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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 66% 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 77% 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 75% 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 86% 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 15% 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 85% 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 49% 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 36% 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 81% 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 15% 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 88% 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 87% 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
2.5/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell is visually compelling but tone deaf.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/4 67% Life (2017) Those who have seen Alien will have a pretty good idea what's coming, at least to a point. Once things reach that point, however, all bets are off.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
2.5/4 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Nothing in T2 is memorable.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
3/4 79% Personal Shopper (2017) The production is in equal parts mesmerizing and perplexing, intriguing and frustrating.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2.5/4 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Watching The Sense of an Ending, I was struck by the realization that this should have been a good movie.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
2.5/4 90% Raw (2017) Raw feels unformed - a collage of partially realized ideas and moments that never gel.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
3/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Condon's version is capable of enthralling but if those who treasure the animated telling find it at times wanting, that shouldn't be a surprise.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
2.5/4 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) If the ultimate point of this movie is to get Kong into the ring with Godzilla, this isn't a bad appetizer.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
2/4 67% Before I Fall (2017) It takes a mediocre movie like Before I Fall to illustrate how brilliant Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day is.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3.5/4 93% Logan (2017) With his glimpse into what superhero movies can be, James Mangold has given us something sadly lacking in recent genre entries: hope.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) The praiseworthy quality of Get Out is that it delivers the goods without copycatting every cookie-cutter horror film being released today.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) If this is the future for motion pictures, god help us all.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
1/4 27% Fist Fight (2017) More galling and tedious than funny, this quasi-re-imagining of the 1987 high school film, Three O'Clock High, proves that it's entirely possible for a remake of a bad movie to be worse than its inspiration.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2017
2/4 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There's no rule that main characters have to be likable, and DeHaan's Lockhart isn't, but they at least have to be interesting. He fails that litmus test.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/4 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Although the story is slight, the film leaves viewers with a lasting, haunting impression.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/4 83% A United Kingdom (2017) A United Kingdom never sacrifices its narrative in favor of making a statement and it rarely resorts to sermonizing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) This is "more of the same" but, at least in this case, that's a good thing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Overall, The Lego Batman Movie offers enough action and silliness to enthrall children while providing sufficient pop culture and Batman-through-the-years references to keep adults entertained.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1.5/4 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) This is a bad film - at times it's nigh unwatchable - but that doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/4 17% The Space Between Us (2017) The Space between Us is what it looks like when a promising premise is betrayed by a dumbed-down, hackneyed screenplay.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3.5/4 90% Elle (2016) Elle's moral ambiguity and controversial content are its strengths.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3/4 43% Gold (2017) Despite its uneven tone, the film is compelling and, perhaps more importantly, relevant even though the actual historical events occurred two decades ago.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/4 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Jam-packed with tedious, over-the-top action and testosterone-fueled machismo, Return of Xander is a throwback to a time when all action films were made for teenage boys.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
1.5/4 75% Split (2017) The narrative is choppy, the tension is less pervasive than it should be, and there's no ending.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017