Barry Paris

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 73% Destroyer (2018) It's a satisfyingly twisted thriller overall, with a rare feminine trifecta of star, director and cinematographer - Kidman, Kusuma and Kirkwood - all kicking into high gear. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Ms. Kulig's smoldering performance is worth the price of admission in itself. She's clearly channeling Lauren Bacall's laconic-sardonic delivery throughout. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) [It's] a truly beguiling and inspirational biopic of the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) You'll know more than you ever wanted to know after viewing "The Favourite," a spectacular and brilliantly acted biopic - with liberties, if not justice, for all. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) A great artist considered not so great at the time is the subject of Julian Schnabel's "At Eternity's Gate," less a biopic than a psycho-artistic essay on insanity and genius. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) We're not disappointed. This time, Mr. Reitman takes a less satirical approach to a more timely subject that's very dear to our hearts these days: sex in presidential politics. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Jared (Lucas Hedges) is such a lad in "Boy Erased," a deeply affecting true story based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Dumpy-frumpy Melissa McCarthy... is simply terrific. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 52% The Fountain (2006) Wolverine Man Jackman works nobly in the three parts of his trinity. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) This powerful Rhapsody, 10 years in the making, is really more Queen than Freddie -- a spectacle of joyful and electrifying rock 'n' roll. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/4 24% Van Helsing (2004) The results here are eye-dazzling, indeed, but undermined by the screenplay, a comic-book containing every cliche as well as every monster in the genre except Bigfoot and the Abominable Dr. Phibes. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's pleasant enough, but, well, you do the best you can with the material you've got, you go out with dignity, and then -- with your last ounce of strength -- you refuse to listen to the sappy exit song. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Amid this conundrum of a movie, the actors provide what the facile screenplay cannot: a human pulse, shrewdly underscored by composer Alexandre Desplat's time-traveling musical landscape. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 89% A Star Is Born (2018) My impeccable taste and preferences aside, you should check it out for yourself. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3.5/4 99% Science Fair (2018) Their agonies and ecstasies are equally fascinating... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It's at its best when the bickersome Mr. Black and Ms. Blanchett trade insults about their begone heydays. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) The ending doesn't quite satisfy. It's not so much about its loose ends as its loose middle. Nobody can depend on the kindness of this "Little Stranger." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
80% Alpha (2018) In the cinematic dog days of August, you and your kids could do much worse than spend 90 minutes in this wolf's situation room. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Not least of Klansman's virtues is its resurrection of Mr. Lee's terrific gift for storytelling. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 97% 1945 (2017) Torok's powerfully absorbing tale juggles multiple characters and themes -- guilt, greed, justice. It's imperfect, but it has a crucial message about the complicity of "little people" in the context of unfathomably bigger crimes. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 47% Skyscraper (2018) [It's] silly but satisfactory summer fun. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 81% That Summer (2018) The film's biggest revelation is Lee Radziwill herself -- looking as lithe as a teenager and even more beautiful than her sister. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The uninspired script by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow recycles the usual conflict between good-and-bad-guy scientists, government agents and private profiteers. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2.5/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Alas, like many other sci-fi thrillers movies set in fascinating futures, this Hotel doesn't live up to the novelty of its mise-en-scene. Glib conventional ending? Any time of year, you can find it here. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) In Joe E. Brown's immortal words at the end of "Some Like It Hot," "Nobody's perfect." But Mr. Rogers and this documentary are pretty damn close. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/4 93% Beast (2018) Yes, well, in any case, the film's dramatic set-up and performances are gripping, but it gets progressively soapy and -- at 147 minutes -- makes for a rather burdensome Beast. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) What makes these complexities work, as a film, is the mesmerizing performance of Juliette Binoche, at the tender age of 54. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/4 84% Disobedience (2018) This fine Disobedience... is unorthodox, in more ways than one, yet eminently reverent. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) Final Portrait is a captivating portrait of a haunted but exhilarating artist and an unlikely friendship between two totally different men, bonding through the blessing and curse of the artistic process. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The lush, meticulous detail is worth the price of admission. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Aside from its sci-fi adventure essence, Player poses semi-significant questions of identity, and the pros and cons of remaking oneself in a digital dimension. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/4 92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) This is Mr. Esparza's second feature and first English-language film. He has a deep, penetrating vision and an admirable aversion to sentimentality. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) It's cutting-edge political satire worthy of Russian dramatists Gogol or Bulgakov - farcical and frightening. Throat-cutting edge, you might say. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) It's an impressive feat, by any measure. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/4 81% The Party (2018) [Potter] has fashioned a smart, nasty parlor piece that skewers the hypocrisies of its characters' liberal mores. Stagey, to be sure - but theatrically delightful. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3.5/4 74% A Beautiful Mind (2001) You've gotta hand it to Howard. He and A Beautiful Mind got me (and I bet will get you) interested in this subject for the first time since "new math" ruined it for most of us in high school. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
3/4 88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Mr. Doueiri's film sheds light on Lebanon's wonderfully different court procedures, which allow all sorts of cross-talk, incendiary speeches and interruptive plaintiff-defendant involvement. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Annette Bening and 28-years-younger Jamie Bell both turn in excellent performances. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The brief but exciting climax almost, but not quite, redeems such deficiencies. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's no Brokeback Mountain. There's no social, cultural, parental or "public" issue. It's about coming of age, not coming out. The guiltless, ephemeral exhilaration. It's an unforgettable, virtuoso achievement by Mr. Guadagnino. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) This is a perverse and elegantly wrought romance, as well as an evocative period piece, unpredictable from beginning to deliciously Hitchcockian end. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) It's the first time [Hanks] and Ms. Streep have appeared together, and you won't find a better match than these two old pros, who are in the business of complementing, not competing with, each other. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/4 78% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 59% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/4 80% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 63% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3.5/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Mr. Dafoe turns in his best, most touching performance in years. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/4 80% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017