Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bob Bloom
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Night Sweats (2019) Bob Bloom While "Night Sweats ... keeps you involved and arouses your curiosity about the cause of the disease, the movie's very limited budget handcuffs the film, as it uses few sets and locales around New York City. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
2/4 The Song of Names (2019) Bob Bloom The mystery surrounding Dovidl's disappearance should be the most compelling aspect of the film, but director François Girard's approach is so clinical and unemotional that it dilutes the urgency of Martin's mission. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 Invisible Life (2019) Bob Bloom This story of lost and missed opportunities should have more of an emotional heft that binds you to the characters. Unfortunately, at times, the movie feels distant, as if director Karim Aïnouz is content to simply allow you to watch events unfold. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Bob Bloom The movie offers enough sizzle to keep you warm during these cold times. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Bob Bloom If stupid and loud movies are your thing, then "Bad Boys for Life" is definitely for you. It is a mind-numbing experience that will leave you gasping and laughing. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 Just Mercy (2019) Bob Bloom At the end, "Just Mercy" may make you weep for joy and applaud for its outcome. And, it also will make you think about judicial abuses that have robbed many people - the vast majority of whom are minorities - of their rights as American citizens. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/4 Little Women (2019) Bob Bloom With her earlier "Lady Bird," and now "Little Women," (Gerwig) exhibits a poised and fearless creativity, making whatever subject she tackles a singular event that should be viewed and applauded. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/4 1917 (2019) Bob Bloom '1917' unfolds like an overstuffed video game. It becomes rather silly and farfetched the further toward the front it proceeds. The movie features some decent action sequences, which are presented sterilely and unimaginatively ... EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Bob Bloom In "Uncut Gems," Benny and Josh Safdie allow (Sandler) to unleash the manic persona he brings to his comedy in a dramatic forum. And Sandler rises to the occasion. You simultaneously despise him yet admire him for his chutzpah. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Bob Bloom Yet, despite its flaws and familiarity, "The Rise of Skywalker" draws you in, mainly because you are ardently invested in the characters - old and new. You want to know and care about their fates. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Bob Bloom Sometimes, we need a movie that quietly and poetically delves into the human heart to remind us of our capacity for love and forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/4 Bombshell (2019) Bob Bloom The movie also is disjointed because it's not sure where it wants to take us. It's a cinematic pendulum swinging back and forth from satire to an inspirational empowerment drama. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/4 The Two Popes (2019) Bob Bloom 'The Two Popes' crackles as screenwriter Anthony McCarten ("The Theory of Everything," "Darkest Hour" and "Bohemian Rhapsody") slowly bridges the gap between the men, eventually allowing them to find common ground in their devotion to the church. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Bob Bloom (Eastwood) keeps the story simple ... warning that a combination of police wanting to solve a big case quickly and a media hungry for scoops and headlines can be a fearsome combination that can swallow an individual whole without a second thought. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/4 Knives Out (2019) Bob Bloom One of the insights writer-director Johnson brings to the movie is a political and cultural awareness of what is going on in today's society - a denigration and suspicion of outsiders. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/4 Frozen II (2019) Bob Bloom Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee were sincere in trying to make "Frozen II" as memorable as "Frozen." The movie, however, feels rushed and lacking in dynamism. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/4 Sunday Girl (2019) Bob Bloom 'Sunday Girl' is just another rom com that fails to stand out from the pack. It adds nothing new to the genre and its message is one that has been spread before. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Bob Bloom 'The Irishman' is like a veteran rock 'n' roll band on a farewell tour performing its golden oldies. De Niro, Pacino and Pesci infuse the movie with a lifetime of experience in front and behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Bob Bloom (Director James) Mangold makes "Ford v Ferrari" a multitextured story about imagination and innovation and the obstacles thrown at those who attempt to think outside the box. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Bob Bloom You go into "The Lighthouse" not knowing what to expect, with (director Robert) Eggers heightening that feeling by playing off your anticipation of what you think lies ahead. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Bob Bloom 'Doctor Sleep' is an aptly named title for this snoozer adaptation of Stephen King's novel. The movie is too long and very dull, mostly moving at a sleepwalker's pace. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 In Fabric (2018) Bob Bloom ('In Fabric') is original. It also is creepy, stylish, maddening and funny. It has something to say, and Strickland teases you by having you try to figure out what that is. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/4 Marriage Story (2019) Bob Bloom 'Marriage Story' is a melancholy movie that details the trauma of divorce, but it also offers a ray of hope. Life goes on, Baumbach is saying, as festering wounds eventually heal and a new normalcy develops. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Bob Bloom Watiti's "Jojo Rabbit" puts a spotlight directly into the eyes of evil, as well as ridiculing hateful ideologies and dialogues contaminating today's world. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Bob Bloom At one point in the movie, Moore says, "I want the world to know I exist." After this film, people will remember Murphy is around. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Bob Bloom Heller has composed "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" like one of the lessons Rogers would discuss on his program. That is evident from the opening shot. And, Heller maintains that theme until the finale. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
1.5/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Bob Bloom You view "Lucy in the Sky" through the lens of a telescope - from afar and without much detail. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3.5/4 First Love (2019) Bob Bloom 'First Love' is a flamboyant exercise in moviemaking that, despite its bloodshed, will impress you with its softness and compassion. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) Bob Bloom 'Gemini Man's' plot is ludicrous, its acting is pedestrian, and the pacing is sluggish. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Bob Bloom Many moments in "Joker" are pretentious and derivative, but when Phoenix turns his dead eyes toward you, all you see is him and the nightmare scenario surging in his heart and mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/4 Monos (2019) Bob Bloom I like the fact that Landes does not offer a specific nation for the story. It makes the tale more universal because, sadly, this abuse is occurring around the world - from Africa to South America to the Middle East. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Bob Bloom 'Judy' is a sad movie. It's a depressing study of a great star aged far beyond her years through her abuse of pills and alcohol, initially spurred on by a movie studio that treated her as a commodity instead of a person - and a teenage one, at that. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 Aquarela (2018) Bob Bloom "Aquarela" isn't exactly a canary-in-the-coal-mine documentary, but it comes close enough that you may pause and rethink your views. ... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) Bob Bloom The film is more a father-and-son story and a voyage of reconnection and reconciliation. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
2.5/4 Before You Know It (2019) Bob Bloom The film's major asset is its warmth; the characters have their issues, but they are people you can connect with and - in most cases - become emotionally invested. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Bob Bloom Overall, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" is a treasure, a tune-filled tribute to a magnificent talent who loved to sing and passed on that joy to millions who breathed in her exquisite gift. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 Hustlers (2019) Bob Bloom The movie, written and directed by Lorene Scarfaria ("The Meddler"), is more a story of economic survival than a caper drama about a group of former strippers who band together to scam Wall Street high rollers. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Bob Bloom That said, "Chapter Two's" most powerful moments focus on the mental turmoil that continue to ravage the adult Losers years after their adolescent encounters with Pennywise. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bob Bloom 'Brittany Runs a Marathon' is a film not so much about how others see you, but how you view yourself. It's a movie about body shape and weight and the notions created by people who mostly judge us by how we look. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Bob Bloom Strangely, while you may not regard Crosby as a decent person, you respect his candor and are touched by his vulnerability as he opens up to filmmaker Cameron Crowe, who produced the movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/4 After the Wedding (2019) Bob Bloom 'After the Wedding' is a decent movie because of the work of its quartet of actors. They pump it up, providing more tension and verve than you expect. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 One Child Nation (2019) Bob Bloom 'One Child Nation' is a movie about a war - one that a government perpetrated upon its own people to ensure its longevity. This barbaric and ruthless feature will leave you cringing. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 Luce (2019) Bob Bloom 'Luce' is a feature that will galvanize audiences; some will accept its haziness, while others may leave the theater dissatisfied. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/4 Good Boys (2019) Bob Bloom The film is not so much about the obstacles the Beanbag Boys have to overcome to attend the party and be accepted by the "cool kids," as it is about the first stirrings of puberty and all the crazy shit that goes with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) Bob Bloom 'The Kitchen' is not a bad movie. It simply lacks the courage of its convictions. Berloff tries to have it both ways - fighting mightily to keep our sympathies vested in Kathy, Ruby and Claire, while darkening their characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/4 Maiden (2018) Bob Bloom 'Maiden' is most compelling when it takes us out to sea. ... The battle between sailors and the ocean is a full-time, life-and-death struggle. Storms and waves can wreck a yacht or claim a life by washing a person overboard. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Them That Follow (2019) Bob Bloom Englert's performance is very strong. Her eyes and movements display the battle within Mara. She wants to please her father ... not from a place of fear but because of the depth of her love and respect. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 Brian Banks (2018) Bob Bloom This movie cries out for, if not outrage, then at least some indignation about the failures and shortcomings of the judicial process. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Bob Bloom 'Once Upon a Time ...' is one of Tarantino's most-assured works, and it showcases his affection and love for the film industry. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
2.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Bob Bloom It's difficult to dislike a movie in which everyone - good guys and bad - seem to be having such a good time. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019