Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 West Michigan (2021) Bob Bloom 'West Michigan' ... is a compact look at sibling relationships and the complexity of clear communication. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3.5/4 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Bob Bloom 'Raya and the Last Dragon' is an entertaining lesson about hope, healing and redemption. It is also a fable about leaning on others for help and again seeing the best in people. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/4 Crossroads of America (2020) Bob Bloom Nothing really major or important happens in the movie. Director Gabrielle Muller focus is on the family's day-to-day existence and their combustible interactions. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
3.5/4 Land (2021) Bob Bloom Wright's performance is haunting and touching. She keeps you wondering about her motivations. Did she run away for a fresh start or for a prolonged suicide. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Bob Bloom Though the events of the film happened nearly a half-century ago, the issues they include - judicial inequities, racism, poverty and oppression - remain real struggles Black citizens continue to deal with today. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
2.5/4 The World to Come (2020) Bob Bloom 'The World to Come' is a decent movie but lacks intensity. It seems to want to say something meaningful but, like the movie's farmland, much gets buried in the mud. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
3/4 The Mauritanian (2021) Bob Bloom Even if you suspect Slahi is guilty, you still can be angered by the inhumane treatment he receives at the behest of government officials who are more interested in closure than the truth. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
4/4 Supernova (2020) Bob Bloom 'Supernova' works because of Firth and Tucci; these two splendid actors are so natural and comfortable around each other that you accept the depth of their relationship. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 Clay's Redemption (2020) Bob Bloom A movie is something you should be able to sit back and enjoy, but (writer-director Carlos) Boellinger forces you to use your imagination and discern a lot of from inference. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
2/4 The Little Things (2021) Bob Bloom The film lacks an urgency; it's as if, at times, it was screening in slow motion. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 The Ringmaster (2019) Bob Bloom Capp's slow loss of objectivity makes fascinating viewing. As he later admits, he traded his gambling addiction for a filmmaking one, yet he is not ready to take total responsibility for upending Lang's life. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
2.5/4 Tulsa (2020) Bob Bloom On the plus side, "Tulsa" is sincere. The strengthening bond between Tommy and Tulsa is fodder for moments of drama and comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
3.5/4 Ice Cream in the Cupboard (2020) Bob Bloom The movie excels at chronicling the emotional toll of the disease on Carmen and her family. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
2.5/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Bob Bloom The main problem with "WW84" is that the storyline seems so trivial - almost childish. In "Wonder Woman," Diana defeated Ares, the god of war, to end World War I. This follow-up is more a tale about unbridled greed and ambition. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
4/4 Soul (2020) Bob Bloom 'Soul' focuses on dealing with the struggles of life and rising to the occasion, even if it means subverting your own goal to help someone else reach his or hers. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Bob Bloom King creates a compelling and very watchable feature, despite its theatrical origins. Most of the movie is confined to one set - Malcolm's hotel room - where the men joke, tease, challenge and argue about what is expected of them. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3.5/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Bob Bloom The premise of writer-director Emerald Fennell ... is that it's a man's world and, despite society being more "woke," the old-boy network remains solidly engrained even in younger men. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 News of the World (2020) Bob Bloom ... this movie resonates with you not so much because of its story, but of what it says about a country that finds it difficult to reconcile to all of us as one people - and how some will continue fanning the flames of division. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/4 Nomadland (2020) Bob Bloom 'Nomadland' is a physical and emotional journey as Fern ponders her choices. Though always moving forward, she also seems to be looking back at her old home and life. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
4/4 Mank (2020) Bob Bloom 'Mank' has the feel of a "Golden Age" Hollywood production. It utilizes slow camera sweeps and pans by cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt, complemented by a lush musical score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 Ammonite (2020) Bob Bloom Writer-director Francis Lee has created a bleak and gray setting. The sun never seems to shine on Lyme. Its climate is as stifling as the bundled clothing worn by Mary and Charlotte. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Bob Bloom (Chadwick) Boseman's final performance also is his best and most complex. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
3/4 Let Him Go (2020) Bob Bloom A sense of foreboding and air of menace hang over the movie. The odor of disaster and tragedy is very palatable. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/4 Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) Bob Bloom The best parts of the movie are at the festival itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/4 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Bob Bloom 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' is a feature with no middle ground. Fans of Cohen most likely will embrace it, while more traditional and, yes, conservative, filmgoers will most likely despise the film and Cohen. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/4 Give or Take (2020) Bob Bloom 'Give or Take,' directed by Paul Riccio and written by Riccio and Effros, takes its time heading where you sort of know where it's going to end up. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
3.5/4 On the Rocks (2020) Bob Bloom The plot of "On the Rocks" is simply the peg on which Coppola can explore the nuances of a marital relationship. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 Save Yourselves! (2020) Bob Bloom Even during their various misadventures and face-offs with "poofs," Fischer and Wilson continue to satirize the couple's self-absorbing obsessions. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 A Call to Spy (2019) Bob Bloom Thomas and Pilcher have created a cinematic tribute to unsung heroes who helped defeat fascism not just by transmitting information but by inspiring others to fight from within and embrace hope. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
2.5/4 I Am Woman (2019) Bob Bloom Keeping "I Am Woman" from just being another biopic is the performance of Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy. Behind her soft-spoken demeanor is a determined woman who knows the potential of her talent and refuses to be deterred from getting what she wants. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
3/4 Unprescribed (2020) Bob Bloom 'Unprescribed' is a call to arms to get the government and its agencies, especially to VA, to help those who sacrificed for the United States by giving them to the best care possible - including by legalizing medical marijuana ... EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
3.5/4 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Bob Bloom The performance of Patel is the foundation on which the film is built. He is appealing and vulnerable as the young man who is ashamed of his poor beginnings yet finally embraces them, as he realizes they helped shape the man he has become. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/4 Tesla (2020) Bob Bloom The crucial flaw with "Tesla" is that it, ironically, lacks spark. Almereyda's depiction of Tesla may be accurate, but cinematically it filters the spotlight that this nearly forgotten forward-thinker deserves. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/4 Love & Debt (2018) Bob Bloom 'Love & Debt' ends on a note of hopeful uncertainty. It is a movie that offers lessons that hundreds of families who are struggling today can learn from and embrace. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
3.5/4 Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) Bob Bloom The documentary, written by Paul Fishbein and Danny Wolf, and directed by Wolf, is a thorough, entertaining and 110-plus year historical excursion not only through the movie industry by through Americans attitudes about skin and sex. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 Sputnik (2020) Bob Bloom Director Egor Abramenko slowly builds the story, keeping us on edge about the secret within the cosmonaut. Even before we see the creature, an atmosphere of dread hangs over the film. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
2.5/4 Radioactive (2019) Bob Bloom Pike endows Marie with an obsessiveness and brilliance that brightly burns. But she also displays the woman's vulnerability and the emotional scars left from childhood by the death of Marie's mother. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/4 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Bob Bloom The performance of Dyer carries the film. She ... displays all the insecurities and uncertainties common to all ... teens. She is sensitive to how people react to her and what they think of her, she battles to curb her curiosity about sexual matters. ... EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
3.5/4 Greyhound (2020) Bob Bloom At 91 minutes, "Greyhound" is presented in an understated, non-spectacular, matter-of-fact manner. By foregoing histrionics, Schneider magnifies the heroics and glory of these courageous individuals. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
2.5/4 Assassin 33 A.D. (2020) Bob Bloom 'Assassin 33 A.D.' plays like a project film majors at Oral Roberts University would produce as their senior final exam. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/4 Fame-ish (2020) Bob Bloom 'Fame-ish' is easy to digest. The atmosphere is very realistic, since the film was shot at Geek Kon 12 in Middleton, Wis., and many of the extras are actual convention attendees. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
3/4 Mighty Oak (2020) Bob Bloom Despite some clichés, "Mighty Oak" is a tender, positive and empathetic feature that will touch your heart. And the music is a bonus that helps elevate the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
2.5/4 Irresistible (2020) Bob Bloom "Irresistible" is safe and it's fun, but such a satire about today's dysfunctional political climate should be more ferocious and unforgiving. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Bob Bloom The movie is a mixed bag of crazy, comedic and dramatic moments that, at times, fail to coalesce. Yet it has a melancholy tenderness that - despite its 136-minute running time - keeps you constantly involved. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 Shirley (2020) Bob Bloom Decker keeps you wondering what is real or figments of Shirley's imaginings for her novel. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
2/4 My Stretch of Texas Ground (2019) Bob Bloom The problem with "My Stretch of Texas Ground," which was directed by Erich Kemp and written by Ralph Cinque, is that it gets too bogged down with extraneous scenes and situations that fail to advance the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/4 The Vast of Night (2019) Bob Bloom Patterson uses a very deliberate pace to advance the movie. He tantalizes us with clues and breadcrumbs, heightening suspense while keeping us glued to on-screen events. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
3/4 The Trip to Greece (2020) Bob Bloom Their patter is so unforced and natural and not just because this is their fourth go-round. They make you feel as if they are personally connected and enjoy each other's company. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
2.5/4 Soundwave (2018) Bob Bloom 'Soundwave' is taut; no moments seem wasted. It's a nifty little picture that, despite some shortcomings, will capture your imagination. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 How to Build a Girl (2019) Bob Bloom Feldstein elicits a vulnerability and awareness that makes you root for and embrace her. You hope she finally discovers and accepts her true self. The film's journey is one you will enjoy sharing with this talented young actor. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020