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Rich Heldenfels

Rich Heldenfels
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) Often funny, good in dramatic moments, but lacking consistently tight control of pace and scenes.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
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3/4 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) Intense presentation of the limitations of passion and the depth of real love. ‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2012
3.5/4 90% Footnote (2012) A funny, sorrowful, sharp-witted look at ambition, ego, and fathers and sons.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/4 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Funny, smart and blood-soaked use of an old horror trope. Fans will spend much time freeze-framing the eventual video release to catch all the details.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
3.5/4 85% Bully (2012) Harrowing portrait of ordinary kids being assaulted verbally and physically, and a social system that does not protect them.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 51% The Three Stooges (2012) Sure, it's derivative, and sentimental. But it still made me laugh more than once. ‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) While it misses the insights from the first-person narrative in the book, the film remains a generally effective adaptation of Collins's novel.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2012
2.5/4 76% War Horse (2011) In spite of a few moving scenes, it's labored, too long and too gorgeously shot.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2012
2/4 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) The repressed passion of the main character is all too representative of this repressed movie.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2012
3.5/4 89% The Descendants (2011) Clooney is remarkable in Alexander Payne's film about loss, confusion and getting by.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/4 80% Haywire (2012) Fun, low-tech action with a starmaking turn by Gina Carano.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2012
2.5/4 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) Terribly uneven, moving in places but very frustrating in others.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2012
2.5/4 51% The Iron Lady (2012) Great Streep, iffy movie.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2012
3/4 51% Contraband (2012) Entertainingly gritty until an ending that seems to go against all that has preceded it.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2012
3.5/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) A visually impressive, well acted adaptation of the book, with significant differences in tone from the Swedish film.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2011
3/4 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Downey is in good form, Jared Harris an able adversary and the film overall a sequel that improves on the original.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2011
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) In IMAX form, at least, it's thrilling, with a strong cast fighting a silly plot.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2011
3/4 82% The Way (2011) Earnest and thoughtful, with a fine performance by Martin Sheen at its center.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
3.5/4 84% The Ides of March (2011) Another excellent turn by Ryan Goslin in George Clooney's savvy, cynical political tale.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2011
3.5/4 100% Thunder Soul (2011) A touching tribute to a teacher who managed to inspire his students not only to do good work but to live good lives.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2011
3.5/4 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) I thought I was over "Glee" and 3D. I was wrong on both counts.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2011
3.5/4 75% The Help (2011) Well-told and touching, with Oscar-worthy performances by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2011
3.5/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) A satisfying wrap-up of the series, with an especially effective performance by Alan Rickman.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2011
3/4 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Although it taxes patience in the way Malick films often do, it has excellent acting and passages of brilliance.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2011
3/4 82% Super 8 (2011) Often exciting and entertaining.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2011
3/4 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) Good effects and themes overcome a glaring plot hole. ‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2011
3/4 67% The Company Men (2011) Excellent performances and a fine use of detail counterbalance a somewhat weak storyline.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2011
2/4 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) Sluggish, erratic attempt to duplicate the first, better movie.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 26, 2011
2.5/4 86% Cedar Rapids (2011) Cedar Rapids is at its best when it pushes Helms into uncomfortable situations and makes him figure them out. But the movie remains less than completely satisfying‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 24, 2011
2.5/4 64% Biutiful (2010) Excellent performance by Javier Bardem lifts a movie that often drags.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 24, 2011
2.5/4 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) A rebound from the third film, with Depp in good form, but a disjointed story.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 19, 2011
2.5/4 87% Black Swan (2010) Black Swan aspires to be little more than a showy, twisty thriller with no attempt at plausibility. But I still found it less and less appealing as it lurched toward the end. ‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 18, 2011
3.5/4 96% True Grit (2010) A marvelous film. The highlight is the performance of Hailee Steinfeld as the young heroine, Mattie Ross, but also boasting strong turns by Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 18, 2011
3/4 90% Bridesmaids (2011) Not only is it funny, it has enough regard for its characters to acknowledge some real emotion without overdoing the pathos.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 13, 2011
2/4 75% Everything Must Go (2011) Wastes a good Will Ferrell performance by elaborating on Raymond Carver's short story in ways that go very wrong.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 12, 2011
2/4 63% Kill the Irishman (2011) It's not just that the movie appears to find Greene far more charming than he was in Porrello's book. It's that Kill the Irishman never brings either freshness or energy to its tale. In the end, even the many explosions seem tired.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 5, 2011
2.5/4 38% Casino Jack (2010) Excellent performances by Kevin Spacey and Barry Pepper in a movie that does measure up to its real-life story. And Jon Lovitz nearly steals the movie.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 5, 2011
2.5/4 77% Thor (2011) A middle-ground Marvel adaptation, but one with a good sense of humor.‐ Akron Beacon Journal
Read More | Posted May 5, 2011