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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 79% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) While there are a few moments in the movie that can be said to be Moore at his best, the production as a whole may be Moore at his worst.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
2.5/4 52% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) The problem is that there's not much of a story to be enfolded by this atmosphere - or at least nothing that's compelling.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2.5/4 68% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The House with a Clock in Its Walls makes an adequate early Halloween treat for children who enjoy spooky/scary movies that don't go too far over-the-top.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/4 59% White Boy Rick (2018) In trying to do too much, White Boy Rick accomplishes too little.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
1.5/4 71% Final Score (2018) Employing even basic logic engenders a recognition of how truly stupid this screenplay is, especially when it comes to the resolution.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 34% The Predator (2018) Exemplifies the lackluster result of exhuming played-out franchises that are better left buried.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 84% A Simple Favor (2018) Feig seems to be having a lot fun with material; it's debatable whether his enjoyment translates to the audience.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 50% MDMA (Cardinal X) (2018) Although MDMA goes to some dark places and features its share of ugly scenes, it's ultimately a story of hope and redemption.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/4 44% The Debt (Oliver's Deal) (2016) With a tortured structure, uneven pacing, and the specter of the oft-reviled "white savior," The Debt's narrative never rises to the level of its thesis about economic exploitation.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2.5/4 43% Destination Wedding (2018) Despite having two inherently likable actors in Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, Levin's characters are so disagreeable that it's difficult to become sympathetic toward their whirlwind affair. And a lot of the dialogue rings false.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/4 65% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) The overall package, despite suffering from some third-act narrative problems, generally goes down easily and boasts a strong, lived-in performance by Shannon Purser.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/4 11% Peppermint (2018) Chad St. John's screenplay fails because the setup is too distressing and depressing to wring enjoyment out of Garner's righteous vengeance.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 72% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) While there are gunfights and everything concludes with a big shoot-out, the complexity of the situation and the murkiness of Tau's quest for redemption are anything but standard-order fare for a Western.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 81% Juliet, Naked (2018) Unlike mainstream romantic comedies, this one comes with weightier issues and doesn't fill up its screen time with inane tangents and dumb jokes.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
3/4 85% The Wife (2018) I wish there were more movies like this one.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3/4 93% Searching (2018) Searching is a taut, effectively paced mystery-thriller with a powerful emotional component.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
1.5/4 31% Kin (2018) At times dull and plodding and at other times cartoonishly silly, Kin rarely works and, when it does, it's often for the wrong reasons.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 38% Boarding School (2018) Yakin makes no attempt to pacify traditional horror fans but he also doesn't go so far off the deep end that the movie makes no sense.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 59% Operation Finale (2018) Overall, Operation Finale tells its story without grossly distorting history and does so in a manner that engages an audience for its two hour running time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/4 41% Arizona (2018) A film that's neither funny nor exciting, although it often seems to be straining to be one or the other.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2.5/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Everything about the movie is stunted - from the running time to the production values to the story.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
2.5/4 91% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls invites questions about why it exists and whether it offers an experience worth the price of admission and the investment of time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 87% The Swan (Svanurinn) (2018) Although the screenplay occasionally falters as a result of the predictable melodrama, The Swan is elevated by Martin Neumeyer's cinematography (there are times when I wished this was a travelogue) and Grima Valsdottir's committed performance.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/4 23% Mile 22 (2018) Mile 22 delivers precisely what's expected from a violent, escapist action film and does so with brevity and shock power.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Although the humor is variable, the romance is consistent and that allows the film to go down smoothly even if it takes an inordinately long time to do so.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/4 73% Never Goin' Back (2018) Augustine Frizzell's debut forces us to spend nearly 90 minutes in the company of two unbearably dumb protagonists.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/4 46% The Meg (2018) The thing that disappointed me the most about The Meg is its flat tone. There's too little tension and not nearly enough suspense.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) If you don't like Lee's oeuvre or are offended by openly political movies, this isn't the film for you. Others will find in BlacKkKlansman an opportunity to consider and reflect on the questions that Lee isn't afraid to pose.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Comedies and spy thrillers aren't inherently incompatible but it takes a deft hand and a well-honed script to successfully merge the two and The Spy Who Dumped Me has neither.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
2/4 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) I suppose it's possible to argue that The Darkest Minds can be enjoyed for what it is. Unfortunately, that "what" refers to something incomplete.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 98% Eighth Grade (2018) Despite having the best of intentions, Hollywood would have told this story differently. Burnham keeps it real.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
3/4 83% Puzzle (2018) The most refreshing thing about Puzzle is that it's an adult movie about characters and their low-key circumstances.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting is a compelling film with much to say about subjects like gentrification and race - things it approaches with a mix of wit and seriousness.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's a strong, engaging spy thriller with plenty of action and a convoluted storyline.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Occasionally uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking, it is nothing less than sublime.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/4 76% The House of Tomorrow (2018) It's an emotionally satisfying experience that brings to life a group of appealing characters and allows them to grow and expand in front of the lens.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/4 100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) Despite being set in a Lord of the Rings-ish fantasy world, the core themes of loss, aging, and motherhood have real-world emotional resonance.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
1/4 38% Occupation (2018) There are no characters sufficiently developed to be worth caring about and no suspense in any of the chaotic and badly choreographed battle sequences.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
2.5/4 57% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Susco understands that the purpose of any horror film is to deliver shocks and suspense and he succeeds in that regard.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The film's slow-burn approach matches that of the original. Fuqua is in no hurry and understands that building a story gradually pays dividends later in the proceedings.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Those who hated Mamma Mia may become dangerously unstable if forced to sit through the sequel. Fans of the first movie will find that a lot of the magic is gone and everything loses some of its luster the second time around.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
2/4 15% How It Ends (2018) The desire to fast-forward becomes almost overpowering.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) It would be fair to say that Skyscraper does what it sets out to do but the unambitious agenda isn't something I'm especially interested in watching.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
2.5/4 12% Siberia (2018) Siberia is effectively well-paced, offers instances of tension, and doesn't cheat at the end.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/4 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You is bold, messy, and scattershot - qualities that are infinitely preferable to the bland, generic safety preferred by many of today's box office entries.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/4 38% A Swingers Weekend (2018) Perhaps the most disappointing thing about A Swingers Weekend is the way it bungles a solid set-up and good beginning.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
3/4 71% The Lighthouse (2018) The high production values, excellent acting, and strong writing make this a cut above what is often accorded this sort of release pattern.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Plodding, repetitive, replete with technobabble nonsense and lifeless action, this is easily the worst-written of any of the 20 MCU offerings and may be the worst all-around film featuring a Marvel superhero since Sony rebooted Spider-Man.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/4 54% The First Purge (2018) It's competently made, delivers its share of thrills and edge-of-the-seat moments, and gives the audience an opportunity to stand up and cheer.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/4 92% From Here to Eternity (1953) The film tells a compelling story with many of the elements that audiences find appealing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018