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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 81% Halloween (2018) Green and the writers expend a lot of energy reminding us of moments from the original, while also struggling to give the movie momentum.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) 'The Hate U Give' works to present the story in a balanced manner. The police officer who did the shooting is not demonized - in fact, he is barely seen after the incident.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 79% 22 July (2018) '22 July' requires more hot-blooded outrage and consternation. If I wanted a dispassionate retelling of this heinous crime, I would have read newspaper articles.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
3/4 89% First Man (2018) Ryan Gosling's portrayal of Armstrong captures the all-business, single-mindedness of the man, as well as his emotional impassiveness. ... And while this may be an accurate portrait ... it does not afford the audience the opportunity to fully embrace him.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5.4 No Score Yet Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) The fun of "Bathtubs Over Broadway" is in learning the reach of these productions. It seems thousands of companies - large and small - produced them to present to their executives and sales staffs at annual regional and national gatherings.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Painless (2018) 'Painless' is an understated, low-key indie film that explores the psyche of an individual who knows he is different from the vast majority of people and refuses to accept that he cannot be fixed.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The movie is an old-fashioned star vehicle, catered to Redford's laid-back approach. As Tucker, Redford uses his personality to charm not only Spacek's widowed Jewel, a few bank managers and tellers - but us as well. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 30% Venom (2018) As Eddie, Hardy sounds like he is doing one of those exercises in which an actor practices pronunciation with marbles in his mouth. His Venom voice sounds like Darth Vader trying to burb.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) (Cooper) continually - and wisely - puts her in the spotlight, allowing the camera to caress Gaga. Many times Cooper tracks his camera in on Gaga's face, emphasizing her eyes, which - in this case - are windows to her soul.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
1.5/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Watching "The House with a Clock in the Walls" makes you wish you were a magician, warlock or witch, so you could speed up time to make the movie's 100-plus minutes zoom by in a flash.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2.5/4 64% Lizzie (2018) Macneill sets most of the movie within the Borden house and small barn, where Lizzie routinely flees to for solitude. He envelops the entire film in a dysfunctional cocoon of oppression, resentment and sexual frustration.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
1.5/4 33% The Predator (2018) The movie is the latest iteration of this franchise, which began in 1987 with "Predator." Several sequels and offshoots followed, until we've reached the point that we should have expected an "Abbott and Costello Meet Predator"-type of spinoff.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/4 85% The Wife (2018) Close's performance is magnificent; the myriad of emotions she conveys is amazing. She definitely loves her husband, but she also reveals the bitterness and resentment that has festered inside her during their more than 30 years together.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
1.5/4 10% Peppermint (2018) 'Peppermint' is a thoroughly unpleasant movie, shallow and simplistic with one-dimensional, stereotypical characters and a lazy, very predictable plot.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2.5/4 60% Operation Finale (2018) 'Operation Finale' is too low key and slow. It features too much talk and too little action. It fails to ignite your anger and disgust because, like its Israeli protagonists, the film holds its emotions in check.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/4 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) 'Juliet, Naked' is an embraceable movie about second chances. It's driven by the performances of Byrne, Hawke and O'Dowd ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) The only people who will enjoy the movie are those excited by seeing puppets having sex, dropping f-bombs or using drugs.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 82% Puzzle (2018) 'Puzzle' slowly and gently flows. It's a sweet story about learning where you fit in the world once you decide to look at all the pieces.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 53% Papillon (2018) ... it's lead actors are competent, but like the movie itself, they fail to soar or offer anything new that will set the movie apart from its predecessor.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 100% McQueen (2018) 'McQueen' is not an easy movie to watch, because its subject was a complicated individual - a sad man, beset by inner demons.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The movie offers the same kind of characters you find in this genre - malicious young women who want to destroy their rival, eccentric relatives, lovable and laugh-inducing friends and allies, and subplots to prove that money cannot buy happiness.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 45% The Meg (2018) The film is restrained; it's not as gory as you'd expect. In a way, it's a throwback to the type of creature features produced during the 1950s, when giant bugs and thawed-out dinosaurs threatened mankind almost every Saturday afternoon.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) 'Blackkklansman' allows Lee to unleash his anger about the situation in 2018 America by masking it in a story of an investigation to shed light on the dark and hateful deeds of a group that ... is trying to soften and politicize its image.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) And, bless him, Cruise should be an inspiration for any AARP member. He is the best runner in movies. When he begins to sprint, you are impressed by the clenched jaw, the legs churning like pistons and the arms propelling him forward.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Joaquin Phoenix as Callahan adds another strong performance to his resume. He again subjugates himself to the character, burying himself in the role.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The film never jells. The main villains are cookie-cutter archetypes. No effort is made to give them any depth or personality.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/4 46% 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 88% 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 63% 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 48% 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 67% 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 71% 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 70% 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 86% 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 88% 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 89% 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 53% 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 72% 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 94% 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