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John Beifuss

John Beifuss

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "This is a documentary that hums, that flows, that never fails to entertain. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/4 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) " Whether adulthood is measured by age or experience or by something less quantifiable is one of the key questions the movie asks... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The filmmakers fail to convince us that the low-stakes, low-drama Wallace-Lipsky encounter required another telling; nor do they justify the decision to produce a blandly traditional film about a writer celebrated for his originality. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "More impressive than the airplaine stunt is a beautifully choreographed and assembled cat-and-mouse game of assassins at the Vienna opera, which demonstrates that cunning filmmaking is the one 'special effect' that resists being superseded by CGI. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "A handsome and often charming showcase for an ideally cast (and proboscically enhanced) Ian McKellen. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 93% The Gift (2015) "Begins as a familiar 'Cape Fear'-type suspenser but twists into an unusual psychological drama that challenges the viewer's presumptions while critiquing a me-first culture that rewards deception and bullying. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 56% Paper Towns (2015) "Benefits from its confidence in the page-turning pull of its random, breathless plotting, which borrows as much from 'Nancy Drew' as from John Hughes. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
1.5/4 27% Vacation (2015) "This is a movie in which the foul-mouthed Kevin says he would be 'excited' to learn his older brother has AIDS. He also pulls a plastic bag over his brother's head to asphyxiate him, at least twice, and threatens to shoot his brother with a gun. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "if the film lacks the unapologetic female-centric fierceness of her TV program it nonetheless establishes Schumer as a bona fide movie star, with a refreshingly sympathetic Everyperson appeal and an assured emotional range. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 80% Ant-Man (2015) "Marvel's signature gigantism is reversed with agreeable results. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Although it might be described as a kind of ghost story, 'When Marnie Was There' offers evidence of the Studio Ghibli belief that animation should not be restricted to tales of talking animals, one-eyed minions and other impossibilities " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 42% Irrational Man (2015) "The first word spoken in 'Irrational Man' is 'Kant.' As in 'I Kant believe Woody Allen is name-dropping philosophers again.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "To paraphrase a politician in a campaign ad, I approve the film's message, which suggests that a chaotic but loving household is as likely as a disciplined environment to produce well-adjusted and (more important?) interesting, creative children. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 98% Iris (2015) "It's a tribute from one innovator to another: The movie's director is Albert Maysles, one of cinema's most celebrated nonfiction filmmakers. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5 100% Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll (2015) "It's part jukebox infomercial -- it's easy to imagine a TV ad showcasing the guitar rock of Baksei Cham Krong, the go-go bounce of Pen Ran and the velvet vocals of Sinn Sisamouth -- and part terrifying history lesson " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 64% Spectre (2015) "Having established Bond as Death, the rest of 'Spectre' works to restore the secret agent's humanity. The result is the product of filmmakers who presume their thoughtful approach has elevated the franchise. I've never enjoyed a Bond film less. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "Who are Joy, Sadness and the rest but the studio's animators, writers and other artists, excavating memories, implanting ideas and otherwise getting inside the moviegoer's head, to work the control board of the viewer's emotions with uncanny efficiency? " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 89% Spring (2015) "Sort of like 'Before Sunrise,' but with tentacles. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 13% The Pyramid (2014) "Despite its 'found footage' presentation, this is an amusingly unpretentious genre exercise, more akin to the old-school monster movies, mummy's-curse chillers and gory body-count shockers of decades past than to the shaky-camera thrillers of today. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 81% The Overnight (2015) "Conjures an aura of comic unease to little purpose, other than to provide an acting showcase for the four leads. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "The awkward death-rictus grin that Schwarzenegger's heroic Terminator flashes when he wants to mimic the human emotion of happiness conveys a sense of labor rather than joy, and as such it's a perfect metaphor for the movie that contains it. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) "The movie wallows in stereotypes of race, class and culture, and cranks the male homosexual panic to 11; even so, it is often dumb-funny, and its satirical observations about income inequality and systemic racism are especially timely. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 83% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "True to the first-person pronoun of its title, this is an ode to adolescent self-absorption, presented as a not entirely flattering depiction of Greg's self-centered and over-dramatized vision of his narrow teenage world. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/4 52% Saint Laurent (2015) "'Saint Laurent' imagines the life of the influential French fashion designer as a series of aesthetic, erotic episodes. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 88% Dope (2015) "'Dope' engages in dialogue with its coming-of-age teen-movie predecessors on both sides of the color line -- and invites the audience to join the conversation. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 92% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "Draped in fashionable scarves and radiating effortless charm, Danner is in every scene. Most viewers will be able to relate to the character she plays, but they also may wish both character and actress had been placed within a more challenging story. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "'Jurassic World' is a film that critiques its own mission. It is aware that moviegoers, awash in blockbusters and computer-generated movie 'magic,' are increasingly hard to awe. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 81% The Book of Life (2014) "The Mexi-centricity is novel and welcome, as is the flirtation with morbidness, but the film overall is filled with the usual trademarks of sub-Pixar animation: glib one-liners, anachronistic pop-culture references, and inspirational cliches. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 79% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "A time travel sequence is an eye-searing mind-melter, while the scene in which Plankton literally enters SpongeBob's brain mixes the sickly sweet esthetic of the Candyland board game with the nightmare surrealism of 1938's 'Porky in Wackyland.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.5/4 62% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It's musical, rowdy, sexy and celebratory -- a party with a purpose that insists the nation's diversity is evidence of its generosity. The producers could have looked to Whitman for a tagline: 'I hear America singing.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 47% Home (2015) "Designed with lots of bouncy round shapes and few hard angles, this noisy and colorful 3D film frequently suggests an exploding bubblegum machine; meanwhile, it invites viewers to chew on the political message inherent in the Boovian occupation of Earth. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 17% Pixels (2015) "Poisoned by a noxious sexism that even Pac-Man -- not to mention Ms. Pac Man -- would find hard to swallow. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 15% Aloft (2015) "An atmospheric but vague movie that functions like a therapy session, counseling acceptance and forgiveness via a storyline that seems pinched and forced in relation to the wide open spaces of the images. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 35% Lila & Eve (2015) "Learning by doing, the avenging angels roll up on some thugs in a convenience store parking lot, infiltrate a hot dance club and home-invade a high-rise apartment; they also find time to wallpaper Lila's living room (Eve is an interior decorator, see). " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 60% Southpaw (2015) "'Southpaw' is a marshmallow dropped in the sand: It looks gritty, but it's soft and mushy. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 37% Beyond The Reach (2015) "Elevated by its sense of humor, which is connected to its political conscience: Dressed like Donald Rumsfeld playing cowboy, in a black vest, blue shirt and big hat, Michael Douglas finds economic reasons to justify his decision to commit murder. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 61% Run All Night (2015) "An excess of meaninglessly fanciful and occasionally dopey directorial flourishes aren't enough to sabotage this otherwise character-driven and impressively literary crime thriller. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 17% The Gunman (2015) "Sean Penn is fully committed to his role in 'The Gunman.' He rubs his face and punches a steering wheel and otherwise demonstrates that he is haunted by his mercenary past. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 51% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "The fact that the filmmakers felt the need to manufacture a Canadian surfer character to be the 'mainstream' moviegoer's likable, trustworthy guide through Escobar-land is a revealing and presumptuous demonstration of racial/cultural myopia. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/4 60% The Intern (2015) "It's a work of unwavering optimism with an uncompromised pro-career-woman message, and I found it refreshing. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
4/4 96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "Mesmerizing, and not just because excerpts from Brando's efforts at self-hypnosis are among its trove of audio recordings. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2/4 35% The Green Inferno (2015) "The story echoes that of Roth's 2005 success, 'Hostel,' but it represents a descent into cynicism: The Americans butchered in a foreign land in the earlier film were sexual predators, but most of the kids here are guilty only of cluelessness. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/4 93% Sicario (2015) "The latest stomach-knotter from Denis Villeneuve, a specialist in feel-bad cinema. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3.5/4 90% Mississippi Grind (2015) "Mendelsohn ought to be an Oscar contender for the shades of desperation, vulnerability and queasy hopefulness that shuffle across his weary features like the shadows of cards falling from a marked deck. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead " Its cast of characters is colorful (literally, in the case of Captain Sensible, known for his pink shag-rug jackets) and its access is impressive ('Our single biggest issue is people throwing pints onstage' the band's tour manager complains). " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Keith Richards: Under the Influence "This is one rock-and-roll deity who truly seems -- as his most famous vocal performance declares -- 'Happy.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/4 74% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "Another painstaking portrait of an American man in crisis from writer-director Oren Moverman. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3.5/4 85% The Walk (2015) "Like Petit, Zemeckis has made a career out of being a sort of high-wire artist who embraces the technological and practical challenges inherent to his art. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/4 71% He Named Me Malala (2015) "As a movie, it's conventional. As an introduction to a remarkable young woman -- or a reintroduction, for those who have read Malala's book or paid attention to the news reports about history's youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize -- it's powerful. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "The virus-infected, zombie-like 'Cranks' are old hat, but Rosa Salazar (as a sass-mouthed teen survivalist) and Giancarlo Esposito (as a wily rebel) add freshness. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/4 92% The Martian (2015) "As the movie celebrates the astronaut's industry and intelligence (and the smarts of his NASA colleagues), it offers a riposte to the shortsightedness and science-denying attitudes of those unwilling to invest in solutions to the Earth's own dilemmas. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
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