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John Beifuss

John Beifuss
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 92%

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

"Trite in concept and hurt by some cornball contrivances (an investigative journalist functions as the deus ex machina for an utterly unnecessary subplot), the movie nonetheless is hard to resist." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 90%

Certain Women (2016)

"All the stories are calm on the surface and turbulent beneath, but the final narrative in particular is a masterpiece-in-miniature of unexpressed pain." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Little Men (2016)

"A compact and purposeful 21st-century parable of miscommunication motivated by economic anxiety, cultural identity, real estate resentment and personal antipathies and insecurities." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 73%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"A remarkable episode in American history receives conventional 'quality' treatment." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 82%

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"Even as the sometimes silly horror cliches accumulate, the characters retain our sympathy, thanks to the fraught family dynamic that Flanagan establishes as credibly as the layout of the rambling old Los Angeles home where the horror erupts." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"The action is fine, but the movie lacks the grandeur that makes this genre special: The landscapes are unattractively photographed, evidence that this 'Western' -- a few New Mexico scenes aside -- mostly was shot in Louisiana, for tax-credit purposes." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3.5/4 85%

Sully (2016)

"The auteur sees himself in the aviator, whose competence makes believers out of skeptics and who - in a critique of effects-driven blockbuster filmmaking - argues that 'computer simulations' mean nothing when divorced from the 'human' element. " ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Oct 24, 2016
2.5/4 63%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"The story's anti-fascism exoskeleton is heavier than Burton's dark fantasy and its capering evil creatures can bear." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"It offers this mission statement for filmmakers: 'We faked it because it's real.'" ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 26, 2016
4/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Worrying his lines like a plug of chaw, Jeff Bridges again proves that an extreme, even expressionistic characterization can be an unlikely vehicle for emotional honesty." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Visually striking at every turn and occasionally even eerie (the floating witch sisters deserve their own stop-motion horror movie), the film conjures a fantasy logic that is more beholden to myth and folklore than to comic books and Hollywood." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3.5/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Taking advantage of the cinematic opportunities inherent to a story about the usefulness of eyes, the filmmakers creatively exploit the veteran's blindness for maximum tension." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"A metaphor for abusive codependency and its sidekick repercussions, shame and secrecy, director David F. Sandberg's fairly effective feature debut imagines an angry ghost with a baleful longtime influence on a fractured family." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"'Be open to looking' is both metaphysical counsel and practical advice in director David Lowery's powerful film about a literally warm and fuzzy fire-breather." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/4 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"An in-one-eye-and-out-the-other spectacle of elaborate and painstaking digital effects in a fantasy medieval milieu: Call it 'Video Game of Thrones.'" ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"They attend 'Do the Right Thing,' and Spike Lee's provocative movie mirrors, in expressionistic fashion, the hours-long debate over racial identity, social responsibility and "Afrocentric" art that runs through Barack and Michelle's day together." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet

Elvis (1979)

"Respectful, unpretentious and elegant (a Carpenter characteristic), if somewhat ungainly in its substitution of California real estate for Memphis and Mississippi locations, the modestly budgeted 'Elvis' remains the definitive screen portrayal of Presley." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Aug 29, 2016
3/4 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

" Existential howl of despair meets stoner belly laugh in the latest project from Rogen and collaborators, who follow 'This Is the End' with another high-concept comedy that, like a horror movie, reduces its characters to meat." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Aug 29, 2016
2/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Jared Leto's tatted-up, bling-brandishing Clown Prince of Crime is more Juggalo than Joker." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/4 70%

Café Society (2016)

"The verbose if intermittent voice-over (delivered by Allen himself) is intrusive and redundant, but the script's Borscht Belt existentialism -- 'Life is a comedy, written by a sadistic comedy writer' -- is on point." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"The summer's most contra-Trumpian blockbuster, as the stalwarts of the starship Enterprise again demonstrate that teamwork beats ego-driven strongman aggression." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

"Spielberg reunites with 'E.T.' screenwriter Mathison to revisit the themes of their 1982 success, but with a revealing reversal: This time, the filmmakers seem to identify more with the fantastical outsider than with the child who becomes his friend." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Aug 1, 2016
2.5/4 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"With a tag line ('Keep America Great') inspired by the season's scariest serial (the Trump campaign), the third 'Purge' film is more a grindhouse 'Hunger Games' chapter than the sharp-focused terror exercise of the 2013 original..." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3/4 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"Unpretentious and efficient, this taut 'B' film -- the B is for beach, bikini, Blake Lively, bites and blood -- makes the best of its limited resources and geography." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3/4 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"Unlike most current 'superhero' sagas, which traffic in moral ambiguity, the movie is staunchly uncynical, with an entirely admirable Tarzan and Jane whose unconditional love for each other spills over to the animal kingdom." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jul 18, 2016
2.5/4 68%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"Certainly unusual, but its inventive absurdism eventually gives way to a sentimental message that is no less trite for being delivered by a hero who may be insane: 'Life is short, and no one should ride the bus alone.'" ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jul 18, 2016
3/4 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Elvis, Jesus and returning husband-and-wife ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are among the sources of evil-exorcising uplift in this effective shocker." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jul 5, 2016
1.5/4 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

" in the era of Trump and Brexit, the movie's apocalyptic paranoia is commonplace while its one-world-united optimism seems quaint and naive." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jul 5, 2016
2/4 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"The cinematic sleight of hand remains the same: The antic pace, the byplay among the magicians and the blithe disinterest in plausibility almost distract us from the pointlessness of depicting stage magic via a medium built on trickery." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jul 5, 2016
4/4 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"A more fortunate marriage than any suggested in its narrative, Stillman's first period piece makes a perfect match of Austen's timeless comedy and the director's lapidary mise-en-scene." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"The social pressure to be part of a couple is taken to Kafkaesque extremes in this poker-faced absurdist critique of the idea -- typically expressed most enthusiastically in commercial motion pictures -- that a successful, happy life requires a mate." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Unlike many of his competitors, Singer finds grace notes amid the chaos, as when Xavier's exploding mansion is freeze-framed in time so we can watch the impossibly fast Quicksilver almost nonchalantly pluck innocents from the path of destruction." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 84%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"This would-be screwball 'comedy of remarriage' (to use an academic term appropriate to a story filled with eggheads) strands a game cast on an island of contrivance." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"Not so much a mainstreamed 'Inherent Vice' as a civilian superhero movie for those who think they're too smart or 'adult' for costumed superhero movies." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/4 90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"Swinton and Guadagnino deliver another bracing arthouse melodrama that luxuriates in cinema's power to tantalize the senses with beautiful, delectable and almost tactile images of fabric, landscape, architecture, water, fruit, fish, human flesh..." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jun 6, 2016
2.5/4 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"The film delivers a dubious mixed message: It condemns the big-money investor and cable news cultures, treats the working class as expendable and ultimately offers forgiveness and redemption to the privileged celebrity rank to which Foster belongs." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 23, 2016
3/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Like guest star Ant-Man in his new Giant-Man identity, this somewhat ungainly Marvel sequel almost collapses under its own weight." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 18, 2016
3.5/4 94%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The movie is at its best when it reproduces the formal speech and respectful intent of the original stories; it's less gripping when director Jon Favreau allows the fantasy to succumb to Disney shtick..." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 16, 2016
3.5/4 91%

Green Room (2016)

"Foregrounds the anti-urban racial isolationism implicit to the inbred rural killer clans of 'Chain Saw' and the like..." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted May 2, 2016
3/4 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"Benefits from its economy as well as its comedy." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2.5/4 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"The movie's mix of historical touchstones and antic fantasy suggests the influence of the Coens, whose films -- 'Llewyn Davis,' 'Hail, Caesar!' -- similarly suggest that fiction and nonfiction are as permeable and connectable as the skins of soap bubbles." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet

Union Bound (2016)

"Apparently motivated by a desire to promote a message of racial cooperation, the film is quite handsome, given its meager resources, but it has the misplaced priorities of a civil rights parable that is more interested in Miss Daisy than in her driver." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2.5/4 49%

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"The idea is more interesting than the execution." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/4 90%

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"Directed with unfussy efficiency by Malcolm D. Lee, cousin of Spike Lee, the movie arrives as very much a companion piece to Spike's 'Chi-Raq,' also crafted as a response to the alarming murder rate among young people in Chicago's inner city." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"An essential difference between this and previous similar movies is that the central point of view is not that of a European or North American interloper but that of an occupant of the forest -- in this case, a feather-bedecked Amazonian shaman." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Zootopia (2016)

" Believe it: Disney's latest digitally animated feature is a contra-Trumpian, race-conscious, political-conspiracy neo-noir in the guise of a funny talking-animal cartoon." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 13%

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"Contains some wonderful science-fiction production design, but its increasingly rococo plotting and growing character roster dilute the power of author Veronica Roth's original premise." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"A problem for me is that the movie (marred by a nudging reverential score) never presents Alton as anything but a benign, even angelic force. The implications of Alton's power is terrifying, but the movie from the start treats the boy as a gift." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
1.5/4 52%

Demolition (2016)

"If the blood sacrifice of a woman is necessary to help a privileged, wealthy and attractive young man realize his true and better self, well, hey, that's life. Or a least that's 'Demolition.'" ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3/4 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

" Few filmmakers have created such personal, expressive art, and few other films invite the viewer to be as active a participant in the quest for meaning." ‐Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Apr 1, 2016
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