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Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 46% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has everything one could ask from the middle of an action-adventure trilogy - it's brisk, it's clever and it's very well-made.‐ Assignment X
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B 44% Cooties (2015) Cooties has its problems, but for fans of the genre, it's mostly good bloody fun. ‐ Assignment X
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B 73% Black Mass (2015) Shot in and around Boston, it has atmosphere to spare, and the flip side of the narrative choices is that the film moves along at a fast clip; it's never less than engaging.‐ Assignment X
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B 37% Some Kind of Hate (2015) It's not hugely ambitious or even original, but it succeeds in all that it attempts.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 92% 99 Homes (2015) As a movie with some lessons for us, 99 HOMES may not be the most transcendent, but it is practical, useful and fairly disturbing.‐ Assignment X
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91% The Martian (2015) The Martian is that rarest of aliens - a movie that is a heartfelt celebration of what science can accomplish, wrapped in purest entertainment. ‐ Assignment X
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C+ 20% Narcopolis (2015) We get strong acting, but it's in the service of what turns out to be a pretty standard police and corruption drama beneath promising sci-fi trappings.‐ Assignment X
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15% The Gallows (2015) If you like the found footage genre you will probably enjoy it but if you have had enough there is nothing here that's original enough for you to spend your time.‐ Assignment X
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50% Tomorrowland (2015) Seriously, the Disney film gets a bit preachy and that's a problem but with lots of action and cool stuff happening it's hard not to enjoy it nonetheless.‐ Assignment X
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51% San Andreas (2015) If you have been hoping for a new disaster flick with maximum amount of devastation this fits the bill in spades.‐ Assignment X
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77% Tales of Halloween (2015) This is short, mostly smart and funny horror that will be especially resonant for the kind of independent fare that felt like it was a lot more readily available back in the Seventies.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 72% Crimson Peak (2015) The lushness and sincerity of Del Toro's vision and Thomas E. Sanders' production design are breathtaking. ‐ Assignment X
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B 80% A Christmas Horror Story (2015) A Christmas Horror Story is made with craft and it has a properly unsettling effect.‐ Assignment X
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B 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Our Brand is Crisis is worth seeing. Bullock, Thornton, Mackie, Dowd, Almeida, Arcella, Scoot McNairy and more are all entirely on target.‐ Assignment X
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C+ No Score Yet Street (2015) There are a lot of movies out there with characters trying to keep the two sides of their lives from intersecting, and Street adds nothing new to that tradition. There are no flourishes of imagination or unforeseeable twists to draw us in.‐ Assignment X
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A- 97% Spotlight (2015) Spotlight works as a legal thriller, a newspaper drama, an examination of values we take for granted and of how people survive profound damage. It is, as they say, the full package. ‐ Assignment X
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B+ 73% The Final Girls (2015) The Final Girls has blood on its blade, a twinkle in its eye and an '80s pop song in its heart. It is absolutely worth your while. ‐ Assignment X
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B- 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Anybody watching it at home would be forgiven for supposing it was made for TV at some earlier point in history in the first place.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 48% The 33 (2015) We're so invested in the question of how in the world the rescue crew can get to the men that we actually desire some detailed answers. The 33 provides these in suitably impressive yet easy to comprehend fashion.‐ Assignment X
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B- 61% Legend (2015) Tom Hardy fans and Sixties aficionados should be pleased, but those seeking a really engrossing gangster story should continue the search.‐ Assignment X
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C+ 39% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) There are certainly good elements here, but they don't add up to an engaging whole.‐ Assignment X
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B 50% #Horror (2015) #Horror looks amazing and it has some acute observations. It just seems to have more thematic and narrative ambition than it does coherence and running time. ‐ Assignment X
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B+ 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) The Stanford Prison Experiment isn't fun, but it is engrossing, and it provides fodder for thought (and perhaps even self-reflection) a long time after it ends.‐ Assignment X
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76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) It has a few flashes of fun, as with a Triceratops...and some moments of real beauty, one of which is prominently featured in the advertising. Still, it's not the kind of surprising, imaginative fare we normally associate with Pixar. ‐ Assignment X
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B+ 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Victor Frankenstein is refreshingly character-driven and has a sense of joy in its storytelling that makes this great-grandfather of the corpse resurrection genre seem fresh and alive.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 67% Krampus (2015) Krampus won't be the perfect Christmas present for everyone, but with its creepy visuals and twisty tale, it's just the thing for those who like some monsters decorating the tree. ‐ Assignment X
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A- 88% The Big Short (2015) [Adam McKay's] comedic instincts serve him very well here, keeping what could be a very dry subject always feeling wry and engaging, while the facts in turn provide structure and substance.‐ Assignment X
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A- 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) There's no reinventing of the wheel here, but an authentic, enthusiastic and well-observed continuation of the universe.‐ Assignment X
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B 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight probably won't top most people's lists of either 2015's or Tarantino's top films, but if one has a desire to see a gorgeous-looking, bloody Western mystery with a writer/director and some fine actors all having a great time, here it is.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 60% Joy (2015) On its own terms, Joy works, and if it never exactly produces the title sentiment, it's still a satisfying experience.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 59% Concussion (2015) Concussion's heart shows most clearly not even in the scenes involving Omalu's quest, but rather in those showing the men suffering from brain damage.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 91% Bone Tomahawk (2015) What's really intriguing and commendable about Bone Tomahawk is that it has big ambitions that it sticks with all the way through.‐ Assignment X
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B 10% The Forest (2016) It has ghosts, it has atmosphere, it's well-acted and scary. Yes, it tries too hard in some respects, but it's a respectable effort, and it works well enough to be worth watching.‐ Assignment X
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83% All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) This is an atmosphere that All the Creatures Were Stirring conjures with conviction.‐ Assignment X
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B 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) It's hard to argue with anything that helps someone relate better to their fellow humans, and that's what comes across most powerfully by the end.‐ Assignment X
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B 81% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Anna and the Apocalypse is a good holiday treat - it just could have been better with a little more lyrical reflection on the undead.‐ Assignment X
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B 63% Outlaw King (2018) It holds our attention and gives us a reasonable sense of what it's like to be fighting in a muddy ditch against an enemy no more than a blade's length away. For some, that's reason enough to watch.‐ Assignment X
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B 90% Widows (2018) Widows is a good thriller that seems like it could have been great. ‐ Assignment X
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B 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn't as well-constructed in narrative terms as we might like. Still, it brings us back to old friends and new wonders, and on the whole, it's worthwhile.‐ Assignment X
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B- 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web starts off better than it ends. It holds your attention for the most part, though its plot winds up not serving its hero as well as it should. ‐ Assignment X
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B 82% Overlord (2018) Unlike most other entries in this often low-budget subgenre, Overlord is not only comparatively well-funded, but it also works throughout as a pretty good WWII combat mission movie, albeit with some super-gory twists.‐ Assignment X
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B 58% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner examines an interesting bit of American history that excites more curiosity than visceral engagement. ‐ Assignment X
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B 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) On the one hand, we've got a muddied, even tame dramatic story. On the other hand, we've got sheer glory in the creativity and performance of Queen...Glory wins out.‐ Assignment X
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B- 16% The 5th Wave (2016) The 5th Wave is reasonably entertaining and it has something on its mind that is more nuanced than we might expect. Indeed, it's got enough going for it that we wish it could have been just a little deeper and subtler.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! is a mostly lively, occasionally wandering, usually entertaining and uncommonly heartfelt rebuttal to such complaints. ‐ Assignment X
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A- 84% Deadpool (2016) If this is the sort of thing you generally like, this is a movie you will specifically love, and probably want to see again, right away.‐ Assignment X
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C 22% Zoolander 2 (2016) Zoolander 2 manages to maintain its tone throughout, and it is consistently silly. It is also sometimes funny, though not nearly enough to warrant how long it feels. ‐ Assignment X
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B+ 91% The Witch (2016) This is one of those movies that draws you into its world and holds you inside it.‐ Assignment X
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B- 53% Triple 9 (2016) Triple 9 is much more densely populated and eventful, but it winds up not being able to live up to the promise of its rich concept.‐ Assignment X
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B 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) There are better sports movies out there, but despite its many flaws, Eddie the Eagle has enough moments when it soars to provide what adds up to a pretty good time, which also makes us want to know more about the real person. ‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018