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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) If there's one constant about Collateral Beauty, it's how consistently it disappoints.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
2.5/4 89% Jackie (2016) The title character never emerges from the iconic shell she inhabits to become a fully fleshed-out individual and the filmmakers are perhaps too reverential to make her seem real.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
3/4 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It was always one of 2016's most anticipated films and it doesn't let down the legions who have been waiting for it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/4 93% La La Land (2016) It's more vibrant than Chicago, more heartfelt than Les Miserables, and more successfully staged than a chorus of other contenders.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 74% Miss Sloane (2016) As a dramatic thriller, it does what it needs to do to keep the audience involved and interested, even if some of its most theatrical tricks and twists are more the products of a writer's invention than actual Washington D.C. activities.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 98% Moonlight (2016) Although Barry Jenkins' film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) At its best, Bad Santa 2 feels like an echo of its predecessor. At its worst, it's unfunny, crass, and uncomfortable (not in a good way).‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/4 60% Allied (2016) Allied isn't a great film but it's made with sufficient care and skill that it deserves to be seen.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 96% Moana (2016) Moana is solid "retro Disney" - a new film that embraces older ideas, themes, and narrative approaches.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Despite moments of emotional strength and bursts of quirky comedy, the film is undone by its generally lethargic tone and the film's insistence to shift its focus from the putative lead characters to a supporting player ...‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) With a smart, perceptive script from first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig and an arresting lead performance by Hailee Steinfeld, the film rises to the top of a crowded genre.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) This movie leaves an impression that's difficult to shake.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The best parts of Fantastic Beasts are those that deal with the immediate storyline. Those that seek to extend the narrative are less interesting.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/4 89% Loving (2016) Effectively acted and occasionally moving, the film both benefits from and is undermined by writer/director Jeff Nichols' no-frills approach to the circumstances leading up to the court case.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
4/4 93% Arrival (2016) If Arrival succeeds at the box office, it will shine as a beacon in favor of not dumbing down every production to appease the distracted and disinterested masses.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange tells a standard tale with just enough cleverness to keep the viewer interested.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Hacksaw Ridge embraces many of the clichés of the war movie but, instead of laying them out in a rote fashion, the film synthesizes them into a visceral, ultimately inspirational result.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Chan-wook Park's The Handmaiden is deliciously perverse, delightfully twisty, and unapologetically erotic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
2/4 19% Inferno (2016) The Da Vinci Code was adequate but forgettable. Angels & Demons was godawful. Inferno is somewhere in between - watchable but by no means worth the money and effort necessary to see it theatrically.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/4 23% American Pastoral (2016) Although it's not possible to argue that Philip Roth's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning book couldn't be made into a powerful, compelling film, this isn't it.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) A paint-by-numbers, creatively bankrupt "comedy" emerging from a studio system that has largely forgotten what it means to be genuinely funny.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
1.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad "character development", and awful writing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 52% The Accountant (2016) A movie that could easily have been familiar, disposable entertainment but is made with sufficient competence and energy to capture the viewer's attention and linger a little after the end credits have rolled.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 83% Denial (2016) It's strangely refreshing to watch a courtroom drama where theatricality doesn't trump meticulous examination and cross-examination.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Are you a Kevin Hart fan? Then drop everything and rush to see this movie. Are you not a Kevin Hart fan? Then move along, there's nothing here to see...‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/4 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) Although The Girl on the Train is a serviceable thriller, it's hard not to see it as something of a disappointment.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The film stands tall on its own merits and deserves to be seen irrespective of the perceived failings of its author.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 33% Masterminds (2016) Masterminds finds plenty of targets for its satirical jabs and lets them all off the hook.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Overall, despite feeling a little long and suffering from a rushed ending, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fresh and engaging storybook adventure that should appeal to viewers both inside and out of the core demographic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) The main characters are well established and director Peter Berg does a good job building tension toward the historically inevitable cataclysm that kills 11 people and wrecks the drilling platform.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If there's a compelling reason to remake The Magnificent Seven, it can't be found in the 2016 version, a loud, cluttered, and generally disappointing production.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) Perhaps for someone who never saw The Blair Witch Project, this might represent an adequate scary movie.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) It's funny and engaging and the lead character, again played by Renee Zellweger, seems more like a real person than the caricature who wandered dazed through The Edge of Reason.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 61% Snowden (2016) Snowden could have been an important film. It certainly contains important elements. Sadly, unlike its subject, it's unremarkable and easily forgotten.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) Although not an Oscar-worthy endeavor, Sully proves to be by turns engaging, exhilarating, and nail-biting.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 100% For the Love of Spock (2016) A loving tribute in general to Star Trek and in particular to the man who gave more than half of his life to Spock.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Contrivances and melodrama aside, it is emotionally true and that's often the most important thing for a film of this nature.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/4 40% Morgan (2016) It's an attempt to wed philosophical science fiction concepts with bloody horror - a dubious endeavor that somehow works.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2.5/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) Traditional and uninspired, it does an adequate job of relating Duran's story but falls short of providing an engaging cinematic experience.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
3.5/4 97% Hell or High Water (2016) From a purely narrative perspective, there's nothing new here but like a new arrangement of a familiar tune, the slight changes make it fresh and enjoyable.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) An amateurish effort that boasts direct-to-video characteristics, the latest version disappoints in almost every production aspect.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
2.5/4 59% War Dogs (2016) A diverting but by no means indispensable expose of the international arms black market.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
3.5/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Kubo and the Two Strings is a magical motion picture in every sense of the word.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 66% Anthropoid (2016) The movie builds - something infinitely preferable to a bold, brash beginning followed by a descent into anti-climax.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 25% Suicide Squad (2016) [A] bloated and cheerless monstrosity.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
3.5/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Despite regurgitating elements from the founding trilogy, Jason Bourne represents the best the series has yet offered.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 66% Nerve (2016) Joost and Schulman use nearly every trick imaginable to keep Nerve's energy at a consistently high level and to give it a visual uniqueness.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Matt Ross' screenplay occasionally stumbles (especially late in the proceedings) and the ending opts for a too-facile resolution but the director/writer offers moments of genuine power and pathos that make it easy to forgive the missteps.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Star Trek Beyond is a Star Trek movie, although not an especially good one.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016