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Bob Bloom
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 42% 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)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet He's a Bully, Charlie Brown (2006) This kids-friendly Charlie Brown adventure is among the dozens of titles featured in the 2015 holiday gift guide at ReelBob.com.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
2.5/4 57% Paper Towns (2015) This young adult movie is among the dozens of titles featured in the 2015 holiday gift guide at ReelBob.com.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
2.5/4 52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) All four films in this series based on the V.C. Andrews novels are among the dozens of offerings featured in the 2015 holiday gift guide at ReelBob.com.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
3.5/4 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) It's a perfect holiday-season film to which the entire family can bond. It offers excitement, danger and life lessons that children can appreciate and parents can reinforce.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) 'Mockingjay 2' is so serious that any sense of adventure quickly dissipates until its nonexistent.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
1.5/4 66% The Night Before (2015) For a film that is supposed to be about the holiday spirit, "The Night Before" is rife with selfish and self-centered behavior by its major protagonists who, at times, seem to be friends simply because the script says so.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/4 96% Spotlight (2015) 'Spotlight' avoids sensationalism, telling its lurid story in a low-key, even-keeled manner. It is by far the best movie about investigative journalism since 'All the President's Men.' ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
2.5/4 45% The 33 (2015) This story of courage and fortitude - the miners were trapped underground for 69 days - also cannot avoid the pitfall of clichés - both below and above the ground.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
2.5/4 65% Spectre (2015) Despite all the ingredients that Bond fans savor, "Spectre" feels like a step backward. We've seen it all before, and many Bond filmmakers have done it better.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
4/4 94% Room (2015) The special bond between Ma and Jack is the emotional vise that glues you to the screen. You laugh and cry with them, fear for them and finally embrace their triumph.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 62% Truth (2015) 'Truth' works hard to make a profound statement about journalism in the vein of "All the President's Men" or "The Insider," but it falls short mainly because it refuses to admit that the report was simply shoddy journalism.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
3/4 91% Dracula (1931) The abundance of older features on Blu-rays and DVDs have helped give younger filmgoers an appreciation of classic movies. "They can learn so much more on how to pace and set a scene from Tod Browning over Michael Bay," Mankiweicz said.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
3.5/4 90% Coming Home (2015) 'Coming Home' is a bittersweet experience that looks at sacrifice, redemption and the timelessness of love.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) The film is an uncompromising picture of an arrogant and compulsive man who saw things others didn't and drove them relentlessly and mercilessly to catch up with his vision.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) 'Bridge of Spies' is rich in historical perspective. The anger and paranoia in the U.S. about the Soviets and their intentions are at a fever pitch.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
3.5/4 71% Crimson Peak (2015) If Charlotte Bronte and Daphne du Maurier had been collaborating screenwriters at Universal Pictures in the 1930s, the result might have been 'Crimson Peak.' ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/4 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) You watch "Raiders!" shaking your head in astonishment, questioning the sanity of the filmmakers as children - and adults.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 100% Peace Officer (2015) One aspect the filmmakers do make clear is that a disconnect has sprouted between police and ordinary citizens who ... feel threatened by the very people who are sworn to protect and serve them.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 73% He Named Me Malala (2015) 'He Named Me Malala' would have been a much-improved film if (director Davis) Guggenheim had been more objective and given us a fuller and deeper portrait of this extraordinary and exquisite role model.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Martian (2015) 'The Martian' is one of the best movies of the year. It is a wondrous adventure that dreamers and doers, as well as those who set their sights on the heavens, can embrace and rally around.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
2.5/4 94% Sicario (2015) The problem with "Sicario," directed by Denis Villeneuve - who helmed the acclaimed and dark drama "Prisoners" - is that it doesn't tell us anything we don't already know about the war on drugs.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/4 84% The Walk (2015) To get the upmost enjoyment from the film, you should see the film in 3-D at an IMAX theater, where, at times, the cinematography makes it seem as if you are on the wire with Petit.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
2.5/4 81% The New Girlfriend (2015) Duris creates a sensitive and moving character, a confused soul, lost without his wife, who was the anchor of his life.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
2/4 61% The Intern (2015) 'The Intern' is not a bad movie. ... Rather, it's an innocuous, feel-good date film with solid performances and engaging characters.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/4 74% Black Mass (2015) (Johnny) Depp, however, dominates "Black Mass." His Bulger is a cold-blooded reptile, a human cobra ready to strike at the slightest provocation.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/4 73% Everest (2015) At times, it seems Kormákur treats the climbers and support teams as props. On one level, you become superficially concerned for those trapped on the mountain when the blizzard hits, but the film fails to dig deep into your psyche to allow much empathy.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
4/4 92% Grandma (2015) But "Grandma" belongs to Tomlin. She gets under the skin of Elle, creating a complex woman who has lived life on her own terms and is accepting the price she paid. The role could earn Tomlin an Academy Award nomination.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/4 64% The Visit (2015) Shyamalan succeeds in playing off the audience's expectations, knowing that we will expect something unexpected. He teases constantly - keep an eye on the big kitchen oven - then sneaks in a jab when we are looking the other way.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) 'Daredevils of the Red Circle' incorporates all the elements that combine to make a serial memorable: quick-thinking heroes, a heartless villain, solid cliffhangers, some mystery, lots of thrills, action and stunts and an explosive finale.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
3.5/4 89% Meru (2015) 'Meru' is a film filled with amazement and wonder as it displays the grandeur of nature, as well as the deadly forces it can unleash in an instant‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
3.5/4 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) The movie paints a picture of a church hierarchy that has basically ruled people's lives for centuries and is unwilling to bend with modern times - not out of malevolence, but of fear and distrust of change.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
3.5/4 83% Mistress America (2015) Outwardly, Gerwig creates a character who makes you cringe. At times, you are embarrassed for and by her. But, you also come to recognize that underneath, Brooke is a lost soul who really has no concrete life plan. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
2/4 45% No Escape (2015) Because these rebels are depicted in such inhumane and stereotypical manners, it somehow diminishes the menace, reducing them almost to cartoonish travesties, like characters out of a World War II-era propaganda film.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
1.5/4 43% American Ultra (2015) "American Ultra" is very predictable. You can nap during the film and still know what is going on when you awake. The film lacks nuance; everything is telegraphed and predictable.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) Though it may seem that the film is merely about two guys shooting the bull, "The End of the Tour" is really a compelling character study of young men with different outlooks on fame and celebrity. ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Compared to the latest features in the James Bond franchise or the "Mission Impossible" reboots, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is rather quaint.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/4 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) The film follows the five young men as they use their music and brutally honest lyrics to express their antagonism about the dangerous and depressing environment around them.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) The film would have you believe that (Ricki) loved her music so much that she would prefer playing with her cover band in dives and living on minimum wage than being with her children and watching them grow.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) The savvy Cruise makes sure he delivers what is expected of him: hand-to-hand fights, death-defying leaps and car chases - all the while propelling the plot forward.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/4 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Writer-director Maya Forbes sets a sweet and compassionate tone throughout as she charts Cameron's trial-and-error growth as a parent.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
1/4 26% Vacation (2015) 'Vacation' is a devastating misfire that plays like a series of quickly jotted down sketches cobbled together in a vain attempt to make a coherent whole.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2015
2.5/4 60% Southpaw (2015) The movie cannot overcome the clichés that constantly jab at the storyline as quickly as Muhammad Ali in his prime.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 81% Ant-Man (2015) With the likable Paul Rudd buffed up to portray Scott Lang, former cat burglar-turned-superhero, "Ant-Man" has a self-deprecating and witty edge.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) The choreography is flashy and sexy, and the dances will make the women - as well as some men, I suspect - in the audience squeal. It is a sexually arousing movie, but done in such a light and fun-filled manner that it is neither prurient nor offensive.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
2/4 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) It says something about a movie when Schwarzenegger is the most charismatic character - and he's playing a robot.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" overcomes many of the shortcomings that plague young-adult films. It has an honesty that is refreshing and inspired.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2015