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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83% Marshall (2017) A distinct snapshot not only of the main character but of the setting that resulted in his becoming historically important.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
2.5/4 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Baumbach sketches out the intra-family conflicts with aptitude, making sure there's enough lightness to avoid a spiral into the kind of grim and humorless affair the French are fond of, but there's an element of familiarity to the overall narrative arc.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3/4 62% The Foreigner (2017) It's well-made, nicely paced and accomplishes what we expect from this sort of film.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
2/4 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Happy Death Day is about 90 minutes long and, past the first half-hour, every minute is dumber than the one before it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3/4 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Rebecca Hall gives a standout performance - something so good that it's worth remembering when end-of-the-year citations are issued.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/4 57% Blood Money (2017) Director Lucky McKee and screenwriters Jared Butler and Lars Norberg take a standard premise and tweak it sufficiently to make it interesting and, at times, even darkly humorous.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 24% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) 6 Below suffers from a charisma deficit.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) It's hard to imagine a more generic wilderness adventure-turned-romance than Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project achieves something rare and magical: presenting existence from the perspective of a young child while, at the same time, providing enough "clues" that viewers are able to decipher what's really going on.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2.5/4 65% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (2017) As far as it goes, the first film is an enjoyable space opera but, as a stand-alone, it doesn't work.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 honors the original in many ways - some small and some large - but it's not a soft reboot. It's a new story with new ideas and new purpose.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/4 5% Flatliners (2017) What we get is a mediocre remake of a mediocre original - not exactly must-see cinema.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
3/4 77% Realive (2017) One of the year's best science fiction titles.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/4 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) About halfway through Battle of the Sexes, I found myself wishing I was watching a documentary rather than a feature film.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/4 34% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Liam Neeson is excellent. Regardless of whether he accurately embodies the real Mark Felt, he fulfills the role we expect from Deep Throat - a crusader who won't back down.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/4 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Frears hasn't just made an historical recreation; he has made a movie containing a message with universal implications for all places and times when racism rears its head.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 87% American Made (2017) American Made is breezy and fun and makes its points without subjecting the viewer to a browbeating.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 85% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) Polina is mesmerizing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2.5/4 76% The Tiger Hunter (2017) As a feel good dramatic comedy, The Tiger Hunter hits most of the right notes while only sounding a few sour ones.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 81% Brad's Status (2017) Although the pacing is uneven, the end result satisfies. The movie may be marketed to art house audiences but it has something to say to (and about) us all.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/4 92% Stronger (2017) Tatiana Maslany, known for playing multiple roles in the cult TV series Orphan Black, invests Erin with a wealth of complexity in playing a character who wants desperately to do the right thing but who is pushed to the breaking point.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2/4 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) At its best, it recycles elements from The LEGO Movie in ways that feel cheap and redundant. At its worst, it's a tedious bore.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Although there are individual moments that snap, crackle, and pop, the production as a whole is bloated and at times even a little tedious.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 34% American Assassin (2017) American Assassin is as generic an espionage thriller as you're likely to find.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2.5/4 69% mother! (2017) It's too bad it doesn't work.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
2.5/4 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) The film offers little more depth about the writer than his Wikipedia article and considerably less than one would get from reading the semi-autobiographical The Catcher in the Rye.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 29% The Wilde Wedding (2017) I've seen dozens of movies about weddings and this is among the most enjoyable two or three; its unpretentiousness is infectious.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1.5/4 32% Home Again (2017) Artificial and reeking of white privilege, this is the kind of movie that causes regular folks to shake their heads and mutter things about "entitlement" when speaking of the "Hollywood elite."‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
2/4 7% Fallen (2017) Whatever small pleasures it may offer are wiped out by the frustrating sense of incompleteness that accompanies the arrival of the end credits.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 88% Anti Matter (2017) Quibbles aside, the movie is consistently involving because it invites the viewer to explore the implications of this technological breakthrough alongside the main character.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/4 74% The Limehouse Golem (2017) A Victorian-era gothic stew that, although perhaps not as ultimately satisfying as it might have been, nevertheless provides for an unsettling two hours.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) What is it about clowns, anyway?‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
1.5/4 9% Tulip Fever (2017) Like many complex novels crammed into 100-page screenplays, Tulip Fever is a mess of too many subplots, all awkwardly condensed and fighting for screen time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
1.5/4 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) In addition to regurgitating parts of Goon, Goon: Last of the Enforcers pilfers liberally from Rocky 3 and Rocky 4.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
1/4 0% The Layover (2017) An unpleasant, unwatchable example of why people no longer love romantic comedies.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/4 13% Temple (2017) Problems aside, it's refreshing to stumble on a film of this genre that doesn't fall under the "standard order horror" umbrella where an avalanche of jump scares replaces attempts to generate a pervasive sense of unease.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 91% Good Time (2017) This isn't conventional Hollywood-horror/thriller "suspense" but something more primal.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2.5/4 50% England Is Mine (2017) England is Mine is watchable but not special and those with the strongest interest in the story may be unhappy about what's missing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
2.5/4 29% Ghost House (2017) Ghost House is a classic "your mileage may vary" film. Horror lovers who are just looking for a few good scares and a suitably creepy atmosphere will find that Ragsdale delivers.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2/4 44% Bushwick (2017) Bushwick never achieves what it sets out to do. It's undone by a litany of bad decisions and the underlying weakness of the core material.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West is part comedy, part tragedy, part horror/thriller, and part social commentary. Although it is primarily satirical, director/co-writer Matt Spicer never loses sight of the characters.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
3/4 92% Logan Lucky (2017) It's good to have Soderbergh back, even if he never was really away.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) For me, The Hitman's Bodyguard is the epitome of what a summer movie should be.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2.5/4 63% Shot Caller (2017) We haven't had much of an opportunity to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau flexing his acting chops in other roles. Shot Caller gives us an inkling of what he's capable of.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/4 62% 6 Days (2017) 6 Days works not only as a portal into what happened 37 years ago but as an understanding of the difficulties of handling hostage situations and why it's easy for things to go very wrong.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2.5/4 63% What Happened to Monday (2017) The disappointment of what What Happened to Monday could have been dogs this movie as it navigates safe, predictable roads through an unsurprising twist to a preordained ending.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/4 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) This is a feel-good tale through-and-through yet, because of the aesthetic and setting, it doesn't feel cloying and artificial.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 50% The Glass Castle (2017) By laminating Walls' story with a Hollywood sheen, the narrative climaxes in an artificial and contrived manner.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) Lambert's three-dimensionality elevates Wind River above the norms of the traditional crime movie so that, in addition to delivering the expected tropes, it provides a richer, more fulfilling experience.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear can be accused of a lot of things, but lack of ambition isn't among them.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017