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John Beifuss

John Beifuss

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) "If the Victorian lace is gone, the lacerating wit and intimidating demeanor that are Smith signatures remain. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "It's more droll than drool (though blood and other seepages do occasionally drain from the cavities that pockmark undead faces). " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 8, 2016
2.5/4 80% Ip Man 3 (2016) "Tyson is onscreen for only a few minutes, but that's long enough for a fists-vs.-feet battle with the title character that recalls, in its celebrity sports gimmickry, Bruce Lee's bout with basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 'Game of Death.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 8, 2016
2.5/4 27% The Boy (2016) "Creepy (if hardly credible), and admirably compact. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
2.5/4 65% Krampus (2015) "The chaotic visual design -- flashing lights, swirling snow -- too often makes the film tough on the eyeballs. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
2/4 10% The Forest (2016) "Tepid and unimaginative... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
3/4 97% 45 Years (2015) "From her behavior -- from Rampling's acting, in other words -- we become aware that Kate has begun to question the very meaning of her marriage (which is to say, her life). Was it an illusion? A compromise? A deception? A settling? A mistake? " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Feb 1, 2016
4/4 96% Girlhood (2015) "Compassionate, profound and pertinent... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 25, 2016
4/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) "'Timbuktu' startles by acknowledging the humanity of jihadists, even as it tacitly condemns their dogmas and especially their violence. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 25, 2016
3.5/4 92% Anomalisa (2015) "Plumbs the uncanny valley to thrilling effect... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 25, 2016
2.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "The incessant use of the N-word seems less a narrative or thematic necessity than a function of ego -- of Tarantino's insistence on his artist's exemption and his privileged status as a white man who is 'down.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 19, 2016
3.5/4 82% The Revenant (2015) "Like 'The Hateful Eight,' 'The Revenant' identifies racism as the white man's mortal sin, but here this poison subverts not just the legitimacy of the United States but the entire enterprise of European expansion into the New World. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 19, 2016
2.5/4 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "A peculiar cocktail of bloodlust, patriotism and grief. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 19, 2016
4/4 94% Carol (2015) "A movie of impeccable surfaces and subterranean anxieties... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 19, 2016
3.5/4 60% Joy (2015) "Another crazy, messy episode of David O. Russell's This American Life. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 4, 2016
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "A canny crowd-pleaser of reversals, replays and reveals. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 4, 2016
2/4 73% Youth (2015) "Resplendent and fraudulent. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 4, 2016
2.6/4 69% The Danish Girl (2015) "At times, it's hard not to remember poor Z-budget auteur Ed Wood, pleading to caress his girlfriend's angora sweater in 'Glen or Glenda,' an equally earnest yet bolder and in fact artier plea for liberation... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 4, 2016
2/4 61% Concussion (2015) "Saint Will Smith (see also: 'The Pursuit of Happyness ,' 'Seven Pounds') returns to suffer stoically, forgive those who know not what they do and otherwise ennoble the world with his sensitivity and acuity. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Jan 4, 2016
2.5/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "A testament to the perils of facile digital editing. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3/4 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) "Anderson's salutation to Lolabelle may crush the animal lovers in the audience: 'Hello little bonehead, I'll love you forever.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 80% Macbeth (2015) "When a film version of 'Macbeth' jettisons the witches' 'Something wicked this way comes' cauldron speech for long stretches of showy slow-motion action-violence, its priorities are awry. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 16, 2015
3/4 81% Chi-Raq (2015) "The movie is at its most irresistible when it embraces the glorious fun of words. (The chief spouter is one-man Greek chorus Samuel L. Jackson as the pimped-out 'Dolmedes,' named in Hellenistic homage to Dolemite.) " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 3, 2015
1.5/4 28% The Letters (2015) "'The Letters' was rated PG for its 'images of human suffering.' But if you really want to see human suffering, take a picture of whatever hapless humans happen to be inside an auditorium while this movie is onscreen. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/4 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) "Director Paul McGuigan says Mary Shelley's 1818 novel is 'dull as dishwater,' so he's jettisoned it for something dumb as dog dirt: an action bromance apparently inspired by Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 2, 2015
3.5/4 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) "Motivated by the archetypal Disney trauma (the death of a parent), this odd coming-of-age adventure is part frontier survival saga, part vision quest and part 'Born Free'... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 2, 2015
3.5/4 94% Creed (2015) "The title itself -- with 'Creed' replacing 'Rocky' -- is significant: It's a recognition of America's changing demography, and a rebuke to the movie industry's flimsy excuses for its diversity problem. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 2, 2015
3/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "Affirms Katniss Everdeen's status as the most significant of the reluctant teen heroes who have battled adult tyranny in the fantasy movie series of the past few decades (and no, I'm not forgetting Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter). " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Dec 2, 2015
4/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) "Ronan emerges here as the quietest spellbinder in movies. She is in every scene, and she is so appealing that Eilis becomes every viewer's ideal: an ideal daughter, sister, employee, girlfriend and confidante. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
2.5/4 74% Trumbo (2015) "Its 'Saturday Night Live'-esque parade of improbable celebrity impersonations kept me entertained: You'd probably have to attend a Halloween party hosted by Turner Classic Movies to find a less convincing John Wayne, Kirk Douglas or Edward G. Robinson. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
3.5/4 94% Room (2015) "If acting awards are given not for mastery of craft or career achievement but for the impact of a performance on an audience, then go ahead and give 'em all this year to Jacob Tremblay, who was only 7 years old when he acted in 'Room.' " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
2/4 66% The Night Before (2015) "I liked the movie's conception of an inclusive holiday season in which Tracy Morgan can be Santa, in which a mushroom-tripping man can chant in Hebrew during midnight mass and be instantly forgiven... What I didn't like was almost everything else. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
2/4 39% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "There was a time when the first screen pairing of Best Actress Oscar-winners Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman would have been promoted as a milestone event. That time might have been now if the movie hosting this meet-up wasn't so unnecessary. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
3/4 96% Spotlight (2015) "The movie is essentially a procedural; it never detours from the investigation to spend time with a priest or a victim at home. Spouses and significant others are mentioned but rarely seen; domestic drama is more or less irrelevant. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
3/4 56% Minions (2015) "Divorced from the be-thankful-for-family homilies that motivate the 'Despicable Me' movies, this first solo outing for the lozenge-shaped scene-stealers improves on its predecessors: It's a Looney loop-de-loop of nonstop funny noises and sight gags. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
3/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "Like Satchmo, Hemingway and Elvis, Charles M. Schulz was an authentic American genius who transformed his medium of expression. This film plays it safe by scrubbing away some of Schulz's signature melancholy, but it's an honorable and entertaining effort. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 30, 2015
2.5/4 45% Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) "Coarsely explicit groin-centric slapstick and trendy 'zompocalypse' theme aside, this is a surprisingly lively and agreeably goofy throwback to the 'Fright Night'-style teen horror comedies of the 1980s. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 17, 2015
2.5/4 13% Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) "Presented in 3D, the special effects are more elaborate than usual, but the regressive/provocative idea that filmmaking and film-watching open windows on unhealthy influences (especially among the young) remains undeveloped. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 17, 2015
2.5/4 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) "A movie of sincerity and integrity, but the storytelling is unchallenging. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 61% The People Under The Stairs (1991) "A parable of underclass exploitation that ends in revolution and extreme -- even explosive -- wealth redistribution. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2.5/4 21% Shocker (1989) "The notion that television regularly delivers violence into America's living rooms is literalized in this thoroughly wick-wick-wack but distinctive satire-chiller. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/4 92% Margarita with a Straw (2016) "In the role of Laila, whose slurred speech and wheelchair are impediments but not barriers to expression and freedom, Kalki Koechlin delivers the type of performance that in a major movie garners Oscar notice... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines (2012) "Should prove irresistible to comic-book fans and pop-culture mavens, even if it is misleadingly selective as it argues that young girls mostly lack strong women role models in popular entertainment. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/4 82% Naz & Maalik (2016) "Convincing and eye-opening, the film invites the viewer into a culture that is both familiar and alien: The title friends are smart, sass-talking teenagers in modern Brooklyn, okay; but they're also closeted gay Muslims. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/4 87% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) "Film buffs especially are likely to enjoy this entertaining documentary, which explains how a literal choirboy became "six feet of rugged manhood to stir the heart of every woman" (even while one of his most passionate affairs was with Anthony Perkins). " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2.5/4 83% Mistress America (2015) "Throughout 'Mistress America' I found myself thinking I might enjoy the smart script more if I could read it in book form and 'direct' the characters myself, rather than having them assault me at the film's Woody Allen-on-Benzedrine pace. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2.5/4 13% Sinister 2 (2015) "The ghost children require the boys to watch home movies of murder; in this way, the film ritualizes the 'aesthetic observance of violence' (to quote one character) that gives its particular bogeyman -- and the horror genre -- life. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3.5/4 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Arriving when the battle cry of 'F*** Tha Police' has been superseded by the equally urgent if more palatable slogan 'Black Lives Matter,' the film opens a window onto a re-created recent past that doubles as a reflection of the outraged present. " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2.5/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "This much-reviled reboot represents a legitimate attempt to imagine a superhero origin story as a cautionary science-fiction/horror yarn of the type ('The Fly,' 'First Man into Space') that likely influenced Lee and Kirby in the first place... " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
4/4 85% The Wolfpack (2015) "A portrait of an utterly distinctive family that raises endless, unanswerable questions about art, responsibility, freedom, creativity and so on. (Plus, you get a guy in a Batman costume made from cereal boxes and yoga mats, and the costume looks great.) " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "It's elevated by its expert cast and by lovely photography that helps the viewer appreciate the lure of Normandy as well as the allure of the Gemmas (Bovery and Arterton). " ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
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