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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 49% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) When a foul-mouthed Elton John flips off the head villain and uses martial arts moves to defeat some of her minions is the most satisfying and original pieces of this sequel, you know the movie has problems.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 95% Stronger (2017) (Jake) Gyllenhaal uncomfortably wears Bauman's unsolicited fame. It's a mantle he wants to shed as quickly as possible.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/4 68% mother! (2017) 'mother!' is one of those movies where you know from the outset that, while the world on screen may appear normal, something is definitely off-kilter.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 100% California Typewriter (2017) 'California Typewriter' is a very likable, eccentric excursion. It goes deeper than you may at first believe. It will make you look back and reflect on the cost of technology to the mind and the spirit.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/4 71% Viceroy's House (2017) So, it is sad that her passion project is compromised by a story saddled with a clichéd star-crossed love story that is unworthy of a political solution that ultimately cost about 1 million lives.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/4 84% It (2017) 'It' succeeds because the kids are relatable and director Andy Muschietti ... spends as much time in letting us get to know the kids as he does on the terrifying events that propel them to band together and take action.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 75% Crown Heights (2017) Otherwise, 'Crown Heights' is a sensitive and compelling story of the injustices of a flawed and broken judicial system that finds it easier to use its weight to beat down those on the lower rungs ... than ... uncover the truth and be fair and impartial.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 97% Columbus (2017) Even the impressive structures throughout the city cannot disguise the fact that we've seen these characters before. They lack depth and, at times, appear as human props supporting the architecture.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Plaza's portrayal of Ingrid drives the movie. She creates a character who is desperate, insecure, pathetic and a bit psychotic. Plaza makes you simultaneously feel sorry for Ingrid and uncomfortable being around her.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2.5/4 96% Menashe (2017) 'Menashe' could have used a bit more fire and spirit. It's commendable that Weinstein does not overly dramatize the prime conflict, but that also dilutes the film's poignancy.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/4 89% Good Time (2017) (Robert Pattinson's Connie) is a pathetic mop of a man who always seems to be reaching for something - even if he does not know what that is.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/4 37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Nothing in "The Hitman's Bodyguard" is original nor surprising. This is a by-the-numbers action feature with the usual quota of fights, vehicle chases and explosions.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) 'Logan Lucky' succeeds because Soderbergh shows not only respect for his characters, but reveals their hearts and souls. He gently pushes you to embrace them.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/4 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) ('Brigsby Bear') is a gentle and kindhearted movie that will embrace you like a good-night lullaby.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3.5/4 83% Detroit (2017) The film steps on your neck, cutting off your air and daring you to attempt looking away.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2/4 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) 'Atomic Blonde' is not a bomb; it's more of a dud. What should have been cinematic fireworks instead is a series of colorful sparklers.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/4 92% A Ghost Story (2017) (The film) is about insubstantiality. As a character ... explains, nothing lasts - not books, not art, not culture, not people and not relationships. Everything is a slave to time that keeps its own pace and cares nothing for manmade or natural creations.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) Wisely, Nolan's movie is not about the "big picture." At about 106 minutes, it's a fast-paced, rousing story of soldiers and civilians confronting overwhelming odds, their moral compasses, fear and the specter of death.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) ... it is a formulaic tale of government cover-up, refugees in hiding, a magical-like creature and political corruption. It sounds more like Earth in 2017 than a galactic saga set centuries in the future.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) The movie is no fairy tale; it rings sincere because it shows the warts and blemishes that make perfect love nearly impossible, but allows true love to climb its way to the top of relationship mountain.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
3/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is a summer blockbuster told with skill that entertains, as well as offering some ideas that make you ponder whether humans are as advanced as we think we are.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) (Tom) Holland deftly wears Parker's uncertainties and insecurities - not only about his responsibilities as Spider-Man, but also about the hazards of navigating the shark-infested waters of high school.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2.5/4 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) 'Despicable Me 3' is not as good as the first two franchise movies, but that is usually expected as sequels basically follow a reverse Darwinian curve - devolving instead of evolving.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
1/4 16% The Mummy (2017) This "The Mummy" is a disjointed mess. It lacks horror and suspense. It is very generic and formulaic, as if written by rote, with a fill-in-the-monster-blank antagonist.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gadot and Jenkins convey a much-needed sense of excitement and adventure to a group of movies that seemed to be suffocating on their own gravitas.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1.5/4 70% Alien: Covenant (2017) The movie's finale hints at another sequel. So, it seems Scott is going to continue lugging his franchise through space, until it comes full circle and the Nostromo appears on the horizon.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3.5/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Beneath its fast-paced story, great visuals and a toe-tapping, mixed-tape soundtrack, 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is a story of family - in all its dysfunctional glory.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 67% Life (2017) The suspense is trying to figure out who dies in what order - which does lead to some surprises.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1.5/4 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) 'T2 Trainspotting' is a movie reeking of desperation, made by a director going through a malaise, looking for a spark to reignite his creative juices.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Otherwise, this "Beauty and the Beast," while displaying plenty of heart, seems hollow. At times, it plays like a Las Vegas version of a Broadway show, meant to dazzle the customers before chasing them back into the casino.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
2.5/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) While "Kong: Skull Island" is visual eye candy, its sophistication and excellence negate the fairy tale-magical quality that endeared the original to generations of filmgoers.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The movie provides an adrenaline rush that will keep action junkies high for weeks. A few times, the feature does slow down to allow you to take a breath; then, it accelerates as Wick takes on hordes ... who expire as quickly as "Star Trek" red shirts.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) 'The LEGO Batman Movie' is a colorful, fast-paced confection that will entertain children and adults. It brings some light to the usually dark DC cinematic universe.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) 'Paterson' is a leisurely stroll through the lives of two creative individuals who support and love each other, and understand and embrace the other's foibles.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 83% The Founder (2017) 'The Founder' belongs to Michael Keaton who gives a driven and dark performance as Kroc, who is willing to throw anyone - and everyone - under the bus on his ruthless climb to success.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3.5/4 84% Silence (2017) 'Silence' is a slow meditation about the challenge and limits of faith. At times, the film feels like a theological debate, yet Scorsese creates an environment that takes you not only inside a feudal society, but into the souls of the Jesuits. ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) (Director Peter Berg) also takes time to focus on the human toll of the tragedy - interweaving stories of those injured, the suffering they endured and their determination not to allow this calamity to ultimately define them.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2/4 35% Live By Night (2017) It would have served the film better if (Ben) Affleck had not directed. An outsider perhaps would have pushed (Joe) Coughlin into more vicious and violent places where Affleck was unwilling to go.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.4 91% Elle (2016) (Director Paul) Verhoeven continually upends expectations and keeps you involved through suspense, not so much on who attacked Michelle, but on her method for eventually exacting her revenge.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Director Theodore Melfi ... creates an atmosphere in which Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson must be twice as good as those around them simply to succeed.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 88% A Monster Calls (2017) 'A Monster Calls' is not an easy movie for children to watch because Boyana refuses to ease the pain and turmoil that is evident in Conor.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 94% Fences (2016) The film is the next best thing to seeing a stage production of this 20th-century classic. Its power, compassion and intimacy crashes through the screen and into your heart.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/4 85% Lion (2016) A sincere celebration of determination and the human spirit, this film will have you applauding and weeping simultaneously. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/4 88% Jackie (2016) ... 'Jackie' is an extraordinary and intimate look at an iconic figure who put her stamp on the White House, the nation and our perception of grace and beauty.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The Force is with "Rogue One" because by looking back, it helps carry the "Star Wars" saga forward.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/4 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) 'Collateral Beauty' is such a coldly calculating and manipulative misfire that it's incomprehensible how anyone who read Allan Loeb's script thought it would make a decent movie.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 92% La La Land (2016) (Director Damien) Chazelle has interwoven the innocence and idealism that permeated films in the genre with a contemporary, albeit, realistic vibe that skirts cynicism without passing over the line.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) 'Nocturnal Animals' feels clinical and distant; it's more an autopsy of a failed relationship and Susan's disappointment with her life.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Despite its rough exterior, "Moonlight" is a tender picture, a soft and understanding portrait of isolation, of living in the shadows by denying one's true self.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/4 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) (Casey) Affleck gives the finest performance of his career. It is a measured portrait of a man so overwhelmed by shame and hurt that he seems to simply go through the motions of living.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016