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Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82/100 88% 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 94% 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 61% 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 15% 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 71% 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 23% 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 87% 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 35% 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 88% 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 69% 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 66% 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 46% 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 88% 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 46% 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
97% 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 67% 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 27% 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 42% 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 89% 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
78/100 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Terry Stacey's photography can be as warm and inviting as a lap dog, but it's difficult to invest in any particular dog when we know it's going to come back to life like a video game character.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
75% Split (2017) It's the sort of outlandish setup one might expect from The Sixth Sense mastermind M. Night Shyamalan, and thanks to inspired turns from Taylor-Joy and Scottish actor James McAvoy, Split is often as engrossing as it is implausible.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
81/100 34% Live By Night (2017) Like those cars, Live by Night manages to get viewers to their destination, but it's a bumpy and uncomfortable ride.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
73/100 40% Why Him? (2016) Cranston starred in sitcoms like Malcolm in the Middle before Breaking Bad gave him the role of a lifetime. He's such a talented performer he doesn't need writers as good as Vince Gilligan. But he needs better than this.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
81/100 73% Sing (2016) There's a legion of familiar voices featured in Sing, but they aren't used that judiciously. It's hard to appreciate an all-star voice cast when the material doesn't give them much to do.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
77/100 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) It's an odd film where the actor playing an Uber driver (Fortune Feimster) gets more laughs than the top billed stars. Perhaps there's a better party in her car.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
88/100 96% Moana (2016) Maui isn't the only visual delight in Moana, but he's easily the standout. The lush 3-D depictions of the South Pacific actually make wearing the glasses and shelling out a few extra bucks worthwhile.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
86/100 71% Bleed For This (2016) Paz's return to the ring is inherently inspiring, so writer-director Ben Younger is already off to a good start, but Younger adds some intriguing touches that give the film a feeling of authenticity that makes the Cinderella story seem less sappy.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
86/100 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling demonstrates that her eye for character is as sharp as her imagination.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
86/100 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) Thanks to Field's ability to give data entry clerk Doris Miller a consistent sense of dignity, it's easy to cheer for a character who'd be an eccentric or even annoying supporting character in other films.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
85/100 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Thankfully, Saunders can still write acidic barbs, and she and director Mandie Fletcher, who has helmed the most recent versions of the series, come up with a seemingly endless series of entertaining cameos featuring real-life fashion titans.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
76/100 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Despite its frosty setting, the first Ice Age warmed viewers' hearts back in 2002. Now the animated critters from the first movie succeed in making the audience's eyelids feel heavy in Ice Age: Collision Course.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
78/100 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Wiig and McCarthy, for the most part, serve as decent straight women to McKinnon and Jones, but it seems as if Feig is underutilizing his formidable leading ladies.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
74/100 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates proves that raunchy, booze-soaked comedies work only when the audience has more fun than the people on screen.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
77/100 63% The Finest Hours (2016) The crews of the Pendleton and of the CG-36500, which rescued them, demonstrated formidable courage and ingenuity in coming out of the devastating nor'easter alive. These folks deserve more than a middling January release.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
71/100 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) At least Allegiant takes its team of rebels outside of the gloomy, forbidding walls of a rotting futuristic Chicago. Unfortunately, it treats the audience to a dour landscape and a cold, hi-tech palace.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
85/100 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) For all the skin and sunshine in A Bigger Splash, Guadagnino and screenwriter David Kajganich manage to make charming places and beautiful people seem pretty unsettling.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016