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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 49% 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 79% 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 97% 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 17% The Dark Tower (2017) Superficial, uninspired, and forgettable.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 84% 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 8% 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 88% 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 73% 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 86% 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
2.5/4 79% The Beguiled (2017) A near-miss that offers a captivating atmosphere and strong performances to go along with an uneven tone and a climax that's so overcooked that it bursts at the seams with unintentional humor.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/4 68% The Journey (2017) The movie contains some tremendous individual scenes but the whole isn't better than the sum of its parts and, in the final analysis, it's a little disappointing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3.5/4 86% Okja (2017) This movie takes all sorts of chances and, for the most part, scores big.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3.5/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) Wright is savvy enough to realize that suspense and tension require characters that are more than human figures in a CGI playground. He does just enough with the men and women populating Baby Driver for us to get a sense of who they are.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
1.5/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Distilled to its essence, The Last Knight is an orgy of incoherence, a sensory assault that suffocates the viewer in a cavalcade of special effects incontinence.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) The final chapter of the trilogy has saved the best for last and will at least deflect the most serious concerns of those who think this series has taken too many extra laps.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 48% Rough Night (2017) Some of the best jokes are belly busters. My favorite involves a slow car and a speed bump.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/4 78% The Hero (2017) This is a real movie about real people doing real things and facing real problems.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/4 22% The Book of Henry (2017) An overwrought, tonally inconsistent drama about cancer, death, and child abuse.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) My Cousin Rachel is a study in perception and perspective, a story that features a firm resolution while leaving its most compelling questions unanswered.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) I'm hard-pressed to think of a recent movie that's as uncomfortable and disturbing as It Comes at Night.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
1.5/4 16% The Mummy (2017) Narratively incoherent and full of cheese and camp, this movie makes it clear that the mummy should have remained dead and buried.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The movie is fresh, fun, and breezy.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) The real strengths of this production are its lead actors, the period piece setting, and an unexpected emotional resonance that one doesn't expect from a popcorn movie.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2.5/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) It's fast paced but goes nowhere new and the film's "bigness" makes it hard to remember what an amazingly unexpected treasure The Curse of the Black Pearl was.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
1/4 19% Baywatch (2017) An example of lazy writing and direction with the vague hope that perhaps the involvement of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will attract viewers.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien: Covenant combines high-minded sci-fi ideas with the visceral horror-inspired shock aspects of a slasher movie.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 45% Everything, Everything (2017) As YA romances go - and there are plenty to choose from - this is a lesser option.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Kinetic and attention-grabbing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 35% Snatched (2017) The movie is funnier than most so-called comedies and works as a breezy 90-minute diversion but it's a less ambitious endeavor than Trainwreck.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Volume 2 can claim to be bigger and better than its predecessor, although it still suffers from some of the narrative sleight-of-hand issues that kept Guardians of Galaxy from achieving greatness.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2/4 16% The Circle (2017) From its beginning, the movie has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
3/4 67% Free Fire (2017) For those who don't mind a little blood & gore and a lot of profanity, Free Fire is a superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
2.5/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) Although The Lost City of Z held my interest, it felt like a missed opportunity. Like too many biographical movies, this one tries to do too much.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
3/4 50% The Promise (2017) Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 88% Their Finest (2017) Although the narrative for Their Finest occasionally rambles ... it is by-and-large a stirring drama that incorporates lighter moments with scenes of deeply felt tragedy.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2.5/4 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) You know what you're getting before you go, and you get it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 70% Gifted (2017) Movies like Gifted often drift into a quagmire of manipulation and over-the-top histrionics. For the most part, however, Webb avoids this path.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/4 46% Going in Style (2017) It would be a stretch (although not much of one) to call Going in Style "wholesome" but it's dull and badly in need of an injection of energy.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/4 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) If it's remembered at all, it will be seen as a missed opportunity to tell a powerful story.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017