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State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

State Journal-Register (Springfield, 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): Nick Rogers, Paul Povse
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
Nacho Libre (2006)
Jared Hess already made the one good movie he had in him. Jack Black needs a director who can save him from character-breaking shtick. The stretchy pants of "Nacho Libre" only go so far before stretchy patience sets in.
Posted Jun 16, 2006
2
2.5/4
Cars (2006)
The voices are great, a handful of puns are funny and the last half-hour is the Pixar movie we've expected to see. But that stalling sound in the opening race of "Cars" is Pixar's first-ever sputtering-out of imagination and immersion.
Posted Jun 9, 2006
3
3/4
The Break-Up (2006)
A love-it-or-hate-it mainstream romantic comedy in that makes a frill-free connection with its audience, whether that audience wants it or not. There's nothing wrong with something that delivers belly laughs before striking at gut level.
Posted Jun 2, 2006
4
1/4
Wolverine takes it personally when hit below the belt with a sucker punch. As a paying audience member, so should you. It's a vending-machine movie all the way, with none of the mood, charm or style that has preceded it.
Posted May 26, 2006
5
3.5/4
High on culture, low on pop, but easily has a bubbling feature-length fizz. Within snappy action sequences and manic comedy, there's a slight screed against the every-square-inch mentality.
Posted May 19, 2006
6
3/4
Tom Cruise picks plots and directors for "Mission: Impossible" movies the way average folks select shirts or skirts. Finally, he's found a writer and director to put him, and the franchise, through its paces.
Posted May 12, 2006
7
3/4
Poseidon (2006)
Wave hits. Boat flips. Survivors climb. Short movie. Smart move. Good time. None of the problems in this disaster-flick remake nags thanks to an aggressive, get-in-and-get-out intensity.
Posted May 12, 2006
8
1/4
The Sentinel (2006)
The AARP version of "24," at least showing us something we haven't seen "24's" hero do before - sleep. It's a pretty good indicator of the excitement and urgency in this stupid snoozer.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
9
4/4
United 93 (2006)
United 93 swells with immeasurable heart and hope where it could have been empty or crassly exploitative, and its exhausting, emotionally draining greatness comes from an unadorned story of humanity's personal resolve in one finite moment.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
10
3.5/4
Writer-director Jason Reitman doesn't just fire killshots at paper targets. He punches up Christopher Buckley's buckshot prose with invigorating ideas and grounded relationships.
Posted Apr 13, 2006
11
2.5/4
A blandly voiced, simply plotted, inoffensively average children's film. Every single bit - down to Scrat once again running away with the movie - is exactly like the first.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
12
2.5/4
V for visuals, W for Weaving and S for supporting cast only go so far to rise above the B for belabored points.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
13
1/4
"Failure to Launch's" unlikable lowlife leads are perfect for each other, considering that if they never met on Earth, they might someday cross paths in hell.
Posted Mar 10, 2006
14
3/4
A spinning-plates movie that only makes a shattered-glass mess in its finale with one twist for each character left standing. Otherwise, this empty-calorie eye-candy cartoon is an ultraviolent, boot-on-throat thiller with style and humor.
Posted Feb 23, 2006
15
3/4
The Matador (2006)
Even though it's a little too enamored with its edge and so obviously symbolic it could be called "The Metaphor," Brosnan is at his best, and the movie's got more on its mind than guns, giggles and a weenie-meets-warrior vibe.
Posted Feb 16, 2006
16
3/4
Eight Below (2006)
An emotionally gripping survival story with jaw-dropping cinematography, a straightforward sense of Antarctic danger and, brace yourself, good work from Paul Walker.
Posted Feb 16, 2006
17
2/4
Firewall (2006)
There are tense moments early on, and Bettany makes a convincing, sleek sociopath, but the movie's compromised by a dumbed-down script, ludicrous plot twists and a howler of a finale.
Posted Feb 10, 2006
18
4/4
Capote (2005)
A powerful, unsympathetic, no-frills portrayal of how steady moral decay corroded Capote's powers of expression.
Posted Feb 10, 2006
19
2.5/4
Kilcher is great, and the film's beautiful. But after the first five shots of still water disrupted by boots or boats, we get Malick's point. By film's end, it's as untethered from its rapturous beginning as its lovers are from their cultures.
Posted Jan 23, 2006
20
4/4
One of the all-time greatest love stories, its potent poignancy comes from universally relatable ideas like nagging love, lost dreams, a half-lived life and comfort in knowing incomplete joy is better than none at all.
Posted Jan 12, 2006
21
2/4
Glory Road (2006)
The movie tries to push every button and please everyone involved, and its expressway of good intentions is little more than just a patchy re-paving job
Posted Jan 12, 2006
22
3/4
Munich (2005)
Featuring compelling characters who converse through casualties, Spielberg's well-paced, stylish and admirably overambitious movie never fully verbalizes its story.
Posted Jan 6, 2006
23
3/4
A painted-pink pipe bomb of broad stereotypes that explodes with some big laughs, but takes no risks.
Posted Dec 28, 2005
24
3.5/4
King Kong (2005)
Take out much of the middle hour, with all its digital clutter and "Smackdown"-style card of creature villains, and what is majestic entertainment could've been an all-time great.
Posted Dec 28, 2005
25
2/4
Hoping for franchise success by visual association with other movies, no matter how great the mimicry, steals too much heart and spirit from this beloved children's classic.
Posted Dec 8, 2005
26
3.5/4
The greatest magic of this book - and this film - is that it doesn't pretend that growing up won't change everything. It's the first Potter film where reality and fantasy are equally fascinating.
Posted Nov 17, 2005
27
4/4
The movie pays homage to musical giants by portraying them as anything but. It's more about searching for the man in the Man in Black and the June in June Carter.
Posted Nov 17, 2005
28
2/4
For a rapper who's all about branding, 50 Cent should consider this: His excellent breakthrough record now shares a name with his middling movie.
Posted Nov 11, 2005
29
3.5/4
Zathura (2005)
One of the best live-action family films of the year because it understands that its wowing sights would be just as enjoyable acted out by an imaginative child.
Posted Nov 11, 2005
30
2.5/4
Original-haters with phenomenally low expectations will find a decent family action movie that, while still obnoxiously long, features more of the right kind of silly thrills.
Posted Oct 27, 2005
31
3/4
Saw II (2005)
In the interest of the film's themes of absolution, here's a free pass to the half-hearted original for giving way to this subversive brain-jiggler with perfect plot creases.
Posted Oct 27, 2005
32
2/4
Doom (2005)
A mostly standard-issue Marine fetish festival and also a regressive role for the Rock. He should never have to drop an F-bomb once, let alone 15 times, to seem tough.
Posted Oct 20, 2005
33
1.5/4
Domino (2005)
A damaging cinematic concussion that's visually and mentally exhausting - borderline punishing - for no reason. It advertises ambition and peddles confusion and incoherence.
Posted Oct 13, 2005
34
3.5/4
In Her Shoes (2005)
Curtis Hanson and Susannah Grant aren't afraid to let the material's scarred-over wounds open wide, so it's not shameful when they ask tear ducts to do the same thing
Posted Oct 6, 2005
35
4/4
Stripped of Cronenberg cartoonishness, it explosively fires into the heart of his sex-and-violence favorites, as well as reality and perception.
Posted Sep 29, 2005
36
3/4
The film probably won't spawn a cottage industry at Hot Topic, but its angst-ridden story of love - romantic and platonic - is likely to resonate stronger with shoppers.
Posted Sep 22, 2005
37
2.5/4
The wildly disjointed movie somehow finds an inoffensive, so-so groove. Despite some original strokes and funny gags, it takes many what-if answers from other, better titles.
Posted Sep 15, 2005
38
1/4
It wants to combine John Grisham's legalese with Dean R. Koontz's faith-oriented spooks. But any pulpy jolts have been expelled from the body of this retro-horror wannabe.
Posted Sep 8, 2005
39
4/4
Patience pays off in this immensely satisfying, rapturously urgent thriller-romance. Fernando Meirelles breaks from traditional trappings for one of the year's best movies.
Posted Sep 1, 2005
40
3/4
Valiant (2005)
Very short and very slight, Valiant still carries a dainty, retro charm amid heavy technology. A fine effort with a sweet message kids will be happy to hear only once.
Posted Aug 19, 2005
41
3/4
Red Eye (2005)
Who knows if Craven's back on track, but for the first time in years, he's drawn shivers from the power of story and suggestion, not the awfulness of his movies.
Posted Aug 19, 2005
42
.5/4
The Balladeer always sang that the mountain might get the Duke boys someday. With this movie, they crash the General Lee into it and explode.
Posted Aug 4, 2005
43
3/4
Sky High (2005)
A lighthearted, albeit sanitized, teen movie that marries 1960s kitsch to 1980s angst with sharp one-liners, sight gags and a lunatic-fringe supporting cast of comedians.
Posted Jul 28, 2005
44
3.5/4
Going against the hype, Wedding Crashers wisely favors sophistication over shock value. How you feel about that depends on the open-mindedness of your own inner child.
Posted Jul 28, 2005
45
2.5/4
Fantastic Four isn't even close to Sin City, Batman Begins or even Constantine, but it's a relatively quick, vibrant, focused origin story.
Posted Jul 7, 2005
46
2/4
Pitched at a level of interpersonal experience amid the mayhem, this blockbuster offers no sense of loss. Given its ending, you'd think the power had been out for a few days.
Posted Jun 30, 2005
47
3.5/4
Apart from the sunshiny ending, brains are all over the place in both respects in Land of the Dead, a fine example of hard-R genre fun.
Posted Jun 23, 2005
48
1.5/4
Nothing here beats the old-school sight of a halved Bug placing first and third in a race. A snippet of that scene is more exciting than any of Herbie's newfound trickery.
Posted Jun 23, 2005
49
4/4
Accessible smarts, rousing action, one of the year's finest acting ensembles. This great film proves entertainment with a brain as big as its budget isn't dead this summer.
Posted Jun 16, 2005
50
3.5/4
Hot, steaming hokum briefly creeps into the film, which alternates between fairytale and grimy reality. Russell Crowe anchors it with another captivating chameleon turn.
Posted Jun 13, 2005