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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 56% 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 75% 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 91% 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 68% 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 86% 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 20% 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 70% 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 54% 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 82% 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 21% 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 28% 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 52% 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 32% 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
3/4 37% 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 71% 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 52% 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 14% 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 77% 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 83% 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 70% 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 88% 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 89% 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 36% 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 46% 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