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Daniel Barnes

Daniel Barnes
Daniel Barnes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sacramento News & Review

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Emotional without getting sentimental, Our Little Sister is the sort of "coming to terms" therapy narrative that should be drooling claptrap, but Koreeda and his actresses make it seem honest and authentic.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) Miss Hokusai mostly gets by on atmosphere, but it's a fantastic example of the wide variety found in Japanese animation.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Harmonium is a borderline-unbearable bummer, but it's also quietly captivating, with evocative framing and excellent performances.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
3/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) At 119 minutes long, it may be too much of a good thing-I have rarely been so aggravated by such a funny and heartwarming film. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/5 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The special effects are amazing, and the long takes and measured pace give War the flavor of an old-school impossible-mission epic, but there's something sociopathic about the way the film portrays the eradication of humanity as heroic.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 85% Okja (2017) Offers more high-energy genre subversion from South Korean writer-director Bong Joon Ho, who this time uses a Spielberg-ian children's fantasy template to bluntly satirize issues related to animal rights, environmental destruction and corporate greed.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/5 95% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) [It] might have worked better as a 10- to 13-hour season of television, but what Ben-Shimon and screenwriter Shlomit Nehama crammed into this 96-minute feature is still an astute and often quite funny piece of filmmaking.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/5 15% The Mummy (2017) Remember the scene in Dawn of Justice where Batman sends Wonder Woman an email explaining the plot of the next film? That's the entire second act here.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/5 23% The Book of Henry (2017) At last, after The Lovely Bones and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, we receive the third part in a reprehensible triple feature of revoltingly smarmy and overstylized tragedies about precocious children and grief.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Beatriz at Dinner, while smart, observant and well-acted, is an almost excessively minor culture clash drama. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) In its ability to spin mindless fun into heavy-handed bombast, the Pirates franchise is matched only by the Transformers films, and Dead Men Tell No Tales doesn't have the guts to be an exception.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/5 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) The Wedding Plan is intimate and occasionally fascinating, but as an entertainment it's trite and frequently sleep-inducing.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Captain Underpants bursts with anarchic energy, and I still laugh out loud when I remember the villain voiced by Nick Kroll revealing his full name as Professor P. P. Diahrreastein Poopypants.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 70% The Wall (2017) Compact, blunt and borderline exploitative, Doug Liman's lean military thriller The Wall largely plays like a Max Fischer stage adaptation of American Sniper.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 86% The Lovers (2017) It's great to see a showcase role for the always underused Winger.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 50% The Dinner (2017) The film is much more interesting in its amuse-bouche diversions, including a surreal and emotional trip to the battlefield at Gettysburg.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
5/5 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) It's the rare work of art that can base an extraordinarily powerful moment of emotional catharsis on compulsive boob-squeezing, but that's the miracle of this movie.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 67% Free Fire (2017) The hard-boiled, insult-comic dialogue might sometimes lean a little closer to Guy Ritchie than Quentin Tarantino, but the energy and momentum are undeniable-the film has a way of relentlessly slicing forward every time you expect it to stagnate. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It's a high-gloss recycle job, designed to do nothing more than massage your nostalgia sensors for two interminable hours.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 98% Kedi (2017) The film runs only 80 minutes, but I could have watched a version at least three times as long. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Making his directorial debut, Peele manages to continually pique our interest, even when we know where the story is heading.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann is so loaded with show-stopping sequences and contradictory tones that it's hard to know where to start, but I doubt anyone will ever listen to "The Greatest Love of All" again without thinking of this film. D.B.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad reteam with star Keanu Reeves for John Wick: Chapter 2, a surprisingly necessary sequel to their left-field 2014 action success.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) It seems like Mendeluk and his writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover were striving for something sweeping and old-fashioned, but the end result is claustrophobic and comically out-of-touch.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) It's about as beautifully simple and lithe as an epic visual feast can get, with Ghibli-esque themes about our spiritual connection to nature kept high in the mix, and an overarching bittersweetness that keeps the fantasy grounded in human emotion.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) A sickeningly elegant, brutally ephemeral and devastatingly nuanced moral tale.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) It's sophomoric and occasionally slapdash, but also quite entertaining.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4/5 81% Patriots Day (2017) It's ... a gripping portrayal of an hour-by-hour response to terror, with strong supporting players and an effective score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 83% Julieta (2016) Fortunately, the uniformly strong performances make it work.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Poetry is about taking the realities of your life and the complexities of your mind and heart and transforming them into something beautiful and pure, and that's exactly what Jarmusch does with Paterson. It's lovely stuff.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
5/5 90% Elle (2016) Huppert is practically incapable of falseness, the perfect star for a film obsessed with ugly truths.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) If Quentin Tarantino really only has two movies left, I pray that at least one of them stars Janelle Monáe.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Ancient trees, am I right? You just never know.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) The filmmaking is fluid and patient and tasteful-in-a-good-way, and the images captured by cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen convey a modern American mythology without resorting to sepia-toned shtick.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
2/5 85% Lion (2016) Davis and screenwriter Luke Davies aggressively strum the heartstrings, but the film falters as it focuses more on product placement than people.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/5 92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) There's a long tradition of making stuff up in documentaries, so while The Eagle Huntress satisfies in the style of a Disney adventure movie... the pat story arcs [will] definitely raise some eyebrows.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 89% Jackie (2016) All the perfectly manicured technical elements assembled by Larraín are the reasons to watch Jackie, even as they overwhelm a slight and not particularly revealing story.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 14% Man Down (2016) LeBeouf works his tail off, but too many scenes are meandering and shapeless, with only the puzzle box structure of the story left to hold our interest.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Affleck gives the sort of crumpled, seething, fully lived-in performance that De Niro and Pacino gave in their primes, and he gets strong support from Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Gretchen Mol.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 89% Loving (2016) Even if all you ever want from a film is moral affirmation and a basketful of the warm-fuzzies, writer-director Jeff Nichols' mildewed biopic Loving is still a fusty and unengrossing watch.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A Single Man was the work of a talented tourist; this is the work of a true filmmaker.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It's all as well-mounted and temperate as you would expect from Lee, but I can't fathom why he thought this material was worth his time, as all the fuss adds up to war bad, soldiers good.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The film offers an assured lead performance from Steinfeld, some humorous insights into adolescent angst and a curious lack of narrative urgency.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's only Jenkins' second feature, but Moonlight feels more like a hard-earned career-capper rather than the career-igniter that it should become.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 97% Aquarius (2016) Braga steals the show, but the filmmaking is quietly brilliant.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 95% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) There's nothing original in the content, and the band of survivors contains every zombie-apocalypse movie archetype imaginable, but it's such a fun, fast, tightly crafted genre film that you could care less.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Zwick gets the job done, but it's thankless work.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
1/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Just terrible.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 100% Ixcanul (2016) There's nothing glaringly wrong with Ixcanul, it's just hard to get whipped up for stoicism.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/5 83% Denial (2016) It's yet another proudly bland quasi-indie drama piously intent on teaching you a lesson that you should already know.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016