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Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83/100 63% Storks (2016) Despite a good deal of chaotic action and visual overkill (nothing is small in this movie), the story feels oddly thin and the running time feels padded.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
70/100 15% The Wild Life (2016) The Wild Life starts with a shaky idea and goes downhill from there.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
73/100 16% The 5th Wave (2016) Although it's based on Rick Yancey's young adult novels (two so far, and counting), The 5th Wave feels more as if it were cobbled together from a host of other, better science fiction stories.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
76/100 14% Ride Along 2 (2016) Ride Along 2 follows in the indifferent footsteps of its predecessor.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
72/100 9% Norm of the North (2016) If you spent 86 minutes crawling through a snowbank while clad only in a bathing suit, it would probably be a more rewarding experience than sitting through Norm of the North.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
85/100 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) For the most part, Lee and company still manage to coax solid laughs and to give the grim facts the gravity they deserve.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
87/100 85% Sully (2016) A movie was inevitable. Maybe we're lucky Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks were there to direct and star in the film.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
86/100 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Washington is still the star of the film, but he stands out by underplaying while his peers go over the top. He provides a calm center as Fuqua stages some expert gunplay and equine action.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
81/100 63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) It's fun to watch Burton max out the capabilities of computer generated-imagery. But it would be even more enjoyable if the characters were equally imaginative.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
77/100 52% The Accountant (2016) Just once it would be refreshing if a movie about a genius treated the audience as if they had half of the protagonist's brainpower.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
83/100 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Hart's formidable gifts as a storyteller are supplemented by his compact but agile physique that enables him to contort himself into positions that a kinesthesiologist would be hard pressed to explain.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
88/100 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep walks a careful line between Jenkins' silliness and her worthy heart. Florence Foster Jenkins would lose its appeal quickly if she were merely a woman with a fat purse and a lousy voice.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
83/100 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Zellweger can still make viewers sympathetic toward Bridget's misfortunes in part because Bridget has some traces of wisdom to go with the passing years.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
78/100 82% Sausage Party (2016) Without the proper comic nutrients, Sausage Party leaves viewers with a feeling of indigestion.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
79/100 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Watching Fisher losing her composure is funny, but the material does no favors for Galifianakis.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
72/100 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train is less a whodunit than a whocareswhodunit.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
80/100 83% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Ouija: Origin of Evil is the rare sequel to eclipse the original. Then again, the first film was so tedious and clumsy there was nowhere to go but up.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
86/100 98% Zootopia (2016) The [DMV} sequence is so funny that it's oddly forgivable that the rest of Zootopia rarely matches up to that comic plateau.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
87/100 84% Deadpool (2016) Starting with a sarcastic run of opening credits and consistently infused with the title character's vitriolic outbursts, the first solo outing for Marvel's "Merc with a Mouth" gets by strictly on attitude.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
87/100 90% Doctor Strange (2016) With Sherlock and The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch has made a specialty out of playing men who are often too intelligent for their own good. Thankfully, he hasn't gotten tired of these roles yet. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
80/100 49% Almost Christmas (2016) The effort of decorating and cooking doesn't guarantee that Christmas will ever be as rewarding as it should be. We're related to people whether we like them or not. That may be why even something as programmed as Almost Christmas seems likably authentic.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
83% Cinderella (2015) It might be easy to deride Disney for once again playing the Cinderella card, especially so soon after the meta-musical Into the Woods. But let's be thankful the people commissioned to retell the fairy tale didn't treat it as a moldy relic.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Big Hero 6 manages to be so much fun that it's easy to forget that it's yet another superhero origins story.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
89% The Drop (2014) At times, the setting seems ready to swallow Bob whole. Roskam's leisurely pace only seems to make the inevitable seem more ominous.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) It's oddly refreshing when a movie intended to sell toys winds up being thoroughly delightful on its own.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2015
88% The Discoverers (2014) The setup sounds gloomy, but the film is clever and often quite funny.‐ Pitch.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2014
2/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) While 'Into the Storm' deals with tornadoes that flatten whole towns in seconds, it generates all the excitement of a mild breeze.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
1/5 8% America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014) D'Souza has a gift for stating his opponent's position without actually addressing it. ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2014
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) In fact, much of the bawdy humor in 22 Jump Street comes from its makers' staunch refusal to take anything about the venture seriously. ‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) DeBlois thankfully remembers everything the two of them did right in the previous film.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2014
4/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) For a movie involving cancer, youthful fatalities and other heartbreaking developments, The Fault in Our Stars is remarkably entertaining and achieves a balance most tightrope walkers would envy.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 50% Maleficent (2014) With only her voice and her sense of bearing, Jolie effortlessly makes the notoriously wicked fairy seem real. Hardly anyone else involved in Maleficent seems to have that magic.‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Haiku MacFarlane should have Watched Blazing Saddles instead of remaking it. ‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) Belle does wrestle with a corner of history that most books have avoided. Nonetheless, those are the corners that most worth exploring.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 4, 2014
1/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) Through the power of garbled mythology and questionable artistic decisions, it's guaranteed to cure the incurable romantic, on Valentine's Day, no less.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2014
1/5 11% I Will Follow You Into The Dark (2013) Robinson apparently believes the best way to jolt an audience is to have several sequences where darkness and silence linger on the screen before having loud music wake viewers up from a well-deserved slumber.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2013
2.5/5 67% Turbo (2013) The buildup to the inevitable big race is a lot more fun than the climax itself.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) Because there are a lot of memorable characters like Betty in 'The Way, Way Back,' Duncan's suffering and eventual triumph become a viewer's delight.‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2013
1.5/5 13% The Smurfs 2 (2013) Audiences who want something more than lazy puns and the word "Smurf " used every few seconds as though some weird contractual obligation existed should look elsewhere for entertainment.‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2013
3.5/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) Much of the reason Wolverine has become everyone's favorite Canadian mutant is because, despite his origins in the Marvel Universe, he doesn't act much like a superhero.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2013
1/5 7% The Big Wedding (2013) It's best not to use your brain when watching The Big Wedding.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 26, 2013
0/5 26% 21 And Over (2013) With '21 and Over,' Lucas and Moore finally have a chance to demonstrate that they can be as witty as well as sophomoric. I'm still waiting for them to at least start trying.‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
3/5 60% John Dies at the End (2013) It is refreshing that Coscarelli is willing to offer viewers something that at least tries to take the rules of cinema into new directions.‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
2.5/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Oz the Great and Powerful should probably have been titled Oz the so-so and Kind of Entertaining or Oz, At Least It's Better than The Wonderful Land of Oz.‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
4/5 90% A Place at the Table (2013) Jacboson and Silverbush know how to make this potentially unpleasant news palatable and inspiring.‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
2/5 44% The Call (2013) The story could be about how Jordan deals or doesn't deal with the helplessness of the situation, but that would have required more work than anybody involved with 'The Call' was apparently willing to make.‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013
3.5/5 56% Snitch (2013) It is easy to fault Snitch for trying to be two seemingly incompatible films at once. I, for one, am deeply grateful that Waugh does a passable job of juggling when too many filmmakers have trouble keeping one ball in the air.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2013
1.5/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) 'Identity Thief' gets off to a shaky start and never recovers.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2013
4/5 83% Side Effects (2013) Thankfully, Burns and Soderbergh have more on their agenda than simply trashing the pharmaceutical industry.‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2013
4/5 69% Les Misérables (2012) Director Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech'), for the most part, balances Hugo's gritty, if romantic tale, with the larger-than-life demands of an adaptation of the 1985 stage musical.‐ KC Active
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2013