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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 83% Silence (2017) 'Silence' is a slow meditation about the challenge and limits of faith. At times, the film feels like a theological debate, yet Scorsese creates an environment that takes you not only inside a feudal society, but into the souls of the Jesuits. ... ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 79% Patriots Day (2017) (Director Peter Berg) also takes time to focus on the human toll of the tragedy - interweaving stories of those injured, the suffering they endured and their determination not to allow this calamity to ultimately define them. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/4 34% Live By Night (2017) It would have served the film better if (Ben) Affleck had not directed. An outsider perhaps would have pushed (Joe) Coughlin into more vicious and violent places where Affleck was unwilling to go. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.4 88% Elle (2016) (Director Paul) Verhoeven continually upends expectations and keeps you involved through suspense, not so much on who attacked Michelle, but on her method for eventually exacting her revenge. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Director Theodore Melfi ... creates an atmosphere in which Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson must be twice as good as those around them simply to succeed. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) 'A Monster Calls' is not an easy movie for children to watch because Boyana refuses to ease the pain and turmoil that is evident in Conor. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 95% Fences (2016) The film is the next best thing to seeing a stage production of this 20th-century classic. Its power, compassion and intimacy crashes through the screen and into your heart. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/4 87% Lion (2016) A sincere celebration of determination and the human spirit, this film will have you applauding and weeping simultaneously. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) ... 'Jackie' is an extraordinary and intimate look at an iconic figure who put her stamp on the White House, the nation and our perception of grace and beauty. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The Force is with "Rogue One" because by looking back, it helps carry the "Star Wars" saga forward. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) 'Collateral Beauty' is such a coldly calculating and manipulative misfire that it's incomprehensible how anyone who read Allan Loeb's script thought it would make a decent movie. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) (Director Damien) Chazelle has interwoven the innocence and idealism that permeated films in the genre with a contemporary, albeit, realistic vibe that skirts cynicism without passing over the line. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1.5/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) 'Nocturnal Animals' feels clinical and distant; it's more an autopsy of a failed relationship and Susan's disappointment with her life. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Despite its rough exterior, "Moonlight" is a tender picture, a soft and understanding portrait of isolation, of living in the shadows by denying one's true self. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) (Casey) Affleck gives the finest performance of his career. It is a measured portrait of a man so overwhelmed by shame and hurt that he seems to simply go through the motions of living. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/4 89% Loving (2016) 'Loving' is a gentle reminder that love is powerful enough to overcome even the greatest obstacles thrown up by a state ... and myopic people who are more interested in divisiveness than embracing the bonds that unite people - in marriage and in life. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
3/4 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) 'The Eagle Huntress' is an impressive feature with a spunky, optimistic, bubbly heroine who faces every challenge with a smile and a can-do attitude. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This new franchise is supposed to be comprised of five movies. Consider "Fantastic Beasts" an awkward introduction. Perhaps when we get to know Newt better, we will embrace him more closely. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) (Hailee) Steinfeld is the center of the movie, the core that pulls it together. She brings a relatable honesty to her performance that will resonate with audiences - peers and adults alike. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) The movie is slow, but not in a dull sense. It is a brainy, step-by-step primer on learning how to reach out and begin an exchange of ideas between two vastly different life forms in a peaceful and constructive manner. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) 'Doctor Strange' is another winning entry for Marvel. It will not disappoint fans, and those not familiar with the comic book or the character also will find the movie vastly entertaining. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) 'Hacksaw Ridge' is a profile of a courageous individual who put his trust in God, showed grace under fire and never wavered from his core convictions. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 3, 2016
1.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Every aspect of this 118-minute movie is predictable. It feels like the script was written by a computer that had been fed a dozen other action-film scenarios, and it resulted in a film made of cobbled bits and pieces from each. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 92% They Call Us Monsters (2017) What the film does, is point a laser at wasted lives and potential. If only the movie had spent more time zeroing in on the individuals and their stories and less on the rhetoric around them. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet Bugs on the Menu (2016) Yes, watching someone devour a cooked spider may make you a little queasy now, but you may want to get used to the sight because it is a menu choice that, in a few years, may become a common occurrence. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 51% The Accountant (2016) This thriller ... is so preposterous and unnecessarily convoluted that it has you scratching your head and pulling your hair ... in frustration and disbelief. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 79% American Honey (2016) 'American Honey' is a complex movie. Its subject matter is bleak and dark, yet the free-wheeling, optimistic spirit of the group keeps the movie grounded enough that some sunshine seeps in to give you hope for the future. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) 'The Birth of a Nation' is a fierce and furious depiction of one of the dark periods in American history that most citizens would like to forget and feel uncomfortable about dredging up. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) 'Deepwater Horizon' is more than a disaster movie: It's a story of white-collar corporate arrogance and greed vs. blue-collar common sense and work ethic. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) This version of "The Magnificent Seven" offers a viciousness and hardscrabble harshness earlier incarnations lacked. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 43% The Hollars (2016) 'The Hollars,' directed by and starring John Krasinski, fails to connect because it doesn't say anything that we haven't already heard. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) It is clear where director Oliver Stone stands. ... In "Snowden," he frames the former CIA and NSA employee as a patriot and idealist whose idealism is shattered as the extent of U.S. domestic-spying activities becomes clearer. ... ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) 'The Light Between Oceans' is an emotionally charged feature whose impact is blunted by its methodical and deliberate pacing. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Portman takes the film's title literally, offering some dreamlike imagery in the stories Fania tells Amos. But it also is filled with many dim and dreary sequences, as Portman uses a dark palette that seems to suck the life out of Fania. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) A heavy air of desperation weighs on "Don't Think Twice." The troupe members all frantically seek validation, recognition and - most importantly - praise from each other, celebrities, students, family and audience members. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/4 91% Southside With You (2016) Writer-director Richard Tanne, at times, creates banter between the pair worthy of a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn exchange. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 29, 2016
2.5/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) 'Hands of Stone' works best when Ramirez and De Niro share a scene. Their bickering back-and-forth gives the movie its needed tension and spark. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 81% Equity (2016) The film is a suspenseful, smart and sharp depiction of women trying to succeed on their talents in a world that mostly fails to appreciate what they have to offer. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) 'Our Little Sister' is a tender and restrained feature that flows by like a gentle stream, lulling you with its melodic cadence and drawing you into its beauty. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 24, 2016
1.5/4 60% War Dogs (2016) 'War Dogs' is ordinary and bland. ... The absurdist edge needed to convey how an inexperienced pair of 20-somethings was able to win Pentagon contracts for millions of dollars to sell weapons and equipment to the military is totally missing. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) 'Hell or High Water' has a satisfying, old Western feel to it. The tense finale adds an interesting flourish that leaves you wanting more. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 16, 2016
2.5/4 66% Anthropoid (2016) Unlike many behind-the-lines World War II movies - classic and contemporary - "Anthropoid" is not one of those features in which all plans flow smoothly. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 15, 2016
3/4 82% Indignation (2016) 'Indignation' is a very literate and compelling drama. Its major flaw is that writer-director James Shamus tries to cover too much ground. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 15, 2016
4/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) 'Sausage Party' is an unrelenting whirlwind of lowbrow and objectionable jokes and situations that will make it difficult for you to catch your breath. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) It lacks that in-your-face presence that dares the audience to embrace it. It's a film that should say take me or leave me, I don't give a damn. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) 'Jason Bourne' hints at a sequel. However, I think the series is played out and Damon, who served as one of the film's producers, should take Bourne off the grid for good. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Overall, "Star Trek Beyond" is an exciting and fun movie; a sturdy feature that is the first step in hopefully a refreshing direction for the vaunted franchise. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 88% Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) The serial's production values compensate for the usual Universal cheapness of stock footage and newsreel sequences. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 18, 2016
3/4 89% Do Not Resist (2016) One thing this documentary hints at, is that the United States is slowly becoming a militarized police state and that citizens are powerless to do anything about it. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) The cast should have been set free to run wild. Director Paul Feig, who co-wrote the screenplay with Katie Dippold, needed to make the project broader to allow the women to be more expansive and utilize their full range of talents. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 14, 2016