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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 48% The Meg (2018) Essentially a PG-13 version of Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D with fewer jokes and even less of a point, The Meg is a faceless, lifeless, workmanlike, unimaginative, lowest common denominator-courting, movie-like substance. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's as polished, precision-tuned and effective a piece of filmmaking as you're likely to see all year long.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) If their story seems completely bonkers, almost like a feverish work of fiction, you ain't heard nothing yet.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The first Jurassic World was incredibly retrograde and dumb, but it was also driven by an irresistible premise, while this dutiful follow-up just feels numb and exhausted.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/5 51% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries is almost uniformly lowbrow, with a weak script that severely tests the likeability of Farmiga and Plummer.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 96% 1945 (2017) 1945 is an impeccably acted examination of the moral fester of the Holocaust, although the conclusion lacks the necessary impact.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Offerman is likable as ever, but it's asking a lot for him to carry a film, especially one without an ounce of urgency in the narrative. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Zips through the usual starry-eyed interviews and nostalgia-filled highlight reels, but there is an essential emotional element to the film, one driven largely by a protagonist with a powerful need to express his feelings. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 68% The Seagull (2018) If you're looking for a tragic romance tinged with class-war considerations, there are many better films to watch; if you're looking for a nap, very few.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 86% American Animals (2018) This sort of self-awareness usually works on me like catnip, but Layton's concept of meta-cinema feels extremely basic.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's a nonstop succession of callbacks, wink-wink foreshadowing and Infinity Stone-style worldbuilding meant to explain the origin of everything Han Solo ever did, said or touched over the course of episodes IV through VI. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
5/5 94% First Reformed (2018) A film that glides on a knife's edge of seemingly unresolvable contradictions.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
85% Mountain (2018) It's like bad Herzog.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is essentially a 135-minute version of the River Phoenix sequence from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - only it looks like complete garbage and is no fun at all.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/5 97% The Rider (2018) The slightest twinge of emotional conflict sends the lead character outside to stare blankly into the sunlight... those empty stares are almost too apt for a film with an offscreen story that is so much more interesting than the actual movie.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
76% The House of Tomorrow (2018) Put in its proper context... first-time writer-director Peter Livolsi's story of punk rock meeting R. Buckminster Fuller in small-town Minnesota feels like just another hopelessly musty and dreadfully quirk-heavy, Sundance-style mope-fest.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/5 94% RBG (2018) The film obligingly touches on but never examines the Wikipedia page bullet points of RBG's life and work... her participation in this project feels half-hearted at best.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 74% Final Portrait (2018) An intimate, actor-friendly film focused on the creative process, with a story ultimately resolved by performance and deception.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/5 76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) There are a few lovely images and ideas, but the character design is ghastly, the animation is inconsistent, the story meanders and the voice performances grate.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
1/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) True to form, the film calls out its own lazy writing, which is probably the laziest writing of all.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
88% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) In fact, the parts of Boom for Real that most tangentially relate to Basquiat, such as the crossover between graffiti art, punk, and hip-hop, are the most developed and coherent sections, but that's not the bill of goods that this movie tries to sell.‐ East Bay Express
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2/5 11% Kings (2018) What once felt fresh and honest now comes across as completely phony.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 92% Lean on Pete (2018) After the long, slow burn of the first half, Lean on Pete takes a Walkabout-like veer into the desert void, and like an old horse getting a sudden shock, the film suddenly comes charging to life.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) As a longtime detester of the MCU machine, I must admit that it brought me some joy.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3/5 82% Beirut (2018) Unlike last month's fact-based 7 Days in Entebbe, Brad Anderson's Beirut offers a more Bourne-esque take on Bourne-esque themes from a script by Bourne franchise screenwriter Tony Gilroy. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 84% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) There are strong individual scenes, but the story structure is shoddy.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) [The] powerful portrait of grief gives way to an ecstatic and absurdist midsection that follows Jonathan during his military service at a lonely desert roadblock, and there are still a couple more wallop-packing twists to come.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) If Anderson's blend of clinical skill and warming sadness has always hit your cinematic sweet spot, then the "stop-motion animated" for you to treasure.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) There are a handful of nice, intimate moments between Mirren and Sutherland, but this is largely an exercise in rancid quirk.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The contemporary setting of Red Sparrow at least allows a respite from the tacky CGI that usually overwhelms Francis Lawrence's films, but it only gives us more time to focus on his clunky storytelling skills and inability to sustain tension.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
3/5 37% Nostalgia (2018) Nostalgia wins all the awards for good intentions, but the film rarely hits a note that isn't false.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
4/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Leilo's film is warm and contemplative rather than cold and clinical, with light doses of magical realism and a marvelous lead performance from Vega.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Once again, Garland offers a provocative and reflective take on the apocalypse, with better-than-blockbuster special effects realized on a relatively low budget.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
2/5 80% The Party (2018) Cramped and predictable and far less clever than it thinks, The Party feels like it was based on a play that I would also dislike, rather than an original screenplay by Potter.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 83% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) Running a tight 75 minutes, with an oblique yet ultimately airtight story structure, Have a Nice Day feels like a film created to screen in Quentin Tarantino's extended cinematic universe.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
1/5 14% Winchester (2018) Marlon Wayans has made scarier haunted house films.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Bening is good as Grahame, but it has practically become an annual ritual for her to excel in something forgettable.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) As the demanding 1950s fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock, the excellent Daniel Day-Lewis may get top billing, but the film belongs to Vicky Krieps as Alma.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
4/5 86% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) This is still a compulsively watchable film with a strong female hero and a deluge of gorgeous images. ‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1/5 72% Hostiles (2018) Bale plays hard-bitten terseness in the hammiest manner possible, but as a deranged survivor who joins the caravan, Rosamund Pike delivers the most embarrassing performance of the year.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Michael Stuhlbarg gives a strong supporting performance as Elio's compassionate father and Hammer is very well-cast, but Chalamet owns the film with his passionate ambiguity.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 87% The Post (2018) It's as if Spielberg watched Spotlight and thought it might make a good movie someday.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
2/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya works hard to make Harding sympathetic, especially compared to her abusive husband (Sebastian Stan) and monstrous mother (a costume-y Allison Janney), but I just felt bad for Nancy Kerrigan all over again.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) The film grows increasingly turgid and tiresome in the second half.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) Ridley Scott directs this entertaining but uneven true-life drama.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro directs this beautifully designed but clumsily arranged sci-fi love story about a mute janitor who falls for a magical creature.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 50% Downsizing (2017) Director Alexander Payne's well-earned reputation for sharp satire and keen observation takes a bad beating with Downsizing, a thoroughly disjointed and misguided collaboration with longtime writing partner Jim Taylor.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Stacking the cast with a This is the End-style comedy ensemble, only to have them sit around commenting on Wisseau's follies like they were guests on a podcast, exposes the smugness at the movie's core.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman blubbers and bellows from under wads of makeup as Winston Churchill in this lifeless biopic.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) From the lowest-common-denominator, hate-speech shock value of the dialogue to the third-act insertion of a rapist ex machina, Three Billboards ... is genuinely loathsome.‐ Sacramento News & Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017