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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 58% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) "With material this powerful, we shouldn't have to continually be puzzling out what's real and what's staged. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 5, 2016
B 79% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "The film is often​ sharp and amusing, but it's a doodle in the Coen canon. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 5, 2016
A- 98% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) "Two estranged fraternal Icelandic sheep farmers might not seem like the most promising of movie subjects. Think again. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 4, 2016
C+ 59% The Finest Hours (2016) "Maybe it's just the History Channel junkie in me, but I would much rather be seeing a documentary about this mission than a trumped-up drama featuring brand-name actors and CGI squalls. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 29, 2016
100% The Messenger (2015) "For the most part, The Messenger does for songbirds what Winged Migration did for big birds. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 29, 2016
B- 55% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "[Bay] does well here what he always does well: He keeps the action at full throttle. This is also what he does so annoyingly: He always keeps things at full throttle. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 15, 2016
97% Chimes at Midnight (1965) "Quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 8, 2016
C+ 74% Where to Invade Next (2016) ""Where to Invade Next" is blithely entertaining but almost completely devoid of rigor. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 7, 2016
A- 96% 45 Years (2015) "Haigh understands, as his actors certainly do, that it is possible to hold more than one love in one's heart. This may not be the most romantic of conceptions, but it hits home. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 2, 2016
A- 92% Anomalisa (2015) "The wonder, the astonishment, is that these puppets are invested with a full range of human emotion. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 1, 2016
C+ 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "The film is pointless, even as entertainment, because it builds to nothing more than a comic book blood bath. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 1, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "There is, of course, CGI in The Force Awakens, but it's comparatively minimal. The film looks handmade, and this allows for a greater range of human emotion, too. When tragedy strikes, you feel it. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 17, 2015
B 88% The Big Short (2015) "The actors play their roles to the hilt, but in the end, the role of these investors in extenuating the crisis they took advantage of is played down, as is the disastrous life consequences of all those who were severely hit by it. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 11, 2015
B+ 95% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) "It's lovely, child's-eye fantasia. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 11, 2015
C+ 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) "If the movie accomplishes nothing else, though, I hope it inspires the curious to actually sit down and finally read Moby-Dick. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 11, 2015
A- 93% The Lady In The Van (2015) "If Bennett were nonstop nice he'd be unbelievable and the story would dissolve into sentimental goo. Fortunately, with Smith around, that would not have happened anyway. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 4, 2015
C- 73% Youth (2015) "Sorrentino's magic is all smoke and mirrors. People calling this movie a visual feast must be awfully famished. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 4, 2015
B 80% Macbeth (2015) "Marion Cotillard's Lady Macbeth, however, is a triumph. She seems transfixed by her own capacity for evil, and her mad scene is one of the most unhistrionic, and therefore spookiest, ever filmed. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 4, 2015
B 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "This fantasy about an apatosaurus named Arlo who must find (and fight) his way back to his family plays a bit like The Odyssey for tykes. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 25, 2015
B+ 100% Jag är Ingrid (Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words) (2015) "It was quite a life. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 20, 2015
C+ 93% Carol (2015) "The problem is that there is very little chemistry between the actresses, and Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy are far too studied in their depiction of passion. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 20, 2015
A- 91% Frame by Frame (2015) "Photojournalism, at its highest level, is an art, but it can also be a way of opening up a world. In rare cases it can change it. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 20, 2015
B- 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "Director Francis Lawrence stages the action sequences... with a modicum of flair, and Julianne Moore as rebel leader Coin gives off some sparks, but for the most part there is nothing divertingly new or different about this franchise fade-out. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 20, 2015
A 98% Brooklyn (2015) "I hesitate to call Brooklyn heartwarming because that usually implies something overweeningly tender. But it's possible to be heartwarming and tough-minded, as this wonderful film demonstrates. And it's possible to be both old-fashioned and vibrant, too. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 6, 2015
B 96% Spotlight (2015) "The film is often straightforward and hard-hitting. But it plays out all the usual tropes of the investigative-journalism genre -- the hot tips, the clandestine meetings, the hand-wringing about ethics, etc. -- without adding a jot of novelty. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 64% Spectre (2015) "If one of the most successful and long-running franchises in movie history wants to keep pumping, it's once again time to change the formula. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 6, 2015
58% Die Another Day (2002) "It's the same old Bond. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 2, 2015
B 100% Top Spin (2015) "Weary as I am of documentaries built around competitions, this one is charming because the three teens, especially the girls, are so radiantly intense about the sport. And yes, you doubters, it is a sport. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 30, 2015
B+ 96% The Armor Of Light (2015) "The principled resoluteness of Schenck and McBath shines. The film is a dual portrait in courage. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 30, 2015
B- 73% Suffragette (2015) "[Mulligan is] a fiercely intelligent performer, and that suits her here. She gives some human weight to Maud's big moments, especially when they veer dangerously close to hokum. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 23, 2015
A- 98% Heart of a Dog (2015) "It's a confounding, transfixing mélange. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 23, 2015
74% Back to the Future Part III (1990) "It satisfyingly ties up the various plot strands that were flapping in the breeze from the last installment. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 21, 2015
61% Truth (2015) "Worth seeing mostly for Cate Blanchett's firebrand performance. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 16, 2015
B- 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "Attah is an industrious little actor, but his fall from innocence is not delineated with the same force as the carnage. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 16, 2015
B+ 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Bridge of Spies is solid and uplifting, but it doesn't extend Spielberg's range. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 16, 2015
A- 88% Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Seuss) (2010) "Psychobiography of this sort runs throughout the film, and Moeller lets it all unspool without undue editorializing. Some of the ironies are flabbergasting. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 11, 2015
B+ 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "As scathingly played by Fassbender, Jobs looks almost as sleek and perfected as one of his computers. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 9, 2015
B- 85% The Walk (2015) "The walk itself is the film's central, and only, real achievement, but it's a doozy. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 2, 2015
C+ 47% Freeheld (2015) "The early scenes, when Laurel and Stacie first meet and court, are charming, and the performers' contrapuntal acting styles here ring true. But when the diagnosis arrives, all the predictable buttons are pushed and righteousness reigns. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 2, 2015
B 92% The Martian (2015) "The Martian plays to both Scott's strengths and weaknesses. By relegating Mark's predicament to a purely survivalist scenario, he keeps things humming along without ever widening the horizon. But there was an obligation to widen the horizon. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 2, 2015
62% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) "It's more of a harbinger of better things to come than a solid achievement in its own right, but it's moving in a fresh, invigorating direction. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 28, 2015
B 100% Becoming Bulletproof "As a piece of filmmaking, "Becoming Bulletproof" is haphazard and overloaded with talking heads. But as a window into the lives of some of these actors, it's often moving. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 25, 2015
B- 75% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) "It's a somewhat stiff and conventional piece of work, but it examines an important, and historically neglected, subject. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 25, 2015
B- 75% Black Mass (2015) "[Depp] holds the screen as pure malevolence. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 18, 2015
B- 70% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "There are other good performances, including a small one by Peter Sarsgaard as Fischer's chess trainer, but overall this is a film in which, as the end credit documentary footage attests, the real story overwhelms its dramatization. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 17, 2015
B+ 86% A Brilliant Young Mind (2015) "Hawkins gives a performance of remarkable grace and sensitivity. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 11, 2015
B+ 93% Breathe (2015) "With her co-screenwriter, Julien Lambroschini, Laurent doesn't make the mistake of overhyping the mounting dread. The intensity is best served by their methodical, low-key approach. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 11, 2015
B- 74% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "The film casts a forlorn mood that is evocative when it isn't wearying. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2015
A- 76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "There is practically nothing in this film that was not already raked over in Walter Isaacson's 2013 biography or in the many thousands of articles about Jobs over the years. But there is something about seeing and hearing this story onscreen. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 4, 2015
B- 96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "Muylaert captures the unspoken class distinctions that would, on the one hand, make Val a trusted honorary member of the family while still relegating her to "the help." " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 28, 2015
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