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Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 78% Surf's Up (2007) Directors Brannon & Buck have a lot of fun with applying animation to the documentary format, creating lots of "accidental" moments in shots and having the characters amusingly play to the unseen-but-heard interview crew.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2007
B 44% Hostel Part II (2007) Roth has an actual plot in motion, it's not all just a framework for horrific torture, although there's quite a bit of that, too. The film is gruesome and sadistic, but not misogynistic, male characters go through every bit as much pain.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2007
B+ 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) The script by Bruce A. Evans, who also directed, and writing partner Raynold Gideon is unusually complex and dense with narrative and character nuances, with such surprises around every corner that we can't wait to see where the next clue is going to lead‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2007
A- 64% Severance (2006) Bloody, hilarious and very smart, Severance plays very much like what would happen if the characters from a realistically grumbling workplace comedy stumbled into a slasher story.‐ iF Magazine
Posted May 25, 2007
B 41% Shrek the Third (2007) The characters are all very well-defined by now, adroitly inhabited by the voice actors, with Myers, Everett and the hilariously feline Banderas really going above and beyond the call to add sly little flourishes to their deliveries.‐ iF Magazine
Posted May 18, 2007
A- 70% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) 28 Weeks Later is a worthy successor in every sense, different in tone and specifics, but reaching equivalent levels of tension and fear, with some nifty narrative surprises throughout.‐ iF Magazine
Posted May 14, 2007
C 29% Lucky You (2007) As for movie fans, if a poker tournament strikes you as a really uncinematic setting for a drama and you can't imagine what the filmmakers can do to make it a little more watchable...well, alas, they don't have too many ideas on that score, either.‐ iF Magazine
Posted May 4, 2007
B+ 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) Viewers are apt to come out of the theatre feeling as though they've watched a full-season marathon of their favorite genre show. It will strike you as either an abundance of riches or a bit of overload, depending on your current level of enthusiasm.‐ iF Magazine
Posted May 4, 2007
B 28% Next (2007) If you can take the first couple of bounds of suspension of disbelief Next is actually nicely structured. There's actually a lot of fun to be had here. However, there are some very big deductive leaps required.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2007
A- 83% Grindhouse (2007) The overall effect of Grindhouse is that of taking a trip in a time machine and taking a trip, period, to the most unfettered, graphic, wouldn't-it-be-cool-if reaches of two film-worshiping imaginations. It's generally exhilarating.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2007
B+ 85% The Hoax (2007) The supporting cast is fairly perfect, with Alfred Molina deserving special kudos for his turn as Irving's alternately put-upon and avaricious best pal. Hope Davis will remind you of many mid-level talent handlers‐ iF Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2007
C+ 21% Dead Silence (2007) There is some good, original gore here for blood fans, but while the filmmakers understand intellectually that dolls (particularly ventriloquist dummies) can be quite creepy, they don't know how to maximize this onscreen. The carefully desaturated, almost‐ iF Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2007
D+ 14% Wild Hogs (2007) For the most part, although they're going through the right motions, the actors almost might as well be performing in bell jars. This is no way to do a movie that gives lip service to friendship above all, and it's no way for an audience to spend a night.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2007
A- 84% Breach (2007) Breach is an uncommonly intelligent, intense thriller, the kind of terse, character-driven entertainment some of us may associate more with low-budget British films than with American studio product.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2007
7/10 54% Seraphim Falls (2007) Neeson has tremendous power, Brosnan is affectingly tormented and about as far from Bond as he can be under a hermit's beard and an American accent and there is great casting throughout.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2007
7/10 21% Catch and Release (2007) Our plucky, likable heroine/narrator Gray (Jennifer Garner) tries to get over the death of her fiancé, days before their wedding date, by moving in with his erstwhile roommates, organized, diligent Dennis (Sam Jaeger) and free-wheeling, emotive Sam (Kevin‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2007
8/10 29% Smokin' Aces (2007) There's a mob of "name" actors here, all doing fine work, though some around a lot longer than others. Piven excels as the people-and-substance-abusing Buddy, conveying both the showman's flourish that's put him on top and the self-loathing that's liable‐ iF Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2007
8/10 54% The Good Shepherd (2006) What Damon gives us, very convincingly, is a man whose moral compass has already been severely blunted in self-protection he's able to persuade himself (mostly) that any number of terrible things are necessary for the greater good.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2006
8/10 32% The Good German (2007) All of this makes for a movie that's sort of fun, but so intent on showing off its period flourishes that it lacks soul.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2006
8/10 62% Blood Diamond (2006) At its best, Blood Diamond gives a sense of the sheer nightmare chaos of civil war, with no safety in any direction and irrational, furious death liable to hurtle through the air at any moment.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2006
8/10 47% The Holiday (2006) Brace yourselves. Writer/director has made a romantic comedy in which the plot complications do not depend on one or both halves of the couple in question behaving like a ditz or a jerk, nor even seriously misunderstanding each other.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2006
6.5/10 55% Déjà Vu (2006) What feels like a great deal of the movie finds Carlin et al clustered around what amounts to a giant video screen (yes, it's a device for seeing into the past, but it looks like a huge TV monitor). While this isn't quite as bad as all those computer thri‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2006
7/10 51% The Fountain (2006) Once the premise is laid out for us, we can follow the connection between past and present easily enough the trouble is that the dual timeframes never have the intended emotional resonance, much less any philosophical profundity about immortality vs. acce‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2006
8/10 54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) Before people (usually boys, though some girls go through this too in exactly the same form, while others have alternate subjects of fixation) realize that perhaps there ought to be more to a metal song or any song, for that matter‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2006
7.5/10 65% The History Boys (2006) What's very impressive is that Bennett and company manage to make something that sounds so abstract seem so concrete, dramatic and often very funny. Seeing the boys leap into old movie scenes to illustrate a point or just a mood has a lifelike energy to i‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2006
7.5/10 72% Flushed Away (2006) There are some genuinely amusing bits %u2013 the slugs that keep bursting into song in blasts of pop/rock classics are continually enjoyable. Fans of the X-Men franchise will probably get a chuckle out of seeing characters played by Jackman and Mc‐ iF Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2006
7.5/10 34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) For those unfamiliar with Anthony Horowitz's phenomenally popular (as in New York Times' bestseller list) series of young adult spy books, Alex Rider (played in the film by Alex Pettyfer) is or thinks he is an ordinary 14-year-old English sc‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2006
7.5/10 21% Man of the Year (2006) Before getting into what Man of the Year is actually about though this is a related subject it should be noted that the film allows Robin Williams a return to comedic form. Williams, who has shaped up as a very potent actor in drama...‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2006
9.5/10 91% The Departed (2006) Generalizations about filmmakers tend not to stick, but here's one that's proven true when director Martin Scorsese tackles subject matter involving organized crime, the results worth watching, to say the least.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2006
8.5/10 37% The Guardian (2006) The Gaurdian is a really good example of its genre, even though it's possible,well easy, to see most of the story developments coming a good way off, like a killer storm on the horizon.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2006
9/10 87% The Last King of Scotland (2006) Despite what the title suggests, The Last King of Scotland is not about a Caledonian monarch and in fact has only a few brief scenes in the United Kingdom. Most of the film takes place in 1970s Uganda, chronicling what happened in that African coun‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2006
7.5/10 49% Renaissance (2006) With Renaissance, director Christian Volckman and Co. have in a visual sense on-upped the black-and-white comic book noir sensibility of Sin City. Renaissance is fully rotoscoped, with stark blacks and whites that give it an amazing l‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2006
7.5/10 45% The Last Kiss (2006) This Zach Braff dramedy is simultaneously engaging and annoying...‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2006
C- 15% The Wicker Man (2006) ...yet another [one] of Hollywood's clueless remakes.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2006
B 69% Snakes on a Plane (2006) It's AIRPORT-CONDA! Despite the hype, the film is pretty good.‐ iF Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2006
83% The Bourne Identity (2002) It's got plenty of mystery (starting with the one hinted at in the title), lots of action, several cities full of exotic-to-Americans scenery, a likable hero, a bit of romance and the faintest whiff of existential philosophy. ‐ Cinescape
Posted Feb 4, 2004