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Jules Brenner

Jules Brenner
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 93% La La Land (2016) Any concerns about the experimental nature of this film fantasy are blown away by the sheer talent and attractiveness of the stars. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 25, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The ever fertile mind and imagination of Ms JK Rowlings opens a portal to a world of hilarious anthropomorphism and high eccentricity. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 69% Miss Sloane (2016) The message that resonates is that drama belongs to the combative. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 2, 2016
4.2/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) A feel-good biopic about a WWII pacifist who earns the Congressional Medal of Honor with shots of morphine and a will of cast iron. Nominations could be part of the film's earnings. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3.5/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) The trick for Beckinsale was to make it stylish and comedic enough to maintain audience sympathy for such an inscrutable demon, which is actually a bit of an acting tightrope to walk. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 5, 2016
3/5 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) With animation art that is both minimalist and fascinating, the girl power throbs in this old-timey riff on courage and adventure. To a teen and under, the motive and the wonderment will take you far. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 21, 2016
4/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Marvel, with its comic strip cool, Industrial Light & Magic control of gravity, what may be the largest ensemble of characters in its movie history and visual artistry, has done it again. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 30, 2016
3/5 60% The Trust (2016) A bit of light larceny and a trippy ride-along with more than a little magical realism featuring an outlandish interpretation by Nicolas Cage of a corrupt detective who mentors and depraves a junior officer with off-the-charts avarice. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 14, 2016
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) Near-breathless high-tension performances from a fully immersed ensemble, each member conveying an unflagging determination to unveil the breadth of degeneracy. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Feb 28, 2016
2.5/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) I'm left hoping that the sage of violent cinema will get back his former edge of ingenuity for something less toxic. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jan 12, 2016
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) The creative team is to be commended for a franchise resurrection that catches the spirit of what knocked the socks off a prior generation of galactic film fans. Epic entertainment. Epic movie event. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jan 3, 2016
4/5 81% The Revenant (2015) In a rare performance that intertwines the character with an appreciation of what the actor had to do to achieve it, DiCaprio sets a new standard of physical sacrifice for the realization of a role. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 28, 2015
3/5 88% The Big Short (2015) Told the way it is, the story is both expose' and entertainment. The traders taking the biggest profits come off as sympathetic heroes. We tend to like stories about underestimated people who get the last laugh or which expose corruption in high places. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 14, 2015
2.5/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) The movie is composed of brief little episodes that seem to simulate comic strip panels but the style makes the film tiresome. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 5, 2015
4/5 74% Youth (2015) Sorrentino mixes issues of mortality with ironic understatement and satiric wit in his unrushed vacation itinerary. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 22, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) A riveting tale spun around a relationship between a spy and a lawyer. Hanks and Rylance produce a chemistry that makes history boil with intrigue. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 2, 2015
3.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) The clumsy technical skill and James Bond promotion were trumped by the actors. They were doing their best every minute and, in the final analysis, made it fun. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 26, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) Damon has a "care for me" gene that (one can argue) makes him one of the MVPs in Hollywood and he just takes us along with him on a ride that I, for one, wouldn't have missed. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 14, 2015
4/5 74% Black Mass (2015) Depp shows us what he can do with psycho-serial instead of charming, funny and slightly idiotic. And the effect is spellbinding. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Sep 29, 2015
48% Adult Beginners (2015) Kroll is too limited with what he can do with the personality he either has or creates for the film. (I'll go with the former). Twenty lashes with film stock and back to TV for him. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3.5/5 61% Southpaw (2015) The melodrama is absorbing and well directed, but I have to take points away for indulging so much in jacked up brutality of sustained fight scenes... and behavioral swings on the extremes of sympathetic acceptance. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jul 18, 2015
4/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) A pitch against genetic modification of animals, ancient or otherwise? An indictment of corporate greed at any cost to others? To the extent it's seen that way, the purposes of entertainment override the "messages." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jun 21, 2015
3/5 55% The Age of Adaline (2015) This pseudo-scientific contemplation of beating the process of aging is questionable from the start, but it's a bold and risky sci-fi in which logic isn't its primary source of dramatic gravity. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 2, 2015
4.5/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) A new concept in fictional robots and a cartoon that goes beyond clever is a masterpiece of originality, big hug sweetness and one of the year's best surprises. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3.5/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) In a biopic-heavy Oscar season, Redmayne's crack performance pays homage to a man who has advanced the studies of quantum mechanics, general relativity and black hole radiation. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Feb 22, 2015
2/5 94% Whiplash (2014) A more distasteful rendering of character and story I can't begin to imagine. I must be missing something. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jan 20, 2015
5/5 84% Predestination (2015) Warning: what you get is not necessarily what you see, and the revelations come, at times, at explosive speed. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jan 12, 2015
2/5 71% Interstellar (2014) For all the themes intended to rocket our minds into a futuristic escape plan, it's too overloaded with hopelessness and bent logic to get off the ground. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4.5/5 72% American Sniper (2015) For very hard-working Bradley Cooper, making an homage to a lost warrior, this is a bullseye. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 31, 2014
5/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Chandor continuously raises the stakes on defying the violent, capturing our sympathies and commanding our engagement. That comes with the enjoyment of penetrating character insight and expression without compromise or exaggeration. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 28, 2014
3.5/5 74% Inherent Vice (2015) Though it's radically befuddling, the movie is full of surprises, some of them hilarious, inventive, evocative and sexy (frontal nudity and a copulation scene included). ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 21, 2014
4.5/5 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) With casting like this, I'd rather see the movie than read the book. At least in the case of one spy novelist. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 30, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) This sequel-split rests on the time-tested theory that there's money to be raked in by extending the life of characters who had us from the first arrow. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 27, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) Besides big gun Brad Pitt, the distinguishing feature here is the metal -- the clang and thunder of tank warfare: the power of it as a weapon, the sheer terror of it as a target. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) With the exceptional commercial pedigree of its source material, this is overwritten in all aspects--presumably for being crafted for the screen by a novelist determined not to compromise her work for the sake of the medium. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 5, 2014
3.5/5 60% The Equalizer (2014) Washington demonstrates the role-proof gift he has to connect sympathetically to the audience. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 4, 2014
5/5 89% The Drop (2014) The drama of this mean-streets tale is told on the deceptively gentle face of Tom Hardy. Don't let him out of your sight. (Not that you'll be able to.) ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Sep 18, 2014
5/5 82% The Two Faces of January (2014) This is that rare movie that's way ahead of the viewer instead of the other way around. In terms of what it sets out to do, and does, there's nothing missing. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Sep 13, 2014
3/5 91% Frank (2014) Call it an offbeat psychological comedy, an off-balance dramedy with instrumental backing, a study in psychopathy, an amusement from a dark mind, or an adventure with a wannabe musician who gets a gig in the wrong (or, right) band. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2.5/5 27% Upside Down (2013) An otherworldly framework in which the rules exist to separate the classes until Romeo & Juliet come along to break them with the gravity of romance. If only. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Aug 19, 2014
5/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) A piece of wit that makes it's own niche within the genre. This galactic treat is new world. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Aug 9, 2014
4/5 67% Lucy (2014) I don't know where CPH4 stands on the narcotics table, but this is a large dose of pseudo-science entertainment and an attitudinally hot character sketch for Ms Johansson's brain. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jul 28, 2014
4.5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Serkis does what every actor wishes to do: leave an impression of himself on the audience's memory. That impression will draw crowds and will not fade by Oscar time. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jul 21, 2014
2/5 61% Ha-shoter (Policeman) (2014) Staging of scenes, klutzy editing and what I suspect are actors self-directing, challenges the storytelling and its uniformity. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jun 23, 2014
5/5 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) If you can believe that repetitions of death/life can be used as a slow build toward gaining on an invincible enemy, you'll appreciate that this creative team has made a movie in which there isn't a dull moment. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jun 15, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) In a film universe in which it's sometimes challenging to find at least one character to cheer for, this ensemble is loaded with them. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 74% Godzilla (2014) A showcase for the beasts. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/5 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) If you're a teen, the effort to jam in so many storylines and action will fulfill you to the max, while asking too much of less forgiving audiences in the age-stretching and sensory overload. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/5 19% Transcendence (2014) The irony for Depp is that the better he is in the role the more thankless it becomes. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3.5/5 87% Joe (2014) Leaves an aftertaste of toxic horror. ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Apr 18, 2014