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Barry Paris's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 73% Last Flag Flying (2017) This film's strength lies in its gentle, dissonant sincerity - trademarks of Mr. Linklater's humanism: Three men with vastly different values bonding in the gradual understanding that their losses were for naught.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Recurring overhead shots of the crime scene are both funny and utilitarian, given the tight confines of a train compartment - almost as claustrophobic as the Marx Brothers' stateroom scene in Night at the Opera!‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) This one is nothing if not Kubrickian, with its slow-simmering-to-a-boil tension and creepy, emotionless dialogue a la 2001.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) It is all so beautifully photographed, with a surreal snow scene in which the flakes drift up as well as down, and impeccable production values, highlighted by lovely drawings-cum-animations of Christopher and Winnie at play.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) Mr. Dafoe turns in his best, most touching performance in years. ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) [The] defects are largely offset by fine production values and director Angela Robinson's choice of subtle vs. graphic sexuality, treating the three-way lovemaking respectfully as natural, not salaciously as aberrant.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) With all his kvetching and self-pity, Brad is a lot like a guy in a bar that you can't wait to get away from. But he's never reduced to sitcom level. And his predicament -especially for males of a certain age - may ring painfully true.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/4 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) The cinematography rivets our attention with every frame, not just in the shocking murder scenes but also in the details.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) Wind River addresses both an inner and outer American wilderness, with a sobering look at Native American issues in the process.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) All the performances are compelling, if not convincing.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) Lurching between mind-boggling car chases and a cliched young love subplot, the film starts strong and ends weak - both exhilarating and disappointing - but worth seeing for its razzle-dazzle, if mindless, action.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) It's billed as a comedy, but I'm not sure it is - despite John Lithgow's brilliantly entertaining performance as Strutt.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
54% 47 Meters Down (2017) It has its exciting moments. Both Ms. Moore and Ms. Holt are beautiful, dangling and kicking their lovely long white legs - the shark-bait equivalent of a matador's red cape to the bull.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1.5/4 16% The Mummy (2017) A dreadful pastiche of tried-and-false devices from the Indiana Jones, Dracula, Living Dead, Fast & Furious franchises -- with a little Lawrence of Arabia.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2.5/4 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The frantic action is frequently funny, with giant toilet monsters attempting to establish a new excremental world order‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/4 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Fantastic visuals, an epic ride, never a dull moment in this coldly calculated, smoothly crafted concoction of action, slapstick and mumbo-jumbo magic.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Norman is a delightfully wry black dramedy, enhanced by its sophisticated political intrigue and the seamier side of our era's current obsession with "networking." ‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 67% The Wall (2017) I'd recommend it.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/4 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) A Quiet Passion, director Terence Davies' beautiful but problematic biopic, wastes no time establishing its heroine as iconoclastic.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 49% The Promise (2017) In the end, the movie is not all that the Armenian diaspora might have hoped for, but earnest and moving despite its flaws - a "Promise" half kept, half broken.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 73% Gifted (2017) How can you resist a movie whose adorably toothless 10-year-old protagonist and her one-eyed cat are both threatened with abandonment? Well, you can. But not likely with Gifted.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 48% Going in Style (2017) In the Geezer High Jinks Department, the current reboot is somewhat better than the original and much better than the tedious old Matthau-Lemmon "GOM" flicks.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
3.5/4 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Often funny and sweet, it's a nonetheless damning indictment of the Tory government's punitive, belt-tightening austerity measures and a rallying cry for its victims, told in a fiercely unapologetic way.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 75% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) It's an intriguing meditation on the slippery slope of memory and regret: the crucial difference between your life and the story of your life, however it chooses to unfold.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) However much a mashup of its predecessors and of Jurassic Park, Apocalypse Now, Miss Saigon and Journey to Center of the Earth, it moves fast and it marks the entertaining return of cinema's most enduring and endearing beast.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 84% A United Kingdom (2017) [Oyelowo] is wonderfully naturalistic here, as always.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/4 16% The Space Between Us (2017) It's all very pretty. And pretty absurd.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/4 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's much ado about anthropomorphizing -- dogs (et al. animals) that talk cute or philosophical. It's so-so kiddie fare, with some less-than-cutting-edge slapstick to offset lots of tears for lots of doggies dying.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
2/4 74% Split (2017) Not that it isn't entertaining at times... But Split falls way short of his brilliant The Sixth Sense -- or even his uneven Signs and The Happening.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2.5/4 84% Silence (2017) The austere imagery and absence of music are perfect. But at 2 hours 40 minutes, it is excessively long and gruesome -- typical Scorsesean indulgences -- if powerfully thought-provoking.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 85% Lion (2016) This is a lovely saga of roots and identity.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3.5/4 88% Jackie (2016) Director Pablo Larraín's Jackie is a powerful if traumatic achievement, in approach as well as execution. So is Natalie Portman's performance in the title role.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's less than revelatory. It's more than depressing. It lacks any sympathetic protagonist. I couldn't wait for it to be over. But, oh, that wickedly cynical ending makes it almost worthwhile.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) There's no facile, feel-good redemption here. But there may be hope.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3.5/4 98% Moonlight (2016) It's the inner more than outer intensity -- the compassion and dignity in Chiron's ongoing identity crisis -- that stays with us at the end of this brilliant, lyrical work.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 22% Inferno (2016) Salvatore Totino's gorgeous location cinematography (in and around the great museums of Florence, Venice and Istanbul) is wondrous. Less so, is Hans Zimmer's serviceable but uninspired score.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Director-writer Hannes Holm stacks the emotional deck in a melodramatic screenplay based on Fredrik Backman's best-selling novel. But Mr. Lassgard in the title role and Ida Engvoll as late wife Sonja pull it off.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/4 52% The Accountant (2016) A didactic epilogue and schmaltzy exit song aren't quite enough to provide redeeming sociopolitical correctness.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Hard to imagine a more timely and polarizing moral, social, racial agenda.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 98% The Babadook (2014) It's an intriguing and welcome change from the hellish Hollywood formulas. Where was this Down-Under boogeyman a month ago, when we needed him, for Halloween?‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Director Burton's own peculiarities and playfulness, on the other hand, do not disappoint.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As summer fare, it's bloody entertainment that, if nothing else, gives young comic book superhero audiences a throwback taste of that endangered Hollywood species -- the Western.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 61% Snowden (2016) Despite its excessive heroicizing, Mr. Stone's version provides a good opportunity to revisit the crucial issue of civil liberties vs. national security, and the fascinating figure who brought it to our attention.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 86% Sully (2016) The crash is the real star of the show. Well, OK, so is Mr. Hanks in an excellent performance as the self-effacing title character.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) Don't look for a happy ending or, for that matter, any definitive resolution of the two-hour roller coaster ride. The rise and fall of this romantic empire is not necessarily over, even when it's over.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) A gorgeous but plodding period piece.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) The gloom and impending doom are leavened by darkly humorous dialogue and moments of odd levity.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) [Streep] can croon a decent tune when she needs to. This role calls for the greater skill of delivering Florence's songs as deliciously badly as Flo did. Result: Meryl is a shoo-in for her 20th Oscar nomination.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/4 91% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Schütte's portrait of an avant-garde icon and iconoclast comprises concert footage and interviews over the years, including one by a state trooper, in which Zappa provides irreverent, articulate, deadpan answers to all questions.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/4 70% The Infiltrator (2016) [Cranston] acts with his eyes, with such intelligence that the patchwork of lines on his face seem to get deeper by the scene.‐ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016