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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
"Up in the Air" belongs to Clooney. He easily fits into a character who is at ease with himself and enjoys living a lifestyle in which he can go about unencumbered.
Posted Dec 22, 2009
2
3.5/4
Invictus (2009)
As directed by Clint Eastwood, "Invictus" is an inspirational story about fortitude, spirit and reconciliation.
Posted Dec 10, 2009
3
3/4
A cynic may consider "Everybody's Fine" schmaltzy hogwash; others may want to call or write their fathers just to remind them that they are loved and not forgotten.
Posted Dec 8, 2009
4
3.5/4
An Education (2009)
The screenplay by author Nick Hornby is exceptional: Witty, observant and wise.
Posted Dec 1, 2009
5
4/4
Sheen gives a magnificent performance. His Clough is a character you can neither like nor admire. You watch this walking train wreck in amazement as he continually steps on his own feet with his overactive mouth.
Posted Dec 1, 2009
6
1/4
As I left the theater, I found that my thumbs ached. I hadn't realized that, during certain parts of the movie, I was pressing imaginary buttons as if trying to control some video game.
Posted Nov 25, 2009
7
1.5/4
"New Moon" is basically a 130-minute chick flick during which the three main protagonists spend a lot of time looking with cow eyes at each other's faces.
Posted Nov 19, 2009
8
2/4
2012 (2009)
It is as if screenwriters Roland Emmerich, who also directed, and Harald Kloser simply screened earlier films and borrowed bits and pieces.
Posted Nov 13, 2009
9
3/4
(Director) Olatunde Osunsanmi, his cast and crew work so hard to make it all seem so real that you spend more time debating with yourself whether what you are watching is truth or fiction ...
Posted Nov 11, 2009
10
1.5/4
Amelia (2009)
The movie is like a plane you see off in the distance: You recognize it's a plane but its details are indistinct.
Posted Oct 31, 2009
11
3.5/4
Like most classic fairy tales, "Where the Wild Things Are" offers hints of danger and a few scary moments. ...
Posted Oct 18, 2009
12
3/4
Whip It (2009)
"Whip It" is simply an entertaining vehicle, not an in-depth examination of the sport of roller derby or the women who play it.
Posted Oct 4, 2009
13
2/4
Love Happens (2009)
Every situation in the movie is obvious; the foreshadowing is so blatantly telegraphed you'd think the film was produced by Western Union.
Posted Sep 30, 2009
14
3/4
Fame (2009)
What "Fame" lacks in originality, it makes up for in heart. And that tips the ledger in my book.
Posted Sep 30, 2009
15
1/4
Extract (2009)
If the film were a baseball player from "Bull Durham," it would be sent to the showers and harangued for lollygagging.
Posted Sep 3, 2009
16
3/4
"Basterds" is very audacious with comic book-like characters and dialogue, a B-movie sensibility and a serial-like disdain for logic.
Posted Aug 25, 2009
17
3/4
Funny People (2009)
"Funny People" ... is a serious comedy, edgy and a bit dark with characters whom you find amusing most of the time and appalling at others.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
18
2.5/4
The emphasis in the film ... is off-kilter, with too much time spent on the romantic entanglements of Harry and his friends Hermione and Ron.
Posted Jul 14, 2009
19
1.5/4
"Public Enemies" had the potential of being one of the best adult films of the summer season. However, Mann's would-be gangster saga lacks personality. It fails to exploit its topic and its first-rate cast. And that is a crime.
Posted Jun 30, 2009
20
1.5/4
The movie is formulaic and routine, which suits (Michael) Bay's directorial style. Creativity is anathema to this by-the-numbers cinematic traffic cop.
Posted Jun 24, 2009
21
2.5/4
Imagine That (2009)
"Imagine That" is not a bad movie. It is inoffensive and innocuous.
Posted Jun 14, 2009
22
2/4
(Director Tony) Scott ... uses the camera like a little boy shouting, "Look at me, look at me," instead of simply telling the story.
Posted Jun 14, 2009
23
3.5/4
Up (2009)
If you feel down, a sure cure is to see "Up." It will lift your spirits and make your heart soar.
Posted May 28, 2009
24
1.5/4
If this movie is any indication, this franchise needs a great deal of work to improve and salvage a series that the studio should have terminated after "Judgment Day.
Posted May 21, 2009
25
3.5/4
Star Trek (2009)
What Abrams ... has done is pay tribute to the legacy of "Star Trek," while taking it in a direction that will surely re-energize and resurrect a moribund property.
Posted May 7, 2009
26
2/4
Director Gavin Hood ... suffers from an ADD disorder when editing the action sequences. The cuts are too rapid, making it difficult to actually see who is doing what to whom.
Posted Apr 30, 2009
27
3.5/4
The Soloist (2009)
The movie, through the works of Beethoven, displays the power and passion of music.
Posted Apr 24, 2009
28
2/4
Knowing (2009)
Knowing" is one of those movies that when you get to the lobby, you begin asking yourself or others a lot of questions about why did they do this, or why was that required.
Posted Mar 19, 2009
29
3/4
Watchmen (2009)
Snyder has captured the look and feel of the novel, but that is not enough for a successful movie. It fails to totally engage its audience, somehow keeping them at arm's length.
Posted Mar 5, 2009
30
2/4
The film's drawback seems to be (Kevin) James' indecision on a tone as well as how to present Blart.
Posted Jan 17, 2009
31
2.5/4
Defiance (2009)
More than anything, "Defiance" is a celebration of survival against overwhelming odds.
Posted Jan 17, 2009
32
3.5/4
The Reader (2008)
Outstanding performances define "The Reader," but all pale in comparison with Kate Winslet's Hanna.
Posted Jan 6, 2009
33
2/4
Valkyrie (2008)
The movie is shallow and clinical. It rarely lets us inside its protagonists. We know that they despise Hitler, period, and that they consider themselves patriots. ...
Posted Dec 24, 2008
34
3/4
Yes Man (2008)
"Yes Man" is enjoyable because Carrey, after making his fateful decision, instills such childlike exuberance in his character, whether it is learning to pilot a plane, play the guitar or speak Korean.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
35
2/4
Seven Pounds (2008)
"Seven Pounds" is like one of those little kids' puzzles with six or seven big pieces that once you fit a couple together, the others easily fall into place.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
36
2/4
Twilight (2008)
... The movie is mostly a snoozer with Bella and Edward spending a lot of time merely exchanging glances or staring longingly at each other.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
37
2.5/4
"Quantum of Solace" will satisfy most Bond fans. But (it) is more of a set-up for what is to come and more than anything it whets your appetite for future missions.
Posted Nov 16, 2008
38
1.5/4
To paraphrase Yogi Berra, "Pride and Glory" is deja vu all over again.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
39
1.5/4
W. (2008)
(Stone) presents a timid bio-pic about a regular, shiftless guy born into wealth who somehow stumbles into the presidency of the United States.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
40
3.5/4
Body of Lies (2008)
"Body of Lies" is an intelligent geopolitical thriller that ... is really about the manipulation of people like chess pieces on a worldwide board.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
41
3.5/4
The Duchess (2008)
The Duchess is an intelligent and compelling period drama that offers a critical examination of the lot of women and the abuses of men in a time when such behavior was standard and acceptable.
Posted Oct 8, 2008
42
2/4
Blindness (2008)
This is one of those films in which no characters have names, a device used to emphasize the point that those locked up could be you or me.
Posted Oct 8, 2008
43
2/4
Like the fires creeping toward the Lakeview Terrace neighborhood, the film soon gets out of control and flies off the deep end.
Posted Oct 8, 2008
44
3/4
The Women (2008)
"The Women" is a grand old dame that shrugs off time as easily as signing a credit card receipt.
Posted Oct 8, 2008
45
2.5/4
At times you feel as if you should raise your arms and shout "Hallelujah" or "Amen!"
Posted Aug 21, 2008
46
2/4
Death Race (2008)
The movie makes no demands on its audience, except to cheer in all the right places.
Posted Aug 21, 2008
47
3.5/4
It spoofs the magic of movies, the narcissism, insecurities and ego-driven minds of actors, the cliches of action films and the bottom-line mentality of studio bosses.
Posted Aug 13, 2008
48
3.5/4
Even as you watch, though, you begin to wonder how much is real life and how much of what you see was "staged" because the teens knew a camera was watching.
Posted Aug 10, 2008
49
3.5/4
It is all very civilized with people retaining their manners even as they verbally shred an individual's dignity or remind them of their station in the social order.
Posted Aug 10, 2008
50
2/4
It is one of those movies for which you make a mental check list of familiar sequences you've seen in previous efforts ...
Posted Jul 31, 2008