KC Active

KC Active is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Dan Lybarger
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 22 Jump Street (2014) Dan Lybarger In fact, much of the bawdy humor in 22 Jump Street comes from its makers' staunch refusal to take anything about the venture seriously. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2014
2/5 Maleficent (2014) Dan Lybarger With only her voice and her sense of bearing, Jolie effortlessly makes the notoriously wicked fairy seem real. Hardly anyone else involved in Maleficent seems to have that magic. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Dan Lybarger Haiku MacFarlane should have Watched Blazing Saddles instead of remaking it. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2014
0/5 21 and Over (2013) Dan Lybarger With '21 and Over,' Lucas and Moore finally have a chance to demonstrate that they can be as witty as well as sophomoric. I'm still waiting for them to at least start trying. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2013
3/5 John Dies at the End (2012) Dan Lybarger It is refreshing that Coscarelli is willing to offer viewers something that at least tries to take the rules of cinema into new directions. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2013
2.5/5 Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Dan Lybarger Oz the Great and Powerful should probably have been titled Oz the so-so and Kind of Entertaining or Oz, At Least It's Better than The Wonderful Land of Oz. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2013
4/5 A Place at the Table (2012) Dan Lybarger Jacboson and Silverbush know how to make this potentially unpleasant news palatable and inspiring. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2013
2/5 The Call (2013) Dan Lybarger The story could be about how Jordan deals or doesn't deal with the helplessness of the situation, but that would have required more work than anybody involved with 'The Call' was apparently willing to make. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2013
4/5 Les Misérables (2012) Dan Lybarger Director Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech'), for the most part, balances Hugo's gritty, if romantic tale, with the larger-than-life demands of an adaptation of the 1985 stage musical. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
3/5 This Is 40 (2012) Dan Lybarger But for everything Apatow gets right, he bungles something else. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
3/5 Jack Reacher (2012) Dan Lybarger It's easy to like the idea of a Jack Reacher movie; it takes a little more effort to like the one writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (who penned 'The Usual Suspect's) has made. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Dan Lybarger If Jackson had focused simply on Bilbo's party and their attempts to get a proper homeland for the dwarves, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' would have been a leaner, more engaging tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 The Flat (2011) Dan Lybarger 'The Flat' has a strange staying power that the objects in the apartment didn't. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 Anna Karenina (2012) Dan Lybarger Knightley has a rare gift for making viewers willing to follow her characters even as they make catastrophically stupid decisions. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
1/5 Jack and Diane (2012) Dan Lybarger Little movie, called Jack and Diane. Must have been sitting too long in the can. No, it doesn't have the Mellencamp song. And it gets everything thing else terribly wrong. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 The House I Live In (2012) Dan Lybarger Our search for easy answers to the evils of drugs is an addiction we must wean ourselves from. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
2.5/5 Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Dan Lybarger Perhaps Hyde Park on Hudson would have been more edifying if it hadn't been released in the wake of The King's Speech. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
2.5/5 Not Fade Away (2012) Dan Lybarger Unfortunately, Chase's failed group is no more interesting than one you or your friends might have played in. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 The Impossible (2012) Dan Lybarger Unlike a lot of movies that have the "based on a true story" tagline, 'The Impossible' doesn't have to do much to remind us that its harrowing tale is genuine EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
1/5 Gangster Squad (2013) Dan Lybarger It's fitting that 'Gangster' Squad deals with crime because charging admission to this torpid film is robbery. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4.5/5 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Dan Lybarger "Zero Dark Thirty" is less a celebration how terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was found and killed than an engrossing examination of why it took a decade to deal with him. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 Rust and Bone (2012) Dan Lybarger Through restraint, French director Jacques Audiard does a better job of tugging on viewers' hearts than most filmmakers can achieve with excess. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 Quartet (2012) Dan Lybarger At 75, Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with 'Quartet' and demonstrates some real promise if the acting thing doesn't work out. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4.5/5 A Royal Affair (2012) Dan Lybarger Sometimes falling in love can really change the world or at least the fate of a nation. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4.5/5 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Dan Lybarger Loaded with pleasant surprises, this adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel combines romantic comedy, dysfunctional family woes and a sense of danger without ever losing its way. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2012
2/5 Taken 2 (2012) Dan Lybarger Like American filmmakers, it seems the French don't know when to quit, either. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2/5 The Oranges (2011) Dan Lybarger Essentially, the movie feels like a one-night-stand that's overstayed its welcome. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
1/5 VHS (2012) Dan Lybarger Perhaps it's time to put the "POV, found footage" horror subgenre out to pasture, the way the western faded into obscurity. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
4.5/5 Frankenweenie (2012) Dan Lybarger Tim Burton more than redeems himself by resurrecting something he made nearly 30 years ago. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
3/5 Here Comes the Boom (2012) Dan Lybarger Kevin James is an appealing performer who'd probably be even more likable if he could pick out better scripts. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
4.5/5 Argo (2012) Dan Lybarger Now that Affleck taken up directing and chosen his acting roles more carefully, the wait between his films seems intolerably long. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2/5 10 Years (2011) Dan Lybarger This should be a new rule for filmmakers: If the people you're following aren't as interesting as the real folks you know and love, your movie won't be much to leave home for or come home to. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2/5 Hotel Transylvania (2012) Dan Lybarger About the only thing interesting about 'Hotel Transylvania' is its release date, September 28, World Rabies Day. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/5 Rec 3: Genesis (2012) Dan Lybarger Just because a movie is subtitled doesn't mean it's any more imaginative or better crafted than domestic films. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2012
4/5 Sleepwalk With Me (2012) Dan Lybarger There is something worthwhile about a comic who has the guts to admit not everything that arises from his lips is worthy of Mark Twain. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2012
.5/5 Last Ounce of Courage (2012) Dan Lybarger It's a call for the faithful to rise up if they, or any heathens who stumble in the audience, can wake from their naps or their fits of helpless unintentional laughter. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2012
3.5/5 Sparkle (2012) Dan Lybarger 'Sparkle' is a solidly, if not imaginatively, made showbiz tale that might have escaped notice had it not been for that fact that one if its stars, singer Whitney Houston, died after she completed her work in it. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4.5/5 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) Dan Lybarger Klayman deserves a lot of credit for being in the right place at the right time with the right person. Ai is a treat to follow around, and his courage is clearly more than a pose. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4.5/5 The Queen of Versailles (2012) Dan Lybarger It scores a lot of laughs at the Siegel's bad taste and odd ways of adapting to their newfound misfortune. Thankfully, Greenfield also makes the Siegels sympathetic. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4.5/5 Killer Joe (2011) Dan Lybarger 'Killer Joe' is a deep-fried, jalapeño-flavored noir that tests audience endurance. It dares viewers not to look at the depravity onscreen while gently nudging viewers to revel in it. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4/5 Ruby Sparks (2012) Dan Lybarger Haiku Ruby Sparks Creations don't stay abstract long when they become flesh and blood women EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2012
4/5 Take This Waltz (2011) Dan Lybarger Haiku Take This Waltz Sarah Polley can make stupid decisions seem well worth repeating EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3/5 Beyond the Black Rainbow (2011) Dan Lybarger While never quite dull, 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' doesn't achieve all the chills it's capable of. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 Red Scorpion (1989) Dan Lybarger Because it was produced by disgraced (and imprisoned) Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the movie is now loaded with an eerie unintentional laughter it didn't have for its original viewers. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2012
2.5/5 That's My Boy (2012) Dan Lybarger Without the handy chapter select features that come with DVDs and Blu-Rays, it's a long and painful wait for the good, I mean, bad stuff. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4.5/5 Your Sister's Sister (2011) Dan Lybarger It's an oddly charming and entertaining film that works because it's willing to embrace the less savory side of its characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2012
3.5/5 People Like Us (2012) Dan Lybarger Director Alex Kurtzman occasionally makes some decisions that undermine the veracity of the tale. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 Ted (2012) Dan Lybarger Just as he has done for cartoons, Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane has made what could have been a children's story safe for raunch. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2012
1/5 Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011) Dan Lybarger It's a bad sign when Jane Fonda has to work to pass for an old hippie. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2012
2/5 For Greater Glory (2012) Dan Lybarger Curiously, rookie director Dean Wright can't seem to make a struggle for one of the most basic rights all that interesting. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2012