Reno Gazette-Journal

Reno Gazette-Journal is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Forrest Hartman, Mark Robison
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Before Midnight (2013) Forrest Hartman Making a movie with nothing more than smart dialogue and fine performances is a dying art, but Linklater, Hawke and Delpy remind us that it's a skill worth saving. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2013
4/4 The Conjuring (2013) Forrest Hartman Director James Wan, best known for creating the Saw franchise, delivers his finest work to date. Instead of relying on the graphic, slasher-style techniques that made Saw a hit, Wan turns to old-fashioned suspense, and the payoff is big. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2013
3/4 The Heat (2013) Forrest Hartman There's no getting away from the fact that The Heat is lightweight and derivative, but its formulas have been freshened just enough to make it fun. With Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock on board, that's enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2013
3.5/4 Pacific Rim (2013) Forrest Hartman The plot is well designed considering how silly the movie really is. Credit that to Guillermo Del Toro. He obviously put a lot of though into the picture, but it's still a basic action film, and the selling point is giant robots battling giant monsters. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2013
2/4 This Is the End (2013) Forrest Hartman The best thing about This Is the End is playing "spot-the-celebrity" in the early frames. Do this, and you'll find everyone from Jason Segel to David Krumholtz. If all that talent were put to better use, the film might have been worth watching. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/4 The Frozen Ground (2013) Forrest Hartman The Frozen Ground isn't innovative, but it is a well-paced and engaging thriller that has the added appeal of a truth-based narrative. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2013
2/4 The Big Wedding (2013) Forrest Hartman The goofy characters waltz through plenty of offbeat situations, but that's not enough because quirky and funny are not synonymous. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2.5/4 Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Forrest Hartman Olympus Has Fallen has excellent action sequences, and Fuqua does a terrific job making Washington, D.C., look like a battleground. For indulgent viewers, this will be enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2013
3/4 The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Forrest Hartman Writer-director Derek Cianfrance gained considerable attention for his 2010 drama Blue Valentine, and he has created an even finer movie with The Place Beyond the Pines. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/4 Mud (2013) Forrest Hartman Mud should cement [writer-director Jeff Nichols'] reputation as a storyteller capable of extracting intense excitement from character-based dramas. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3.5/4 Oblivion (2013) Forrest Hartman Oblivion is a deliberate and beautifully crafted picture that embraces genre trappings without sacrificing the emotional heft of pure drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/4 G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Forrest Hartman [Jon M.] Chu is a stylish director, and it's fun to watch him blow things up. He also paces the material furiously. For awhile, this strategy works. But, as with most movies that don't have any substance, the pomposity and spectacle grow tiresome. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2.5/4 Ginger & Rosa (2012) Forrest Hartman As good as the movie is performance-wise, [director Sally] Potter allows the pacing to drag frequently, meaning viewers must be patient with Ginger & Rosa. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2013
1.5/4 Bullet to the Head (2012) Forrest Hartman A big, dumb action film that charges forward believing Stallone is charismatic enough to sell even bad writing. He's not. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/4 Evil Dead (2013) Forrest Hartman Evil Dead owes everything to its predecessor, and [director Fede] Alvarez never tries to hide that fact, even when his movie feels painfully redundant. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3.5/4 42 (2013) Forrest Hartman Writer-director Brian Helgeland delivers his best movie with 42, a sharp, earnest tale about Jackie Robinson's contributions to Major League Baseball. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/4 The Gatekeepers (2012) Forrest Hartman The Gatekeepers shines as both an excellent history lesson and a remarkably in-depth look at one of the world's most important covert agencies. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/4 Admission (2013) Forrest Hartman What's a romantic comedy to do when it is neither romantic nor comedic? When that film is Admission, it plunges forward drunkenly, hoping to overcome its inadequacies with goodwill created by the cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2013
.5/4 The Host (2013) Forrest Hartman The Host fails as a romance, but it also struggles as an adventure film. The body-snatching angle has been done before, and the aliens... aren't menacing enough. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3.5/4 The House I Live In (2012) Forrest Hartman Americans have long celebrated justice and freedom, but director Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In forces viewers to look closely at political policies that have turned the nation into the No. 1 jailer in the world. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/4 Phantom (2013) Forrest Hartman Done well, submarine movies are intense affairs that keep viewers glued to the screen as characters play breathtaking games of cat-and-mouse. Done poorly, they turn out like Phantom. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/4 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Forrest Hartman A slow, humdrum comedy that would have worked better as a 10-minute sketch than a feature film. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/4 21 and Over (2013) Forrest Hartman There's a reason 21 & Over feels like a low-rent, teen version of The Hangover. It was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the two scribes who created the comedy blockbuster. Only this time, they're out of new ideas. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2.5/4 Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Forrest Hartman Although a fairy tale, the movie is presented as a big-budget, special-effects blockbuster that plays as much like Clash of the Titans as a Disney cartoon. That places a lot of limitations on audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2.5/4 Snitch (2013) Forrest Hartman [Director Rick Roman] Waugh is self indulgent in his approach to the material, and the dialogue occasionally bogs in preachy rhetoric. Once one moves beyond these annoyances, Snitch works as a simple and enjoyable action thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2.5/4 Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Forrest Hartman For a movie that looks gorgeous, evokes memories of a cinematic classic and boasts a bundle of star power, Oz the Great and Powerful is oddly flat. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/4 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Forrest Hartman [Director Tommy] Wirkola attempts to balance his over-the-top gore with gags, but the jokes often fall flat. The characters aren't very compelling either, and that's a problem in a film built around action. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/4 Dark Skies (2013) Forrest Hartman Dark Skies unveils its horror slowly, creating a suspenseful ride that feels satisfying even though we're traveling a familiar road. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 Identity Thief (2013) Forrest Hartman Very little about Identity Thief is original. After a brief introduction that leads to Sandy and Diana travelling across the country together, viewers are saddled with a story that's essentially a road movie with an Odd Couple twist. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 Warm Bodies (2013) Forrest Hartman As one might expect from a zombie romance, the film doesn't pack a lot of big ideas. Still, the concept is original, and watching it unfold is loads of fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
1.5/5 A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Forrest Hartman This new entry to the Die Hard series features a seriously underdeveloped plot held together by stunt sequences that are as overblown as they are ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/4 Epic (2013) Forrest Hartman Beautiful 3D animation coupled with a compelling story and fantastic writing make this the best animated movies since Rise of the Guardians. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Forrest Hartman The plotting is ridiculous and the dialogue is melodramatic, but the stunts are as good as they get. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/4 After Earth (2013) Forrest Hartman Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, who hadn't made a truly great film since 2002, returns to form with this exciting and well-paced adventure EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 The Internship (2013) Forrest Hartman The film takes product placement to a new level; as it is essentially a recruiting ad for Google. Get past that and it's also a consistently funny comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 The Hammer (2007) Forrest Hartman The Hammer could have become a typically sappy sports flick, but [Adam Carolla] filled it with enough of his trademark humor to keep things fresh even with plotting that isn't groundbreaking." EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/4 Ratatouille (2007) Forrest Hartman Rarely do Pixar films fall short of excellence, and Ratatouille is no exception. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2007
2/4 Transformers (2007) Forrest Hartman A big, dumb, special effects-laden action flick. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2007
2/4 Nancy Drew (2007) Forrest Hartman Although passable, Nancy Drew would feel right at home on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, which means the real mystery is how it ended up with a widespread theatrical release. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 Day Watch (2006) Forrest Hartman Somewhere around the 45-minute mark the film transforms from cool-and-atmospheric thriller to indecipherable mess. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 Evan Almighty (2007) Forrest Hartman Evan Almighty is filled with broad, slapstick moments and one too many bits involving falling bird poop, but it has its heart in the right place and is morally laudable. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2007
1/4 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Forrest Hartman It's yo-ho-ho and a bottle of dumb! EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3/4 Gracie (2007) Forrest Hartman The [Shue] family's passion for the story is evident, and it shows through in a well-acted and even inspiring movie that will hold particular appeal for young female athletes. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 Knocked Up (2007) Forrest Hartman There's value in films about supernatural heroes and bigger-than-life villains, but the ones that stick with us feature characters we can relate to. Apatow has given birth to that sort of film, and he should be a very proud papa. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.4/4 Year of the Dog (2007) Forrest Hartman The characters in Year of the Dog are far more interesting than the events they take part in. And the setup is better than the payoff. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
3/4 28 Weeks Later (2007) Forrest Hartman A good deal better than the average Hollywood horror film, but 28 Weeks Later doesn't have the inventiveness, originality or intelligence that made its predecessor one of the top horror pictures of the past five years. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
3.5/4 The Last King of Scotland (2006) Forrest Hartman Forest Whitaker's intense, studied performance shows Amin not only as a madman responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his countrymen, but as a charismatic figure capable of winning hearts and minds EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2007
4/4 Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Forrest Hartman One of the finest war films ever made - in any language. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2007
3.5/4 Charlotte's Web (2006) Forrest Hartman It's refreshing to watch a movie that is both artistically brilliant and truly family friendly. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2006
3/4 Rocky Balboa (2006) Forrest Hartman Sylvester Stallone has decided to give his punch-addled fighter one more round, and the result isn't half bad. Rather, Rocky Balboa is about 30 percent bad, which means it's 70-percent good EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2006