Roanoke Times (Virginia)

Roanoke Times (Virginia) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Beth Jones
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 March of the Penguins (2005) Beth Jones Above all, Morgan Freeman tells us, this is a story of love. But some might leave saying it's about the futility of life's never-ending struggles. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2005
2.5/5 The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) Beth Jones Folks from this side of the Mason-Dixon line may be more forgiving of this sometimes fun, if often mindless, bit of entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2005
3/5 Cinderella Man (2005) Beth Jones Opie makes a statement about the grand divide between the rich and the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2005
3/5 Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) Beth Jones For every scene where the shaggy dog gives a human-looking smile, there's another about the unavoidable sadness that comes with walking on two legs rather than four. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2005
4/5 Kinsey (2004) Beth Jones One of few R-rated movies to show male frontal nudity, and one of even fewer to show more than a glimpse of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2004
2/5 Sideways (2004) Beth Jones plodding, standoffish and seriously overrated. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2004
3.5/5 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) Beth Jones The outrageous character Renee Zellweger has crafted is so dynamic and funny she's able to hold the sequel together. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2004
5/5 The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) Beth Jones With his expressive face Bernal seems to show us the exact moment when Guevara turned into a revolutionary determined to rescue the poor of the earth. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2004
4.5/5 I Heart Huckabees (2004) Beth Jones Life as a blanket: He's you and you're me and we're both Bob Newhart in this brilliant comic romp. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2004
2/5 Wimbledon (2004) Beth Jones Unless you're a tennis fan, this flick is about as fun as sitting through a movie about the 1980s arcade game Pong. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2004
5/5 High Art (1998) Beth Jones Who knew Ally Sheedy was so sexy? EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2004
4/5 The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003) Beth Jones The film's success rests largely on the shoulders of this engaging clan who, unlike most reality television stars, pays no attention to the cameras. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2004
4.5/5 Garden State (2004) Beth Jones A few overly artsy shots make it look like Braff's trying too hard, but mostly he's simply trying to tell a heartfelt story. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2004
1/5 Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Beth Jones Yet another film where a loyal black man dies to save his "master," a Hollywood trend that's downright sickening. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2004
3.5/5 The Door in the Floor (2004) Beth Jones Leaves the viewer with lots to think about but not much hope for the human condition. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2004
4/5 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Beth Jones Moore never tries to hide his agenda. This is a first-person, nonfiction film, not a special on the History Channel. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2004
1/5 Garfield: The Movie (2004) Beth Jones Stinkier than a litter box in a multi-cat household. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2004
5/5 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Beth Jones Cuaron leaves Peter Jackson and his bloody Hobbits choking on his dust. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2004
2/5 Raising Helen (2004) Beth Jones Makes the erroneous suggestion that a woman can't possibly create a life of beauty and meaning without the patter of little feet. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2004
4/5 Shrek 2 (2004) Beth Jones The long list of sequels to be released in coming months will have a hard time measuring up to this green giant. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2004
3/5 Breakin' All the Rules (2004) Beth Jones Foxx , Union, Chestnut and MacNicol deserve to be A-list stars much more than any Tom (Cruise), Dick (Gere) or Halle (Berry). EDIT
Posted May 17, 2004
4.5/5 Mean Girls (2004) Beth Jones A surprisingly sweet love letter to teenage gals. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2004
2.5/5 The Alamo (2004) Beth Jones Thornton's performance as a slightly itchy Davy Crockett saves it from being a complete and total bomb. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2004
2/5 Jersey Girl (2004) Beth Jones If the movie were any gooier, it would have been a Hallmark card. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2004
4/5 A Walk on the Moon (1999) Beth Jones Beautiful performances! EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2004
4.5/5 My Architect (2003) Beth Jones While primarily a film about a man searching for roots, "My Architect" also pays tribute to the folks who make such monumental structures. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2004
4/5 Starsky & Hutch (2004) Beth Jones Stiller and Wilson use the detectives as springboards for their quirky brand of humor. Think "Zoolander" only with guns and the ubiquitous Red Tomato. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2004
3/5 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) Beth Jones It's not nearly as groovin as the 1987 original, but 13-year-olds will probably find a lot to like. BTW, what's up with all the petite leading men? EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2004
2.5/5 The Passion of the Christ (2004) Beth Jones Jesus stumbles under the weight of the cross so many times, you begin to swear the editors are recycling the same footage over and over again. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2004
2.5/5 The Company (2003) Beth Jones Basically, Altman unloads a busload of paper-thin characters and allows them to wander aimlessly. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2004
5/5 Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003) Beth Jones One of his greatest achievements is allowing the audience to crawl inside Bruno's head. Not since "Babe" has a movie made me care so much for a four-legged character. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2004
3/5 Bird on a Wire (1990) Beth Jones Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2004
3.5/5 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) Beth Jones Now that those Hobbits are wrapped up, Hollywood ought to turn its attention to making a "Barbershop" trilogy. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2004
5/5 In America (2002) Beth Jones Even the woeful lot from Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" wouldn't be able to compete in a misery contest with this cursed clan EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2004
4/5 The Waterdance (1992) Beth Jones Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2004
2.5/5 Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004) Beth Jones Duhamel certainly passes as a fox - a fact I only mention because the folks at DreamWorks clearly use his looks as a marketing tool. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2004
4.5/5 Big Fish (2003) Beth Jones This is the masterpiece Tim Burton has been itching and scratching his way toward ever since he introduced us to "Beetlejuice" in the '80s. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2004
4/5 Bad Santa (2003) Beth Jones I like the idea of a fallible Kris Kringle - kind of like that song "What if God Was One of Us" only about Santa instead of God. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2003
3.5/5 The Human Stain (2003) Beth Jones Though Hollywood seems intent on adapting every well-received novel, some stories just don't translate well to the big screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2003
4/5 Love Actually (2003) Beth Jones I'll take an overly sentimental movie over a sardonic one any day - particularly around the holidays. Now if I only Santa would tuck Hugh under my Christmas tree. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2003
2/5 Casa de los Babys (2003) Beth Jones The film sags from the weight of too many characters, and its suggestion that the world is nothing but sadness is too much to bear. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2003
4/5 I Capture the Castle (2003) Beth Jones The fancy-pants accents and period costuming make one feel intellectually smug, as if the afternoon had been spent watching a Merchant-Ivory film - only without the tedium of actually sitting through a Merchant-Ivory film. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2003
3.5/5 Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Beth Jones Watching the Coens join forces with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer for this star-driven comedy is the equivalent of Justin Timberlake hooking up with Bob Dylan for an album of duets, but it works pretty darn well. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2003
2.5/5 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) Beth Jones Sure, the movie blows but Jolie is the new James Dean, mysterious and the definition of cool. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2003
5/5 Ruby in Paradise (1993) Beth Jones Judd shines like the movie star she was destined to become. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2003
3.5/5 Whale Rider (2002) Beth Jones The spectacular New Zealand setting makes the perfect backdrop for the movie's blend of realism and fantasy. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2003
3.5/5 Winged Migration (2001) Beth Jones My kitty Ama, who has never before shown any interest in the tube, watched the entire movie with wide-eyed wonder. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2003
2.5/5 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Beth Jones The D.C. setting did compel writer Kate Kondell to have the movie champion a cause, which is that Americans need to be more involved in politics or that everyone should embrace their individuality, or something. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2003
3.5/5 Spellbound (2002) Beth Jones When the winner held the trophy high above her head, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. Will this girl spend her life consumed by work the way she was consumed by spelling? Does she know how to stretch out on the grass and marvel at the clouds? I'm ju EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2003
3/5 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Beth Jones Entertaining, though, those cars are 2 neon and 2 1980s. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2003