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Bruce Ingram

Bruce Ingram
Bruce Ingram's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Sun-Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) Lambert & Stamp is at its best when it chronicles the high-wire act of the band's early years, as the pair guided the band through ever-greater levels of success. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 86% Cheatin' (2015) The film is extremely rich in visual inventiveness and depth of feeling -- with numerous sequences that could almost pass muster as individual shorts. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
89% White God (2015) Unfortunately, whatever satisfaction you may derive from seeing assorted nasty human beings get what's coming to them for betraying the trust of man's best friend is watered down by vague social and political allegory. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/4 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) Coming off of his superb one-two performances for Richard Linklater in Before Midnight and Boyhood, Hawke continues to work at a creative high level. He demonstrates a rapport and openness with his subject that proves exceptionally affecting. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 97% It Follows (2015) It's hard not to share Jay's mounting panic as she watches the thing in its various guises walking slowly toward her wherever she may be, invisible to everyone else and entirely intent on destroying her. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) If everyone behaved the way the characters in Wild Tales behave, civilization would crumble. But the real take-away lesson here is how easy it might be for any of us, swept up in a moment of bloodlust, to consider pure raging hostility a fair trade. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/4 95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) There's not much story to speak of, but the semi-Iranian hipster feminist vampire romance A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is gorgeous to behold and up to its jugular vein in quirky/spooky atmosphere. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3.5/4 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Fighting -- presented with Jackson's usual double helpings of visual splendor, emotional oomph and low-key comedy -- is what "Battle of the Five Armies" is all about. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 17, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Panic 5 Bravo (2014) The stuff that goes down in this dark, dismal little thriller takes grim reality to nasty new extremes. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2.5/4 58% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014) Not a thriller by any means, Bhopal spends two-thirds of its running time following a few too many two-dimensional characters during the events leading up to the disaster. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2.5/4 75% Camp X-Ray (2014) It's invigorated, somewhat, by strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2.5/4 41% Horns (2014) Horns is too long and too convoluted, and it doesn't take nearly as many risks as it might have, but in its off-kilter way it has something to say about humankind and the nature of evil. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/4 85% John Wick (2014) Stahelski has created an impressively distinctive, self-contained world for John Wick that emphasizes sophistication and stylishness. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2.5/4 77% Kelly & Cal (2014) It's difficult to be fully invested in the Big Emotional Developments of the final act. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) It's pretty much business as usual: one personality trait per turtle (with the most screen time for party-dude Michelangelo), lots of wisecracks, plenty of thin-crust product placement (Pizza Hut this time around), and even a last-minute cowabunga. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/4 48% Comme un chef (Le Chef) (2014) It's meant to be a soufflé-light charmer, but the bland, predictable French comedy Le Chef basically falls flat. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Government-sanctioned mayhem continues unabated in the follow-up to last year's surprise hit The Purge, but the wickedly satiric sense of humor that made the original worth watching is nowhere to be found. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 83% Begin Again (2014) You can't really blame writer-director John Carney for trying, but despite a few very nice moments, this bigger, slicker follow-up mostly argues that Once should have been enough. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) The future is miserably dystopian as usual in this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, but at least it's thoughtful, stylishly crafted, high-speed misery that keeps on hurtling relentlessly forward -- even though there's nowhere to go. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory "Life Itself" is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived -- right up to the very last moment. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 63% Jackpot (2014) Unabashedly derivative but nonetheless entertaining. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2.5/4 60% The Signal (2014) Eubank could have a terrific future as a director. As a screenwriter, though, maybe not so much. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 83% Belle (2014) Powerful stuff, for sure. Yet, when Asante finally closes with a close-up of Belle's portrait, there's something in her eyes and her smile that suggests so much more. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 8, 2014
1.5/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) It's a little shocking how leaden the jokes are in this movie. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) You couldn't ask for a more unlikely avenger than the ill-equipped sort-of hero of Blue Ruin, and that's precisely why it's far, far more suspenseful than the typical violent revenge thriller. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 51% Cuban Fury (2014) A little more fury might have been a whole lot better. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) Make no mistake. If what you're after is insane, mind-bogglingly violent martial arts action, The Raid 2 is quite possibly the ultimate. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 55% Breathe In (2014) Breathe In is all simmer, no boil, despite an abrupt, overwrought, agonizing emotional climax that's too much, too late. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) It's quintessential Anderson, in other words, but also an unabashed entertainment. And that's something to see. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 54% Adult World (2014) Adult World does have some smart, funny and wincingly painful things to say about the desire to make art vs. the desire to be famous for it. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/4 34% Odd Thomas (2014) Yep, he's an odd one all right. You're likely to get tired of hearing about it pretty quick, though. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
1/4 33% 24 Exposures (2014) 24 Exposures comes across like a clever idea that never got past the concept stage. It might have been fun for him to make, but it's definitely a chore to sit through. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 82% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) It's the music that really brings Broken Circle to life, an excellent collection of old-timey country classics and originals that reconnects the broken bits of the story and resonates with its deepest emotions. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 23% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014) There simply isn't a whole lot of excitement being generated in this lackluster family adventure, though it tries oh so very hard. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 89% The Punk Singer (2013) It's the music, though, including a wealth of galvanic performance footage from the Bikinis, particularly, that really makes this worth seeing. It's killer stuff indeed. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2/4 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) Appealing as that might sound to the walking-dead obsessed, this modest, low-budget sci-fi thriller is fatally lacking in entertainment value. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3.5/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler's approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar's killing home with visceral impact. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 10, 2013
3.5/4 41% Oldboy (2013) [An] enormously unlikely but still satisfying paean to payback. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
1.5/4 28% Charlie Countryman (2013) Ah, Bucharest. That exotic, Eastern European hotbed of romance, intrigue and hefty film-production tax breaks. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3.5/4 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) You'd have to start looking into ancient Greek tragedy to top it as a showcase for pure, unadulterated hubris. That's one of the things that makes The Armstrong Lie, which has more on its mind than the mere debunking of a tarnished hero, so worthwhile. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) Conventional yet fascinating. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2.5/4 50% Parkland (2013) Fifty years after the traumatic event, the assassination of JFK is still capable of touching a raw nerve -- even in a dramatization as flat-footed as this one. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/4 90% Inequality For All (2013) Reich manages to infuse this enlightening/infuriating documentary on extreme income disparity in the United States, and the corollary marginalization of the middle class, with an optimistic spirit. One that may or may not be justified. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/4 99% Wadjda (2013) There's a lot more going on in this first feature film from Saudi Arabia, where movie theaters are banned, than the deceptively simple story of a girl who's willing to do just about anything to buy her first bicycle. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/4 75% Populaire (2013) [Populaire] does run through the expected paces with admirable style, with a glossy, Technicolor production design that sometimes makes it seem it might have been made in the '50s, not just set there. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/4 58% Riddick (2013) Fans of lean, mean, testosterone-steeped sci-fi action are likely to find Riddick kind of a blast, however -- even though it offers few surprises. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2.5/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) Everything chugs along briskly and reasonably entertainingly until running off the rails a bit with a wildly overcomplicated finale. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 21, 2013
82% Prince Avalanche (2013) [A] gently existentialist buddy movie. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/4 42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) You might think it would be endlessly awesome being the offspring of an Olympian god, but it seems like kind of a drag, really, for young Percy Jackson. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 7, 2013
2/4 13% The Smurfs 2 (2013) "The Smurfs 2" probably isn't any worse than you might expect. On the other hand, it's almost certainly not any better. ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013