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Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 65% The Maze Runner (2014) A well-executed thriller and is certainly the best YA adaptation since the last 'Hunger Games' film.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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B 34% The November Man (2014) A welcome throwback spy thriller that is as old-fashioned as it is derivative, but gives Brosnan's fans a taste of the former 007 agent.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
B 98% Boyhood (2014) Linklater's filmmaking here is groundbreaking.... but in terms of thematic originality it can't hold a candle to some of the other films from his incredibly diverse canon.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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C 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) While the kids talk smart, there is a bit of a condescending tone to the script - where some good old fashioned science might have been more effective.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
B 10% Meet The Mormons (2014) Isn't it silly to demand the film be more than what the filmmakers intended it to be? Did anyone expect the church to hire Michael Moore to direct its film?‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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A- 88% Gone Girl (2014) A dark, disturbing walk down the aisle of matrimonial madness, and an unforgettable one at that.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
B+ 36% If I Stay (2014) Traverses potential minefields of romance movie melodrama with precision and clarity. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
B 19% And So It Goes (2014) Everything seems to work out so perfectly here that the film is less about life's rich rewards and more about light-hearted convenience.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
B 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Predictably convenient but gently entertaining film about how cooking can bridge cultures and persuade the passions.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
B 35% The Giver (2014) A gentler, more thought-provoking look than most YA-based dystopian films. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
D+ No Score Yet Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014) A dialogue-heavy, almost action-free story that lacks compelling performances or engaging tension.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
A- 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) An entire movie based on a certain wise-acre tone but without losing sight of how audiences still appreciate characters that wear their hearts on their sleeve.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
B+ 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) A fitting sequel whose digital magic is often breathtaking even if its storytelling is not quite as memorable.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
C- 49% Earth to Echo (2014) Sad to say it is not even this generation's 'Short Circuit.' Families deserve much better entertainment at the movie theater, summer or otherwise.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
A- 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) A textbook lesson in 'How to Do A Sequel.'‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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C 50% Maleficent (2014) No Jolie can't carry this film, but there is plenty of blame to go around.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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A- 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Cruise and Blunt take you on a (literally) loopy ride that's entertaining and doesn't wear out its welcome.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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B- 14% Blended (2014) Typical Sandler contrived comedy, with more heart and the likeable Drew Barrymore to help keep the African safari-themed absurdity and crudity to tolerant levels.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2014
B+ 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) A well-polished action vehicle that fits nicely into this franchise's canon of films, but it is by no means groundbreaking.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2014
B+ 74% Godzilla (2014) Rekindles a love for the great summer blockbuster and the monsters of our treasured nightmares.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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B+ 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) Only silly on the surface and examines more truth than some are willing to admit.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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A- 79% The Raid 2 (2014) Quite possibly the 'Godfather' of martial arts films.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2014
C+ 24% The Other Woman (2014) Much of the comedy seems forced or improvised on the spot, and it doesn't really kick into gear until Diaz and Mann start working together.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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C 47% Heaven Is for Real (2014) Christians may shout hallelujah that faith-based films are arriving in theaters, but believers should pray for something much better.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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B- 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Hundreds of precious little moments but not much beyond extravagant artifice to sink your teeth into.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2014
A- 72% Sarah's Key (2011) Well executed and avoids histrionic manipulation, allowing just enough breathing room without truncating the raw emotion of the book.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
B 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Follows the all-too-familiar mantra of blockbuster sequels - more of everything is better-but it can't be accused of lackluster filmmaking.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
B 76% Noah (2014) While Aronofsky's craft can be beautiful to behold, controversy seems to be the gospel he preaches loudest. Understand that before you buy your ticket.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2014
C+ 41% Divergent (2014) So many derivative elements don't make it a terrible movie, but merely shoulder-shrugging predictable.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2014
B 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Not as fresh or consistently witty as 2011's revival, but contains plenty of inspired, hilarious musical numbers. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2014
C+ 23% Need For Speed (2014) The target audience won't regret putting down its joystick for a couple of hours...but for anyone looking for depth or distinction, nevermind.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2014
B+ 88% The Wind Rises (2014) A beautiful, less whimsical, but gently romantic drama about chasing your dreams. Mature in its themes but breathtaking nonetheless. Requires but rewards patient attentiveness. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2014
C 13% Winter's Tale (2014) A-list stars and gorgeous photography aside, this is the kind of eye-rolling, fairy tale folly that gives Valentine's Day a bad name. Your sweetheart deserves better. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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C 34% Labor Day (2014) The message appears simple: Women can be seduced by a killer, especially if he is a killer handyman.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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B 93% American Hustle (2013) Definitely an actor's film, with some great moments and terrific performances within an uneven story backed by a killer 70's soundtrack.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
D+ No Score Yet Inspired Guns (2014) Even if a comedy is made for an 8 year old, it shouldn't appear to be written BY an 8 year old.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
C 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Nothing new re-boot of the Tom Clancy espionage wherein we learn the Russians are the bad guys...Again.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
C+ 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Generally more concerned with making its audience wince than with forging an indelible imprint on the soul. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
B+ 75% Lone Survivor (2014) A harrowing bone-crackling blow-by-blow account of a failed reconnaissance mission that finishes with a dose of humanity. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2014
B+ 95% Her (2013) A strangely penetrating look at our future in a tech based world of isolation with a quietly moving and vulnerable performance by Joaquin Phoenix.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2014
B 25% Bewitched (2005) A minor comeback for Nora Ephron...Ferrell and Kidman make the most of the formulaic plot...‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2013
A- 93% Enchanted (2007) For the first time, perhaps ever, Disney turns the reflecting mirror at itself, allowing for some inspired fun at its own expense.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2013
B+ 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Without meaning to disrespect the die-hard Tolkien fan who views this as overproduced heresy, those looking for a fab romp need look no further than this middle-earth mania.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2013
B+ 46% The Book Thief (2013) Attempts to balance an opposing mix of sentiments and while not perfect, does an admirable job of telling a powerful story - even if it's not your typical holiday fare.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2013
A- 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) This is 'The Empire Strikes Back' installment of the franchise. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013
B 94% All Is Lost (2013) Low on narrative but an exciting, incredibly filmed misadventure nonetheless.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2013
B+ 60% Ender's Game (2013) A well-paced, beautifully imagined sci-fi actioner that feels fresh, satisfyingly complex, with characters that won't get stale anytime soon.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2013
B 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) Since the release of 'The Avengers,' the bar has been raised considerably and even demigods will have to step it up in order to receive otherworldly praise.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
B 46% Last Vegas (2013) It would be a mistake to underestimate what a cast with five Oscar winners is able to bring to a script that has a lot more heart than expected. ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2013
A- 96% Enough Said (2013) 'Enough Said' says plenty...beautifully and effortlessly.‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013