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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% For the Love of Spock (2016) A loving tribute in general to Star Trek and in particular to the man who gave more than half of his life to Spock. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 60% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Contrivances and melodrama aside, it is emotionally true and that's often the most important thing for a film of this nature. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/4 40% Morgan (2016) It's an attempt to wed philosophical science fiction concepts with bloody horror - a dubious endeavor that somehow works. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2.5/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) Traditional and uninspired, it does an adequate job of relating Duran's story but falls short of providing an engaging cinematic experience. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3.5/4 98% Hell or High Water (2016) From a purely narrative perspective, there's nothing new here but like a new arrangement of a familiar tune, the slight changes make it fresh and enjoyable. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) An amateurish effort that boasts direct-to-video characteristics, the latest version disappoints in almost every production aspect. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 21, 2016
2.5/4 60% War Dogs (2016) A diverting but by no means indispensable expose of the international arms black market. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3.5/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Kubo and the Two Strings is a magical motion picture in every sense of the word. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 66% Anthropoid (2016) The movie builds - something infinitely preferable to a bold, brash beginning followed by a descent into anti-climax. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 26% Suicide Squad (2016) [A] bloated and cheerless monstrosity. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Despite regurgitating elements from the founding trilogy, Jason Bourne represents the best the series has yet offered. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 66% Nerve (2016) Joost and Schulman use nearly every trick imaginable to keep Nerve's energy at a consistently high level and to give it a visual uniqueness. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Matt Ross' screenplay occasionally stumbles (especially late in the proceedings) and the ending opts for a too-facile resolution but the director/writer offers moments of genuine power and pathos that make it easy to forgive the missteps. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Star Trek Beyond is a Star Trek movie, although not an especially good one. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) It is at times very funny and its unwillingness to pull punches (which, it must be noted, doesn't always work) is bracing. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 76% Lights Out (2016) Unfortunately, the film stumbles, offering too few legitimate scares and displaying an overreliance on traditional horror movie clichés. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth installment in this lamentably long-lived animated franchise, is the last Ice Age movie I intend to see. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 73% Ghostbusters (2016) This is a mediocre horror/comedy that deserves neither high praise nor disparagement. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Furman keeps a tight rein on the film's palpable, sometimes suffocating tension. It's one of The Infiltrator's assets. Another is the ensemble cast. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The Secret Life of Pets is strong enough that parents won't fall into a catatonic state while watching it with their offspring. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
2/4 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) There's nothing clever here. The filmmakers believe that broad, obvious gags, pratfalls, and profanity-laced tirades are inherently funny. They're not. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
3/4 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Legend of Tarzan moves briskly and has the overall feel of one of Burroughs' more entertaining stories come to the screen. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2.5/4 75% The BFG (2016) In recent years, Spielberg has become a hit-and-miss filmmaker and this is closer to a "miss" than a "hit." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The Purge: Election Year represents writer/director James DeMonaco's attempt to squeeze one more movie out of a premise that has run dry. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2/4 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) The temptation is there to say that Independence Day: Resurgence tarnishes the image of its predecessor but the original Independence Day wasn't all that good to begin with. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 26, 2016
0/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Pretentious and self-indulgent, it seems tailor-made to appeal to lovers of the obtuse and inscrutable until it takes a left-turn into schlocky, gore-drenched splatter imagery. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2.5/4 78% The Shallows (2016) The Shallows is almost a good movie. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory is enjoyable in its own right, even if its powerful sense of déjà vu keeps it from approaching the pinnacle of the Disney/Pixar collaborations. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 22, 2016
1/4 69% Central Intelligence (2016) With its canned, predictable action sequences and mirthless attempts at humor, it displays an ineptitude that is frankly shocking considering the talent involved. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 22, 2016
2/4 28% Warcraft (2016) Large scale battles and magical pyrotechnics are nice supplements but the absence of well-formed characters and a meaningful narrative render such pretty things moot. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 12, 2016
2/4 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) Based solely on merit, Now You See Me 2 is a sequel that should never have been made. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) The Conjuring 2 proves that, with a sufficient investment of time and energy, sequels don't have to be unsatisfying cash-grabs. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 58% Me Before You (2016) It's not perfect - there are times when the pacing is off and the epilogue tries too hard to end things on a positive note - but it's effective and affecting. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2.5/4 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Too often ... it feels lazy and derivative and it's difficult to recommend something that, despite offering a few solid laughs, is instantly forgettable. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 3, 2016
1.5/4 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Visually, Alice through the Looking Glass has its moments but pretty backgrounds and clever special effects can't obscure the disappointment resulting from a half-baked script and a miscast villain. ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) As a superhero movie in general and an X-Men movie in particular, Apocalypse delivers everything a viewer could reasonably expect from it. ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 23, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) There's not enough here for a full length feature film - something that becomes obvious the longer the movie is on the screen. ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 21, 2016
1.5/4 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) There are about six really good laughs during the film's 92-minute running length. ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 20, 2016
3/4 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The film overflows with quips, irony, and physical gags while at the same time relating a noir-tinged story of seedy corruption set in the neon-saturated underbelly of the 1977 Los Angeles porn industry. ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 57% Money Monster (2016) Unfortunately, despite a surfeit of talent in front of and behind the camera, the movie is unable to overcome a shaky narrative whose increasing preposterousness ensures it's difficult to take seriously. ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) Is it A Bigger Splash or A Bigger Bore? ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 11, 2016
3/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) As far as big superhero mash-ups are concerned, this one whets the appetite without providing a satisfying main course. ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 4, 2016
3/4 90% Green Room (2016) The production doesn't offer much in the way of originality but it's a tense 90-minute ride that will result in elevated pulses, increased respiration, and white knuckles. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) Generic animated cash-grab. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) By cramming far too much material into 114 minutes, The Huntsman: Winter's War feels rushed and incomplete. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/4 95% The Jungle Book (2016) The Jungle Book is well-made and deserves recognition as one of the year's best family offerings (thus far). ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/4 30% Criminal (2016) Criminal is an action-thriller with a science fiction twist. To the extent that its purpose is to energize and involve an audience, it succeeds. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 17, 2016
1.5/4 52% Demolition (2016) Thank god for Jake Gyllenhaal. Absent his performance, Demolition would have been a more unbearable slog than it is. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 10, 2016
3/4 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Although this may be "lesser" Linklater, it's still more enjoyable than a lot of what's currently available in theaters. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3.5/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Eye in the Sky is compelling, offering the best elements of a drama and a thriller. ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 27, 2016