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Jon Niccum

Jon Niccum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) For her first big-screen lead, the Comedy Central star has penned a perfect vehicle to show off her brazen personality and wicked tongue. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) MacFarlane's fundamental misfire is tied more to the plot than the jokes. He makes a movie about determining the nature of a soul when the individual in question exhibits only behavior that is soulless. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4 89% Dope (2015) The movie itself coasts on energy, even if its presentation teeters between charming and amateurish. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) Not only does the role grant the Oscar-nominee an opportunity to juggle humor, action and romance (sort of), it also allows her to play something entirely new: a likable leading lady. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/4 48% San Andreas (2015) "San Andreas" delivers a collection of harrowing set pieces where the sets inevitably go to pieces. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 85% Animals (2015) There's no shortage of indie pictures that burrow into the cold realities of drug dependency. But "Animals," like the best of these films, moves beyond mere cautionary tale. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 15, 2015
2.5/4 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) For an obligatory sequel, "Pitch Perfect 2" delivers material that's much more sharp than flat. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 14, 2015
1.5/4 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) If the material used to fill in the formula could capitalize on the stars' charisma, the proceedings might be less cringe-worthy. Instead, Witherspoon and Vergara simply yell at each other. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) It's a disarmingly affecting film, and very sad at points. A rumination on loneliness. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 44% True Story (2015) The drama has a wicked premise and some memorable one-on-one scenes, but it leads nowhere. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 29% The Longest Ride (2015) Delivers a slick, serviceable blend of romance and melodrama. Your typical love and sacrifice and bull-riding tale. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 97% It Follows (2015) It horrifies. It disturbs. It rules. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 29% Get Hard (2015) 'Get Hard' might be the perfect flick to show at your next frat party at the University of Oklahoma. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 28% Insurgent (2015) The two-hour effort could benefit from less moping, less violence and especially less fitful dreaming. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 21, 2015
3/4 80% McFarland USA (2015) This culture-clash drama delivers an honest, moving story about the power individuals and communities can gain when defying expectations. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Those of limited imagination will likely complain 'Kingsman' is cribbing from the 007 franchise. But it's really subverting it at every turn. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2.5/4 80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) The film strives to be weird as often as funny. But it's such a good-natured kind of weird that the viewer can't help but succumb to this barrage of 'nautical nonsense.' ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/4 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Provides such a tilted spin on a familiar genre that it's easy to pardon some of the labored excesses. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/4 10% The Boy Next Door (2015) A shopworn thriller that succeeds on a rudimentary level. Based on the gender swap of its central idea, it might as well be titled "Attraction Fatal." ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2.5/4 34% Blackhat (2015) Once the exposition is out of the way, "Blackhat" features so much stylized momentum that it's easy to get caught up in the far-fetched hoopla. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1/4 74% Inherent Vice (2015) Each scene introduces a new character with little explanation, all but abandoning the previous new face that was just presented. It's like that "Too Many Cooks" video minus the entertainment value. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) Sondheim's angular, interval-hopping material feels like one continuous song interrupted by dialogue. The cast often seems to be talking over a musical score rather than singing. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) The character as written is so pretentious and self-destructive that it's difficult for the audience to connect with his story. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3.5/4 90% Wild (2014) From her first hesitant step on that dusty California hillside, viewers aren't just watching Strayed's experience; they absorb the experience as if it's their own. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5 27% Annie (2014) "Annie" isn't great, but at least it's trying something different. For a movie clearly aimed at the preteen set, it offers a passable diversion. Albeit a rather materialistic one. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 18, 2014
3/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) Director James Marsh won an Oscar for his incredible art-crime documentary "Man on Wire," and here he proves capable of walking a tightrope between science and sentiment. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 25, 2014
2/4 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Although the overall story hangs together, the individual scenes often play like improvised goofing. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 25, 2014
3.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) This engrossing, uplifting movie never runs low on battery power. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/4 71% Interstellar (2014) A science-fiction (heavy on science) adventure steeped in Einstein's theory of relativity that is equal parts enigmatic, exhilarating, elaborate and emotionally wrenching. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) An indictment of the American workplace and a piercing character study. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2.5/4 91% Dear White People (2014) More admirable than entertaining. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2.5/4 82% The Book of Life (2014) The project bears the unmistakable thumbprint of producer Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), with its themes of adolescent expectations and grotesque alternate worlds whose mystical denizens intersect with our own. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) Its best facet (or worst, depending on perspective) is its departure from the iconic vampire flicks of the past. "Dracula Untold" has about as much to do with Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" as "The Wolf of Wall Street" does with "The Wolf Man." ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Skeleton Twins (2014) A profoundly moving study of two damaged characters. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) This is a movie where the characters are more interesting than the plot twists or comedic throwdowns (of which there are plenty). ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Maze Runner (2014) A mostly entertaining adventure that plays like "Lord of the Flies" meets "Cube" meets an intelligent design lecture. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 89% The Drop (2014) This is a film rife with simmering menace. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1/4 6% The Identical (2014) It might join "Xanadu" and "Cool as Ice" in the campy pantheon of all-time worst musical mishaps. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2.5/4 65% Life Of Crime (2014) "Life of Crime" may have a hard-boiled title, but this comedic thriller provides rather innocent amusement. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1.5/4 36% If I Stay (2014) Nearly every conversation reveals a hollow disconnect, as if the performers didn't understand English and learned all the dialogue phonetically. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) This sports biopic mounts a goal line stand between inspirational and dull. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 71% What If (2014) Ultimately, "What If" hinges on whether you care if Wallace and Chantry will hook up. The filmmakers do everything possible to ensure you do. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/4 52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) "Magic in the Moonlight" is by no means unwatchable, just flat and familiar. Like the filmmaker may be as tired of his ploys as the viewer. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 35% The Giver (2014) If the literary aspects of "The Giver" sometimes fall flat, at least the cinematic ones sparkle. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) This latest disaster/adventure movie works purely on a visceral level, efficiently coordinating in-the-moment mayhem. Once the credits roll, however, the impact simply blows away. Much like the common sense of the characters. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Without being shackled to fanboy expectations of how iconic costumed characters should be depicted, filmmaker James Gunn ("Super") runs wild with the opportunity. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 67% Lucy (2014) The film's tone shifts so drastically, as if Carl Sagan suddenly replaced John Woo as director. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 19% And So It Goes (2014) The plot has the odor of sitcom conventions, but it's less cloying than you might think. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) "Anarchy" expands the setting and the social commentary, resulting in a fierce thriller that roars with contemporary relevance. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Dawn" isn't just a rousing summer sequel, it's a testament to Hollywood's fundamental ability to make something from nothing. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 10, 2014