Courtney Lanning

Courtney Lanning
Courtney Lanning's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
42% Kate (2021) It's refreshing to see Netflix deliver a solid "run and gun" film with a woman in the driver's seat. Winstead was the perfect choice to lead this movie. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
86/100 80% Worth (2021) Netflix has a solid drama on its hands that stands tall atop powerful performances from Keaton and Tucci. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
89/100 43% Cinderella (2021) When the complete package comes together, a stellar cast, wildly catchy music, and a fresh take on the fairy tale, it's easy to overlook complaints like ugly (and annoying) CGI mice. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
69/100 30% He's All That (2021) A shell of a movie that didn't have anything new to say and needed social media gimmicks just to make its running time. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
80/100 37% Reminiscence (2021) A sad combination of Inception and Blade Runner, but it lacks the finer parts that made both of those movies good. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
100% The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021) If you're already a Witcher fan, you'll probably enjoy this movie. If you're new, well... there are worse ways to spend 81 minutes of your life. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
90/100 96% CODA (2021) One of the most brilliant things about CODA is Heder cast actors who are actually deaf to play these family roles, layering in authenticity. It almost gives the movie a head start in believability. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
86/100 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Jungle Cruise is actually a mash-up of Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. It borrows a bit from each film and puts the phrase "steal from the best" to good use. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
85/100 56% Broken Diamonds (2021) Platt and Kirke give fine performances as siblings. There's no extraordinary chemistry between them, but they're not awkward or mismatched, either. They accomplish their primary roles in this story centered around the gravity of mental health. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
58% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) I wanted to be over the moon for this movie, but Gillan's performance is just so difficult to overcome. Strong women are great characters to put in a movie, but you've got to write them well just like any other character. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
88/100 100% Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2021) The movie has a great score that really enhances the story's more dramatic moments. And the film's pacing is spot on. Each ounce of character development from deaths and car crashes is rightfully earned with strong writing. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
52% The Tomorrow War (2021) An action-packed summer blockbuster that comes with some of the most horrific aliens made for the big screen. Simmons and Pratt are solid, and when Yvonne Strahovski is in the movie, she delivers some big Emily Blunt energy. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
86% Werewolves Within (2021) Werewolves Within is just smarter and more fun than it has any right to be. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
89/100 91% Luca (2021) It's adorable and airy, just like the picturesque coastal village where the movie takes place. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
65% Wish Dragon (2020) Is it as bad as The Emoji Movie? No. It's light years ahead of any of the Hotel Transylvania sequels. But it's still a few inches short of a decent movie. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
88/100 94% In the Heights (2021) The energy of each song and dance carries the audience to the next number and keeps the excitement up for the entire movie. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
49% Spirit Untamed (2021) I like that Spirit Untamed has its own identity and isn't just an effortless copy of the original. It's very silly at times, but I love how the movie leans into it. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) A few things keep it from being perfect, but overall it's a good prequel. (And that's not something you can say about too many prequels.) - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
88% Dream Horse (2021) "Dream Horse" is a quirky gem filled with fun energy and great tension. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
67% Army Of The Dead (2021) Netflix and Snyder knocked it out of the park with Army of the Dead. It's a fantastic summer blockbuster that delivers big action, entertaining characters and breathes new life into the zombie genre. Mixing zombies and a heist film was brilliant. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
78% The Water Man (2021) The Water Man is a safe little adventure. It doesn't take massive risks, and audiences can follow along like a gentle river ride at a theme park. I take issue with the conclusion, but the rest of the film is fine. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
44% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Michael B. Jordan certainly has the chops to carry a spy movie in league with The Bourne Ultimatum or Mission Impossible (the later films), but the script he's given to work with ultimately weighs him down. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
98% Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2021) It's not just the backgrounds that benefit from the animation quality being upgraded from TV series to theatrical film release. The action in Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was enough to make my jaw drop multiple times. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
50% Monday (2021) Had Monday just been an 80-minute breezy romcom about two people falling in love, that wouldn't have left me angry... Instead, the movie has the audacity to drag on without any real hint of a story or character development. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) The biggest mystery "Thunder Force" offers is how it roped a talented actor with an Academy Award into a lead role. Octavia Spencer couldn't save this movie -- there but for the grace of God. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Timeless themes and powerhouse performances fuel Concrete Cowboy to be the dramatic contemporary Western that it is. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) At 92 minutes, Nobody is a film that doesn't overstay its welcome and delivers big action and solid laughs. It's blunt. It's bloody. It's delicious. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Zack Snyder's Justice League is a whole new movie that takes the necessary time to invest in proper character development and an epic story. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
67% Long Weekend (2021) Long Weekend is a fluffy romcom with a strange twist that mostly stands on the likability of its characters. The movie's biggest strength lies in its humanity. That's enough to make it a decent film. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) "Raya" is a good film with a few holes that ultimately gets by on the strength of its grand finale. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) I imagined this is what Breaking Bad would have been like without any likable characters or roller coaster highs (pun intended) in action and drama. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
78% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care a Lot is a deliciously evil film that grows more intense with every minute. It didn't give me anyone to root for, but I was hooked all the same, filled with a desire to keep going and see what happened to these malicious characters. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
70% Land (2021) Wright does a fantastic job of playing a woman tormented by loss and unable to take even one more second of society. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
31% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Earwig and the Witch is a decent movie, and a prime example of style over substance. The music, the characters, and the aesthetic come together to outweigh the lukewarm animation and thin narrative. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) The Fugitive, this movie is not. Malek and Washington can only do so much to save the film... But by God they try. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
93% Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021) It's a tasty blend of (somewhat) cheesy action and a solid dose of funk -- in style and soundtrack. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 isn't quite as good as [the first] Wonder Woman, and it's a little silly at times, but it's still a good movie. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
95% Soul (2020) It introduces several great concepts, themes and plots, but Soul doesn't give any of them the proper attention to grow. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) Even with all of that negativity factored in, this movie still had its funny and touching moments. It is a good movie overall. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers is the best movie I've seen so far this year. And it will probably stay that way... The voice acting was solid, the artwork was breathtaking, and the story was captivating. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
95% Lupin III: The First (2020) If I was initially worried about how well Lupin III would translate to 3DCG, these (probably underpaid) animators blew my mind and put my fears to rest. All the character designs, backgrounds, and action moved as smooth as silk. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
No Score Yet Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (2020) No matter what the Digimon writers come up with in the future, Last Evolution Kizuna really feels like a satisfying goodbye. The animation is stellar, the music is good, and the story is solid. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) The real strength of this movie is its characters. Watching Enola work through disguises and deductions is a pure joy, and seeing Sherlock trying to catch up to her and solve the same mystery is a refreshing change of pace. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
100% Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) Superman: Man of Tomorrow is a fresh take on pacing for a Man of Steel movie. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
61% Project Power (2020) Project Power ends up being decent, thanks mostly to its main characters and some creative camera work. The special effects get the job done. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
95% Palm Springs (2020) There were enough twists and updates on the formula to consider Palm Springs a refreshing take. It was cute and enjoyable, but I probably won't turn it on again. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) Director Gina Prince-Bythewood did a great job of helming this comic book-adaptation and piecing together a story I craved more of when the credits began to roll. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
No Score Yet George Lopez: We'll do it for Half (2020) The jokes were a textbook definition of hit and miss, like a freakin' game of Battleship. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
93% A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) (2020) The lighting and colors are the strongest part of this movie. It's such a bright and colorful film, and the art alone inspires some real joyful tones. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) There are bad movies that are so terrible, you enjoy laughing at them, like Highlander 2. Then there are flicks like Artemis Fowl, which are bad, bland, and boring. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020