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Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley
Rick Bentley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Fresno Bee

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 84% Silence (2017) The majority of Silence is a deeply moving story of faith, where unlike most movies in the genre, there are no clear answers. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/4 79% Patriots Day (2017) A more personal approach would have elevated Patriots Day from a solid effort to retell a familiar story to a deep and moving reminder of the kind of personal damage that comes with this kind of tragedy. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 88% Jackie (2016) The entire movie resonates with an authenticity that stems from Portman's performance. From the wardrobe to the re-creation of historical moments, there are no shortcuts taken. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 93% La La Land (2016) The last quarter of La La Land is so beautifully shot and performed, it makes up for the flat opening. It becomes a film that embraces a world where dreamers may seem foolish but eventually are very interesting. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/4 95% Fences (2016) Washington's work as director and actor along with the amazing cast delivers Wilson's story in a proper and impressive style. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 21, 2016
0/4 40% Why Him? (2016) This holiday movie would have to improve 1,000 fold to reach the level of merely being awful. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 31% Passengers (2016) You know there are big problems when even Pratt and Lawrence can't do enough to save the day. They are set afloat in a story that lacks even the smallest bit of gravity. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Although it continuously slips into being overly sentimental, it's hard not to be pulled in by the film's tale of love, loss and the time it takes to deal with both. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The Force is strong with this film -- a perfect fit as a prequel to A New Hope. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Gyllenhaal is so compelling to watch as a wounded author and broken husband/father, and Adams can sell sadness with a simple look. Shannon turns in yet another brilliant performance as the one person who thinks revenge is overrated. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The script by Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross will make you uncomfortable and embarrassed at your laughter. It's OK. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 89% Loving (2016) There are plenty of opportunities in the story for the film to take a brutal edge, but Nichols keeps the film focused on the emotional elements. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 61% Allied (2016) In general, Allied gets strong marks for the chemistry between Pitt and Cotillard, plus the beautiful visuals created by Zemeckis. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 95% Moana (2016) Disney should be applauded for adding more diversity to their Princess court. Those good intentions can only mask a few errors and can't bandage the clunky script. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Just like the Spruce Goose, the Beatty film is beautiful when it lifts off, but it fails to soar. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) If you are looking for a fantastic movie and don't know where to find one, look no further than "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Even when the movie gets massively visual, it never gets away from the central strength of Cumberbatch's performance. That's not easy to do, but accomplishing the task is why Doctor Strange is pure Marvel magic. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) American Pastoral is as powerful as any movie that uses war as a catalyst for the story. It shows that emotional scars can be created in a myriad of ways. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) Inferno should have been a blazing mystery driven by the sparks of two solid actors. Instead, it lacks the heat of good writing to create any cinematic sizzle. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 27, 2016
0/4 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) You don't have to ask a Ouija board about the quality of this failed attempt at horror. If you did, it would spell out S T I N K E R. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/4 89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) A powerful and personal story. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 43% The Hollars (2016) The Hollars" follows a very predictable storyline but the journey is made far more interesting by a first-rate cast. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If you can get past the places where the new movie fails to match the original, it's a Western that shoots straight. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet 3 Weeks in Yerevan (2016) What makes the movie so entertaining is how Berberian and Pirhamzei, who also directed the movie, show that the pitfalls of filmmakers are universal. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/4 63% Storks (2016) It has been such a strong year for animation that it would take a movie with nearly flawless voice casting, story and animation to stand out in the crowd. Storks is a definite standout. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/4 65% The Vessel (2016) A moving and emotional production. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 19, 2016
0/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) Blair Witch is nothing but a pale imitation of The Blair Witch Project -- void of all creativity and originality. It's so bad, it manages what should have been impossible and is far worse than Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3.5/4 100% For the Love of Spock (2016) Most of all, it is a beautiful tribute both of a filmmaker to a subject and a son to his father. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) The director offers a compelling look into the Arab world, including the struggle for survival in a landscape scarred by decades of fighting. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 81% Equity (2016) Writer Amy Fox manages to find a nice balance between the financial and personal stories. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) [Hell or High Water] rides superb writing, Oscar-caliber performances and a serious social message to such grandeur as to make it one of the best pictures of 2016. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 60% War Dogs (2016) War Dogs suffers the same problems as other movies about arms dealers have faced: No matter how good the writing or performances, there is a dark cloud hanging overhead. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) First-time director Travis Knight, who was the lead animator on Laika's previous three films, presents the story with a beautifully fluid style. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Frears works at a frantic pace to get Jenkins from one failed performance to the next. This gives Streep a lot of moments of musical misfortunes but they are delivered in such a helter-skelter manner that each seems little different than the one before. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 83% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party has plenty of funny moments, especially for fans of lowbrow humor. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Even [Robbie's] performance can't counter the painfully slow start, steady flood of trite action scenes and a convoluted story that would have to improve tenfold to be even passable. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/4 93% The Little Prince (2016) Osborne's take on The Little Prince shows a reverence for the original story, plus an understanding of what modern audiences want with a more linear story and bright animation. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/4 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Captain Fantastic is a deep examination of parenting, family, excess, isolationism, hope and the challenge of making the right decisions.Most importantly, this is a movie that asks the viewer to think. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3.5/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) From action to aliens, Star Trek Beyond combines the legacy of the franchise with contemporary visual effects to create a production that should live long and prosper. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) It all comes down to how beautifully Lumley and Saunders bring their characters to life. They have had so many years to play the roles that they come across as more of a second skin than an acting job. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3.5/4 76% Lights Out (2016) Sell all your stocks immediately and invest in companies that make candles, flashlights, light bulbs or anything else that creates illumination. There's going to be a run on those items with the release of Lights Out. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 20, 2016
1.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) This reboot is a spirited effort that ends up a pale specter of the original in the end. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) This comes to life through another amazing performance by Bryan Cranston. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) This mildly amusing adventure story will both entertain young moviegoers with its dazzling color scheme and scare them with some intense moments. It has a bit of charm, but it is not enough to keep a tight leash on parents. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Legend of Tarzan is not the king of jungle movies, but it is presented with such royal reverence that some people will go ape over it. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The tension the director/writer has infused in the story is relentless. It's just the unnecessary efforts to make the story bigger, coupled with a predictable plot, that leave it the least compelling of the Purge movies. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 69% Central Intelligence (2016) The main reason the movie works is the chemistry between Johnson and Hart. They are like Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on steroids. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 16, 2016
0/4 28% Warcraft (2016) Warcraft has achieved a lofty goal: There hasn't been a movie as unrelentingly bad since Jupiter Ascending managed to surpass the bloated and pitiful Battlefield Earth as the worst big budget science-fiction film of all time. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Once again, the movie's strength is in the way Wan plays out the scary moments. He takes safe and special items, like a child's toys, and uses them as instruments of terror. This works so well because an audience can relate to the simple items. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) It's not perfect. But it is a lot of fun, especially because of Ruffalo and Caplan, who bring very different but equally strong elements to the movie. ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 9, 2016