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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
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 96% 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 90% 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 80% 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 93% 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 86% 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 10% 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 73% 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 46% 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 97% 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 96% 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 71% 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 82% 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
5/5 79% American Honey (2016) At nearly three hours of nonstop braggadocio, bleakness, bravura camera moves and angry hip-hop, Andrea Arnold's American Honey was always destined to be a great cinematic polarizer. Personally, I was drunk on this crazy thing.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Another dreadfully well-intentioned, insipidly inspirational sports movie from Disney,‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
4/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Instead of telling us something that we already know, Berg shows us something that we've never seen.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/5 61% Snowden (2016) Citizenfour exists, so skip this silliness.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) It's just affable enough to survive a disastrous last 10 minutes.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 0% The Disappointments Room (2016) The script is credited to Caruso and Wentworth Miller, and while it deserves credit for mixing some gothic surrealism in with the jump scares, all of the film's ambitions get betrayed by the perfunctory execution.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 89% Morris from America (2016) Morris from America isn't shy about rolling around in genre tropes - it manages to be a fish-out-of-water story, a coming-of-age story and a slice-of-life all at once - but it rarely comes across as false or forced.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hollywood used to turn out solidly constructed, midsized genre films like this by the score, but now they're so rare that Hell or High Water practically seems like a unicorn.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 91% Southside With You (2016) It's so respectful I could barely keep my eyes open, but first-rate performances from Sumpter and Sawyers pulled me through.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) There's a little too much clutter in the story and not enough urgency, and the whole of Kubo ends up as less satisfying than the sum of its set pieces. But what jaw-dropping setpieces!‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) There is such a purity of vision to this thing, such a warm storybook vibe, and such a scarcity of the usual family entertainment pitfalls that it feels like the film was made in secret.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) The performances hold it together, including a scene-stealing turn from Linda Emond as Marcus' mother.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 66% Anthropoid (2016) It's all over the map -- the first half of Anthropoid is almost unbearably stodgy and polite, and then suddenly everyone's getting their limbs and faces graphically blown off.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 25% Suicide Squad (2016) Ayer probably squeezes the most disreputable fun into this PG-13 film as he was allowed.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Abandon hope of wit, all ye who enter here.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Kwan and Scheinert can't quite sustain the invention and energy all the way to the end, but most of Swiss Army Man is dazzlingly warped stuff.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) There are no real laughs in here, only chuckles of recognition at the rough cadence of comedy, acknowledgments of the empty spaces where we expect humor to reside.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) There are some laughs, especially in the brisk opening half, but the joke wears thin pretty quick.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016