Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I was born in New York and am a 1970 graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, was a bachelor's degree in journalism. I have been working at various newspapers since 1970 and have been writing about the entertainment industry and doing movie reviews since 1977. I am currently the movie critic at the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Ind.
Favorites:
All-time favorites: Field of Dreams, Singin' in the Rain, City Lights, Casablanca, Adventures of Robin Hood, The Masked Marvel, Adventures of Captain Marvel, 1776, The Maltese Falcon, The Matrix, Jason and the Argonauts and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Location: Lafayette, Ind.
Official Websites: jconline.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 92% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 95% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/4 97% 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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
1.5/4 23% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3.5/4 96% 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) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
1.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) 'Gemini Man's' plot is ludicrous, its acting is pedestrian, and the pacing is sluggish. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 69% Joker (2019) Many moments in "Joker" are pretentious and derivative, but when Phoenix turns his dead eyes toward you, all you see is him and the nightmare scenario surging in his heart and mind. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/4 93% Monos (2019) I like the fact that Landes does not offer a specific nation for the story. It makes the tale more universal because, sadly, this abuse is occurring around the world - from Africa to South America to the Middle East. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/4 83% Judy (2019) 'Judy' is a sad movie. It's a depressing study of a great star aged far beyond her years through her abuse of pills and alcohol, initially spurred on by a movie studio that treated her as a commodity instead of a person - and a teenage one, at that. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 88% Aquarela (2019) "Aquarela" isn't exactly a canary-in-the-coal-mine documentary, but it comes close enough that you may pause and rethink your views. ... - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) The film is more a father-and-son story and a voyage of reconnection and reconciliation. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
2.5/4 83% Before You Know It (2019) The film's major asset is its warmth; the characters have their issues, but they are people you can connect with and - in most cases - become emotionally invested. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Overall, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" is a treasure, a tune-filled tribute to a magnificent talent who loved to sing and passed on that joy to millions who breathed in her exquisite gift. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) The movie, written and directed by Lorene Scarfaria ("The Meddler"), is more a story of economic survival than a caper drama about a group of former strippers who band together to scam Wall Street high rollers. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) That said, "Chapter Two's" most powerful moments focus on the mental turmoil that continue to ravage the adult Losers years after their adolescent encounters with Pennywise. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) 'Brittany Runs a Marathon' is a film not so much about how others see you, but how you view yourself. It's a movie about body shape and weight and the notions created by people who mostly judge us by how we look. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Strangely, while you may not regard Crosby as a decent person, you respect his candor and are touched by his vulnerability as he opens up to filmmaker Cameron Crowe, who produced the movie. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) 'After the Wedding' is a decent movie because of the work of its quartet of actors. They pump it up, providing more tension and verve than you expect. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 99% One Child Nation (2019) 'One Child Nation' is a movie about a war - one that a government perpetrated upon its own people to ensure its longevity. This barbaric and ruthless feature will leave you cringing. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 91% Luce (2019) 'Luce' is a feature that will galvanize audiences; some will accept its haziness, while others may leave the theater dissatisfied. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/4 79% Good Boys (2019) The film is not so much about the obstacles the Beanbag Boys have to overcome to attend the party and be accepted by the "cool kids," as it is about the first stirrings of puberty and all the crazy shit that goes with it. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) 'The Kitchen' is not a bad movie. It simply lacks the courage of its convictions. Berloff tries to have it both ways - fighting mightily to keep our sympathies vested in Kathy, Ruby and Claire, while darkening their characters. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) 'Maiden' is most compelling when it takes us out to sea. ... The battle between sailors and the ocean is a full-time, life-and-death struggle. Storms and waves can wreck a yacht or claim a life by washing a person overboard. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 64% Them That Follow (2019) Englert's performance is very strong. Her eyes and movements display the battle within Mara. She wants to please her father ... not from a place of fear but because of the depth of her love and respect. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) This movie cries out for, if not outrage, then at least some indignation about the failures and shortcomings of the judicial process. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) 'Once Upon a Time ...' is one of Tarantino's most-assured works, and it showcases his affection and love for the film industry. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's difficult to dislike a movie in which everyone - good guys and bad - seem to be having such a good time. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Trust can be a double-edged sword, according to Shelton and O'Brien. It must be earned as well as given. And without it, life can be as dull as the point of an antique sabre. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) An air of melancholy hangs over "Marianne and Leonard." Their love story does not veer into tragedy, but it elicits a sadness that, at certain moments, overwhelms you. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
1.5/4 28% The Iron Orchard (2019) The movie should rise and fall on the fortunes - or misfortunes - of its protagonists. Yet, Roberts fails to take advantage of any of this. His movie is a flat and dry as his Texas terrain. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) 'The Art of Self-Defense' will offer no middle ground. You will either embrace it or push it aside. It has its flaws, but it also is a cautionary tale about the price of conquering our insecurities. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) The recently released live-action remake of the movie captures some of the magical qualities of the original because of the performance of Will Smith as the genie and a talented team of special effects conjurers. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The main thrust of the story is Peter's journey of self-discovery. The death of Tony Stark weighs heavily on the 16-year-old, and Peter is unsure of himself - and of accepting the responsibility that the late Iron Man had rested on his shoulders. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) 'Yesterday' succeeds because the movie - cowritten by Richard Curtis ... and directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle - defies expectations. The movie does not travel the path of least resistance. It does not offer easy or cliched resolutions. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/4 59% Ophelia (2019) This "Ophelia" is definitely not a tale told by an idiot. It is a serious endeavor that puts a new - perhaps, contemporary - spin on one of the world's best-known works. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Perhaps, like Woody, it's time to consign the "Toy Story" franchise to a cinematic closet before all the good will it has accrued over the years turns to dust. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 74% Ghost Light (2019) 'Ghost Light' relies more on humor than scares. It's almost a throwback to those old haunted house thrillers that featured comedians such as Bob Hope or Abbott and Costello. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 32% Shaft (2019) The movie expends a lot of energy offering evidence of Shaft's misogyny and dinosaur-like attitude about computers and millennials. The only line of dialogue Jackson doesn't spout is, "Hey, you damn kids, get off my lawn." - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) The movie tries to be light-hearted, tossing in lots of laughs between the various fistfights and super gadgets. Except, the vast majority of one-liners and situations are not funny; it's almost as if they were scribbled from back issues of "Mad-libs." - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 71% All Is True (2019) The strength of "All Is True" lies in Branagh's depiction of Shakespeare as a flawed man. Though proud of his accomplishments and fame, he is self-conscious about what others think of him, and he continues to fester long-held grudgess. ... - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It's finally time for the X-Men to go on hiatus. Let a fresh team of MCU filmmakers reboot the series with different blood and a new perspective. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Outsider (2019) 'The Outsider,' at a short 86 minutes, moves at a leisurely pace. It builds suspense and lets us get to know the main protagonists enough to get emotionally involved in their fates. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 66% The White Crow (2019) 'The White Crow' is about divided loyalties. Can an artist serve his motherland and remain true to himself? - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Dougherty and his collaborators should have given people more of what they really want - cities toppled, more monsters bashing each other - and fewer moments of actors spewing inane dialogue. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) 'John Wick 3' is brutal, but beautiful; graceful, but violently graphic. Director Chad Stahelski is like the Sergei Eisenstein of fight sequences, and in Reeves he has found the perfect partner. ... - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019