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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 81% 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
Posted Jan 19, 2017
3/4 78% Patriots Day (2017) Berg's chronicle of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt is a first rate docudrama. ‐ ReelViews
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
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3/4 83% Silence (2017) The movie eventually achieves a level of powerful drama...but only after dithering for more than an hour. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/4 86% 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
Posted Dec 28, 2016
3/4 87% Lion (2016) Lion represents a commitment from those involved and, flaws aside, it's an amazing tale of resilience and determination. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/4 40% 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
Posted Dec 25, 2016
3.5/4 95% 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
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
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/4 17% 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
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
Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 70% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 98% 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
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
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
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/4 61% Allied (2016) Allied isn't a great film but it's made with sufficient care and skill that it deserves to be seen. ‐ ReelViews
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
Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 54% 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
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
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) This movie leaves an impression that's difficult to shake. ‐ ReelViews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 81% Denial (2016) It's strangely refreshing to watch a courtroom drama where theatricality doesn't trump meticulous examination and cross-examination. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Are you a Kevin Hart fan? Then drop everything and rush to see this movie. Are you not a Kevin Hart fan? Then move along, there's nothing here to see... ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Although The Girl on the Train is a serviceable thriller, it's hard not to see it as something of a disappointment. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The film stands tall on its own merits and deserves to be seen irrespective of the perceived failings of its author. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 31% Masterminds (2016) Masterminds finds plenty of targets for its satirical jabs and lets them all off the hook. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Overall, despite feeling a little long and suffering from a rushed ending, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fresh and engaging storybook adventure that should appeal to viewers both inside and out of the core demographic. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) The main characters are well established and director Peter Berg does a good job building tension toward the historically inevitable cataclysm that kills 11 people and wrecks the drilling platform. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 28, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If there's a compelling reason to remake The Magnificent Seven, it can't be found in the 2016 version, a loud, cluttered, and generally disappointing production. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 36% Blair Witch (2016) Perhaps for someone who never saw The Blair Witch Project, this might represent an adequate scary movie. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) It's funny and engaging and the lead character, again played by Renee Zellweger, seems more like a real person than the caricature who wandered dazed through The Edge of Reason. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 61% Snowden (2016) Snowden could have been an important film. It certainly contains important elements. Sadly, unlike its subject, it's unremarkable and easily forgotten. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) Although not an Oscar-worthy endeavor, Sully proves to be by turns engaging, exhilarating, and nail-biting. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 9, 2016