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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 To the Bone (2017) Rick Bentley There's a pure honesty to Noxon's story and direction that makes "To the Bone" a tale of despair and promise, gain and loss, horror and hope. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2017
2.5/4 Despicable Me 3 (2017) Rick Bentley The third film is more like a series of different vignettes more intent on introducing new characters than capitalizing on what made the first two movies work. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/4 The Little Hours (2017) Rick Bentley A word of warning. The Little Hours is an assault on conventional religious thinking that will most likely shock those who expect this movie to show any respect toward the Church. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/4 The Hero (2017) Rick Bentley Elliot not only conveys complicated emotions with just a look from that expressive face but his deep voice sounds like the echoes of decades of life resonating off the walls of time. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2017
3.5/4 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Rick Bentley The important thing is that while the production never reaches for intellectual grandeur, it is on a very basic level one of the funniest movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2017
0.5/4 Snatched (2017) Rick Bentley Best-case scenario with Snatched is that you are kidnapped and taken from the theater during a screening. Worst case is you are kidnapped and forced to watch this total mess. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Rick Bentley The best thing Gunn has going for him is that even when he gets off the best beat for the movie, his cast is so talented and breathes so much life into their roles that they can cover up any small dark holes in this Galaxy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2017
0.5/4 Unforgettable (2017) Rick Bentley Unforgettable is very forgettable. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 The Promise (2016) Rick Bentley The movie serves as a heartrending memorial to a people who persevered even in the face of some of the most inhumane actions in history. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2017
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Rick Bentley It's all about how furious the action scenes can be, and those are supercharged. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 Gifted (2017) Rick Bentley Overall, from strong acting to a well-crafted script, everything adds up to make Gifted work. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2017
3.5/4 Forushande (2016) Rick Bentley Farhadi masterfully moves between the real world and the stage production. Not only does this give him parallel points to play with but also offers a compelling look at how an American classic is seen through the eyes of others around the world. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2017
2/4 Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Rick Bentley The film's not Smurfless but it's not as Smurftastic as it should have been. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 Going in Style (2017) Rick Bentley Going in Style is at its best when the three main stars are allowed to go at the story with the style and grace that has made them acting treasures. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/4 Your Name (2016) Rick Bentley Your Name is a beautifully crafted story of love, loss, desperation and hope brought to the screen with visual splendor. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/4 T2 Trainspotting (2017) Rick Bentley It's taken 20 years to get an update on the guys. But the film proves that the pish and vinegar that made the characters so much fun doesn't weaken with time. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/4 The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Rick Bentley The film is the latest to look at the evils committed during World War II but feels fresh because Caro keeps the focus on small moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2017
1.5/4 The Boss Baby (2017) Rick Bentley The Boss Baby is like a diaper. It starts out fresh but it sure doesn't take long for it to become a stinker. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Rick Bentley Power Rangers won't have you seeing red, feeling blue or in the pink. It's just nostalgic fun that would have improved with a better villain and less on-screen merchandising. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
Life (2017) Rick Bentley Although familiar in concept, Life has strong performances, a willingness to take chances, a beautifully designed set and plenty of tension. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
CHIPS (2017) Rick Bentley If only one of his efforts would have shown any signs of the talent Shepard has revealed in past work, CHIPs would have risen from abysmal to merely awful. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/4 The Last Word (2017) Rick Bentley One day, there will be the time to look back at MacLaine's career and this film will help recall her work fondly even in a movie that has so many writing problems. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 Beauty and the Beast (2017) Rick Bentley The latest attempt to do a live-action version of an animated film, Beauty and the Beast, is neither stunning nor dazzling. It is little more than a mediocre production. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2017
3.5/4 I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Rick Bentley Whether it's Baldwin speaking or the readings done by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro pulls no punches. It's painful for a society that declares itself to be educated to be forced to look at how ignorant it has been and remains. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 A United Kingdom (2016) Rick Bentley It would have been easy for one of these plot threads to strangle the other, but the crisp writing, strong direction by Amma Asante plus Oscar-worthy performances by Oyelowo and Pike make each story support the other. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 Logan (2017) Rick Bentley Logan gets its strength from its heartpounding action scenes and its heart-breaking personal moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2017
2.5/4 The Shack (2017) Rick Bentley This is a faith-based movie that uses a heavy hand to pound viewers with its religious messages. That's a shame because when the film isn't preaching, the story of how someone deals with great loss is touching and moving. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/4 Me estás matando, Susana (2016) Rick Bentley You're Killing Me Susana is one of the purest love stories to come along in years. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 Rock Dog (2016) Rick Bentley Director Ash Brannon finds a nice blend of music, adventure and comedy that he presents with a couple of different animation styles. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 Get Out (2017) Rick Bentley Get Out is best enjoyed by getting to watch the tale unfold without knowing where the plot is going. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2017
1.5/4 The Great Wall (2016) Rick Bentley Visually, The Great Wall has some beautiful moments although nothing looks that original. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2017
0/4 Fist Fight (2017) Rick Bentley This movie is such a complete dud that even the bloopers over the closing credits are as funny as a puppy's funeral. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2017
2.5/4 Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) Rick Bentley It makes for a film that doesn't take chances, but at least Mastretta knows how to pick a likable cast. That's particularly true with Souza who should be cast in more romances. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Rick Bentley This is pure entertainment that is entertaining because Reeves plays the character with never wavering sincerity. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Rick Bentley The movie is enough fun that it will be a good one to buy on DVD. That's the only way to enjoy all the jokes and see the massive amount of characters who populate this latest brick-built world from LEGO. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2017
1.5/4 A Dog's Purpose (2017) Rick Bentley It's a shame A Dog's Purpose doesn't have more of a purpose than as a melodramatic mess. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2017
3.5/4 20th Century Women (2016) Rick Bentley Touching and well-crafted. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 Silence (2016) Rick Bentley The majority of Silence is a deeply moving story of faith, where unlike most movies in the genre, there are no clear answers. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/4 Patriots Day (2016) Rick Bentley A more personal approach would have elevated Patriots Day from a solid effort to retell a familiar story to a deep and moving reminder of the kind of personal damage that comes with this kind of tragedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/4 Jackie (2016) Rick Bentley The entire movie resonates with an authenticity that stems from Portman's performance. From the wardrobe to the re-creation of historical moments, there are no shortcuts taken. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 La La Land (2016) Rick Bentley The last quarter of La La Land is so beautifully shot and performed, it makes up for the flat opening. It becomes a film that embraces a world where dreamers may seem foolish but eventually are very interesting. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2016
4/4 Fences (2016) Rick Bentley Washington's work as director and actor along with the amazing cast delivers Wilson's story in a proper and impressive style. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2016
0/4 Why Him? (2016) Rick Bentley This holiday movie would have to improve 1,000 fold to reach the level of merely being awful. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 Passengers (2016) Rick Bentley You know there are big problems when even Pratt and Lawrence can't do enough to save the day. They are set afloat in a story that lacks even the smallest bit of gravity. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 Collateral Beauty (2016) Rick Bentley Although it continuously slips into being overly sentimental, it's hard not to be pulled in by the film's tale of love, loss and the time it takes to deal with both. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rick Bentley The Force is strong with this film -- a perfect fit as a prequel to A New Hope. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 Nocturnal Animals (2016) Rick Bentley Gyllenhaal is so compelling to watch as a wounded author and broken husband/father, and Adams can sell sadness with a simple look. Shannon turns in yet another brilliant performance as the one person who thinks revenge is overrated. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 Bad Santa 2 (2016) Rick Bentley The script by Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross will make you uncomfortable and embarrassed at your laughter. It's OK. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 Loving (2016) Rick Bentley There are plenty of opportunities in the story for the film to take a brutal edge, but Nichols keeps the film focused on the emotional elements. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 Allied (2016) Rick Bentley In general, Allied gets strong marks for the chemistry between Pitt and Cotillard, plus the beautiful visuals created by Zemeckis. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2016