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
A- 88% Ms. Purple (2019) Breakouts turns by lead Tiffany Chu and co-writer-director Justin Chon. A poignant and brutal portrait of siblings in L.A.'s Koreatown. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
A- 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) A mysterious and compelling work of art. Recalls Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone. Issa Lopez is going places. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B+ 84% Downton Abbey (2019) If you loved Downton Abbey, you'll love Downton Abbey. It's a conceptual palindrome. Well-made fan service. Maggie Smith has all the best lines, again. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
C 26% The Goldfinch (2019) A bloated, derivative, self-important bore. Theo Decker is no David Copperfield or Harry Potter for that matter. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
A- 89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A dazzling portrait of one of the country's greatest pop singers and a pioneering woman in rock music. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B 88% Hustlers (2019) Jennifer Lopez is a blast, a wannabe female GoodFellas. But it's not all that. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
A- 81% Official Secrets (2019) Knightley shines as heroic Katharine Gun. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It's way too long, but scary fun enough of the time. Hader is the standout. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
A- 80% This is not Berlin (2019) A chiaroscuro coming-of-age tale set in turbulent 1980s Mexico City and a fine bookend to Alfonso Cuaron's Roma. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
A- 89% Aquarela (2019) An ode in 96 fps to one of the five elements from a Russian visionary. See water at war with itself like some demonic god. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
A- 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) A marvelous treat for Fiddler lovers and a fascinating piece of American and world theater history. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) If you like TV on a really big screen, here it is. Seems edgy, but is really banal and seriously conflicted. Bell, however, is quite good. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C 88% Ready or Not (2019) Is this a spoof? The dialogue sounds like it was poorly translated from another language. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
C+ 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) And why'd you make this movie? I hear the book was a smash. Did not read it. A waste of a marvelous cast. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
B+ 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The film captures the way music leaps all social and cultural barriers and brings joy to a lonely Anglo-Pakistani man in Thatcher-era Britain. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
B 80% Good Boys (2019) Ah, the ageless premise that it's funny to hear kids talk dirty. The young cast, headed by Jacob Tremblay of "Room," is excellent. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
C 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) A race car driver named Swift? A talking dog-guru voiced by Kevin Costner? Ruh-Roh. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B+ 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A mini-Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dora is full of surprises, not the least of which is lead Moner. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
A 86% The Nightingale (2019) Writer-director Kent leaps to the front ranks of world filmmakers with this devastating tale of colonial brutality. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) More music and less listening to this jerk might have made the film more rewarding. Hey, Cameron, there's a reason he has no friends. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The plot is a joke, but the chemistry of the cast and deft editing of the outrageous and frankly ridiculous action scenes make it work. Johnson and Statham are the odd couple of mayhem. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
A- 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The best Mad Magazine 1960s-era Hollywood spoof in ages. Are we going to get the real thing as a follow up? Please send me one. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
B+ 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Lynn Shelton's well-cast comedy-drama seems to capture the weird zeitgeist of present day America. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
B+ 53% The Lion King (2019) Voice cast and visuals are first rate. Disney should just hand Favreau a pot o' gold. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
B+ 93% Wild Rose (2019) Jessie Buckley of I'll Do Anything and Chernobyl is a force of nature in Wild Rose. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
A- 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Flawed but fascinating follow up to It Follows. Take a trip to an L.A. of cinematic dreams. We're not in Kansas, for sure. Go ask Alice. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
A- 74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Was Princeton-educated polyglot baseball player Moe Berg the Jewish James Bond? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
A- 63% Yesterday (2019) Academy Award winner Danny Boyle does it again with this modern day fairy tale and offbeat love story about a struggling musician with a dream and a secret...Cast is terrific. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
B+ 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) A hybrid of documentary and music video, the film is both a fascinating look at the intersection of rock and roll history and Laurel Canyon Blvd. and an advertisement for Jakob Dylan's new cover album. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
A- 67% The Quiet One (2019) An intimate portrait, almost a self-portrait of the Rolling Stone, the working-class kid from South London, you did not know. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Yes, another Disney/Pixar sequel. But surprisingly dark and existential, equal part Keaton and Kafka. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
A- 59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The Fall of the American Empire is like an economics class taught by Georges Simenon or Elmore Leonard. Denys Arcand has made a great, violent, socially relevant crime caper film. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) How do you make a film this DOA with this cast? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- 80% Late Night (2019) Not bad. But isn't this the very model of a TV sitcom? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C+ 22% Men in Black International (2019) The cast is good. But, really, who wants another one of these? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- 86% Pavarotti (2019) Directed by the least Italian filmmaker I can think of, the film is nonetheless operatic manna from heaven for fans. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
A- 90% Walking on Water (2019) A great depiction of a visionary genius, who is also a bit of clown and a bully, at work. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
A- 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Much better than the original...great action and slapstick...Harrison ford is sublime as Welsh sheepdog, of course. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Mediocre and humorless, this X-Men installment has no reason to exist outside of making money. Sansa Stark wept. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
A- 75% Halston (2019) Another fascinating and insightful portrait of the fashion world from auteur Frederic Tcheng. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
C- 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The legendary movie monster deserves better than this. These super-sized Universal monsters have been a huge disappointment. Reboot, please. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
a- 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) For once the great Werner Herzog seems impressed. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) You mean to tell me Olivia Wilde could have been directing all along? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
B+ 57% Aladdin (2019) Better than expected. The cast makes it work. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
A- 69% ANIARA (2019) Stylish and thought-provoking take on societal breakdown. Fans of "High-Rise" and "Lord of the Flies" might want to take a look. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C- 51% A Dog's Journey (2019) A screenplay full of cliches and platitudes muttered by characters made out of wood, including the canines. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B+ 51% Tolkien (2019) Film is good, not great. But Hoult and Collins are a nice match, and fans should enjoy the film. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B+ 34% Poms (2019) Surprisingly fun and heartfelt old-age comedy with a funny and sad dark streak. Cast led by Keaton and spark plug Weaver is wonderful. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A- 95% Shadow (2019) From master Zhang Yimou, visually spectacular evocation of Chinese ink wash painting with fight choreography worthy of the maker of "Hero." - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) At times reminiscent of the screwball comedies of Howard Hawks and others. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019