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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 50% Skyscraper (2018) Basically, "Skyscraper" is a guilty-pleasure, formulaic feature that is silly and easy to swallow. Sure, it's absurd and exciting but surprisingly lacks suspense or tension.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) The movie, directed and co-written by Debra Granik, speaks volumes about family ties - in assured but hushed tones.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 86% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The most enjoyable aspects of the movie are the special effects as people, cars, buildings - and even a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser - shrink or grow in size, as the plot dictates.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
1.5/4 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' is elephantine and cliché-ridden. Plus, like most of today's movies, it seems more interested in creating potential for a sequel than telling a coherent story.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
1.5/4 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) 'Fallen Kingdom' is a cliché-ridden succession of useless and superfluous expository and hoary dialogue interspersed with formulaic sequences of narrow escapes and close calls.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2.5/4 68% The Seagull (2018) It's all very pretentious with a cast of fine actors spouting dialogue that sounds witty and meaningful - yet, more theatrical than real life.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Morgan Neville's documentary traces how Rogers became a beloved national institution and how he remained steadfast in his beliefs about how to communicate to and reach children, despite changes in society.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/4 69% On Chesil Beach (2018) 'On Chesil Beach' is an unhappy movie because of the loss and aching of its protagonists.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 73% Adrift (2018) In "Adrift," director Baltasar Kormákur, working from a script by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell and David Branson Smith, focuses on the inner strength, the fortitude and determination of an individual to do whatever is necessary to survive.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Watching Ehrenreich is one of the film's greatest pleasures. His performance balances the weaknesses in a script filled with starts and stops and a movie whose pace stutters rather than flows.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2.5/4 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) It's not a bad movie, but it tries so hard to emulate its predecessor that you feel the screen sweating.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Rider (2018) 'The Rider' is a sensitive feature that should be seen and appreciated. It is an original vision about a small segment of America that - at times - almost feels like another nation, and one worth visiting.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2.5/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) 'Life of the Party' is an entertaining, though formulaic, effort that, despite all the clichés it throws at you, continues to draw you in.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/4 89% Itzhak (2018) The moments during which Perlman is performing are breathtaking. Seeing his emotions as he plays and the bond he shares with his violin is wondrous.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3/4 87% Tully (2018) Cody seems to be taking aim at the feminist mindset that a woman who raises her children and is not in the workplace is somehow lacking in some social stature or hierarchy.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3.5/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The scope of the movie is massive. Yet, it feels intimate because, through the previous Marvel movies, we have become emotionally invested in many of these characters.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 74% Final Portrait (2018) Though "Final Portrait" only runs about 90 minutes, it does feel longer. ... You simply cannot speed up the pace in which an artist sits in front of a canvas, studying his ... subject; then, going to work ... before becoming irritated and stopping.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2/4 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) One of the problems is the tone Ramsay is trying to set. Is "You Were Never Really Here" an artistic action movie? Or is it a character study of a damaged individual?‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Your attention is mostly fixated on the way writer-director Anderson tells his story and handles his characters rather than the plot itself.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
2/4 52% Rampage (2018) 'Rampage' is a guilty-pleasure outing, easily digested. It's like a visit to a cinematic amusement park - a nice diversion to simply pass the time away.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 96% Foxtrot (2018) This Israeli import, written and directed by Samuel Maoz, is weighted down by grief and tragedy, as it delves into the uncertainties and ironies of life in modern-day Israel for military personnel and civilians alike.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) 'A Quiet Place' is a master class in filmmaking - showcasing how images, silence, sound and music can create an oppressive and frightening atmosphere that can keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3.5/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) Cline's world and Spielberg's vision of it mesh as well as John Ford and the Old West.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/4 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) 'Loveless' is not so much about finding the boy, but about how easily a person can be discarded or abandoned by parents who - because of their resentments and recriminations - already have moved onto new lives. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
1/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) ... 'Uprising' comes up short on all accounts. Like the Kaiju, it should be buried and forgotten.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 83% Augie (2018) 'Augie' simply is not your standard inspirational documentary about one man's fight against a dread disease. It's also a love story that celebrates the connection between Augie and his wife, Lynn, who has stayed by his side and ... been his voice.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
2/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) 'Tomb Raider' is easily digested, but also can be evacuated just as fast.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
1.5/4 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) '7 Days in Entebbe' should keep you on the edge of your seats. Instead, it makes you sit back and doze off.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/4 40% Gringo (2018) Unfortunately, director Nash Edgerton (Joel's brother) cannot keep a lid on the disjointed subplots. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot make them march in step.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Young audiences can and will identify with Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin, and that is how it should be because the movie is aimed squarely at them.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) 'A Fantastic Woman' is a movie for our time, covering issues about inclusion and identity that seem to be heightened in today's polarized world.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 87% Annihilation (2018) 'Annihilation' draws you in, teasing you with hints, but - like many recent science fiction offerings - frustrates audiences by obscuring its answers and cloaking them in ambiguity.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) (Annette) Bening embraces the quiet desperation of a star whose time has cruelly passed her by, abandoning her to the junk heap of has-beens.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
1.5/4 73% Hostiles (2018) Overall, "Hostiles" is pompous garbage, meant to assuage a nation's guilt for its treatment of those who were here before us. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) 'Call Me by Your Name' warmly and objectively captures the exhilaration and heartbreak of first love. It floats by like a cloud and softly embraces you like a tender hug.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Anderson, though, fails to answer a primary question: What is Alma's fascination with Woodcock? He is so shut off and self-absorbed that you cannot understand his appeal, especially to a woman so much younger than him.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) The combination of Sorkin's writing and Chastain's acting creates a perfect mesh of dialogue that sizzles and impresses.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) The movie is unforgettable, even though you may want to rid your mind of these people as quickly as possible.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/4 87% The Post (2018) What is most amazing about ... is that Spielberg tells his story in about 110 minutes, zipping through all the issues like a reporter writing a concise story on deadline. And, like a good news article, his direction is clear, succinct and to the point.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
1/4 51% Downsizing (2017) It's as if Payne and Taylor were blinded by their original concept and ignored the rest of the script. As a result, the second and third acts play like the two just threw up their hands in desperation and said, 'screw it.' ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2.5/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The film is driven to please audiences. It's like a child in a roomful of adults who tries various disruptive behaviors to gain attention.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Johnson ends the film with the rebel forces on the defensive and with their resources mostly spent. Yet he offers a sliver of hope - there's that word again - as he assures us, when the screen fades to dark, that brighter days are ahead.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) 'The Shape of Water' is one of the best films of the year. It ... has del Toro's fingerprints all over it. It is a dreamy, albeit, at times, violent, feature that is more classic animated Disney than Universal horror, in story and presentation.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
1.5/4 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) The film, set at Coney Island in the 1950s, feels like a play that (Woody) Allen wrote, then shelved because he had second thoughts after rereading it.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco's story about filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, his friendship with aspiring actor Greg Sestero and Wiseau's making of his film, "The Room," is funny, creepy and a most singular experience.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) By showing Churchill's fears and anxieties, Oldman elevates the man from a two-dimensional historical figure to a flawed human being, who mustered the courage to meet a great and grave challenge that could alter the course of history.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 84% Loving Vincent (2017) The film is a labor of love for its creators, a tribute to an artist who was neither appreciated nor understood until after he was gone. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) 'Coco' has a big heart. It's an embracing experience that stresses not only the importance of family, but of heritage - of who your ancestors are and why they made the choices they did.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' has its gloomy moments, but, overall, it trumpets not only the author but the holiday.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
1.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) For whatever reason, the creative minds at Warner Bros. and DC seem to hit a wall of kryptonite when it comes to translating their comic-book heroes to the big screen.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017