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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 91% 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 51% 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 74% 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
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 22% 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 39% 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 90% 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 88% 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 55% 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 31% 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
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird' is a fresh and sincere feature, a wonderful and compassionate coming-of-age story that is funny, observant and endearing.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/4 84% The Square (2017) 'The Square' makes you uncomfortable; it is off-putting, which may be (director Ruben) Ostlund's intention.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/4 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) 'Murder on the Orient Express' is 114 minutes; the 1974 version was 127 minutes. This remake feels longer because it seems to bog down at places, interrupting the flow as Branagh turns the camera on himself, ruminating about his past and his lost love.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/4 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Affonso Goncalves' editing at times resembles that of an old movie serial, as he cuts from one story to another just as a big revelation - that will advance each story - is forthcoming.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 'Thor: Ragnarok' is a wild ride, a boisterous amusement-park excursion that will divert you from beginning to end.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lanthimos uses a heavy-handed approach, diluting any suspense that the director is trying to build. Yes, the film exudes tension, but it feels forced.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 54% LBJ (2017) As a depiction of an individual who put nation ahead of politics and self, "LBJ" is like the man himself - flawed but larger than life.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' is at times simplistic - detailing, for example, how money and fame taint and corrupt - but it also celebrates the wonders of childhood that cannot be stifled by parental missteps and ignorance.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Writer-director Jason Hall does not overtly savage the Veterans Administration, but he does spotlight the bureaucracy and red tape that delays much-needed help and care - physical, emotional and mental - for our returning veterans.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2/4 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The movie lacks intensity while covering one of the most dramatic constitutional crises that befell the nation.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) Everything about "The Snowman" is off-kilter, as if those behind the camera wanted to simply rush through the filming and get it into theaters as soon as possible.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 66% Breathe (2017) The movie is rather warmhearted and sentimental, which is no surprise, since Cavendish's son, Jonathan, was one of the producers.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 87% Only the Brave (2017) 'Only the Brave' is more a portrait of dedicated men - regular guys with flaws and problems like the rest of us - who perform extraordinary deeds to protect their neighbors, homes and families.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) The performances by the children, especially (Brooklyn) Prince, are magical and unforgettable. You will think of them long after you leave the theater.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
3/4 62% The Foreigner (2017) 'The Foreigner' is a somber and violent feature that shows the deadly consequences of violent extremism.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3.5/4 83% Marshall (2017) Reginald Hudlin directs "Marshall," and while the trial is the movie's centerpiece, thematically, it also serves as a backdrop that shows segregation, prejudice and racism - in all its ugly incarnations - is not confined to the South.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3.5/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Robinson's feature is one of those films that will make you view Wonder Woman differently and muse how she would be presented today if Marston's vision had been fully realized.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017