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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 36% 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 55% 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 79% 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 20% How It Ends (2018) The desire to fast-forward becomes almost overpowering.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/4 49% 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 7% 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 95% 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 87% 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 53% 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
3.5/4 94% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Even the most amazing of the great Pixar films could be tagged with the label of "antiseptic." No one would use that for Totoro, which, especially if seen under optimum conditions, astounds with its vibrancy.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Although Day of the Soldado isn't as powerful as Sicario, it's a worthy follow-up. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
1.5/4 53% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) Despite a committed performance from lead actress Mackenzie Davis and a promising opening, the film quickly corkscrews into a death spiral of trite dialogue meant to obfuscate the lack of a coherent or meaningful narrative.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2.5/4 25% Beach House (2018) For me, Beach House is a near-miss.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/4 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom isn't dino-myte. It's dino doo-doo.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/4 54% Tag (2018) It's another comedy that falls prey to two common problems: (1) predictable, uninspired humor, and (2) inept attempts to inject drama into the proceedings during the last act.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It's good, fun family entertainment but it's not incredible.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/4 42% The Valley (2018) With solid performances and a sensitive screenplay, The Valley offers a window overlooking a heartbreakingly common situation whose signs and symptoms remain elusive.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
3/4 76% Bernard and Huey (2018) Bernard and Huey is a small pleasure; it's almost always welcome to watch a character-based film crafted without pretentions...‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
1.5/4 6% 211 (2018) Despite a high body count and the expenditure of extraordinary amounts of ammunition, 211 is inert.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
2.5/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Poorly constructed endings can leave an unpleasant aftertaste even for movies that are otherwise mostly solid. That's the case here.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2/4 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) As a concept, making an all-female version of an Ocean's film is appealing. The final product, however, is waterlogged.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/4 59% Hotel Artemis (2018) The fights are effectively filmed and there are a few viscerally satisfying scenes but the production as a whole feels inconsequential.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) An interview subject in Won't You Be My Neighbor asserts that there are more Mr. Rogers out there than we suspect. In this era of division and dismissal, I hope he's right.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
2.5/4 85% Upgrade (2018) The movie is tasteless, disturbing, and misanthropic..but it's also entertaining if you're in the mood to see a wronged man do all sorts of heinous things to those responsible for his current predicament.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
2.5/4 17% The Texture of Falling (2018) The Texture of Falling is ultimately as beguiling as it is frustrating, with curiosity and a fascination for Allred's visual style compensating for a storyline the proves difficult to navigate.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2018
3/4 73% Adrift (2018) Gives a flavor of the existential experience inherent in this situation by illustrating that surviving a shipwreck is as much about mental strength as physical endurance and stamina.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2/4 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo: a movie no one was clamoring for that has been made without any distinguishing qualities.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/4 53% Book Club (2018) It is indeed possible for Fifty Shades of Grey to inspire a watchable motion picture.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
1.5/4 13% Carter & June (2018) The film fails on countless fronts, but two bob to the top: the sophomoric humor is too broad to generate laughter and not a single character in the ensemble is sufficiently developed for viewers to care about.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Despite lacking the freshness of 2016 feature, the sequel is funny, energetic, and determined not to take itself seriously (even when serious things happen).‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/4 84% Disobedience (2018) Lelio's subdued approach to the material robs it of potential emotional power but also keeps the story grounded.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
1/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) After suffering through the abomination named Identity Thief, I felt for sure I had seen the worst McCarthy has to offer. I was wrong.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2.5/4 22% Terminal (2018) The strength of the stylistic elements and Robbie's performance aren't sufficient to overcome the deficiencies of an initially derivative and ultimately off-kilter narrative.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2.5/4 52% Bad Samaritan (2018) This is yet another chapter in "When Smart Movies Turn Dumb."‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 45% Measure of a Man (2018) Nothing that transpires could be considered unique but the commonality of experience is a strength. We can relate.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
2.5/4 94% RBG (2018) RBG's superficiality makes it good background material about the subject and the forces that guided her life's crusade but the blinders it willingly wears represent its greatest flaw.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
2.5/4 40% Anon (2018) Anon's storyline is forgettable and the movie ends with an unsatisfying mixture of confusion and predictability.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
1.5/4 26% Overboard (2018) An unwatchable mess.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
2.5/4 87% Tully (2018) More often than not, Tully comes across as a group of relatable characters marooned in a story with nowhere to go.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 55% Duck Butter (2018) As appealing as Shawkat and Laia Costa are, the material isn't strong enough to captivate for the full 90 minutes the way it does during the first 30.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2/4 17% Supercon (2018) Supercon has its moments, although not nearly enough of them, and its grossest-of-gross-out scenes might be disgusting enough to cause John Waters to wince.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War knows what it wants to be and goes about pursuing that goal with relentless intensity.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 71% Kodachrome (2018) Kodachrome is proof of the concept that solid direction and superlative acting can transform even a mediocre script into something worth watching.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2.5/4 31% Super Troopers 2 (2018) There are still some decent laughs but not as many as one might expect or hope for.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
1.5/4 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) The way in which I Feel Pretty presents its message is one of the film's biggest problems. If there's something less subtle than a sledgehammer, it applies here.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018