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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
1.5/4
To paraphrase Yogi Berra, "Pride and Glory" is deja vu all over again.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
2.5/4
At times you feel as if you should raise your arms and shout "Hallelujah" or "Amen!"
Posted Aug 21, 2008
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
4/4
WALL-E (2008)
"WALL-E" is a gem and continues Pixar's amazing winning streak of animated hits.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
2/4
Speed Racer (2008)
At times the film feels like Hot Wheels on either steroids or LSD - or both.
Posted May 8, 2008
28
3/4
Iron Man (2008)
What sets the movie apart ... is that ... it is not bogged down with the "with great power comes great responsibility" mantra that weighs upon other costumed crusaders.
Posted May 1, 2008
29
3/4
There isn't really much plot to Harold and Kumar, just a lot of scatological humor, sex and body parts as well as body function jokes.
Posted Apr 24, 2008
30
1.5/4
88 Minutes (2008)
"88 Minutes" is one of those thrillers in which characters seem to run all over the place and talk a lot on cell phones. Yet nothing really seems to get accomplished.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
31
1.5/4
Leatherheads (2008)
"Leatherheads" lacks flair and pizzazz. Like a highly touted No. 1 draft pick who flops, it is all potential without substance.
Posted Apr 3, 2008
32
3/4
Stop-Loss (2008)
The movie's ending will not satisfy everyone, but it does avoid typical Hollywood conventions. Whether it is the correct finale is something you will have to search your own heart to answer.
Posted Apr 1, 2008
33
2/4
21 (2008)
It's a gamble whether or not "21" will provide enough excitement to make you shout, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner."
Posted Apr 1, 2008
34
2/4
"Drillbit Taylor" ... raises the question about why in today's teen-age movies must every high school bully appear to have taken lessons at the Hannibal Lector School of Psychopathic Adolescents.
Posted Mar 24, 2008
35
0/4
Semi-Pro (2008)
What is most extraordinary about Semi-Pro is that someone actually provided money to produce it. The funding probably came from someone who did not - or could not - read the script.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
36
1.5/4
Basically, Vantage Point is a don't-ask-and-we-won't-tell movie. We are just supposed to sit back and ride along without questioning where we are being driven.
Posted Feb 27, 2008
37
1/4
Fool's Gold (2008)
The only people who will get any enjoyment out of this feature are those who love to ogle Matthew McConaughey shirtless ...
Posted Feb 7, 2008
38
1.5/4
Cassandra's Dream lacks energy and spark. Monotonous and simplistic, it is definitely not worthy of Woody Allen.
Posted Jan 30, 2008
39
1.5/4
Untraceable (2008)
Untraceable is a movie whose potential was tossed aside for the conventional trappings of the serial-killer genre.
Posted Jan 30, 2008
40
1/4
27 Dresses (2008)
27 Dresses is cinema for the simple-minded. Everything is spelled out for the audience in capital block letters.
Posted Jan 18, 2008
41
3.5/4
Cloverfield (2008)
What sets the film apart, really, is that the monster is just a backdrop. The main focus centers on how a small group of people cope and react under such an extreme crisis.
Posted Jan 17, 2008
42
3.5/4
The weight of current events in Iraq and Afghanistan push at the back of your mind as you watch the film.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
43
2/5
good in its day; too stagy and hammy for today's audiences and tastes
Posted Dec 20, 2007
44
3.5/4
Delightfully gruesome, it is laced with morbid humor, and yet a sense of tragedy and loss weighs heavily upon it.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
45
2/4
I Am Legend (2007)
The movie ... seems to mutate into a clone of 28 Days Later since the virus not only has altered those infected ... but have transformed many of them into CGI figures ...
Posted Dec 13, 2007
46
1/5
Should have torn down the house after the first movie.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
47
3/5
A buff Streep vs. bad guy Bacon on a wild river journey in which good acting overcomes several cliches.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
48
3/5
Roxie Hart (1942)
The non-musical version of Chicago. It's fun and cynical.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
49
2/5
Humoresque (1946)
pot-boiler with Crawford chewing up the scenery; Garfield does his best to retain his dignity.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
50
3.5/4
The movie is not so much a biography as a fragmented tour through Dylan's various personas and psyches.
Posted Dec 11, 2007