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 Ghost Light (2018) Bob Bloom 'Ghost Light' relies more on humor than scares. It's almost a throwback to those old haunted house thrillers that featured comedians such as Bob Hope or Abbott and Costello. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 Shaft (2019) Bob Bloom The movie expends a lot of energy offering evidence of Shaft's misogyny and dinosaur-like attitude about computers and millennials. The only line of dialogue Jackson doesn't spout is, "Hey, you damn kids, get off my lawn." EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
1/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Bob Bloom The movie tries to be light-hearted, tossing in lots of laughs between the various fistfights and super gadgets. Except, the vast majority of one-liners and situations are not funny; it's almost as if they were scribbled from back issues of "Mad-libs." EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 All Is True (2018) Bob Bloom The strength of "All Is True" lies in Branagh's depiction of Shakespeare as a flawed man. Though proud of his accomplishments and fame, he is self-conscious about what others think of him, and he continues to fester long-held grudgess. ... EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Bob Bloom It's finally time for the X-Men to go on hiatus. Let a fresh team of MCU filmmakers reboot the series with different blood and a new perspective. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 The Outsider (2019) Bob Bloom 'The Outsider,' at a short 86 minutes, moves at a leisurely pace. It builds suspense and lets us get to know the main protagonists enough to get emotionally involved in their fates. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 The White Crow (2018) Bob Bloom 'The White Crow' is about divided loyalties. Can an artist serve his motherland and remain true to himself? EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Bob Bloom Dougherty and his collaborators should have given people more of what they really want - cities toppled, more monsters bashing each other - and fewer moments of actors spewing inane dialogue. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Bob Bloom 'John Wick 3' is brutal, but beautiful; graceful, but violently graphic. Director Chad Stahelski is like the Sergei Eisenstein of fight sequences, and in Reeves he has found the perfect partner. ... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/4 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Bob Bloom Herzog considers Gorbachev one of the greatest and most important politicians of the last half of the 20th century. And the movie - as well as Gorbachev's words - support his premise. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 Poms (2019) Bob Bloom 'Poms,' directed by Zara Hayes, tries to walk both sides of the street: it celebrates the women while also making fun of their infirmities and limitations. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 Tolkien (2019) Bob Bloom 'Tolkien' is more of a sketch of the future author's early experiences and influences, rather than a fully realized canvas. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Bob Bloom 'Long Shot' works because of the scintillating chemistry between Rogen and Theron. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 Hesburgh (2018) Bob Bloom As described by many of those who, in the movie, talk about Hesburgh, he comes across as a man of conscience and conviction, who was willing to walk his own path no matter whom he rankled or angered. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Bob Bloom 'Endgame' is more than a movie, it is an emotional event - a reward for loyalty, as well as a promise of new things to come. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 Teen Spirit (2018) Bob Bloom Writer-director Max Minghella's movie, while short on originality, is blessed with the star power of Elle Fanning as Violet. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/4 Us (2019) Bob Bloom " 'Us' is a move that looks at the forgotten and disenfranchised - literally those who live in the shadows and have no real place in our world. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Bob Bloom The major problem with "Shazam!" is its constant back-and-forth shifting between irreverent comedy and darker moments, provided by Mark Strong's evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who doesn't even crack a smile. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Bob Bloom While continually singing while driving in her car or losing herself on the dance floor, Moore's Gloria worms her way into your heart. Moore's gestures and eyes are guides that help you learn more about Gloria. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/4 America Adrift (2016) Bob Bloom In some moments, "America Adrift" is too strident and overwrought. Smartly, it never reaches a point where it sounds preachy. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Bob Bloom 'Captain Marvel,' set in the mid-1990s, is not the best offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's like an old car on a freezing, winter day. It sputters when you start it, but gradually warms up and hits on all cylinders. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 Never Look Away (2018) Bob Bloom You'd think with its lengthy running time, "Never Look Away" would sag at times. Though, despite a dearth of action, writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck holds your interest because of the tension he intersperses throughout the movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/4 Capernaum (2018) Bob Bloom 'Capernaum' is a brutal and hard movie to digest; it also is a harder movie to forget. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Bob Bloom An appealing aspect of the film is the comfort and familiarity it affords. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
1/4 The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) Bob Bloom The movie itself simply skims the surface of Weld's life. For a man who supposedly led such as "remarkable" life, the movie is very tame and simplistic. It needed to delve deeper into the man. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 The Golem (2018) Bob Bloom It captures an era in which Jews - as they have throughout history - are persecuted for simply existing and because they make easy scapegoats. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/4 Cold War (2018) Bob Bloom Throughout, though, the tone remains melancholy - and not simply because the film was shot in black and white. An unhappy pall hangs over the movie, keeping the lovers from basking in true happiness. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Bob Bloom A slight whiff of melancholy looms over "Stan & Ollie," but it is tempered by the endearing and spot-on performances by Steven Coogan and John C. Reilly. Both do much more than impersonate their characters - they inhabit them. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
1.5/4 Glass (2019) Bob Bloom "Glass" ... begins to crack after the first 20-plus minutes and shatters before the 129-minute fade-out, leaving behind shards of unfulfilled plot points, a convoluted story and a messy, lazy script ... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
1.5/4 Destroyer (2018) Bob Bloom An odor of unpleasantness permeates the entire movie, which is off-putting. Mostly everything about this movie is morally ugly and corrupt. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/4 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Bob Bloom 'The Standoff at Sparrow Creek' is sparked by crackling and lean dialogue that lays the foundation for understanding the various militiamen and their motivations for joining the group. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
3/4 A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) Bob Bloom The key to the movie is how Nugent handles the song Sailboat creates for his grandmother. We never hear him play it or sing it; the screen grows silent when he performs. All we see are the reactions of those who hear the music and his voice. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Bob Bloom The movie's major flaw is that it hews too close to the conventional tropes of the biopic genre; instead, it should be as groundbreaking as its subject. ... EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Bob Bloom 'Beale Street' is more a mood piece than a plot-driven movie. Jenkins leads you to become emotionally invested in Tish and Fonny. You wish them a bright future, even though you know - with each passing minute - that their chances continue to fade. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
2/4 Vice (2018) Bob Bloom Nothing is said about Cheney's formative years, his parents - or how or where he acquired his amoral nature. It is as though he simply sprung out of the earth, fully grown. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
1.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Bob Bloom The latest movie from the DC Universe is an embarrassing shamble that is highlighted by clunky dialogue, characters who constantly shout their dialogue and hackneyed CGI special effects that look as if interns created them. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Bob Bloom It is a poignant movie that will touch your heart and, despite some somber aspects, spotlight the goodness and compassion of others who unite to help lift a friend out of the mental quagmire in which he is drowning. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
1.5/4 Ben Is Back (2018) Bob Bloom 'Ben Is Back' fails because the elder Hedges decided to travel the conventional route - putting commercialism ahead of truth and perception. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Bob Bloom Blunt is the movie's backbone. She is wise, witty and mischievous - with a twinkle in her eye. She is not so much the film's protagonist, as she is the engine who, with a few words or a gesture, directs people to the right path. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
2.5/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Bob Bloom Instead, we get a talkative "Masterpiece Theater"-like production that takes a ... feminist slant to illustrate the difficulties women monarchs had to endure in the 16th century - and to ham-fistedly exclaim what we already know - ... it's a man's world. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Bob Bloom The story is secondary to Miles' journey of finding the resolve, strength and belief in himself needed to become a Spider-Man. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 The Favourite (2018) Bob Bloom The three main performances are delightful to behold. Colman's unpredictability and her constant shifts in mood and tone are extraordinary to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Roma (2018) Bob Bloom You allow the movie's sights and smells to envelop you in a world surrounded by turmoil and tragedy but held together by love and loyalty. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Bob Bloom Seeing the world through van Gogh's eyes makes "At Eternity's Gate" compelling viewing. At times, colors jump out at you, while other sequences are muted and bleak. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/4 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Bob Bloom 'Mowgli' is a solid feature mostly because of its technical acumen. Otherwise, it really adds nothing worthwhile to a story that has been filmed many times before. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 Border (2018) Bob Bloom From the outset, you know that Tina is different. Smartly, director Ali Abbasi takes his time: at first, slowly creating a mystery about Tina; then, leisurely revealing bits and pieces about her true identity ... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Bob Bloom Even if you don't know a note of opera - or care about it - "Maria by Callas" is worth seeing to learn about a 20th-century icon who ignited stages with her voice and her passion. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/4 Green Book (2018) Bob Bloom 'Green Book' rests on the shoulders of Ali and Mortensen. Their trajectory is quite familiar - two people with nothing in common, who, thrown together, form a bond and come to appreciate their differences. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Bob Bloom The movie is basically a sweet confection that, like this year's "Ready Player One," relies heavily on nostalgia and pop-culture references to propel it. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 Wildlife (2018) Bob Bloom From the outset, Dano's direction is nicely understated. Joe realizes something is wrong between his parents, but he does not know what it is or why. He simply feels the tension in the household. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018