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Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 84% Silence (2017) Alternately powerful and somnolent. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 13, 2017
B- 79% Patriots Day (2017) The film, which swivels frantically between first responders, survivors, and investigators, has a percussive force. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 13, 2017
B 93% Hidden Figures (2017) The story that Hidden Figures tells is so irresistible that you can almost forgive the fact that the movie itself is resistibly unoriginal. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 6, 2017
B- 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) It's all fitfully sharp and amusing but hardly a masterpiece. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 6, 2017
B+ 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Loach's low-key naturalism, which barely masks his fury at the injustices perpetrated on screen, is matched by Dave Johns's performance as Daniel. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 30, 2016
B 82% Julieta (2016) After a while, past and present create an alluring and sorrowful continuum. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 30, 2016
B- 96% Paterson (2016) Driver's low-key charisma in the role rescues it from terminal dullness. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 30, 2016
B 93% 20th Century Women (2017) [Mills is] good with actors, and with Bening especially, he's really keyed into her prodigious gifts. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B- 31% Passengers (2016) If the filmmakers had delved into the direness of their situation and mined it for more than just a grand-scale lovers' spat in outer space, the movie might have been more than a sleek, well-designed curiosity. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 22, 2016
B+ 75% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) It's clear from the way writer-director Martin Zandvliet sets up the story that the fiery Rasmussen... will eventually soften. It's to the film's credit that he does so in ways that are eminently believable. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 16, 2016
B- 95% Fences (2016) I respect [Washington] for not attempting to "open up" the play just to make it seem more "cinematic." ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 16, 2016
B 80% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) To a surprising degree, Davis has managed to make a few personal inroads into the white nationalist swamp. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 16, 2016
B 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) [K-2SO] has all the good lines. I'm not sure if it's such a good thing that the best character in a sci-fi movie is a robot. But then again, the best character in 2001: A Space Odyssey was HAL, and that film wasn't half-bad. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 15, 2016
A 93% La La Land (2016) The movie ends with a what-might-have-been fantasia that is one of the most emotionally moving passages I've ever seen in a musical. It's like a bluesy jazz piano chord, full of hurt and healing, that slowly fades to silence. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 9, 2016
B+ 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Huppert never loses sight of the fact that Nathalie's wounded heart often overrules her steel-trap mind. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 2, 2016
C+ 88% Jackie (2016) [Portman] captures Jackie's mincing, tinkly speaking voice and brittle politesse, but some inner emotional core, even in Jackie's most resonant moments, as in the weeks after the assassination, is lacking. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 2, 2016
B+ 95% Moana (2016) [Moana] has supercharged wit, eye-popping visuals featuring azure seas and glowing coral, spirited voice work from Auli'i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) What is curious, and oddly pleasing, about Rules Don't Apply is that it doesn't come across as one of those long-gestating dream projects that, when it finally ends up onscreen, often seems well past its expiration date... it's disarmingly light. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 23, 2016
C 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Nocturnal Animals, written and directed by Tom Ford, is essentially two separate films, with the better one folded inside the bad one. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A- 100% Off the Rails (2016) If nothing else, Off the Rails, which includes a few too many reenactments for my taste, does what many good documentaries do. It provides us with a window into the psyche of a person worth caring about. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
A 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Because Lonergan is so true to the intricacies and rhythms of family strife, we trust his vision. When it comes time for the fade-out, he doesn't gussy up sorrow with a sunrise glow. Healing is hard. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling has a voluminous imagination and Yates keeps things humming along, although, as was also true of many Potter movies, there is often too much of a good thing. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B-- 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) I suspect that whatever virtues the film possesses -- and it does, in flashes, convey the uneasy confluence of jingoism and authentic patriotism -- will come through more clearly in 2-D, without all the hype. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 11, 2016
C+ 94% Arrival (2016) It's difficult to get worked into a state of awe with this film because so much of it is so sodden. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 11, 2016
C+ 90% Doctor Strange (2016) The Marvel Comics movie universe gets a bit bigger, though not appreciably better, with Doctor Strange. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 4, 2016
B- 89% Loving (2016) It's a goodness that at least rings true with the Lovings themselves, whose devotion to each other under such an onslaught is convincingly steely. This is due in large part to Negga's performance, which gives Mildred's reticence a righteous core. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 4, 2016
C 19% Inferno (2016) Unless you are a Dante scholar, and perhaps not even then, following Inferno is a wild goose chase - without the goose. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B 98% Moonlight (2016) So few unexploitative movies are made about young black men, especially young black gay men, that the overpraise for this frail, sweet, discursive fantasia is understandable -- and forgivable. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) The film, some of which looks staged, is too slick, and its feminist emphasis, complete with Australian performer Sia singing "You can do anything" on the soundtrack, grates. But Aisholpan triumphs over these excesses. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B- 93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) What makes the movie worth seeing, is the sequence with the Africans chanting in the detention center about making it from Africa, through the scorching Sudanese desert and Libya, to Lampedusa. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
B 70% Before the Flood (2016) It should all resemble a vanity project except for one thing: The film lays out the case for reform with steadfast rigor. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2016
C+ 23% American Pastoral (2016) It's a grueling movie, and a thin one. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 21, 2016
88% Dead Alive (1993) After you see it, you want to race out of the theater and recommend it to your sickest friends right away. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
C- 51% The Accountant (2016) This probably sounded like a surefire idea for a franchise, but there are so many plot twists that the narrative comes to resemble a Möbius strip. That wouldn't be so bad if at least the twists made a modicum of sense. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B+ 85% Christine (2016) Hall gives us Chubbuck in all her vehement contradictoriness. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B+ 93% Newtown (2016) What comes through is that the survivors have in no sense reached "closure" -- that meaningless word. This is a movie about people trying to make sense out of the senselessness of what happened. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2016
C+ 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The highly charged arena into which this film about America's bloodiest slave revolt arrives gives it a cachet that, in artistic if not sociological terms, it does not really merit. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 7, 2016
C 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Blunt, who can be quite marvelous in movies, spends most of the film looking haggard and sozzled; the rest of the cast, with the exception of Allison Janney as a police investigator, is dull. The plot twists, such as they are, are garbled and predictable. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 7, 2016
B- 81% Denial (2016) Brisk, efficient, and dry. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B+ 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) At its best, the movie is like The Towering Inferno but without all the sudsy subplots that doused that film's fires. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B- 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) To me, Burton's movies always seem a full grade too grotesque for the whimsical stories he is trying to tell... At least in Miss Peregrine, his ghastliness fits the fable, although, even at its best, it's fairly generic Burton. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) [Nair] manages to do justice to these people's lives, and when, at the end, the real-life characters show up on-screen and stand smiling beside their actor counterparts, the screen lights up along with the audience. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 23, 2016
C 53% The Dressmaker (2016) The film has so many moodswings that watching it induces whiplash, and just about everybody in it, from Winslet on down to Judy Davis, playing the dressmaker's crotchety mother, flagrantly overdoes it. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 23, 2016
B- 89% Fatima (2016) Well-observed and unassuming as this film is, it glides along rather too blandly. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 16, 2016
C+ 61% Snowden (2016) It's a fawning piece of work. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 16, 2016
A- 92% Demon (2016) Wrona keeps everything creepily ambiguous right up to the end, when the foggy dawn breaks and what we have witnessed becomes like a dream within a dream. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 38% Come What May (2016) There's nothing excessively imaginative or distinguished about the film, but it has some of the solid narrative pleasures of a good, old-fashioned Hollywood war epic. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 100% Cameraperson (2016) The linkages between these mostly brief snippets is somewhat haphazard, but, given the waywardness of her travels, that's appropriate. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B 85% Sully (2016) Hanks is very good at playing an Everyman, and Eastwood is content to showcase Sullenberger in that way. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2016
B- 47% Complete Unknown (2016) Shannon is usually playing human question marks in the movies, so it's a twist here to see him playing the "normal" guy, except Shannon is too unconventional an actor to play anything in the normal range. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 2, 2016