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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 56% Outlaw King (2018) With the exception of a few slow spots, Outlaw King flows briskly. It's one of the better "Netflix originals" the service has provided and worth the expense of two hours.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 69% Dead Man (1995) Even if it accomplishes little else, Dead Man will almost certainly inspire thought and discussion. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 84% Boy Erased (2018) Although Boy Erased depicts a series of injustices, its ultimate message is one of the hope and optimism that can accompany acceptance.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/4 56% The Grinch (2018) There's no aspect in which the 2018 version seems like anything but a hapless, bloated imitation.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) As compelling an individual as Lisbeth is (especially in the "metoo" era), she deserves better than what she's given by this story.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy plays it straight, allowing her talent as an actress - often hidden under the dreck for which she draws big paychecks - to shine through.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 67% Time Trap (2018) In the moment... it's entertaining and chock-full of enough deliciously weird interludes that it's impossible to be too harsh.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 86% Unlovable (2018) I just wish Unlovable had developed its own unique voice and approach rather than seeming too much like dozens of other forgettable addiction-themed motion pictures.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a miscalculation of Magic Kingdom-sized proportions.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The problem with all this meticulous recreation is that, in the end, it rings hollow.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 99% Free Solo (2018) This plays out with as much (or more) suspense than any conventional thriller as the cameras capture every step of Alex's ascent.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1.5/4 62% Suspiria (2018) If I wanted to be kind, I'd call Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake "visually striking" and "stylish." If I wanted to be brutally honest, I'd call it "tedious", "pretentious", and even "painful" (although not in a good way).‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/4 36% Hunter Killer (2018) Hunter Killer... won't win any awards for acting or writing but generates suspense when it needs to and tells an engrossing Tall Tale.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 71% Galveston (2018) Bleak and gripping, Galveston offers a compelling experience for those who don't demand pure escapism and are willing to sample the darker side of cinema.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy delivers less than what one would expect from the story it endeavors to tell.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) This is the sequel Halloween fans have been awaiting for four decades.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale starts with a lot of promise and a full head of steam; even half-way through I was engaged. But the movie eventually careens off the track.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) If there's a reason to see the movie, it's Redford, whose charismatic, mature presence argues that age has done nothing to diminish his ability to command the screen.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 95% Private Life (2018) Jenkins has produced a small gem - an unassuming and surprisingly profound motion picture that touches on primal motivations and instincts.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) For those who can get past the shaky-cam aspect that infects the cinematography, this is an involving look back in time at one of the most significant human endeavors of the last century.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 87% The Hunt for Red October (1990) Coupled with Connery's magnetic performance, that's enough to make The Hunt for Red October as watchable today as it was during its 1990 release.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/4 94% The Deer Hunter (1978) While it's fair to argue that The Deer Hunter contains moments of brilliance, the film as a whole is undone by its length.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
3/4 86% Colette (2018) This isn't Oscar-worthy material but it's the kind of solid art house motion picture that was popular during the 1990s and whose occasional reappearance in the 2010s is always welcome.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
3/4 87% Ben-Hur (1959) Clocking in at three hours forty-two minutes, Ben-Hur overstays its welcome. Still, despite scenes that occasionally run too long, the movie doesn't start to drag until after the chariot race and many of the early scenes are engaging.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2.5/4 33% Ride (2018) Like an average Uber ride, the film passes quickly and doesn't leave a lasting impression.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
1/4 71% Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979) Salo... is forceful only in making the viewer want to turn away. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) It's just not an especially good superhero movie and it wastes an intriguing premise.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) It may not change minds but it challenges viewers to consider why they react to issues of race (and poverty) in the manner that they do.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 77% Gigi (1958) Gigi is an enjoyable parfait - a frothy concoction that at times makes the viewer giddy - but it lacks the traits of greatness one might expect from a production so dizzyingly honored.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/4 100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) O.J.: Made in America is an extraordinary achievement in that not only does it provide a definitive overview of O.J.'s life - warts and all - but it offers new insights into events that have been picked over repeatedly over the past 20+ years.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Even the most hard-hearted and cynical viewer is likely to have an emotional reaction, and this is as much a testimony to the way Cooper tells the tale as to the story itself.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3.5/4 90% What's Up, Doc? (1972) The film builds on itself, gaining speed as it careens out-of-control toward its conclusion. Only a director in complete control can fashion something so effortlessly chaotic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
2.5/4 72% Around the World in 80 Days (1956) With its lazy, somnambulant pace and endless stream of cameos, Around the World in 80 Days seems to be unfolding in real time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
2/4 75% Better Off Dead (1985) There's a potentially edgy aspect to Better Off Dead's comedy that's never fully realized.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/4 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Plot hiccups aside, it's a visually impressive experience with endearing characters and a unique story.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3.5/4 100% Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) The acting is peerless. Leads Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, playing characters much older than the actors were at the time (the aging makeup is fantastic), are heartbreakingly believable.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/4 98% Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972) Aguirre is a compelling piece of historical fiction that lingers in the memory largely because of its lush, claustrophobic atmosphere and the towering presence of Kinski.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
3/4 98% Science Fair (2018) There's a certain amount of tension in the proceedings but, as various participants point out, what counts isn't so much winning as it is having the experience.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
2.5/4 62% Summer '03 (2018) Summer '03 is a solid feature debut whose missteps are forgivable because of the strength and intelligence of the main character.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/4 81% 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 47% 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 66% 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 58% 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 72% 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 33% 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 85% 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 46% 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 66% 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