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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There's a sense that Johnson is giving busy-work to certain characters while others are catching up. The Last Jedi is a great 105-minute movie stretched too thin.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1.5/4 32% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel seems more like a cobbled-together afterthought than the romantic melodrama it seeks to be.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
3/4 98% Call Me by Your Name (2017) It's a story of first love: impossible, impermanent, and passionate.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2017) Although the surface tone adopted by I, Tonya is breezy and cheeky, there's a lot going on beneath the facade.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 94% The Disaster Artist (2017) A fascinating glimpse into the genesis of one of Hollywood's worst releases and is worthy of a space alongside Ed Wood on the shelf for dreamers who succeeded because of a lack of self-awareness and an epic void of talent.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Shape of Water (2017) It's hard to come away from this film and not believe that, in his heart, writer/director del Toro is a romantic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
2.5/4 86% Wonder (2017) I can understand where there is value in showing this film to younger children because the message, albeit sanitized, will resonate.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
2/4 50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The story is surprisingly unfocused and, when it snaps out of the protracted setup phase, it plunges into quasi-thriller territory that relies on a series of hard-to-swallow contrivances.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) The Man Who Invented Christmas contains nothing inappropriate for family viewing, but I'd be hard-pressed to find a family that would find the experience enriching.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/4 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Takes the viewer on a dizzying ride through dark comedy, wrenching tragedy, shocking moments, karmic twists, and redemption. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 97% Coco (2017) Coco may not represent Disney/Pixar at its pinnacle but it's close enough to the top to warrant consideration as the best computer-drawn film of 2017.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 87% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman immerses himself so deeply in the role that the actor disappears.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3.5/4 97% Mudbound (2017) The movie, like the book, takes a long, hard look at the system of racial inequality that defined this time and place, and reminds viewers of the price to be paid for surrendering to our base instincts.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
3.5/4 76% Sweet Virginia (2017) It starts with a bang, ends with a bang, and those scenes bookend some solid character moments and tense, atmospheric filmmaking. This small gem is worth seeking out.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2/4 40% Justice League (2017) The next time these characters band together, perhaps they will do so with stronger backgrounds, a real sense of purpose, and a story that's more than a cobbled-together mess.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/4 82% Mayhem (2017) At some point just past the middle, it goes on autopilot.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2.5/4 18% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Seen as a pure holiday comedy, Daddy's Home 2 works fine.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/4 73% Last Flag Flying (2017) A thoughtful meditation about war and surviving in its aftermath, Last Flag Flying avoids descending into the hell where many such movies take us and, as a result, is more hopeful and life-affirming.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Although the film will work considerably better for newcomers to the story, there's enough here to appeal to veterans.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Highlighted by an awards-worthy performance by Saoirse Ronan and structured around a light, witty script by Gerwig, the movie delivers a well-targeted snapshot of a year-in-the-life of an ordinary high school senior.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 87% Novitiate (2017) Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Novitiate is the even-handedness with which it treats religion in general and 1960s era Catholicism in particular.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
3/4 84% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) It is being touted as "Miike's 100th film" and, while one could argue whether the numbering is strictly correct, it's close enough to be reasonable. Here's to another 100.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
2.5/4 29% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Although it offers occasional chuckles and even a few solid, laugh-out-loud moments, the picture as a whole seems redundant and superfluous.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Superhero fans deserve better than this. Battles should have heart, danger, and consequences. The conflicts in Thor: Ragnarok are lacking in all three.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
1.5/4 28% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon goes immediately to the front of the line of contenders for the most disappointing film of 2017.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2/4 29% All I See Is You (2017) Despite an interesting premise and a promising first act, All I See Is You ultimately fails to deliver much beyond a gradual descent into disinterest and watch-checking.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2.5/4 81% The Square (2017) The good parts of The Square - and there are quite a few of them - can't overcome the weaknesses, making this a decidedly mixed bag.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Thank You for Your Service is straightforward drama and leaves an uneasy impression about how much more the recipients of that platitude are owed than what the government is giving them.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck is an evocative movie with a vaguely disappointing narrative that, although it reaches a conclusion, doesn't justify the patience viewers must exhibit to reach that point.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Deeply unsettling and hard to shake.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Winnie the Pooh is timeless and unforgettable. The same qualities don't apply to this tale of the real-life people and circumstances that inspired his creation.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) One of the most shockingly awful wastes of talent imaginable, this adaptation of Jo Nesbo's thriller is mostly incoherent and, just when it starts to make sense, it is hijacked by a series of laughably bad clichés.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) Although probably a little too long, the film succeeds in being both emotionally forceful and dramatically satisfying.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
2.5/4 65% Breathe (2017) Breathe has moments of emotional resonance but the overall experience feels flat and familiar.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 50% Killing Gunther (2017) Although the production is sporadically amusing, it feels like a 20-minute short that was expanded to feature length to its considerable detriment.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 91% A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2017) Naoko Yamada is regarded as one of the "up and coming" animated filmmakers seeking to fill the void created by the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki. Considering the artwork in A Silent Voice, it's easy to see why.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/4 83% Marshall (2017) A distinct snapshot not only of the main character but of the setting that resulted in his becoming historically important.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
2.5/4 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach sketches out the intra-family conflicts with aptitude, making sure there's enough lightness to avoid a spiral into the kind of grim and humorless affair the French are fond of, but there's an element of familiarity to the overall narrative arc.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3/4 61% The Foreigner (2017) It's well-made, nicely paced and accomplishes what we expect from this sort of film.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
2/4 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Happy Death Day is about 90 minutes long and, past the first half-hour, every minute is dumber than the one before it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3/4 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Rebecca Hall gives a standout performance - something so good that it's worth remembering when end-of-the-year citations are issued.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 57% Blood Money (2017) Director Lucky McKee and screenwriters Jared Butler and Lars Norberg take a standard premise and tweak it sufficiently to make it interesting and, at times, even darkly humorous.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 25% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) 6 Below suffers from a charisma deficit.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) It's hard to imagine a more generic wilderness adventure-turned-romance than Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project achieves something rare and magical: presenting existence from the perspective of a young child while, at the same time, providing enough "clues" that viewers are able to decipher what's really going on.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2.5/4 65% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (2017) As far as it goes, the first film is an enjoyable space opera but, as a stand-alone, it doesn't work.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 honors the original in many ways - some small and some large - but it's not a soft reboot. It's a new story with new ideas and new purpose.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/4 5% Flatliners (2017) What we get is a mediocre remake of a mediocre original - not exactly must-see cinema.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
3/4 77% Realive (2017) One of the year's best science fiction titles.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) About halfway through Battle of the Sexes, I found myself wishing I was watching a documentary rather than a feature film.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017