never discovered, the film moves at a brisk pace and the characters behave rationally considering the circumstances - some of the technical choices are drawbacks."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Bob Bloom

48 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"The movie is a great romantic story because it bravely displays the downside of love in which two people can expose each other in the most personal fashion yet still remain committed."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Bob Bloom

49 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"While the story may fall apart in the last several minutes, "Man of Steel" connects on a strong emotional and spiritual level, presenting the audience with a man who must come to grips with a destiny that is not of his own choosing."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Bob Bloom

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