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Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend" — The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 61% 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 44% 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 62% 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 59% 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 63% 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 92% 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 44% 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 61% 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 81% 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 82% 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 83% 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 90% 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
3/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) " 'The Secret Life of Pets' is filled with sight gags and one-liners. But most of all, beating beneath all the mayhem, is heart and devotion. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 7, 2016
1.5/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) "For "The Legend of Tarzan," the Lord of the Jungle is played by Alexander Skarsgard, who - to put it kindly - is as bland and wooden as one of the CGI trees set on his soundstage Africa. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 75% The BFG (2016) " 'The BFG' is a solid, family-friendly and entertaining feature. The problem is that the movie lacks the scares necessary to elevate it to the Grimm standard. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) " 'The Purge: Election Year' is a feature about extremism - political and religious - carried to its farthest, well, extremes. The NFFA followers who support the Purge see it as a cleansing of the country and treat it as a religious experience. ... " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 67% Swiss Army Man (2016) " 'Swiss Army Man' is a feature you should take on faith. Simply ride it like an unusual excursion at sea. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 46% Free State of Jones (2016) "While "Free State of Jones" offers some action, it is woefully bogged down in simple and clichéd bromides about freedom and equality. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 25, 2016
1.5/4 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "The film follows a course that regurgitates situations and dialogue meant to stir memories of the original in order to deflect from the sequel's deficiencies. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) " 'Dory' ... works on multiple levels: It's a fun-filled animated feature that will please and entertain children and ... parents, while it also examines how parents protect, encourage and love offspring with special needs. ... " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 97% Dark Horse (2016) " 'Dark Horse' is not so much about Dream Alliance as it is about the impact the horse had on its owners and the town. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 16, 2016
1.5/4 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) "The problem with this sequel is that it lacks suspense and catches no one unawares. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Situations, character conflicts and lines of dialogue seem to be repeated - and reiterated, again - from previous "X-Men" movies. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 25, 2016
2/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) " 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' is not a waste of time, but it also isn't time well spent. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 25, 2016
3.5/4 90% The Lobster (2016) " 'The Lobster' is a different species of movie; one that takes great pains to create a world you may be hesitant to visit - but one you will definitely be happy to leave. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 25, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) "The film is at its best when Crowe and Gosling are on screen together. They create movie magic; their collective charisma explodes off the screen. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/4 84% The Meddler (2016) "Susan Sarandon gives a performance that is as maddening as it is endearing. ... " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/4 58% Money Monster (2016) "(Director Jodie) Foster and her cast deftly tap into the anger and distrust that is percolating in the country today about Wall Street, big business and the people who run it all. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "How the emotional dynamics of the schism impacts the characters is what elevates "Civil War." These are friends and comrades forced to fight for their beliefs. Each blow they inflict on each other is as painful to them as it is to their opponent. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) "As in most biopics, "Miles Ahead" blurs the line between fact and fiction. Does it matter? Davis purists and aficionados may be upset or offended, but for the casual music lover who knows Davis only by name or reputation, the film should prove satisfying. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "Overall, "The Jungle Book" is enjoyable. But, it would have been better if - like last year's live-action "Cinderella" - it had downplayed the animated aspects of its earlier incarnation. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 53% Demolition (2016) "The movie offers moments of suffering and insanity that grab you for an instant, but, for some reason, director Jean-Marc Vallée and screenwriter Bryan Sipe fail to sustain them. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 22% The Boss (2016) " 'The Boss' would have benefited if they had just gone all in on making the disgraced titan hilariously despicable. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "From its superfluous opening ... to its clichéd final scene, "BvS" fails to ignite an emotional response - except, perhaps, dissatisfaction. It is unrelentingly grim and oppressive, sucking all the air out of the theater. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "The cleverness of "10 Cloverfield Lane" is that it continually keeps the audience guessing, offering crumbs of hints, but never revealing its hand - at least for the first 95 of its 105-minute run time. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "The movie seems to lack a solid point of view; it basically offers a series of vignettes without any unifying theme or common thread - except that these adrenaline junkies in a foreign land drink and screw around a lot. ... " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 7, 2016
1.5/4 26% London Has Fallen (2016) " 'London Has Fallen' is a jingoistic and heinous movie that taps into today's national fears about the threats from Middle Eastern terrorists. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/4 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "What makes "Eddie the Eagle" so irresistible is the character's consistent optimism. As portrayed by Taron Egerton, Eddie is neither deterred nor discouraged, despite constant opposition. ... " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) " 'The Witch' holds your attention as (Robert) Eggers, in his (directorial) debut, creates a stifling atmosphere of tension, anticipation and jolts. You wait for the other shoe to drop as occurrences slowly grow more and more unsettling. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) " 'The Lady in the Van' is a showcase for (Maggie) Smith, who provides another amazing performance in her long and storied career. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
1.5/4 52% Risen (2016) "Director Kevin Reynolds, best known for directing such Kevin Costner turkeys as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Waterworld," fails to sustain a promising premise. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
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