KWQC-TV (Iowa)

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Poltergeist (2015) Linda Cook 'Poltergeist' is yet another decent remake that's a reimagining of a 1980s classic. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/4 The Way (2010) Linda Cook Emilio Estevez directs a road-trip movie with a different twist: The characters are all walking. 'The Way' refers to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a Catholic pilgrim's journey that reaches 550 miles across France and northern Spain. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/4 Battle of the Year (2013) Linda Cook If director Werner Herzog can do it with 'Rescue Dawn' and 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly,' why can't director Benson Lee? EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2013
3.5/4 This Is the End (2013) Linda Cook Profane, shocking, and absolutely hysterical, 'This is the End' is one of the most creative comedies to come along in years. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/4 Before Midnight (2013) Linda Cook I'm not sure this is the end of Richard Linklater's 'Before' trilogy. It's perfection just as it is, but then again, Linklater has nine more years to work on the sequel. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2013
1/4 Pain & Gain (2013) Linda Cook Why Michael Bay tried to make a dark comedy out of a heinous true crime is beyond me. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2013
0/4 The Big Wedding (2013) Linda Cook Vulgar, witless, and an insult to its stars and its audience. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2013
4/4 Life of Pi (2012) Linda Cook Mystical and endless as the number pi, 'The Life of Pi' works on a number of levels, all of them enchanting. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2013
2.5/4 Parker (2013) Linda Cook 'Parker' will come as no surprise to fans of Jason Statham's other R-rated actioners. It's the assemblage of this ensemble piece that's a pleasant surprise. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2013
2/4 Here Comes the Boom (2012) Linda Cook An average made-for-TV-type movie that makes its way onto the big screen, 'Here Comes the Boom' doesn't pack much of a punch. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2012
.5/4 Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) Linda Cook I can't imagine anyone who hasn't played the video game who would give a shout-out to the 'Silent Hill' sequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2012
2/4 The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) Linda Cook Oh, how 'The Man With the Iron Fists' longs to be 'Kill Bill.' It isn't, but its environments, blood-letting and martial arts, along with an interesting score and soundtrack, make no bones about its filmmakers being Quentin Tarantino devotees. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2012
4/4 Flight (2012) Linda Cook This may be the most heavy-duty, and finest, Oscar-worthy performance yet from Denzel Washington. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/4 Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Linda Cook Don't worry. You won't be the only grownup seeing 'Wreck-It Ralph.' And if you want to take your family, you will be laughing just as hard as the younger viewers. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2012
1.5/4 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Linda Cook Oh, my, what a cheat is in store for viewers of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.' EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3.5/4 Skyfall (2012) Linda Cook Even die-hard Sean Connery fans will have to admit there's another actor who can portray James Bond when they see 'Skyfall.' EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3.5/4 Hope Springs (2012) Linda Cook Wow. Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in an Ingmar Bergman film! EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2012
3/4 Dr. Seuss' the Lorax (2012) Linda Cook It's nice to see Seuss on the loose on the big screen again. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2012
2/4 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) Linda Cook It lost me at the bees. 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' is kinda/sorta based on the writings of Jules Verne, in a similar vein as its predecessor, 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.' EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2012
3/4 Safe House (2012) Linda Cook A solid thriller, 'Safe House' isn't extraordinary. But it's a safe bet for those who enjoy 'Bourne'-type espionage movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2012
1.5/4 The Vow (2012) Linda Cook Oh, was there ever an opportunity here. But it's easier to go the traditional route, I guess, than make waves. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2012
1/4 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) Linda Cook What an unholy mess is 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,' in which a man who made a deal with the devil roams the earth in search of bad guys. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2012
3/4 Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (1999) Linda Cook It's a nifty enough film that's entertaining but not comparable to the original 'Star Wars.' EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2012
2/4 Underworld: Awakening (2012) Linda Cook he vampires and werewolves are at it again. No, Twihards, you haven't missed another "Twilight" episode. This is indeed part of a franchise, but a far different, more violent one. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2012
3.5/4 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) Linda Cook s it a movie about loss? Definitely. Is it a movie about 9/11? Sort of. Will you reach a for a tissue while you watch "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?" Probably. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2012
4/4 Beauty and the Beast (1991) Linda Cook I admit it: I wrote this more than 20 years ago. But, like " Beauty and the Beast" itself, I think it stands the test of time. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2012
3.5/4 The White Rose (1983) Linda Cook First, of course, is the message of the movie. Actually, I should say the history that the movie contains: The true story of Sophie Scholl, a young German woman who was a student during the 1940s. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2012
3/4 The Iron Lady (2011) Linda Cook Although this is an interesting movie, the character outshines the screenplay. That's not surprising considering that Meryl Streep is earning acclaim for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 'Iron Lady.' EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
3/4 Joyful Noise (2012) Linda Cook Sort of a homespun 'Glee' for audiences with walks of faith, 'Joyful Noise' is truly that, featuring a soundtrack that's infectious. And believe it or not, this gospel-tinged musical covers almost all genres, from Paul McCartney to Kirk Franklin. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
3/4 Contraband (2012) Linda Cook t's not the Tom Cruise vehicle that's playing in the auditorium next door. Still, 'Contraband' is an entertaining heist flick. Based on an Icelandic movie, it's an enjoyable exercise in eluding capture. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
3.5/4 The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Linda Cook With gorgeous animation and action typical of its director, Steven Spielberg brings a comic strip to the big screen - in 3-D, no less. 'Tintin' has a lot in common with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and other fanciful Spielbergian adventures. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
2/4 The Devil Inside (2012) Linda Cook Gentle reader, be prepared for a shock."The Devil Inside" is pure fiction. I know about the advertising campaign and that it's supposed to be based on a true story, but it's not. It has a screenwriter, director and everything, even professional actors. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
4/4 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Linda Cook The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will leave its mark on you. Dark, brutal and intriguing, this version is as troubling and memorable as its Swedish counterpart. Its disturbing tone begins in the opening credits and continues to the last frame. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
3.5/4 War Horse (2011) Linda Cook A grand spectacle of a movie, War Horse' is an epic about loyalty, friendship and the horrors of war. Based on a marvelous book, Spielberg delivers a sweeping adventure that will become an instant classic among those who love old-fashioned storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
3.5/4 My Week With Marilyn (2011) Linda Cook Based on a true story about the iconic Marilyn Monroe, "My Week with Marilyn" depicts the actress at her most gorgeous and most frustrating. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
4/4 We Bought a Zoo (2011) Linda Cook We Bought a Zoo," based on a true story, is an outstanding show that could, and should, bring in herds of viewers. It centers on a man who really did buy a zoo with 200 animals, on his children and on the staff that became their second family. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2012
3/4 Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Linda Cook 'Reach for the skies' has a whole new meaning now. The science-fiction Western 'Cowboys & Aliens' is an entertaining, genre-blending romp. It's a serious movie, too - a drama with comedic moments - and that makes it all the more exciting. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3.5/4 Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Linda Cook Competent and smart, 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' is anything but. Because it features an ensemble of people who can't quite get love straight, it reminds me a little of 'Love, Actually.' EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
2/4 The Smurfs (2011) Linda Cook Once in awhile, a movie sets me searching for its origins. That's what 'The Smurfs' did. I guessed this movie wasn't quite what their creator had in mind - and I was right. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3/4 Glee the Concert Movie (2011) Linda Cook Time to get your Gleek on! If you understand that sentence, you'll probably want to see this show. If you're scratching your head, maybe it's time you became acquainted with a television series that's a bona fide phenomenon. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3.5/4 30 Minutes or Less (2011) Linda Cook A raunchy heist comedy with a pace as fast as its dialogue, '30 Minutes Or Less' will have you laughing out loud. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3/4 Final Destination 5 (2011) Linda Cook Does clever writing a horror movie make? I think it does. And if you do too, then set your GPS for 'Final Destination 5,' one of the best of the dark-humored, grisly components in the franchise about people meeting their demise in bizarre ways . EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3.5/4 The Help (2011) Linda Cook Brimming with believable, likeable women characters and set against the turbulence of Mississippi in the 1960s, 'The Help' is almost as good as Kathryn Stockett's novel. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3/4 The Round Up (2010) Linda Cook 'La Rafle' was a hit in France, and now you have a chance to see what Europe was raving about last year. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
1.5/4 Conan the Barbarian (2011) Linda Cook It would be barbaric to say this is the worst movie of the year. That certainly isn't the case. 'Conan the Barbarian' is, however, a second-rate remake, no more and no less. It's a far cry from the 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger film. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
2.5/4 Fright Night (2011) Linda Cook Just because it's more than 25 years old doesn't mean a movie needs to be remade. The 1985 movie 'Fright Night' is still enjoyable and quite entertaining. Now here's an above-average remake that adds a few changes, along with 3-D. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
2/4 One Day (2011) Linda Cook An average romantic dramedy, 'One Day' tips its hand so early in the game that you won't be a bit surprised by anything that ensues. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3/4 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) Linda Cook Clever and strange, 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D' is a psychedelic action movie that will boggle and entertain the minds of adults and kids alike. If you like wordplay, you will like it all the more for the witty dialogue. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
2/4 Our Idiot Brother (2011) Linda Cook Another fish-out-of-water story, 'Our Idiot Brother' never really makes a huge impact. It contains a few laughs certainly, but it's not one of the outstanding entries in this year's adult comedy genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
2.5/4 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) Linda Cook Every week, it seems, I watch a remake, or a 'reimagining,' of a feature film that didn't need to be remade. Now here's a remake of, I swear, a made-for-TV movie (starring Kim Darby, incidentally) from the 1970s. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011