Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bob Bloom
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Bob Bloom (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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 In Fabric (2018) Bob Bloom ('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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/4 Marriage Story (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
1.5/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Bob Bloom You view "Lucy in the Sky" through the lens of a telescope - from afar and without much detail. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3.5/4 First Love (2019) Bob Bloom 'First Love' is a flamboyant exercise in moviemaking that, despite its bloodshed, will impress you with its softness and compassion. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) Bob Bloom 'Gemini Man's' plot is ludicrous, its acting is pedestrian, and the pacing is sluggish. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/4 Monos (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 Aquarela (2018) Bob Bloom "Aquarela" isn't exactly a canary-in-the-coal-mine documentary, but it comes close enough that you may pause and rethink your views. ... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) Bob Bloom The film is more a father-and-son story and a voyage of reconnection and reconciliation. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
2.5/4 Before You Know It (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 Hustlers (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/4 After the Wedding (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 One Child Nation (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 Luce (2019) Bob Bloom 'Luce' is a feature that will galvanize audiences; some will accept its haziness, while others may leave the theater dissatisfied. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/4 Good Boys (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/4 Maiden (2018) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Them That Follow (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 Brian Banks (2018) Bob Bloom This movie cries out for, if not outrage, then at least some indignation about the failures and shortcomings of the judicial process. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Bob Bloom 'Once Upon a Time ...' is one of Tarantino's most-assured works, and it showcases his affection and love for the film industry. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
2.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Bob Bloom It's difficult to dislike a movie in which everyone - good guys and bad - seem to be having such a good time. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/4 Sword of Trust (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
1.5/4 The Iron Orchard (2018) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 Aladdin (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 Yesterday (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/4 Ophelia (2018) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 Ghost Light (2018) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 Shaft (2019) Bob Bloom 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." EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
1/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Bob Bloom 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." EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 All Is True (2018) Bob Bloom 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. ... EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 The Outsider (2019) Bob Bloom '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. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 The White Crow (2018) Bob Bloom 'The White Crow' is about divided loyalties. Can an artist serve his motherland and remain true to himself? EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Bob Bloom 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Bob Bloom '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. ... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019