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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
3/4 70% 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
49% 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 75% 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 51% 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 93% 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 71% 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 61% 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 61% 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 76% 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
76% 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
44% 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
79% 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 94% 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 29% 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
0.5/4 35% Snatched (2017) Best-case scenario with Snatched is that you are kidnapped and taken from the theater during a screening. Worst case is you are kidnapped and forced to watch this total mess.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The best thing Gunn has going for him is that even when he gets off the best beat for the movie, his cast is so talented and breathes so much life into their roles that they can cover up any small dark holes in this Galaxy.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
0.5/4 25% Unforgettable (2017) Unforgettable is very forgettable.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 50% The Promise (2017) The movie serves as a heartrending memorial to a people who persevered even in the face of some of the most inhumane actions in history.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It's all about how furious the action scenes can be, and those are supercharged.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 69% Gifted (2017) Overall, from strong acting to a well-crafted script, everything adds up to make Gifted work.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Farhadi masterfully moves between the real world and the stage production. Not only does this give him parallel points to play with but also offers a compelling look at how an American classic is seen through the eyes of others around the world.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2/4 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) The film's not Smurfless but it's not as Smurftastic as it should have been.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 46% Going in Style (2017) Going in Style is at its best when the three main stars are allowed to go at the story with the style and grace that has made them acting treasures.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/4 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Your Name is a beautifully crafted story of love, loss, desperation and hope brought to the screen with visual splendor.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) It's taken 20 years to get an update on the guys. But the film proves that the pish and vinegar that made the characters so much fun doesn't weaken with time.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/4 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The film is the latest to look at the evils committed during World War II but feels fresh because Caro keeps the focus on small moments.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
1.5/4 51% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby is like a diaper. It starts out fresh but it sure doesn't take long for it to become a stinker.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Power Rangers won't have you seeing red, feeling blue or in the pink. It's just nostalgic fun that would have improved with a better villain and less on-screen merchandising.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
67% Life (2017) Although familiar in concept, Life has strong performances, a willingness to take chances, a beautifully designed set and plenty of tension.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
15% CHIPS (2017) If only one of his efforts would have shown any signs of the talent Shepard has revealed in past work, CHIPs would have risen from abysmal to merely awful.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/4 35% The Last Word (2017) One day, there will be the time to look back at MacLaine's career and this film will help recall her work fondly even in a movie that has so many writing problems.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The latest attempt to do a live-action version of an animated film, Beauty and the Beast, is neither stunning nor dazzling. It is little more than a mediocre production.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
3.5/4 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Whether it's Baldwin speaking or the readings done by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro pulls no punches. It's painful for a society that declares itself to be educated to be forced to look at how ignorant it has been and remains.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) It would have been easy for one of these plot threads to strangle the other, but the crisp writing, strong direction by Amma Asante plus Oscar-worthy performances by Oyelowo and Pike make each story support the other.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 93% Logan (2017) Logan gets its strength from its heartpounding action scenes and its heart-breaking personal moments.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 21% The Shack (2017) This is a faith-based movie that uses a heavy hand to pound viewers with its religious messages. That's a shame because when the film isn't preaching, the story of how someone deals with great loss is touching and moving.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/4 75% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) You're Killing Me Susana is one of the purest love stories to come along in years.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 45% Rock Dog (2017) Director Ash Brannon finds a nice blend of music, adventure and comedy that he presents with a couple of different animation styles.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) Get Out is best enjoyed by getting to watch the tale unfold without knowing where the plot is going.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1.5/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) Visually, The Great Wall has some beautiful moments although nothing looks that original.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
0/4 27% Fist Fight (2017) This movie is such a complete dud that even the bloopers over the closing credits are as funny as a puppy's funeral.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2.5/4 93% Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) It makes for a film that doesn't take chances, but at least Mastretta knows how to pick a likable cast. That's particularly true with Souza who should be cast in more romances.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) This is pure entertainment that is entertaining because Reeves plays the character with never wavering sincerity.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The movie is enough fun that it will be a good one to buy on DVD. That's the only way to enjoy all the jokes and see the massive amount of characters who populate this latest brick-built world from LEGO.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
1.5/4 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's a shame A Dog's Purpose doesn't have more of a purpose than as a melodramatic mess.‐ Fresno Bee
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017