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James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 48% 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 38% 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 18% 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 89% 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 83% 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 64% 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 8% 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 97% 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 17% 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 76% 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 77% 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 41% 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
2/4 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Of the four Insidious films, only one has been any good and, although The Last Key may not be the worst of them, it's easily the most irrelevant and generic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/4 88% El elefante desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant) (2014) [Javier] Fuentes-Leon's little gem is unpolished and rough around the edges but it shines brightly enough to be worth a couple hours' viewing time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3.5/4 75% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In the Fade shows how the most devastating damage caused by terrorists sometimes isn't to those who die; it's to those who remain alive.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2.5/4 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) The frequent chronological jumps ... give a sense that the director is assembling a puzzle in which half the pieces are missing.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) For Daniel Day-Lewis' final acting job, he gives it his all, playing fashion designed Reynolds Woodcock as a tightly-wound ball of impulses, quirks, and foibles.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3.5/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) It's all good stuff, delivered by a director who knows how to get the most out of performers speaking his words.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2.5/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) When Getty isn't on-screen, the movie is a bit of a bore and it doesn't help that Mark Wahlberg is woefully miscast and the thriller elements are anything but tense or suspenseful.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2.5/4 51% Downsizing (2017) Unfortunately, the central character is as small figuratively as he is literally, and that limits the movie's capacity to enthrall and engage.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) It's a family film whose infectious, crowd-pleasing song-and-dance numbers justify a 105-minute running length when the pedestrian story can't.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Every year, there are a handful of pleasant and unpleasant surprises in multiplexes. Count Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle among the former.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 73% Hostiles (2018) Cooper doesn't cheapen the subject matter by introducing "lighter" moments that would seem inappropriate. This is an entirely serious movie about important matters.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
3.5/4 87% The Post (2018) Although prone to occasional sermonizing, The Post offers a stirring reminder of the importance of these kinds of unsung heroes in protecting the American way of life.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There's a sense that Johnson is giving busy-work to certain characters while others are catching up. The Last Jedi is a great 105-minute movie stretched too thin.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
1.5/4 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel seems more like a cobbled-together afterthought than the romantic melodrama it seeks to be.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
3/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's a story of first love: impossible, impermanent, and passionate.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) Although the surface tone adopted by I, Tonya is breezy and cheeky, there's a lot going on beneath the facade.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) A fascinating glimpse into the genesis of one of Hollywood's worst releases and is worthy of a space alongside Ed Wood on the shelf for dreamers who succeeded because of a lack of self-awareness and an epic void of talent.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) It's hard to come away from this film and not believe that, in his heart, writer/director del Toro is a romantic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
2.5/4 85% Wonder (2017) I can understand where there is value in showing this film to younger children because the message, albeit sanitized, will resonate.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
2/4 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) The story is surprisingly unfocused and, when it snaps out of the protracted setup phase, it plunges into quasi-thriller territory that relies on a series of hard-to-swallow contrivances.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) The Man Who Invented Christmas contains nothing inappropriate for family viewing, but I'd be hard-pressed to find a family that would find the experience enriching.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Takes the viewer on a dizzying ride through dark comedy, wrenching tragedy, shocking moments, karmic twists, and redemption. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017