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Beth Jones

Beth Jones
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 94% March of the Penguins (2005) Above all, Morgan Freeman tells us, this is a story of love. But some might leave saying it's about the futility of life's never-ending struggles. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Aug 10, 2005
2.5/5 14% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) Folks from this side of the Mason-Dixon line may be more forgiving of this sometimes fun, if often mindless, bit of entertainment. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Aug 10, 2005
3/5 80% Cinderella Man (2005) Opie makes a statement about the grand divide between the rich and the rest of us. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 6, 2005
3/5 54% Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) For every scene where the shaggy dog gives a human-looking smile, there's another about the unavoidable sadness that comes with walking on two legs rather than four. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Feb 21, 2005
4/5 90% Kinsey (2004) One of few R-rated movies to show male frontal nudity, and one of even fewer to show more than a glimpse of it. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Dec 28, 2004
2/5 96% Sideways (2004) plodding, standoffish and seriously overrated. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Nov 29, 2004
3.5/5 27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) The outrageous character Renee Zellweger has crafted is so dynamic and funny she's able to hold the sequel together. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Nov 22, 2004
5/5 84% The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) With his expressive face Bernal seems to show us the exact moment when Guevara turned into a revolutionary determined to rescue the poor of the earth. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Nov 7, 2004
4.5/5 62% I Heart Huckabees (2004) Life as a blanket: He's you and you're me and we're both Bob Newhart in this brilliant comic romp. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Oct 25, 2004
2/5 60% Wimbledon (2004) Unless you're a tennis fan, this flick is about as fun as sitting through a movie about the 1980s arcade game Pong. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Sep 20, 2004
4/5 94% The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004) The film's success rests largely on the shoulders of this engaging clan who, unlike most reality television stars, pays no attention to the cameras. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Aug 30, 2004
4.5/5 86% Garden State (2004) A few overly artsy shots make it look like Braff's trying too hard, but mostly he's simply trying to tell a heartfelt story. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Aug 26, 2004
1/5 11% Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Yet another film where a loyal black man dies to save his "master," a Hollywood trend that's downright sickening. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Aug 26, 2004
3.5/5 67% The Door in the Floor (2004) Leaves the viewer with lots to think about but not much hope for the human condition. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Aug 16, 2004
4/5 83% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Moore never tries to hide his agenda. This is a first-person, nonfiction film, not a special on the History Channel. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 28, 2004
1/5 15% Garfield - The Movie (2004) Stinkier than a litter box in a multi-cat household. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 14, 2004
5/5 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Cuaron leaves Peter Jackson and his bloody Hobbits choking on his dust. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 8, 2004
2/5 23% Raising Helen (2004) Makes the erroneous suggestion that a woman can't possibly create a life of beauty and meaning without the patter of little feet. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted May 31, 2004
4/5 88% Shrek 2 (2004) The long list of sequels to be released in coming months will have a hard time measuring up to this green giant. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted May 24, 2004
3/5 31% Breakin' All the Rules (2004) Foxx , Union, Chestnut and MacNicol deserve to be A-list stars much more than any Tom (Cruise), Dick (Gere) or Halle (Berry). ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted May 17, 2004
4.5/5 84% Mean Girls (2004) A surprisingly sweet love letter to teenage gals. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted May 3, 2004
2.5/5 29% The Alamo (2004) Thornton's performance as a slightly itchy Davy Crockett saves it from being a complete and total bomb. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Apr 12, 2004
2/5 41% Jersey Girl (2004) If the movie were any gooier, it would have been a Hallmark card. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Mar 29, 2004
4.5/5 93% My Architect (2004) While primarily a film about a man searching for roots, "My Architect" also pays tribute to the folks who make such monumental structures. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Mar 22, 2004
4/5 64% Starsky & Hutch (2004) Stiller and Wilson use the detectives as springboards for their quirky brand of humor. Think "Zoolander" only with guns and the ubiquitous Red Tomato. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Mar 8, 2004
3/5 22% Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) It's not nearly as groovin as the 1987 original, but 13-year-olds will probably find a lot to like. BTW, what's up with all the petite leading men? ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Mar 2, 2004
2.5/5 49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) Jesus stumbles under the weight of the cross so many times, you begin to swear the editors are recycling the same footage over and over again. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Feb 26, 2004
2.5/5 71% The Company (2003) Basically, Altman unloads a busload of paper-thin characters and allows them to wander aimlessly. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Feb 26, 2004
5/5 94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) One of his greatest achievements is allowing the audience to crawl inside Bruno's head. Not since "Babe" has a movie made me care so much for a four-legged character. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Feb 16, 2004
3.5/5 68% Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) Now that those Hobbits are wrapped up, Hollywood ought to turn its attention to making a "Barbershop" trilogy. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Feb 9, 2004
5/5 89% In America (2003) Even the woeful lot from Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" wouldn't be able to compete in a misery contest with this cursed clan ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Feb 2, 2004
2.5/5 52% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004) Duhamel certainly passes as a fox - a fact I only mention because the folks at DreamWorks clearly use his looks as a marketing tool. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jan 27, 2004
4.5/5 77% Big Fish (2003) This is the masterpiece Tim Burton has been itching and scratching his way toward ever since he introduced us to "Beetlejuice" in the '80s. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jan 12, 2004
4/5 78% Bad Santa (2003) I like the idea of a fallible Kris Kringle - kind of like that song "What if God Was One of Us" only about Santa instead of God. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Dec 1, 2003
3.5/5 43% The Human Stain (2003) Though Hollywood seems intent on adapting every well-received novel, some stories just don't translate well to the big screen. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Nov 24, 2003
4/5 63% Love Actually (2003) I'll take an overly sentimental movie over a sardonic one any day - particularly around the holidays. Now if I only Santa would tuck Hugh under my Christmas tree. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Nov 18, 2003
2/5 58% Casa de los Babys (2003) The film sags from the weight of too many characters, and its suggestion that the world is nothing but sadness is too much to bear. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Nov 3, 2003
4/5 80% I Capture the Castle (2003) The fancy-pants accents and period costuming make one feel intellectually smug, as if the afternoon had been spent watching a Merchant-Ivory film - only without the tedium of actually sitting through a Merchant-Ivory film. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Oct 20, 2003
3.5/5 75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Watching the Coens join forces with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer for this star-driven comedy is the equivalent of Justin Timberlake hooking up with Bob Dylan for an album of duets, but it works pretty darn well. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Oct 13, 2003
2.5/5 24% Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) Sure, the movie blows but Jolie is the new James Dean, mysterious and the definition of cool. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jul 28, 2003
3.5/5 90% Whale Rider (2003) The spectacular New Zealand setting makes the perfect backdrop for the movie's blend of realism and fantasy. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jul 15, 2003
3.5/5 96% Winged Migration (2003) My kitty Ama, who has never before shown any interest in the tube, watched the entire movie with wide-eyed wonder. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jul 7, 2003
2.5/5 38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003) The D.C. setting did compel writer Kate Kondell to have the movie champion a cause, which is that Americans need to be more involved in politics or that everyone should embrace their individuality, or something. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jul 7, 2003
3.5/5 98% Spellbound (2002) When the winner held the trophy high above her head, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. Will this girl spend her life consumed by work the way she was consumed by spelling? Does she know how to stretch out on the grass and marvel at the clouds? I'm ju ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 30, 2003
3/5 36% 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Entertaining, though, those cars are 2 neon and 2 1980s. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 9, 2003
4/5 90% The Girl From Paris (2002) Carion relies on a gesture or passages of silence to get his point across; it's a technique that packs a greater emotional punch than a tidy, Hollywood-style monologue ever would. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 3, 2003
5/5 99% Finding Nemo (2003) Several scenes are scarier than Edward Norton's mustache in "The Italian Job." ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Jun 3, 2003
2/5 70% Confidence (2003) Screnwriter Doug Jung strings together one recycled plot twist after another in this generic grifter tale. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Apr 28, 2003
1/5 43% Anger Management (2003) Wide-eyed, wildman Nicholson as the yang to Sandler's goofy, man-child yin - one would think watching Hollywood's ultimate odd couple on screen together would be worth the price of admission. But it's really, really not. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Apr 14, 2003
2.5/5 35% What a Girl Wants (2003) "What a Girl Wants" has the one thing "The Princess Diaries" desperately needed: hubba, hubba Colin Firth. ‐ Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Posted Apr 7, 2003