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Robert W. Butler

Robert W. Butler

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 73% The BFG (2016) "Spielberg brings back the awe with "The BFG," a fantasy designed to tickle the kid in each of us. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 43% Free State of Jones (2016) "Rarely rises above the level of a well-staged history lesson. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "The best way to approach "Looking Glass" is as a two-hour 3-D special effects demonstration reel. With lowered expectations it might not be so bad. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 53% Demolition (2016) "It's not a smooth or easy ride. But it's worth sticking with. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 21% I Saw the Light (2016) ""I Saw the Light" gets the music right, though there's not near as much of it as there could have been. But as drama this one is dead in the water. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "A taut, well-acted thriller that raises all sorts of moral questions - Hitchcock with a conscience. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2.5/4 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Doris may be a convenient cinematic conceit, but Field gives her real juice, moving from a timid wraith to someone who realizes to her amazement that she might be lovable. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3.5/4 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "There's no shortage of film-themed documentaries that have dealt in some way with Sir Alfred and his career, but "Hitchcock/Truffaut" introduces a new element by allowing Hitch to comment on his movies. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/4 61% Race (2016) ""Race" will undoubtedly raise awareness of Owens' accomplishments and the travails he endured. That's a good thing. But one could wish for more substance in his personal story. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) "As a directorial debut the film is little short of astounding. It gives us one more reason to never forget. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Go for the laughs. But don't expect the spell of "Hail, Caesar!" to stick with you beyond the closing credits. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "It shouldn't work. It shouldn't move us so. But it does. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/4 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "Genuine humanity in a Michael Bay movie? Oh, it's not enough to bog down the action, and it never descends to touchy/feely navel-gazing, but it represents an emotional honesty he has never delivered before. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 14, 2016
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) "To answer the big question first: Yes, The Empire Strikes Back is just as enjoyable as Star Wars. In fact, this is one sequel that defies tradition by being better than the original on several counts -- most of them technical, but a few dramatic. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 14, 2015
80% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) "The film has special effects so incredible that it will become the standard by which future efforts are measured, and it leaves the audience cheering and happy. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 14, 2015
3/4 81% Chi-Raq (2015) "This mashup of rap concert, poetry reading (the bulk of the dialogue is in rhyming verse) and burlesque sometimes slips into preachiness or heavy-handed satire, but even the shortcomings become part of the film's overall strength. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 4, 2015
2.5/4 48% The Judge (2014) "The Judge has a few good things going for it... What the film doesn't have is faith that the audience can appreciate solid dramatic acting for more than, oh, three minutes at a stretch. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 77% Rosewater (2014) "For the most part Rosewater is well-acted, tension-filled and slyly iconoclastic. Say hello to Jon Stewart, movie director. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 88% Still Alice (2015) "[Julianne Moore] delivers a brilliant performance that buoys Still Alice just when it seems too much to bear. Oscar is waiting in the wings. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) "Leviathan is an angry/mournful look at how the system - any system - works to grind down the little guy. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 78% St. Vincent (2014) "With his feature debut, writer/director Theodore Melfi can be accused of dishing Hollywood cliches, but his cast's sheer good humor and professionalism lift this yarn. And the pile of improbabilities is offset by real heart and solid laughs. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5/4 67% Laggies (2014) "Every filmmaker is allowed a few career missteps. Lynn Shelton seems to have spent all hers on just one movie. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "I hardly laughed at all. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 73% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "There's nothing of substance here, but there needn't be. It's just pure escapist fun, wittily delivered. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 84% While We're Young (2015) "It's easy to appreciate what Baumbach is aiming for in While We're Young, but it feels more like an intellectual exercise than an involving, emotional encounter. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 81% The Homesman (2014) "With his sophomore effort, The Homesman, Jones gives us a revisionist Western that defies expectations at every turn. It's a genuine art film in the vein of Aussie productions like The Proposition. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings runs for almost 21/2 hours, and that still isn't enough time for it to figure out why it's here or what it wants to say. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 86% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "It's Mulligan's Bathsheba who gives the film its center, providing us with an utterly modern woman fighting the constraints of a Victorian world. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 52% Unbroken (2014) "Unbroken is a good film. But you can't help wondering what it would have been like if it had been made by believers ... or at least by talents not averse to considering the role of faith in human perseverance. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Selma (2015) "Director Ava DuVernay has given us Selma, a docudrama about a pivotal campaign in the fight for civil rights for black Americans. You could say this film writes history not so much with lightning as with compassion. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "[Belgium's Dardenne brothers] They've never done anything as powerful as Two Days, One Night, featuring Marion Cotillard in what someday may be recalled as her greatest performance. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "It's not overstating the case to say that Dakota Johnson achieves stardom with this role. She mines moments of humor that help offset the soul-searching and weeping, and she's appealing without being impossibly beautiful. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 56% Focus (2015) "Focus was made by the writing/directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa... The twisted charm [their] earlier titles generated is utterly missing this time around. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "At least the film ends with a big Bollywood song-and-dance number. But it's too little too late for all but the most die-hard fans of the original. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 17% The Gunman (2015) "The Gunman is generic moviemaking that can't be lifted even by some usually solid performing players like Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Idris Elba. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 79% Furious 7 (2015) "Holding it all together is Diesel, who comes off as a steroid-stoked Buddha; even in the midst of chaos he calmly delivers proverbs in a rumbling basso: "Everyone's looking for the feel, but what's real is family." Whatever. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) "In the just-opened Grandma Lily Tomlin gives a performance that is more than Oscar-worthy - it is, in fact, a kind of summation of her career to date. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 73% Everest (2015) "The movie's first hour is a bit slow precisely because the filmmakers refuse to inject conventional dramatic elements... But it all pays off in the devastating finale. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "The main problem with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is its tone. We can't take this stuff seriously, yet Ritchie misses all sorts of opportunities to make the movie fun. The result isn't particularly satisfying as either adventure or comedy. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "Should we consider the Shaun the Sheep Movie an art film? Look at it this way. It's foreign (British). It's subversively funny. And it tells its story without one word of dialogue. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 25% Dark Places (2015) "The film looks good (albeit deliberately dark, as if shot through a gray filter) and Flynn's grim world view comes through loud and clear. Overall, though, a bit of a letdown. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 44% Irrational Man (2015) "At its most basic level [Irrational Man] is, like 2005's Match Point, a murder drama. This time around, though, the satisfactions are relatively few. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "In Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the obvious comfort level between star and director pays off nicely. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "It's a small film, but one that resonates strongly with the aging demographic that frequents the art house scene. You could even call it a perfect fit. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 88% Mr. Holmes (2015) "It's only at the end, when the ancient detective finally recognizes the simple comfort of holding another person's hand, that Mr. Holmes finds its emotional footing. Better late than never. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 44% The 33 (2015) ""The 33" does a pretty decent job of laying out a complicated yarn and seasoning it with dramatic moments as it twists and turns toward an uplifting conclusion. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2.5/4 56% Minions (2015) "The overall effect is mildly diverting and almost instantly forgettable. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2015
3/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "The film and the performers grow on us... and the production values are solid (why haven't more filmmakers employed the deep music catalog of Brian Eno?). It all ends with a good, guilt-free cry. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2015
3.5/4 91% Love & Mercy (2015) "Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy spectacularly chronicles one man's rise-fall-rise in riveting human (and musical) terms. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2015
2/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "If you can get past its narrative muddle, really irritating dialogue and a plethora of unanswered questions, Tomorrowland offers a potent metaphor about the triumph of human hope and ingenuity. Wish it were enough. " ‐ Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2015
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