KCCI (Des Moines, IA)

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Rental (2020) Damond Fudge What Franco has created here is an unrelenting horror film, filled with such dread and tension, built up so slowly that it's almost uncomfortable to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
World War Z (2013) Damond Fudge World War Z could have ended up going down in flames, but it turned out to be one of the more entertaining movies of the summer. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Wonder Woman (2017) Damond Fudge Go see Wonder Woman solely for the fact that it's a fantastic, well made, exciting and emotional film. In fact, I can honestly say, without hyperbole, that this is one of the best superhero movies ever. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Wish I Was Here (2014) Damond Fudge Wish I Was Here is heartbreakingly beautiful and touchingly funny...a kind of post-modern Generation X film. Think Reality Bites filtered through the 20/20 hindsight of The Big Chill. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Wind River (2017) Damond Fudge Like the land in which it takes place, Wind River is a harsh and relentless film. It's an intense slow burn that leads to a climax that gives up its revelation in a quick and explosive burst. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Winchester (2018) Damond Fudge Winchester squanders the potential in its true story inspiration, and not even the ghosts can bring life to this haunted house tale. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Whiplash (2014) Damond Fudge Whiplash is exactly why films are made. It's powerful, moving, scary, gripping, thought-provoking, exhausting, inspiring and...in-%*@#ing-tense. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Damond Fudge What We Do in the Shadows is a flat-out hilarious comedy...simultaneously droll and goofy...one of the funniest comedies of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Damond Fudge This is a fantastic and gritty thriller, and it's definitely a full-on slow burn...a mystery thriller in the classic, film noir sense. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Veronica Mars (2014) Damond Fudge The film is an exciting mystery, successfully capturing the fun of the series while blending it with the feel of a classic noir. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Venom (2018) Damond Fudge Venom feels like something Sony made so they could retain control over one of the few aspects of the Spider-verse they still owned. Without Spidey to anchor the storyline, though, it just feels adrift. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Trainwreck (2015) Damond Fudge Trainwreck is quite raunchy. It's also hilarious and very sweet...I expected the raunchiness and for it to be really funny, but I didn't expect it to have such heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Tomb Raider (2018) Damond Fudge At times, it's exciting and adventurous...Other times, though, the movie feels like it's treading water, waiting for the next thrilling set-piece to come into Lara's path. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Thoroughbreds (2017) Damond Fudge Thoroughbreds is a pitch black dark comedy in the vein of Heathers or Throw Momma from the Train. Think Mean Girls filtered through the bleakly humorous noir lens of the Coen brothers. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Damond Fudge Thor: Ragnarok is a prime example of how a complete tonal shift can rejuvenate a film series. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The World's End (2013) Damond Fudge The World's End is comedy gold... underscored by heavier themes: What is the true meaning of friendship, how does being overly reliant on technology and consumerism affect us and how much of our inner child should we give up in order to become an adult? EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Witch (2015) Damond Fudge The Witch is a totally messed up movie, in a good way. By the very nature of the story, the film begins at a simmer that slowly builds and builds until it's boiling over with insanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Way, Way Back (2013) Damond Fudge The Way Way Back will lift your spirits and make you rediscover that part of you that still believes you're capable of anything, no matter how deep down within you it has been buried. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Visit (2015) Damond Fudge The Visit is one freaky found footage frightfest. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) Damond Fudge Prey by Night...takes everything about the original and feeds it through the Generic Slasher Film meat grinder...an insult to its own predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Spectacular Now (2013) Damond Fudge The Spectacular Now is a touching, and sometimes funny, coming-of-age drama...one of the most honest and realistic teen films I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Snowman (2017) Damond Fudge The Snowman is dull, uninspired, lifeless, sluggish and boring. I think that about covers it, let me just check my thesaurus a minute, here...oh, yes, meandering and tedious. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Shallows (2016) Damond Fudge The Shallows is solid, B-movie entertainment. It's the kind of movie you would have expected to see on a drive-in double bill back in the 1970s with, say, the original Piranha. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Revenant (2015) Damond Fudge As raw and realistic as survival films come...a brilliant, mesmerizing, harrowing, beautiful, merciless and savage film. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Quiet Ones (2014) Damond Fudge While the movie has all the feel of a classic Hammer production (old buildings, dark shadows, moody set pieces), the story never really has enough oomph. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Purge: Election Year (2016) Damond Fudge After a weak start and a decent sequel, The Purge: Election Year allows the series to finally feel like the genre it wants be: Urban Survival Horror, with the commentary on the side. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Damond Fudge I did enjoy this more than the first, and even more than I thought I would as a whole. By the halfway mark, I actually started caring about the well-being of the main characters in a way I didn't by that point in the first one. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Purge (2013) Damond Fudge While there is a lot of promise in the premise, The Purge just ends up becoming Assault on Suburb 13. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Predator (2018) Damond Fudge The Predator is a violent, explosive and gory action film. In other words, exactly what you expect from a Predator movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Nice Guys (2016) Damond Fudge A fantastic throwback to several eras. At its heart it's a classic 1940s film noir...wrapped in the polyester styling of 1970s crime films...contains the fun 1980s buddy-film banter and chemistry...punctuated by the ultra-violence of the 1990s. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Mummy (2017) Damond Fudge For all of its large scale and bluster, The Mummy's biggest flaw is that it's not fun or exciting enough. It tries, all right, but something's just not there, that intangible something that sets this kind of movie apart from the pack. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Damond Fudge The Last Witch Hunter is a bland attempt at franchise filmmaking. It's not entirely dull, but there's very little about it that's exciting, either. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Damond Fudge Rian Johnson has given us a breathtaking visual spectacle to go along with his plot, one which respects the viewer's intelligence and doesn't just hand-feed you. It's not just the characters that get a dose of expansion, but the saga as a whole. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Intern (2015) Damond Fudge The Intern isn't a fantastic film nor does it break any new cinematic ground, but it's enjoyable for what it is and, most importantly, it's also entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Damond Fudge Being such a fan of [author John] Bellairs, I was probably looking forward to The House with a Clock in Its Walls more than most this season, and I was not disappointed. It's the perfect fun family fright film for fall. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Damond Fudge The Hitman's Bodyguard is an action-comedy live-action cartoon...the movie knows what it is and makes no bones about it. The action is over-the-top and full of clichés, but in an entertaining way. In fact, it's almost oddly comforting because of this. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Greatest Showman (2017) Damond Fudge The Greatest Showman is a spectacular modern musical extravaganza in the classic Hollywood style. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Great Gatsby (2013) Damond Fudge When it comes to translating a classic novel, more could have been done here. A lot less could have been done, at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Girl on the Train (2016) Damond Fudge The Girl on the Train was a thrilling bestseller that seems to have squandered its potential to be a thrilling blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Gift (2015) Damond Fudge [A] finely-tuned, multi-layered, creepy-as-all-get-out thriller...[with] a tension that builds and builds to one gut-punch of a finale. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Equalizer (2014) Damond Fudge The Equalizer is dark and brutally violent...Fuqua adds his stylistic flair to the proceedings, but it has a more restrained feel than some of his other action outings. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The End of the Tour (2015) Damond Fudge The End of the Tour is a riveting film that celebrates a literary genius by exposing his flaws. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Disaster Artist (2017) Damond Fudge The Disaster Artist is a fascinating character study of a delusional obsessive...it's not so much about the making of this cult film as it is about following your passions, no matter what, and accepting where that path leads you. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Dark Tower (2017) Damond Fudge Ninety-five minutes is very short for something that needs to tell such an epic tale...It's like someone made a CliffsNotes version of the screenplay, then someone else came along and said, "This is too wordy," and made a CliffsNotes of the CliffsNotes. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Counselor (2013) Damond Fudge The Counselor is chock full of talent...Despite this, the movie ends up leaving the viewer feeling empty. There are some nicely staged scenes, but the script is just full of rambling dialog. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Conjuring 2 (2016) Damond Fudge It may not be as scary as the first film, but The Conjuring 2 is still very satisfying. It's the horror sequel future horror sequels should try to emulate. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Conjuring (2013) Damond Fudge If you're looking for some really good scares, The Conjuring is what you want. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Damond Fudge Despite the two-dimensionality of the characters, the story has some strong moments. It's not consistently tense, the way the first two entries were...but it does have a few decent, suspenseful scenes, enough to...make you care about the outcome. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Damond Fudge Because we've seen the elements of this genre before, the film severely telegraphs its emotional beats...Its only saving grace is the talent of the actors involved. Otherwise the film would fall flat on its face. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
The Book of Henry (2017) Damond Fudge I do agree that things could've been handled with a little more subtlety, grace or tact...but even so, the end result was satisfying to me. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020