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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, Tribune News Service

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
51% Rampage (2018) The weak writing and poorly developed characters aren't a big surprise. The only purpose that drives a movie like Rampage is to have fun watching the carnage. And that's not different from the original arcade game, so it succeeds on that level.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) In a career already filled with unforgettable work, Anderson has found his animation masterpiece.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
82% Game Night (2018) Game Night is like playing Monopoly where the only properties are the four railroads. The players can go through the motions, but without more elements the overall result is good but far from as great as it could have been.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3.5/4 82% Early Man (2018) Looking at "Early Man" as a whole, it combines weirdly funny comedy with a sweet story about what it means to depend on others.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Unlike a Tony Stark who can entertain with his dry wit or Captain America who dazzles with his passion for patriotism, Boseman must play both T'Challa as a man of great reserve. He's a warrior, but one who rules the screen with a quiet calm.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
23% Austin Found (2017) It's one of the better movies about murder, manipulation and celebrity since Gus Van Sant's 1995 feature To Die For.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) This one is a real blast.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
.5/4 51% Downsizing (2017) The film is a massively muddled mess of ideas that might have made more of an impact if Matt Damon's performance wasn't so painfully bland.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) The real tragedy is that not every film from Allen is as good as "Wonder Wheel."‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/4 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's a salute to the strength of the human spirit as presented by three phenomenal performers playing out a touching and unforgettable story that solidifies Linklater's place among the best directors working today.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco has placed enough links to the original film that his based-on-fact look at the making of The Room is weirdly fun on its own and one of the most creative films of the year.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
97% Coco (2017) You know the writing is solid when animated characters can touch your heart so deeply that a tissue is needed.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) It not only offers a fresh look at the familiar ghost story, but it also has a lot to say about the good in humans if they will only stop trying to suppress it. God bless the filmmakers, one and all, for creating such a treat.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) The only person who truly understands the right way to play a comic book hero is Gadot.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 85% Wonder (2017) "Wonder" is a movie that should be shown to young and old as a life lesson in how to deal with people who appear to be different.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... seeing "Thor: Ragnarok" is like riding the world's fastest and tallest roller coaster that keeps looping through a funhouse.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
98% Jane (2017) It's the same kind of uncensored imagery that comes from home movies but these images were captured by one of the greatest nature photographers in a world of flora and fauna just an apple tree away from being an Eden.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) "Only the Brave" is a heart-touching reminder of what real heroes look like and how they act.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2.5/4 12% Geostorm (2017) "Geostorm" finds ways to draw attention away from an interesting use of weather as a weapon by using a cold front of political jabber.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
71% Happy Death Day (2017) Anyone looking to enjoy some scares while trying to figure out a very clever mystery should plan on seeing Happy Death Day.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/4 84% Loving Vincent (2017) ... the most visually stimulating feature film to be released in years.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) [Judi Dench's] acting gravitas is strong enough to make even the lightest of stories automatically feel like they have more girth.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2/4 76% The Tiger Hunter (2017) [Lena] Khan has directed Pudi into such a passive approach to the character that there are no sparks whether it be the sweet love story or the cockeyed corporate world shenanigans.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/4 34% American Assassin (2017) ... "American Assassin" gets the job done in a very real feeling world.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/4 45% The Good Catholic (2017) [Writer/director Paul Shoulberg] never shies away from the religious aspects of the story but at the same time gives the film enough air from outside the church to give the tale wider appeal. ‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 85% It (2017) These young performers manage to play their characters as heroes, while never relinquishing the elements that make them seem like the kids next door.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 29% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) At its gooey center, "I Do ... Until I Don't" is like vanilla cake. It is sweet, but generally there's nothing that memorable about it.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
0/4 36% Jackals (2017) Even if Jackals had been a direct-to-video release, it would have fallen into the category of "rent something else."‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/4 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) Even if Terminator 2: Judgment Day had only been re-released in theaters to mark the 26th anniversary without any enhancements, the quality of the production would make it still worth the price of admission‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3.5/4 85% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats is presented in such a no-frills way that there are more moments than not when it feels like it has slipped into full documentary mode.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The film is still loaded with strong special effects and a must-have soundtrack. This makes the sequel good but lacks the element of surprise that made the original film so much fun.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 78% Crown Heights (2017) Stanfield's performance is the solid foundation for the film.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
2.5/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) [Jackson and Reynolds] are so good at handling this kind of verbal sparring that they make up for the weakness in both the direction and writing.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
50% The Glass Castle (2017) It's Larson's performance that gives the film both its touches of hopefulness and brushes with total frustration that binds all of the emotional threads.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The action is good, but that only makes up slightly for all of the writing problems. A list of those miscues could be stacked up to make their own impressive dark tower.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) The real problem is the story. It has enough bits and pieces of action and drama to work as a graphic novel. But it's not enough to make this movie a roller coaster ride.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
2.5/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Visually, French director Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is tres magnifique. When it comes to the story, the film is what Pepe Le Pew would call a "le cinema avec grand stinker."‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Although Dunkirk looks at one of the most amazing military/civil operations of World War II (or maybe of any military conflict in history), it's not a war movie. It's Christopher Nolan's view of a war movie.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 68% To the Bone (2017) There's a pure honesty to Noxon's story and direction that makes "To the Bone" a tale of despair and promise, gain and loss, horror and hope.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
2.5/4 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It's pretty and sweet, but there's little inside.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2.5/4 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) The third film is more like a series of different vignettes more intent on introducing new characters than capitalizing on what made the first two movies work.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/4 78% The Little Hours (2017) A word of warning. The Little Hours is an assault on conventional religious thinking that will most likely shock those who expect this movie to show any respect toward the Church.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
78% The Little Hours (2017) It works because Brie, Micucci and Plaza attack the roles with unbridled energy.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
42% The Bad Batch (2017) All of these elements unfold in more a stream-of-thought manner than real design. And Waterhouse turns in a solid performance.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) There was a feeling of doom that enveloped the original... Coppola fails to find that same energy and any connection to the war being waged outside the walls is vague at best.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) One of the best romantic comedies to hit theaters in a decade.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is filled with fascinating characters who could all be the focus of their own movies.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 78% The Hero (2017) Elliot not only conveys complicated emotions with just a look from that expressive face but his deep voice sounds like the echoes of decades of life resonating off the walls of time.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3.5/4 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The important thing is that while the production never reaches for intellectual grandeur, it is on a very basic level one of the funniest movies of the year.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2.5/4 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Dead Men shows life when there are big action scenes. If 30 minutes of jumbled mythology and cheesy writing had been cut, the movie would have had an action beat as driving as the heart-pounding score by Geoff Zanelli.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017