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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Paddington 2 (2018) This is one sequel it's a pleasure to review.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
2/4 55% The Commuter (2018) I didn't hate it the way I often do January movies. And that's the nicest thing I can say about it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2/4 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Of the four Insidious films, only one has been any good and, although The Last Key may not be the worst of them, it's easily the most irrelevant and generic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/4 88% El elefante desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant) (2014) [Javier] Fuentes-Leon's little gem is unpolished and rough around the edges but it shines brightly enough to be worth a couple hours' viewing time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3.5/4 67% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In the Fade shows how the most devastating damage caused by terrorists sometimes isn't to those who die; it's to those who remain alive.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2.5/4 79% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The frequent chronological jumps ... give a sense that the director is assembling a puzzle in which half the pieces are missing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/4 92% Phantom Thread (2018) For Daniel Day-Lewis' final acting job, he gives it his all, playing fashion designed Reynolds Woodcock as a tightly-wound ball of impulses, quirks, and foibles.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3.5/4 81% Molly's Game (2018) It's all good stuff, delivered by a director who knows how to get the most out of performers speaking his words.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2.5/4 77% All the Money in the World (2017) When Getty isn't on-screen, the movie is a bit of a bore and it doesn't help that Mark Wahlberg is woefully miscast and the thriller elements are anything but tense or suspenseful.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2.5/4 50% Downsizing (2017) Unfortunately, the central character is as small figuratively as he is literally, and that limits the movie's capacity to enthrall and engage.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) It's a family film whose infectious, crowd-pleasing song-and-dance numbers justify a 105-minute running length when the pedestrian story can't.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Every year, there are a handful of pleasant and unpleasant surprises in multiplexes. Count Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle among the former.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 73% Hostiles (2018) Cooper doesn't cheapen the subject matter by introducing "lighter" moments that would seem inappropriate. This is an entirely serious movie about important matters.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) Although prone to occasional sermonizing, The Post offers a stirring reminder of the importance of these kinds of unsung heroes in protecting the American way of life.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3/4 91% 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 30% 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 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's a story of first love: impossible, impermanent, and passionate.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) 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 92% 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 92% 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 85% 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 49% 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 85% 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 96% 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 77% 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 19% 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 74% 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 57% 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 85% 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 28% 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 77% 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 69% 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 7% 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 88% 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 66% 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 53% 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