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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 69% 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 47% 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 31% 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 29% 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 89% 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 57% 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 52% 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 25% 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 51% 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
3.5/4 84% Deadpool (2016) Much more so than Marvel's "Guardian of the Galaxy," "Deadpool" is a film propelled by swagger, humor and action. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) 'Where to Invade Next' is not as strident or preachy as previous Moore movies. The film has a jaunty and playful lightness that makes it appealing and palatable. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) The film is shot as if you were sitting on the Devil's shoulder while touring Hell. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) While "Hail, Caesar!" may not rank as one of the Coen brothers' best films, it does offer enough flashes of levity, wit and simple entertainment to have you smiling as you leave the multiplex. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 5, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) Writer-director Andrew Haigh's script delves into the fragility of marriage and how one instant can make a person doubt a lifetime choice. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 3, 2016
2/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) Despite all the intense heroics, "The Finest Hours" is rather distant and clinical. It lacks emotional resonance and any really big moments that sweep you off your feet. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3.5/4 93% Anomalisa (2015) 'Anomalisa' is an unhappy movie and that air of desperation envelops and squeezes you like a python. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3.5/4 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Throughout the film, (Michael) Bay seems to display anger and frustration with an antiquated U.S. foreign policy that fails to realize that the old ways of operating do not apply in a changing world rife with religious and national radicalism. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 81% The Revenant (2015) It is as if Inárritu and Lubezki need affirmation of their talents by jumping and waving their arms in the background cinematically shouting, 'Look at us! Look at us!' ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Say what you want about (Quentin) Tarantino - he's derivative, undisciplined and self-indulgent and loves to hear his characters ramble on - but boy, are his movies fun to watch. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/4 60% Concussion (2015) 'Concussion' may make you think twice about letting your child participate in football. It also may change the way you view the professional gladiators who, it now seems, put their lives at risk to entertain and thrill us. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 60% Joy (2015) 'Joy' is a flawed movie mainly because Russell cannot create a consistent tone. The film flip-flops between drama, comedy, farce and fantasy. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 24, 2015
4/4 94% Carol (2015) It's not the story so much that is striking as Haynes' re-creation of the era. And it is not just in costumes and sets; it's the way he uses his camera to capture knowing glances, furtive looks, gestures and silences that speak volumes. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 74% Youth (2015) 'Youth,' written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, has no plot to speak of. It simply eavesdrops on a couple of old men exchanging views on various subjects. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) 'The Big Short' is appealing because it does not condescend to its audience. It actually treats the viewers as thinking adults who are capable of understanding events as they unfold. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 61% Legend (2015) While "Legend" definitely has its drawbacks, you basically overlook or ignore them because of Hardy. His characterizations are superb, showing the contradictions and nuances of brotherly sociopaths who are laws unto themselves. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 21, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 'The Force Awakens,' written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, offers enough salutes and nods to the original trilogy to please those fans, while introducing interesting and likable characters that will entice new followers to the series. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/4 60% Sisters (2015) Despite some jokes falling flat, "Sisters" is nearly nonstop laughter that makes you hope for more pairings of Fey and Poehler, and perhaps a stronger script that could really take advantage of their comic personalities. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/4 69% The Danish Girl (2015) Redmayne's controlled and conflicted performance is more complex and stronger than even his Academy Award-winning turn as Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything.' ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2.5/4 80% Macbeth (2015) This is a contradictory "Macbeth." The plot appears to rush through its petty paces; at the same time, however, the actors seem to be performing in slow motion. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) 'In the Heart of the Sea' is a solid adventure that fails to reach the heroic heights it aims for. The film's uneven pace, at times, keeps you at arm's length, while it moves toward reconciling its two plotlines. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 11, 2015