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Kerry Lengel

Kerry Lengel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 61% Forks Over Knives (2011) It isn't possible to examine the scientific arguments in a movie review, but as advocacy documentaries go, this is a pretty good one.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 15% Something Borrowed (2011) How many times must we be subjected to another gorgeous, glamorous starlet impersonating a clumsy wallflower? Will anyone really believe in this GQ-perfect big man on campus who lacks the courage to ask her out on a date?‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 5, 2011
3.5/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) Beauty, along with a sense of mystery, is what audiences expect in a Gothic romance, and Fukunaga delivers with carefully composed shots of austere landscapes and shadowy Victorian opulence.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2011
3/5 38% The Over the Hill Band (2011) The acting is restrained, the story stays under the top, and hand-held cameras shake almost imperceptibly, giving a whiff of verite with no danger of going full Greengrass.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2011
3/5 57% 8 Murders a Day (2011) Bowden's devastatingly casual assessments give the film much of its punch, but, ultimately, the barrage of simple assertions fails to cohere into an argument.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2011
3/4 39% The Eagle (2011) To its credit, the film does attempt to grapple with the ambivalence that Europe and America feel toward the Roman Empire. We admire its cultural achievements while condemning its brutality, and in that tension we see our own ideals and failures reflected.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2011
3.5/5 72% I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) Carrey is truly great in one of those rare risky roles that prove he can do more than pull faces, although the frank portrayal of an alpha male who is also "gay, gay, gay, gay, gay" is sure to make some percentage of his fan base squirm.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2010
3/5 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) The best thing about the film is neither the top-notch CGI nor the shallow moral lessons but the performance of Will Poulter as Lucy and Edmund's insufferable cousin Eustace Scrubb.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2010
4.5/5 89% Tangled (2010) With "Tangled," a delightfully fresh spin on "Rapunzel," the entertainment powerhouse delivers its first classic-caliber computer animation outside the Pixar family.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2010
3/5 28% Life as We Know It (2010) The supporting cast serves up enough small moments of surprise to keep this formula flick from falling flat.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2010
2.5/5 12% Love Ranch (2010) Once Hackford has committed to the characters and to their compelling (if dark) world, he has nowhere to go but to some predecided facts that might not be the most interesting end to the characters' journey.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2010
3/5 67% Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010) What can you say: The French sure know how to make pretty pictures.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2010
2.5/5 27% Charlie St. Cloud (2010) The characters and their supernatural love triangle are developed with a businesslike efficiency that makes it almost impossible to invest in them emotionally.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2010
4/5 50% South of the Border (2010) South of the Border offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2010
3/5 69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) The already fragile bond between the two leads gains an added layer of intrigue here because it plays out at a distance.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2010
4/5 80% I Am Love (2010) In an American film, you live the story. In a European one, you're an outsider looking in. Ah, but what a beautiful view.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2010
3/5 40% Letters to Juliet (2010) Letters to Juliet is a guilty pleasure for the ladies, perfect Blu-ray fodder when their significant others turn them into World of Warcraft widows for the evening.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 13, 2010
3.5/5 13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) As formula films go, The Bounty Hunter is more enjoyable than most, even if it packs in as many cliches as any.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2010
3/5 46% Creation (2010) An intriguing portrait of a man and a time that changed everything.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2010
2/5 43% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) Fuqua tries to create the illusion of meaning by copycatting the style and techniques of better directors, but he can't save the naked emperor of the script.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2010
3.5/5 55% The End Of Poverty (2008) Even if you're convinced by the many well-spoken interviewees, the film's conclusion is almost as depressing as the historical indictment that precedes it.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2010
2.5/5 48% Until the Light Takes Us (2009) In interviews with a few of the key players, the film desensationalizes the story without really demystifying it. It's an intriguing but shallow examination that never really finds a point of view about its subject.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2010
5/5 84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) The smart storytelling combines with spectacular visual set pieces and a spicy musical gumbo to deliver one of the finest films of the year, in any genre.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2009
2/5 26% Ninja Assassin (2009) This movie may be filled with razor-sharp shuriken and katanas, but as far as the filmmaking goes, it's a blunt instrument.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2009
3/5 84% Whip It (2009) Whip It, set in the roller-derby subculture of Austin, is a sweet coming-of-age comedy, safe, familiar and comforting.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2009
4/5 20% I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009) I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is the Armageddon of gross-out sex comedies.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2009
4/5 93% The Damned United (2009) Vile, hateful and undeniably funny.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2009
1/5 No Score Yet The Appearance of a Man (2008) A ufologist's variant of The Da Vinci Code, except without all the action and faux scholarship.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2009
2/5 7% All About Steve (2009) The results aren't quite Anchorman, but they're worth a chuckle.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2009
4/5 94% The Cove (2009) As the subject of a documentary, this grim enterprise distinctly lacks the warm and fuzzy appeal of The March of the Penguins. So director Louie Psihoyos ingeniously reinvents his film as a spy caper.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2009
3/5 90% District 9 (2009) For science-fiction fans looking for a bit more brainpower than Transformers has to offer, District 9 points the way toward redemption for a movie genre that could use an infusion of artistic ambition.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2009
2/5 14% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) Every time the story shows some glimmer of originality, it immediately retreats back to formula.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2009
4/5 92% Il Divo (2009) The enigmatic Andreotti is the perfect subject for a biopic in the European tradition.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2009
4/5 92% Every Little Step (2009) It instills an appreciation for the tremendous amount of work and passion that the performers put into their craft.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2009
3/5 16% The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) The eerie buildup is mostly pro forma... But the backstory of the haunted house, revealed slowly in sepia-toned hallucinations, really is creepy.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2009
3/5 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) Nothing Like the Holidays is vaguely unsatisfying, caught somewhere in the middle between popcorn flick and serious cinema.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2008
2.5/5 14% All Roads Lead Home (2008) Starting with the ominous caveat 'Inspired by a true story', there is little indication that All Roads Lead Home is going anywhere interesting.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2008
3/5 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) If you're willing to regress to the mental age of 12 for a couple of hours, it's an amusing ride.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2008
4/5 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) A thoughtful, informative and thoroughly entertaining examination of the role of performance-enhancing drugs in modern life.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2008
3.5/5 53% The Promotion (2008) As a subtle expression of masculine angst, it's the timid flipside of Fight Club. As a gentle critique of the American dream's descent into empty consumerism, it's a less cutesy, less feminist Little Miss Sunshine.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2008
89% The Visitor (2008) Both halves of the story ring true in their way, but they don't ring out in harmony.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2008
2/5 36% 21 (2008) It's funny how movies based on real stories can be the most formulaic and predictable.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 27, 2008
4/5 94% The Counterfeiters (2007) The film does shed light an another facet of Nazi history, and it does it with an attention to the complexity of human nature that makes it worthy of its Oscar win.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2008
3/5 58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) This is stand-up comedy here. Bring the funny and leave the rest on the bus.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2008
4/5 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) Margot at the Wedding is an excellent film that few people will see, and even fewer will like.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2007
3/5 93% Enchanted (2007) When it's funny, it's good. But when it takes a turn for the heartwarming, it feels more like a Disney knockoff than a send-up.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2007
4/5 71% Beowulf (2007) To the shock of cynics in the audience waiting for this film fantasy to be lame, Beowulf turns out to be exciting, fun and occasionally breathtaking. No question it's a popcorn flick, but it's cheesy only when it chooses to be.‐ Arizona Republic
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2007
4/5 64% Dan in Real Life (2007) To call this feel-good comedy conservative is to cede 'family values' to the realm of politics, which, despite a vague NPR-ishness to the characters, is something Real Life refuses to do.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 25, 2007
3.5/5 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) As a procedural, Gone Baby Gone is by the numbers. As a portrait of human folly and resilience, however, it's great drama, and it has some powerful performances to match.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 18, 2007
3.5/5 69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Dripping with Wes Anderson's patented blend of whimsy and melancholy, The Darjeeling Limited is the story of three brothers traveling across India in search of themselves.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 11, 2007