John Beifuss

John Beifuss

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Favorites:
The Bride of Frankenstein Citizen Kane Dead Man Safe It's a Gift to name just a few
Publications:
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
2160
Location:
Memphis, TN

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 2160
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 87% Under the Skin (2014) " Early in the film, the woman plucks an ant from a body, and the moviegoer at times may feel as uncomprehending as that insect, while the Johansson character might as well be an alien entomologist, observing the strange hive culture of humanity. " — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 51% Hateship Loveship (2014) " Another of the wan so-called 'indie' films that distributors accumulate at what must be some sort of post-Sundance clearance sale." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The unlikely directors are comedy connoisseurs Anthony and Joe Russo, working with a gargantuan Marvel/Disney support team no doubt organized on the theory that these movies have become Too Big To Fail..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " An auteurist monument to monomania inspired by Judeo-Christian culture's most famous report of a divine reboot.." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " If 'provocauteur' isn't a word, it ought to be, at least in reference to von Trier..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The choreography and performances overall are adrenalizing -- virtuosic and precise, and an entirely legitimate justification for the existence of the movies." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Rumsfeld seems to suggest that any pre-emptive strike can be justified, if we have the 'imagination' to envision future history as a succession of Worst Case Scenarios, enacted by America's enemies." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
1.5/4 11% The Nut Job (2014) " A tired assembly of the expected celebrity voices (Liam Neeson is a despotic raccoon) and already dated pop-culture references (the end credits feature an animated version of Psy leading the cast of animals in a dance-along to 'Gangnam Style')." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 21% Frankie & Alice (2014) " It may be based on true events, but it seems more truly inspired by the star-producer's desire for an ostentatious showcase to demonstrate that her Best Actress recognition didn't Jinx (ouch) a career notable for such post-Oscar calamities as 'Catwoman.'" — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 42% The Face of Love (2014) " Does 'The Face of Love' belong to Annette Bening? If you're speaking of an ideal, the answer is debatable; if you're speaking of the new movie with that name, the answer is most definitely yes. " — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 100% The Great Flood (2014) " The damage gives the images an appropriately mud-spattered, post-disaster appearance; sometimes the splotchy, jumpy degradation transforms these smalltown flood scenes into abstract animated splatter paintings." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 64% Bad Words (2014) " Spell it b-o-g-u-s, because 'Bad Words' reveals very early that it won't even remain true to the dubious integrity of its ugliness." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 74% Enemy (2014) " A feat of sustained tension and unrelieved dread that spins its web of unease with elegantly creepy visuals (the Toronto sky seems dusted with noxious yellow pollen) and spooky sound design (the score consists of nervous strings and sonorous woodwinds)." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Jenison's compulsiveness and ingeniousness are interesting, and his research may prove to have some art-scholarship value, but another impresson is that spending 180 days to reproduce 'The Music Lesson' is a colossal waste of time." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3.5/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A pleasure from start to finish." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 —— The Horror At 37,000 Feet " A mix of the disaster and demon movie genres that may make you nostalgic not just for a simpler era of prime time but for pre-9/11 air travel..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/4 46% The Book Thief (2013) " This extremely moving drama suggests the Holocaust story Ray Bradbury might have written: Events are seen through a child's eyes; books are shown to contain a healing, transformative power; and the supernatural is real, if symbolic." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/4 —— Tennessee Queer (2014) " The title is provocative but the comedy is accessible and the attitude generous in this made-in-Memphis feature... Call it 'Mayberry LGBT.'" — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Like the tool-stuffed pastries baked by the film's winsome young Agatha, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is an irresistible frosted confection with a steely, purposeful center." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2.5/4 41% Divergent (2014) " "Divergent' is too busy warning us about the dangers of conformity to develop a distinctive personality of its own." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/4 41% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " As Persia's sexiest naval commander, Eva Green is to this 'sidequel' as Cate Blanchett is to 'Blue Jasmine,' and I mean that as a compliment and not a joke: She's a frightening and awe-inspiring force of nature, draped in camp instead of Chanel." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2.5/4 59% Non-Stop (2014) " The premise is sure-fire, but director Jaume Collet-Serra's grip on the material is not as tight as the cabin pressure; moments of sentiment and unnecessary back story relieve the claustrophobia and stall the momentum." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3.5/4 99% Gloria (2014) " The movie insists on the value of the everyday. Gloria's heroism is her dignity, her intelligence, her perseverance." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2/4 44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " There's more steal than art in 'The Art of the Steal,' a second-tier caper comedy-drama that pilfers its inspiration from such superior stories of crime and misdirection as 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Reservoir Dogs'..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/4 100% The Visitor (1979) " The movie suggests that contrary to Cassius' claim, the fault is not in ourselves but in our stars -- that, as the paranoid and psychotic have suspected, our unhappiness is the collateral damage of an eternal and cosmic struggle." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2.5/4 93% Mother Of George (2013) " Has the advantage of novelty and authenticity, but Dosunmu's ellipitical and self-consciously tasteful approach robs the material of some of its power..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " 'The Great Beauty' is certainly striking, but too often what it's striking are poses." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/4 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " It is especially notable for its compassion. It doesn't pass judgment on even its most thoughtless and conniving characters." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 10, 2014
2/4 53% Adult World (2014) " The movie is rated R, yet sensitive 12-year-old girls and the boys scared to talk to them probably represent the ideal audience for this wan coming-of-age sitcom in feature-film drag." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/4 —— Finding Hillywood " Described on its website as 'a feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda's film industry,' this is a paean to the therapeutic 'ppower of fim': most of the featured movies relate directly to the effects of genocide in Rwanda." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " Possibly Miyazaki can relate to Horikoshi's dilemma. He is both technician and artist, engineer and dreamer, and he works in a field -- cinema -- that too often promotes violence as a shortcut to a solution rather than as a last resort." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/4 94% The Past (2013) " 'The Past' opens at a Paris airport, where Marie and the newly arrived Ahmad greet each other through a pane of glass. Their lips move, but they don't actually hear one another. This is a state that will be maintained more or less throughout the film." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/4 82% Darkman (1990) " As with most of Raimi's early work, the second-hand premise is an excuse for the director's movie-mad visual invention." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3.5/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " On the basis of their three feature films, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are masters of transforming unlikely source material into something wonderful." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2/4 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " Previous teen films from brothers Daniel and Mark Waters had a lot of bite, so it's sad their first collaboration is a toothless horror-adventure-comedy-romance motivated by The Weinstein Company's eagerness for a Harry Potter-meets-Twilight franchise." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2.5/4 28% Pompeii (2014) " Why aren't more 3D fireballs hurled at the audience? Anderson picked a weird moment in his career to show restraint." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/4 65% A Fierce Green Fire (2013) " Not another documentary exposé of a particular disaster or eco-crime but a history of the environmental movement itself, motivated by the idea that 'our industrial civilization has grown so powerful that it threatens the natural world...'" — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2.5/4 41% In Secret (2014) " 'Love Means Breaking All the Rules' is the misleading slogan on one promotional graphic. In this case, the hijinks defined as 'breaking all the rules' include adultery, murder and the excess drinking of absinthe" — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/4 68% About Last Night (2014) " Drops enough kernels of hard truth into the romcom popcorn box to break a tooth or two." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2.5/4 49% RoboCop (2014) " Padilha protracts Murphy's existential ordeal,so that the revenge plot that motivates the action becomes secondary to Murphy's struggle to hold onto his identity even as political, corporate and scientific interests seek to erase it. " — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/4 89% The Iran Job (2013) " An honest and open portrait of work, friendships and relationships in a troubled and lively nation blessed with a vibrant culture and cursed with an oppressive religious regime." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2/4 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney and Heslov allow no discouraging words into their screenplay; they petrify art with cant, until 'The Monuments Men' become its own monument." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/4 92% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) " One of the first significant American horror movies, and an interesting contrast to the same year's other, more important genre milestone, Germany's 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.'" — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1.5/4 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " The final insult is saved for the end credits: 'Special Thanks to Mary Shelley.'" — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " When the Dickens-Ternan relationship becomes physical, Fiennes presents the event as more a redundancy than a revelation. A truer consummation occurs earlier, when Dickens allows Nelly to read 'Great Expectations' in manuscript form..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/4 92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) " Sidonie is a character who literally eavesdrops on history, becoming the audience's first-person yet second-hand source for such significant events as the storming of the Bastille..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " Only fitfully inspired; most of the really funny bits -- a visit to a shooting range, for example -- were succinct enough to fit into the trailer." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) " Diverting but ultimately disappointing, considering how often the prison genre has produced movies of nail-biting tension or irresistible campiness." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
1.5/4 18% Devil's Due (2014) " Distressingly locates evil in ethnicity: A scene in which the wife marvels at the lovely 'whiteness' of her nude husband sleeping among snowy sheets seems more troubling than cute after the couple falls victim to dusky satanists in the Dominican Republic." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " A low point is when Hercules kills the Nemean lion, who seemed to be minding his own business in his forest; not cool, Herc, even if he was all digital and as fakey as those stuffed cats they used to throw at Steve Reeves." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 38% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " More sidebar than sequel, this interesting fifth film in the found-footage fright franchise attempts to reboot (re-boo?) the series by relocating the supernatural action to a low-income but vibrant Hispanic neighborhood..." — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
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