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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) The praiseworthy quality of Get Out is that it delivers the goods without copycatting every cookie-cutter horror film being released today.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) If this is the future for motion pictures, god help us all.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
1/4 30% Fist Fight (2017) More galling and tedious than funny, this quasi-re-imagining of the 1987 high school film, Three O'Clock High, proves that it's entirely possible for a remake of a bad movie to be worse than its inspiration.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
2/4 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There's no rule that main characters have to be likable, and DeHaan's Lockhart isn't, but they at least have to be interesting. He fails that litmus test.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Although the story is slight, the film leaves viewers with a lasting, haunting impression.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/4 85% A United Kingdom (2017) A United Kingdom never sacrifices its narrative in favor of making a statement and it rarely resorts to sermonizing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) This is "more of the same" but, at least in this case, that's a good thing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Overall, The Lego Batman Movie offers enough action and silliness to enthrall children while providing sufficient pop culture and Batman-through-the-years references to keep adults entertained.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1.5/4 8% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) This is a bad film - at times it's nigh unwatchable - but that doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space between Us is what it looks like when a promising premise is betrayed by a dumbed-down, hackneyed screenplay.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/4 89% Elle (2016) Elle's moral ambiguity and controversial content are its strengths.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3/4 41% Gold (2017) Despite its uneven tone, the film is compelling and, perhaps more importantly, relevant even though the actual historical events occurred two decades ago.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/4 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Jam-packed with tedious, over-the-top action and testosterone-fueled machismo, Return of Xander is a throwback to a time when all action films were made for teenage boys.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
1.5/4 76% Split (2017) The narrative is choppy, the tension is less pervasive than it should be, and there's no ending.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 82% The Founder (2017) The Founder represents two hours well-spent, especially for anyone with a fascination for complex characters or an interest in the shenanigans that transformed an unpretentious local restaurant into a global force.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 81% Patriots Day (2017) Berg's chronicle of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt is a first rate docudrama.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 34% Live By Night (2017) As an actor, Affleck is a strong, reassuring presence; his performance is an anchor holding things in place and allowing for a flotilla of strong supporting portrayals.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 84% Silence (2017) The movie eventually achieves a level of powerful drama...but only after dithering for more than an hour.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls is an unexpectedly powerful and unsentimental exploration of surviving grief and the less-than-noble feelings it can engender.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/4 86% Lion (2016) Lion represents a commitment from those involved and, flaws aside, it's an amazing tale of resilience and determination.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/4 39% Why Him? (2016) I'm not going to lie. I laughed - just not as frequently or as hard as I would have liked to.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
3.5/4 93% Fences (2016) Yes, Fences suffers somewhat from the bare-bones transferal of the "action" from stage to screen but the material is so compelling that viewers can easily lose sight of the movie's "play nature."‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
3/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures provides an example of determination and talent triumphing over an unfair and repressive system - something that ... has relevance beyond the decade or the century in which it transpires.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/4 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Obtuse, narratively incoherent, and ultimately frustrating, it stands as another example of how hard it is to make a good mainstream movie out of a popular computer game.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 31% Passengers (2016) Passengers is an odd movie but its central questions and dilemmas are compelling and there's enough here of substance for the impressions to linger. Problems aside, it's a journey worth taking.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 73% Sing (2016) Most of Sing's creative energy was invested in the musical numbers and, fortunately, that's where it shines. But the film really can't go toe-to-toe with heavyweights Zootopia, Moana, Dory or even the little-seen but superior Kubo.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
1.5/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) If there's one constant about Collateral Beauty, it's how consistently it disappoints.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
2.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) The title character never emerges from the iconic shell she inhabits to become a fully fleshed-out individual and the filmmakers are perhaps too reverential to make her seem real.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It was always one of 2016's most anticipated films and it doesn't let down the legions who have been waiting for it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) It's more vibrant than Chicago, more heartfelt than Les Miserables, and more successfully staged than a chorus of other contenders.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 70% Miss Sloane (2016) As a dramatic thriller, it does what it needs to do to keep the audience involved and interested, even if some of its most theatrical tricks and twists are more the products of a writer's invention than actual Washington D.C. activities.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 97% Moonlight (2016) Although Barry Jenkins' film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) At its best, Bad Santa 2 feels like an echo of its predecessor. At its worst, it's unfunny, crass, and uncomfortable (not in a good way).‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/4 62% Allied (2016) Allied isn't a great film but it's made with sufficient care and skill that it deserves to be seen.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) Moana is solid "retro Disney" - a new film that embraces older ideas, themes, and narrative approaches.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Despite moments of emotional strength and bursts of quirky comedy, the film is undone by its generally lethargic tone and the film's insistence to shift its focus from the putative lead characters to a supporting player ...‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) With a smart, perceptive script from first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig and an arresting lead performance by Hailee Steinfeld, the film rises to the top of a crowded genre.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) This movie leaves an impression that's difficult to shake.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The best parts of Fantastic Beasts are those that deal with the immediate storyline. Those that seek to extend the narrative are less interesting.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) Effectively acted and occasionally moving, the film both benefits from and is undermined by writer/director Jeff Nichols' no-frills approach to the circumstances leading up to the court case.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) If Arrival succeeds at the box office, it will shine as a beacon in favor of not dumbing down every production to appease the distracted and disinterested masses.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange tells a standard tale with just enough cleverness to keep the viewer interested.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge embraces many of the clichés of the war movie but, instead of laying them out in a rote fashion, the film synthesizes them into a visceral, ultimately inspirational result.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Chan-wook Park's The Handmaiden is deliciously perverse, delightfully twisty, and unapologetically erotic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) The Da Vinci Code was adequate but forgettable. Angels & Demons was godawful. Inferno is somewhere in between - watchable but by no means worth the money and effort necessary to see it theatrically.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) Although it's not possible to argue that Philip Roth's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning book couldn't be made into a powerful, compelling film, this isn't it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) A paint-by-numbers, creatively bankrupt "comedy" emerging from a studio system that has largely forgotten what it means to be genuinely funny.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
1.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad "character development", and awful writing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 51% The Accountant (2016) A movie that could easily have been familiar, disposable entertainment but is made with sufficient competence and energy to capture the viewer's attention and linger a little after the end credits have rolled.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016