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Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69/100 53% The First Purge (2018) When Paul laughs maniacally, it's easy to do the same at his expense. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
90/100 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) While we don't learn that he secretly ate children after the cameras stopped rolling, it's still a jolt to discover what an active and sometimes tormented mind he had.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
78/100 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The eye candy is still tasty, but Sicario: Day of the Soldado would be far more nourishing if it gave the heart and the mind the same gratification it bestows on the eyes.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
81/100 54% Tag (2018) When it's working, Tag is a reassuring reminder that age is no governor on immaturity or vulgarity. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
73/100 51% Superfly (2018) The new film takes an interesting '70s curio and proves that it doesn't fit our age all that well. Perhaps Director X would have made a more entertaining movie about how Jackson can get his hair to ridicule the rules of physics.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
85/100 89% Hereditary (2018) Collette effortlessly captures Annie's real fears and anxieties. She looks as if she hasn't slept in months and that protecting her family from harm is getting increasingly futile.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
78/100 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Despite a great setting and a constellation of stars, Ocean's 8 has neither the adrenaline nor the wit a caper film needs. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
87/100 73% Adrift (2018) While it's probably a concession to reality, it is refreshing to see a film where a female protagonist isn't passively waiting for a rescue.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
80/100 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Curiously, the least interesting thing about the movie is the title character.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
9/10 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Perhaps Deadpool 2 works because the title character saves most of his fury for the fourth wall.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
83/100 84% Disobedience (2018) The secret hero of the piece is [Alessandro] Nivola as Dovid, who could have been come off as an oppressor or a clueless chump. Yet in some ways he's the most sympathetic character in the movie...‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
77/100 53% Book Club (2018) Perhaps my own cynicism is taking over, but both of these guys act more like stalkers than dreamboats.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
75/100 17% Show Dogs (2018) With nothing in its supper dish but eye candy, Show Dogs alienates any viewer who wants something more than talking hounds. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
88/100 82% Deadpool 2 (2018) With his athleticism and unerring timing, Reynolds was obviously born to don Deadpool's apparently smelly catsuit.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
7/10 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Thanks to an intriguingly nuanced performance from Australian actor Jason Clarke, Chappaquiddick does more than simply rehash why Kennedy was never able to leave the incident behind.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
77/100 38% Life of the Party (2018) Nonetheless, by following in Dangerfield's well-worn footsteps, much of what happens in Life of the Party is unsurprising. Plot developments neither amaze nor amuse if they are advertised. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
86/100 92% Lean on Pete (2018) It also doesn't hurt that [Andrew] Haigh finds something redeeming about his characters, even if Charley can be foolish and Del underhanded.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
82/100 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) What prevents Avengers: Infinity War from being as entertaining as some of its predecessors is that there aren't many small moments that make the explosions and CGI monsters more meaningful. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
73/100 31% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Watching a movie by the comedy troupe Broken Lizard is watching a neighbor's party from an outside window. The people inside seem to be enjoying themselves, but they haven't bothered to invite you.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
8/10 78% Beirut (2018) Much of what makes Brad Anderson's Beirut so refreshing is that it acknowledges that people who live in the title city have exceeded their quota of misery...it includes just enough emotional and mental nutrition to make the thrills lasting.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
75/100 52% Rampage (2018) Rampage is one of those rare video games that has actually inspired a good movie. The title character in Wreck-It Ralph is named after a giant wolf that tears up cities as it fights off aerial attacks.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
87/100 83% Blockers (2018) [Kay] Cannon handles the shifts in tone effortlessly‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
8/10 95% Outside In (2018) While Shelton has made a formidable career directing TV episodes and comedy specials, her personal films are still her most rewarding. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
9/10 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Armando Iannucci explores how people in lofty offices don't have to be evil geniuses to cause irreparable harm...Iannucci skillfully manages to poke fun at pettiness while never losing track of how horrific Soviet purges were.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
86/100 91% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon succeeds because it rarely plays like grown-ups talking down to viewers.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
7/10 89% Hannah (2018) By making her quiet corner of the screen more captivating than the portions where people are yelling or screaming, it's easy to see how Rampling won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
74/100 40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Einstein gets mentioned in A Wrinkle in Time, but he and the audience would be better served if the filmmakers had figured out how to present his thoughts instead of dropping his name.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
7/10 62% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Rookie feature director Sophie Brooks can get away with a few missteps in The Boy Downstairs because she understands one basic truth: Love turns rational, intelligent adults into blithering idiots.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
9/10 93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Abacus moves at a brisk pace and never feels dry or procedural.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
4.5/5 100% Traffic Stop (2017) [Kate] Davis avoids making a shallow diatribe from its volatile subject. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 89% Knife Skills (2017) Knife Skills is inspiring without being sappy. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Heroin(e) (2017) McMillion Shelton doesn't sugarcoat the severity of the crisis, but watching these women addressing it is oddly hopeful and entertaining.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Heaven Is a Traffic Jam On the 405 (2016) [Mindy Alper's] art, including the doodles she drew as a kid, is astonishingly sensitive, and Stiefel uses animation and optical effects to put viewers into Alper's head.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 75% Edith+Eddie (2017) Edith + Eddie is tricky to get through, but it's as engrossing as it is heartbreaking. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 100% The Eleven O'Clock (2016) It's a straightforward, if amusing, sketch, but Lawson and director Derin Seale sprinkle in just enough clues to reveal there might be something else at work.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% The Silent Child (2017) [Rachel] Shenton is an advocate for the deaf, but she also gives Libby's parents just enough depth to explain why they aren't spending enough time with their daughter.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Watu Wote (All of Us) (2017) German director Katja Benrath effortlessly builds tension and honors Farah without having her film descending into a sermon.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 89% My Nephew Emmett (2017) [Dorian] Davis' commanding performance anchors the film, and he and [Joshua] Wright bear an uncanny resemblance to their real-life counterparts.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 91% DeKalb Elementary (2017) Writer-director Reed Van Dyk gives both actors remarkably meaty if not flashy roles and avoids the temptation for long monologues, which would kill any narrative tension. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 83% Revolting Rhymes (2016) Jakob Schub and Jan Lachauer have not only preserved Dahl's agile wordplay and amusingly macabre sensibilities, but they've also captured the look of the drawings Quentin Blake illustrated them with.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 100% Garden Party (2017) Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon have adopted a hyper-realistic style that makes it seem as if the hungry and later happy amphibians are devouring the previously forbidden delights. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 78% Lou (2017) It's a given that a Pixar movie is going to be entertaining and visually appealing, but directors Dave Mullins and Dina Murray also address playground bullying in a refreshing and amusing manner.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 100% Negative Space (2018) The impact of this film is like watching a long, slow fuse detonating in a spectacular fashion.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4.5/5 73% Dear Basketball (2017) [Kobe] Bryant's narration and Keane's drawings (which look like Leroy Neiman paintings come to life) mesh beautifully. It's hard to imagine another farewell this touching. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
87/100 82% Early Man (2018) Nonetheless, by stepping backward in filmmaking technology and content, he creates a story that might endure like a cave painting. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
76/100 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) [Will] Gluck wisely prevents Thomas from becoming a one-sided villain, but his run-ins with the animals play like a warmed-over retelling of Home Alone.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
7/10 73% Clara's Ghost (2018) Clara's Ghost is that rare movie that works despite the fact that its only grounded and likable character is a pot dealer.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
7/10 100% Act & Punishment (2018) Act & Punishment gets a little repetitive, but don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to put on a ski mask and challenge authority.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
77/100 54% 12 Strong (2018) But the Americans in 12 Strong are thinly realized, and it's hard to get emotionally involved in their fate even if they're in the most dangerous situation imaginable. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
86/100 71% Ferdinand (2017) Saldanha knows children will eventually have to make the same difficult choices their parents have. It's an achievement that he has delightfully managed to address that fact with the help of a gentle, friendly bull.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017