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Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 16%

Untraceable (2008)

"Untraceable is a movie whose potential was tossed aside for the conventional trappings of the serial-killer genre."

Posted Jan 30, 2008

Bob Bloom

2 41%

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

Bob Bloom

3 77%

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

Bob Bloom

4 82%

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

5 80%

Disraeli (Disraeli: The Noble Ladies of Scandal) (1929)

"good in its day; too stagy and hammy for today's audiences and tastes"

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Bob Bloom

6 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"Delightfully gruesome, it is laced with morbid humor, and yet a sense of tragedy and loss weighs heavily upon it. "

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Bob Bloom

7 70%

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

Bob Bloom

8 7%

Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

"Should have torn down the house after the first movie."

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Bob Bloom

9 55%

The River Wild (1994)

"A buff Streep vs. bad guy Bacon on a wild river journey in which good acting overcomes several cliches."

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Bob Bloom

10 89%

Roxie Hart (2004)

"The non-musical version of Chicago. It's fun and cynical."

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Bob Bloom

11 60%

Humoresque (1946)

"pot-boiler with Crawford chewing up the scenery; Garfield does his best to retain his dignity."

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Bob Bloom

12 77%

I'm Not There (2007)

"The movie is not so much a biography as a fragmented tour through Dylan's various personas and psyches."

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Bob Bloom

13 42%

The Golden Compass (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

14 67%

Angel and the Badman (1947)

"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

Bob Bloom

15 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

" 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

Bob Bloom

16 ——

America (1924)

"One of Griffith's last great films; a pageant about the American fight for freedom."

Posted Nov 21, 2007

Bob Bloom

17 18%

Judge Dredd (1995)

"A bomb; I dread having to ever see this turkey again."

Posted Nov 21, 2007

Bob Bloom

18 73%

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

Bob Bloom

19 37%

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

"Children will find the feature enchanting, while adults may not be so easily impressed."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Bob Bloom

20 100%

Damn the Defiant! (1962)

"colorful period piece with another strong performance from Alec Guinness."

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Bob Bloom

21 71%

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

Bob Bloom

22 33%

Martian Child (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

23 51%

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

Bob Bloom

24 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

25 35%

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

26 26%

The Final Season (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

27 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

28 43%

North to Alaska (1960)

"An OK John Wayne up north comedy western. Not one of his better efforts, but it has its moments."

Posted Oct 6, 2007

Bob Bloom

29 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

30 81%

Coming Home (1978)

"A wonderful movie with stellar performances; though Dern is a bit of a caricature."

Posted Sep 6, 2007

Bob Bloom

31 56%

Three Amigos! (1986)

"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

Bob Bloom

32 88%

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

Bob Bloom

33 62%

Iron Will (1994)

"A solid, old-fashioned adventure yarn; nothing special but decent entertainment."

Posted Sep 1, 2007

Bob Bloom

34 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

" 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

Bob Bloom

35 76%

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

Bob Bloom

36 92%

The Boston Strangler (1968)

"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

Bob Bloom

37 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"The movie's frantic pace gives you an adrenaline rush, but its cinematographic and editing style gives you a headache. "

Posted Aug 8, 2007

Bob Bloom

38 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"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

Bob Bloom

39 57%

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

Bob Bloom

40 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"In a sense, Ratatouille is a story about fulfilling one's dreams, about going beyond preconceived boundaries and following your heart."

Posted Jul 4, 2007

Bob Bloom

41 71%

Tarzan Escapes (1936)

"begins the downward, juvenile trend of tarzan mgm movies."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Bob Bloom

42 23%

Evan Almighty (2007)

" You know a movie is in trouble when most of the laughs involve birds pooping on congressmen."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Bob Bloom

43 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"The foundation of A Mighty Heart, a devastatingly emotional movie, rests on the splendid performance by Angelina Jolie as (Mariane) Pearl."

Posted Jun 21, 2007

Bob Bloom

44 50%

Nancy Drew (2007)

"Most of all, what keeps the movie afloat is Emma Roberts' sincerity in her portrayal of Nancy."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Bob Bloom

45 91%

Knocked Up (2007)

"Knocked Up, despite its premise, is a warm and appealing movie. Even though it runs about two hours and 10 minutes ... it keeps you bonded with the characters."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Bob Bloom

46 72%

Fracture (2007)

"Fracture is good, it's steady, but it is flat. It fails to deliver any high points of drama or confrontation, even at the payoff."

Posted Apr 24, 2007

Bob Bloom

47 80%

61* (2001)

"A great baseball movie solidly directed by Billy Crystal. You can tell he's a Yankee fan, but also does not hesitate from showing the warts on some of his idols."

Posted Apr 12, 2007

Bob Bloom

48 81%

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

"A lavish musical, too lavish for the subject matter, though."

Posted Apr 12, 2007

Bob Bloom

49 11%

Perfect Stranger (2007)

"... An insipid potboiler that strains to be some sort of sexual thriller, but leaves you cold and bored instead."

Posted Apr 12, 2007

Bob Bloom

50 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"It is not the movies themselves that are great, though the flesh-eating zombie thriller by Rodriquez is the better of the two. Rather, it is the way they are presented."

Posted Apr 10, 2007

Bob Bloom

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