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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
2.5/4
Imagine That (2009)
"Imagine That" is not a bad movie. It is inoffensive and innocuous.
Posted Jun 14, 2009
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
3.5/4
The Soloist (2009)
The movie, through the works of Beethoven, displays the power and passion of music.
Posted Apr 24, 2009
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
2.5/4
Defiance (2009)
More than anything, "Defiance" is a celebration of survival against overwhelming odds.
Posted Jan 17, 2009
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
1.5/4
To paraphrase Yogi Berra, "Pride and Glory" is deja vu all over again.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
2.5/4
At times you feel as if you should raise your arms and shout "Hallelujah" or "Amen!"
Posted Aug 21, 2008
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
4/4
Ledger is magnificently malevolent. He creates a character who revels in mayhem, a criminal with no agenda other than to spread terror.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
42
2/4
Hancock (2008)
"Hancock" is not a bad movie, just an underachieving one. It lacks a "wow" factor. It is bland and routine and flies off in too many directions.
Posted Jul 2, 2008
43
3.5/4
Wanted (2008)
"Wanted" is a loud and explosive extravaganza of film editing, stunt work and cinematic hocus-pocus that adds up to close to two hours of escapist fun.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
44
4/4
WALL-E (2008)
"WALL-E" is a gem and continues Pixar's amazing winning streak of animated hits.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
45
2.5/4
Get Smart (2008)
"Get Smart" offers some pleasing homages to its predecessor and an adequate amount of laughs. But what the feature sorely needed was more chaos and less control.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
46
3/4
"The Incredible Hulk" emphasizes action and special effects. ... But it is what fans expect and hoped for and it will not disappoint.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
47
4/4
From start to finish, the chapters roll by offering fans of the genre chases, explosions, gun battles, fistfights and well-done cliffhangers.
Posted Jun 9, 2008
48
0/4
The movie paints crude and insulting portraits of Israelis and Palestinians, going in for the basest stereotypes that would only bring a smile to the face of a Klansman.
Posted Jun 5, 2008
49
2.5/4
Much of it is exciting; the action sequences, the fights, the stunts are rousing, but they also seem familiar and a bit routine.
Posted May 21, 2008
50
2/4
Speed Racer (2008)
At times the film feels like Hot Wheels on either steroids or LSD - or both.
Posted May 8, 2008