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Abbie Bernstein

Abbie Bernstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 34% The Predator (2018) Under Shane Black's direction...The Predator races along pretty swiftly, with a few good quips and a lot of good actors along the way. The bad news is that this doesn't entirely make up for the central plot gimmick and some confusing transitions.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
C+ 11% Peppermint (2018) All political considerations aside, there are too many absurdities in Peppermint for us to take it seriously, but no actual sense of humor to put those elements in a serviceable context.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) There is always something new that can be done with a good idea, and The Girl With All The Gifts proves this handily.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 99% Get Out (2017) There are aspects that could stand better explanation within the plot, but it doesn't seem compromised, and it makes us jump, sweat and cheer in all the right places.‐ Assignment X
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B 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is big, fast, mostly solid and appealing in its nostalgia for the big monster movies of yore. It's a very good one of what it is.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B+ 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) It's a strong, sweat-inducing entry that makes sure we'll never look at a tape dispenser in the same way again.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B 68% Life (2017) Life is not likely to shake up anybody's view of anything, including post-ALIEN space horror, but it works well enough as a genre entry that doesn't try to reinvent the wheel.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
C 71% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) If a filmmaker tries to cast doubt over every character and every action, it can be hard to work up suspense, because it's unclear who is in danger. This is the case with The Blackcoat's Daughter.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) With Hunnam's strong performance and the thoughtful script, we're not seeing something no one has seen before, but it's a mostly worthy trek all the same.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B 27% Unforgettable (2017) Unforgettable is one of those glossy, silly thrillers that is nevertheless entertaining.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is not as engaging as it might be within its own style, but it's still a lot of fun as mix-and-match movies go.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
67% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien Covenant has some good notions and some good actors, but it doesn't have the soul of a horror movie or the chops to be mild-expanding sci-fi.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
A- 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman has greatness to it -- because of its hero, because of its spirit, and because it is done absolutely right.‐ Assignment X
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B- 15% The Mummy (2017) The Mummy keeps things moving, and there's scarcely a frame that's not an imaginative eyeful. It's moderately entertaining, but it's never engrossing.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B 88% It Comes At Night (2017) Viewers seeking a character-driven end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it tale should be pleased.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B 22% The Book of Henry (2017) It's original, sometimes moving and often surprising.‐ Assignment X
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B 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) 47 Meters Down is a strong example of a horror movie about humans stranded far out of their element.‐ Assignment X
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C+ 78% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled doesn't have the kind of depth or empathy needed to escape from the long shadow of all those other movie moments dealing with its subject matter, even though it is undeniably pretty.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
93% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver is an homage to other big, great action heist movies, but it's ambitious as well... It is quirky and effective enough.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
C 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Despicable Me 3 wants to have something for everyone, but it spreads everything too thin, stretching some things too long and giving others short shrift. The results aren't despicable, but they are mostly bland at best.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) One of the most pleasing aspects of Spider-Man: Homecoming is that it feels proportionate. The scope of the plot is big enough to be entertaining and suitable for superheroes.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
A- 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) What could have just been a title-grab sequel is instead a genuinely moving experience.‐ Assignment X
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B 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Suffice to say it's a pleasure to see a mainstream action movie with this type of main character. The movie is certainly worth seeing for this reason, for its optical beauty and for its exceptional kickassery.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit is a good film, and an important one, in that it illustrates with clarity and conviction what abuse of power looks like.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B 81% Dave Made a Maze (2017) Dave Made A Maze has its issues, but it should still be seen by anybody who wants to see a live-action movie for grownups do something new. ‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B+ 85% It (2017) IT is a horror movie that invites viewers to settle in and relax, sure in the knowledge that it's going to deliver on exactly what it promises and what we want.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
A- 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) The environment is immersive and the story is engrossing, even though neither filmmaker Strong nor actor Hoult tries overly hard to make Jerry sympathetic.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B- 25% Rememory (2017) Rememory is worth seeing for Dinklage's work, and it has some promising notions, but the whole winds up being less than the sum of its parts.‐ Assignment X
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B 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If you can hold out through some antiquated attitudes and stretches of flat comedy, there is much here to appreciate.‐ Assignment X
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B- 17% Friend Request (2017) It succeeds at delivering scares, surprises and some effective imagery, and for those jonesing for genre, it should suffice.‐ Assignment X
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C+ No Score Yet The Houses October Built 2 (2017) It's a shame to see the filmmakers betray the first movie in a way that renders this follow-up hard to believe and not very scary.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B+ 86% American Made (2017) American Made doesn't want to do breast-beating. In the end, it feels like a dramatized story from John Oliver or Jimmy Kimmel, jocular as we're watching, horrifying as we let the full impact sink in.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
B- 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The Mountain Between Us has a lot of flaws, but there is something to be said for a love story where the parties involved treat each other with decency and respect -- and keep track of the dog.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
A- 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) It's a movie with large spaces that gives us room, both physically and temporally, to let experiences sink in, to enjoy character moments, to worry about danger, and to appreciate nods (large and small) to the earlier film.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 82% Marshall (2017) The film turns out to be a mixture of courtroom drama and buddy comedy.‐ Assignment X
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C 70% Happy Death Day (2017) The stalking is competent but not terrifying, and the jokes seldom rise to the level of being funny.‐ Assignment X
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C 8% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman has some extraordinary visuals that make a strong impression, but that's more than can be said for its narrative or its people.‐ Assignment X
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B 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) It's continually intriguing and is overall persuasive and done well.‐ Assignment X
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B 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder on the Orient Express is a consistently entertaining whodunit, and Christie's ending still holds up nearly a century after she first wrote it.‐ Assignment X
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B 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread manages the difficult but not entirely laudable feat of being both unpredictable and staid.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars: The Last Jedi works. It's macro and micro stories entertain, either if you're predisposed to like what it has to offer, or at least not actively resistant to it.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 82% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game shows us a world we may have seen before, but from a different perspective. This provides us with intriguing details and riffs.‐ Assignment X
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B 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) As a horror movie, Insidious: The Last Key is well-done and enjoyable. As a vehicle for an older actress, it's pretty great.‐ Assignment X
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B- 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) [Peter Rabbit] mixture of live-action humans and set pieces with 3D CGI animals‐ Assignment X
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C- 58% Entanglement (2018) What's really annoying about Entanglement,... but can do no better than coincidence. That's not quantum entanglement, that's flat storytelling.‐ Assignment X
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A- 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is a study in how to use comic-based material to do something that is both very entertaining and very heady. ‐ Assignment X
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C 47% Red Sparrow (2018) [Eventually," Red Sparrow becomes a well-paced if not entirely engaging tale of international espionage, with the requisite number of plot twists.‐ Assignment X
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B+ 65% They Remain (2018) They Remain starts out in the realm of science, but it belongs in the subgenre of horror films... It is a very worthy addition to the category.‐ Assignment X
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B- 51% Tomb Raider (2018) It's competent and it's watchable, neither must-see nor must-avoid.‐ Assignment X
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B 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) [It] skews lighter and younger than its parent, but most people who liked the first film will like this one, as will kids who like giant robots, giant monsters and the two kicking the heck out of each other.‐ Assignment X
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018