James Verniere

James Verniere
James Verniere's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Herald

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 26% The Aftermath (2019) More soap opera than historical fiction, The Aftermath is not as good as director James Kent's Testament of Youth, but is similar in many ways. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
A- 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Zhangke Jia's wife and muse Tao Zhao excels as plucky scam artist and femme fatale in film noir set against a changing 21st century China. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B 95% Us (2019) Not as politically explosive as Get Out, Us has plenty of scares and fun. Lupita Nyong'o and Wilson Duke are terrific as are the kids. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) The cast makes this maudlin and predictable film version of what has become known as "sick lit" appealing. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
A- 94% Gloria Bell (2019) The great Julianne Moore gives Gloria another spin and I say, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
A- 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Stylish and offbeat eco-thriller with great lead performance. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
C 46% Captive State (2019) All atmosphere, very little coherent plot. Plays like another bad "War of the Worlds" knockoff. Netflix already has a ton of them. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
A- 89% To Dust (2019) Matthew Broderick and Geza Rohrig of Son of Saul must be oddest Odd Couple in film history. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B- 32% Mapplethorpe (2019) The acting is uneven, but the film almost captures how Mapplethorpe was a visionary artist and openly gay man at just the right moment in history. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
C+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel could not be duller beside DC's Wonder Woman if she tried. Apparently, personality is not the Captain's superpower. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
A- 82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) For art lovers and film lovers alike. I might have just seen my favorite animated film of 2019. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
B+ 100% A Tuba to Cuba (2019) A worthwhile journey for New Orleans and Caribbean music buffs and music buffs in general. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
A- 55% Greta (2019) Single White Surrogate Mother, anyone? Huppert is great fun as eponymous stalker in Neil Jordan thriller. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
B 76% Never Look Away (2019) Seems like a glorified soap opera. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The screenplay by Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis and Rodriguez overflows with undeveloped characters and plot lines and pushes the CG action, which I found numbing in its monotony and brutality, to the front. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C- 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Boring, borderline offensive rehash of much better original. Jessica Rothe still a plus. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Neeson, who just shot himself in the proverbial foot big time, has charisma as crusading father. But the original 2014 film was better. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
A- 88% Arctic (2019) Mads Mikkelsen is terrific in taut survivalist drama from Brazilian sensation Joe Penna aka #MysteryGuitarMan. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) I feel like a Sparkle Baby just puked rainbow-colored dust all over my head. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 22% Miss Bala (2019) Talented and hugely likable Rodriguez makes this obvious remake worth watching. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 71% Piercing (2019) Abbott and Wasikowska have nice chemistry. See it if you can stomach it. It got Pesce the job rebooting The Grudge with a great cast. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A completely winning modern-day, Arthurian legend spin-off. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A- 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) A Cannes Jury Prize-winner, "Capernaum" is a triumph. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
C 19% Serenity (2019) By the time I got to the big plot payoff, I had lost interest in "Serenity," its characters and whatever the payoff was going to be. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
A- 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a marvelously lyrical look at an African-American community in Alabama. RaMell Ross establishes himself as a poetic voice and vision in non-fiction filmmaking. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
A- 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are the heart and soul of this great tribute to iconic film comedy team. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
A- 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Complex, lushly black-and-white love story may be Oscar foreign language front runner. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
C+ 37% Glass (2019) We waited 19 years for this? Dumb plot, dumber dialogue. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
B 73% Destroyer (2018) Kidman is stunning as devastated LAPD detective on the trail of bank robber gang. The film is no match for her though. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
C- 48% Escape Room (2019) Fie on the diabolical mind that cooked up this plot. Really, fie. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
B 93% Bumblebee (2018) Steinfeld gives the film its heart. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A- 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Von Trotta film is a must-see for fans and film history buffs. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Welcome back to Cherry Tree Lane. Blunt is wonderful, Miranda charming. Songs not so much. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
C+ 65% Aquaman (2018) Momoa, while amiable, is like a handsome stuntman. He and Heard cannot carry the film. Derivative action. Creatures from menu at Red Lobster. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018) An unlikely miracle team tale that will win you over. Enjoy "The 'Oys of Summer." - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
B 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) More wigs, make up, costumes and "Mean Girls" posturing than history, but strong leads. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
C+ 59% Vox Lux (2018) A Star Is Boring. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B 81% Ben is Back (2018) Powerful performances, oddly like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B+ 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Deadpool remains the Three Stooges of the Marvel Universe, and that's a lot of fun, even in this form. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B+ 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) A bit manipulative, but Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes is a timely portrait of institutionalized sexual harassment at Fox News. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
C+ 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) If Shaun of the Dead were set at Xmastime and had song and dance, it would be a much better movie than Anna and the Apocalypse. The cast, however, is quite good. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
A- 96% Roma (2018) Immerse yourself in this beautiful memoir of growing up in early 1970s Mexico City from Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron shot in widescreen black-and-white. Yalitza Aparicio is glorious. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
B+ 89% Prospect (2018) Like the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine (aka Metal Hurlant) come to life. Cast excellent. Thatcher and Pascal have True Grit chemistry. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
A- 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coen brothers are past masters of the form and concoct a heady brew of Wild West tales here. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B+ 91% Widows (2018) What it lacks in sense it makes up for with style. Davis, Debicki and Rodriguez are wives-turned-thieves, and they are marvelous to behold. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
A- 78% Green Book (2018) This true story mixing comedy and drama is just the film we need for this time of newly stirred racial divisiveness. Mortensen and Ali lift the material to great heights. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The film has haircuts in lieu of characters. A bore through and through. Obliviate. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Foy miscast. A lame villain. Paging Dr. Evil, please. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
A 62% Outlaw King (2018) The best film of the fall, better than Best Picture Braveheart and even more violent. Best Chris Pine performance yet. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
C 58% The Grinch (2018) This Grinch pales in comparison to predecessors, especially the Chuck Jones 1967 version with the legendary Boris Karloff. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018