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Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 41% Justice League (2017) In its final form, the new DC adventure reflects its challenging production, but it does come closer than some of predecessors to giving its iconic stable of characters justice.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
8/10 86% Darkest Hour (2017) Darkest Hour is a worthy companion to Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk because it reveals how difficult it was for the politicians to engineer the earlier film's valiant rescue. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
8/10 75% Last Flag Flying (2017) By holding off on obvious pyrotechnics, Linklater achieves more emotional impact than he would have if his characters had spent the entire film yelling at each other.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
71/100 18% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Daddy's Home 2 makes me feel sorry for disparaging A Bad Moms Christmas. That movie is still lacking, but at least the filmmakers managed to get the most out of the actors who played the bad grandmas.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
76/100 66% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Without the charm of Milne's tales, Goodbye Christopher Robin feels hollow.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
73/100 27% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Letting the ladies stagger through a shopping mall isn't an improvement over having them crawl through a supermarket in the first film.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
76/100 26% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon seems curiously flat for a movie that dabbles in murder, bigotry and grownups who haven't really matured.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
71/100 71% Happy Death Day (2017) [Christopher] Landon tries to create chills the way Harold Ramis crafted chuckles in Groundhog Day, but Tree's various demises just get more and more anticlimactic each time.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
87/100 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It succeeds because it treats viewers to what television audiences didn't see when Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs faced each other.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
87% American Made (2017) Cruise's Seal often tells his own story in American Made, but it's hard to know when he's on the level. Perhaps it's that difficulty that makes the tale so fascinating 30 years after he flew covert missions.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
7/10 76% Crown Heights (2017) Crown Heights is based on an actual crime and genuinely appalling miscarriage of justice. Thankfully, it's also a story of friendship that's as uplifting as it is rightly upsetting.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
80/100 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The self-awareness is back with a vengeance in The Lego Ninjago Movie, but the story line is a few bricks shy of a play set.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
84/100 85% It (2017) Argentinean director Andy Muschietti is more concerned about sustaining dread than making sense.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
67/100 9% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) To do justice to The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, I'm going to follow the advice of Thumper the rabbit from another animated movie called Bambi. He counsels viewers, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
68/100 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) In her second movie on her own, Annabelle manages to imitate the pacing, the Catholic overtones and the tone of the first movie but replaces all the chills with unintentional laughter.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
7/10 88% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Rumble packs a lot of material and great sounds in its 103 minutes.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
83/100 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Leitch has worked as a stuntman, and he knows how to stage action. In Atomic Blonde, he finds in 1989 Berlin a nearly ideal environment for photogenic bloodshed.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
82/100 89% Girls Trip (2017) Screenwriters Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver seem to be following a gross-out comedy template, but the two come up with just enough naughty gags to make the familiar journey work.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
8/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) What Nolan gets right in Dunkirk -- from the action to the spare dialogue -- is so good that it makes the fact that any narrative deficiencies exist seem all the more disappointing.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
90/100 93% Baby Driver (2017) Wright assumes viewers are paying close attention and love obscure references and deep cuts. Thankfully, his obsessions are incurably contagious.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Watts effortlessly juggles classroom comedy with larger than life derring-do. Having Keaton for a villain really helps because his manic energy can be amusing and threatening -- depending on the context.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
82/100 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Just when it looked as if those goofy, bumbling Minions had lost their appeal, writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have come up with just enough inspired silliness to merit another installment.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
88/100 78% The Beguiled (2017) Sofia Coppola's take on Thomas Collinan's novel The Beguiled slowly but effortlessly glides from wishful thinking to the stuff of nightmares.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
72/100 16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) All of this might have been more fun if Bay had a sense of humor, but he has a moth-to-flame attraction to every corny aside imaginable.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
8/10 75% Manifesto (2017) Blanchett recites some of the texts as if she were a lonely voice in the wilderness, but much of Manifesto is side-splittingly funny.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
82/100 21% The Book of Henry (2017) If the setup is familiar (Gregg Hurwitz's script owes an enormous debt to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window), there are enough quirks in the tale to prevent viewers from feeling that they've gotten ahead of the boy genius.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
75/100 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) My Cousin Rachel features terrific camera work from Mike Eley, and Michell certainly gets the tone and setting right. But the figures in the foreground seem to be competing against the cliffside scenery instead of occupying it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Jenkins delivers a superhero movie that's better than those helmed by her male predecessors who weren't Richard Donner or Christopher Nolan.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
88/100 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) In adapting Dav Pilkey's children's books for the big screen, Captain Underpants director David Soren (Turbo) and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) get remarkably steady comic rewards out of whoopee cushions and toilets.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
71/100 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Gross-out gags can be hilarious, but not so much here.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
83/100 37% Snatched (2017) Screenwriter Katie Dippold comes up with just enough surprising ways for Emily and Linda to get in and out of trouble to make Snatched more than a cascade of bodily fluids.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
7/10 90% Frantz (2017) With all the complicated emotions involved, it's easy to see why Ozon uses color sparingly.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
8/10 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Having seen more than my share of movies where the filmmakers seem to hoping that that audiences won't notice when their craftsmanship is sloppy, it's refreshing to see a movie that invites viewers to soak in the details.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
88/100 80% Colossal (2017) If it were merely a dramedy about an alcoholic trying to get sober and find her purpose in life, Colossal might still work... but the metaphor allows the movie to explore how actions in one part of the world have consequences elsewhere.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
86/100 89% Their Finest (2017) Nonetheless, Their Finest is one of the few movies about making movies that is fun to watch in its own right. If you have trouble telling one end of a camera from another, you're still likely to enjoy it.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 28, 2017
75/100 73% Gifted (2017) Essentially a watered-down version of Searching for Bobby Fischer, Gifted is earnest but phony.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
8/10 80% Colossal (2017) [Vigolondo] knows how to say we're all in this small blue ball together without limiting his imagination to the confines of Earth's atmosphere.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
79/100 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) To Morgan's credit, he can write a lot of snappy banter among Deckard and Hobbs and Roman and Tej. Listening to these guys taunt each other is a good way to get through the gaps between chases and crashes.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
8/10 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Unlike a lot of filmmakers on this side of the Atlantic, Assayas lets a few mysteries remain once Personal Shopper is over. Mysteries lose much of their power if they are analyzed to death.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
70/100 49% Going in Style (2017) Director Zach Braff (Garden State, Wish I Was Here) and screenwriter Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures, Saint Vincent) have made at least one decent film apiece but don't seem to have any idea why their previous films worked.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
6/10 90% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The stakes in Land of Mine are certainly high, and the situation is urgent. Nonetheless, Zandvliet has trouble getting the story to move. While it's easy to see why the lads burst into tears often, 100 minutes of it can get redundant quickly.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
76/100 52% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby is at its most enjoyable when viewers, like Tim himself, have to figure out what is real and what is make believe. If Alec Baldwin delivers a PowerPoint presentation of dull material, it's still dull.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
76/100 48% Wilson (2017) By adapting the segments into a script, the story seems choppy and lacks some dynamics. Despite a series of comic catastrophes, Wilson never seems to grow or develop.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Just as Miller's plays have been worthwhile exports, Farhadi's movies can help us better understand his culture and our own.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
69/100 63% Before I Fall (2017) The stakes involved don't seem terribly urgent, and none of the characters are engaging enough to make Sam's feuds and friendships with them seem interesting.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
70/100 26% Fist Fight (2017) The storyline feels as if little has progressed since the initial pitch meeting, and the dialogue sounds as if someone pasted expletives in the place of the punctuation marks.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
82/100 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) [Verbinski is] more at home making viewers squirm than in indulging in Johnny Depp's whimsy.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/10 35% The Great Wall (2017) The script, which seems like a William S. Burroughs copy and paste experiment, doesn't give any of the thespians much room to work.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
84/100 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) If Kolstad and Stahelski repeat themselves on a couple of occasions, they make up for it by setting the mayhem in stylized environments.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
82/100 13% Get the Girl (2017) Get the Girl has a few intriguing touches. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017