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Jon Niccum

Jon Niccum
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 84% Deadpool (2016) (Reynolds) delivers a perfect combination of kick-ass and smart-ass.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5/4 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "Kasbah" plays like a comedy penned by Donald Rumsfeld.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 60% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 73% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 65% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
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
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2015
2/4 45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/4 49% San Andreas (2015) "San Andreas" delivers a collection of harrowing set pieces where the sets inevitably go to pieces.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
2.5/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) For an obligatory sequel, "Pitch Perfect 2" delivers material that's much more sharp than flat.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 56% The Age of Adaline (2015) It's a disarmingly affecting film, and very sad at points. A rumination on loneliness.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) It horrifies. It disturbs. It rules. ‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 29% Insurgent (2015) The two-hour effort could benefit from less moping, less violence and especially less fitful dreaming.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2014
2/4 33% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Although the overall story hangs together, the individual scenes often play like improvised goofing.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) An indictment of the American workplace and a piercing character study.‐ Kansas City Star
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2014