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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 75% 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 35% 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 35% 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
3/4 35% An Ordinary Man (2018) Every time An Ordinary Man seems to be headed into a minefield of clichés, it takes an unexpected detour and the film's final such excursion comes like a gut-punch.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
2/4 12% Aardvark (2018) Cobbled together using clichés and contrivances, Brian Shoaf's feature debut perceives mental illness more as a personality quirk than a sickness and treats it almost as a kind of magical realism.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
2/4 72% Wildling (2018) Wildling starts out strongly but the qualities that make the first 20 minutes engrossing and harrowing drain away and the movie morphs into a thoroughly unsatisfying excursion into fantasy-tinged horror.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
2/4 50% Rampage (2018) The problem with Rampage is that it's not content to be mindless fun. There's too much exposition and too many needless human villains.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1/4 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) A godawful teen-magnet utterly devoid of entertainment value beyond the lure of its popular, photogenic cast and the dubious attraction of playing the "guess who gets it next" game.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 78% Beirut (2018) Damn, is it good to watch a movie that expects the audience to pay attention and that doesn't pander to the least common denominator.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is a superb exercise in understated terror that puts to shame "horror" films that rely on jump scares and cheap theatrics.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2018
3/4 82% Blockers (2018) Although the movie's foremost goal is to deliver big laughs, it gets points for taking seriously the trauma of parents who, after nurturing and caring for their children over an 18-year period, are forced to let go.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) Admittedly, the typical romantic comedy thrives on tropes and clichés but the pandering in Finding Your Feet is so extreme that it gets old fast.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 95% Love After Love (2018) First-time director Russell Harbaugh presents grief as it is, in all its pain and ugliness, rather than using the convenient, uplifting short-hand that Hollywood prefers.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/4 86% Wilde Salomé (2013) Wilde Salome is great neither as a documentary nor a drama.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/4 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is in need of a stronger storyteller. And, yes, there are times when the cleverness starts to feel smug. I would have liked Isle of Dogs more if there had been less of it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) It is without a question one of the year's most energetic, visually rewarding, and ultimately exhausting motion pictures.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Like most unintended second installments, this one is superfluous - a remix of moments, scenes, and images from its predecessor infused with the need to make everything bigger and louder.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
3/4 79% Unsane (2018) Although the ending is generic and needlessly protracted, the production as a whole is suspenseful - full of diabolical little twists as it ventures deep into an uncomfortable territory using the trail blazed by Misery.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2.5/4 30% Madame (2018) Madame aspires to more than it delivers but the film's failure to highlight its only worthwhile character makes it feel cluttered with irrelevant and at times annoying material.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 79% I Kill Giants (2018) The vivid cinematography, affecting performance by Wolfe, and lack of saccharine allow the film to resonate not only with the teen target demographic but older viewers as well.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2.5/4 47% Allure (2018) The screenplay doesn't rise to the level of the behind-the-camera craftmanship or the acting.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
3/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) There's a universality to the humor that will reach even those with only a vague knowledge of who Stalin was.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2.5/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) I wouldn't mind playing the game based on the movie but was less enthused about the movie based on the game.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) Nick Robinson crafts an immensely likeable Simon - as appealing as any of the teenage protagonists in a John Hughes comedy.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
2.5/4 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Unfortunately, the slow pace of the first hour coupled by the tedium of a CGI overload, reduces A Wrinkle in Time to one of Disney's most lackluster big-budget releases since The BFG.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
2/4 40% Gringo (2018) I left the theater vaguely annoyed - as if the filmmakers had thrown away some promising ideas and elements in weaving together a thoroughly generic chase movie and pretending it's something special by employing ineffective stylistic choices.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Although there are a few missteps, the movie boasts a deliciously dark tone that makes for compelling viewing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/4 84% Mohawk (2018) I have no doubt that Geoghegan's intentions are sincere but the muddling of historical fiction with the Grand Guignol is an uneven mix that never fully gels.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/4 17% Death Wish (2018) It's fair to ask what new things Eli Roth and Bruce Willis bring to Death Wish that the original, made in 1974 with Charles Bronson, didn't have. The answer is: not many.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) On balance, Red Sparrow is a reasonable choice for those who don't mind a fair amount of graphic sex and violence mixed in with the spying, back-stabbing, and double-dealing expected from this genre.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/4 92% Midnighters (2018) By focusing more on suspense and tension than gore, the brothers Ramsay (director Julius, writer Alston) have crafted an economical and effective alternative to the many disappointing big-budget entries into this genre.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
3/4 82% Game Night (2018) Game Night is canny enough to go full-throttle with the absurd and not bother trying to do much with its meager dramatic and/or sentimental elements.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) This movie, unlike something produced for mass audiences, is about what happens in the calm moments between the loud, splashy sequences.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3/4 81% The Party (2018) Potter's script is deft, breezing along quickly. The comedy is low-key and of a more intellectual than physical variety.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 63% The Cured (2018) The Cured is flawed but it's easier to forgive the problems associated with an ambitious vision than something interested only in providing an evening's distraction.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2/4 0% 7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018) So generic and perfunctory in nature that it's difficult to become involved or stay immersed in the action.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 17% Looking Glass (2018) For Cage, this is a big step back toward respectability.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/4 96% Black Panther (2018) This is 2018's first great motion picture - a title that will surely be remembered when "end of the year" bests are discussed.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3/4 71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Double Lover may not represent Ozon in peak form but it's too weirdly entertaining to dismiss out-of-hand.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/4 8% Basmati Blues (2018) Basmati Blues isn't nearly as bad as some of the online buzz might indicate...and that's actually unfortunate. Instead of vying for a so-bad-it's-entertaining categorization, it falls squarely into the hell of cinematic mediocrity.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/4 60% Entanglement (2018) This is as surprising a romantic comedy as I have seen in some time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) The sex scenes are strangely mechanical and devoid of passion. It's probably a mixture of three things: directorial decisions, a lack of chemistry between the leads, and viewer apathy.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/4 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) A kluge of bad science and worse science fiction clichés, it tries to be atmospheric and scary but succeeds only at being frustrating and tedious.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/4 75% Braven (2018) Braven is a standard-order action/thriller with adequate performances, occasional bursts of tension, awful dialogue, and a minimal narrative.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
2.5/4 76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) The movie plods and meanders through an overly-familiar narrative on its way to a half-baked and uneven conclusion.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
1.5/4 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Rarely can I remember a movie filled with so many miraculous rescues and associated contrivances.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/4 41% Den of Thieves (2018) Den of Thieves delivers an above-average cops-and-robbers heist film.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
3/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) Although the characters are all types, the performances are strong enough that we identify with them despite their lack of depth.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
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 57% 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