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John Beifuss

John Beifuss
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 89% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 85% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/4 89% 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)
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
2.5/4 57% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
3.5/4 95% 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)
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
3.5/4 90% 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)
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
3/4 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Benefits from its economy as well as its comedy.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
2.5/4 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) The idea is more interesting than the execution.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
3.5/4 97% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 12% 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
2.5/4 83% 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
2/4 20% I Saw the Light (2016) Hiddleston's work ethic is admirable, but the effect is akin to allowing an actor in a Picasso biopic paint his own copy of 'Guernica.' It just ain't the same.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
2.5/4 25% London Has Fallen (2016) Less jingoistic but no less morally specious than its predecessor. (The film dismisses the vengeance-inciting incident of its opening sequence -- the U.S. drone-killing of innocent Pakistanis -- as excusable collateral damage in the War on Terror.)‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
3.5/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) This ingenious and claustrophobic thriller is compact enough to be almost the movie equivalent of a black box theater production: For most of its length, it needs only three characters and a single location to keep audiences on edge. ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
2.5/4 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) The film is much like its title character: Its colorful cutesy-pie surface camouflages a dark interior. ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
3/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Conjures a post-9/11 pre-apocalypse in which dreams, visions, memories, pop culture and history overlap.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/4 100% Only Yesterday (2016) A movie of exquisite, deceptive simplicity and painterly beauty, with a story that is entirely ordinary yet heartbreaking in its universality.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
2.5/4 33% The Bronze (2016) The keen character work that is the movie's most impressive feature too often is overwhelmed by the twin bugaboos of R-rated vulgarity and unearned sentiment. ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
3/4 84% Deadpool (2016) The timing is impeccable: It hardly seems a coincidence that Deadpool's startling popularity has occurred in parallel to the establishment-gigging rise of another rude, self-confident outlier, Donald Trump.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
2/4 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) An overall aura of unpretentious mytho(il)logical goofiness doesn't quite compensate for the digital tedium that is the defining aesthetic of this odd sword-and-sorcery would-be blockbuster.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
3.5/4 94% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) A dazzler, with enough far-out 'head trip' moments to have qualified it for cult status during the era of the midnight-movie illegal smile. ‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
2/4 31% Daddy's Home (2015) It's symptomatic of the production's limpness that the movie was shot, for tax-credit reasons, in New Orleans, yet the locations have been scrubbed to a funk-free suburban anonymity.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
4/4 91% The Witch (2016) This story about a 17th-century Puritan family struggling to survive at the edge of the wilderness becomes a dark American origin story: a beautiful promise, corrupted by fear and hypocrisy. The fruit is rotten; the milk bloody.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
3.5/4 96% Son of Saul (2015) Saul's progress is a tour of a factory of death.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
3/4 61% Race (2016) An engaging, even exemplary biopic.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
3.5/4 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Constructed from spoofy vignettes that recreate vanished genres, indelible star turns and 'dialectical' dialogues, the movie is simultaneously amused, awed and appalled by the power of what might be America's most influential industry.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
4/4 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) At one point, a lawyer lays a rose near the dashboard camera, with the comment: 'This is for the people of cinema.' For audiences, 'Jafar Panahi's Taxi' is just such a rose.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) It doesn't pretend to offer 'balance' reporting. Instead, it's a provocation, a conversation starter, and -- in this most distressing of presidential election years -- a plea for compassion.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
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)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 43% 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)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
2.5/4 79% 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)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
2.5/4 27% The Boy (2016) Creepy (if hardly credible), and admirably compact.‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
2/4 10% The Forest (2016) Tepid and unimaginative...‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
4/4 96% Girlhood (2015) Compassionate, profound and pertinent...‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | 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)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
3.5/4 93% Anomalisa (2015) Plumbs the uncanny valley to thrilling effect...‐ Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016