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Jon Niccum

Jon Niccum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 75% Split (2017) For all its genre trappings, "Split" comes from a cerebral perspective. Or at least one more concerned with psychology than gory physiology. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 78% Patriots Day (2017) An engrossing procedural that immerses us within the tragedy that killed three and injured hundreds more. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) ... a moving story that supplies genuine life lessons. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/4 40% Why Him? (2016) If the movie's climax relies on conning your famous friends to make an appearance, it might be better to shift those funds toward a rewrite. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 22, 2016
2.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) The film instead becomes preoccupied with trendy period detail and the mannered performance of its star, rather than in finding deeper truths about the subject. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 71% Sing (2016) The plucky and hummable flick finds its own voice, so to speak. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Like most workplace parties, the film functions better when expectations aren't too high. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2.5/4 61% Allied (2016) good enough to pass the time but generic enough to be directed by anybody. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2/4 75% Trolls (2016) It's the cinematic equivalent of a glitter bomb, right down to a troll who literally squirts glitter like a defense mechanism. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Cumberbatch grounds the material even while levitating. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) You'll feel as if you were punched in the face, locked into one of those escape rooms and forced to watch other people solve cryptic clues you can't possibly understand ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 79% American Honey (2016) Like the youth culture it centers on, "American Honey" embraces episodic, wandering rawness that often resonates deeply and distinctively. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) This is one of those blockbusters where authenticity propels the action. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Antoine Fuqua hardly tightens the reins on his adaptation, which stretches 90 minutes of entertainment across a 132-minute frame. Too bad the gang didn't recruit an eighth member who was an expert at editing. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 79% Audrie & Daisy (2016) The documentary scrutinizes the "blame the victim" mentality that has seemingly gotten worse in the internet era. But the film also offers a redemptive message of compassion via a network of survivors. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 22, 2016
1/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) Nausea-provoking camerawork, cacophonous sound design and incoherent editing assault the senses nonstop. The only thing that could make watching this movie more unpleasant is if ushers tasered viewers at random intervals. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) How refreshing to see fight scenes that pivot on panicked opportunism rather than martial arts skills or mutant powers. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 60% War Dogs (2016) Director Todd Phillips of "The Hangover" hopes to do what Adam McKay did with "The Big Short," mining the humor from greedy manipulation of the Bush-era system. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) At its best, the movie offers in-your-face raunch in the spirit of the superior "Team America: World Police" and "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut." At its worst, it comes across like stoners playing with their groceries in between bong hits. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) In trying to appease nostalgic fans, Feig seems hesitant. Defensive. But whenever his new flick relies on its own merits, it's quite amusing. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) It's Cranston's finest film performance. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Edgy comedian C.K. commits wholly to this family-friendly gig, and his lack of snark seems refreshing. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 69% Central Intelligence (2016) It's certainly Johnson's all-time funniest performance. But it offers the same old Hart, who mugs throughout the movie, even when he's theoretically playing the straight man. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) "Finding Dory" ranks with "Toy Story 3" as the animation studio's strongest sequel. The underwater tale manages to be both immersive and buoyant. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) This sequel exhibits all the subtlety of Criss Angel directing a boy band video. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2.5/4 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) There's a real knack to composing a song that is intentionally, elaborately terrible. The Lonely Island guys spent 15 years mastering the skill and contribute some of their best work in 'Popstar.' ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) a chaotic yet amusing tale of animated avians battling plundering pigs ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 19, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The nefarious plot at the core of "The Nice Guys" doesn't hold up to the most casual scrutiny. Fortunately, about everything else does in this entertaining crime comedy, from the look to the tone to the throwaway details. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/4 90% Green Room (2016) "Green Room" sustains a bleak intensity unrivaled in recent thrillers - or horror movies, for that matter -- that gains potency from its pure plausibility. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) "Winter's War" opens with the line "What does a mirror show you?" With each scene, the answer becomes clearer: "Stuff you've already seen." ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1.5/4 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) In trying to reconstruct a specific time and place, Linklater doesn't drive the story forward. He even inserts a timer between scenes to count down the hours before classes start, which only underscores the missing tension in the narrative. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) It's a movie where the subtler small scenes resonate more than the clunkier big ones. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/4 91% The Witch (2016) What appears to be a moody and earnest attempt at genuine horror transforms into a drab downer. A drama turned parable turned confused exploitation flick. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 84% Deadpool (2016) (Reynolds) delivers a perfect combination of kick-ass and smart-ass. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/4 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) This is a nice, kid-friendly movie. But it also makes some disingenuous choices at key moments that deflate its value. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/4 16% The 5th Wave (2016) For most of its running time, "The 5th Wave" functions as a passable time-waster. But the finale - or lack thereof - proves the filmmakers had little interest in crafting a picture as much as a franchise. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 21, 2016
1.5/4 14% Ride Along 2 (2016) Hart delivers every line as if he's frantically trying to delay his own execution; Cube speaks with only deliberate, terse scolding, like he's clarifying a request to Siri. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) Sure, it's frequently quite glib. ... But as the scale of the misfortune unfolds, key individuals begin to understand the human costs. As does the audience. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 95% Creed (2015) It doesn't muster the pure underdog audacity of the first "Rocky," but it does pair some exceptional actors with engaging characters. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 96% Spotlight (2015) The subject already provokes rage and/or revulsion without having to endure a step-by-step procedural. But this stark and effective prestige picture makes the experience palatable by approaching the material with journalistic tenacity. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5/4 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "Kasbah" plays like a comedy penned by Donald Rumsfeld. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Chaos always surrounds the hero in Sorkin's scenarios, where life-changing decisions collide with minutiae. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 62% The Intern (2015) De Niro lands his most likable role in decades, easily earning audience support by playing the right guy in the wrong era: a briefcase-toting gentleman who's almost invisible to the big-beard, bigger-glasses crowd. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 74% Black Mass (2015) Whether "Black Mass" eclipses "Donnie Brasco," "Blow" or "Public Enemies" remains debatable, but Depp's performance emerges as more memorable. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 64% The Visit (2015) Shyamalan opts for jump scares, red herrings and abrupt tonal shifts while the movie ambles toward its telegraphed conclusion. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2/4 40% We Are Your Friends (2015) "We Are Your Friends" will probably date faster than most movies - there can't possibly be a genre more disposable than electronic dance music. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2/4 43% American Ultra (2015) With a title that evokes the vague allure of an off-brand cigarette, "American Ultra" pushes a worn premise with slightly different packaging. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 26% Vacation (2015) Like Chase in the original series, Helms has a knack for portraying a fundamentally decent guy striving to keep his composure when everything conspires against him. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 28, 2015
2.5/4 16% Pixels (2015) A sharper movie would have nailed these peripheral details, but they're handled with lazy, "Sandlerian" indifference. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 81% Ant-Man (2015) "Ant-Man" becomes the first Marvel movie to deliver a third act that's better than the first two. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 16, 2015