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Jon Niccum

Jon Niccum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 96% Gravity (2013) "Gravity" opens with a bravura sequence that is a genuine jaw-dropper. A game-changer. A paradigm of the sheer potency cutting-edge cinema can muster.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) "Cloudy 2" is witty and vibrant, full of strange sights and nifty punch lines. But it also has some cogent things to say about our "enterprising" society that are anything but cloudy.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) These men and their intertwining tales are so compelling that even viewers completely unfamiliar with the sport will get caught up in this slick and stirring drama.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/4 99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) Hey, Dorothy actually has freckles in IMAX. Glinda's floating sphere is mesmerizing. The flying monkeys are creepier than ever. The Lollipop Guild even more disturbing - are these guys having a seizure?‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 81% Prisoners (2013) The final third has more in common with three-card monte street hustle than nuanced character drama.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/4 30% Austenland (2013) The contemporary cult that's developed around English novelist Jane Austen is plundered for cheap laughs in "Austenland." Unlikely that this phony and often phoned-in romantic comedy will enjoy any cult status of its own.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/4 89% The World's End (2013) Hilarious, wistful and eventually bizarre ...‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 75% You're Next (2013) What had been a chaotic free-for-all becomes a butt-kicking crowd-pleaser once the hero surfaces to take charge.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Despite its genre-busting origin, this is simply good guys vs. bad guys material. And credit to "Kick-Ass 2," you desperately root for the good guys to win.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 67% Elysium (2013) Despite some terrific action scenes, "Elysium" is held back by its predictable plot, questionable casting and overly glossy presentation. It feels like an enormous missed opportunity.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/4 42% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) This all leads to yet another Hollywood showdown between heroes and a towering digital menace. What once seemed awe-inspiring is now exhaustingly commonplace.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/4 47% We're The Millers (2013) "We're the Millers" delivers on the threat of its amusing setup with gags that often veer into the Farrelly brothers mode of pull-no-punches vulgarity. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/4 13% The Smurfs 2 (2013) Better than it needs to be but still not very good.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) The story draws power from the simple rhythms of a day spent with family, friends and strangers.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2.5/4 43% Red 2 (2013) It's touchy balancing humor and deadly covert missions without one smothering the other, but "RED 2" does a capable job.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/4 67% Turbo (2013) Takes a fundamentally dopey idea - a snail competing in the Indy 500 - and converts it into an enjoyable adventure with plenty of get-up-and-escargot. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 16, 2013
1.5/4 71% Pacific Rim (2013) Hard to fathom that a movie filled with 2,500-ton stars can carry so little weight.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 73% Despicable Me 2 (2013) Parts James Bond flick, "Get Smart" episode and Pixar-esque family adventure, "Despicable Me 2" introduces fresh challenges for its crusty hero.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2.5/4 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) The movie takes a more old-fashioned approach to thrills. It appears to showcase as many stuntmen as it does digital compositors.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2.5/4 65% The Heat (2013) It's not much of a movie - too many spare scenes keep the plot from moving forward, distending an already bloated two-hour running time - but it's a fun ride bolstered by an "anything goes" edge.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/4 67% World War Z (2013) Riveting, smart and cohesive, the movie is equally comfortable operating in scenes grand or intimate.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/4 60% The Bling Ring (2013) It's as much a damning deconstruction of a coveted lifestyle as it is a travelogue of beautiful people doing bad things.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/4 83% This Is the End (2013) Its wild and hilarious elements don't cancel out its smug and lazy ones.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/4 37% The Purge (2013) The movie offers an allegory for how real-world problems inevitably make their way to everyone's block, no matter how they are shielded against or ignored.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/4 11% After Earth (2013) Director Shyamalan gets the most out of the Smiths, sometimes simply staying out of their way. He also keeps things moving briskly with a story that eschews exposition in favor of flashback glimpses.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 30, 2013
3/4 64% Epic (2013) The action sequences are frequent and exceptional, from zooming aerial battles to comedic chases involving Bomba's three-legged pet pug.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 23, 2013
2.5/4 20% The Hangover Part III (2013) The film delivers scant few laugh-out-loud moments, but it's never boring.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 22, 2013
3/4 85% Kon Tiki (2013) The film unfolds with earnest majesty, characterized by sweeping camera moves (shot by Geir Hartly Andreassen) and orchestra swells. But the sheer beauty also creates distance.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 16, 2013
2.5/4 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) No one will ever accuse Luhrmann of just going through the motions. This production is teeming with cinematic moxie, especially compared to its best-known predecessor: the lethargic Robert Redford/Mia Farrow version from 1974.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 9, 2013
1.5/4 7% The Big Wedding (2013) It's a movie packed with purportedly smart characters making the sort of absurdly contrived decisions that haven't been seen since "Three's Company" went off the air.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 26, 2013
2.5/4 53% Oblivion (2013) So much creativity went into the visual design that apparently little was left when crafting the plot.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2.5/4 91% The Sapphires (2013) A movie with enough melody and camaraderie to cover up its lack of originality.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 4, 2013
2/4 43% On the Road (2012) If the movie weren't so visually eloquent at evoking post-war America, it might prove unbearable.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 28, 2013
1.5/4 8% The Host (2013) It offers viewers the choice of Team Hokey or Team Absurd.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2/4 38% Admission (2013) 'Admission' probably began with a clear artistic vision but was compromised along the way. The messy result offers glimpses of greatness dragged down by scenes that are bafflingly tone-deaf.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/4 69% Stoker (2013) A beguiling debacle that in its best case scenario might achieve cult status ... or could just as easily fade into obscurity.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 70% The Croods (2013) The kooky Cage, representing the voice of authority for a change, creates a marvelous character. He's part Mr. Incredible, part Homer Simpson; he's a great warrior limited by his own inflexibility.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) A long but enjoyable family adventure that is as noisy as it is clever.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/4 56% Snitch (2013) An engrossing balance of drama and thriller, "Snitch" introduces a minefield of compromised morality, where every action taken or not taken could lead to a worse predicament for its hero.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/4 12% Safe Haven (2013) The film offers an already weird hybrid of love story and police procedural. But the closing creates head-scratching moments that even the cast doesn't quite know how to handle.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 13, 2013
2.5/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) 'Identity Thief' is not a great movie. But it is a great vehicle for two terrific actors who drape themselves in material perfectly tailored to them.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2.5/4 47% Bullet to the Head (2013) 'Bullet to the Head' may be trashy, but it's never dull.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2.5/4 79% Quartet (2013) While the movie touches on issues of aging and self-worth, it's really an excuse to gather some elite British actors and indulge in a musical house party, AARP-style. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 24, 2013
2.5/4 28% Broken City (2013) A zigzagging thriller that is equally satisfying and forgettable. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 17, 2013
1.5/4 31% Gangster Squad (2013) Watching "Gangster Squad" is like being caught in the middle of a mob war between historical inaccuracy and bad taste. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 10, 2013
2/4 37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) The film misses a choice opportunity to build a central story around its secondary one. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 3, 2013
2/4 17% Parental Guidance (2012) This '90s-type family comedy falls into the same traps as most second-tier sitcoms, with eccentric characters and snappy zingers spouted as if cue cards were hovering at the edge of the frame. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2012
2/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) It's too grueling to enjoy and too sloppy to respect. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 24, 2012
3.5/4 51% This is 40 (2012) It delivers the most laughs of any comedy this year.‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/4 3% Playing for Keeps (2012) It's comforting to know that American culture has progressed to where soccer routinely joins baseball, football and basketball as a backdrop for forgettable romantic comedies. ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 6, 2012