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Bob Bloom
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) How the emotional dynamics of the schism impacts the characters is what elevates "Civil War." These are friends and comrades forced to fight for their beliefs. Each blow they inflict on each other is as painful to them as it is to their opponent.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 74% Miles Ahead (2016) As in most biopics, "Miles Ahead" blurs the line between fact and fiction. Does it matter? Davis purists and aficionados may be upset or offended, but for the casual music lover who knows Davis only by name or reputation, the film should prove satisfying.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Overall, "The Jungle Book" is enjoyable. But, it would have been better if - like last year's live-action "Cinderella" - it had downplayed the animated aspects of its earlier incarnation.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 52% Demolition (2016) The movie offers moments of suffering and insanity that grab you for an instant, but, for some reason, director Jean-Marc Vallée and screenwriter Bryan Sipe fail to sustain them. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 23% The Boss (2016) 'The Boss' would have benefited if they had just gone all in on making the disgraced titan hilariously despicable.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) From its superfluous opening ... to its clichéd final scene, "BvS" fails to ignite an emotional response - except, perhaps, dissatisfaction. It is unrelentingly grim and oppressive, sucking all the air out of the theater.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) The cleverness of "10 Cloverfield Lane" is that it continually keeps the audience guessing, offering crumbs of hints, but never revealing its hand - at least for the first 95 of its 105-minute run time.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) The movie seems to lack a solid point of view; it basically offers a series of vignettes without any unifying theme or common thread - except that these adrenaline junkies in a foreign land drink and screw around a lot. ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
1.5/4 26% London Has Fallen (2016) 'London Has Fallen' is a jingoistic and heinous movie that taps into today's national fears about the threats from Middle Eastern terrorists.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/4 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) What makes "Eddie the Eagle" so irresistible is the character's consistent optimism. As portrayed by Taron Egerton, Eddie is neither deterred nor discouraged, despite constant opposition. ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
3.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) 'The Witch' holds your attention as (Robert) Eggers, in his (directorial) debut, creates a stifling atmosphere of tension, anticipation and jolts. You wait for the other shoe to drop as occurrences slowly grow more and more unsettling.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 90% The Lady In The Van (2015) 'The Lady in the Van' is a showcase for (Maggie) Smith, who provides another amazing performance in her long and storied career.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
1.5/4 52% Risen (2016) Director Kevin Reynolds, best known for directing such Kevin Costner turkeys as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Waterworld," fails to sustain a promising premise.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 84% Deadpool (2016) Much more so than Marvel's "Guardian of the Galaxy," "Deadpool" is a film propelled by swagger, humor and action.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/4 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) 'Where to Invade Next' is not as strident or preachy as previous Moore movies. The film has a jaunty and playful lightness that makes it appealing and palatable.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) The film is shot as if you were sitting on the Devil's shoulder while touring Hell.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) While "Hail, Caesar!" may not rank as one of the Coen brothers' best films, it does offer enough flashes of levity, wit and simple entertainment to have you smiling as you leave the multiplex.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) Writer-director Andrew Haigh's script delves into the fragility of marriage and how one instant can make a person doubt a lifetime choice.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
2/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) Despite all the intense heroics, "The Finest Hours" is rather distant and clinical. It lacks emotional resonance and any really big moments that sweep you off your feet.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
3.5/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) 'Anomalisa' is an unhappy movie and that air of desperation envelops and squeezes you like a python.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
3.5/4 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Throughout the film, (Michael) Bay seems to display anger and frustration with an antiquated U.S. foreign policy that fails to realize that the old ways of operating do not apply in a changing world rife with religious and national radicalism.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 81% The Revenant (2015) It is as if Inárritu and Lubezki need affirmation of their talents by jumping and waving their arms in the background cinematically shouting, 'Look at us! Look at us!' ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Say what you want about (Quentin) Tarantino - he's derivative, undisciplined and self-indulgent and loves to hear his characters ramble on - but boy, are his movies fun to watch.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
3/4 60% Concussion (2015) 'Concussion' may make you think twice about letting your child participate in football. It also may change the way you view the professional gladiators who, it now seems, put their lives at risk to entertain and thrill us.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 59% Joy (2015) 'Joy' is a flawed movie mainly because Russell cannot create a consistent tone. The film flip-flops between drama, comedy, farce and fantasy.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
4/4 94% Carol (2015) It's not the story so much that is striking as Haynes' re-creation of the era. And it is not just in costumes and sets; it's the way he uses his camera to capture knowing glances, furtive looks, gestures and silences that speak volumes.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
2.5/4 73% Youth (2015) 'Youth,' written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, has no plot to speak of. It simply eavesdrops on a couple of old men exchanging views on various subjects.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2015
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) 'The Big Short' is appealing because it does not condescend to its audience. It actually treats the viewers as thinking adults who are capable of understanding events as they unfold.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 61% Legend (2015) While "Legend" definitely has its drawbacks, you basically overlook or ignore them because of Hardy. His characterizations are superb, showing the contradictions and nuances of brotherly sociopaths who are laws unto themselves.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 'The Force Awakens,' written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, offers enough salutes and nods to the original trilogy to please those fans, while introducing interesting and likable characters that will entice new followers to the series.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/4 61% 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 68% 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 43% 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 56% 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 77% 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 65% 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 46% 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 64% 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