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Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey Westhoff
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
The Losers (2010)
The Losers proves that screenwriting is easy if you don't sweat story structure. Or logic. Or the laws of physics.
Posted Apr 26, 2010
2
2/4
Kick-Ass (2010)
With an overload of characters and contrasts and disconnects, Kick-Ass tears itself apart. And that leaves its ultra violence untenable.
Posted Apr 18, 2010
3
3/4
Date Night (2010)
Like Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Carell and Fey are witty together, sexy together and most important of all, believable together.
Posted Apr 9, 2010
4
3/4
Edge of Darkness is at its core a story about a man grieving from an inconsolable loss. This doesn't ground just the film, it grounds Gibson's performance, which is among the best in his career. Possibly the best.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
5
2.5/4
A spirit of fun and adventure almost breaks through. Call it a near myth.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
6
3/4
Sloppy and needlessly smutty though it is, Hot Tub Time Machine is funny when it doesn't try so hard and sincere in its themes of friendship and middle-age malaise.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
7
2/4
The Bounty Hunter is supposed to be a romantic comedy-action movie hybrid - Hepburn and Tracy in Midnight Run - but it fails all genre requirements.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
8
1.5/4
Burton's personal stamp is missing. On Alice he is a director for hire, helping the Disney empire repurpose one of its animated properties and reinforce its 3-D bulkhead.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
9
3/4
Shutter Island is second-tier Scorsese, but not one of his misfires. It does the gothic horror genre proud, but fails to transcend it.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
10
2.5/4
The Wolfman (2010)
This moody and violent remake has several terrific moments.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
11
2/4
If the two leading characters were women, this would have gone straight to the Lifetime network.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
12
3/4
Artistically and technically, this film is superb, rich in excellent performances, wondrous visuals and compelling ideas. Yet for all its brilliance, The Lovely Bones remains elusive.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
13
2.4/4
A character known for his supreme intelligence should not be trapped in such a dumbed-down plot.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
14
3/4
Avatar (2009)
Avatar is great to look at, often astonishing and sometimes beautiful. But, oh, is the story pedestrian.
Posted Dec 20, 2009
15
4/4
Princess and the Frog revels in the sumptuous qualities of mood and color and especially music that flow naturally through hand-drawn animation but eludes the subroutines of computer animation.
Posted Dec 12, 2009
16
3/4
The Road (2009)
The end of civilization in The Road is ugly and terrifying, but that makes the father and son's hope and faith so much stronger.
Posted Dec 12, 2009
17
1/4
2012 (2009)
Emmerich, Bay and their brethren need to learn how boring these CGI onslaughts have become. When we see 18 skyscrapers collapse and several dozen vehicles wreck at the same moment, what do we focus on?
Posted Nov 12, 2009
18
3/4
Leaving aside the technology behind Robert Zemeckis' animated A Christmas Carol, this is the most satisfying version of Charles Dickens' oft-told tale in years.
Posted Nov 11, 2009
19
3/4
Maybe it is just easier to laugh at things that happened decades ago, but the contemporary story never attains the same power as the flashbacks.
Posted Nov 11, 2009
20
3/4
Director David Bowers supplies just enough heart and more than enough humor to make "Astro Boy" an agreeable entertainment.
Posted Nov 11, 2009
21
3.5/4
Jonze creates perhaps the most artful film aimed at children since The Red Balloon, and one with unusually deep emotional resonance.
Posted Nov 11, 2009
22
2.5/4
Like many movies that try to stretch a sketch idea to 90 minutes or more, Lying starts to sputter early on.
Posted Oct 2, 2009
23
3/4
Whip It (2009)
An easy movie to like.
Posted Oct 2, 2009
24
3/4
9 (2009)
A visual feast, if you don't mind the depressing, post-Apocalyptic setting.
Posted Oct 2, 2009
25
3/4
The more tightly Taking Woodstock focuses on history, the more satisfying the experience.
Posted Aug 31, 2009
26
2.5/4
Tarantino's scenes go on and on because he's in love with the sound of his character talking. This gets especially maddening in Inglorious Basterds because much of the dialogue is in German, so the words are three times as long.
Posted Aug 21, 2009
27
2.5/4
Any movie that follows parallel stories runs the danger that one will be superior to the other, but the disparity is especially wide in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia.
Posted Aug 21, 2009
28
3.5/4
Funny People (2009)
Comes mighty close to becoming something few film critics dreamed they would declare, an Adam Sandler masterpiece.
Posted Aug 21, 2009
29
1.5/4
Allowing the characters to talk dirty adds nothing to the chick flick formula.
Posted Aug 21, 2009
30
3/4
Bruno (2009)
Bruno has one crucial element Borat lacked, a satirical point of view.
Posted Aug 21, 2009
31
3/4
Some sloppy storytelling prevents Public Enemies from reaching greatness anyway, but what hampers the movie is Mann's decision to shoot in high definition video. The movie just looks cheap.
Posted Jul 8, 2009
32
2/4
All this is Bay being Bay, but you have to question the motives of Hasbro. The company is marketing its toys through a film that contains language and humor inappropriate for children 13 and younger.
Posted Jun 23, 2009
33
2.5/4
The Proposal (2009)
Once you've set your story up as a bedroom farce, resisting the form seems futile. The Proposal meanders toward a tone without arriving at one.
Posted Jun 23, 2009
34
2/4
Land of the Lost is only one hour and 36 minutes long, but it could easily be 15 minutes shorter without the scenes of Ferrell's meandering ad-libs.
Posted Jun 4, 2009
35
3.5/4
Up (2009)
Up may not quite rank as Pixar's finest film, but it is certainly the animation studio's oddest and bravest picture, and possibly its most beautiful.
Posted May 30, 2009
36
3.5/4
Who wants to see a Terminator movie without the star synonymous with not just with the role, but the whole concept of the series? Anyone who wants to see another smart, taut and exciting science-fiction extravaganza with outstanding action sequences, that
Posted May 21, 2009
37
2/4
At one point Langdon bellows, "I need a map showing all the churches in Rome!" which is a hilarious bit of dialogue because you might as well demand a map showing all the bars in Milwaukee. Then again, that would lead to a more entertaining movie.
Posted May 21, 2009
38
3.5/4
Star Trek (2009)
J.J. Abrams muscles aside Trek's ponderous aspects with a rip-roaring storyline and enough action to qualify as a galactic James Bond movie
Posted May 8, 2009
39
2/4
The script plays it safe and clings to the rules of the superhero movie.
Posted May 1, 2009
40
3/4
Though satisfying as throwaway suspense, State of Play is framed with fondness for the American newspaper and sadness for its presumed demise.
Posted May 1, 2009
41
1/4
A funny version of Taxi Driver is a dubious proposition to begin with, and writer-director Jody Hill botches it from the start.
Posted May 1, 2009
42
3/4
Adventureland tells a bleaker story than the audience might expect, but for the most part the coming of age drama is sincere and honest.
Posted May 1, 2009
43
3/4
Saves its best for last and emerges as an enjoyable and competent bit of family entertainment.
Posted Mar 16, 2009
44
2/4
Watchmen (2009)
With Snyder, "visionary" means he's all about the visuals, and he does mine Watchmen for impressive, computer-enhanced eye candy. But Snyder is tone deaf to stultifying dialogue and wooden performances.
Posted Mar 5, 2009
45
2/4
After a gripping opening scene, The International often shudders to a halt trying to explain its convoluted plot.
Posted Feb 21, 2009
46
4/4
Coraline (2009)
The artistry on display in Coraline cannot be underestimated.
Posted Feb 21, 2009
47
1.5/4
Taken (2009)
Was Liam Neeson looking for a script with lousier dialogue than "The Phantom Menace"?
Posted Feb 21, 2009
48
3.5/4
How refreshing to be in the hands of a filmmaker who doesn't follow a diagram he found in the pages of "Seven Easy Steps to a Boffo Screenplay."
Posted Jan 15, 2009
49
1.5/4
Bride Wars (2009)
Here's the biggest problem with Bride Wars: As simple as the premise is, we don't buy it for a moment.
Posted Jan 8, 2009
50
2.5/4
Valkyrie (2008)
Much of Valkyrie works, but not quite enough.
Posted Jan 7, 2009