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 72% The Gentlemen (2020) Better than expected effort from the Busby Berkeley of lad-movie mayhem. Hugh Grant is a delight as pervy PI. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
C+ 84% Color Out of Space (2020) Uneven performances, arguably works as a spoof. Will there even be a definitive film version? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
A- 84% Just Mercy (2020) Yes, kind of like "To Kill a Mockingbird" with Michael B. Jordan as Atticus Finch. But Jordan and Jamie Foxx make this Destin Daniel Cretton real-life, social-justice drama work. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
A- 89% 1917 (2020) We went to war in a Sieve, indeed. A stunning (anti) war drama, evoking Otto Dix's Der Krieg cycle. A visual tour de force. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
C+ 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Shrill, monotonous, the usual half-baked, phony Scorsese wannabe nonsense from the overrated Safdie brothers. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
B+ 82% High Life (2019) At times, it's a kind of space-opera "Suspiria." The brain teasing "Interstellar" is child's play next to Denis' despairing existential black hole. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
C 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Another pointless and in this case brainless sequel. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
A- 75% Richard Jewell (2019) The cast is outstanding. Gripping story. Bates should earn Oscar nomination. Hauser and Rockwell also award worthy. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
B 64% Little Joe (2019) A bit too familiar but a fine cast, nice stylistic touches and a fine low-key approach. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
C+ 72% The Aeronauts (2019) A phony, politically correct adventure based on a real event the filmmakers have chosen to alter in the hopes of recreating a past success. A fail. Jones' fictional character is named Amelia Wren, really? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B+ 90% Dark Waters (2019) Todd Haynes' take on corporate expose, pitting heroic lone lawyer Ruffalo against chemical giant DuPont is surprisingly conventional. But the performances sell it. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B- 97% Knives Out (2019) Mildly entertaining Clue-like outing with a disappointing role for Daniel Craig. Can I see Murder on the Orient Express instead? - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ 82% The Report (2019) Driven by compelling and committed performances from Adam Driver and Annette Bening. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
A 96% The Irishman (2019) A crowning achievement. The year's best film. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
C 46% Last Christmas (2019) Leads have no chemistry. Jokes lame. Twist painful. Ho-ho-no. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
C 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Stephen King cannibalizes self. Flanagan cannibalizes Kubrick. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 26% Gemini Man (2019) Chase scenes and shootouts are terrific, plot and dialogue not so much. I recommend seeing this in IMAX HFR 2D. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- 44% The Addams Family (2019) Not bad, but not creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky enough. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ 76% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) A lovely tale of reinvention from the writer of A Man Called Ove, featuring Swedish acting royalty Pernilla August. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
A- 69% Joker (2019) Todd Phillips has made a surprisingly austere and relentlessly dark origin film. Arthur Fleck aka Joker is this generation's Travis Bickle. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
A- 93% Monos (2019) Part Lord of the Flies, part Beasts of the Southern Wild. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A- 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Miles Davis is a constantly evolving musical genius in Stanley Nelson's "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. " - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A- 82% Judy (2019) Zellweger busts out of movie jail and soars over the rainbow as pop culture icon in Judy. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A- 86% 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 24% 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- 88% 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 87% 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- 83% 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- 81% 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- 87% 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- 98% 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+ 49% 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+ 89% 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 87% 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- 76% 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