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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
2/5
good in its day; too stagy and hammy for today's audiences and tastes
Posted Dec 20, 2007
17
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
18
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
19
1/5
Should have torn down the house after the first movie.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
20
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
21
3/5
Roxie Hart (1942)
The non-musical version of Chicago. It's fun and cynical.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
22
2/5
Humoresque (1946)
pot-boiler with Crawford chewing up the scenery; Garfield does his best to retain his dignity.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
23
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
24
2.5/4
Golden Compass lacks any real fantastic flair. It is a decent enough feature, but is short of that spell-binding quality that will allow audiences to embrace it.
Posted Dec 9, 2007
25
3/5
One of Wayne's top B efforts; an offbeat love story that works as a romance as well as a Western. Russell is luminous.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
26
3.5/4
Joel and Ethan Coen, working from a novel by Cormac McCarthy, have made one of the darkest and best movies of the year.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
27
3/5
America (1924)
One of Griffith's last great films; a pageant about the American fight for freedom.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
28
1/5
Judge Dredd (1995)
A bomb; I dread having to ever see this turkey again.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
29
2.5/4
The Mist (2007)
The Mist is a disappointment, not so much for what is on the screen, but for what it could have been.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
30
2.5/4
Children will find the feature enchanting, while adults may not be so easily impressed.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
31
3/5
colorful period piece with another strong performance from Alec Guinness.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
32
1.5/4
Beowulf (2007)
Beowulf may contain all the modern movie magic at Zemeckis' disposal, but it plays like something Cecil B. DeMille could have churned out in his sleep ... .
Posted Nov 16, 2007
33
1/4
No one in the movie speaks like a real person. Even the youngest cast member talks as if footlights and a proscenium hemmed him in.
Posted Nov 3, 2007
34
3/4
Bee Movie (2007)
Bee Movie is fun, if not formulaic in its humor and story approach. The writers threw in every ... bee joke and situation you could think of, yet the movie still works.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
35
2.5/4
American Gangster is as impersonal and clinical as a police report. It lacks fire, passion and the operatic bravura you would expect from the clash of these ... acting titans.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
36
1.5/4
The movie contains the usual palace intrigue and overblown dialogue. The only line missing is the one referring to Elizabeth as a "king in petticoats."
Posted Oct 20, 2007
37
1/4
Most of the townspeople are archetypes. In fact, you get the feeling the town is populated by character actors and not real people.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
38
4/4
Gone Baby Gone will haunt you because it does not offer any pat answers or resolutions. It is like real life, complex and messy.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
39
2/5
An OK John Wayne up north comedy western. Not one of his better efforts, but it has its moments.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
40
1.5/4
The biggest problem with the movie is timidity. The Farrellys ... refuse to take the needed step of making star Ben Stiller totally unsympathetic.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
41
4/5
Coming Home (1978)
A wonderful movie with stellar performances; though Dern is a bit of a caricature.
Posted Sep 6, 2007
42
3/5
An uneven comedy; Short is based, talking about movie insider stuff to the people in the village who have no idea what he is talking about.
Posted Sep 6, 2007
43
3/4
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
The ending is totally unsatisfactory. Without giving away any spoilers, ... the resolution is unnecessary and much more cynical than the original.
Posted Sep 6, 2007
44
3/5
Iron Will (1994)
A solid, old-fashioned adventure yarn; nothing special but decent entertainment.
Posted Sep 1, 2007
45
1/4
Mr. Bean's Holiday is a movie that offers intermittent laughs and some funny sequences, yet does not come together as a whole. It lacks focus and pacing.
Posted Sep 1, 2007
46
3/4
Stardust (2007)
Most knowledgeable filmgoers can figure out who does what to whom and who winds up with whom. The enjoyable part is watching everyone get there.
Posted Aug 10, 2007
47
4/5
An excellent movie, Curtis' best role ever as the tortured Albert DeSalvo. the documentary-style suits the film perfectly. wonderfully underplayed and suspenseful from beginning to end.
Posted Aug 8, 2007
48
3/4
The movie's frantic pace gives you an adrenaline rush, but its cinematographic and editing style gives you a headache.
Posted Aug 8, 2007
49
2.5/4
What is lost is the texture and richness that permeated J.K. Rowling's fifth entry in the series. ... The movie, as most films do, sacrificed narrative for action.
Posted Jul 17, 2007
50
3/4
Transformers (2007)
Transformers is long and loud and should not be ... compared with some dramatic work. Just let it stand on its own and transform you into a kid for a couple-plus hours.
Posted Jul 4, 2007