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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 85% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) Polina is mesmerizing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2.5/4 81% The Tiger Hunter (2017) As a feel good dramatic comedy, The Tiger Hunter hits most of the right notes while only sounding a few sour ones.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 82% Brad's Status (2017) Although the pacing is uneven, the end result satisfies. The movie may be marketed to art house audiences but it has something to say to (and about) us all.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 95% Stronger (2017) Tatiana Maslany, known for playing multiple roles in the cult TV series Orphan Black, invests Erin with a wealth of complexity in playing a character who wants desperately to do the right thing but who is pushed to the breaking point.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2/4 51% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) At its best, it recycles elements from The LEGO Movie in ways that feel cheap and redundant. At its worst, it's a tedious bore.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Although there are individual moments that snap, crackle, and pop, the production as a whole is bloated and at times even a little tedious.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 34% American Assassin (2017) American Assassin is as generic an espionage thriller as you're likely to find.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2.5/4 68% mother! (2017) It's too bad it doesn't work.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
2.5/4 30% Rebel in the Rye (2017) The film offers little more depth about the writer than his Wikipedia article and considerably less than one would get from reading the semi-autobiographical The Catcher in the Rye.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 25% The Wilde Wedding (2017) I've seen dozens of movies about weddings and this is among the most enjoyable two or three; its unpretentiousness is infectious.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1.5/4 32% Home Again (2017) Artificial and reeking of white privilege, this is the kind of movie that causes regular folks to shake their heads and mutter things about "entitlement" when speaking of the "Hollywood elite."‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
2/4 7% Fallen (2017) Whatever small pleasures it may offer are wiped out by the frustrating sense of incompleteness that accompanies the arrival of the end credits.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 88% Anti Matter (2017) Quibbles aside, the movie is consistently involving because it invites the viewer to explore the implications of this technological breakthrough alongside the main character.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 76% The Limehouse Golem (2017) A Victorian-era gothic stew that, although perhaps not as ultimately satisfying as it might have been, nevertheless provides for an unsettling two hours.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/4 84% It (2017) What is it about clowns, anyway?‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
1.5/4 7% Tulip Fever (2017) Like many complex novels crammed into 100-page screenplays, Tulip Fever is a mess of too many subplots, all awkwardly condensed and fighting for screen time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
1.5/4 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) In addition to regurgitating parts of Goon, Goon: Last of the Enforcers pilfers liberally from Rocky 3 and Rocky 4.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
1/4 0% The Layover (2017) An unpleasant, unwatchable example of why people no longer love romantic comedies.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/4 13% Temple (2017) Problems aside, it's refreshing to stumble on a film of this genre that doesn't fall under the "standard order horror" umbrella where an avalanche of jump scares replaces attempts to generate a pervasive sense of unease.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 89% Good Time (2017) This isn't conventional Hollywood-horror/thriller "suspense" but something more primal.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2.5/4 52% England Is Mine (2017) England is Mine is watchable but not special and those with the strongest interest in the story may be unhappy about what's missing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
2.5/4 29% Ghost House (2017) Ghost House is a classic "your mileage may vary" film. Horror lovers who are just looking for a few good scares and a suitably creepy atmosphere will find that Ragsdale delivers.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2/4 43% Bushwick (2017) Bushwick never achieves what it sets out to do. It's undone by a litany of bad decisions and the underlying weakness of the core material.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West is part comedy, part tragedy, part horror/thriller, and part social commentary. Although it is primarily satirical, director/co-writer Matt Spicer never loses sight of the characters.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) It's good to have Soderbergh back, even if he never was really away.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/4 37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) For me, The Hitman's Bodyguard is the epitome of what a summer movie should be.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2.5/4 74% Shot Caller (2017) We haven't had much of an opportunity to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau flexing his acting chops in other roles. Shot Caller gives us an inkling of what he's capable of.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/4 59% 6 Days (2017) 6 Days works not only as a portal into what happened 37 years ago but as an understanding of the difficulties of handling hostage situations and why it's easy for things to go very wrong.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2.5/4 59% What Happened to Monday (2017) The disappointment of what What Happened to Monday could have been dogs this movie as it navigates safe, predictable roads through an unsurprising twist to a preordained ending.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/4 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) This is a feel-good tale through-and-through yet, because of the aesthetic and setting, it doesn't feel cloying and artificial.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 48% The Glass Castle (2017) By laminating Walls' story with a Hollywood sheen, the narrative climaxes in an artificial and contrived manner.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3.5/4 86% Wind River (2017) Lambert's three-dimensionality elevates Wind River above the norms of the traditional crime movie so that, in addition to delivering the expected tropes, it provides a richer, more fulfilling experience.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 78% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear can be accused of a lot of things, but lack of ambition isn't among them.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
3/4 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Eye-opening and humanizing, the film focuses not on the Japanese war machine but the innocent peasants who bore the brunt of what their government unleashed.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
1.5/4 36% Kidnap (2017) The only way Kidnap could possibly work is if the viewer isn't paying attention.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2/4 0% Armed Response (2017) Unfortunately, although there's an opportunity here to do something compelling, that opportunity is largely wasted.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2/4 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Superficial, uninspired, and forgettable.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 83% Detroit (2017) Detroit is so effective at what it does and how it accomplishes its aims that it becomes almost unwatchable.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
2/4 10% The Emoji Movie (2017) At its best, this seems like a second-rate version of Pixar's Inside Out. At its worst, it's a cash-grab based on a cynical high-level concept.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
3/4 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Headlined by a committed Charlize Theron, Atomic Blonde offers the kind of kick-ass female action hero the non-superhero side of the genre could use more of.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2/4 89% Girls Trip (2017) Unfortunately, the jokes stop being funny about 30 minutes before the end credits roll and the character-based elements are never better than overly familiar.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/4 50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) As a complete motion picture experience, it falls considerably short.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/4 74% Landline (2017) I found myself wishing that Robespierre had uncovered something more interesting for her characters to do than act out plotlines from other movies I had already seen.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2/4 85% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The only thing that keeps us from tuning out is that it's a pleasure to watch the actors exchange dialogue. Is that a good enough reason to see a movie? Depends what you're looking for.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/4 93% Dunkirk (2017) This accomplished, exceptional piece of cinema delivers summer-scale spectacle, albeit without the escapism audiences often crave from blockbuster releases at this time of the year.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
3/4 85% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) Lost in Paris is occasionally self-indulgent, although one could argue that's part of its charm.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes bucks the trend of late-franchise films as creatively bankrupt cash grabs. This is a vital, original, and emotionally potent chapter to one of the longest-running movie series out there.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) It's funny, touching, and perceptive.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
2.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The movie lacks inspiration; even the big "twist" is more worthy of a suppressed chuckle than a dropped jaw - it's like something pulled out of a bad soap opera.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
2.5/4 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It's a perfectly reasonable option for a family movie outing and isn't so bad that adults will cringe.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017