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Barbara VanDenburgh

Barbara VanDenburgh
Barbara VanDenburgh's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Arizona Republic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 95% Love After Love (2018) It's a film intentionally adrift, rambling between a loose succession of family gatherings and dinner parties with subdued style, the camera feeling like just another person at the edge of the room.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 78% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Gosh, but it's good to have Michelle Pfeiffer back.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2.5/5 77% Beirut (2018) 'Beirut' should have the grace to tell a story at least as good as the native one it eschewed, but instead we're plunged into a murky geopolitical morass peopled with paper-thin characters with little emotional resonance.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) "Foxtrot" is far too interior to be called flashy, but there's something striking in director Samuel Maoz's visual confidence, the way he translates his characters' states of mind into images.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
1.5/5 16% Midnight Sun (2018) Schwarzenegger's chief skills are leaning against things, looking confused and having good hair, while Thorne struggles to convincingly lip sync.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2/5 52% Flower (2018) It feels like the work of indie filmmakers weaned on Todd Solondz movies, adopting all of the ugliness but none of the insight, without even shock value to show for it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) "A Fantastic Woman" is a superb Chilean drama, at times infuriating but never despairing.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) For anyone familiar with the original "Peter Rabbit," it's a little depressing to see its storybook charm reduced to slapstick.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2.5/5 58% Freak Show (2018) It's a Frankenstein's monster of teen comedies, lumbering from one cliché to the next on its way to an inevitable conclusion.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 67% Happy End (2017) Haneke's technique is almost provocation, and it proves a fascinating intellectual exercise. But while you can admire the construction, you can't live in it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
1.5/5 0% Acts of Violence (2018) The title "Acts of Violence" has less to do with the storyline of the movie it graces and more about what's perpetrated against the audience watching it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) There are slapstick hijinks and silly scenarios aplenty, but at its heart "Paddington 2" has something serious to say about making the world a better place through daily acts of kindness.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
1/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) The dialogue is agony. Winslet is given some especial doozies to deliver with a straight face.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/5 93% Thelma (2017) "Thelma" treads the line between the psychological and supernatural, gracefully at first, and then with increasing abandon.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/5 94% The Breadwinner (2017) The animation is expressive, as lush and detailed as tapestry. Harsh landscapes shimmer with beauty, even when littered with the bones of landmines and abandoned tanks.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/5 83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) A morbidly fascinating peek behind the blood-stained curtains.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5/5 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) IIt's kind of funny the first time a cute kid drops an F-bomb out of the blue; the fourth time, less so.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
1.5/5 8% The Snowman (2017) "The Snowman" is like if aliens studied humanity and tried to make their own movie in an attempt to communicate with us.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) "Goodbye Christopher Robin" is an emotionally layered story about failures in parenting that gave rise to one of our most enduring joys.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/5 47% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) It's always nice when a kid's film aims higher than the bare necessities, especially when it's a beloved property that doesn't have to.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2/5 20% Woodshock (2017) There's daring in the film's slow unfurling. The problem, though, isn't one of patience but of payoff. "Woodshock" is beautiful but it's all chassis, a root-dead tree that crumbles beneath the ax.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) A collective of narrative and stylistic cliches, "Rebel in the Rye" is lousy with hagiography, stripping Salinger of any danger, allure or mystery, and making him instead just another insufferable poet-philosopher in your MFA class.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/5 78% Crown Heights (2017) "Crown Heights" is soul-shaking only in the abstract. In execution, it's deathly dull.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/5 37% Leap! (2017) Cliches, cheap laughs, narrative short cuts and budget animation undermine an otherwise sweet tale of self-empowerment that should have stuck the landing.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2/5 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Aside from a handful of chuckles and high-octane action sequences, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" is an ugly film lacking a moral center.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3.5/5 95% A Taxi Driver (2017) While a bit ponderous and overlong, it is a heartfelt appreciation of ordinary people turned heroes in extraordinary circumstances.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/5 50% The Glass Castle (2017) It's mature enough to grasp that family is complex, and the existence of abuse and neglect does not negate the existence of love.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) "City of Ghosts" isn't merely about the personal sacrifices of these men, but a testament to the necessity of a free and open press the world over.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) You don't cast Charlize Theron to lay waste to scores of German and Russian operatives in a Cold War-era spy thriller unless you intend to have her do it in style.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Shot with unsparing coldness, "Lady Macbeth" is a disturbing character study and dark moral meditation. And like the blood on its namesake's hands, it's not easily washed out.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) At its best, it hits the gut with the free-fall feel of a theme-park ride. But it's a long and winding path back to the gate, and "Valerian" loses its way many times, however beautifully.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/5 78% The Little Hours (2017) This foul-mouthed medieval romp is occasionally hilarious and frequently improper - though a little more scripting and a little less romping would have served it well.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
1/5 0% Ripped (2017) Can we collectively agree to put a moratorium on the stoner comedy? Or at least hand out a limited number of vouchers to filmmakers per decade?‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/5 79% Past Life (2017) To Nesher's credit, "Past Life" never feels exploitative - a chief danger in mining the Holocaust for drama. But it also never fully coheres.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4/5 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The real power of "Beatriz at Dinner" is that it isn't about politics but the human heart. Beatriz and Strutt are not arguing legislation; they're arguing two visions of the American dream, two visions of the human soul.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/5 67% Cars 3 (2017) A kinetic and emotionally resonant sports film that's big on character - and blessedly light on Mater.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 32% 3 Generations (2017) "3 Generations" feels focus-grouped into existence, like its every development was fine-tuned to be as inoffensively on-message as possible in its treatment of trans issues.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
4/5 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) A delicate and measured drama that plumbs the depths of the poet's strange heart and the agony of her intelligence.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/5 83% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Doesn't plumb the depths of adolescent emotions and high-school politics so much as skims the surface in a psychedelic dinghy.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/5 68% Free Fire (2017) This cartoonishly violent exercise in cinematic hero worship comes at the audience with chambers loaded and fires off rounds too rapidly to worry about how vapid it all is.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) It veers sharply away from the abominable union of animation and live action and the resulting juvenile humor that made the first two films so unpleasant, and aims its jokes and joys at a younger audience.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) "Ghost in the Shell" sidesteps questions of humanity and the effect of technology on the human spirit and opts instead for boilerplate sci-fi spectacle, eschewing existentialism for predictable plot and the glittery trappings of its 21st-century carapace.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 91% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) This isn't a war movie; it's an after-the-war movie. But the battle lines are still drawn, and every ragged breath the film takes braces for an explosion.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Its real accomplishment is that, with so much money behind it and a true visionary at the helm, it manages to feel so dated.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 91% Tanna (2016) The scenery throughout is elemental in force: sparking lava, lapping waves, volcanic dust and gnarled kava roots create an almost mythical atmosphere.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1.5/5 7% Rings (2017) It's just another thoughtless cash-grab sequel in a horror-movie franchise better off dead.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2.5/5 24% The Comedian (2017) All those years in the oven, and "The Comedian" still comes out half-baked.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/5 45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Diesel is ridiculous here: a puffy, lunk-headed James Bond pushing 50, garbling witless wisecracks through what sounds like a mouthful of Pop Rocks in the rare screen time he can grab from his obvious stunt doubles.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) The visuals are up for the challenge in this fantastical meditation on childhood grief. The writing, however, is not.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Executed with love and peopled with actors who breathe life into their characters ... "Hidden Figures" is precisely the delight it aims to be.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017