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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Patterson uses a very deliberate pace to advance the movie. He tantalizes us with clues and breadcrumbs, heightening suspense while keeping us glued to on-screen events.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
3/4 89% The Trip to Greece (2020) Their patter is so unforced and natural and not just because this is their fourth go-round. They make you feel as if they are personally connected and enjoy each other's company.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2.5/4 89% Soundwave (2018) 'Soundwave' is taut; no moments seem wasted. It's a nifty little picture that, despite some shortcomings, will capture your imagination.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Feldstein elicits a vulnerability and awareness that makes you root for and embrace her. You hope she finally discovers and accepts her true self. The film's journey is one you will enjoy sharing with this talented young actor.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
3/4 100% Turnover (2019) 'Turnover' is a charming and embraceable feature that touts the power of friendship, love and acceptance.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
1/4 60% The Bellmen (2020) Early in the film, we are told that the life of a bellman is all about doing a great job to earn big tips. Well, here's one: next time you want to produce a comedy, make sure it's funny before you let anyone see it.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 100% The Third Strike (2020) Jones' film provide many examples of young men who, because of the cookie-cutter nature of the law, are wasting away in prison without the possibility of parole, while more violent offenders ... are released back into society.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
2.5/4 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Overall, the movie lacks the voltage necessary to relate this epic tale in the manner it deserves.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
3/4 81% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Even if "Once Were Brothers" is tilted toward Robertson's version of events, it, nevertheless, makes compelling viewing.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
2.5/4 88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) (The film) is the story of a leader whose lifelong search for truth and knowledge, as well as his fascination with science and technology, has led to a movement welding fact and spirituality into a cohesive bond that he hopes can expand learning. ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3.5/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It's filled with wonderful moments and expertly captures the turmoil within that overwhelms many teenagers who cannot give voice to the emotions churning in their minds and hearts.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Valiant (2019) 'Valiant' is not about wins and losses; it's not even a tale of a team far exceeding its expectations. It is a tribute to conquering despair and pain and embracing sports to regain strength and rise above the horror that crushed a city.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
4/4 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Rather, it is a story about heart and determination for one group of Americans to show the rest of the nation that they deserve the same guarantees of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that we all supposedly enjoy.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
2.5/4 56% Resistance (2020) "Resistance" makes for engrossing viewing, shining a light on a little-known portion of the life of a man who became one the world's most celebrated artists.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/4 47% Silent Panic (2019) I guess writer-director Kyle Schadt is trying to say something about people's responsibility to others, but his point is buried under all the complications he piles into his screenplay.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
1.5/4 67% Human Capital (2020) The fine cast, despite valiant efforts, fails to bring their characters to life; they are merely representations of greed, selfishness or desperation. They are thimbles, not fully fleshed-out people.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/4 82% The Traitor (2020) Favino portrays Buscetta as a man struggling with his conscience, not for the crimes he has committed, but because of the storm he knows will rain down on him for breaking years of mafia tradition.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Beneath its gloss, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is about how women - considered property that can be used as barter in a patriarchal world - cope with the constraints life allows them.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 92% The Invisible Man (2020) Whannell makes a wise choice emphasizing the plight of Cecilia, rather than the tired old clichés of an invisible man running amok. It makes it easier for the audience to accept the premise and identify with Cecilia's situation.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/4 93% Ordinary Love (2020) The film's villain is not so much the cancer, but the insidious havoc it wreaks on relationships and the mortality of existence.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2/4 68% Olympic Dreams (2020) Pappas and Kroll, who wrote the script along with director Jeremy Teicher, fail to provide any emotional peaks that their characters need to climb. The movie is too understated and tame.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3.5/4 91% The Assistant (2020) In a sense, "The Assistant" is like an old-fashioned horror movie in which all the murder and mayhem occur off-screen, so it is left to our imaginations about what happens behind closed doors.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
2.5/4 46% Night Sweats (2019) While "Night Sweats ... keeps you involved and arouses your curiosity about the cause of the disease, the movie's very limited budget handcuffs the film, as it uses few sets and locales around New York City.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
2/4 40% The Song of Names (2019) The mystery surrounding Dovidl's disappearance should be the most compelling aspect of the film, but director François Girard's approach is so clinical and unemotional that it dilutes the urgency of Martin's mission.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) This story of lost and missed opportunities should have more of an emotional heft that binds you to the characters. Unfortunately, at times, the movie feels distant, as if director Karim Aïnouz is content to simply allow you to watch events unfold.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The movie offers enough sizzle to keep you warm during these cold times.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) If stupid and loud movies are your thing, then "Bad Boys for Life" is definitely for you. It is a mind-numbing experience that will leave you gasping and laughing.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) At the end, "Just Mercy" may make you weep for joy and applaud for its outcome. And, it also will make you think about judicial abuses that have robbed many people - the vast majority of whom are minorities - of their rights as American citizens.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/4 95% Little Women (2019) With her earlier "Lady Bird," and now "Little Women," (Gerwig) exhibits a poised and fearless creativity, making whatever subject she tackles a singular event that should be viewed and applauded.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) '1917' unfolds like an overstuffed video game. It becomes rather silly and farfetched the further toward the front it proceeds. The movie features some decent action sequences, which are presented sterilely and unimaginatively ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) In "Uncut Gems," Benny and Josh Safdie allow (Sandler) to unleash the manic persona he brings to his comedy in a dramatic forum. And Sandler rises to the occasion. You simultaneously despise him yet admire him for his chutzpah. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Yet, despite its flaws and familiarity, "The Rise of Skywalker" draws you in, mainly because you are ardently invested in the characters - old and new. You want to know and care about their fates.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Sometimes, we need a movie that quietly and poetically delves into the human heart to remind us of our capacity for love and forgiveness.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/4 70% Bombshell (2019) The movie also is disjointed because it's not sure where it wants to take us. It's a cinematic pendulum swinging back and forth from satire to an inspirational empowerment drama.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) 'The Two Popes' crackles as screenwriter Anthony McCarten ("The Theory of Everything," "Darkest Hour" and "Bohemian Rhapsody") slowly bridges the gap between the men, eventually allowing them to find common ground in their devotion to the church.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) (Eastwood) keeps the story simple ... warning that a combination of police wanting to solve a big case quickly and a media hungry for scoops and headlines can be a fearsome combination that can swallow an individual whole without a second thought.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) One of the insights writer-director Johnson brings to the movie is a political and cultural awareness of what is going on in today's society - a denigration and suspicion of outsiders.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/4 77% Frozen II (2019) Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee were sincere in trying to make "Frozen II" as memorable as "Frozen." The movie, however, feels rushed and lacking in dynamism.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2/4 75% Sunday Girl (2019) 'Sunday Girl' is just another rom com that fails to stand out from the pack. It adds nothing new to the genre and its message is one that has been spread before.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) 'The Irishman' is like a veteran rock 'n' roll band on a farewell tour performing its golden oldies. De Niro, Pacino and Pesci infuse the movie with a lifetime of experience in front and behind the camera. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) (Director James) Mangold makes "Ford v Ferrari" a multitextured story about imagination and innovation and the obstacles thrown at those who attempt to think outside the box.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 90% The Lighthouse (2019) You go into "The Lighthouse" not knowing what to expect, with (director Robert) Eggers heightening that feeling by playing off your anticipation of what you think lies ahead.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) 'Doctor Sleep' is an aptly named title for this snoozer adaptation of Stephen King's novel. The movie is too long and very dull, mostly moving at a sleepwalker's pace.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 92% In Fabric (2019) ('In Fabric') is original. It also is creepy, stylish, maddening and funny. It has something to say, and Strickland teases you by having you try to figure out what that is.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) 'Marriage Story' is a melancholy movie that details the trauma of divorce, but it also offers a ray of hope. Life goes on, Baumbach is saying, as festering wounds eventually heal and a new normalcy develops.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Watiti's "Jojo Rabbit" puts a spotlight directly into the eyes of evil, as well as ridiculing hateful ideologies and dialogues contaminating today's world.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) At one point in the movie, Moore says, "I want the world to know I exist." After this film, people will remember Murphy is around.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Heller has composed "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" like one of the lessons Rogers would discuss on his program. That is evident from the opening shot. And, Heller maintains that theme until the finale.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
1.5/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) You view "Lucy in the Sky" through the lens of a telescope - from afar and without much detail.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3.5/4 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) 'First Love' is a flamboyant exercise in moviemaking that, despite its bloodshed, will impress you with its softness and compassion.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019